The game is played in a 8v8 format with regular size goals (8"x21"), with a 8 game season for each team, under general FIFA rules and with some changes made to facilitate leisure play. All decisions of the referee are final and binding. The league Director reserves the right to decide on all matters relative to the league and its decisions are final. The league Director may reschedule a match, change league structure, reduce match duration or cancel a match. NO PROTESTS and/or APPEALS ARE ALLOWED. We have a Recreational Division and a Competitive Division.
No refunds or credits are provided for injury's, ejections, stop playing or leave.
SPIRIT OF THE GAME
BSA believes that safety is the most important component of recreation programming. Therefore, it is important that all participants understand that the emotional and physical safety of all players is of the utmost concern of the League and participate in the sport accordingly.
Any player who engages in fighting of any kind, retaliatory or otherwise, is automatically dismissed from the game. The player is also subject to removal from the league with no refund. The League Director has the final say for all rules and regulations.
Team - Minimum player requirement for a team is ten (10) players and each team may carry up to as many they want (we recommend fourteen (14). Age limit for female players is eighteen (18), age limit for male players is twenty four (24). Teams may have one (1) 23 years old male player. The league Director will assign free agents to any team that did not meet the ten (10) player minimum roster. Players must be listed on the roster to be eligible to play.
START OF PLAY
A team which cannot field 6 players at the scheduled start time, that includes 2 females and 4 males or 3 females and 3 males, shall forfeit the match. The team forfeiting shall be declared the loser by a score of three (3) goals to zero. Players entering the match late must enter with the official’s notification. Teams are allowed to borrow 2 Registered players from another team only to make 8 players on the field; borrowing more than 2 players will result in forfeit (3) goals to zero
League standings to determine first, second, and third place will be based on the following:
LOSS=ZERO (0) POINTS
Total point ties will be resolved by the following tiebreakers, in order:
2-Head to head matches
START OF THE GAME
The referee will ask the teams to decide kick-off and field side options. The kick-off will be at the center of the field at the referee whistle. The ball must move forward first and cross the midfield line. After a goal has been scored, the game restarts from the same midfield point. The team not kicking off at the start of the game will take the kick-off to begin the second half.
DURATION OF THE GAME
All games will have 25-minute halves with a 5-minute halftime to exchange ends and break. The referee whistle ends each period.
SCORING A GOAL
A goal shall be scored when the entire ball crosses the goal line, not the player, in the air or on the ground between the goal posts and under the crossbar.
OUT OF PLAY
The ball is considered out of play when the entire ball crosses the end line or sideline.
There are no off sides.
There are no limits on substitutions. The substitute can only enter the field after a player that is being substituted for has left the field.
It is strictly forbidden to wear metal cleats. Shin guards are not mandatory but are highly recommended.
Uniforms are at the team discretion. The top needs to be the same color. If teams are wearing the same color, the home team must wear pennies. The goal keeper must wear a different color than the opposing team. Soccer attire is recommended, and no jeans can be worn.
The game is officiated by a Referee nominated by BSA; their decisions are final. The Referee will serve as timekeeper and scorekeeper. The Referee is part of the field of play and their calls are final.
FOULS NO SLIDE TACKLE
of any kind is allowed
YELLOW CARD (The player must leave the field of play for 5 minutes)
Demonstrates unsportsmanlike behavior
Argues, harasses and interferes with the Referee
Persistently infringes the laws of the game
Any “unfair play” or "rough play"in the opinion of the Referee
No player can replace the penalized player
RED CARD (The player is not permitted to re-enter the game)
When a player receives two Yellow Cards
Serious foul play
Foul or abusive language
Any “unfair play” in the opinion of the Referee
No player can replace the penalized player
Alcoholic beverages are NOT allowed at any playing field at any time. Teams are responsible for their spectators. Drinking alcohol is not allowed at Az Co-ed Soccer League.
If a player commits a serious aggressive foul, or offends any spectator or participant of the game, the Referee shall give them a Red Card and they shall be sent off the field without being able to re-enter the game. If a player receives 2 Yellow Cards in a match, then they will be ejected as well and he/she may not be replaced for the remainder of the game. The penalized player’s name and reason for suspension will be reported to the League Director for possible additional sanctions.