Broward Women’s Soccer League
Game Rules and Regulations
(Revised as of 11/3/12)
I. PLAYER REGULATIONS
RULE 1. PLAYER STATUS: (AMATEUR or PROFESSIONAL)
Players are either amateur or professional as defined in this section.
Amateur: An amateur player is any person other than a professional player. An amateur player may not receive and retain any remuneration for playing except expenses directly related to games, which have been actually incurred by the player.
Professional: A professional player is a person who receives or who has received payment for playing, or who signs a professional form of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
RULE 2. PLAYER REGISTRATION
No professional players may participate in the league. Amateur players may participate, provided they are duly registered as follows:
Registration Period: The League Registrar processes the online registration of amateur players during the pre-registration dates established by the Board of Directors. Teams that do not meet the established registration deadlines will incur a Late Registration fee (as determined by the Board of Directors prior to start of season) that must be paid prior to start of season. If not, team will under no circumstances be eligible to play until fee has been paid.
Registration must be completed online using the approved League Excel registration sheet, 1 picture which MUST be in .JPG format with an EXACT width of 144 pixels and a file size of 75k or less.(Word docs not accepted), 1 copy of driver’s license and appropriate State fees. Online submissions are emailed to the League at email@example.com in compliance with the League’s registration deadline date. State fees and driver’s license documentation are to be submitted to the League’s Registrar in compliance with the League’s registration deadline date.
Teams that have approved membership applications may continue to register players after league games have commenced, however, under NO circumstances will registrations be accepted after the fourth game of the season. The Board of Directors must approve exceptions being season-ending injury/pregnancy or player abandonment. The documentation listed below must be submitted to the league registrar no later than 5pm, the Thursday prior to Sunday’s game. If not, new player will under no circumstances be eligible for that Sunday’s game.
The following documentation must be submitted to drop a player who has suffered a season-ending injury or pregnancy:
1) An email to the Executive Board from the Team Manager/Coach stating the name of the injured/pregnant player, date and time of injury, and location.
2) Injured/pregnant player’s pass
3) New player registration information (online Excel registration sheet, 1 copy of driver’s license, 1 picture which MUST be in .JPG format with an EXACT width of 144 pixels and a file size of 75k or less, appropriate State fees)
There will under no circumstances be any players added or dropped prior to the weekend of league playoffs, any new player must be added prior to the last game of regular seaseon and play in that game in order to be eligible to play in the playoffs.
Player Abandonment: Should a player miss three (3) consecutive games and the team has had no success in getting in touch with that player, the team may petition the Board of Directors to drop player.
The following documentation must be submitted to drop a player who has abandoned their team:
1. Team Game Sheets for three games in question
2. An email to the Executive Board from the Team Manager/ Coach that states the reason the player is being dropped.
3. Player’s pass
4. New player registration information (online Excel registration sheet, 1 copy of driver’s license, 1 picture which MUST be in .JPG format with an EXACT width of 144 pixels and a file size of 75k or less, appropriate State fees)
There will under no circumstances be any players added or dropped prior to the weekend of league playoffs.
Dissolution of a Club: Players who change affiliation as a result of dissolution of the club with whom they played are subject to a waiting period of seven days from the date of dissolution before being eligible to play for a different club in any league competition.
Merger of Clubs: In the event of a merger of clubs, players on each of the clubs may participate as a player on the newly formed club without the necessity of re-registration.
RULE 3. PLAYER LIMITATION
Maximum Players: A member club may have a maximum of twenty (20)-registered players on its roster at any time and a minimum of thirteen (13). Under no circumstances shall the total number of registered players exceed 20.
Age status is defined as follows:
- 18 and over – A player must be at least 18 years of age, turning 18 before the first game of the participating season.
RULE 4. CHAMPIONSHIPS
Season Champion: The season champions shall be determined by the winner of the Playoff games at the end of the season. Each team will play 9 regular season games. All regular season games count towards a team’s final standings and will determine their spot in the playoffs. Prizes are awarded at the end of the season and will be decided by the Board of Directors.
- WIN 3 Points Awarded for each game that is won
- TIE 1 Points Awarded for each game that ends in a tie
- LOSS 0 Points Awarded for each game that is lost
- FORFEIT 3 Points Awarded to opposing team of cancelled game
Tie Breakers: If there is a tie in the total number of team accumulated points at the end of the scheduled season, the final positions will be determined as follows:
- Goals AGAINST
Play-off Games: If a play-off game ends in a tie at the end of regulation time, the game result shall be determined by penalty kicks.
Championship Awards: These awards are to be determined by the Board of Directors.
RULE 5. TEAM WITHDRAWAL
Withdrawal: If a team does not complete its regular season championship schedule and has not completed one-half of its scheduled games, the results of all games played shall be nullified and all accumulated points withdrawn. If one-half or more of the scheduled games have been completed, the results of all games played up to the date of termination shall stand. Any remaining games shall be awarded to the opposing team on the basis of a “1-0” WIN, for a total of eight (8) points.
Dissolution: Any team which dissolves or wishes to withdraw from the league, shall do so in accordance with the applicable provisions of the approved by-laws. Failure to do so shall subject such a team to a $50.00 fine.
Forfeits: Any team not appearing or otherwise failing to play two consecutive scheduled league games or four (4) cumulative games shall forfeit the right to participate in any further league games and shall be subject to a $50.00 fine. Any team forfeiting a game shall be deducted a total of 3 points from their accumulative season points.
RULE 6. REFEREES
Approval & Fees: The Board of Directors shall approve ALL officials assigned to the league games prior to scheduling. The amount of compensation to be paid to the referees shall be a fixed amount and agreed upon at the annual meeting.
Cancellation: It is the responsibility of the President to give sufficient notice of any game cancellation to the Referee Liaison. The Referee Liaison will give sufficient notice to the Referee Assignor. With the exception of unpredictable weather-related conditions, if such notice is not given and the assigned referees appear on the field, they shall be entitled to their fees as outlined in the ref assignor contract.
Game Reports: Upon completion of a scheduled game, it will be the responsibility of the Center Referee to complete a Game Report on an official form and submit to the Team Representative or Team Captain. It is then the responsibility of the Team Representative or Team Captain to submit the Game Sheet to the Vice President of Technology, Statistics and Scheduling or another Board Member if the VP is not available immediately following the completion of the game. This report must be clear and legible and include player jersey number, player pass number, first and last names. In addition, the first and last names of all 3 officials must be clearly noted. Referee fees will be paid after Vice President of Technology, Statistics and Scheduling or another Board Member if the VP is not available is in receipt of completed Game Report and has determined all required information is included.
1) Signed Game Sheets of both competing teams
2) First and last names clearly printed for all 3 game officials
3) Game Location, Field Number, Date, and Time
4) Final Score
5) Indicate goal scorer
6) Player Infractions
7) Ejections should include the following:
- name of player (s)
- detailed description of cause for ejection
- aggressor/defender, if applicable
8) Description of accidents, injuries or unusual incidents
RULE 7. GENERAL RULES
Except as modified herein, all games within the league shall be played under the rules of the Federated International Football Association (FIFA).
Playing Field: Specifications as to the size of the field, height of corner flags, goal measurements, and the required markings of the field shall be according to the laws of the game as defined by FIFA.
Field Maintenance: The playing field shall be protected against infringements made by spectators. Each team is responsible for maintaining order and shall provide sufficient supervision and crowd control. Should the crowd for either team exhibit harassing or negative behavior the referee will provide a warning. If behavior persists and warning has been given, team responsible will be subject to penalties indicated under Infractions section.
Infractions: Failure of any team to comply with playing field requirements herein shall be subject to a fine of $25.00 and forfeiture of the game.
FIFA Rules Modifications:
Slide Tackling: Slide tackling is not permitted and will result in an automatic yellow card. The opposing team will receive an indirect free kick. A player sliding to maintain control of the ball in effort to keep the ball in play from the sideline or goal line, and is no where within the vicinity of any opposing player, is not deemed a “slide” tackle. As in all other Game Rules, the referee is the final law of the game.
Playing Ten (10) or Less Players: Teams must start a game with a minimum of seven (7) players. The opposing team may play 2 players up (not to exceed the maximum of 11 players) against a team that begins a game with less than the standard eleven (11) players. Opposing team may add a player appropriately as the other team adds a player, not to exceedmore than 2 players up.
Mercy Rule: A mercy rule will be in effect for any game in which there is an eight (8) goal differential, at which point the referee will call the game as a win for the team that has the eight goal advantage.
RULE 8. GAME DURATION
Duration: League games shall be of ninety (90) minutes total duration, consisting of two equal halves with a 15 minute half-time. In the event that a game is terminated by the referee prior to its completion due to weather or other conditions beyond control, and less than ½ the game was played, the game will be rescheduled and started over.
Starting Time: The weekly schedule of games and kick-off time set by the Vice President of Technology, Statistics and Schedulingshall be strictly followed. Players must be on the playing field by the appointed starting time. There will be a ten (10) minute leeway period given. The clock will automatically begin upon the 10 minutes of leeway. Failure to comply with this rule will result in forfeiture of the game, imposition of a $25.00 fine and additional referee’s fees against the offending team. Exceptions: 1.) In the situation where a team has communicated to the opposing team they will have 7 players available to start upon the 10 minutes of leeway, and the opposing team does not elect to take the forfeit but would rather commence game play, the game clock will still begin on the 10 minute mark no matter when the players are on the field and ready for play. Game duration will be marked at 90 minutes from the 10 minute commencement. 2.) In the event a game cannot start on time, both teams in agreement with the consent of the referees may agree to play shortened halves (i.e., 30-minute halves) for a friendly game (which does not qualify as a regular league game).
Postponements: NO scheduled game may be postponed unless the Vice President of Technology, Statistics and Schedulingand the opposing team have been contacted at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the scheduled game and total consent has been given by all three parties. Exceptions being a postponement due to weather or other condition beyond control with the approval of the Board of Directors.
RULE 9. TEAM ROSTER AND GAME SHEET FORMS
Team Rosters: All players participating in game play shall complete an online Excel official Roster form which will include their first and last name, address, date of birth, phone number (home, work and cell), email address, Region and Team Name. No player number shall be alike on any given team and players must use the same jersey number for each game. Failure to comply with these rules will result in a $25.00 fine to be paid prior to the next scheduled game.
Team Game Sheets: Players must print and sign the Game Sheet with their full first and last name, jersey number and player pass number prior to the start of a game. No player number shall be alike on any given team and players must use the same jersey number for each game. Failure to comply with these rules will result in a $25.00 fine to be paid prior to the next scheduled game.
Player Passes: An official valid player pass must be delivered to the assigned referee prior to the commencement of play. All passes must bear the player’s photograph and date of birth to be considered valid. Any player arriving after the start of the game MUST present their player pass to the referee or closest official, prior to entering the game. Failure to comply with these rules will result in player ineligibility for the next game and a $25.00 Team fine to be paid prior to the next scheduled game.
RULE 10. UNIFORMS
Requirements: All players shall appear in coordinated, clean uniforms at all league games. Shirts must be of the same color with unique numbers printed on the backside. Each team must be prepared with a set of light and dark color socks; both teams cannot wear the same color socks. The goalkeeper must have a contrasting uniform to her teammates and the opposing team. A referee may prohibit a player from participating in a game if, in his/her opinion, the dress of the player leads to error in team identification.
Uniform Changes: If the uniform color of competing teams is the same or nearly the same, as to cause difficulty in identification, it will be the responsibility of the Home team to change uniform shirts and socks, or provide a means for team differentiation satisfactory to the referee, (i.e. – pennies / shin guard sleeves to cover socks).
RULE 11. JEWELRY:
No player is allowed to wear jewelry during a game. This is a USSFC and FIFA rule and will be strictly enforced by the referees. Jewelry includes piercing in ears and face, earrings, protruding rings, watches or any form of jewelry considered dangerous by the referee.
RULE 12. ADVERSE WEATHER or FIELD CONDITIONS
Rescheduled Games: The referee shall have the authority to determine whether a game is playable or not in the event of adverse weather or field conditions. In the event that a game is called off and less than ½ the game was played, the game will be rescheduled and started over. The referee shall notify the Vice President of Technology, Statistics and Scheduling, so that the game may be rescheduled. Team managers or coaches are responsible for notifying their team when a game is cancelled.
RULE 13. REFEREE CONSIDERATIONS
Non-Appearance of Referee: If the referee assigned to officiate a game fails to appear, the team managers or coaches of the opposing teams may agree upon another person to referee the game. Such a person need not be a State Certified referee. A game played with an agreed substitute referee shall be considered official in ALL respects. If the teams cannot agree upon a substitute referee, the game shall be canceled and the home team must notify the Vice President of Technology, Statistics and Scheduling to have the game rescheduled.
Completion of Game: Upon completion of the game, the home team shall furnish the Vice President of Technology, Statistics and Schedulingwith the official Game Sheet for each team and a report of the referee’s non-appearance, including the name of the substitute referee.
RULE 14. SUBSTITUTIONS
Substitutions: Substitutions shall be unlimited and can be made during either team’s throw-ins. No substitution shall be made during corner kicks or free kicks. Substitutions shall be made at the discretion of the referee.
RULE 15. GAME RESULTS
Reporting of Scores: It shall be the duty of each team to notify the League by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the game results, including Stats. Scores and Stats must be reported no later than the Wednesday evening after the previous Sunday’s game. Any Scores or Stats that have not been reported will be left as “Not Reported”, and shall not be factored into the accumulative game points or season ending Stats.
RULE 16. EXPULSION
League Misrepresentation: The relationship with any coach or team manager that has misrepresented the league or negatively impacted the league in any way may be terminated with the approval of the Board of Directors.
Fraudulent Acts: Any fraudulent acts committed with the intent to undermine the league rules will result in immediate league expulsion. This includes, but is not limited to, player registration and team roster forms.
RULE 17. MISCELLANEOUS
League Meetings: League meetings are held on a monthly basis. All teams MUST have at least one representative in attendance at all meetings. Acceptable forms of representation include players, coaches, team managers or team-affiliated member listed on the team roster. No other form of representation will be accepted. Failure to comply with these rules will result in a $25.00 fine to be paid prior to the next scheduled game.
Arbitration and Appeals: All appeals for review and decision must be submitted to the members of the Executive Boardwithin 72 hours from the completion of the game to be reviewed. Due to the extensive research that is involved with an appeal brought forward, a $50 bond fee will be assessed and if the appeal is lost, the league retains the fee. However, if the appeal is won, the fee is then relinquished. The Executive Board will use the following process to determine the outcome of the appeal:
- Review Referee report
- Obtain Witness testimonials
- Consider Game Rules
- Consider FSSA By-Laws
If a player, coach, or person affiliated with a team is removed from the field by the referee for any reason, the case must be reported by the referee to the Vice President of Technology, Statistics and Schedulingand the Board of Directors. A player so removed three times in one season will be automatically suspended until the Board of Directors has reviewed the player’s case. Coaches may also be required to sit out games as a result of foul and abusive language or other misconduct. A coach so removed three times in one season will also be automatically suspended until the Board of Directors has reviewed the coach’s case. All board decisions will be made on a case per case basis.
RULE 18. SPECIFIC INFRACTIONS
Cautions (Yellow Cards):
a.) Any player upon receiving two consecutive Yellow Cards within the same scheduled game, which is equivalent to one Red Card, shall be suspended from the next scheduled game. Player’s pass will be held until completion of penalty.
b.) Any player who has been Cautioned (Yellow Carded) during five (5) separate matches within one season shall be suspended for one (1) game. Player’s team will be deducted 1 point from total accumulated points at time of infraction, and will be posted on the web site standings. Team Representative shall be notified when a player has reached (4) Yellow Cards as a reminder. It is the responsibility of the Team Representative to notify the Player. Player’s pass will be held until completion of penalty.
Sending-Off (Red Cards):
a.) Serious Foul Play. Any player who has been ordered off the field by the Referee by committing any of the offenses punishable by a direct free kick or a penalty kick and uses disproportionate and unnecessary strength in a manner likely to injure an opponent, or uses intentional violence while challenging for the ball against an opponent, or spits on or at an opponent or any other person will be suspended for (2) two games. The team will be fined $25.00 to be paid prior to the next scheduled game, and will be deducted 3 points from total accumulated points at time of infraction. Player’s pass will be held until completion of penalty.
b.) Offensive or Abusive Language. Any player who has been ordered off the field by the Referee for insulting opposing players or officials, or using foul and abusive language shall be suspended for (2) two games. Player’s team will be fined $25.00 to be paid prior to next scheduled game, and will be deducted 3 points from total accumulated points at time of infraction. Player’s pass will be held until completion of penalty.