Rules

  • 1. PRE-GAME INFORMATION:
    • Have players wear same color uniforms (no numbers or names required).  Goalies should have opposite color of the field players.
    • Indoor or tennis shoes are best. Players wearing improper indoor or outdoor shoes may not be allowed to play. (Referee & managers decision)
    • Shin Guards are required.

    2. FAIR PLAY RULE:

    • Any team trailing by five or more goals can add one player to the field (no more than one extra player).  Trailing team is not required to add a player

    3. GAME MANAGEMENT / FORFEITS

    • The clock only stops for serious injuries.
    • There is a one-minute rest time between halves. Please be aware of this constraint. Clock will start after the one-minute time frame.
    • Game time is forfeit time. Please be on time. Many teams are playing outdoor games or have other conflicts, which play as scheduled. Warm-up time may be waived if games are behind. This is to ensure that games are as close to on-time as possible
    • Games are only cancelled due to bad weather or other acts of God. The update lines are as follows:
      • If at any time you feel the weather conditions are not good for you to travel then please do not travel to your game. Some areas may be worse than others, but games may be played. It is better to forfeit than to not arrive at all.

    5. SUBSTITUTIONS & FREE KICK:

    • ALL FREE KICKS ARE INDIRECT
    • Substitutions are allowed “on the fly” or ANY dead ball situation.
    • Little guys sometimes do not have stoppages, so the ref may “invent” a whistle to help get subs in and out. We want the kids to play 🙂

    6. ROSTERS / SCORES & STANDINGS:

    • Each player must fill out a roster form Online and have parents check the waiver box. This can be done online through our GTS system. Only rostered players will be able to access schedules and standings.
    • Games scores and standings will be posted on www.gametimesportsplex.com. Winning team must contact GTS with incorrect scores to the correct facility before final standings are posted.
    • GTS recognizes rosters by Grade or Age. There are exceptions to this so ask your soccer coordinator. Management can refuse a player into a league for any reason.
    • Players cannot play on dual rosters if the teams are in the same bracket. There are exceptions to this rule but are stated by the soccer coordinator before league starts.

    7. NUMBER OF COACHES:

    • Only 2 coaches on each bench please.
    • One coach will be allowed on the field for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten leagues ONLY.

    8. NEW Youth Head Ball Rulings 2017-18:

    • No intentional head balls allowed, official’s discretion.
    • Rule will follow SLYSA and US Soccer for league play.
    • 2007 birth year league (this covers all the possible league names) or younger will not be allowed to intentionally head the ball.
    • Must be under control of their body and have a reasonable time to react to be considered a foul.
    • Deflection or blocked shots would not be considered a violation of this rule.
    • When called by the official, a simple indirect restart takes place at the point of the infraction.
    • If the head ball occurs in the box by the defending team and the official feels there was a more than reasonable chance that there would have been a goal, then the official may award a penalty kick. In most cases this would be very rare. Players will take awhile to get use to this new rule and we understand.

    9. Order of determining playoffs

    1. Most points
    2. Direct head to head
    3. Least goals against all opponents during league play
    4. Number of shutouts in that session (including forfeits)
    5. Coin Toss (Rock/Paper/Scissors/Lizard/Spock)

    FIRST AND SECOND GRADE LEAGUE

    All stoppage in play requires a whistle restart for Kindergarten thru 2nd Grade League.

    1. If the goalie does kick or throw over the half line in the air, the other team gets a restart kick at the centerline. It is an indirect kick from the center line. The Goalie has unlimited use of hands. Referee may enforce five-second rule only when necessary.
    2. All kicks are indirect. A goal MAY NOT be scored off a direct kick off. Deflections off defender or goalie will not count.
    3. The Goalie, after possessing the ball with their hands, cannot throw or kick the ball in the air over the Centerline. This rule caused some confusion in the past. The idea is not to have the ball punted back and forth between the Goalies. Therefore, the ball cannot be drop kicked in the 1st and 2nd grade leagues. Teams have had the goalie pick up the ball with their hands, and then bounce the ball and then kick.  Once the ball leaves the goalies’ hands it is a live ball.  It can be attacked.  If the ball is rolling to the Goalie and they have not picked it up they are just like any other field player and can kick it anywhere.
    4. Teams will not switch ends at half time. This allows coaches to coach from the bench and gain easy access to the players and substitutions. Your bench should always be at your goalies end of the field.

     

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