1.    Purpose

The purpose of this document is to provide all participants in American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Region 213 (North Irvine, CA) with an overview of Regional, Area, Sectional, and National Guidelines and Regulations which govern the operation of Region 213.

2.    Definitions

Primary Program. The standard AYSO program offered to Under-6 through Under-14 players is considered the Primary Program. All references within these RR&Rs apply to the Primary Program unless specifically referencing one of the Secondary Programs.

Secondary Program. All other programs other than the Primary Program are considered secondary. Secondary Programs include U5, VIP, AYSO EXTRA, AYSO Flex (such as All-stars and Spring Select), U16 and U19 programs.

AYSO EXTRA. AYSO EXTRA is designed for players who have the interest, skills and abilities and want to enhance their experience and individual growth through soccer while retaining the spirit of and organization membership in AYSO. EXTRA strengthens AYSO by recruiting and retaining players and volunteers through providing more competitive play the AYSO way. AYSO Region 213 participates in the AYSO Section 11 EXTRA program – the AYSO Section 11 EXTRA program rules, regulations and guidelines define play. And, these Regional Rules & Regulations define how AYSO Region 213 selects coaches, forms teams and regulates participation in the AYSO Section 11 EXTRA program.

AYSO Flex (including Area 11Q playoffs, Section 11 playoffs, All-stars and Spring Select). AYSO Region 213 participates in additional opportunities for players to play including:

  • Area 11Q and Section 11 Playoffs: U9 through U14 Primary Program teams which win their respective divisions are given an opportunity to play the division winners from other Regions in Area 11Q in playoffs (typically held in December or January). The Area 11Q playoff winning teams play in the AYSO Section 11 Playoffs (typically held in February) (and Section 11 winners are invited to the Tri-Section playoffs).
  • Area 11Q and Section 11 All-stars. All-stars are teams formed exclusively from players who participated in the Fall Primary Program – AYSO EXTRA players are not eligible to participate in All-stars.  AYSO Region 213 participates in the Area 11Q and Section 11 All-stars program. Detailed information how AYSO Region 213 selects All-star coaches and forms All-star teams is defined in these RR&Rs.
  • Spring Select. Area 11Q and/or Section 11 offers All-star and EXTRA teams a Spring Season to continue playing.  The rules, regulations and guidelines for team formation, coach certifications and governing play are determined by the administering body (Area 11Q and/or Section 11).  Traditionally, Spring Select has been an Area 11Q program.

VIP.

U5: Under-5 division (players with date of birth between and )

U6: Under-6 division (players with date of birth between and )

U7: Under-7 division (players with date of birth between and )

U8: Under-8 division (players with date of birth between and )

U9: Under-9 division (players with date of birth between and )

U10: Under-10 division (players with date of birth between and )

U12: division (players with date of birth between and )

U14: division (players with date of birth between and )

U16: division (players with date of birth between and )

U19: division (players with date of birth between and )

Membership Year or MY2012. AYSO, like other soccer organizations, determines what division a player participates in based on their age on July 31 of the current year. The Membership Year goes from August 1 of the current year through July 31 of the following year. Therefore, MY2012 runs from August 1, 2012 through July 31, 2013. Players registered for the Fall Season with AYSO Region 213 are registered with AYSO for the entire Membership Year. Seasons other than Fall Season may require an additional fee for a player to participate; However, a player registered for the Fall Season in AYSO Region 213 will normally pay less to participate in subsequent seasons since the AYSO fees for this player have already been paid by AYSO Region 213.

3.    Governance

All components covered herein have at their applicable times been adopted pursuant to Section 1.04 of the National Bylaws of AYSO, and are subject to such Bylaws, the Articles of Incorporation of AYSO, the AYSO National and Section 11 Rules and Regulations, the Area Q Guidelines, and the Policies adopted from time to time by the AYSO National Board of Directors (collectively, the “AYSO Regulations”) and the AYSO Region 213 Board of Directors.

The AYSO Region 213 Referee Points System Guidelines for the 2012 Membership Year (Referee Points System) and AYSO Region 213 Tournament and Playoff Guidelines for the 20122 Fall Season (Tournament and Playoff Guidelines), as adopted by the Board of Directors, are incorporated and included herein. The details of the Referee Point System are defined in the AYSO Region 213 Referee Points System for the 2012 Membership Year posted on the Region’s website prior to the start of the season or available by written request from the Regional Commissioner or the Regional Referee Administrator.

Any issues not specifically addressed in these guidelines shall be governed by the AYSO Standard Regional Guidelines currently in effect.

A complete copy of all AYSO Regulations and Regional Guidelines is available to any participant in the program by contacting the Regional Commissioner.

All games shall be conducted in accordance with the current FIFA Laws of the Game and decisions of the International Board as modified by AYSO and in effect as of September 1, 20122.

4.    Authority

The City of Irvine issues a permit to AYSO Region 213 for the use of city fields and facilities. The permit grants AYSO Region 213 control of the fields during the permit allocations. As such, the referee and coach have authority to ask unauthorized individuals (unaffiliated with AYSO Region 213) to leave the field for the safety of the players.

For games, the referee is the authority for AYSO Region 213. They are the authority from the moment the referee steps into the vicinity of the field and until the referee leaves the vicinity of the field.

5.    Fall Season

5.1. Games.

Games for the 2012 Fall Season for all divisions will begin on or about September 10, 2012 and end with the last game on or about November 23, 2012.

5.2. Picture Day.

Picture day is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2012 from 7:30 AM until completion.  The Division Commissioner will contact each coach and provide him/her with the assigned time for his/her team.  The tentative location of Picture Day is Harvard Community Park. 

5.3. Practices

All practices – except for AYSO Flex – may begin, subject to field availability, on or about August 20, 2012. AYSO Flex may begin practices, subject to field availability, on or about August 1, 2012.

6.    Spring Season

6.1. Games.

Games for the 2012 Spring Season for all divisions will begin on or about March 2, 2013 and end with the last game on or about May 18, 2013.

6.2. Practices

All practices – except for Spring Select – may begin, subject to field availability, on or about February 25, 2013. Spring Select teams may begin practices, subject to field availability, on or about January 7, 2013.

7.    Practices Guidelines

A collection of four (4) or more players from a single team shall constitute a practice session.

Failure of a player to participate in practice shall not be a valid reason to limit the player’s participation in a game.

No “optional” practices, “lesson” meetings, or other such gatherings intended to “coach” soccer to a team shall be permitted.  However, a team may substitute one or more practices per week with such “lesson” meetings or special gatherings intended to “coach” soccer off the field.

For the Fall Season of MY2012, AYSO Region 213 is working with AYSO Soccer Camps to provide additional training. As such, AYSO Soccer Camps will be providing a jamboree-style training session for a specific group of teams during the week. Attendance at this training session is required[1] and replaces one of the practice sessions during the week.

All teams shall observe their allocated practice slots, fields, and parks.  In particular, teams should refrain from practicing in “open areas” of parks not allocated to them.

A weeknight game shall be considered one practice session towards the maximum two (2) practice sessions per week.

Coaches are reminded that the limitations on practice times are intended to create a fair and balanced program for all participants.  While practicing each week for periods longer than specified in these guidelines may be of substantial benefit to that select few who are afforded the opportunity, in the long run, such policies are detrimental to the remainder of the participants by creating an “uneven playing field”.

Any team found to practice in violation of these guidelines may forfeit the game immediately following each week where a violation has taken place.

All teams shall make reasonable efforts to adjust their assigned practice slots on fields without lights, such that all teams are afforded at least one hour of daylight per practice session. When Pacific Standard Time becomes effective, those teams practicing on unlit fields with 5:00 PM practice times will only have that slot on Monday or Tuesday and those that had 6:00 PM slots will have the 5:00 PM slots on Wednesday or Thursday.  All teams will only have one practice slot from that point on unless assigned to lit fields.

8.    Duties of Coaches

It shall be the duty of each coach to:

  • Conduct himself or herself in a manner becoming a member of AYSO.
  • At all times, encourage clean competition and good sportsmanship.
  • Train and coach their respective team to the best of their ability.
  • Uphold the Rules and Regulations of AYSO.
  • Limit their sideline participation during AYSO games to positive instruction and encouragement.  Negative comments about players or officials shall not be allowed. Coaches are reminded that Law 5 of the Laws of the Game grants the Referee the authority to dismiss team officials (coaches) without warning. 
  • At all practices, scrimmages, team gatherings, and games, have in his/her possession, at the field (if applicable) the player registration form for each player on the team, properly signed by the parent or legal guardian of the player.  Coaches are encouraged to make several copies of the player registration forms and then obtain original signatures from the parents and make these available to the assistant coach(s), team administrator/parent, in case of an emergency.
  • Present a healthy, athletic environment for players by neither consuming alcoholic beverages nor smoking (or simulating smoking) nor using tobacco products during practices, games, or in the immediate vicinity of the soccer fields.
  • Never criticize the decisions of officials and encourage all players and parents to act in a similar manner. See 27.4 Referee Handling of Dissent and Abuse for information regarding Referee response to criticism and/or abuse.
  • Never enter the field of play or allow a spectator to enter the field of play until authorized to do so by the Referee.
  • Register as a volunteer each year. All Coaches must be certified as an AYSO volunteer in the current Playing Year and be authorized to coach a team in AYSO Region 213 by the Regional Coach Administrator. The Regional Coach Administrator may, at their sole discretion, deny or revoke a Coach’s authorization. Coaches are entitled to the Due Process procedures defined below prior to having their coaching authorization revoked by the Regional Coach Administrator.

9.    Duties of Referees and Officials

It shall be the duty of each Referee and Official to:

  • Place great emphasis on the welfare of the players and officiate the game in a manner inducing competition and good sportsmanship.
  • At his/her discretion stop the game to ensure the welfare of the player, even if the ball has not gone out of play if in his/her opinion, a player is injured.
  • Conduct himself or herself in a manner becoming a member of AYSO.
  • At all times, encourage clean competition and good sportsmanship.
  • Uphold the Rules and Regulations of AYSO.
  • Present a healthy, athletic environment for players by neither consuming alcoholic beverages nor using tobacco products during practices, games, or in the immediate vicinity of the soccer fields.
  • Uphold and enforce the Laws of the Game.
  • Participate in the Referee Points System. The Region has established a Referee Point System that will be used to qualify teams for participation in play after the regular component of the season. 
  • Register as a volunteer each year. All Referees must be certified as an AYSO volunteer each year and be authorized by the Regional Referee Administrator to referee games in AYSO Region 213. The Regional Referee Administrator may, at their sole discretion, change a Referee’s authorization and all changes are final. Referees are entitled to the Due Process procedures defined below prior to being removed from the authorized Referee list by the Regional Referee Administrator.

10. Fairness and Safety in Play

All coaches and officials should make every effort to make the games safe and fair for all players and spectators.  In particular, in those rare cases where one team is substantially dominating the game, coaches should do all they can to minimize the chances of lopsided scores by adjusting the lineup accordingly.  Few teams really like to win 10-0 and none like to lose 0-10.

Slide tackles should be discouraged as a part of the game.  They are often dangerous and lead to a high degree of injuries. 

The referee shall remain the sole judge in deciding which plays are fouls and whether or not a player merits a Caution (yellow card) or Send-off (red card) for misconduct.

11. Good Sportsmanship Program

Good Sportsmanship is the cornerstone of the AYSO Region 213 soccer program. Consequently, AYSO Region 213 is formally defining the Good Sportsmanship program in these RR&Rs.

The AYSO Good Sportsmanship Program applies to both the Fall and Spring Seasons of the primary program.

Each week, coaches, parents and/or referees may report (via email or electronic form) good sportsmanship demonstrated by a player, team or coach. The report shall contain:

  • Name of person and team (by team number as indicated on Schedules)
  • The game number, date, time and division
  • A brief explanation of how good sportsmanship was demonstrated.

At the end of each week, the Regional Commissioner (or their designee) will highlight a story about a player, coach and/or any other person who demonstrates good sportsmanship in the AYSO Region 213 email newsletter or on the website.

At the end of the respective season, the Regional Commissioner (or their designee) will select and present to one or more individuals Great Sportsmanship of the season award(s).

12. Field/Team Setup and Sideline Participation

Team setup at fields shall observe the following guidelines:

  • Teams may not setup on the same side of the field!  In all cases, the “home” team (the first one listed in the game schedule) shall choose a side, with the “visiting” team taking the other.
  • All teams are encouraged to make a team banner and bring it to all games.  Such banner shall conform and be similar in nature to all other banners in the Region.
  • Team names shall be “positive” and “encouraging”.  They shall not include any religious, racial, ethnic grouping, or nationality terms or expressions.  All team names are subject to the prior approval of the Division Commissioner and Regional Commissioner.
  • No music or other noise making (beyond positive and encouraging “cheers”) shall be permitted before, during, or after any game or practice.
  • Coaching sideline participation shall be limited to two coaches from each team and they shall be limited to a Coaches’ Area. Where the Coaches’ Area is defined as:
    • For Under-7 and Under-8 Divisions: Extends between the Penalty Area lines (parallel to the Goal Lines) and three (3) feet or more off the field of play.
    • For Under-9 and older Divisions: Extends ten (10) yards on either side of the half line, along the touchline, and three (3) feet or more off the field of play. 
  • No spectators shall be allowed to remain (whether standing or sitting) behind the goal lines. For U9 and older divisions, all spectators must be along the Touch Lines and no closer to the Goal Line than the top of the Penalty Areas (where the top of the Penalty Area is the line parallel to the goal line). Any “photographer” wishing to stand/sit in these areas shall secure the referee’s prior approval.
  • All teams shall be responsible for cleanup of fields in the area occupied during games.
  • Sideline participation by spectators shall:
    • Be limited to positive, instructional, and encouraging comments from coaches and parents.
    • Not include “coaching” or “tactical” advice by non-coaches outside the designated coaching area (i.e., near the penalty area).
    • Not include negative comments or criticism of officials and/or players.

AYSO Region 213 prohibits smoking (and the simulation of smoking) of any kind, the use of any tobacco products (including chewing tobacco) or the consumption of alcohol at or within reasonable proximity to any AYSO activity including practices, games, clinics and camps. Any person dismissed from the field by a Referee for violation of this prohibition shall not return to the AYSO activity and the Referee shall file a report in accordance with Section 27 Discipline and/or Sanctions.

All coaches shall be held accountable for the behavior of spectators and may be subject to disciplinary action by the Referee (including being sent off the field of play) due to poor behavior on the part of parents of player on his/her team.

13. Proper Dress

All players shall observe the following dress code:

  • Shin guards under socks, and socks that fully cover them, are mandatory at all games, practices, and scrimmages.
  • No jewelry of any kind (including rings, chains, any kind of bracelet, or earrings) may be worn at games, practices, and scrimmages.  Earrings must be removed – placing tape over them is not acceptable.
  • Players shall not be allowed to practice or participate in any game with any type of cast or splint, regardless of how well padded it may be.  If the cast or splint is removable, such cast or splint may be replaced for the duration of the game with “tape”, and the player may, with the referee’s permission in the case of a game, participate.
  • Players may not wear anything that, in the opinion of the referee, is dangerous to themselves or other players.
  • Regulation soccer shoes, gym shoes, or sneakers (with or without rubber cleats) are permissible in all AYSO competitions.  Shoes with a toe cleat (as used in baseball) are not allowed.
  • The player’s name (first or last) shall not be affixed to any exterior part of the uniform.
  • Face or hair paint shall be permitted, provided that all team members make use of it in a like manner, and provided that such does not depict any racial, ethnic, national, or religious preference; nor, in the opinion of the referee, distracts members of the opposing team.
  • No hats, bandannas, or other head covering/gear may be worn during games with the exception of head coverings due to religious or cultural reasons which, in the opinion of the referee, are not a hazard to the player or to other players.
  • Prescription glasses may be worn if they have a strap to keep them in place.
  • All players shall tuck jerseys into shorts at game time and shall keep them tucked in for the duration of the game.  In addition, all uniform shorts shall be worn in the manner intended, with no “bagging” or “low hanging” appearance being permitted. No ties or other means of holding shirt sleeves up are allowed.
  • No player on the field, with the exception of the goalkeeper while he/she is playing in that position, may wear kneepads.
  • Depending on weather conditions, players are allowed to wear long sleeve shirts or “bike” shorts under the regulation uniform.  Such additional clothing should be of a color matching the uniform colors as closely as possible.

14. Player Participation and Substitution

14.1.     Coaches Must Have Signed Player Registration Forms

No player shall be allowed to participate in a game, practice, or scrimmage, unless the coach has in his/her possession, at the field of play, the player’s registration form as presented to him/her by the Region at team pass out and duly signed by the parent or legal guardian of the player; or unless the player’s parent or legal guardian is present during the entire time that the player is participating in such game, practice, or scrimmageNo exceptions of any kind shall be permitted.  Availability of these registration forms at game time is the responsibility of the coach.

14.2.     Player Transfers

No player may be transferred from one team to another once the player is assigned to a team without the prior approval of a parent or guardian, both coaches, the Division Commissioner, and the Regional Commissioner.

14.3.     Ineligible Players

Any team which plays an ineligible player shall automatically forfeit the game and be awarded no points, regardless of the final score of the game.

Any team with a player on its roster who was transferred without approval as defined in Player Transfers above shall be considered as having played an ineligible player. Therefore, the team shall forfeit all games played with the ineligible player.

Any team with a player not properly registered shall be considered as having played an ineligible player and shall forfeit all games played with the ineligible player.

14.4.     Player Participation and Substitution

14.4.1.        Playing Time

All registered AYSO Region 213 players (in the Primary Program) in attendance at the beginning of a game, are entitled to play at least half (1/2) of the game. And, these players are entitled to play at least three-quarters (3/4) of the game before any player (on the team) can play the entire game.

14.4.2.        Coach Provided Line Card

To ensure players receive the playing time they are entitled to, each Coach shall present the Referee with a completed lineup card prior to the beginning of the game. A completed Line Card lists all players – whether they are present for the game or not – in increasing player jersey number order.  The Line Card is part of the Referee’s match report and shall be retained by the Referee.

14.4.3.        Substitution Handling

Players substituting must report to the referee or assistant referee – the referee cannot designate a club linesman responsible for recording substitutions.

Substitution breaks for the U7 through U14 divisions are approximately midway through the first half, approximately midway through the second half, and at the beginning of the second half of the game. The referee shall look for a natural stoppage in the game (that is any one of: throw-in, goal kick, kick off, corner kick, free kick other than a penalty kick, or drop ball), temporarily suspend play and allow for player substitution to take place. The referee does not stop his/her watch for substitutions midway through either half.

Substitution breaks for the U5 and U6 divisions are determined by time. Play will stop when time reaches midway through the half and/or at the end of the half (and not at a natural stoppage in play). The referee does stop their watch for substitutions.

14.4.4.        Substitutions for Late Arriving Players

If a player arrives after the beginning of the game but before the first substitution break, the player must be substituted onto the field of play at the first substitution break or at half time, and subject to conditions for Substitutions for Injury and Substitution Guideline Exceptions below, may be required to play the remainder of the game. 

If a player arrives between the second substitution break and before the beginning of the second half, he must be substituted onto the field of play at the half or at the third substitution break, and, subject to conditions listed under Substitution for Injury and Substitution Guideline Exceptions below, must play the remainder of the game. 

If the player arrives after the third substitution break, the player may be substituted onto the field of play subject to all applicable substitution regulations and at the discretion of the coach and the referee.

14.4.5.        Substitution Guideline Exceptions

The only valid exceptions to the playing time a player is entitled to shall be:

  1. If in the opinion of the coach, parent, or referee the player is injured or he/she could become injured or could further compound an existing injury if he/she continues to play. Or,
  2. If the referee has sent the player off the field for a violation of the Laws of the Game.

In the case of the above exceptions, the coach and parent may agree, with the referee’s permission, to reduce the playing time of the player.

Recently, Section 11 and Area Q have piloted “open substitution” programs where  open substitution means a coach may substitute players at a normal stoppage in play (with the referee’s permission).  AYSO Region 213 supports open substitution and will encourage divisions to use open substitution if Section 11 and/or Area Q offers open substitution to the Regions.

14.4.6.        Dealing with Injuries

In the event that a player becomes injured during a game, the following guidelines shall be observed.

The referee shall be the sole judge on whether the game shall be stopped to attend to the injured player.  All referees are strongly encouraged to always keep the welfare of the injured player foremost in their minds when making a decision on whether the game shall be stopped immediately or at the next natural stoppage.

No persons (which include coaches, assistant coaches, parents, or other players) shall enter the field of play to attend to the injured player(s) without the referee’s approval.  In such cases, only the coach shall be permitted onto the field.  The referee may allow additional persons onto the field, if in his/her opinion the nature of the injury so warrants.

The referee is not required to stop the clock during an injury.

No player shall be allowed to remain on the field of play if he/she has blood on any exterior part of his/her body, including bloodstains on uniforms.  In the event of any injury during play, which results in bleeding, the referee shall immediately send the player to the touchline and request that the bleeding be controlled in such a way that no blood is visible or exposed.  The player may not return to the field of play until the referee is satisfied that blood is either no longer present on the skin or clothing of the player, or has been neutralized with a disinfectant.

Any player or volunteer who becomes injured in the course of a game or practice shall be reported to the Safety Director by reporting the injury on the Region’s website.   The applicable paperwork shall be completed regardless of whether additional medical attention is necessary, as required by National Bylaws.  No player who becomes injured may return to the team for either practice or a game without the Safety Director’s prior approval.  Any team who plays a previously injured player without the prior approval of the Safety Director shall be considered to have played an ineligible player, and thus forfeit the game in accordance with Ineligible Players above.

If a player is injured, play has been stopped by the referee, and the referee waves the coach on to the field to take care of the injured player, then the player must leave the field.[2] The coach may choose either to:

  • Have a substitute replace the player (whereby the player becomes an ineligible substitute until the next regular substitution opportunity and the substitute becomes a player). The injured, ineligible substitute cannot return until the next substitution opportunity (if any). Or,
  • Play short until the injured player may return to the game with the referee’s permission.
  • In accordance with the Laws of the Game, the referee must recognize the player leaving the field and the player entering the field. The substitute can enter the field and become a player after the injured player they are replacing has left the field and the referee has granted the substitute permission to enter the field of play.

The player who started the “quarter” is credited with playing the entire quarter. The player is still credited with the entire quarter regardless of the actual time played. And, the substitute replacing the player is NOT credited with any part of this quarter regardless of the actual playing time.

15. Game Duration

The Referee shall be the only timekeeper of the game.

To keep games on schedule, half time periods shall be a minimum of five (5) minutes and a maximum of ten (10) minutes and substitution breaks should be one (1) to two (2) minutes in duration as designated by the referee.

The length of time for halves in the U9 through U14 divisions takes into account approximately one (1) minute for substitutions. Consequently, the Referee’s watch shall continue to run through the substitution break. The referee may, at their discretion, add time in one (1) minute increments for time wasting for substitution breaks or for the handling of injuries.

The length of time for halves in the U6 through U8 divisions does not take into account time for substitutions. The Referee stops their watch for substitution breaks for the U6 through U8 divisions.

Without regard to the division, Coaches should do all they can to keep the length of substitution breaks to a minimum.  They are not an opportunity to coach or re-arrange the entire line-up.  Rather they are to simply get players off the field and new ones onto the field.

16. Games Not Completed in Regulation Time

In the event that a game is not completed in regulation time due to any reason, including without limitation, weather, insufficient players, or abandonment by the referee, all relevant facts shall be submitted to the Regional Commissioner for review who shall have the option to:

  • Schedule the game to be replayed thus nullifying the original game.
  • Continue playing the game at a later date with the score and elapsed time starting as it was when the game was terminated or abandoned.
  • Accept the score of the game at the moment it ended, as the final score.
  • Award both teams a tie.
  • Award one team a win and the other a loss.

The Regional Commissioner’s decision shall be final.

17. AYSO Region 213 Game Schedules

17.1.     Schedule Source and Availability

The AYSO Region 213 games schedule is posted on a specific SchedulesEtc website (Schedules). 

If games for a division, such as one of the U14 division, include other AYSO Regions within AYSO Section 11 Area Q, then the schedules for these games will (or may) be on the AYSO Section 11 Area Q scheduling website (rather than on Schedules).

A URL link to the Schedules is available on the home page of the AYSO Region 213 website (http://www.AYSOsoccer.org).

17.2.     Regional Scheduler Authority

The Regional Scheduler is authorized by the Regional Commissioner to:

1.     To create, publish and change the Schedules as the Regional Scheduler deems necessary.

2.     To delete games from the schedule when a referee is not scheduled for a game per these AYSO Region 213 Regional Rules & Regulations.

17.3.     Game Rescheduling Procedures

As a reminder, no games may be played between two (2) teams which are not listed on the Schedules (this does not include scrimmages between teams during practices).

All game reschedule requests must be submitted at least three (3) days prior to the day when the game will be played.

Games may be rescheduled, if approved by the Regional Scheduler, as follows:

1.     The Division Commissioner works with all coaches involved in the reschedules to find a suitable, and available, day, time and field for the game(s).

2.     The Division Commissioner must receive approvals, in writing (where email is sufficient), from all coaches impacted by the schedule changes.  The Division Commissioner will keep all approvals until the season is over.

3.     The Division Commissioner sends an email to the Regional Scheduler and informs them:

o    The original game number(s), game date(s), game time(s), game field(s) and participating teams; and,

o    The new game date(s), game time(s), game field(s) and participating teams (if the opponents change).[3]

o    Once the Regional Scheduler changes the Schedules, an email is sent to the coaches informing them of the change (assuming the coach supplied the division commissioner with a valid email account which was input into the Schedules by the Regional Scheduler).

18. AYSO Region Under-5 Program

AYSO has recommended a program specific for U5 players. As such, AYSO Region 213 shall implement the AYSO recommended program for the U5 division as defined at:

http://www.ayso.org/resources/short_sided_games/u05_guidelines.aspx.

In general, a Master Coach shall operate a jamboree-style session which will last approximately one (1) hour and fifteen (15) including organizing time and breaks including:

10 minutes

Group warm-up and activities

5 minutes

Water break

20 minutes

Training activities and games

10 minutes

Team organization (assigning players to teams and assigning field locations) and water break

35 minutes

3v3 game played in two (2) ten (10) minute halves.

Two (2) five (5) minutes breaks – one each halfway through each half (or at the “quarters”) – and one (1) five (5) minute break during halftime to make substitutions and get a quick drink.

During the game, one parent from each team should be selected to act as the game supervisors for the week. These parents should be required to keep the game going. All other parents should be encouraged to cheer positively and to refrain from “coaching” (giving instructions) from the sidelines since this is the time for the kids to play – LET THEM PLAY.

The following guidelines include the only elements of the Laws of the Game that apply to the AYSO Region 213 U5 Program:

Field: Thirty (30) by fifteen (15) yards marked with lines or cones.

Goals: PUGG goals no more than four (4) feet high and six (6) feet high or two (2) tall cones set six (6) feet apart.

Ball: Size three (3) soccer ball.

Teams: each U-5 team should have a maximum of five (5) players on the roster. Games are played with 3 players per team on the field (and no goal keepers). A minimum of 2 quarters is required for each player and it is recommended that no one play 4 quarters until everyone has played at least 3 quarters. Separate boys and girls teams are recommended.

Slide Tackles: For player safety, no “slide tackles.” Coaches should not be teaching this technique and should discourage players from attemtping it. Coaches should stop play, inform the player that slide tackles are not permitted, and award a Direct Free Kick for the opposing team.

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19. AYSO Region 213 Under-6 Program

19.1.     AYSO Region 213 Specific Guidelines for the U6 Programs

All games are played on Saturdays per the Schedules.

There are no standings in U6.

All Fall Season 2012 players will receive an award (trophy and/or medal) at the end of the season.

No more than two (2) 1-hour practices per week. Coaches are strongly encouraged to limit practices after the beginning of the season to one (1) 1-hour practice per week.

19.2.     Laws of the Game Modifications for U6

The following modifications to the Laws of the Game shall apply to U6.

o    The games shall be played in equal halves of twenty (20) minutes.

o    A minimum of four (4) players shall constitute a team and a maximum of five (5) players shall be allowed on the field at one time.

o    Substitution Handling: Approximately midway through the first half and approximately midway through the second half, the referee shall look for a natural stoppage in the game (that is any one of: throw-in, kick off, free kick, or drop ball), temporarily stop the game and his/her watch to allow a reasonable time for player substitution to take place.  Additional substitutions can be made at the beginning of the second half of the game.

o    Field size approximately 35 by 25 yards.

o    Turf shoes or sneakers are recommended over cleats.

o    No enforcement of the Offside Law. 

o    No penalty kicks or use of cards (yellow and red).

o    No Goal Kicks or Corner Kicks. Both are replaced with a Throw-in from the Throw-in mark indicated on the Touchline.

o    Goal area consists of an arc centered on each goal line.  The goal area arc is nine (9) feet wide along the goal line and extends six (6) feet from the goal line.  Small pop-up goals will be used.  No goalkeepers.

o    Offensive players may not dribble into the opponent’s goal area and must shoot from outside the goal area.  Defenders may not defend from within their own goal area, but should be positioned outside the goal area.  Both offensive and defensive players may enter the goal area in pursuit of a ball that has entered the goal area. 

o    Safe Haven for Coaches certified Coaches and parents act as officials.

o    No persons are allowed behind the goal lines.

o    Each team shall be separated equally into two “squads”.   A “squad” from the home team will play against a “squad” from the away team.    At half-time, the squads from one team shall switch fields to play against the other squad from the other team.   In the case of a division with an odd number of teams, the Commissioner may schedule three teams to compete against each other in one set of games. Within their own team, Coaches should attempt to balance the playing level of their two squads.

o    Slide Tackles: For player safety, no “slide tackles.” Coaches should not be teaching this technique and should discourage players from attemtping it. Coaches should stop play, inform the player that slide tackles are not permitted, and award a Direct Free Kick for the opposing team.

19.3.     Coach’s Duty U6

Coaches should recognize that the primary function of this division is to develop players and sportsmanship.  Accordingly, each coach should:

o    Encourage continuous participation in the game.

o    Avoid having positions on the field.

o    Do not place players near the goal area to stand and act as defenders or “goalkeepers.”

o    Every effort should be made to encourage all players to participate in play. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no player should be forced to play in a manner they do not enjoy.

o    Do everything possible to make sure that all players play an equal number of quarters by the end of the season.  The same players should not always be selected to “sit out” or to “play the entire game.”

20. AYSO Region 213 Under-7 Program

For MY2012, AYSO Region 213 is revising the U7 division guidelines to closely match the Under-8 Guidelines recommended by AYSO.  Consequently, these new guidelines modify the Laws of the Game and establish how games are managed for U7:

·         Practices. No more than two (2) 1-hour practices per week.

·         No Standings. There are no standings in U7. However, the coaches are responsible for informing their Division Commissioner of the scores within 24 hours of the end of the game (to monitor fair play). The Division Commissioner may, after the first few (3 or 4) games, revise the game schedules and group teams based on their relative capabilities.

·         Protests. No game protests.

·         Players. A minimum of four (4) players shall constitute a team and a maximum of five (5) shall be allowed on the field at one time. No goal keeper. AYSO recommends 7 players on a roster.

·         Field. Please note that U7 field sizes may be 15 to 25% smaller than U10 fields; AYSO recommends fields which are no more than 25 yards wide and 50 yards long. Distinctive lines are recommended for the following:

o    Goal and Touch lines.

o    Halfway line the width of the field, marked equidistant between the goal lines.

o    One (1) yard radius corner arcs at each corner of the field.

o    Goal area in centered front of each goal measuring 12 yards wide and 6 yards deep.

·         Game playing time. Four ten (10) minute periods with two (2) minutes substitution breaks and 5 minutes between halves.

·         Offside. Law 11 of the Laws of the Game– Offside – does NOT apply.  However, "camping out" by an attacker near the opponents Penalty Area is NOT allowed and shall be discouraged by Coaches and Referees. Repeat offenders may have a Direct Free Kick (DFK) called against them at the Referee’s discretion if, in the opinion of the referee, the circumstances warrant awarding the DFK.

·         Fouls.

o    Free Kicks. ALL Free Kicks will be Direct Free Kicks (DFKs). For DFKs, all opposing players must stand at least 6-yards away from the ball. DFKs awarded in the goal area should be taken from the nearest point on the goal area line in front of the goal – no penalty kicks. The defending team shall be at least 6 yards away from the ball if the ball is placed on the defending team’s goal area line.

o    Slide Tackles. For player safety, no “slide tackles.” The Referee will stop play for any slide tackle, inform the player slide tackles are not permitted, and award a DFK to the opposing team.

o    Dangerous Play. The Referee will stop play and restart play with a drop ball if Dangerous Play occurs between more than two players. Dangerous play committed by one player against an opponent will result in a DFK to the opposing team. If a drop ball is needed within a team’s goal area, then the Referee will move the drop ball outside the goal area.

o    At all times, the Referee will balance the enforcement of the Laws of the Game and the Regional Rules & Regulations with the intended Spirit of the Game.

o    Yellow/Red Cards: While Referees may Caution (Yellow card) or Send off (Red card) a player in this division, the cards are NEVER shown to players. This Law applies to Coaches also (as per all divisions). Referees should use appropriate methods of dealing with these situations.

·         Corner Kicks. Corner Kicks will be taken as normal. The opposing players must remain 6 yards away from the kicker until the ball has been played.

·         Throw-ins. Referees are encouraged to explain the correct method for throw-ins and to allow retaken throw-ins during the start of the season. During the second half of the season, Referees will begin enforcing correct throw-in procedures (including awarding the opposing team the throw-in for incorrect throw-ins).

·         Goal Kicks. Players may take the Ball anywhere within the goal area. The ball is in play when it is kicked and completely leaves the goal area without being touched by another player. Otherwise a re-take should occur. Opposing team players must be at least 6-yards from the ball and give reasonable space and opportunity to put the ball back into play.

·         Kick-Off errors. ALL kick-off errors will result in a re-take during the first half of the season including two-touch infringements by the kicker (kicker kicks the ball a second time before the ball is touched by an opponent or a teammate). During the second half of the season, referees will penalize two-touch infringements by the kicker. A DFK will be given to the opposing team for two-touch infringements (during the second half of the season).

·         Coaching by Spectators. Only the coach and/or assistant coach may instruct players while the game is being played (coaching). All coaching must be positive, instructional and encouraging.  Parents/Spectators are NOT permitted to coach during the game. However, positive yelling and cheering is encouraged. 

·         Coaches should recognize that the primary function of this Division is to develop players and team play, good sportsmanship, etc are the key elements. Accordingly, each Coach should avoid playing the same players in the same positions all season.   Every effort should be made to ensure that by the end of the season, all players have played a variety of positions.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, no player should be made to play a position that he/she does not enjoy. Coaches may encourage, but not force the player into a position that will cause distress.

·         A certified, authorized Referee[4] must volunteer on the Schedules to officiate the game.

o    In the event a game does not have a certified, authorized Referee signed up on SchedulesEtc by 6:00 PM on the Friday before the match, then the match will be canceled and deleted from the Schedules.

o    In the event the designated Referee does not appear to referee the match, the match shall be canceled (not played) and the Home Team coach must report the canceled match to the Division Commissioner within twenty-four hours of the scheduled start time.

o    In the event the designated Referee is unable to continue the match due to injury or other any other reason, then the match shall be terminated. Any game which has been terminated by the Referee must be reported to the Regional Referee Administrator and the Division Commissioner with twenty-four (24) hours of the termination.

o    Rescheduling of any canceled matches shall be in accordance with section 14.3 Game Rescheduling Procedures.

21. AYSO Region 213 Under-8 Program

The following guidelines modify the Laws of the Game and establish how games are managed for U8:

·         Practices. No more than two (2) 1-hour practices per week.

·         No Standings. There are no standings in U8. However, the coaches are responsible for informing the Division Commissioners of the scores to monitor fair play. The Division Commissioner may, after the first few (3 or 4) games, revise the game schedules and group teams based on their relative capabilities.

·         Protests. No game protests.

·         Players. A minimum of five (5) players shall constitute a team and a maximum of seven (7) players, including a goalkeeper, shall be allowed on the field at one time.

·         Field Sizes. Please note that U8 field sizes may be 15 to 25% smaller than U-10 fields, so, use appropriate and fair distance where needed. E.g.: Some “18 yard lines” may only be 14 yards, etc.

·         Game Length

o    Game playing time. Two 20-minute halves. Substitution breaks are given approximately half way into each half, at the Referee’s discretion, and shall not exceed two (2) minutes. The Half time break should be 5 to 7 minutes.

o    Number of Players. Each team shall have 7 players including a Goal Keeper.  And a minimum of five (5) players must be ready by 5 minutes after the scheduled start time to play a game. If one or both teams have less than five players 5 minutes after the scheduled start time, then the game should NOT be played.

o    Minimum playing time for players. Three Quarters, unless player is injured or leaves field for other reason.

o    Goal Keeper Rotation. Coaches must have a different player be the Goalkeeper each quarter. A player is only permitted to play the Keeper position ONCE in each game. The Goalkeeper MUST wear a Jersey/shirt that is different from that of the opposing team (Referee discretion).

·         Offside. Law 11 of the Laws of the Game– Offside – does NOT apply.  However, "camping out" by an attacker near the opponents Penalty Area is NOT allowed and shall be discouraged by Coaches and Referees. Repeat offenders may have a Direct Free Kick (DFK) called against them at the Referee’s discretion if, in the opinion of the referee, the circumstances warrant awarding the DFK.

·         Fouls.

o    Free Kicks. ALL Free Kicks will be Direct Free Kicks (DFKs). No Penalty Kicks. For DFKs, all opposing players must stand at least 6-yards away from the ball.  If a DFK is awarded to the attacking team in or near the Defending team’s goal area, the DFK should be taken at least 6-yards from the goal line. A wall may be set up by the Defending team.

o    Slide Tackles. For player safety, no “slide tackles.” The Referee will stop play for any slide tackle, inform the player slide tackles are not permitted, and award a DFK to the opposing team.

o    Penalty Kicks. NONE. See Free Kicks above.

o    Keeper Errors. Keeper errors should not result in a DFK being given in these situations unless Keeper violates the Dangerous Play Law (see below).

o    Dangerous Play. The Referee will stop play and restart play with a drop ball if Dangerous Play occurs between more than two players. Dangerous play committed by one player against an opponent will result in a DFK to the opposing team. If a drop ball is needed within 6-yards of the goal, then the Referee should either grant the goalkeeper possession or move the drop ball outside the Penalty Area.

o    A goal keeper who picks up the ball with their hands directly from a Throw-in by a teammate will not be penalized with a Free Kick.

o    At all times, the Referee will balance the enforcement of the Laws of the Game and the Regional Rules & Regulations with the intended Spirit of the Game.

o    Goal Keeper Return Kicks/Throws: If a keeper has possession the Referee will be lenient with the 6 (six) seconds law and allow extra time to encourage the Keeper to release the ball. A kick or Throw return is acceptable and can be taken from ANYWHERE within or on the 18 yd line (Penalty area). Referees are to encourage the Keeper to bring the ball all the way out the 18 yd line and NOT enforce a DFK should the Keeper go over the 18 yd while in possession of the ball. Again, leniency should apply here.

o    Yellow/Red Cards: While Referees may Caution (Yellow card) or Send off (Red card) a player in this division, the cards are NEVER shown to players. This Law applies to Coaches also (as per all divisions). Referees should use appropriate methods of dealing with these situations.

·         Corner Kicks. Corner Kicks will be taken as normal. The opposing players must remain 6 yards away from the kicker until the ball has been played.

·         Throw-ins. Referees are encouraged to explain the correct method for throw-ins and to allow retaken throw-ins during the start of the season. During the second half of the season, Referees will begin enforcing correct throw-in procedures (including awarding the opposing team the throw-in for incorrect throw-ins).

·         Goal Kicks. Keeper or Player may take the Ball anywhere within, up to and including on the 18 yd line, to place the ball stationary on the ground for the re-start kick (no punting on Goal Kicks). Erroneous kicks should be allowed a re-take at Referee discretion. The ball is in play when it is kicked and completely leaves the 18 yd line without being touched by another player. Otherwise a re-take should occur. Opposing team players must be at least 6-yards from the ball and give reasonable space and opportunity to put the ball back into play.

·         Kick-Off errors. ALL kick-off errors will result in a re-take during the first half of the season including two-touch infringements by the kicker (kicker kicks the ball a second time before the ball is touched by an opponent or a teammate). During the second half of the season, referees will penalize two-touch infringements by the kicker. A DFK will be given to the opposing team for two-touch infringements (during the second half of the season).

·         Coaching by Spectators. Only the coach and/or assistant coach may instruct players while the game is being played (coaching). All coaching must be positive, instructional and encouraging.  Parents/Spectators are NOT permitted to coach during the game. However, positive yelling and cheering is encouraged. 

·         Technical Area. Nobody – including coaches, parents, or Spectators – is allowed on the touchline in the area between the top of the penalty area and the goal line or behind the goals.  Opposing Teams (coaches, parents, and spectators) MUST sit on opposite sides of the field.  Home team chooses the side they would prefer to be on - NO EXCEPTIONS.

·         Coaches should recognize that the primary function of this Division is to develop players and team play, good sportsmanship, etc are the key elements. Accordingly, each Coach should avoid playing the same players in the same positions all season.   Every effort should be made to ensure that by the end of the season, all players have played a variety of positions.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, no player should be made to play a position that he/she does not enjoy. Coaches may encourage, but not force the player into a position that will cause distress.

·         A certified, authorized Referee[5] must volunteer on the Schedules to officiate the game.

o    In the event a game does not have a certified, authorized Referee signed up on SchedulesEtc by 6:00 PM on the Friday before the match, then the match will be canceled and deleted from the Schedules.

o    In the event the designated Referee does not appear to referee the match, the match shall be canceled (not played) and the Home Team coach must report the canceled match to the Division Commissioner within twenty-four hours of the scheduled start time.

o    In the event the designated Referee is unable to continue the match due to injury or other any other reason, then the match shall be terminated. Any game which has been terminated by the Referee must be reported to the Regional Referee Administrator and the Division Commissioner with twenty-four (24) hours of the termination.

o    Rescheduling of any canceled matches shall be in accordance with section 14.3 Game Rescheduling Procedures.

22. Rules of Competition for the Fall Season for U9 through U14

22.1.     Regular Component

The Rules of Competition for the Regular Component of the Fall Season apply only to matches played between AYSO Region 213 teams.

Teams losing Game Points as a result of player misconduct or coach misbehavior described below will have them deducted from the AYSO Region 213 division standings whether or not the misconduct or misbehavior was a game between AYSO Region 213 teams or not.

The purpose of the Regular Component of the season is:

1.     To provide all teams with an opportunity to have fun, develop, and grow together.

2.     To establish standings to qualify teams to participate in the Playoffs.

Accordingly, the rules to determine standings applicable to all U9 through U14 (within Region 213) shall be:

o    Game make-ups are subject to field availability and at the discretion of the Regional Commissioner or the Scheduler as directed by the Regional Commissioner.

o    No game protests with the exception of ineligible players.

o    Games can end in a tie.

o    Game Points are assigned for the results per game are awarded as follows:

§  3 Game Points for a win,

§  1 Game Point for a tie, and

§  0 Game Points for a loss.

§  No Game Points for goals.

§  No Game Points for shutouts.

§  Teams with players who receive Cautions (yellow cards) will not lose Game Points.

§  Teams will lose one (1) Game Point for the first time a player on their team receives a Send-off (red card). Each subsequent Send-off issued to a player on the team will result in one additional, cumulative Game Point lost (1st one results in 1 Game Point lost, 2nd one results in 2 Game Points lost, 3rd one results in 3 Game Points lost, etc.).

§  Teams lose two (3) Game Points for the first time a coach is dismissed from the field of play by the referee. Each subsequent dismissal issued to a coach on the team will result in one additional, cumulative Game Point lost (1st one results in 3 Game Points lost, 2nd one results in 4 Game Points lost, 3rd one results in 5 Game Points lost, etc.). 

o    Each team’s standings in the Regular Component are determined by their Total Points. Total Points are the sum of Game Points and Referee Points (as defined in the current AYSO Region 213 Referee Points System guidelines). How each team’s standings impact their participation in the Playoffs will be defined in the AYSO Region 213 Playoff component guidelines.

22.2.     Reporting Game Results

At the end of each day, the coach of each team must report his/her score on the region’s website.   The winning coach is responsible for reporting the score.  In the case of a tie, the coach of the home team is responsible for reporting the score.   These will be used in divisions U9, U10, U12, and U14, to calculate standings.  For divisions U6, U7 and U8, the game results will be used to create a more “balanced” second half of the season.  All coaches must report all games so that chances for error in tabulation of statistics can be minimized.

22.3.     Tie-breakers

If there are two or more teams tied with same number of Total Points (the sum of Game Points and Referee Points) and a winner must be determined, then the following Tie-breaker rules are followed in order until a winner is determined. 

If three or more teams are tied with the same number of Total Points, then run through the Tie-breaker rules until 1 team is eliminated. Once a team is eliminated from the tie, restart from the beginning again and eliminate a team each time until you are left with only 1 team.

Compare teams using the following rules, in order, to determine the winner (or to eliminate teams from the tie):

1.     Compare the win/loss/draw results between the teams (“head to head” comparison).  No other criteria (such as, the goal differential) is considered at this stage – only the results of head-to-head competition.  If the head-to-head comparisons do not determine a winner, then continue to the next tie breaker rule.

2.     Calculate the goal differential for each game (maximum of a 3 goal differential per game) over all specified regular season games[6]. No adjustments if, for any reason, the teams did not play the same amount of games. The team with the lowest goal differential is eliminated. If they are still tied, then continue to the next tie-breaker rule.

3.     Calculate the number of goals allowed per game (maximum of 3 goals allowed per game). If the number of games of all teams is not the same, then only use the lowest goal differential games for the teams which played more games. The team with the most allowed goals is eliminated. If they are still tied, then continue to the next tie-breaker rule.

4.     Calculate the number of goals scored (maximum 3 goals scored per game). If the number of games all tied teams is not the same, then only use the highest goal differential games for the teams who played more games. The team with the least scored goals is eliminated. If they are still tied, then continue to the next tie-breaker rule.

5.     The Regional Commissioner can, at their sole discretion, decide to either perform a coin flip or arrange to have a certified, authorized Referee conduct Kicks from the Penalty Mark (KFTPM) according to the Laws of the Game to determine a winner. The results of either the coin flip or KFTPM are final.

22.4.     Rules of Competition for the Playoff Component of Season (for U9 through U14)

Rules and game schedules for the Playoff Component of the 2012 Fall Season shall be made available in the Playoff Guidelines on or about October 1, 2012.

23. AYSO Region 213 Under-9 and Under-10 Program

23.1.     AYSO Region 213 Specific Guidelines for U9 and U10

No more than two (2) 1-hour practices per week.

The games shall be played in equal halves of twenty (25) minutes.

A minimum of five (5) players shall constitute a team and a maximum of seven (7) players, including a goalkeeper, shall be allowed on the field at one time.

Participation of a player in the position of goalkeeper shall be limited to no more than one-half (½) of the game.

Season is broken down into two components as follows:

Regular: Depending upon the number of teams, each division may be broken down into pools.  Regular component pool standings are used to calculate seeding for the Tournament component and entry into the Playoff component.  At least one team from each pool from the Regular component is guaranteed entry into the Playoff component.

Playoffs: Detailed rules and regulations for the Tournament and Playoff Components for each division are provided later and incorporated in this document. Additional details on points, tiebreakers, and other issues for Division U9, U10, U12, and U14 are available in the section titled “Rules of Competition” for each component of the season.

The top two teams in each division from the Playoff Component will represent AYSO Region 213 in post-season Area Q playoffs.

Referee Points System: The Referee Points System for the 2012 Fall Season impacts the Regular component standings and the Tournament component results. The Referee Points System for the 2012 Fall Season is incorporated and included herein.

23.2.     Referees for U9 & U10

A certified, authorized Referee must volunteer using the SchedulesEtc or equivalent scheduling system (SchedulesEtc) to officiate the game. In the event a game does not have a certified, authorized Referee signed up on SchedulesEtc by 6:00 PM on the day before the match, then the match will be canceled and not rescheduled or made-up. 

In the event the designated Referee is unable to continue the match due to injury or other any other reason, then the match shall be terminated. Any game which has been terminated by the Referee must be reported to the Regional Referee Administrator and the Division Commissioner with twenty-four (24) hours of the termination.

24. AYSO Region 213 Under-12 Program

24.1.     AYSO Region 213 Specific Guidelines

No more than two (2) 1-hour practices per week.

The games shall be played in equal halves of twenty (30) minutes.

A minimum of seven (7) players shall constitute a team and a maximum of nine (9) players, including a goalkeeper, shall be allowed on the field at one time.

Participation of a player in the position of goalkeeper shall be limited to a maximum of three-fourths (¾ths) of the game as goalkeeper.  If the same player plays three-fourths (¾ths) of the game as goalkeeper, then they must play one (1) quarter as a field player.

Season is broken down into two components as follows:

Regular: Depending upon the number of teams, each division may be broken down into pools.  Regular component pool standings are used to calculate seeding for the Tournament component and entry into the Playoff component.  At least one team from each pool from the Regular component is guaranteed entry into the Playoff component.

Playoffs: Detailed rules and regulations for the Playoffs for each division are provided later and incorporated in this document. Additional details on points, tiebreakers, and other issues for Division U9, U10, U12, and U14 are available in the section titled “Rules of Competition” for each component of the season.

The top two teams in each division from the Playoff Component will represent AYSO Region 213 in post-season Area Q playoffs.

Referee Points System: The Referee Points System for the 2012 Fall Season impacts the Regular component standings and the Tournament component results. The Referee Points System for the 2012 Fall Season is incorporated and included herein.

24.2.     Referees

A certified, authorized Referee must volunteer to supervise the match. Wherever possible, two certified and authorized Assistant Referees in uniform shall volunteer to assist the Referee.

A certified, authorized Referee must volunteer using the SchedulesEtc or equivalent scheduling system (SchedulesEtc) to officiate the game. In the event a game does not have a certified, authorized Referee signed up on SchedulesEtc by 6:00 PM on the day before the match, then the match will be canceled and not rescheduled or made-up.

In the event the scheduled Referee does not appear to conduct the match and at least one certified, authorized Assistant Referee in uniform is willing to be the Referee, then the match can be played. If more than one certified, authorized Assistant Referee is available, then the choice (to become Referee) shall be presented in order to a neutral Assistant Referee first, an Assistant Referee associated with the home team second and an Assistant Referee associated with the visiting team last.

Both coaches agree to let the individual who is a certified, authorized Referee conduct the match.

In the event no certified, authorized Referee nor certified, authorized Assistant Referees have signed up for – or confirmed their assignment to – the game by 6:00 PM on the day before the match, then the match will be canceled and not rescheduled or made-up.

In the event the designated Referee is unable to continue the match due to injury or other any other reason (and where a certified, authorized Assistant Referee is not available to take over), then the match shall be terminated. Any game which has been terminated by the Referee must be reported to the Regional Referee Administrator and the Division Commissioner with twenty-four (24) hours of the termination.

25. AYSO Region 213 Under-14 Program

Game Conduct for U14 may be determined by the Section 11 and/or Area Q rules and regulations as defined and agreed upon by the AYSO Region 213 Board of Directors and incorporated herein. If Section 11 and/or Area Q rules and regulations are not defined for AYSO Region 213 U14 teams, then the following rules and regulations shall apply:

For competition between teams within Region 213, the Fall Season is broken down into 2 components as follows:

o    Regular: Depending upon the number of teams, each division may be broken down into pools.  Regular component pool standings are used to calculate seeding for the Tournament component and entry into the Playoff component.  At least one team from each pool from the Regular component is guaranteed entry into the Playoff component.

o    Playoffs: Detailed rules and regulations for the Playoffs are provided later and incorporated in this document. Additional details on points, tiebreakers, and other issues are available in the section titled “Rules of Competition” for each component of the season.

The top two teams in each division from the Playoffs will represent AYSO Region 213 in post-season Area Q playoffs.

Referee Points System: The Referee Points System for the 2012 Fall Season impacts the Regular component results as it relates to determining the two top teams participating in the Playoff Component.

25.2.     Region-specific Guidelines for U14

No more than two (2) 60-minute (1 hour) practices per week.

Participation of a player in the position of goalkeeper is not limited – one player may be the goalkeeper for the entire game.

25.3.     Referee Guidelines for U14

A certified, authorized Referee must volunteer to supervise the match. Wherever possible, two certified and authorized Assistant Referees in uniform shall volunteer to assist the Referee. 

In the event the scheduled Referee does not appear to supervise the match and at least one certified, authorized Assistant Referee in uniform is willing to be the Referee, then the match can be played as long as

The Home Team Assistant Referee is given first choice to be the designated Referee if both teams have certified, authorized Assistant Referees.

Both coaches agree to let the individual who is a certified, authorized Referee supervise the match.

In the event no certified, authorized Referee nor certified, authorized Assistant Referees have signed up for – or confirmed their assignment to – the game by 6:00 PM on the day before the match, then the match will be canceled and not rescheduled or made-up.

In the event the designated Referee is unable to continue the match due to injury or other any other reason, then the match shall be terminated. Any game which has been terminated by the Referee must be reported to the Regional Referee Administrator and the Division Commissioner with twenty-four (24) hours of the termination.

25.4.     Modifications to the Laws of the Game for Under-14

The games shall be played in equal halves of twenty (35) minutes.

26. Under-16 and Under-19

U16 and U19 games shall be conducted in accordance with Area Q and/or Section 11 guidelines as agreed upon by the AYSO Region 213 Board of Directors yet to be published. In general and in the absence of any Section 11 and/or Area Q rules and regulations, these Regional rules and regulations govern game conduct:

·         All registered AYSO players in attendance at the beginning of the game, or who arrive prior to the beginning of the second half of the game, shall play at least half (1/2) of the game.

·         The U16 and U19 divisions use free substitution. Respective coaches of each team may substitute as many players or none during substitutions, as long as all players meet the minimum playing requirements.

·         If the player arrives during the second half of the game, then he/she must be substituted at the first free substitution opportunity and (subject to the handling of injuries) must play the remainder of the game.

·         Teams can practice up to two (2) times per week. Each practice session shall not exceed 1 hour and 15 minutes. If a game is played during the week (between Monday and Friday), then the game takes the place of one of the practices (and the coach can hold only 1 practice during the remainder of the week).

27. Discipline and/or Sanctions

27.1.     Player Misconduct

All players sent off the field of play (in accordance with Law 12 of the current FIFA Laws of the Game as modified by AYSO) by the referee shall not participate in the remainder of the game and shall not be replaced.  Such players shall be allowed to remain on the sidelines, provided they do not, in the opinion of the referee, further disrupt the game.

27.2.     Player Celebrations

Any player who “celebrates” a caution [yellow card] with teammates or exhibits behavior which, in the opinion of the referee, indicates he/she is celebrating having received a caution, shall be considered guilty of “unsportsmanlike” conduct and thus shall be subject to a second caution leading to immediate send off [red card].  Such decision will be at the sole discretion of the referee.

Every year the referees have to deal with more dissent (a challenge to the Referee’s authority) and abuse by spectators and coaches. In an attempt to deter dissent and to provide consistent handling of sanctions and discipline, the following guidelines have been added to the AYSO Region 213 Regional Rules and Regulations.

27.3.     Player Discipline by Coaches

All players shall have the right to participate in all games in accordance with the minimum playing requirements.  No coach may prevent a player from participation in a game, or portion thereof, without the Region’s prior approval.  While the Region recognizes that discipline is a key ingredient to a successful team, any coach who experiences difficulties in this area with one or more players on his/her team, should discuss the matter with the Regional Child and Volunteer Protection Advocate (CVPA) prior to implementing disciplinary action.

27.4.     Referee Handling of Dissent and Abuse

Coaches and spectators should note that the use of yellow [caution] and red [send off] cards are limited to players. 

If, in the opinion of the Referee, a coach or any spectator (Subject) on their sideline behaves irresponsibly though dissent or verbal abuse by word or action, then Referee must acknowledge and deal with it. Coaches and spectators are reminded the Referee’s Authority includes before and after the game – the Referee is the Authority once they enter the vicinity of the field and ends once they leave the vicinity of the field.

27.4.1.        Referee 3-step Process for Handling Dissent or Abuse

The Board of Directors and the Regional Referee Administrator recommend the Referee deal with dissent and abuse using a 3-step process:

1.     Acknowledgement. The Referee notifies the Subject they heard or saw the dissent and/or abuse and they didn’t like it. The notification can be a brief comment or a gesture to acknowledge the inappropriate misbehavior.

2.     Warning. If the dissent or abuse is serious or if it is persistent, then the Referee suspends the match and warns the Subject that any repeat offence will result in a dismissal.

3.     Dismissal. A repeat offence which requires the Referee to suspend the match to deal with dissent or abuse shall result in the Subject being expelled/dismissed from the match.

Any serious verbal abuse (e.g. using offensive, insulting, or foul language or repeated incidents of less serious abuse) or any threat directed towards a referee by a spectator or coach or shall result in the immediate dismissal of the coach from the match without warning.

Asking the referee about a call or complaining about a call in earshot of the Assistant Referee or the Referee - whether it is directed at the referee or not - is considered dissent and shall result in a warning.

Neither the coach nor the spectators are entitled to an explanation of the call. The Referee team makes a decision, signals for the proper restart, and play resumes. If the Assistant Referee hears the dissent or abuse, then they will report this to the Referee at the next, best opportunity.

The Referee shall issue any warnings or dismissals. Referees are reminded to avoid confrontation with coaches.

27.4.2.        Recommended Disciplinary Sanctions for Referee Abuse

All dissent/abuse incidents reported to the Regional Referee Administrator are handled through the Disciplinary Review Process described below.

In general, the following sanctions are suggested:

1.     A one (1) game/week suspension for the first offense of dissent or abuse of a referee (serious, repetitious dissent to provoke an argument, criticism or demeaning language but which does not include offensive, insulting, or foul language).

2.     A two (2) game/week suspension for repeat offenses or serious verbal abuse of a referee (e.g. using offensive, insulting, or foul language or repeated incident of less serious abuse).

3.     A four (4) game/week suspension for stepping onto the field or other threat toward a referee (by word or action).

Immediate and sincere remorse on the part of the offender may be taken into account by the Disciplinary Committee when determining whether a lesser level of sanction should be applied.

Egregious offenses (e.g. repeated or multiple abusive situation, physical contact with a youth referee, or exceptionally inappropriate misbehavior directed toward a referee) shall result in immediate and continuing suspension of the offending person pending a Disciplinary Review. The Regional Commissioner and/or Review Panel will determine if further, or more serious, discipline is warranted.

An egregious offense violates the fundamental mission of AYSO and requires strong action. Discipline may include, but is not limited to, suspension for the season, suspension for multiple seasons, "rehabilitation" (e.g. taking the child/volunteer protection training, taking referee training, referee a set number of games, or other remedial education and training), or expulsion of the person and/or their child from further participation in AYSO.

A suspended person may not, during their suspension, attend a game of the team where the offense occurred; that adult may attend other children's games in other age groups.

A suspended coach may not, during the suspension, attend any game for the team at whose game the misconduct occurred. The coach may attend practices of that team and games of other teams unless notified of additional restrictions by the Regional Commissioner.

These sanctions apply only to the discipline of adult spectators or coaches. This policy does not apply to AYSO players or youth (under age 18) spectators.

These sanctions do not limit, prevent, or replace any voluntary or required report or referral of improper conduct, by any adult toward any child, to any law enforcement or child protection agency.

27.5.     Referee Reporting Requirements for Player Misconduct or Coach/Spectator Misbehavior

Any player sent off – or volunteer, parent or other member of AYSO Region 213 who is dismissed from -- the field of play are subject to disciplinary sanctions and is automatically suspended from participation at any future game until such time as the Disciplinary Review Process has been completed.

Referees must report all player misconduct (Cautioned and Sent-off Players) and/or coaches or spectators dismissed from the field for misbehavior to the Regional Referee Administrator within twenty-four (24) hours of the game.

27.6.     Impact on post-season Select All Star participation

Any coach or other adult participant who is sent off the field of play or subject to any other disciplinary action may, at the Regional Commissioner’s discretion, be prevented from coaching (either as “head” or “assistant”) a post-season Select All Star team, regardless of whether he or she has already been selected for such a team.

Any player sent off the field of play three (3) or more times may, at the RC’s discretion, may be prevented from participation in a post-season Select All Star team, regardless of whether he or she has already been selected for such a team.

27.7.     Disciplinary Review Process

The Disciplinary Review Process described below is consistent with the current AYSO National Office recommended Due Process Flow Chart available (at the time of this writing) at http://www.aysohelp.org/management/workshops/2009/Due_Process_Flow_Chart.pdf.

In general, every incident or issue is sent to the Regional Commissioner (RC). The RC refers the matter to fact finders and:

1.         If there is a threat to the program, then the RC may act immediately and deliver discipline.

2.         In not a threat to the program, then the RC can:

a.         Decide no discipline is required and the review process ends.

b.        Conduct the review and issue discipline. Or,

c.         Assemble a Review Panel who decides if discipline is required or not.


Figure 1 AYSO Region 213 Due Process Flowchart


All incidents or issues (the “matter”) are first referred to the Regional Commissioner (RC) in writing (where email is deemed sufficient to be “in writing”). The RC refers the matter to Fact Finder(s) to investigate. Did early results of the fact-finding investigation show imminent danger to program or people?

1.     Yes. The RC issues notice of discipline/sanctions – suspension and/or removal from the program – along with an opportunity for the Subject to request, in writing, a Review of the decision. Did the subject request a review?

a.     Yes, the Subject requested a Review. Go to the RC Decision Point 1 below.

b.    No. The Subject does not request a review or resigns. The matter is closed. CLOSED

2.     RC Decision Point 1. No. The early results of the fact-finding investigation did not show imminent danger to the program or to people. The RC decides:

a.     No discipline is warranted and the matter is closed. CLOSED

b.    To conduct the Review himself/herself. Did the RC determine discipline/sanctions are warranted?

                                        i.      No discipline/sanctions are warranted and the matter is closed. CLOSED

                                       ii.      Yes, the RC determines discipline is warranted. The RC notifies the Subject of the discipline/sanctions with an opportunity for Review. Did the Subject request a Review in writing?

1.     No, the Subject did not request a review in writing or resigned. The matter is closed. CLOSED.

2.     RC Decision Point 2. Yes, the Subject requested a Review in writing. The RC can decide to

a.     Have a Review Panel conduct a Review, or

b.    RC invites the Subject to submit information why discipline is not warranted.

                                                                                             i.     If the RC decides no discipline is needed following the Review, then the RC sends a notice to the Subject and the matter is closed. CLOSED.

                                                                                            ii.     If the RC decides to confirm or modify discipline/sanctions, then the RC send a notice to the Subject of modified discipline/sanctions along with notice of the Subject’s right of appeal. If the Subject submits a request for appeal in Writing, then go to the Appeal Process below.

c.     Review Panel RC decides to have a Review Panel conduct the Review. The RC forms a Review Panel and appoints a Chair. The Review Panel notifies all parties of time/date/location of Review Proceeding and requests information be submitted in advance. The Review Panel conducts the Review Proceeding and considers all input (written and in person). The Review Panel assembles in private to form a recommendation and submits their recommendation to the RC.

d.    RC Decision Point 3. What does the RC decide to do with the Review Panel’s recommendation?

                                          i.        RC decides to approve or modify the recommendation and imposes no discipline/sanctions. RC sends notice to the Subject and the matter is closed. CLOSED

                                         ii.        RC decides to approve or modify the recommendation and imposes discipline/sanctions along with notification of the Subject’s right of appeal. If the Subject submits a request for appeal in Writing, then go to the Appeal Process below. Otherwise (no appeal requested or the Subject resigns), the matter is closed. CLOSED.

3.     Appeal Process. The Area Director (AD) reviews the procedures and decision to determine whether Due Process was provided. Did the AD uphold the original decision?

a.     Yes. The AD communicates their decision to uphold the original decision to both the RC and the Subject. The matter is closed. CLOSED

b.    No.  Area Director sends matter back to RC for reconsideration if: i) an interested party or parties is/are involved in the Review; ii) Improper notice or unfair procedures were used in the Review; or, iii) The discipline/sanctions are arbitrary or capricious. The RC evaluates AD decision to determine what is needed to satisfy due process and takes appropriate steps.

28. Area Q All-star Guidelines

This section provides the special rules applicable to the AYSO Section 11 Area Q All-star program (“All-stars”).  The All-stars program is also governed by a separate document that will be published by AYSO Section 11 Area Q prior to the start of the season.

All-star games shall be conducted in accordance with Area Q and/or Section 11 guidelines as agreed upon by the AYSO Region 213 Board of Directors yet to be published. In general and in the absence of any Section 11 and/or Area Q rules and regulations, these Regional rules and regulations govern game conduct:

1.     All registered AYSO players in attendance at the beginning of the game, or who arrive prior to the beginning of the second half of the game, shall play at least half (1/2) of the game.

2.     AYSO All-star teams practice up to twice a week and each practice session shall not exceed 1 hour and 30 minutes. A game scheduled during the week (Monday through Friday) replaces a practice session (coaches cannot hold both a game and two practices during the week from Monday through Friday).

All-star players are selected from the Fall 2012 Season regular AYSO program U10, U12, and U14 divisions.  AYSO Flex Extra program players are NOT eligible to play on All-star teams.

28.2.     Selection of Select All Star Coaches

All those persons interested in coaching a Select All Star team must notify and submit a brief resume of experience to the Regional Coach Administrator by October 1, 2012.

The Regional Commissioner strongly encourages those interested in volunteering for All-star coaching positions consult with others with whom they would like to coach and submit their notification as a “coaching team.” The coaching team allows more coaches an opportunity to enjoy the All-star experience in addition to putting together individuals who work well together. Coaching Teams shall be limited to three persons and all coaches on the team shall be subject to the approval of the Selection Committee.

The final selection of coaches for Select All Star teams shall be made by a Selection Committee consisting of the Regional Coach Administrator, Regional Referee Administrator, Assistant Regional Commissioner, and Regional Commissioner, in consultation with the respective Division Commissioner.

Issues that contribute to the selection include (in no particular order), without limitation:

·         Experience of coach (and anticipated “coaching team” members)

·         Training and licensing/certification levels attained by the individual(s)

·         Ability to teach soccer skills and strategy

·         Organizational Skills

·         Character and demeanor

·         Prior disciplinary record (if any)

·         Volunteer effort and involvement in the program

When planning a “coaching team”, those interested should consider these items.

29. AYSO Region 213 EXTRA Guidelines

This section provides the special rules applicable to the AYSO EXTRA[7] program.   The AYSO EXTRA program is also governed by a separate document that will be published by Section 11 prior to the start of the season.

AYSO EXTRA games shall be conducted in accordance with Area Q and/or Section 11 guidelines as agreed upon by the AYSO Region 213 Board of Directors yet to be published. In general and in the absence of any Section 11 and/or Area Q rules and regulations, these Regional rules and regulations govern game conduct:

All registered AYSO EXTRA players in attendance at the beginning of the game, or who arrive prior to the beginning of the second half of the game, shall play at least half (1/2) of the game.

AYSO EXTRA teams practice up to twice a week and each practice session shall not exceed 1 hour and 30 minutes. A game scheduled during the week (Monday through Friday) replaces a practice session (coaches cannot hold both a game and two practices during the week from Monday through Friday).

29.1.     Coaching Requirements

Coaches interested in coaching an AYSO EXTRA team must file their resume with the Regional Coach Administrator prior to February 1 of the proceeding year (such as February 1, 2012 for the 2012 Membership Year).

Coaches must apply to coach an AYSO EXTRA team each year; the Regional Coach Administrator and/or Regional Commissioner does not, any time, guarantee or otherwise promise a current coach will coach a team the following Membership Year.

All coaches must meet the following requirements:

·         Coaches must be in good standing with the Region (No red cards, problems reported with Regional, Area, or Section Boards).

·         One-year experience as an AYSO Region 213 All-Star Coach.

·         AYSO Advanced Level Coaching Certificate (can be obtained at this year’s Super Camp).

·         AYSO Safe Haven Coaching Certification.

Coaches are subject to the suspension or removal by the Regional Commissioner at anytime due to any of the following:

·         Failure to follow AYSO Regional 213 policies, guidelines, or bylaws.

·         Inappropriate behavior at games, practices, or any AYSO event.

·         Failure to follow National, Section, or Area policies, guidelines, or bylaws.

29.2.     Assistant Coaching Requirements

Coaches must be in good standing with the Region (No red cards, problems reported with Regional, Area, or Section Boards).

AYSO Intermediate Level Coaching Certificate (can be obtained at this year’s three day camp).

AYSO Safe Haven Coaching Certification (can be obtained at this year’s team pass out meeting).

Coaches are subject to the suspension or removal by the Regional Commissioner at anytime due to any of the following:

·         Failure to follow Regional 213 policies, guidelines, or bylaws.

·         Inappropriate behavior at games, practices, or any AYSO event.

·         Failure to follow National, Section, or Area policies, guidelines, or bylaws.

29.3.     Player Requirements

Player must be registered with AYSO Region 213 for the current Membership Year as AYSO EXTRA players prior to participating in any AYSO activities including, but not limited to practices and games.

29.4.     Tryouts

The Regional Commissioner, Regional Coach Administrator, and AYSO EXTRA Commissioner shall select Evaluators for the AYSO Flex Program tryouts.  Coaches shall not be allowed to evaluate at the tryouts for their team.

AYSO EXTRA tryouts are scheduled in February and/or March for play during the following Membership Year.

The Regional Coach Administrator and AYSO Flex Commissioner shall plan and schedule a minimum of two tryout sessions for players to be evaluated.  Each session shall be approximately 90 minutes in duration.  Coaches may direct their own team’s tryout session.   It is strongly recommended coaches use the tryout plan (the drills, small-sided games and full game conditions) presented by the AYSO Region 213 EXTRA Coordinator to ensure each player can demonstrate his/her skills and abilities to the Evaluators who have been trained to do evaluations based on the execution of this tryout plan.

The Evaluators will rate each player using a numbered scale and evaluation criteria specified by the AYSO Region 213 EXTRA Coordinator.

The Evaluators will not cooperate or discuss the player’s ratings with other Evaluators or the coach during and after the tryouts.

The Evaluators will strive to generate a wide range of scores based on the skill levels of attendees at the tryout. Evaluators shall also strive to enter an evaluation score for every category for every attendee.

The Evaluators shall turn in their evaluation scoring sheets at the end of each night’s evaluations. Evaluations for the first night will not returned to the Evaluators (once turned in).

The evaluations will be given to an uninterested, independent administrator (such as the Regional Coach Administrator or their Designee) upon completion of the tryouts.  A list will be compiled to determine the rankings of the participants.    Coaches must select the team per the Region’s published guidelines for selection of AYSO Flex team players which will be published prior to the first evaluation night and be incorporated herein when published and approved by the AYSO Region 213 Board of Directors.

Maximum number of players per team shall be twelve (12) for U9 & U10 teams and fifteen (15) for U11, 12, 13 and 14 teams.

If a player or players drop from a team, they may be replaced.  This will be valid until one day before the team-balancing meeting for the impacted team’s division.  After the team-balancing meeting for the impacted team’s division, that team roster shall be frozen for the regular and playoff seasons.

The Regional Commissioner must approve all team members.

If a player for any reason has demonstrated a lack of discipline in his/her prior AYSO career, after reviewing the evidence, the Regional Commissioner, in his/her sole discretion may prohibit any player from participation on any AYSO Flex team.



[1] Coaches will replace one of their practices with attendance at the AYSO Soccer Camps training session – they cannot hold 2 practice sessions that week.

[2] With the exception of the goal keeper who, in accordance with the Laws of the Game, may stay on the field and continue to play with the Referee’s permission.

[3] For example, if Team A was playing Team B and the reschedule means Team A will play Team C while Team B will play Team D.

[4] See the Referee Point System for a definition of: a certified, authorized Referee.

[5] See the Referee Point System for a definition of: a certified, authorized Referee.

[6] Some games may be identified as “pre-season” or cross-division and are not considered for the Total Points calculations.  Coaches will receive clear communication from their division commissioner, the regional scheduler, or other representative (as determined by the Board of Directors) indicating what games will not be considered in the

[7] AYSO National Support and Training Center (NSTC) officially sanctioned the AYSO Flex program with the 2009-2010 Playing Year. For AYSO Region 213, AYSO Flex is the new name for what used to be called the Advanced Plus Play (APP) or Plus program.