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Soccer Rules and Information

Soccer Rules and Information

for the Northern Valley Youth Soccer League (NVYSL)

 

 

 

Table of Contents

 

1.

Coaches Responsibilities

Pg 2 of 25

2.

Concerns

 

3.

Referees

 

4.

Referee No-Show

Pg 3 of 25

5.

Referee Fees and Payment*

 

6.

Weather Cancellations

Pg 4 of 25

7.

Game Schedules

 

8.

Game Cancellations

 

9.

Field Information

Pg 5 of 25

10.

Field and Goal Dimensions

 

11.

The Ball

 

12.

Number of Players on the Field

 

13.

Rosters

Pg 6 of 25

14.

Age Groupings*

 

15.

Substitution

Pg 7 of 25

16.

Game Times and Length

 

17.

Game or Field Incidents

Pg 8 of 25

18.

Lop-sided Games

 

19.

Conclusion of Game

Pg 9 of 25

20.

Player’s Equipment / Safety

 

21.

Where to sit and stand

Pg 10 of 25

22.

Linesmen

 

23.

Ball In / Out of Play

 

24.

Scoring

Pg 11 of 25

25.

Throw-Ins

 

26.

Goal Kicks

 

27.

Corner Kicks

Pg 12 of 25

28.

Penalty Kicks

 

29.

Off-Sides

 

30.

Slide Tackles

Pg 13 of 25

31.

Goalkeeper

 

32.

Soccer Field Markings and Uses

Pg 14 of 25

33.

Violations, Fouls, and other Rough play

Pg 16 of 25

34.

Starts and Re-Starts

Pg 17 of 25

35.

Free Kick Rules

Pg 19 of 25

36.

Advantage Rule

Pg 20 of 25

37.

Referee Signals

 

38.

Agreement emailing

Pg 21 of 25

39.

Zero Tolerance Policies

Appendix pgs22-25

 

 

 

 

Please keep in mind that this is a Recreational League, designed to further the players’ enjoyment and skills to play this beautiful game.

 

 

The laws of the game as set down by FIFA (International Soccer Federation) will apply except as modified below:

 

 

1.COACHES RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • The coach of each team is responsible for the team players, and for their own actions on the field and those of the team parents and spectators. • The coach is responsible for providing a safe, fun environment for the players and spectators. • This includes maximizing the players’ playing time! • Set a good example for your players and parents. • Do not yell at or abuse your players, the referees, the other teams’ players or coaches. • Any profane or abusive language, other unsporting conduct, violations of the laws of the game, or coach’s/spectator’s presence on the field without referee permission will result in an immediate warning to the coach and possible ejection from the game at the discretion of the referee.

 

 

2.CONCERNS

 

All concerns by coaches, referees, parents and/or players should be immediately brought to the attention of the league through your club contact.

 

 

3.REFEREES

 

The League will provide referees based on the published game schedule. Referees for the Under 7 though Under 10 age groups must be at least 14 years old. Referees for Under 12 age group must be at least 16 years old.  All referees for Under 14 and older teams will be FIFA certified.  All referees must have completed a league-sponsored referee training session or its equivalent. The referee shall have total control of the playing field and all adjacent areas, as well as keeping accurate time of the game.  Only coaches and team captains may communicate with the referees prior to the start of the game, half time and at the end of the game. Coaches are encouraged to meet with the referee before the game to clarify any questions or rules. All decisions on the field are final.  Any opposing views should ONLY be expressed to the League through your club contact.

 

 

 

 

In other words, respect and encourage the referee’s authority.

 

 

 

 

4.REFEREE NO-SHOWS

 

If the referee does not show up for your game, you must notify the League.  Please send an email or fill out a game report containing the following informationage group, boys or girls, field location, date and time of game, and the name and scheduling numbers of both teams – to the appropriate League Contacts noted below:

 

AGE GROUP

LEAGUE CONTACTS

E-MAIL

U-07 COED

Victoria Rose

rosebud7172@verizon.net

U-08 COED

Dan Terrell

terrelda@apci.com

U-10Boys/Girls

Chas Hein

tbhein@ptd.net

U-12 Girls

Rob Broekhuis

rob@robsplants.com

U-12 Boys

David Kentner

david.kentner@volvo.com; DS3K5@aol.com

U-14 and Older

Tino Babyan

tinobabyan@gmail.com

 

 

5.REFEREE FEES AND PAYMENTS

 

Coaches must pay the referee PRIOR to the start of the game, and in cash.  If the other team does not show up to play, you do not need to pay the referee your half of the referee fee.  It will be the responsibility of the non-showing team to cover the total cost of the referee at a later date.

  • If the League is playing, but after arriving at the field, it is determined the field is un-playable, you, the other coach and the referee may cancel the game; however, you and the other coach still must pay the referee.  If the game is re-scheduled, you will need to pay the normal referee fee again.
  • For FIFA officiated games, if the League is playing, but after arriving at the field, it is determined the field is un-playable, you, the other coach and the referee may cancel the game; however, you and the other coach still must pay the referee an amount equal to one-half of the normal cost to officiate the game.  Once the game is officially rescheduled, the FIFA certified referee, shall be paid the normal game fee amount by both coaches prior to the start of the game.

 

The current referee fees for the NVYSL are shown below:

 

REFEREE FEES

Fall 2011 & Spring 2012 Seasons

U-7/8

$8 per team

U-10

$10 per team

U-12

$12 per team

U-14

$24 per team

U-16

$28 per team

U-19

$32 per team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.WEATHER CANCELLATIONS

 

Coaches, referees, parents and players should check the website prior to the game to determine the leagues’ status of play, especially in the event of questionable weather. Decisions on whether or not the league will be playing will be posted on the homepage of the website by 7:30 AM on Saturdays, and 10:00 AM on Sundays.  If the League cancels play, games are NOT to be played.  If the League is playing, but after arriving at the field and it is raining or the field is un-playable, you, the other coach and the referee may cancel the game but you still must pay the referee.  If the game is re-scheduled, you will need to pay the referee fee again.  For FIFA officiated games, if the League is playing, but after arriving at the field and it is raining or the field is un-playable, you, the other coach and the referee may cancel the game but you still must pay the referee an amount equal to one-half of the cost to officiate the game.  Once the game is officially rescheduled, the FIFA certified referee shall be paid a full game fee amount by both coaches at the beginning of the game.

 

 

7.GAME SCHEDULES

 

Game schedules will be posted, and updated accordingly, only on the NVYSL’s website. Coaches are strongly encouraged to check the website prior to each game to determine if there have been any changes made to the game schedule.

 

 

8.GAME CANCELLATIONS

 

If you need to cancel a game, you must notify the other coach AND the League by 5 PM on the Wednesday prior to the game.  Please note that if this rule is not followed, your club will be fined.  Please notify the League by sending an email containing the following information – age group, boys or girls, field location, date and time of game, and the name and scheduling numbers of both teams – to the appropriate League Contacts noted below:

 

AGE GROUP

LEAGUE CONTACTS

U-7/8

Victor DeOliveira and Scott Smith

U-10 and U-12

Victor DeOliveira and Scott Smith

U-14, U-16 and U-19

Pete Csongradi and Scott Smith

 

If a cancelled game is then rescheduled, any need for future cancellations of that game subsequently requires 3 days prior notice from the reschedule date.  Please note that if this rule is not followed, your club will be fined.  Please follow the same notification of opposing coach and League representatives as above; however, specifically note in the email that this was a Rescheduled game to avoid any confusion.

 

 

 

 

9.FIELD INFORMATION

 

Information about the playing fields, along with driving directions, is posted on the website. Some fields even have maps.  Click this link or from the main menu bar on the website go to “Notices” and select “Field Directions & Maps” on the drop-down menu.

 

 

10.FIELD and GOAL DIMENSIONS

 

These are the recommended field and goal sizes for the various age groupings:

 

 

 

U-7/8

Field Size

35 yards wide by 50 yards long

Goal Size

6 feet high by 12 feet wide

U-10 U-12

40 yards wide by 60 yards long 50 yards wide by 70 yards long

7 feet high by 18 feet wide 7 feet high by 18 feet wide

U-14 and up

60 yards wide by 100 yards long

8 feet high by 24 feet wide

 

 

11.THE BALL

 

The ball size shall be as follows:

 

U-7/8            #3

U-10             #4

U-12             #4

U-14             #5

U-16             #5

U-19             #5

 

The home team as listed on the game schedule is responsible for providing the ball used for the game.

 

 

12.NUMBER OF PLAYERS ON THE FIELD (including goalkeeper)

 

U-7/8

6 vs. 6

U-14

11 vs. 11

U-10

8 vs. 8

U-16

11 vs. 11

U-12

8 vs. 8

U-19

11 vs. 11

 

Equal Playing Time: Coaches will play all players an equal amount of time. There is no exception to this rule.

Players should not be slotted to play only one position on the field, especially at the younger age groupings. Coaches are encouraged to adjust field strength to match the opposing team.  For example, if one team can only field six players, the opposing team should only field six players.  If a team is short players, coaches are strongly encouraged to share players and play a ‘friendly’ game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

13.ROSTERS

 

Maximum number of players on a roster:       Recommended number of players on a roster:

 

U7/8

12 players

U-14

22 players

U-10

16

U-16

22

U-12

16

U-19

22

 

Important Notes: Each coach must exchange rosters with the opposing coach prior to the start of the game. For U-14 and older teams, you must also provide a roster to the FIFA referee.  Roster must include the club’s name, age grouping, boys or girls, the coaches’ name and phone number, and the name of each player along with their jersey number.  Coaches may only play players that are officially registered with the NVYSL (those that have completed an RG-6 form).  Travel players (any player currently holding an active travel card) and in-season high school players (any player on a high school team roster) are not allowed to play in this League.  A Travel Player may play only upon completion of a PS-1 form and surrender his/her travel card, the club must have a copy of this document. Teams found to be in violation of this rule will be suspended for the remainder of the season and responsible for all fees for canceled games.

 

 

14.AGE GROUPINGS

 

The NVYSL uses August 1st, the current Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association’s (EPYSA) age group cutoff date, to determine the players age grouping. For example, a player must be younger than 12 years old prior to August 1st to play on a U-12 team. The current age groupings are shown below:

 

AGE GROUP CHART

Fall 2013 & Spring 2014 Seasons

Age Group

Born Between

Age Group

Born Between

U-7

8-1-07 & 7-31-08

U-13

8-1-01 & 7-31-02

U-8

8-1-06 & 7-31-07

U-14

8-1-00 & 7-31-01

U-9

8-1-05 & 7-31-06

U-15

8-1-99 & 7-31-00

U-10

8-1-04 & 7-31-05

U-16

8-1-98 & 7-31-99

U-11

8-1-03 & 7-31-04

U-17

8-1-97 & 7-31-98

U-12

8-1-02 & 7-31-03

U-18

8-1-96 & 7-31-97

 

 

U-19

8-1-95 & 7-31-96

 

 

 

 

15.SUBSTITUTION

 

In the U-7 through U-10 divisions, game substitutions shall be made only at the end of a quarter.

 

There is no limit on the number of players teams may substitute during a game for U-12 and older teams. Substitutions may be made ONLY after receiving permission from the referee, and only at the following times:

 

  1. On a throw-in with possession.
  2. On a goal kick, by either team.
  3. After the score of a goal, by either team.
  4. At the end of any period.
  5. During an injury stoppage, for the injured player only.  Note that the coach, and only the coach, may enter the field of play to check on the player.  And that this should only be done at the direction of the referee after he/she has stopped play.
  6. Whenever the other team substitutes for an injury, but only with a like number of players at the same time.

 

Although players may be substituted any time the above conditions present themselves, be mindful of the fact that experiencing the flow of the game is an important element in a player’s development. This is why the league opts to only allow substitutions at the end of quarters for its Under 10 teams, giving those players a chance to feel the game’s rhythm.

 

 

16.GAME TIMES and LENGTH

 

All teams must be at the field ready to play as games will begin promptly at their scheduled times. If a game extends beyond its scheduled time slot, and there are other teams waiting to begin play, the game in progress will be halted and the teams running late must leave the field.

 

Game Durations:

U-7/8         40-minute game broken into 10-minute quarters

U-10          48-minute game broken into 12-minute quarters

U-12          50-minute game broken into 25-minute halves

U-14          70 minute game broken into 35-minute halves

U-16          80 minute game broken into 40-minute halves

U-19          90 minute game broken into 45-minute halves

 

 

Half time is five (5) minutes long, with three (3) minutes between the other quarters.  Teams will be called back to the field a minute before this so the next quarter or half can start on time.

 

 

 

 

17.GAME or FIELD INCIDENTS

 

If you need to report a game or field incident, such as: a player gets hurt, a team runs up the score, a parent or coach abuses the referee, the field is not lined, etc., please send an e-mail to the appropriate League Contact noted below containing the following information – age group, boys or girls, field location, date and time of game, the name and number of both teams, and a description of the incident.

 

AGE GROUP

LEAGUE CONTACTS

E-MAIL

U-07 COED

Victoria Rose

rosebud7172@verizon.net

U-08 COED

Dan Terrell

terrelda@apci.com

U-10Boys/Girls

Chas Hein

tbhein@ptd.net

U-12 Girls

Rob Broekhuis

rob@robsplants.com

U-12 Boys

David Kentner

david.kentner@volvo.com; DS3K5@aol.com

U-14 and Older

Tino Babyan

tinobabyan@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

18.LOP-SIDED GAMES

 

IF A TEAM ACHIEVES A 4 GOAL LEAD, THE COACH OF THE TEAM WITH THE LEAD MUST MAKE A SERIOUS ATTEMPT TO RESTRAIN FROM ANY FURTHER RUN UP OF THE SCORE. THIS CAN BE DONE BY MOVING PLAYERS INTO UNFAMILIAR POSITIONS, INSTRUCTING THEM TO SHOOT WITH ONLY THEIR NON-DOMINANT LEG, OR DIRECTING THEM TO PASS MORE OFTEN.  IF THESE MEASURES ARE UNSUCESSFULL AND THE TEAM GOES UP BY 5 GOALS:          THE HIGH SCORING TEAM MUST REMOVE ONE (1) PLAYER FROM PLAY.

 

IF A TEAM GOES UP BY 7 GOALS:      THEN A TOTAL OF TWO (2) PLAYERS FROM THE HIGH SCORING TEAM MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE MATCH.

 

FOR A NON-FIFA REFEREED MATCH, THE TEAM’S ALSO HAVE ANOTHER OPTION TO HELP RESOLVE THE SCORE RUN-UP.

IF THE SCORE DIFFERENTIAL IS 5 GOALS THE LOWER SCORING TEAM MAY CHOSE TO ADD ONE (1) PLAYER TO THE MATCH.

 

IF THE SCORE GOES TO A 7 GOAL DIFFERENTIAL THEN TWO (2) PLAYERS MAY BE ADDED FOR THE LOWER SCORING TEAM.

 

AT NO POINT SHOULD A TEAM’S PLAYER COUNT EXCEED 11 PLAYERS ON THE FIELD.

 

COACHES SHOULD NOTIFY THEIR CLUB CONTACT IF THIS RULE IS NOT FOLLOWED.

 

 

 

 

  1. CONCLUSION OF GAME

 

At the conclusion of each game, all players and coaches should immediately:

 

  1. Acknowledge and thank the referee, and
  2. Acknowledge the other team by lining up at mid-field and shaking hands. Coaches must make sure this is done without incident.

 

20. PLAYER’S EQUI PME NT / SAFETY

 

Coaches shall confirm that all players are dress appropriately. Uniforms

All players shall have a numbered jersey as their top garment. Jerseys must have uniform colors for each team.  All goalkeepers must be dressed in a different colored jersey. The goalkeeper’s jersey does not need to be numbered.  One team may use pull over vestments of a different color in the event two teams with similar colored jerseys play each other. These vestments do not need to be numbered and will be worn over the teams numbered jerseys.

 

Safety

 

  • Coaches must inspect the field for any unsafe conditions prior to the start of practice and/or play.
  • If, after arriving at the field and the field is not playable, for whatever reason; you, the other coach, and the referee may cancel the game.  If lightning is evident, everyone must leave the field immediately.
  • Slide tackling, tackling from behind, and running the goalkeeper are strictly forbidden in this league.
  • All players must wear shin guards. Shin guards are to be worn with socks over the shin guard, not underneath, and then folded over the top.  Players will not be permitted to play without shin guards
  • Jewelry, except for medical alerts, may not be worn during a game. This includes, but is not limited to such items as:  earrings, bracelets, necklaces, watches, rings, etc.  Taping of the jewelry, such as newly pierced earrings, is not acceptable.  They must be removed in order to play.
  • No hooded sweatshirts are to be worn.
  • Baseball/Softball type cleats -- ones that have toe cleats -- may NOT be worn.  Metal cleats of any type are strictly forbidden.
  • The wearing of additional protective equipment such as a mouth guard or safety eye guards is highly encouraged.
  • A bleeding player will be immediately asked to leave the field of play. This player may be immediately substituted.  The injured player may return to the field of play once the bleeding has stopped, per normal substitution rules.
  • Players wearing splints or hard casts will not be permitted to play. This is to prevent re-injury to the player, as well as injury to others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

21.WHERE TO SIT and STAND

 

Each team shall set-up on opposite sides of the field.  The only exception to this is if there is not enough room on one of the sidelines.  Parents are also encouraged to stay on the same side as their team. No one may be behind the end line (i.e., behind the goalkeeper) during play.

 

Parents and other spectators must sit a minimum of 5 yards back from the sidelines.  This is for the safety of the players. No parents, or coaches, will be allowed to run up and down the sidelines.

 

Coaches, parents and/or spectators are not allowed on the field at anytime unless given permission by the referee.

 

 

22.LINESMEN

 

Two linesmen are to be appointed (one from each opposing team), whose duties, subject to the decision of the referee, are to indicate:

  1. when the whole of the ball has passed out of the field of play;
  2. which side is entitled to a corner kick, goal kick or throw-in, if so directed by the referee;

 

The linesmen will ASSIST the referee in such a manner as to enhance safety and accuracy of implementing calls in accordance with the Laws of the Game. Each appointed linesman will conduct their function on the opposing team’s sideline.

 

In the event of undue interference or improper conduct, the referee will relieve a linesman of their duties and if necessary make a report to the appropriate authorities.  A new linesman will be appointed to take over the function of the relieved assistant.

 

 

23.BALL IN / OUT OF PLAY

 

The ball must pass completely over the boundary lines, whether on the ground or in the air, for those boundaries to have an effect. These lines are considered to be in the field of play.  For example, the ball is out of bounds only when the ball is completely over the outside of the line.  A goal is scored only when the ball is completely over the goal line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

24.SCORING

 

The ball must be entirely over the goal line and between the uprights to be considered a score (i.e., a goal). A ball caught by a goalkeeper that is subsequently brought over the goal line by the goalkeeper, by falling or otherwise, is considered a goal.

 

 

25.THROW-INS

 

Throw-ins are awarded to the opposing team when the team with possession loses the ball entirely over the sideline, whether on the ground or in the air. The free throw is taken at the point where the ball left the field of play.  Per FIFA rules, if the ball is thrown illegally, the other team takes possession with a free throw from that same spot.

 

For U-7 through U-10 games, referees shall use their discretion on the violation of the throw-in law. Meaning, for the first three games only, the referee may allow the throw-in to be retaken at least once.  After the third game, FIFA rules shall apply.

 

Coaches should determine how the referee will enforce this rule prior to the start of the game.

 

 

26.GOAL KICKS

 

A goal kick is awarded to the defending team, when the attacking team kicks the ball entirely over the goal line.  The ball is put in play from within the 6-yard box.

 

 

 

 

For U-7 and U-8 teams, the goal kick is taken anywhere within the 18-foot penalty box. Most referees will put the ball on the outer most 18-foot line. This will put the ball further in the middle of the field of play.

 

 

27.CORNER KICKS

 

A corner kick is awarded to the attacking team, when the defending team kicks the ball entirely over their own goal line.  The balled is played from the corner, closest to where it left the field of play. The ball must take one full revolution, and must touch another player before the kicker can play it a second time.

 

For U-7 and U-8 teams, corner kicks are taken where the penalty box and goal line meet.  There will usually be a one-yard arc painted at this corner.

 

 

28.PENALTY KICKS

 

A penalty kick is taken at the penalty mark whenever there is a major foul committed within the penalty box by the defending team.

 

U-7 and U-8 teams do not take penalty kicks.  If there was a foul committed inside the penalty box that would be considered a penalty in regulation play, the foul would be taken as a corner kick instead of at the penalty mark.  This corner kick would be taken where the penalty box and goal line meet.

 

 

29.OFFSIDE

 

Offside occurs when a player is:

 

  1. nearer to the opponents goal line than the ball and there are fewer than two opposing players between he/she and the goal line,
  2. in the opinion of the referee, the player is involved in active play,
  3. gaining an advantage by being in an offside position.

 

Important Notes:

  • All three of the above criteria must be satisfied for the player to be penalized.
  • The Offside offense will not be called in the U-7/8 division.
  • Coaches should discourage “cherry picking,” especially at the U-7/8 level.
  • A player can be in an offside position with no call made.  Offside is only called when the offending player becomes part of the play of the ball; in other words, if the ball is passed to the offside player or if the offside player creates an obvious advantage to his team.
  • There is no offside offense on a throw-in, corner kicks, goal kicks, or when a player is on their own half of the field.
  • With the exception of goal kicks and corner kicks, there may be an offside offense on free kicks.

 

 

 

 

30.SLIDE TACKLES

 

Slide tackling, tackling from behind, and ‘takin g a run at the goalkeeper are strictly forbidden in this league. These fouls will be considered rough play and result in a direct free kick.

 

 

31.GOALKEEPER

 

Here are some points concerning the goalkeeper position.

 

  • The goalkeeper is considered to have control of the ball whenever he/she is touching it with any part of the hand or arms, even though it may not look like the goalkeeper has control over the ball. This rule will be strictly enforced for the safety of the players.
  • Arms and hands can only be used when the goalkeeper and ball are inside the penalty box area.
  • After controlling the ball, the goalkeeper must play the ball within six (6) seconds.
  • The goalkeeper may not use their hands on a pass from a teammate’s foot or a teammate’s throw-in. For U-7 and U-8 teams, the game is stopped and the rule is explained to the keeper. The game is continued with an indirect kick outside the 18-yard box by the opposing team.

 

 

 

 

32.SOCCER FIELD MARKINGS and USES

 

  • SIDELINE (TOUCH LINE) -- defines the field of play, when the ball goes completely over this line, whether on the ground or in the air, it is out of play.

 

  • GOAL LINE (END LINE) -- defines the field of play, when the ball goes completely over this line, whether on the ground or in the air, it is out of play, or a goal has been scored.

 

  • CENTER MARK -- used for kick offs, the ball is placed on this mark to start each quarter and after a goal has been score.

 

  • CENTER CIRCLE -- used for kick offs, the opposing team must stay outside this circle until the kicking team has played the ball.

 

  • CENTER LINE (HALFWAY LINE) -- for kick offs, each team must be on their half of the field until the ball is played. Also used in the offside rule. A player can’t be offside on his own half of the field.

 

  • GOAL BOX (6 yard line) -- the ball is placed on or behind this line when taking a goal kick.

 

  • CORNER ARCS -- the ball is placed inside this area when taking a corner kick.

 

  • PENALTY BOX AREA (18 yard line) --
    • The area in which the goalkeeper is allowed to handle the ball.
    • If a defending player commits a major foul inside this area, the opposing team gets a penalty kick instead of the normal direct free kick.
    • During a penalty kick, all players except the kicker and the goalkeeper must stay out of this area until the ball is played.
    • When a goal kick is taken, no one may touch the ball until it clears this area.
    • When a goal kick is taken, no one from the opposing team may enter the penalty box area until the ball clears the penalty area.

 

  • PENALTY KICK MARK -- This is where the ball is placed when taking a penalty kick.

 

  • PENALTY BOX ARC -- Only used on a penalty kick, no player is allowed in this area when a penalty kick is being taken.

 

See the diagram on the next page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

33.VIOLATIONS, FOULS AND OTHER ROUGH PLAY

 

There are clear FIFA guidelines on what is allowed and what is considered rough play.  These are summarized below.  All coaches are strongly encouraged to review these rules carefully with the players and their parents.  Referees will be encouraged to control rough play early.

 

Note:  A few of the violations are waived for U-7/8 teams.  Please take note of them.

 

 

MINOR Violations resulting in an INDIRECT FREE KICK

 

  • Trying to kick the ball from the goalkeeper while the goalie is in possession. The goalkeeper’s safety is of primary concern. Therefore, the goalkeeper is considered to be in control of the ball when  touching it with any part of his hand or arms and a foul will be called on any player trying to kick at a ball that meets this condition.
  • Interfering with the goalkeeper.
  • Goalkeeper takes too long to play the ball. The goalkeeper has six (6) seconds to put the ball back in play.  (Waived at U-7/8).
  • Goalkeeper handles a deliberate foot pass or throw-in from a teammate with their hands or arms.

(Waived at U-7/8).

  • Obstructing or interfering with an opponent (e.g. throwing a ‘pick’).
  • Touching the ball twice before another player touches it on a throw-in, kick off, free kick, corner kick, goal kick, or penalty shot.  (Retake at U-7/8 with a teaching moment).
  • Off-sides.  (Waived at U-7/8).
  • Engaging in dangerous play.  This includes a player lowering their head below the waist, making a play at the ball while lying on the ground, or trying to kick at the ball above the waist all with an opponent within playing distance.

 

 

MAJOR Violations resulting in a DIRECT FREE KICK

 

  • Kicking or tripping an opponent.  Incidental contact with an opponent while trying to play the ball is not considered kicking an opponent.
  • Striking an opponent.
  • Jumping into an opponent.
  • Deliberately handling the ball with hands or arms.
  • Holding an opponent (includes grabbing the uniform).
  • Pushing an opponent.
  • Charging an opponent in a violent or dangerous manner.  Shoulder-to-shoulder contact is allowed provided at least one foot is on ground and both players are upright with arms close to their sides.
  • There are no Direct Kicks at U7/U8

 

 

 

 

Violations resulting in a VERBAL CAUTION and an INDIRECT FREE KICK

 

  • Abusive or foul language.
  • Persistent violations.
  • Unsporting conduct (e.g., taunting, kicking the ball away after play is stopped).

 

 

Violations resulting in an EJECTION.

 

  • Intentional spitting at an opponent or the referee.
  • Fighting.

 

 

34.STARTS and RE-STARTS

 

There are different ways play can be started, or re-started, depending on how the ball went out of play.  For most violations of the restart rules, the restart is simply redone. For example, if on a kick off, the ball is kicked backwards or the other team moves into the circle before the kick, the play is stopped and the kick off retaken.

 

Kick off -- this is a kick taken from the center of the field at the beginning of each quarter or half, and after a goal is scored.

  • The team taking the initial kick off at the beginning of a game is determined by a coin toss.
  • Teams then alternate at the beginning of the remaining quarters.
  • After a goal, the team against whom the goal was scored takes the kick off.
  • The ball must travel into the opponent’s half of the field on the first touch (i.e., the ball must move forward.).
  • If the ball does not travel in a forward direction, the kick is retaken.
  • A goal may be scored directly from the kick off.
  • The player kicking off may not touch the ball again until another player touches it.
  • If the kicking player touches the ball twice before another player touches it, the other team gets an indirect free kick.
  • Each team’s players must stay on their half of the field, until the ball is kicked.
  • The team not kicking off must stay outside of the center circle until the ball is kicked.

 

Throw-Ins -- this is a free throw awarded to the opposing team when the team with possession loses the ball entirely over the sideline, whether on the ground or in the air.  The free throw is taken at the point that the ball left the field of play.

  • Both feet must be on or behind the sideline.
  • Both feet must stay on the ground when the ball is thrown.
  • Ball must be thrown with both hands.
  • Ball must be thrown directly over the head.
  • The thrower may not touch the ball again until someone else touches it first (you can not throw the ball to yourself.).

 

 

 

 

Goal Kick -- this is a kick taken when the ball crosses the end line and is last touched by the attacking team.

  • The kick is taken from anywhere within the 6-yard box (goal area) of the defending team.
  • The ball must pass beyond the 18-yard box (penalty area) before another player can touch it.
  • The kicker cannot touch the ball again until someone else touches it.
  • A goal cannot be scored directly from the goal kick.
  • Opposing players must stand outside the penalty area when the goal kick is taken.

 

Corner Kick -- this kick is taken when the ball crosses the end line and is last touched by the defending team

  • The kick is taken from anywhere on or inside the corner arc.
  • The ball may be kicked by anyone on the team.
  • The opposing team must stay at least ten yards away from the ball until it is kicked.
  • Once kicked, the ball must touch another player before the kicker can play it a second time.
  • A goal can be scored directly from the corner kick.

 

Drop Ball -- this occurs when the referee cannot determine who touched the ball last.

  • A member of each team stands at the drop ball point facing the goal at which they are trying to score.
  • The referee drops the ball between them and they kick it after it touches the ground.
  • They may continue to play the ball (there is no second touch rule for drop balls).

 

 

 

 

 

35.FREE KICK RULES

 

When a foul occurs (described later) the referee may blow the whistle to stop the game. The team that fouled loses the ball. The other team will restart the game with a free kick from the point of the foul.

  • The ball is placed on the ground at the point of the foul.
  • Anyone on the team that was fouled may kick the ball.
  • All players on the fouling team must stay at least 10 yards away from the ball (5 yards at U7/U8), until the ball is kicked.
  • The kicker may not touch the ball again until someone else touches it (you can not kick the ball to yourself).
  • There are two types of free kicks:  Indirect and Direct.
  • The referee should tell the players if it is an indirect or direct free kick. On an in-direct free kick, the referee should keep his hand extended above his head until the ball is touched the second time.

 

Indirect Free Kick -- kick awarded after an infraction (see section on violations)

  • The ball must touch another player before it can go into the goal for a score. Note: That touch could be the goalkeeper attempting to save the ball.
  • The free kick is taken from the point where the infraction occurred.
  • The opposing team must stand at least ten yards away on the kick.
  • Once kicked the ball must touch another player before the kicker can play it a second time.

 

Direct Free Kick -- kick awarded after an infraction (see section on violations)

  • A goal can be scored directly from a direct free kick.
  • The free kick is taken from the point where the infraction occurred.
  • The opposing team must stand at least ten yards away on the kick.
  • Once kicked the ball must touch another player before the kicker can play it a second time.

 

Penalty Kick -- a penalty kick is a direct free kick awarded to the attacking team when a defending player commits a major foul within the 18-yard penalty box area.

  • The penalty shot is taken from the penalty spot (12 yards in front of the goal).
  • Any player may take the penalty kick once properly identified.
  • All players, except the kicker and the goalkeeper, must remain outside the penalty area including the penalty-restraining arc until the kick is taken.
  • The kicker must move forward, without stopping and kick the ball forward.
  • Once kicked, the ball must touch another player before the kicker can play it a second time.
  • A goal can be scored directly from a penalty kick.
  • The goalkeeper must remain on the goal line, facing the kicker, between the goalposts and is not allowed to move until the ball is kicked.
  • The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves forward. That is, if it does not score and bounces into the field of play, the game continues and anyone may kick it.  The kicker may not touch the ball again until someone else touches it.  If the ball bounces off the goalkeeper, anyone can play it.  If the ball rebounds off the goal post, the kicker must not touch it until someone else does first.
  • U-7 and U-8 teams do not take penalty kicks. They are replaced with a corner kick taken where the penalty box and goal line meet.

 

 

 

 

36.ADVANTAGE RULE

 

If calling a foul would punish the fouled team and help the fouling team, the referee may ignore the call by using the advantage rule. As an example: a player dribbles past the last defender and moves in to shoot on goal. The last defender grabs the player’s shirt to try to keep him from shooting, but the player breaks away. If the referee calls a foul now, the player would loose his chance to shoot on goal. The referee should let the play go on. The referee will signal the advantage rule by holding both arms out in front of his/her body and shouting ”Play on.” Once the advantage is given, the referee cannot call that foul later if the person does not shoot or score.

 

 

37.REFEREE SIGNALS

 

  • Throw-In -- The referee will point in the direction of the throw-in.

 

  • Goal kick -- The referee will point to the goal area.

 

  • Corner Kick -- The referee will point to the corner of the field.

 

  • Goal Scored -- The referee will point to the center circle.

 

  • Free Kick -- The referee will move to the point of the foul and point in the direction of the kick.

 

  • Indirect Free Kick -- Same as the free kick, but the referee will extend hands above his/her head.

 

  • Off-Sides -- The referee will point to the off-sides player, indicate where the off-sides occurred and then signal for an indirect free kick.

 

  • Advantage -- The referee will extend both arms out in front if his/her body.

 

  • Whistle -- The referee will blow his/her whistle 3 times to signal the end of the quarter, half and game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note each season, ALL coaches must acknowledge they have read and agree to follow the rules as outlined in

 

this document.  To make the acknowledgement, click this

 

LINK to send an email to the NVYSL - Director of

 

Membership indicating your acceptance.  The body text of the e-mail response must include the words “I AGREE” in

addition to your name and club affiliation.

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

NVYSL Zero Tolerance Policies

 

Spirit of the Game

 

  1. This is a recreational league and as such scores are not recorded. With that said it is essential that all clubs follow Rule # 18.

 

  1. Teams and coaches are expected to line up and shake hands upon completion of the game. It should be noted that misconduct during this process is treated the same as misconduct during the game, with offenders subject to disciplinary action.

 

  1. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of themselves, their players and spectators. The coach is expected to control his/her sideline and to put an end to any conduct detrimental to the good of the game. Coaches are also expected to address problems noted to them by the referee.

 

  1. Coach and assistant coaches performing their role in the NVYSL agree to abide by the information set forth in the NVYSL Soccer Rules and Information document.

 

 

  1. EXPULSION FROM GAME AND SUSPENSIONS

 

Except as described below, all send-offs shall be penalized in accordance with EPYSA Arbitration Board Article VI.

 

Statement of Philosophy: It is the intent of the following suspension penalties to promote fair play and sportsmanlike behavior on the part of all players and coaches. The purpose of the NVYSL is to provide competition between instruction level teams from member soccer organizations, and to promote, foster and perpetuate the game of soccer on the youth level in accordance with the highest standards of good sportsmanship and fair play. The league sincerely hopes that no player or coach will ever be sent off in accordance with Law XII in the FIFA Laws of the Game.

However, in the event a send-off occurs, the following penalties will be enforced with the sincere wish that players and coaches who face the suspensions will consider their behavior and change their actions in future matches.

 

  1. A player or team official who has been ordered from the field of play or the sideline areas shall automatically incur the penalty set forth in NVYSL Rules and Information Section V.

 

  1. The referee may order said individual to leave the immediate area of the field so that the game may be resumed with as little interference or disruption as possible.

 

  1. The referee’s game report shall immediately initiate action against the ejected individual.

 

  1. A player, while under suspension, shall not be released by his club until the completion of the team’s playing season or the end of the seasonal year. A team official, while under suspension, shall not change his team and/or club affiliation.

 

  1. All periods of suspension shall run continuously.

 

  1. Game suspensions in order to be valid must be served during regulation length games.

 

  1. Game suspensions in effect at the end of one playing season or registration year shall remain in effect even into the following playing season or registration year until the full period of suspension has been satisfied.

 

  1. Suspensions as the result of offenses committed during the final game of a playing season or registration year shall carry forward into the next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Game suspensions received as a result of misconduct in a NVYSL league game or as a result of infraction of league rules must be served in contests within the NVYSL league.

 

  1. A player or team official who receives a suspension for an extended period of time (i.e. a period of months or years) shall be suspended from all soccer activity during the term of the suspension.

 

  1. Spectators suspended see NVYSL Rules and Information Section 2.I

 

 

  1. PENALTIES

All penalties shall be in accordance with EPYSA Arbitration Board Article VII. All players and team officials shall be subject to the minimum penalties described below. Additional disciplinary actions above and beyond USSF, EPYSA, or NVYSL guidelines may be assessed by appropriate league officials or by a discipline committee appointed by the Chairman of the NVYSL.

 

Use of an Ineligible Player or Coach

 

  1. A club which fields a player or coach who is found to be ineligible because of improper or non-registration, shall suffer forfeiture of all games in which said player or coach participated. Improper registration includes but is not limited to in-season high school players and players registered on a travel team.

 

  1. In addition, a minimum fine of $50 per ineligible player or coach per game, in which the player(s) or coach(es) participated, shall be levied by the NVYSL against the offending club.

 

  1. Any team or club official who knowingly permits the use of an ineligible player may be subject to additional penalty as determined by the NVYSL board.

 

  1. If a team is found to be using a player who is not on the EPYSA approved roster for that team, the league game will be forfeited and the ineligible player fee will be assessed accordingly.

 

Players (i.e. Red Card) or Coaches (i.e. Ejected) Sent from the Field of Play

 

Note: It is the sincere hope of the NVYSL that the highest standards of Sportsmanship and fair play are demonstrated in all NVYSL games. Understanding that this may not always occur, it is the feeling of the NVYSL that a significant penalty shall apply to players who are guilty of misconduct. The intention of the following penalties is to deter misconduct and the hope is that our coaches and players will conduct themselves as ladies and gentlemen on and off the field. Finally, all penalties are the minimum for each offense. Pending review by the board, further penalties may be applied for offenses considered to be “very serious.”

 

  1. Player sent off for violent conduct.

 

First Offense

Minimum 3 Game Suspension

Second Offense

Minimum 6 Game Suspension

 

  1. Player sent off for serious foul play.

 

First Offense

Minimum 2 Game Suspension

Second Offense

Minimum 4 Game Suspension

 

 

 

 

  1. Player sent off for offensive, insulting, foul/abusive language or gestures directed at referee, coaches, players, and spectators or a player sent off for spitting at an opponent or any other person.

 

First Offense

Minimum 1 Game Suspension

Second Offense

Minimum 2 Game Suspension

 

  1. Player sent off for persistent misconduct (equals receiving 2 cautions in the same game).

 

First Offense

Minimum 1 Game Suspension

Second Offense

Minimum 2 Game Suspension

 

  1. A Coach Sent From the Field for any reason.

 

A coach who is sent off (ejected) for any reason will be suspended immediately from all NVYSL events/teams until the completion of a minimum of 2 games for the team which the suspension was received, pending review by the board regarding whether additional penalties should apply.  Furthermore, if said season has fewer than two games remaining, the suspension will carry over to the next season.

 

Persistent Misconduct

 

A player, who in a given season accumulates 3 individual cautions, shall be suspended for 1 game. A second accumulation of 3 cautions (total of 6) within the same season shall result in an additional suspension of two games.

 

Further misconduct on the part of the individual shall be sufficient cause for the NVYSL Executive Board to consider additional penalty.

 

In all cases of misconduct outlined in NVYSL Rules and Information Section 2.B and C, action will be initiated by the referee’s game report.

 

Refusal to Play

 

A team or club which refuses to play a scheduled league game shall forfeit said game and be held liable for the payment of a $50 fine in addition to all applicable referee fees.

 

Forfeited Games

 

Note: It is the sincere desire of the NVYSL that all scheduled games be played to provide competition for all teams entered in a given season. Forfeits are a disappointment to the teams and to the league. The purpose of the following penalties is to deter any and all forfeits.

 

  1. The forfeiting team will be responsible for applicable referee fees.

 

  1. The forfeiting team will also be subject to a $50 fine payable to the league. Such fines will be deducted from the club’s performance bond.

 

  1. Any shortfall created in a club’s bond due to forfeits and other fines shall render that club in poor standing with the NVYSL until such time as the performance bond is re-posted to the full amount.

 

  1. The referee assignor shall, at his/her earliest convenience, inform the league of all forfeited games and any referee fees due.

 

 

 

 

 

Payment of Fines and Re-Posting of Forfeiture Bonds

 

  1. Barring cause under appeal, fines not paid and forfeit bonds not re-posted within the time limit stipulated below shall result in the delinquent club to be declared to be in “bad standing.” Clubs in “bad standing” shall be ineligible to participate in further competition in NVYSL games until the appropriate financial obligations have been fulfilled.

 

  1. The NVYSL time limit for the payment of fines and/or the re-posting of forfeit bonds shall be 30 days from the date a fine is imposed or a bond is declared forfeited.

 

  1. A minimum balance of $250 shall be in club bond accounts at all times.

 

Detrimental to the Good of the League

 

Any action or behavior by players, coaches, or spectators that is determined to be detrimental to the league will be subject to fines and penalties as determined by the NVYSL board.

 

EPYSA Arbitration Rules

 

EPYSA arbitration rules shall have precedence over NVYSL rules where conflicts exist.

 

Appeals protest and grievance procedure

 

Appeals protest and grievance procedures are outlined in Article VII of the NVYSL By-Laws. The By-Laws are available from club and league officials, as well as, on the NVYSL website.

 

 

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After the receipt of a referee report, all infractions will be immediately reviewed by the three Age Group coordinators and the rulings decreed [no later than Wednesday of the week following the game in which the infraction(s) occurred].  If the rulings require additional measures the NVYSL Board will enact those decisions in a timely manner.