What to expect at a tournament?

High quality competition
6 game minimums
Certified high school officials
Scoreboards with time and score visible for all games
Quality fields
Mobile app provides schedule and score updates
Medical coverage
Athletes required to wear helmets in states that permit helmets
Athletes required to wear mouthguards
Administration of tournament by USA Football

32-team Sample Itinerary

7:30 - 8:30 AM: Head Coaches Meeting

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Pool play (5 games per team)

Lunch: On your own in between games

2:00 - 3:00 PM: Break

2:30 - 3:00 PM: Tournament Seeding meeting (head coaches only)

3:00 - 6:00 PM: Single elimination tournament

6:00 PM: Awards Presentation

Is lunch provided by the tournament?

No. All teams are responsible for providing their own lunch and snacks. The event may provide food vendors from which to order team meals at the event. Please contact USA Football 7on7 for event specific information.

Can my booster club / parents setup tents and a 'team area' on-site?

Yes! Absolutely, teams are encouraged to bring tents, chairs, coolers and food for the team and designate a team area at the facility.

What is provided to teams at the event?

Gatorade is provided on the sidelines for participants only. Gatorade Prime products are also provided to participants before the 1st game of the day and Gatorade Recover products are provided after the team's final game of the day.

The winner of each event will be invited to participate in the National Championship Series event in their region. Winners will also receive t-shirts and a Championship trophy.

Runner-ups will receive also receive t-shirts and trophies.

The event also provides (2) state association certified high school officials; (1) 4-second timer; and (1) scorekeeper per field.


Games are 21:00 long. The clock runs continuous during the 1st 20 minutes & stops according to rules during the final 1:00. There is no overtime in pool play. Games will start every 30 minutes.


Touchdown - 6 points
Interception - 3 points (no points for INT on PAT)
Turnover on downs - 2 points
PAT - 1 point (may opt for 2 in OT)

Seeding and Tournament

Teams will be broken into pools with equal number of teams.
Teams will be seeded for the tournament according to overall records from pool play.


Records which are tied after pool play will be broken as follows:

Head – to – Head
Fewest points allowed.
Most points scored.
Flip of coin.


View the complete guide to rules and scoring at: https://assets.usafootball.com/7on7/RulesandScoring.pdf


Defense pass interference = Automatic first down and 5 yards from original line of scrimmage.
Offense pass interference = Previous spot and loss of down.
Defensive holding = Automatic first down and 5 yards from original line of scrimmage. In the event there is defensive holding and a sack on the same play, the defense will be penalized according to the above and the sack will be ignored.
Illegal procedure (offense) = Loss of down.
Defensive off-sides = 5 yard penalty.
Delay of game = Loss of down and clock stops in final 1:00.
Fighting / unsportsmanlike conduct: 1st offense = ejection from game. 2nd offense = ejection from tournament.
Fighting / unsportsmanlike conduct (team): if any player leaves the sideline to participate in an on-field fight, the ENTIRE TEAM WILL BE EJECTED FROM THE TOURNAMENT.


Offense = loss of down and 5 yards from original line of scrimmage.
Defense = 1st down and 5 yards from original line of scrimmage.


There is no overtime during "Pool Play."
Consists of 3 plays from 10 yard line. Each team has an attempt to score in each overtime period. Starting with the 3rd and subsequent overtimes, all PAT’s must be 2 point attempts from the 10 yard line. Overtime periods are not timed.

Mercy Rule

If the margin of score between the two teams is 21 points or greater at the end of the 1st 20 minutes, the clock will continue to run continuously for the remainder of the game; regardless if the margin of score becomes less than 21 points.