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The basic concept behind this program, the
PVISL, is to provide the youngsters
with an opportunity to play indoor winter soccer.
The stress is and must remain on good clean fun. Excessive
by parents, spectators, and coaches will not be tolerated.
Each home team must provide:
1. During the regular season each town must provide a minimum of six
playing dates. The number of hours during the regular season must
total at least 4 hours per team entered. In addition, each town must
provide at least one equivalent session during the playoffs.
2. Two goals (12 ft. Wide by 7 ft. High) each equipped with a net.
3. One size 4 indoor (fuzzy yellow) soccer ball which is used for
4. A centerline dividing the halves of the gymnasium is to be marked
on the floor with paint or tape.
5. A Penalty Area marked on the floor with paint or tape. This
penalty area shall be a rectangle 32' long and 21' deep. The goals
shall be placed in the center against the back wall.
6. Between the goal posts a goal line must be marked.
7. Penalty marks
shall mark spots at 20 feet and 23 feet in front of the goal line. (These marks will
most often be outside the penalty area.)
8. Three feet in front of the goal and centered on the goal, a one
foot long goalie's touch line must be marked.
9. It is the responsibility of the home team to remove or
protectively cover all hazards on or around the playing surface that
may cause injury.
10. One set of numbered team shirts that shall remain constant during
the season. Coaches and Assistant Coaches shall also be clearly
identified. A set of second color shirts must be available for the
home team, if the visitors' color resembles the home team's colors.
1. Each town must enter three teams in Divisions 3, 4 and 5, which
may be boys/coed and/or girls. Towns may also enter optional teams
in Divisions 2 and 6 if the league offers them in a particular year.
The age brackets for 2017-2018 are as follows:
Division 6 (8 and under) -
1/1/10 to 12/31/11
Division 5 (10 and under) -
1/1/08 to 12/31/09
Division 4 (12 and under) -
1/1/06 to 12/31/07
Division 3 (14 and under) -
1/1/04 to 12/31/05 *
Division 2 (16 and under) -
1/1/02 to 12/31/03 **
* If town does not have U16 team then U14 shall be allowed from
Aug 1, 2003
** If town has U16 then U16 shall be allowed from Aug 1, 2001 and
U14 shall be per chart
2. a. A town may also enter a team in Division 2 or other
divisions that may be established by the League.
b. Towns are required to field a full roster
of 3 teams (Div. 3, 4, and 5). However, with the permission of the
Trustees, towns may be allowed to enter only a Div. 5 team or only
teams in Divisions 5 and 4 providing that such a town will have the
responsibility to complete its slate with teams from other towns.
c . A town that solicits another town's team in order to complete
its slate of teams, bears the full responsibility to provide for the
home gymnasium and referee for all home games of the solicited team.
3. At the start of the season, all players must be residents of the
township represented by the team, except in those cases when a
permanent RECREATIONAL COMBINED PROGRAM of two townships exists.
Combined high school programs are not acceptable for this exemption.
Application for a recreational Combined Program Exemption must be
submitted to the Board of Trustees no later than October 1st prior
to the opening of the season. Such application should include a
history of the towns' recreational programs as well as cogent
reasons for a combined program in the League. The foregoing not
withstanding, the TRUSTEES COMMITTEE, in order to facilitate
Division 2 competition, may permit exceptions to this rule upon
written appeal from a town.
4. Additional teams may be eligible from a town in order to round
out a league. Duplicate teams must maintain separate rosters and
coaching and no crossover of players between teams is allowed at any
time during the regular season and playoffs.
5. Prior to the start of the season each town will submit a complete
roster of each team on forms provided by the league.
a. Each team may list up to twenty players on the roster.
b. The name, will be noted on the roster for each player. The jersey number will be filled in by
the coach on the Game Time Roster prior to each game.
c. Team rosters may be revised once during the season. No additions
may be made after January 31.
d. Failure to submit rosters to the REGISTRATION COMMITTEE by the
last registration date listed on the season schedule will deem the
town not in good standing and will result in that town's dismissal
from the program for the current season. The minimum number of
players required to register a team on the initial registration date
is the number of players required for that Division plus 2.
Boys and girls programs will be evaluated separately.
e. Before the start of each season, all players shall have available
identification cards issued by the league.
3. INDOOR GAME RULES
1. This competition is an informal arrangement between the
participants and each town does so at its own risk and agrees to
accept the responsibility for the injuries - at home or away -- to
its players or damage to its property. Each town will notify each
player's parents or guardians in writing that he or she is
participating in a voluntary activity with an organization that
cannot and does not accept any liability during the conduct of the
program. Prior to commencing play each town shall certify in writing
that each parent or guardian has read and signed a release in a form
approved by the league.
2. New Jersey law provides protection from liability suits for
voluntary coaches, referees, and administrators if they have been
properly certified as having passed a "safety instruction course".
Such courses are given on a regular basis by the Sports Medicine
Department of The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. Prior to commencing
play each town shall certify that each coach and assistant coach has
taken said course and has been certified. Additionally, ALL
coaches must complete the Concussion Awareness Certification course.
Information regarding this course may be found at the bottom of the
Registration page on the PVISL website.
a. Coaches and Assistant Coaches shall have available identification
cards issued by the league. The Registrar
shall validate such cards when the coach or assistant coach has
satisfied the requirements of the compulsory PVISL Coach's Course and such additional instructions as developed.
3. Smoking, drinking, and eating in the gymnasium is not allowed. A
wet floor can be very dangerous.
4. a. Coaches shall have two
copies of the approved Game Time Roster and all players' and
coaches' identification cards available at the start of each game
for inspection by the referee. Failure to do so prior to the second
half of a
game will result in a forfeit.
b. Players arriving after the game begins must be checked in by the
referee prior to entering the game. Check-in will only occur during
a stoppage of play during which time the player will present his or
her card to the referee.
c. Game Time Rosters will not be accepted by the referees
unless they are complete. This includes the listing of the
opponent, the numbering of the players, play-up section completed
(if required), and coaches' signature in place. Referees will
initial each play up next to the players name. Referees will
write their names before giving a copy of a team's roster to their
5. A team must be guided by at least one league-certified coach.
Failure to do so by the start of the game will result in a forfeit.
No League game will be played without a league-certified coach.
6. Coaches, assistant coaches, town representatives, and assistant
town representatives are responsible for the proper behavior of
their players and spectators before, during and after the game.
Coaches and assistant coaches can be punished by
issued a yellow or red
card or the town can be suspended from play for failing to carry out
7. Games that must be cancelled because of unruly behavior
of spectators or of a team will be charged with a loss to the
8. Teams are awarded three points for a win, one point for a tie and
no points for a loss. The total points earned determine the
standings. If two teams are tied, the first tie-breaker is
head to head competition. Subsequent tie-breakers are determined by
the Board of Trustees.
9. Do not pile on points. When you are leading by five (5) goals,
good sportsmanship demands that you play your substitutes. Massacres
are discouraging, and we want the children to enjoy themselves.
10. All players must wear a numbered shirt. (Goalies must wear a neutral shirt color). Kneepads or
sweatpants to protect against floor burns are acceptable.
11. Non-appearance of a town (20 minutes after starting time)
results in a loss.
12. The number of players competing is as follows:
Division 6 - goalie and six (6) players
Divisions 5 and 4 - goalie and five (5) players
Divisions 3 and 2
- goalie and four (4) players
The minimum number of players required to start, and continue, a
game is a goalie plus the required number of field players for that
Division, minus one. If the
player count is reduced below this minimum, due to injury or a red
card issuance, the game cannot continue and the team in violation
will forfeit the game.
13. The visiting team is awarded a kick-off to start the game. No
coin toss is required for the regular season.
14. When a kick-off, a kick-in, a free kick, a corner kick, an
awarded keeper's throw-in, or a penalty kick is awarded, play may
not resume until after a referee's whistle.
15. Substitutions can be done at any time during the game. No
stoppage of play is required.
a. Only two players may be substituted at one time when play is in
Goalkeeper substitutions must be made only at a stoppage of play
and Referee acknowledgement.
b. During stoppage of play, any number of players can be replaced.
c. Players replaced must be off the floor before substitutes come
in. A violation of this rule results in a corner kick by the
16. Ball in Play
a.Whenever possible, play should not be interrupted. The ball
bouncing off walls at the sides and ends are in play.
b. Each gymnasium will have its own special "ground rules"
pertaining to what is "out". These must be explained and
agreed upon by the referee
and presented to the visiting coaches prior to the start of the game.
c. Striking the ceiling results in a free-kick, below the point
where the ball struck the ceiling.
d. If a defending player strikes the ceiling within
his own penalty area, a corner kick is awarded.
e. A ball striking ANY part of a basketball assembly ABOVE
the goal is a dead ball resulting in a goalie throw-in.
f. A ball lodged behind the goal results in a goalie
g. If a ball is unplayable after going over the
end-line the defending goalie gets the ball for a throw-in,
regardless who kicked the ball over the end-line.
h. If, in the opinion of the referee, a defender
deliberately kicks the ball into the end-line obstruction or behind
the goal in an effort to gain a goalie's throw in, the defending
team is penalized with a corner kick.
i. A ball striking a spectator is considered "out"
only if, in the opinion of the referee, the spectator purposely
re-directed the ball. A ball that goes into the bleachers but then
back into play will not automatically result in stoppage of play.
j. On a free kick, kick-in, penalty kick, or kick-off, the kicker
may not play the ball again until another player has touched the
ball even though it may have hit a wall, goal post, or grandstand. A
violation will result in a free kick for the opposition.
k. When any free kick is taken, the ball must travel at least the
distance equal to the width of the ball before another attacking
player may play the ball. An infraction of this rule will result in
the awarding of a free kick to the opposition at the same point.
l. Heading the ball for Divisions 6 and 5 is not
allowed. When a player on division 6 or 5 deliberately heads the
ball, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team
from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within
the penalty area, the indirect free kick will be taken from the
penalty area line nearest to where the infringement occurred.
17. A Free-Kick from the centerline is awarded when:
a. the goalie's throw in crosses the center line without first
touching a player, wall, or floor.
b. the goalie kicks or punches the ball over the centerline from
inside his own penalty area and the ball does not first touch a
player, a wall, or floor before crossing the center line.
c. the goalie kicks the ball over the center line from outside his
penalty area after having touched the ball with his hands without
touching a wall, player, or the floor.
18. A corner kick is awarded when:
a. a team has too many players on the floor.
b. a substitute enters a game before the player he is replacing is
off the floor.
c. a defending player kicks the ball onto the ceiling within his own
d. a defending player deliberately kicks the ball behind his own
goal or an end-line obstruction in an attempt to cause a goalie's
e. a goalie takes too many steps after gaining control of the ball.
f. a goalie fails to remain behind his touch-line when taking an
"awarded" throw in (see below).
19. A goalie is "awarded" a throw in (which he must take from
behind the touch line) when:
a. the ball strikes any part of the basketball assembly OVER the
b. when an illegal goal is scored.
c. the ball is lodged behind the goal or in an end-line obstruction.
20. Forfeit - Since the purpose of the League is to
provide an opportunity to play soccer for its members, forfeiting of
games is discouraged. If a forfeit must be declared the opposing
team shall be notified at least 48 hours in advance. Infringement of
this rule will be forwarded to the GAMES CONDUCT COMMITTEE for
disciplinary action and may result in fines and/or suspensions.
21. Postponements - Postponements can be arranged
ONLY between town representatives, NOT between coaches. Games may be
postponed without prior notice only because of the unavailability of
the gymnasium or weather conditions
a. It is the Home Town's
representative's responsibility to immediately notify the visiting
town's representative of this postponement
b. Such postponement must
also be reported by the Home Town to the statistician and the
Chairman of the Scheduling Committee under the same conditions as
reporting a score.
c. Within 7 days of the
playing date the game(s) must be rescheduled and the Scheduling
Chairman notified. This Postponement must be agreed to by the
representatives of both towns involved.
d. Games may be postponed for
other reasons provided that:
i. A proper Postponement Form is filed with the Scheduling Chairman
five days prior to the playing date.
ii. A specific make-up date has been determined and noted on the
iii. The postponement is approved by the Scheduler. Failure to
complete a postponed game will be considered a forfeit
1. The League will create a pool of qualified referees. This group
of referees shall attend an Orientation and Instructional Program,
as prepared by the REFEREES COMMITTEE of the TRUSTEES COMMITTEE, and
obtain certification by the PVISL. Such certification shall
include a PVISL-issued "referee card" to be issued for each season.
Each referee shall carry this card to every game he/she officiates.
a. Said referees shall have attained the age of twenty-one (21).
However an 18-year-old referee with a US Soccer Federation License
may referee for Divisions 3, 4, & 5 and referees who have attained
the age of 15 and are US Soccer Federation licensed may referee
games in divisions 6 and 5.
b. A referee may not have immediate family relation participating in
c. A coach or assistant coach may not officiate in a game in which
his team is participating
2. Only PVISL-certified referees may officiate games. The
REFEREE ASSIGNMENT COMMITTEE, to be appointed by the TRUSTEES
COMMITTEE, will assign these referees to the games. The
ASSIGNMENT COMMITTEE will have sole discretion for referee
assignments for regular season and play-off games.
a. The home team shall present payment to each referee before the
game. The fees are as follows: Divisions 6 $35.00 per
game; Division 5 and 4, $35.00 per game; Division 3, $40.00 per
game; Division 2,
$70.00 per game
(two referees @ $35.00 each).
b. Referees shall be assigned to playoff games by the
REFEREES ASSIGNMENT COMMITTEE.
c. All referees are available to officiate playoff games.
3. At the sole discretion of the REFEREES ASSIGNMENT COMMITTEE two
referees may officiate a game.
4. A referee may officiate only 4 games during a day.
5. The REFEREES ASSIGNMENT COMMITTEE may suspend or decertify a
referee for failure to perform his or her duties in accordance with
the written instructions received during the training session(s) or
for other serious infractions.
1. Each town will be assessed a registration fee of a minimum of $120.00 at the start of the season for three (3) teams. If the
town registers more than three teams, those teams will be assessed an
additional $40.00 per team.
2. If a town does not have liability insurance, then it can be purchased through New Jersey Youth Soccer (NJYS)
3. All financial obligations must be satisfied before a town can
participate in the Play-Offs.
4. Each town will be assessed a playoff fee at the start of the
season to defray the cost of the playoffs. This fee will be
calculated as follows:
a) Venues - Towns will be assessed $180.00,
but will receive a credit of $30 at the
end of the season for each playoff game hosted at its venue.
b) Referees - Towns will be assessed $50 per registered team,
including Division 6, except for division 2 which will be $75 per
team. The league will be responsible for paying playoff referees.
1. No games should be conducted without the presence of a first aid
kit. It is the responsibility of each team to have a first aid kit
at all times.
2. At all times, one person from the home team shall be present and
shall be responsible for the proper availability of the facilities,
available in case of emergencies and deal with problems of the
3. All players shall wear shin guards and eyeglass straps. Those
requiring glasses are encouraged to wear sports safety glasses. Hats
are not permitted. A player wearing a cast is not permitted
to participate in the game.
7. REPORTING RESULTS
1. It is the home team's responsibility to report the results of the
games played to the league statistician on the same day of the game;
a violation of the above will result in a $25.00 fine assessed
against the town.
2. Scores of games will not be published showing more than a five
(5) goal advantage.
8. WHO MAY PLAY
1. All players listed on
a team's roster may dress and play in all regular season and playoff games.
2. A younger player may play "up" in an older team.
a. Players that play "up" a total of three times must remain in the older team
for the remainder of the season and playoffs.
b. The player is deemed to have played "up" for a team if the player
has already checked in with the referee and the game has
commenced regardless of whether the player actually participates in
c. Players playing up may get checked in by the referee up to
the start of the second half.
d. If rostered players become available during the first half
of the game, after the referee has already checked in a younger
player that is playing up, and the number of players available for
play exceeds the two substitutes rule per paragraph e, then the
player that is playing up will leave the game at half time. The
younger player that played up will be deemed to have used one of his
play-ups even though he/she did not play the full game.
e. The practice of moving players 'up' is to be discouraged and used
only if the older team cannot field a minimum of two substitutes. In
that event, younger players may be added only to raise the number of
players allowed on the given gym for the given level plus 2. The
referee must be notified to make the younger players eligible.
9. LENGTH OF GAMES
1. Games will be played in two halves with a three-minute break at
Div. 6 thru Div 2 ... 20 Minute halves
2. There are no time-outs. The clock runs continuously except when a
lengthy delay is caused:
a. in order to attend to an injured player.
b. to correct a problem with the playing area.
c. to correct a crowd control problem.
3. The referee, at his own discretion, may add time to the game to
make up for time delays as outlined above and elsewhere in the
10. APPLICATION OF OUTDOOR RULES
1. All outdoor rules (FIFA) apply indoors with the following
a. no offside rule applies
b. no corner kicks (see exceptions in Section 3.18).
c. All free kicks are "INDIRECT". The ball must travel at least the distance equal to the width of the ball before another
attacking player may play the ball. An infraction of this rule will
result in the awarding of a free kick to the opposition at the same
d. Opposing players must be 10 feet away from the ball on a
free-kick, a kick in, and a kick off.
e. When a ball goes 'out' over a sideline, the opposing team is
awarded a kick-in, (not a throw-in).
f. Fouls, deliberate 'hands' etc. by a defending player inside his
own penalty area results in a penalty kick, which is taken from a
spot 20 feet from the goal line for Divisions 6, 5 and 4 and 23 feet
from the goal line for Divisions 3 and 2. Outdoor penalty kick rules
g. All outdoor rules pertaining to fouls, unsportsmanlike conduct
apply. Infractions result in a free kick.
h. The start of the game, the second half and play after a goal, is
restarted in the center of the gymnasium. Opposing players must be
10 ft. from the ball at the start. The ball must be moved forward at
i. Slide tackles are NOT
permitted even if properly executed. Sliding is NOT permitted by any
player except the goalie inside the box in an attempt to make a
save. A slide tackle by the goalie can and will be considered a
j. The use of hands on the wall to gain an advantage against an
opponent is a violation and results in an awarded indirect kick to
the opposing team.
k. All FIFA outdoor rules regarding
passbacks to the goalkeeper now apply. An infraction results in an
indirect free kick taken by the opposition from a point on the
penalty area line closest to the place of the infraction.
11. LIMITS ON SCORING
1. To score from a kick-off, a free-kick, or a corner kick, the ball
must be touched first by a second attacking player.
2. An attacking player cannot score from his own half of the
gymnasium, unless the ball is touched by another attacking player in
the defenders half of the gymnasium.
3. A game shall be terminated upon reaching a ten (10) - goal
differential. In such case the winning coach shall be given a yellow
card and his team will be penalized one point in the standings.
A repeat offense results in a second yellow card for the coach,
which constitutes a red card with the applicable penalties.
The team will also be penalized one point in the standings.
4. A deliberate "own-goal" will be considered unsportsmanlike
conduct and will result in a yellow card issued to the coach and the
team will lose one point in the standings.
12. RULES APPLYING TO THE GOALIE
1. Goalie must wear a neutral colored shirt.
2. a. Goalies return the ball into play with a "throw-in". The
ball must strike the floor, a wall, or a player prior to crossing
the half-line. Otherwise a free-kick is awarded to the opposition at
the half-line where the ball crossed the line.
b. A goalie's AWARDED throw-in may not be touched by a player
from either team until the ball has passed outside the penalty area.
A violation results in another goalie's awarded throw-in.
3. The goalie must throw-in the ball from the point where he caught
the ball, or where he arose from the ground. A goalie may not run up
to the edge of the penalty box to throw-in. A goalie may take
reasonable evasive action to avoid collisions. An infraction of this
rule results in a corner kick.
4. If a goalie is awarded a throw-in without having first captured
the ball (the ball hitting the basketball assembly, ball lodged
behind the goal etc.) he must take the throw-in from behind the
goalies TOUCH LINE which is located three (3) feet in front of the
goal line. Violation results in a corner kick.
5. If a goalie touches the ball with his hands outside the penalty
area, the opposition is awarded a free kick from the point of the
6. If a goalie kicks or punches the ball from inside his penalty
area over the half-line without first touching a wall, the floor, or
another player, the opposition is awarded a free-kick at the
half-line at the point where the ball crossed the line. A goalie,
however, may take a free kick from inside his own penalty area, in
which event, this rule does not apply.
7. Outside the penalty area, the goalie is like any other "field"
player. However, once the goalie has touched the ball with his
hands, he may not kick the ball over the half-line regardless of the
fact that he is outside the penalty area. (This rule is designed to
prevent the goalie from rolling the ball to himself outside the
penalty area in order to kick it over the half-line). An infraction
of this rule results in a free kick at the half-line.
13. COURTESY AND DISCIPLINE
1. A referee may issue a yellow card to a player, coach, or
assistant coach for a serious infraction of the rules or a repeated
minor one. A "yellow-carded" player is benched for a minimum of two
minutes and may not return to the game until advised by the referee. A player may substitute for the 'yellow' carded player. If a
'yellow' carded player re-enters the game 'early', the Head Coach
will be issued a yellow card. Two yellow card infractions by a
player within a single game constitute a red card. Further, three
yellow cards accumulated by a player during the season and play-offs
will result in an automatic one game suspension. A yellow carded
coach shall be required to retake the annual coach's course
administered by the Board of Trustees. In addition a $50.00 fine
will be assessed against the coach's town. Two yellow carded
infractions by a coach within the same season shall result in a one
game suspension and a $100.00 fine assessed to the town. Completion
of the course is a prerequisite to the coach's further participation
in the League in subsequent years.
2. Excessive offensive behavior may be penalized by a game
misconduct penalty (a red card), where the player or coach is
removed from the game. A substitute can replace the banished red-carded player.
A red-carded coach must leave the building. The Registration Identity
Card of the red-carded player or coach shall be forwarded to the
GAMES CONDUCT COMMITTEE along with the referee's reports.
Such a remedy should be only used in very extreme cases where the
safety of other players is involved. It is up to the coaches to
instill a spirit of good sportsmanship that will prevent such an
3. A player who is red-carded as described above is automatically
suspended for at least one game or more
dependent on the ruling of
the GAMES CONDUCT COMMITTEE. A coach who is red-carded will be
automatically suspended for a minimum of two games. The GAMES
CONDUCT COMMITTEE reserves the right to impose additional sanctions.
A second red card automatically banishes the coach for the season. A
red-carded coach shall be required to retake the annual coach's
course administered by the Board of Trustees and his/her town will
be assessed a $150.00 fine for the red card infraction. If
warranted, the GAMES CONDUCT COMMITTEE may impose additional
disciplinary action including additional suspensions and fines.
Suspensions carry over to the next season. All suspensions apply to
any league sponsored game.
a. The GAMES CONDUCT COMMITTEE shall consist of at least one Coach,
one Director and one Trustee appointed by the President.
14. BEHAVIOR OF COACHES AND SPECTATORS
Proper conduct and good sportsmanship on the part of players,
coaches and spectators is expected by the League. Offensive language
and unruly behavior will not be tolerated and will be sanctioned
severely by the League. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of
their respective players as well as their team's parents and fans.
Failure of coaches to maintain and control their spectators may
result in sanctions once the matter is forwarded to the GAMES
Referees are instructed to maintain order on the field and
sidelines. They will be the sole arbiter in such situations and will
report disorderly conduct to the GAMES CONDUCT COMMITTEE. Moreover,
the referee, in his/her sole discretion may eject a coach or
spectator. In such case the ejected person must leave the building.
Failure to promptly respond to the referee's instructions will
result in that team's forfeit of the game. Additional
result after the GAMES CONDUCT COMMITTEE completes its
1. Protests may be filed only in order to nullify the result of a
game. Protests must be filed by the town representative or assistant
town representative. Each protest must be accompanied by a check in
the amount of $25 made out to the Pascack Valley Indoor Soccer
League. The $25 fee will be refunded to the town filing the protest
if the league finds the protest to be warranted and nullifies the
result of the game.
2. Protests must be in writing and submitted to the chairman of the
GAMES CONDUCT COMMITTEE within seventy-two (72) hours of the
conclusion of the game.
3. The GAMES CONDUCT COMMITTEE shall consider each protest upon
hearing from the Town Representatives of the parties involved and
the referee, and render a decision within seventy - two (72) hours
upon receipt of the protest.
4. The GAMES CONDUCT COMMITTEE may:
a. Let the game stand as played, or
b. order a replay of the game, or
c. order the game forfeited, or
d. if in its opinion the allegations may warrant suspension of the
town, forward the matter to the TRUSTEES COMMITTEE for further
5. The TRUSTEES COMMITTEE may suspend a town for a maximum of four
weeks, or until the next BOARD OF DIRECTORS Meeting, whichever comes
6. Protests may be filed ONLY for the following reasons:
a. Use by the opponent of an ineligible player.
b. Unsafe or incomplete physical facilities (such a protest must be
lodged with the referee prior to the start of the game.)
c. Misinterpretation of a rule by the referee that had a direct
bearing on the outcome of the game.
16. PLAY-OFF RULES
1. All rules that apply to regular season games also apply to
play-off games with the following exceptions:
a. All players on a team's roster may participate during the
b. The referee flips a coin to determine which team kicks off at the
start of the game. The highest seeded team calls the coin flip. The
winner has the choice of taking the ball or defending a certain
c. In the event of a shootout during the playoffs the team
that has dressed more players than its opponent, may reduce its
roster of players to match the number of players on the roster of
its opponent. The players thus removed from the roster must be
designated before the shootout begins and may no longer participate
in the game.
2. Games that end in a tie are decided by a penalty kick shoot out.
However, all games that finish in a tie shall first play a
five-minute sudden death period before proceeding to the shootout if
no goal was scored.
3. The following rules apply to a Shoot-Out
a. Only players that were dressed for the game may participate.
b. The goalie that was in the goal at the end of the game must
remain in the goal during the shoot-out, unless injured during the
c. Before the shoot-out starts, each coach must select the first
five kickers and place them in the order in which they are to kick.
First five kickers are seated on the floor, behind the penalty spot
in the order in which they are kicking.
d. The balance of each team eligible for the shootout per 16.1.c are
seated on the half-line with the coach. No other players or
civilians are allowed on the floor.
e. The referee flips a coin. The winner of the coin toss may choose
whether to kick first or second.
f. The penalty spot must be marked 20 feet from goal line for
Divisions 6, 5 and 4 and 23 feet from the goal line for Divisions 3
and 2. The ball must be placed on the spot and must be kicked from
there. The ball must be at rest when kicked.
g. First five designated kickers alternate between teams shooting
penalty kicks. The ball must cross the goal line 100% to count.
h. Kicker must wait for referees whistle before proceeding.
i. The kicker gets only one kick. The ball may not be dribbled nor
may the kicker follow up if the ball bounces off the goalie, wall,
j. The kicker must return and sit in the proper order with his team.
k. The goalies feet must be on the goal-line and he may not move
prior to the kick. Moving prior to the kick may cause the referee to
order the kick to retaken. If a goal is scored even though the
goalie moved before the kick, the goal counts. Per FIFA rules, the
goalie may move side to side but not forward.
l. If, after the first five kickers, one team has scored more goals
than the other, this team is declared the winner. If, after the
first five kickers, the goals scored is still tied, then each coach
may designate a sixth kicker, a seventh kicker etc., until one team
has a goal advantage with both teams having had the same number of
kicks. A kicker may not kick a second time until ALL the eligible
dressed players (including the goalie) have kicked. The order then
restarts as from the beginning of the shoot-out.
4. Division 6 will not participate in any playoffs.
Please contact the League President if you notice any typographical