League Rules

UPDATED: 4/18/2017

Game Rules

The league is divided into four divisions:
Mites Grades 1-2 - 7v7 (10 Minute Quarters) Size 3 Ball *No Offside. NO Heading!

Pee Wee Grades 3-4 - 7v7 (30 Minute Halves) Size 4 Ball (MITES - modified rules and PEEWEE) 10 and Under Field Size: Length: Maximum 60 yards / Minimum 50 yards Width: Maximum 40 yards / Minimum 35 yards Goals: 6.5 ft. x 18.5 ft. Maximum Goal area: 4 yards from the end line and goal post Penalty Area: 12 yards from the end line and goal post Penalty Spot: 8 yards from the end line Players: 7 vs. 7 including goalkeeper Center Circle Radius: 7 YARDS Restraining Line - A line that Is parallel to the end line and tangent the Center Circle at its nearest point to the goal kicking team's goal line will be Utilized as a retreat/restraining line for opposing goal kicks only. No Heading!

Junior Varsity Grades 5-6 - 9v9 (30 Minute Halves) Size 4 Ball 11 and Under through 12 and Under Field Size: Length: Maximum 80 yards / Minimum 70 yards Width: Maximum 50 yards / Minimum 45 yards Goals: 6.5 ft. x 18.5 ft. Minimum ( 7 ft. x 21 ft. acceptable) Goal Area: 6 yards from the end line and goal post Penalty Area: 14 yards from the end line and goal post Penalty Spot: 10 yards from the end line Players: 9 vs. 9 including goalkeeper Center Circle Radius: 8 YARDS

Varsity Grades 7-8 - 11v11 (30 Minute Halves) Size 5 Ball 13 and Under through 19 and Under as per USSF Guidelines for 11v11 play
  • Jerseys - Each player must have the same color shirt and a number on the back. In the event of a color conflict between teams, the home team is required to change jerseys or wear pinnies.
  • Shin Guards - Each player must wear shin guards UNDER soccer socks. No Jewelry is allowed - NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Shoes - Sneakers or Soccer Cleats only
  • In the event a team cannot field the specified number of players, then both teams must play down in order for the game to be played.
  • Gender issue: ALL DIVISIONS there must be a minimum of 2 girls on the field at all times. This rule is in effect up to there being 4 girls or fewer present. If each team 5 or more girls present then there must be 3 girls on the field. The team that is not compliant with this rule will officially forfeit the game 1-0. Both teams are encouraged to play the game anyway but the official score will end in a 1-0 forfeit. The referee is not responsible for enforcing this rule, this is to be handled between the coaches
  • If a team cannot play the game as scheduled or does not show within 15 minutes of the start of the game, the team forfeits the game 1-0 to the opponent. There is no rescheduling.
  • There is no overtime period for games that end in a tie. We use FIFA Laws of the Game Guide for Referees United States Soccer Federation, most recent edition, as our final reference in the game. The referee's call is the final decision in disputes. We rely on the FIFA sanctioned referees we hire to call games. Referees may not be perfect however they are the ultimate authority. A review may be requested with the board and they will make the final decision in disputes.
  • There will be a thirty minute wait time for lightning/thunder to pass over. If there is still lightning/thunder after that thirty minute period then the game is called and will not be rescheduled.
  • No slide tackling. It is permissible for a player to slide for a ball if another player is not in the vicinity. If a slide tackle occurs without contact to the opposing player, then the penalized team will surrender an indirect kick.
  • Substitutions are at the discretion of the referee
  • Parents/spectators must be on the opposite side of the field as the players are.
  • Game reports are reported by referees.
  • All players must be a student in good standing of the school they represent. Younger players can move up a division and play; older players MAY NOT move down. No kindergartners may play as per diocesan policy. Younger players who are playing up a division MUST have approval from the league directors
  • Schools that field more than one team in a division must divide the team evenly, preferably a random pick process. There will be no stacked teams. Players are assigned to and play for only 1 team.

Coaching Responsibilities

  • Follow the NYSWYSA Zero Tolerance Policy
  • Conduct themselves in a Christ like manner with the best interest of children as our primary goal at all times.
  • Teach the children values of personal effort, teamwork, cooperation and to be gracious winners or losers at all times. Be familiar with the FIFA Rules of the Game Guide for Referees United States Soccer Federation
  • Be sure that all players are properly registered with the league Attend league meetings or have an alternate attend. Decisions are made at these meetings which affect us all
  • Be familiar with playing schedule and be sure it is followed Curtail rough play and promote sportsmanship and good will
  • Not tolerate profane language from players, parents or fans
  • Not tolerate abuse of the referee or opposing players by your players or supporters nor will the coach act like this as well
  • Direct any question of player eligibility, field condition, etc. to the referee prior to the game

Ten Commandments of Parental Behavior

  • Follow the NYSWYSA Zero Tolerance Policy
  • Talk about the other kids team-indeed, on both teams in the same manner you would like other parents to talk about your child. This is the golden rule applied to sports. Watching kid's sports tends to be a social affair. When you're making conversation on the sideline with your friends and neighbors, think about what you're saying before you actually say it. To always be on the safe side, only voice praise for the other children. That way, you'll never go wrong.
  • It's nice to give the coach a pat on the back when he or she wins. It's even nicer when you give the coach a pat on the back after a loss. Remember that the vast majority of coaches are volunteers who are sacrificing their own time to help your kid. So give them a well-deserved salute, especially when their team hasn't fared too well that day.
  • Don't hesitate to give the ref a pat on the back either. As you might have guessed, refs are people too. And they like when parents and fans acknowledge their on-field efforts as well. Why don't you lead the way?
  • Remind your child that it's the effort that counts. We all know all kids want to win. That's a given. But we also know that for every winning team, there's also a loser. Be prepared to cushion your child's disappointment after a loss by pointing out that he or she played hard and put forth a tremendous effort.
  • Avoid the post-game analysis. When the game is over and your child climbs back into your car, avoid at all costs the detailed excruciating post-game analysis of everything he or she did right and wrong. Just let them chill out, savor the fun of having played, and relax. The absolute worst time for "friendly criticism" is immediately after the game.
  • SMILE. A LOT. Kid's sports are about having fun, and because kids take their behavioral cues from you, try to at least look like you're enjoying yourself.
  • If you aren't a "good sport" at the games, the kids won't either. This should be self-evident. If you set a pattern of being a sideline loudmouth who likes to yell and scream at the ref, coach or opposing team, don't be surprised when your kids start copying your behavior. You will have only yourself to blame.
  • Take time to learn the rules of the game. A lot of kids these days are playing sports you may or may not be familiar with. So if you don't know the rules of the game, why don't you and your child learn them together? Besides, it's a good idea to read the rule book. It just might help win a dispute.
  • If you must make noise at the games, shout only praise and encouragement. If you're a screamer and yeller, make certain that when you open your mouth, you're only pouring forth cheerful encouragement for your child's team. There's never any place for derogatory, snide or sarcastic comments at kid's games. Above all, be there for your children. Support them, praise them, and let them know you can always be counted on for unconditional love, regardless of the final score.