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NYCSL recognizes 2 types of team genders:
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.
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 are NOT permitted in any NYCSL competition. Guest players are defined as players with US Club passes from another club.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Re-entry is unlimited for all NYCSL League Games, with the consent of the Referee at any stoppage in play.
For U7 and U8 play, substitution is unlimited under the direction of the coach; there are no referees.
Other FIFA Exceptions
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 EquipmentUnder 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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
a) Player Verification
b) Referee Reports
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
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:
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.
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..
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..
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.
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:
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:
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.
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