UPCOMING EVENTS

THE NEXT GAMES IS SCHEDULED FOR MAY 2013.




Soccer

CATEGORIES AND NUMBER OF PLAYERS ON THE FIELD:

 

Male:
Under 8 – min 8 players

Under 12 –  min 8 players

Under 17 –  min 8 players

Under 35 –  min 8 players

Over 35 –  min 8 players

 

Female:

Under 13 - min 8 players

Over 14 - min 8 players

Games will be played with the smallest registered amount of player on either side, with one more player added to the team with the correct registered amount of players.  (Eg: if team A shows up with 8 players and team B with 12 players; team A will send send 8 players and team B with 9 players). 

FIELD and GOAL DIMENSIONS

Field Size: 50 yds x 90 yds

Goal Size : 8' H x 21" W


THE BALL: Ball size # 5

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

On a throw-in with possession.

On a goal kick, by either team.

After the score of a goal, by either team.

At the end of any period.

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.

Whenever the other team substitutes for an injury, but only with a like number of players at the same time.

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- 9-13 40-minute game broken into 20-minute halves
U- 14-18 60-minute game broken into 30-minute halves
U-18 & up 70minute game broken into 35-minute halves
Half time is five (10) minutes long,

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

Acknowledge and thank the referee, and

Acknowledge the other team by lining up at mid-field and shaking hands.

Coaches must make sure this is done without incident.

PLAYER’S EQUIPMENT / 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.

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.

LINESMENHYPERLINK "http://www.fifa.com/flash/lotg/football/en/Laws6_01.htm"
Two linesmen are to be appointed (one from each opposing team), whose duties, subject to the decision of the referee, are to indicate:
a. When the whole of the ball has passed out of the field of play;
b. 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. Appointed linesmen 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.

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.

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.

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 would enforce this rule prior to the start of the game.

GOAL KICKSHYPERLINK "http://www.fifa.com/flash/lotg/football/en/Laws16_01.htm"
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.

CORNER KICKSHYPERLINK "http://www.fifa.com/flash/lotg/football/en/Laws17_01.htm"
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.

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 were 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.

OFFSIDEHYPERLINK "http://www.fifa.com/flash/lotg/football/en/Laws11_01.htm"
Offside occurs when a player is:

Nearer to the opponents goal line than the ball and there are fewer than two opposing players between he/she and the goal line,

In the opinion of the referee, the player is involved in active play,

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.

SLIDE TACKLES
Slide tackling, tackling from behind, and ‘taking 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.

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.

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 there 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 accept 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.

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).

Offsides. (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.

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.

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 there 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 ballpoint 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).

FREE KICK RULESHYPERLINK "http://www.fifa.com/flash/lotg/football/en/Laws13_01.htm"
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, 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.

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.

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.

 
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