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PALMDALE YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE
RULES OF COMPETITION
(Revised September 2015)
I. COMPETITION STANDARDS
1. Teams scheduled for the first game of the day are responsible for setting up the goals nets and should be at the playing field 45 minutes early to assure that games will start on time. Teams scheduled for the last game of the day are responsible for taking down and putting away the goals nets and corner flags.
2. After the scheduled game, each team is responsible for picking up the trash on and around the field.
3. Teams should be at the field ½ hour before their scheduled start time. If any team is not able to field the minimum number of approved players within 5 minutes from the time the referee calls for the start of the game, the game shall be forfeited. The score of the game shall be recorded 1-0. Exceptions are by PYSL board decision only.
4. Shin-guards are mandatory for all players and participants during games and practices and must be worn underneath socks. (Shin-guards must provide adequate protection as deemed by the Referee.) Participants will not be allowed to play or practice without shin-guards. Coaches cannot actively participate in scrimmages without shin-guards and proper footwear.
5. No jewelry is to be worn during games or practices, except for medical identification, which must be covered.
6. No player wearing an orthopedic cast, temporary cast, non-oral brace (such as knees or other areas of the body) with hard, hinged or rigid supports or splint shall be permitted to actively participate in any game or practice. (Pursuant to Cal South Rule 2.5)
7. Each team coach shall encase in laminated plastic the "Player Pass Card" and "Administrator Pass Card" and current picture for each player on the team. The team coach shall give the game card, player passes, and administrator passes to the referee before the start of each game. No game will be will be played without a properly licensed administrator at each sideline.
8. Each team coach shall be required to have all "Player Registration Forms" in their possession at all team functions.
9. A game official will verify each player to the "Player Pass Card" and "Administrator Pass Card" before the start of the game. No player shall be allowed to play until he/she has been checked in by the game official. Upon completion of the game the game official will return the "Player Pass Cards" to each team's administrator except for those players and/or administrators that have been ejected from the game.
10. Footwear: Tennis shoes, soft-cleated sports shoes, or soccer shoes are required and must be considered safe in the opinion of the referee. Footwear shall not have any protrusions sticking out from the front or sides of the shoe that could cause a danger to other players. Soccer cleats with metal studs are not allowed.
11. No coaches, parents, or spectators are allowed behind or within 18 yards of the goal line.
A. Coaches may coach from the coaches box (giving direction to one's own team on points of strategy and position) provided that:
a) No mechanical devices are used.
b) The tone of the voice is informative and NOT DEROGATORY.
c) Each coach or substitute remains within 10 yards on either side of the halfway line
d) No coach, substitute, or spectator makes derogatory remarks or gestures to the referees, other coaches, players, substitutes, or spectators
e) No coach, substitute, or spectator uses profanity or incites, in any manner, disruptive behavior.
12. No alcoholic beverages shall be allowed or consumed on or near any playing area.
13. The visitors team listed on the game schedule will have the visitor team side of the field. The home team will have the home side of the field. The home side of the field shall be that side that is closest to the park pavilion. Coaches, parents, and spectators must remain on their respective side of the field during the game.
14. Only league-approved uniforms may be worn at League functions (except practices). Only approved sponsors may be displayed on the back (no players names are allowed on the back of the jersey) of the jersey and the lettering must be put on by the league approved vendor. The players name may be displayed on the front of the jersey. However, the lettering must be uniform in size. It is required that the league approved vendor be used for the lettering to ensure uniformity.
15. When, in the opinion of the referee in charge of the game, the uniforms of two competing teams are similar, the home team shall change to colors which are distinct from those of their opponent or wear bibs/pennies.
16. Each team is required to provide at least one certified referee (14 years or older) to officiate a minimum of 1 game per week during the regular season. This means each team, at a minimum, must provide a certified referee associated with the team (example: coach or relative of the player) to perform 10 games during spring season and 12 games during fall season.
17. Each team is required to provide at least one (1) representative for field painting when scheduled.
18. PYSL provides the following bonus activities. These bonus activities will no longer be automatically given. These privileges will have to be earned by each team through volunteer participation and acceptable levels of conduct/sportsmanship. Determination of whether a team qualifies for the following bonus activities shall be decided by the PYSL Board of Directors.
Awards ceremony where trophies and various awards are presented to players and volunteers of the league. Participation in the awards ceremony is by invitation only. (Fall Season Only)
Sponsorships to first place teams in each division above U6 to participate in any CalSouth sanctioned tournaments after the regular season not to exceed $150 per team. In order to qualify for the sponsorship, the team must meet the requirements under section I.16 and I.17 and must meet the minimum participation requirement in league fundraising efforts. (Fall Season Only)
Blowout game competition for the teams in each division above U6 at the end of the regular season. In order to qualify for the Blowout game competition, a team must meet the requirements under section I.16 and I.17 and must meet the minimum participation requirement in league fundraising efforts. A minimum of two teams must meet the requirements in a division, otherwise the Blowout game will not be held for that division. Schedules for the Blowout game competition and rules will be distributed at the end of the regular season.
II. GAME STANDARDS
1. There shall be no score kept in the U-6 division. These games will be officiated by coaches or team administrators.
2. Ball size by division:
A. U-6 through U-8 # 3
B. U-9 through U-12 # 4
C. U-13 through U-18 # 5
3. Number of players required per team on the field for a game:
U-11 thru U-16
*Maximum of 5 male players on the field EXCLUDING goalkeeper
4. Two-player advantage rule shall be in effect for all league games. For reasons of fairness, no teams shall play a game with more than a 2-player advantage on the field.
5. Free substitution shall be allowed in all age groups, with the consent of the referee, at any stoppage of play.
6. Each player shall play a minimum of 50% of the total playing time of the game, provided the player has attended 1 practice preceding that game.
7. Duration of Games:
A. U-6 will play four 8-minute quarters with 2-minute breaks between the first and second quarters and the third and fourth quarters, with one 5-minute break between halves.
B. U -8 through U-10 will play two 25-minute halves with one 5-minute break between halves.
C. U-11 through U-12 will play two 30-minute halves with one 5-minute break between halves.
E. U13 through U-16 will play two 35-minute halves with one 5-minute break between halves.
F. U-18 will play two 35-minute halves with one 5-minute break between halves.
The referee in charge of game may allow a break for players to receive water at a stoppage in play during each half when weather conditions dictate. The game clock shall continue during the water break.
8. Offside: Conform to FIFA rules with the following exception:
A. U-6: there shall be no offside.
9. Fouls and Misconduct: Conform to FIFA rules with the following exceptions:
A. U-6 division:
a) All fouls will result in an INDIRECT FREE KICK with the opponents five yards away. The game official shall explain all infractions to the offending player.
B. U-8 and U-9 division:
a) The referee should explain all infractions to the offending player at his/her discretion.
10. Free Kicks: Conform to FIFA rules with the following exception:
A. U-6 division:
a) All kicks shall be classified under one heading, INDIRECT.
b) Opponents must be 3 yards away from the ball.
11. Penalty Kicks: Conform to FIFA rules with the following exception:
A. U-6 division:
a) No penalty kicks are to be taken during these games.
12. Throw-Ins: Conform to FIFA rules
A. U-6 division shall also comply
13. Goal Kicks: Conform to FIFA rules with the following exception:
A. U-6 division:
a) Opponents must be 3 yards away from the ball.
14. Corner Kicks: Conform to FIFA rules with the following exception:
A. U-6 division:
a) Opponents must be 3 yards away from the ball.
15. League standings will be recorded as follows:
Point value for league games:
Win… 3 points
Tie… 1 point
Points shall be deducted for team misconduct, pursuant to PYSL Rules of Competition, IV-6.
In the event of a tie between teams the following formula will be used in determining the tiebreaker:
A. Head to head
B. Number of shutout wins excluding forfeits.
C. Sportsmanship Points
D. Play-off game to determine 1st, 2nd or 3rd place (only).
E. Kick from the penalty mark.
It is PYSL's goal that all players, administrators, and spectators maintain good, sportsmanlike conduct at all times regardless of game play, procedures or influences. To that end, the referee team shall award 0-5 sportsmanship points to each team in the following categories:
Conduct of Players
Conduct of Coaches
Conduct of Spectators
Courtesy towards Referees
Each team shall be awarded from a minimum of 0 points to a maximum of 20 points per game. Any team that fails to provide a minimum of one (1) certified referee (16 years or older) to officiate the minimum number of games played during the regular season shall be penalized five (5) sportsmanship point per game missed. Any team that fails to provide a minimum of one (1) representative for field painting when scheduled shall be penalized five (5) sportsmanship points.
1. Improper conduct at all league functions (including games, practices, scrimmages, tournaments, and other PYSL events) could result in suspensions or expulsions as determined by the PYSL Executive Board of Directors.
Coaches are responsible for the conduct of themselves, their players, parents and spectators. Improper conduct could result in ejection of the offending party and/or coach and possible termination of the game. A caution MAY be given upon the first offense. Improper conduct includes but is not limited to the following:
A. Offensive, insulting or abusive language, gestures, or behavior.
B. Violent conduct
Referees may caution or eject a spectator and or coach if the coach is unable to control their behavior. In the case of an ejection, the referee shall at his or her discretion suspend the game until the offending party has left the field of play (the park or facility where the match is being held) or he/she may terminate the game, if in his/her opinion, he/she is no longer able to control the game. For the purpose of identification, a team administrator and or spectator can be shown the yellow or red card.
2. Ejection: If a player or team administrator is ejected from a game, the referee shall give the "Player Pass Card" and a detailed report to a league Board Member who will turn them over to the league Head Referee or league Vice President. Any player or team administrator ejected from a game shall be ineligible to participate in the next scheduled game at a minimum, but must attend and sit out that game/s (this will carry into play after the regular season and/or into the following season).
A. During a game suspension(s) for administrators / coaches, there shall be NO contact between the team and the administrator / coach prior to the game (once the team has arrived at the sideline of the playing field) and at half time. During the game the coach must not give instruction to any player including his / her child. Failure to adhere to this rule will result in an additional game suspension.
B. During a game suspension for a player, the player must wear the team uniform and remain on their sideline during the entire length of the game including half time. Failure to adhere to this rule will result in an additional game suspension.
3. A player, administrator, or spectator who is ejected for violent conduct or serious foul play or spitting at an opponent or any other person will be automatically suspended for the next TWO scheduled games at a minimum.
4. A player, administrator or spectator who physically assaults a referee or league administrator will be expelled from the league.
5. Players will be penalized due to misconduct as follows: Each "Caution" = 2 points, each "Ejection / Send Off" = 4 points, if an ejection (Red Card) is in result of a second caution (2 Yellow Cards in the same game), the player shall only accumulate 4 misconduct points (only applies to a red card as a result of 2 yellows).
Team administrators will be penalized due to misconduct as follows: Each "Caution" = 3 points, each "Ejection / Send Off" = 6 points, if an ejection (Red Card) is in result of a second caution (2 Yellow Cards in the same game), the administrator shall only accumulate 6 misconduct points (only applies to a red card as a result of 2 yellows).
Spectator caution/ejection will also be penalized due to misconduct as follows: Each “Caution” = 3 points; each “Ejection / Send Off” = 6 points. If an ejection resulted from a second caution (2 warnings/yellow cards in the same game), the spectator will be given 6 misconduct points. Misconduct points given to spectators will be added to the overall team misconduct.
a. Any player or administrator or spectator receiving 8 misconduct points within the league season is ineligible to participate in the next scheduled game at a minimum, but must attend and sit out the game/s. This is in addition to any suspension resulting from an "Ejection / Send Off".
b. Any team (players, team administrators, and spectators) receiving 20 misconduct points within the league season will result in the head coach going before the PYSL Executive Board of Directors for possible sanction/suspension as determined by the committee.
6. Any team accumulating 20 misconduct points during the league season shall have 2 points deducted from their team in the appropriate league standings. Any team accumulating 28 misconduct points during the league season shall have an additional 4 points deducted from their team in the appropriate league standings. Any team accumulating 36 misconduct points during the league season shall have an additional 8 points deducted from their team in the appropriate league standings.
7. Any administrator who knowingly plays a player, who is suspended or not registered to his/her team regardless of the possession of a player pass card, shall be automatically suspended for two games at a minimum, (this will carry into tournament play and into the following season).
V. PROTESTS AND GRIEVANCES
1. Protests of judgment calls by the referee will not be upheld. Only those Coaches, Players or Administrators directly involved are permitted to protest a game result. Protests must be based upon a violation of these published Rules of Competition, CalSouth Rules and Regulations, or the FIFA Laws of the Game. Protests and appeals shall be submitted in accordance with the following:
A. The protest should include the nature and specifics of the complaint, a listing of the rules or procedures, which have been violated, and a statement of the desired result.
B. The written protest, plus a $50 fee, in the form of a cashier’s check, money order or cash, must be filed with an Executive Board Member within 24 hours after completion of the game.
C. Protests based upon a referee’s judgment call will not be upheld.
D. Protest fees will not be returned unless the PYSL Executive Board of Directors upholds the protest.
2. In the event a match is terminated or suspended longer than 20 minutes (the match is considered to be abandoned), the match report shall be sent to the Board of Directors to determine if all or any of the match shall be re-played. The Board of Directors shall determine the score of the match in the event it is not re-played.