League Rules

League Fees

  • League Affiliation Fee: $220/team
  • Referee Coordinator Fee: $75/team
  • Total: $295/team

Any changes in league fees are explained at the spring and fall meetings. Invoices are mailed to managers and fees are due by the deadline given at the league meeting. Payments must be submitted by mail to the league PO box. Checks only. Do not send cash.


New teams are subject to a new team bond in addition to the above fees. The bond payment can be paid in increments and is returned if the team leaves the league (in good standing). Contact the league president for further details on the bond amount and entering a new team in the league.

These fees are used for the following:

  • Insurance
  • Mailings
  • Awards
  • League advertisement
  • League officials' stipends
  • Miscellaneous league expenses


Fields and Equipment

  • Fields must be lined
  • Corner flags installed
  • (3) identical and properly inflated game balls
  • Nets should be secure. Home team managers should carry some duct tape or ties to fix net problems. In many cities a club or city maintains the fields and it may be difficult for you to push them to fix problems, but you should be prepared to make minor repairs to nets.

Match officials will inspect the field prior to the game. Any problems must either be resolved or agreed upon by both team managers before the game will begin.


Uniforms

All teams must have a primary and alternate kit. This refers to an alternate jersey color. Jerseys should match and have a number on the back. Jerseys with matching numbers (i.e. two jerseys with number 8) are not permitted. Socks and shorts must be of the same color but need not be identical style. Shin guards must always be worn. All equipment must pass a check by the referees.

The HOME team is required to change to their alternate kit in the event that their primary kit is too similar to the AWAY team.


Referees

Competitive divisions will have three match officials. (1) Center Referee and (2) Linesman.

Competitive Fees:

  • $70 Center
  • $50 Linesman/AR (x2)
  • Total: $170


Recreational division will have two match officials.

Recreational Fees:

  • $50/official
  • Total: $100


Each team will be responsible for covering half the officials fee for the game. ($85 for competitive teams, $50 for recreational teams)

If there are only two officials at a competitive division match, the league policy is to have the two officials referee the game in tandem and pay each one $60.

If there is just one referee present for a game in either competitive or recreational games then the managers are to decide between having the referee act as a center with unofficial linesmen or re-scheduling the game to a later date.


Forfeits

Notification to the league president of any games that will be forfeited must come by 6 pm on the Thursday prior to the Sunday match otherwise the forfeiting team will be responsible for paying the referees ($170). Please contact the opposing manager first to discuss a re-schedule date (if desired) then contact the league president.

If the match score becomes 8-0 the referees will pause the match and ask the managers if they want to continue. If either manager wants to continue the match play will resume. However the match can terminate at this point only if both managers agree to end the game.

If the match score becomes 10-0 the referees will pause the match and ask the managers if they wish to continue. At this time either manager can decide to stop the match (regardless of the other manager's wishes). The managers do not need to be in agreement to end the match.

Weather Policy

It is entirely the refereeā€™s decision to call the game at any time if he or she feels that the weather conditions are unsafe for the players: this is standard procedure in any soccer league.

A game is considered complete if the entire first half is played. When thunder and lightning occur most referees will wait a full 30 minutes from each occurrence to try to get the game in but still can call the match at their discretion.

Referees are paid from the moment they begin the match even if it is cancelled.


Rosters

Rosters can be printed from the "Print Roster" link on the website. Both teams must present a printed roster to the match officials for player check-in prior to the game. Players must present a valid photo ID at time of check-in. Managers must include jersey numbers on the roster which correspond to the appropriate player. Any player who does not appear on the roster will not be eligible to play, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Rosters must include a minimum of 11 players and are capped at 40 players.

No additions to the roster during the final two weeks of the regular season.


Player Eligibility and Registration Rules

Players should be registered by the deadlines set at the spring meeting. During the season the player registration form will close at 11:59 pm on Thursday. Players who do not register by this time will not be eligible to play for the current week. Registration will open again on Sunday evenings.

If a player has registered and does not appear on your roster please notify the league vice president and president and they will resolve the matter.

Players must be 18 at time of signing the registration form.


Switching Teams

Players who wish to switch teams may do so freely at times when the league is not in session.(September-April). However, players who wish to switch teams when the league is in session must obtain a release from their current manager. If the manager does not agree to release that player the player will be subject to a 30 day wait period prior to registering with another team. This measure is in place to prevent teams from "stealing" players or from players themselves hopping from team to team based on the success of the teams. A player may have the 30 day wait period waived under certain circumstances in which both managers, as well as the league president approve the player switching teams. Players who wish to switch teams during the season are encouraged to contact the league president with their request.

Disciplinary Policy and Procedures

Players and managers that are sent off (red card) may be subject to additional games of suspension according to the disciplinary policy table.


Post Game Duties

Both team managers should call in their game score to the Games Commissioner. This is to prevent any score discrepancies.

Please check the scores posted on this website to make sure that they are correct.

Organizational Structure

NWSL League Officers:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Games Commissioner
  • Fields Coordinator
  • Referee Coordinator
  • Board of Directors
  • Registrar

New Teams

New teams must begin at the start of the season.

Contact the League President in a timely manner and you will be informed of the appropriate costs and procedures to start a new team in the NWSL.

Please note that this cannot be accomplished in a couple of weeks, so please submit new team information at least two months (by first week of March) in advance of a new season.


Meeting Attendance

There will be a $50 fine for a team that does not send at least one delegate to the League Meetings. There are only (2) per year and the managers are given ample notice by phone, web site and e-mail.


Promotion and Relegation

The last place team in the final standings of the league table from Division 1 will be relegated to Division 2 for the following season. Subsequently, the top team in the table from Division 2 will be promoted to Division 1. No exceptions. Every year will have a one for one switch. Note: This applies only to the regular season standings, not playoff finishes.

Only the last place team in Division 1 will be subject to relegation based on the above language.

Promotion and relegation exists only between Division 1 and Division 2 teams and does not apply to recreational teams.

If a team disbands mid-season that team is not counted for relegation. The teams that complete the entire season are the ones counted for movement from Division to Division.

If new teams are added they will begin in Division 2 at the start of a new season. However, if a new team desires to enter the league in the Division 1, they will have to submit, in writing, support for their request to the league president. The information will be reviewed and must be approved by both the league president and a majority of the Board of Directors.


League Points

  • (3) points for a win
  • (1) point for a tie
  • (0) points for a loss.

A forfeit is counted as a 1-0 decision.


Tie Breakers:

  • Points
  • Head to Head (Win, Loss, Tie)
  • Wins
  • Goal Differential