Genders

NYCSL recognizes 2 types of team genders:

  1. Teams with females only are girls' teams.
  2. All other teams are boys' teams.

Eligibility

All teams must be registered with NYCSL and have US Club Soccer passes and the official US Club Soccer team roster. All information must be current. All players participating in a game must be listed on the US Club official roster. Age-eligible players from another team within your club may be handwritten on the bottom of the roster, but must include name, date of birth and US Club pass expiration date. US Club passes, all from the same club, must be used for all NCYSL play. No coach or player may participate if his or her pass is not provided to the referee.

For U7 and U8 teams, coaches should exchange rosters and have on hand a pass for each participating player, as referees are not provided.

Roster Size

The master roster size for US Club teams is 26. Master rosters are not frozen and may include any valid US Club carded player within the Club.

Guest Players

Guest players are NOT permitted in any NYCSL competition. Guest players are defined as players with US Club passes from another club.

PLAYER REGISTRATION

Eligibility

Eligibility is open to all youth irrespective of race, nationality, color or religious affiliation or non-affiliation. The league is limited to youth players. A youth player is any person other than a professional or amateur player.

Age Eligibility

Players must be registered with US Club. Players are bound to play on only one Club in the league. Players are permitted to play on any age-appropriate team, from within their own Club.

Player Transfer

Teams must satisfy US Club’s transfer requirements for NYCSL league play.

NPL ONLY: Any player who has already been rostered for an NYCSL NPL match in this NYCSL NPL seasonal year is free to transfer to a different club at any time but is ineligible to further participate in  NYCSL NPL competition until the end of the NYCSL NPL seasonal year during which the transfer has occurred. The NYCSL NPL seasonal year is defined as NYCSL NPL game #1 for the specific age group through the conclusion of the US Club soccer NPL championship finals. This rule shall not preclude a player from transferring his or her player membership to another club or participating in other leagues and or competitions separate and apart from  NYCSL NPL.

COACH REGISTRATION

Eligibility

Eligibility to coach is open to all adults irrespective of race, nationality, color or religious affiliation or non-affiliation. Clubs are responsible for selecting coaches. The Clubs' coaches must adhere to the rules, regulations and guidelines set forth by the league. The league is not responsible for the selection process or for providing coaches to the Clubs.

Minimum Age of a Coach

An individual must have attained the minimum age of 18 years old in order to coach up to U14 and 21 years old in order to coach up to U18, prior to being issued a US Club pass.

Coach Presence at Games

The Club must have a coach from within the same club, at all scheduled matches in which the team participates. The coach must be in possession of a valid US Club coaching pass, from the same club as the team. A Coach must be present throughout the entire match or the match will be terminated and forfeited to the opponent, 3-0. A maximum of three (3) coaches are permitted on the team sidelines per match.

Multiple Coaching Passes

Coaches may have a US Club pass for each Club in which they coach. Coaches may only coach for a team affiliated with the same Club and USSF entity, and the pass they use must be present at the scheduled match.

RULES OF PLAY

All US Club sanctioned competitions must be played in accordance with the most current FIFA laws of the Game and the modifications noted within these rules unless specifically accepted by authorization of the NYCSL Executive Board. It is the responsibility of all coaches and referees to be thoroughly familiar with and abide by the FIFA laws and these modifications.

Ball Size

  • U7-U8¬†teams utilize ball size #3

  • U9-U12¬†teams utilize ball size #4

  • U13¬†and older teams all utilize ball size #5

NPL ONLY: Host Club must provide at least three (3) balls for each game, with a minimum of one(1) ball placed behind each goal.

Duration of the Game

Age Group Duration of the Game
U7,U8 4 ‚Äď 10 minute quarters
U9,U10 2 ‚Äď 25 minute halves
U11,U12 2 ‚Äď 30 minute halves
U13, U14 2 ‚Äď 35 minute halves
U15, U16 2 ‚Äď 40 minute halves
U17, U18-19 2 ‚Äď 45 minute halves
  • Quarter breaks are five (5) minutes for U7 and U8 age groups.
  • Halftimes are five (5) minutes for U9 and older age groups.
  • There shall be no overtime periods in regular NYCSL league competition.

Field Size and Age Group Format

The field of play shall conform to FIFA Law I, except as listed.

***U7 and U8: Requires 2 fields adjacent to one another as each U7 teams plays 2 games simultaneously and each U8 teams plays 2 games simultaneously. There are no penalty boxes or penalty kicks for U7 or U8.
Age Group Format Approximate Field Size-Range (Yds) Goal Size (Ft)
U7-U8*** 4v4 (No Goalkeeper) 15/25 x 25/35 (two adjacent fields) Min:3x5 - Max:4x6 *
U9-U10 7v7** 35/45 x 55/65 Min:6x12 - Max:7x21 *
U11-U12 9v9 45/55 x 70/80 Min:6x12 - Max:7x21 *
U13 and older 11v11 60 x 110 8 x 24
* Both goals MUST be the same size; pop up goals may be used but must be secured to the ground.
** For 7v7 format, build out lines are required, equidistant between the penalty area and halfway line. Build Out Lines should be marked in a different color than the field markings, alternatively FLAT line markers or FLAT cones may be used.
***For U7 & U8, field may be marked using using flat line markers (preferred) or cones.

Substitutions

Re-entry is unlimited for all NYCSL League Games, with the consent of the Referee at any stoppage in play.

  1. Change With The Goalkeeper: Any of the other players may change places with the goalkeeper provided that the Referee is informed before the change is made, and that the change is made during a stoppage in the game.
  2. Substitution Procedure: When a goalkeeper or any other player is to be replaced by a substitute, the following conditions shall be observed:
    1. The Referee shall be informed of the proposed substitution before it is made.
    2. The substitute shall not enter the field of play until the player he is replacing has left, and then only after having received a signal from the Referee.
    3. Enter the field during a stoppage in the game, and at the halfway line.

For U7 and U8 play, substitution is unlimited under the direction of the coach; there are no referees.

Other FIFA Exceptions

  1. Heading Rule When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. lf the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick (IFK) should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal lines at the point nearest to the where the infringement occurred. Referees shall enforce this rule by the age group of the team, they will not be assessing the age of individual players on the field.

  2. Build Out Lines U9-U10 Only Build Out lines are required for 7v7 play at the U9-U10 age groups.

    • When the GK has the ball, either during the play or from a goal kick, the opposing team must retreat behind the build out line.
    • GK can play the ball right away or once the opposing team is behind the build out line. GK can pass or throw/roll the ball to a teammate anywhere on the field¬†(NO PUNTING)
    • After the ball is put into play by the GK by either leaving Goal Keepers hand or by a goal kick, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal
    • A restart from the GK’s hands or goal kick will take place if the opposition infringes inside the build out lines
  3. U7-U8:

    • Penalty Kicks - There are no penalty kicks
    • Penalty Area - There are no penalty boxes
    • Restarts - Kick offs, free kicks, throw-ins, goal kicks and corner kicks are used to start or restart play
      • Goal kicks and corner kicks should be taken in the general vicinity of the respective goal or corner
      • If used, all free kicks are indirect
      • Opponents should be 10 feet away from the ball on all restarts
    • Throw Ins - Should both coaches agree to play without throw-ins, then the players pass the ball into play to restart. Pass remains on the ground, no lofted pass.
    • Offside - There is no off-side at the U7 or U8 age groups

Age Group Format #Players Dressed

Two teams (age groups of U9 and older) shall play a match with no more than the listed number of players on the field at one time, one of whom shall be the goalkeeper. For U7 and U8 age groups, each team will play two games simultaneously on adjacent fields.

Age Group Format #Players Dressed (Maximum)
U7-U8 4v4** 10 minimum, 12-14 recommended
U9-U10 7v7* 14
U11-U12 9v9 18
U13 and Older 11v11 18
 
* For 7v7 format, build out lines are required, equidistant between the penalty area and halfway line. Build Out Lines should be marked in a different color than the field markings, alternatively FLAT line markers or FLAT cones may be used.

Number of Players

Two teams shall play a match with no more than the listed number of players on the field at one time, one of whom shall be the goalkeeper.

Age Group Number of Players
U7-U8 4** (8 on two fields)
U9-U10 7
U11-U12 9
U13 and Older 11

Minimum Number of Players

A minimum number of players shall be required for a scheduled match. Should a team not have at least the minimum number of players within 15 minutes after the scheduled match time, it shall forfeit the game 3-0 and will be responsible for the entire referee and associated assignor fees. The minimum number of players per age group is listed.

Age Group Minimum Number of Players
U7, U8 8**
U9, U10 5
U11, U12 6
U13 and older 7

PLAYERS EQUIPMENT

Uniforms

The visiting club’s primary contact will verify the uniform colors with the home team’s primary contact prior to the game date. All players on a team shall wear similar colored jerseys, shorts and soccer socks. A legible non-duplicated number on the back of each jersey is required. If necessary, tape may be used to alter a duplicated jersey number. Players and substitutes shall not change numbers or remove their jerseys prior to the completion of the game without specific permission of the referee.

The color of a team’s jerseys may be different than the color of the team’s shorts and or soccer socks. At each game, both teams shall be able to make a change of jersey color. If both teams are wearing similar colored jerseys, the home team shall be required to change. Goalkeepers shall change jerseys as the referee directs, regardless of the home/visitor status. All players shall have their jerseys tucked into their shorts.

Teams may elect to display sponsorship on their team jerseys, but may only do so upon prior approval by the league. Decision of the league is final, without any permissible appeal.

Shin Guards

Shin guards are required equipment for all players and are to be worn at all practices and matches. Shin guards are to be covered entirely by the players' socks. Shin guards are to be made of suitable-material, rubber or plastic, to provide a reasonable degree of protection.

Goalkeeper Attire

The goalkeeper is permitted to wear a tracksuit, similar trousers and stockings or other type of clothing in all league sanctioned activities. The goalkeeper is permitted to wear a vinyl foam soft soccer helmet.

Team Captain Identification

The captain(s) of a team shall wear a band for identification purposes, which is to be displayed only on the arm.

Foul Weather Gear

In the event of severe weather conditions, players will be permitted to wear a sweat suit, similar trousers and stockings, or other type of clothing under their team uniform. Sweat pants may not have a metallic buckle, snaps, buttons or other items that the referee considers dangerous.

Safe Equipment

Under FIFA Law V, the referee is granted the authority to determine the safety of a player’s equipment as defined in FIFA Law IV. The following shall not be permitted:
  1. Hair control devices with any hard parts
  2. Earrings or any other jewelry, regardless of covering
The following shall be permitted:
  1. A soft splint,soft brace or a soft cast, provided that the match referee has determined that it is not a danger to himself or another player
  2. A brace, joint or prosthetic device, provided that it meets the guidelines and the match referee has determined that it is not a danger to himself or another player
  3. Sports Spectacles: Protective sports spectacles or plastic prescription frames sports spectacles with the lenses fully contained with the frame, and held on by an elastic strap are expressly permitted. Any eyewear containing glass, metal or any sharp edges are prohibited.
  4. Headgear: Soft foam headgear for goalkeeper, Full 90 type headgear for player, provided that the referee has determined that it is not a danger to himself or another player
If the referee finds that a player is wearing articles not permitted by the Laws or this rule, the referee shall order the player to remove them. If a player fails to carry out the referee’s instruction, the player shall not take part in the match.

Coaching from the sidelines

Coaching from the sidelines is permitted, as long as the coach is giving direction to one's own team on points of strategy, tactics and position. The following conditions must be complied with:

  1. No mechanical devices are used
  2. The tone of voice is informative and sportsmanlike
  3. Any coach, substitute or player must be within 20 yards from the mid-field line on their team's sideline

No club official, club member, team manager, player, or spectator may enter the field of play regardless of the circumstances, unless the referee has given them permission. If this is disregarded, they shall become subject to disciplinary action by the Disciplinary Committee.

Accidents or Unusual Incidents

The team coach or manager must report any accident or unusual incident to the league. An injury report may be accessed on the NYCSL home page.

Suspensions

Suspended Player

A player who has been placed on suspension is not permitted to dress for any match during the time period of his/her suspension, nor be present at the site of a match or areas immediately adjacent. Player may participate in team practices.

Suspended Coach

Any coach who has been placed on suspension is not permitted to participate in any manner whatsoever in the activities of the League during the suspension. The suspended person is not permitted to be present at the site of a match or areas immediately adjacent.

GAME REGULATIONS

Standings

WIN

3 points

TIE

1 point

LOSS

0 points

  1. Standings Determined: Standings are kept for all NYCSL U9 and older games and are determined by the above point system. Standings are NOT kept for U7 and U8 games.
  2. Tied For First: In the event of a tie for first place in the standings at the completion of the season's regular game schedule, both teams with equivalent total points will be declared co-champions of the division. Qualification of Metropolitan and NYPL D1 teams into the Final Four is outlined below (f)
  3. Team Forfeits: If a team forfeits a game, the team is ineligible to win the division and ineligible to qualify for the Final Four or any other post-season competitions. If a team forfeits more than two (2) games during the season, they will be considered to have withdrawn from competition.
  4. Tie Games: If a regularly scheduled game ends in a tie score at the end of regulation playing time, the game and score shall stand as official.
  5. Team Withdraws from Competition: If a team withdraws or is removed from competition during the season of play, all scores and point records for or in connection with that team shall be nullified and all games played or scheduled to be played shall be recorded as a 3-0 win for the opposing team.
  6. Final Four Qualification: In the event of a tie for first place in the standings at the completion of the U11-U17 NYCSL NYPL D1 spring season and the Metropolitan league's seasonal year, the winning team and the Metro runner-up team will be decided by the following tiebreakers, in the listed order:
    1. Head to head (does not apply if three (3) or more teams are tied).
    2. Goal differential, capped at maximum # of goals per game:
      • NYPL D1-five (5)
      • Metro-eight (8)
    3. Fewest goals allowed
    4. Most goals overall, capped at maximum # of goals per game:
      • NYPL D1-five (5)
      • Metro-eight (8)
    5. Number of shutouts
  7. NPL: In the event of a tie for first place in the standings at the completion of the NPL league's seasonal year, the winning team will be decided by the following tiebreakers, in the listed order:
    1. Head to head (does not apply if three (3) or more teams are tied).
    2. Goal differential, capped at maximum of eight (8) goals per game
    3. Fewest goals allowed
    4. Most goals overall, capped at maximum of eight (8) goals per game
    5. Number of shutouts

Playoffs (NPL and Final Four)

Extra time and penalty shootouts will be used to produce winners at this stage if necessary. If a match is tied after regulation, two 5-minute overtime periods for U9-U12 and two 10-minute overtime periods will be played for U13 and older in their entirety.

Teams will have a 5-minute break before the first overtime. After the first overtime period, teams will change sides, with no break, and play the remaining overtime period. If the match is still tied after the two overtime periods, then penalty kicks (FIFA rules) will determine the winning team.

Should circumstances arise beyond the control of the home team (weather, onset of darkness etc.), causing the referee to halt the game during any portion of the overtime, the game will be rescheduled and replayed in its entirety at a time agreed upon by the competing teams in consultation with the NYCSL Committee.

Scheduling

Prior to the season's start, clubs are to do their best to accommodate the visiting team's requests when scheduling their home team games. When there is a conflict between the NYCSL home team and visiting team requests, the home team request will prevail.

For NYCSL league matches, teams must be available to play on the league specified weekend dates posted on the site prior to the season's start. If a team is unavailable, the game will be forfeited unless the available team is able to host on a mutually agreeable date in time to be scheduled prior to the season's opening weekend.

Games may not be scheduled to start before 10 am if a team is traveling from 1-2 hours away and they may not be scheduled to start before 12 pm if a team is traveling 140 miles or more (unless agreed to by visiting team).

NPL ONLY: The location and time for all NYCSL NPL competitions must be agreed upon by the opposing NYCSL NPL clubs and reported to the league by the league deadline in July/August preceding the season. NYCSL NPL age groups of U12, U13 and U14 will travel together as will the U15, U16 and U18 groups. NYCSL NPL age group of U17 will be scheduled separately. All NPL matches will be scheduled such that the three (3) matches in the age groups traveling together are on the same day and back to back. Strict adherence to this is required with the exception of the U17 age group. In the event of extenuating circumstances the NPL league may elect to separate the age groups.

SAT/ACT/PSAT Testing

On SAT/ACT testing dates, the games will begin at 3:00 pm or later for U17-U18/19 age groups

Confirmation of Time, Field, and Colors

The visiting team’s primary contact shall confirm the game time, field location, and uniform colors with the home team’s primary contact prior to the game date.

Start at the Scheduled Time

At the scheduled time for the match, the minimum number of players will constitute a team and the match will start at the scheduled time. There is no permissible period to wait for additional players to arrive.

Rescheduling Considerations

When both teams cannot agree on a re-schedule date, NYCSL will have the authority to review all facts and inter-team emails in order to determine whether the game should be rescheduled, forfeited or canceled permanently.

Change A Scheduled Match

Under no circumstances will a coach, team manager or any other club representative change a scheduled match or reschedule a match without permission from the league. Should this occur, both teams will forfeit the match and will be responsible for their share of the referee and associated assignor fees.

Change of Game Location.

Should there be a last minute change to a match site; the home team must station a person at the original site to escort the referee and the visiting team to the new site.

Field Conditions/Game Day Rules

Home Team Responsibility: The home team is responsible for the condition of the playing area including the proper field markings and proper equipment - nets and corner flags are required. If the referee determines that the field is not playable due to improper conditions (unrelated to weather), then the home team will forfeit the match and be responsible for all referee and assignor fees.

Neutral Playing Field: If a neutral playing field is used, the designated home team must provide the field markings including placing the lines which represent the field of play, setting up the goal nets and corner flags. If the referee determines that the field is not playable due to improper conditions (unrelated to weather), then the home team will forfeit the match and be responsible for referee and assignor fees.

Position of the Team and Spectators at the Game Site: Spectators for each team will take a position on the opposite side of the field than the valid coaches and rostered players. No spectators shall be permitted directly behind either goal. The home team shall have the choice of which side the spectator's will be positioned.

Delaying the Start of a Scheduled Match: Any team delaying the start of a scheduled game more than fifteen (15) minutes without the sanction of the league shall forfeit the game by a score of 3-0. This condition is waived should the game be delayed by a preceding game. The fifteen (15) minute forfeit time will commence upon completion of the previous match on fields with multiple games.

Incomplete Games: In the event a game cannot be completed, the game counts if half the game was completed. If there is no result and the match is suspended prior to the expiration of one half, the games shall be repeated at a time agreed upon by the competing teams in consultation with the NYCSL Committee.

Any team directly responsible for the termination of the game due to poor sportsmanship toward referee, opposing fans or opposing players will result in that team forfeiting the match. This could also lead to other possible penalties set by the NYCSL disciplinary committee.

No-Shows/Forfeits: A no-show occurs when a team willfully does not show up to a scheduled game. Penalties for no-shows are as follows:

  • A forfeit to the opposing team: 0-3 loss

  • See FINES for additional repercussions

  • A team that has forfeited a game cannot win its division for that season.

  • Removal from the league and/or all other competitions at the league's discretion

A team unable to attend a scheduled game because of an accident, weather or act of God should immediately notify the opponent and the league office. Each situation shall be reviewed by the NYCSL committee, which shall enter a decision.

Unplayed Games/Standings: Teams are required to complete all games on their schedules to qualify for first or second place in their divisions and to qualify for any post-season competition including, but not limited to the Final Four. If a team completes its season with one (1) or more of its games unplayed, NYCSL will have the authority at its sole discretion to review all inter-team correspondence showing the intent to schedule and determine whether any unplayed games should be forfeited or canceled permanently.

If Both Teams Fail to Appear: In the event both teams do not appear for a scheduled match both teams will be assessed a forfeit and be responsible for their share of referee fees and associated fines. No game score will be recorded and the game will not be permitted to be rescheduled.

Team Uses Illegal Player: An Illegal player shall mean any player who does not present to the officiating referee a valid, unexpired, age appropriate US Club player pass. The US Club soccer player pass must specifically display the player's date of birth, photo and membership in the participating club. Team using an illegal player will be assessed a 3-0 forfeit, will be responsible for the full referee fees and cannot win the division for that season. NYCSL will determine additional sanctions, if any, up to and including player and/or coach suspension, fines up to $1000 and possible expulsion from the league.

Fines: $100 fine will be assessed upon team's first forfeit. In addition, team will be responsible for full referee fees. Should a second forfeit occur by the same team, then the team will be removed from the competition.

NPL ONLY: $500 fine will be assessed upon the first NPL team forfeit. Club president MUST write a formal letter to NYCSL & US Club regarding forfeit. Club president will submit, to NYCSL, a $500 check within three (3) business days. If NYCSL does not receive the check within the required timeframe, that team's succeeding week's match will NOT be played and the team will be issued a 3-0 loss. Should a second forfeit occur within a club in the same seasonal year, by the same or different NPL team, then the matter will be sent to the NYCSL NPL disciplinary committee to determine sanctions.

Forfeiture and Failure to Compete (Complete One’s Scheduled Games)¬†If a team fails to complete its scheduled games, the matter will be reviewed by the Disciplinary Committee, which shall have the authority to take such actions against the team as it deems appropriate.

If the Referee Fails to Appear:¬†If a referee should fail to appear for a scheduled match, the coaches of the competing teams¬†must agree upon a person to substitute for the referee. If one of the AR’s assigned to the game is a grade 8, he/she will become the center referee with the other AR doing one sideline and a volunteer AR the other sideline. If the AR’s assigned are grade 9 they can only work the lines and both coaches must agree on a substitute volunteer referee.¬†The substitute need not be a certified referee. The substitute must officiate the complete match. The substitute referee shall have those prerogatives granted to him/her by the ‘Laws of the Game’, as published by FIFA and amended by NYCSL. The home team must furnish to NYCSL, a report of the match and the ‘Game Forms’ within forty-eight (48) hours of the completion of the match.

Ejection from a Match:In instances where the designated coach has been ejected from a game, or has failed to control the activities at the match site to the detriment of the game, the referee will file a supplemental report online. The league’s disciplinary committee, at its discretion, will implement any disciplinary action recommended.

Score Reporting

Reporting the Score: All scores must be reported no later than two (2) hours following the game's completion, by using the enter game score button on the game reminder email. Both teams are responsible for reporting any erroneously reported scores no later than 48 hrs. after they are posted.

Published Scores: Actual scores are required to be reported, yet league will only publish scores with a maximum goal differential of five (5) for the NYCSL premier, travel and 5-borough leagues, and eight (8) for the NPL.

Bad Weather and/or Poor Field Conditions

Inspection of Playing Site:¬†In the event of bad weather, the home team’s club official, after inspection of the field, must notify the league no later than 2 hours prior to the scheduled starting time of the match that field conditions require postponement. If the visiting team is traveling 140 miles or more, the required notification period is four (4) hours. ONLY a club official may cancel a match.¬†If a match is canceled, then the home team's coach or administrator MUST notify the AWAY TEAM and center REFEREE by phone and email. and and the league by email. Failure to do so may result in a forfeit as well as full referee payment.

Both Teams Must Appear: Should any part of the two (2) hour notification period lapse, regardless of weather and/or field conditions, coaches and their teams must appear at the match site ready to play at the scheduled time or forfeit. Once any part of the two (2) notification period has lapsed, the referee is the only person authorized to cancel the match. In the event that weather and/or field conditions are questionable for playing the match and the referee fails to appear, the decision to play or cancel is granted to the home team. A four (4) hour notification period will apply for teams traveling 140 miles or further.

Game Terminated by the Referee: Should the match be terminated by the referee prior to the time specified in the rules (refer to Incomplete Games section), for reasons of bad weather, poor field conditions, or darkness, the entire game must be replayed. (FIFA Law VII).

Availability of Home Field:¬†Should a home team find itself without a match site due to circumstances beyond the control of the team and/or club, the home team’s primary contact must notify the league no later than two (2) hours prior to the scheduled time of the match.

Should a home team find itself without a match site due to circumstances within the control of the team and/or club, including but not limited to site double-booking, field being inaccessible or early termination or lack of field lighting (within the permit) the home team will be responsible for the full referee fees and the match will be rescheduled at the visiting team's site.

Referees

a) Player Verification

  1. Game Roster Form The referee shall require that both teams provide two (2) copies of the US Club Official Roster, one (1) to be given to the opposing coach. Age-eligible player 's names may be handwritten on the bottom of this roster except for NPL. Any player not on the team's roster (printed or handwritten on bottom of printed roster) may not play in that match. Any player not present for pre-match check-in must be verified against the game roster form by the referee, prior to playing in the match.

    NPL ONLY: All player's names must be on the single-page printed US Club Official Roster, no names may be handwritten
  2. Jersey Numbers Teams must list a unique jersey number for each player present for that match and must match roster (may be adjusted prior to presentation to the referee).

  3. Collect Player Passes The referee shall collect the players' laminated passes prior to starting the match and retain them until the conclusion of the match.

  4. Verify the Player’s Identity¬†The referee shall verify the identity of the players represented on the pass by inspecting the affixed photograph.

  5. Player Not Permitted to Participate The referee will not permit a player to participate unless a valid player pass has been furnished.

  6. Verify Written Data The referee shall verify that the players' passes indicate the correct club name and that the player's date of birth is within or younger than the team's age group range.

  7. Discrepancy in the Data Should there be a discrepancy in the age group, and/or club name, the player shall NOT be permitted to participate in the match.

b) Referee Reports

  1. Submit Referee Reports The referee shall submit an online referee report for each match officiated, within forty-eight (48) hours after the completion of the match. The referee shall retain a copy of both team rosters presented until the completion of the season.
  2. Supplementary Referee Report can be included in the online report submitted. The referee does not have to retain the pass of the ejected player or coach.
  3. Violation Will Be Held In Abeyance In the event that the Supplementary Referee Report is not received by the league within forty-eight (48) hours after the completion of the match, the violation will be held in abeyance until the report is received.

c) Caution

  1. Yellow Card - Cautioned A Yellow Card is displayed by the referee to indicate that a player or coach is being cautioned for violating FIFA Laws of the Game.
  2. Two (2) Cautions If a player or coach receives two (2) cautions during one match, the player or coach will be ejected from the match, and a suspension is in effect.
  3. Five (5) Cautions If a coach receives five (5) cautions during a season, a suspension is in effect.
  4. Disciplinary Committee The disciplinary committee, at its discretion, will determine the length of the suspension and any other punishments, fines, and/or assessments.

d) Ejection

  1. Red Card - Ejection A red card is displayed by the referee to indicate that a player or coach is ejected from the match and a suspension is in effect. The referee will make a notation in the supplemental portion of the online referee report. The pass does not have to be retained by the referee.
  2. Disciplinary Committee The disciplinary committee, at its discretion, will determine the length of the suspension and any other punishments, fines and/or assessments.
  3. Appear Before Disciplinary Committee A player or coach who receives a red card or the equivalent will at the discretion of the disciplinary committee, be summoned to appear at a hearing. Should the player or coach fail to appear, he/she will be suspended until such appearance is made. The disciplinary committee, at its discretion, will determine the length of suspension and/or any other punishments, fines, or assessments. Should a player be summoned to appear, the coach or club representative from his/her designated team must accompany him/her.
  4. Suspended from Consecutive Competition A player or coach shall be suspended from consecutive competition in the league.
  5. Team Refuses to Continue If a team refuses to continue to play after being so instructed by the referee, the team will forfeit the game by a score of 3-0.
  6. Reports Will Be Reviewed By The Disciplinary Committee¬†The referee report and the supplementary referee report shall be reviewed by the league’s disciplinary committee, who shall determine the punishment, fine, and/or assessment. The disciplinary committee shall notify the parties involved, in writing, of the decision.

e) Concussion/No-Reentry Protocol

The referee will stop the game when he/she believes that a player has suffered an injury involving that player's head and immediately remove the player from the game. The referee will make a notation in the supplemental portion of the online referee report. The referee does not have to retain the pass.

PROTESTS and APPEALS

Eligibility Protest: Protests regarding questions of eligibility must be filed in writing, with substantiating facts to the disciplinary committee, anytime within the current season.

Disciplinary Committee: It shall manage all matters requiring arbitration that pertain to league sponsored competition(s). The disciplinary committee will administer game protests and behavioral incidents. The disciplinary committee has the authority to suspend or fine any player, coach, team, team official, club official, team and/or club supporter. The disciplinary committee has the authority to fine any member club

  1. Composition¬†There will be no less than three (3) and no more than five (5) members, plus a committee chairman on the NYCSL disciplinary committee. disciplinary committee members and selection of its chairman shall be selected by the league’s president.
  2. Voting of this committee shall be one (1) vote for each member of the committee including the chairman. The chairman may cast a vote only in case of a tie. A minimum of three (3) voting members, which includes the chairman, will be required to hear a case and render a decision. No member of the NYCSL disciplinary committee shall participate at any other level of appeal or discipline.
  3. Participants at a Disciplinary Committee Meeting The disciplinary committee reserves the right to determine the participants and number of participants that may attend a disciplinary committee meeting.
  4. Convene Disciplinary Committee The disciplinary committee will convene at the discretion of the chairman.
  5. Club Notification Each Time A Coach is Issued a red card In the event that a coach or player is issued a red card, the disciplinary committee will notify the club president in writing of the offense.
  6. Coach to Appear at the Disciplinary Committee Hearing In the event that an coach is awarded a red card, at the discretion of the disciplinary committee, will be notified by the disciplinary committee to appear in person at the disciplinary committee hearing.
    1. The disciplinary committee will notify the coach of the date, time and location of the hearing.
  7. Player to Appear at the Disciplinary Committee Hearing¬†In the event that a player is awarded a red card, at the discretion of the disciplinary committee, said player and the coach of the said player’s team may be notified by the disciplinary committee to appear in person, at the disciplinary committee hearing. The coach must accompany the player to such a hearing.
    1. The Disciplinary Committee will notify the coach of the date, time and location of the hearing.

Protests and Disputes: All questions relating to the qualifications of competitors, interpretation of the rules, any dispute or protest whatever, shall be referred to the disciplinary committee of the NYCSL. Protests and disputes are filed by the member clubs who will bear responsibility for adherence to the rules regarding disputes and protests and guarantee all fees and fines. Decisions of the disciplinary committee shall be final and binding unless and until overturned under appeal

1) Valid and Eligible for Consideration: To be valid and eligible for consideration, each protest or dispute must:

  1. Be accompanied by an appeal fee in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100), in the form of a check or money order made payable to NYCSL Inc.
  2. Be submitted in triplicate on member Club stationery. The submittal must describe in full detail the grounds for the appeal and bear the signature of the member club's president and/or registrar.
  3. Be accompanied by three (3) copies of any information to be presented by witnesses and/or supporting documents.
  4. Be provided by certified or registered mail (along with all supporting information and documents) to all affected parties.
  5. Pertain to a decision rendered by the disciplinary committee, NYCSL standing committee or special (Ad Hoc) committee, or result from the lack of a timely decision by the disciplinary committee.
  6. Be initiated by a party directly affected by the decision under appeal. An affected party, as used throughout this part, is defined as a team coach, a club president and/or a club registrar who was party to the decision under appeal.
  7. Include all information necessary to allow a fair and just decision.
  8. Be mailed to the league's office, addressed to the chairman of the appeals committee, by certified or registered mail, and postmarked no later than midnight of the fifth business day following the date of notice of the decision giving rise to the appeal. A business day, as used throughout this part, is defined as any weekday that the offices of the League are normally open for business. A business day shall not include Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays observed by the League office.
  9. Be e-mailed to info@nyclubsoccerleague.com, addressed to the chairman of the disciplinary committee, no less than midnight of the fifth business day following the incident giving rise to the protest or dispute. A business day, as used throughout this oart, is defined as any weekday excluding legal holidays. A business day shall not include Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays.

Lawyer Shall Not Represent: A disciplinary committee hearing is not a legal proceeding, thus, legal counsel may not represent involved parties. Attorneys may appear before the Board only as involved parties in an individual capacity and not as legal counsel.

  1. Ignorance of the Rules A plea of ignorance of the rules and regulations of the league is not sufficient grounds for the filing of a protest or dispute.
  2. Conflicts of Interest The members of the disciplinary committee shall avoid both apparent and actual conflicts of interest. In the event that a member of the board may be considered on any basis by a reasonable individual to have a bias for or against any interested party in a protest or dispute, that member shall excuse himself/herself from the deliberations concerning that protest or dispute.
  3. Convening the Board and Notifying Involved Parties¬†The disciplinary committee shall be convened by the chairman at his/her discretion. Notice shall be given to involved parties and those others invited to aid in the board’s deliberations and/or to present relevant information, no later than five business days prior to the scheduled meeting.
  4. Forfeiture of Appeal Rights An involved party failing to appear before the disciplinary committee after having received notice as required in the section headed convening the board and notifying involved parties shall forfeit all rights to appeal.
  5. Basis of Decision The disciplinary committee shall render a decision on any protest or dispute on the basis of any information, from any source, that it deems appropriate under the circumstances.
  6. Timeliness of Decision The disciplinary committee shall render a decision within fifteen (15) days of receipt by the board of a protest or dispute. Failure to render a decision within this period shall entitle the party filing the protest or dispute to submit the protest or dispute to the appeals committee without determination and the protest fee submitted shall be applied to the appeal fee.
  7. Notification of Decision All parties to a protest or dispute shall be notified in writing within (10) days of a hearing of the decision rendered by the disciplinary committee.
  8. Rejection of Protests or Disputes Any protest or dispute not submitted to the disciplinary committee in full compliance shall be returned, along with all submitted documents and fees, without consideration.
  9. Appeal of an Disciplinary Committee Decision A club may appeal a decision of the disciplinary committee only to the appeals committee of the league in accordance with rules contained within this orotests and appeals sections.

Appeals Committee

The NYCSL Appeals Committee shall be responsible for hearing appeals pertaining to a decision rendered by the league’s disciplinary committee, standing or Ad Hoc committees. All avenues of appeal must be exhausted at all levels below this body before the appeals committee will consider hearing an appeal..

  1. Composition of the Appeals Committee¬†There shall be no less than three (3) and no more than five (5) members plus a committee chairman. committee members shall be selected by the league’s president. No more than one member from the league’s executive board shall be a member of the appeals committee. The league’s president shall appoint the chairman of the appeals committee.
  2. Authority of the Appeals Committee The appeals committee has the authority to suspend or fine any player, coach, team, team official, club official, team and/or club supporter. The appeals committee has the authority to fine any member club.
  3. Minimum Number of Voting Members Voting of this committee shall be that one (1) vote for each member of the committee including thecChairman. The chairman may cast a vote only in case of a tie. A minimum of three (3) voting members, which includes the chairman, will be required to hear a case and render a decision. No member of the NYCSL appeals committee shall participate at any other level of appeal or discipline.
  4. Participants at an Appeals Committee Meeting The appeals committee reserves the right to determine the participants and number of participants that may attend an appeals committee meeting.
  5. Convene Appeals Committee The appeals committee will convene at the discretion of the chairman.
  6. Records of the Appeals Committee The records of the appeals committee will be maintained for a three (3) year period.

Appeals

All appeals of a decision rendered by the disciplinary committee, a league standing committee, or a special (Ad Hoc) committee shall be referred to the appeals committee of the NYCSL league. Appeals are filed by the member clubs who will bear responsibility for adherence to the rules regarding appeals and guarantee all fees and fines. Decisions of the appeals committee shall be final and binding unless and until overturned under appeal as provided within this document..

  1. Valid and Eligible for Consideration To be valid and eligible for consideration, each appeal must:
    1. Be accompanied by an appeal fee in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00), in the form of a check or money order made payable to the NYCSL Inc.
    2. Be submitted in triplicate on member club stationery. The submittal must describe in full detail the grounds for the appeal and bear the signature of the member Club’s President and/or Registrar.
    3. Be accompanied by three (3) copies of any information to be presented by witnesses and/or supporting documents.
    4. Be provided by certified or registered mail (along with all supporting information and documents) to all affected parties.
    5. Pertain to a decision rendered by the disciplinary committee, NYCSL standing committee or special (Ad Hoc) committee, or result from the lack of a timely decision by the disciplinary committee.
    6. Be initiated by a party directly affected by the decision under appeal. An affected party, as used throughout this part, is defined as a team coach, a club president and/or a club registrar who was party to the decision under appeal.
    7. Include all information necessary to allow a fair and just decision.
    8. Be mailed to the league’s office, addressed to the chairman of the appeals committee, by certified or registered mail, and postmarked no later than midnight of the fifth business day following the date of notice of the decision giving rise to the appeal. A business day, as used throughout this part, is defined as any weekday that the offices of the league are normally open for business. A business day shall not include Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays observed by the league office.
    9. Be e-mailed to the info@nyclubsoccerleague.com addressed to the chairman of the disciplinary committee, no less than midnight of the fifth business day following the incident giving rise to the protest or dispute. A business day, as used throughout this part, is defined as any weekday excluding legal holidays. A business day shall not include Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays.
  2. Appeals Fee Forfeited The appeals fee shall be forfeited to the league if the appeal is not upheld by the appeals committee.
  3. Lawyer Representation¬†An attorney or other advisor may attend the appeals committee hearing. During the course of the hearing, the party may confer briefly or request a recess in order to confer with the attorney or other advisor. The attorney or advisor may not present the party’s oral argument, question any witness or directly address the hearing panel.
  4. Ignorance of the Rules A plea of ignorance of the rules and regulations of the league is not sufficient grounds for the filing of an appeal.
  5. Conflicts of Interest The members of the appeals committee shall avoid both apparent and actual conflicts of interest. In the event that a member of the committee may be considered on any basis by a reasonable individual to have a bias for or against any affected party in an appeal, that member shall excuse himself/herself from the deliberations concerning that appeal.
  6. Convening the Committee and Notifying Affected Parties¬†The appeals committee shall be convened by the chairman at his/her discretion. Notice shall be given to affected parties and those others invited to aid in the committee’s deliberations and/or to present relevant information, no later than five business days prior to the scheduled meeting.
  7. Forfeiture of Appeal Rights An affected party failing to appear before the appeals committee after having received notice as required, shall forfeit all rights to appeal.
  8. Burden of ProofThe appellant shall bear the burden of showing that the decision being appealed is clearly erroneous.
  9. Basis of Decision The appeals committee shall render a decision on any appeal on the basis of any information, from any source that it deems appropriate under the circumstances.
  10. Timeliness of Decision The appeals committee shall render a decision within fifteen (15) business days of the hearing of an appeal. Failure to render a decision within this period shall entitle the party filing the appeal to submit the appeal to the next level of authority without determination and the appeal fee submitted shall be refunded.
  11. Notification of Decision All parties to an appeal shall be notified in writing within twenty (20) business days of a hearing of the decision rendered by the appeals committee.
  12. Rejection of Appeals Any protest or dispute not submitted to the appeals committee in full compliance shall be returned, along with all submitted documents and fees, without consideration.
  13. Appeal of an Appeals Committee Decision A Club may appeal a decision of the appeals committee only to US Club Soccer, NYCSL's sanctioning body.

Matters Not Provided

Any matters not provided for in these rules shall be determined by the Executive Board of NYCSL and decisions so made shall be final and binding.

Penalties

No NYCSL official, club, league, team, coach, referee, player, or other representative may invoke the aid of the courts of any state or of the United States without first exhausting all available remedies within the appropriate soccer organizations.

For violation of this rule the offending party shall be subject to the sanctions of suspension and fines and shall be liable to the NYCSL for all expenses incurred by the NYCSL and its officers in defending any court action, including but not limited to the following:

  1. Court costs
  2. Attorneys fees
  3. Reasonable compensation for time spent by NYCSL officers and/or employees in responding to and defending against allegations in the action, including responses to discovery and court appearance.
  4. Travel expenses
  5. Expenses for holding special NYCSL meetings necessitated by court action.

Line of Authority for an Appeal

The line of authority for an appeal of a decision rendered by the League’s Executive Board or Appeals Committee shall be:

  1. US Club Soccer
  2. USSF National Appeals Committee

Appeals following the line of authority listed above are made directly to each level. The fee for an appeal is prescribed by each level of appeal and are made payable to each level.