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Rules

STATEN ISLAND SOCCER LEAGUE HOUSE RULES

ADDENDUM

The FIFA Rule Book as of 6/93 will be basic rule for the league with the following changes (which are grouped by topic).

CONDUCT

  1. Each coach is responsible for the conduct of their assistants and parents. If either becomes abusive to the referee and/or interfere with the playing of the game a red or yellow card is to be issued and noted on the line-up sheet. If a coach has been red carded, he must leave the area of the field and play can continue if an assistant coach is listed on the line- up sheet. If no assistant coach is listed or the situation is out of control, the game is to be terminated. A report is to be filed with the league immediately, giving the details. Clubs are responsible for fines that are levied against coaches or parents.

  2. If a red card is issued to a player, coach or assistant coach, the player's pass is to be pulled by the referee, noted on the line-up sheet and placed in the scorebox.

  3. Yellow cards: An accumulation of two yellow cards during a season for contact fouls will require a one (1) game suspension with an additional one (1) game for each yellow card thereafter. All suspensions will be automatic and subject to Executive Board review.

THE GAME

Pre-Game:

  1. No player can play unless the referee has been presented with an ID card with a picture and have had their equipment checked. All players must appear on the official line-up form with uniform numbers posted before the game with full first and last names. Player passes will be required for the first week of play in each season. A team lacking proper passes will forfeit games. Coaches and assistant coaches are also required to have proper passes. The pass will have the coach's name, photo, license and number, signature and club name. The referee will make a notation on the line- up sheet when a parent fills in for a coach.

  2. Coaches are responsible to make sure that their players, parents and assistant coaches are not on the same side of the field as the opposing team. Depending on field orientation, New Dorp Lane or New Dorp High School side of the field is the home team side of the field. Notify referee of any violations before the game or when a violation is discovered. No one is allowed behind the goal lines during the game. A verbal warning will be issued, then a yellow card.

  3. Play can be started with only seven (7) players except under 8 ("B" field) division where six (6) players are needed. Play must begin within fifteen (15) minutes of the starting time,

  4. Each team must supply a linesman; the referee will instruct them and will supply flags.

  5. If game starts late, each half may be shortened in order to maintain the schedule. The referee must advise each coach, prior to the start of the game, how much each half has been shortened. Both halves must be shortened by equal amounts but not more than five (5) minutes per half.

  6. If there is no referee, the game must be played. Any licensed referee can do it or each coach will share half the field. If game is not played, both teams will receive a forfeit.

  7. Player Equipment:

    1. Shin guards and soccer cleats are mandatory. (No sneakers.)

    2. The following equipment is allowed by the Staten Island Youth Soccer League:

      1. Glasses with wire encased by plastic or sport glasses.

      2. Shin guards or a cup worn to prevent injury.

      3. Soft bandages such as ace bandage, elbow or knee pads that are soft without hard objects underneath.

    3. The following are not permitted:

      1. Hard or soft casts or splints.

      2. Chains, rings, watches.

      3. Earrings and beaded hair restraints.

Game:

  1. Blood Rule: In the event a player draws blood (cut, bloody nose, etc.), the referee must stop the game and the following must occur:

    1. The injured player must immediately leave the field of play.

    2. The injured player must be attended to on the sidelines before being allowed to re-enter the game. Cuts and surrounding areas must be  cleaned of all blood and the wound bandaged. In the case of a bloody

  2. The four step rule will be enforced in the following divisions: Under 19, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8 (non-B fields). In all other divisions, the four step rule is to be encouraged only.

  3. The offside rule will be enforced in under 10 through 19 divisions. Offside rule will also apply to the under 8 non-"B" field. In the non-"B" field under 8 division, a player lingering in the goal area of the opposing team in an offside position to gain an advantage will be called for obstruction. An indirect kick will be awarded to the defensive team.

  4. Substitution will be allowed only on your throw in. Either team can substitute on a goal kick. No team can substitute on a corner kick. When a player is injured and play has been stopped, only the injured player can be substituted. The opposing team may be allowed a corresponding substitution. Free substitution by either team will be allowed after a goal is scored and before the start of the second half.

  5. Game is official when the second half starts (roll of ball).

  6. Games:

    1. The following are length of games, size of ball and comers for division:

Division Time Ball Corners Referee Fees
Under 6 20 minute halves 3 short $14.00
Under 8 20 minute halves 4 short $14.00
Under 10 25 minute halves 4 short $16.00

Under 12

30 minute halves

4

long

$18.00

Under 14

30 minute halves*

5

long

$20.00

* Usually 30 minutes in the fall season

  1. Each coach to pay half of the referee fees.

  2. Selected Under 8 divisions will play 11 v 11 on a larger field. Assignment of the field will determine the number of players permitted on the field

  3. Games are official after the start of the second half (roll of ball).

CLUB

  1. Minimum coaching requirement will be an "F" license.

  2. All postponements should be requested prior to the schedules being prepared for final distribution prior to each season at the league meeting for postponement.    Absolutely no exceptions for game postponement. Remember seven (7) players constitutes a team.

  3. At the start of each season, a specified date will be given for the official close of that season. No games will be played after that date.

  4. Club fees to the league are to be paid within three (3) weeks of opening day. Any payment made within the fourth week must include a $50.00 fine. If not paid after this date, all games will be forfeited and the clubs will still be held responsible to pay all fees.

  5. Fines levied against a club due to a grievance must be paid within two (2) weeks of notification or the offending club will forfeit all future games.

  6. No-shows: If a team can not show for a game, the club must notify the other club and the referee assignor forty-eight (48) hours ahead of the scheduled game. Failure to do so will result in a $25.00 find and payment of referee fees. In the event of a "no-show", the "showing" team should not pay the referee's fee.

  7. The final standing will be decided on the basis of total points first. If two teams have the same number of points, the tie will be broken in the following manner and in this order:

    1. Most wins

    2. Head to head. If more than two teams are tied, this criteria will be eliminated.

    3. If the teams are still tied, first place will be shared by the teams.

  8. Exception to 1 Player: 1 Team Per Age Group

    1. A girl playing on an all-girls division would be permitted to play on a co-ed team in the same club.

YELLOW CARD RULE

IF A PLAYER IS ISSUED HIS/HER FIRST YELLOW CARD (SECOND IS AUTOMATIC EJECTION), SAID PLAYER IS TO BE IMMEDIATELY SUBSTITUTED FOR. PLAYER MAY RE-ENTER THE GAME AT THE NEXT AVAILABLE SUBSTITUTION. THE SPIRIT OF THIS RULE IS TO ALLOW A COACH TO CALM A PLAYER AND AVOID ADDITIONAL PENALTIES THAT MIGHT BE OTHERWISE INCURRED. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PLAYER IS TO REMAIN IN THE GAME IF HIS/HER REMOVAL WOULD BRING THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS ON THE FIELD BELOW THE MINIMUM REQUIRED NUMBER.

For example, an U-12 game requires a minimum of 7 players. If a team has only 7 players, then the player who is yellow carded is to be allowed to play on, since the removal of said player would leave only 6 players on the field, which is below the required 7 player minimum.

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