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Competitive League Information & Game Rules

Spring Season

March – April

(only 7 v 7 teams)

Fall Season

Senior Division

August 24, 2019 – November 2, 2019

Junior Season

September 14, 2019 – February 2 , 20120

Cost

 $250.00 Each Team

GAME INFORMATION

Non-Heading Rule:  For U12 division and younger

Spring Season:  March – April (Only 7 v 7 teams)

Uniform Color:  Home team darker color and away team lighter color.

Referee Fees:

U8/U10 – $34.00

U11/U12 – $40/20/20 = $80.00

U13/U14 – $50/25/25 = $100.00

Senior Teams $60/30/30 = $120 Each team pays half.

Registration and Roster Maximums:

SWFL allows up to 22 players to be registered to a team in all age groups; HOWEVER, we recommend the following maximums based upon the number of players on the field.

U8 – U10 – 12

U11 and U12 –  16

U13+ –  22

The Maximum number of players allowed to dress and participate in SWFL games.

U8-U9-10 (7v7) – 12 Players

U11-12 (9v9) – 16 Players

U13 – U19 – 18 Players (US Youth Requirement)

Playing time:

U9/U10 (7v7) – 2 x 25min

U11/U12  (9v9) – 2 x 30min

U13/U14  (11v11) – 2 x 35min

U15 – U16 (11v11) – 2 x 40min

U17 – U19 (11V11) – 2 x 45min

Prior to each posted game,  print out the game card from your gotsoccer team account. Please be familiar with the FYSA rules for small side games.

Game Check in: Game Card, Player Pass and referee money. NO PLAYER PASS – NO PLAY.

Winning Team Calls in the Score.  In case of tie, home team calls in the score.

Club Pass Players:

SWFL only allows permanent passes for use within the league. Unverified, or “temporary” FYSA passes are not allowed in league games. Do not ask for special permission because it will not be granted unless FYSA has issued a written request asking the league to do so. The use of Club Pass players during the season is allowed in SWFL  games. Teams may have age-appropriate Club Pass players during the seasonal year.   However; there are several important restrictions that MUST be followed.

1) The maximum number of Club Pass players allowed per team, per game is three ( 3) for 11v11, two ( 2) for 9v9 and 7v7.

2) No player may play on more than one SWFL team on the same day.

3) Club Pass players may only come from within your club and guest player(s) cannot come from teams playing in a competitive league outside SWFL unless they have been rostered to a team competing in the SWFL League at the beginning of the season or have been primary rostered to such over the course of a season.

4) Club Pass players will be listed as club pass players on the Got Soccer Game Card.

5) Club pass players may only participate with one (1) team per day. Player may play more thean one (1) game per day in the competition with the same team, but not with two different teams in the same day.

6) Players that are SWFL-registered to a team above their own age appropriate group, MAY NOT guest play down to a SWFL team registered at a lower age group.

7) A division with two levels: Gold and Black Bracket:

Players from a team in the black bracket may play on the team in the gold bracket.  Not the other way around.

8.) Any teams playing in the same division, the players from either teams can guest play with each other regardless what labeling of the teams are.

9)  No write in

SCHEDULED GAMES:

Preliminary schedules will be sent to the teams/clubs at the start of the season for review.  Teams/Clubs will have two weeks to review the proposed schedule. In the event a match day/time is unacceptable, then an immediate request must be made to the opposing team/club. The Home club can change the date and update Got Soccer, if both teams agree, during the draft rescheduling period. If teams cannot reach an agreement, they shall notify the League scheduler who will assist.  All games are to be played at date and time and at the field locations indicated on the FINAL published schedules.  (www.swflsoccer.net). NO team may make arrangements to move a game other than by using the Got Soccer game change request process, once schedules are FINAL.

Game change requests, where both coaches agree, made more than 14 days  in advance of the game date and entered in Got Soccer, will be approved.  No game will be moved within 7  days of game date if referees have been assigned. Where there is a disagreement of the requested change of scheduling of the game, or a failure to respond, the game will stay as scheduled.  It is the responsibility of the coach who wants to change the date of the game to get the home team to make the request, and get the away team to log in and agree.  A game change request will not be un-assigned without both teams agreeing to a new date/time.

No game will be left unscheduled, teams cannot decide to indefinitely postpone a game. Any team who forfeit a game less than 7 days before game day will pay a $50.00 fine plus the referee fees.

The fine must be paid before the fined team next game or within 7 days , whichever shall occur last.

GAME DAY RESPONSIBILITIES

Each team must have the following items present prior to the start of the match:

  1. A) – USYS laminated pass issued by FYSA and signed by the issuing registrar for each rostered player and coach. Each pass must have a recent picture. Players must be verified and coaches must show as  KidSafe/CDC Approved. Personnel who do not meet these requirements are not permitted to participate in the upcoming match. Failing to uphold this rule will result in the match being declared a forfeit.
  2. B) – An official SWFL game card printed from Gotsoccer for each team with accurate jersey numbers for each player.
  3. C) – Referee fees
  4. D) -Each home club MUST provide a field marshal at each of their games.  The field marshal needs to be identified to the referee PRIOR to the game and put their name on the game roster

POST-GAME RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. A) -The winning team or home team in the event of a tie is responsible to post the final score of the game using the Got Soccer Event Scoring System within two (2) ) business days of the match completion date.
  2. B) – The winning team or home team if a tie, is responsible to upload the got soccer game card signed by both coaches and the referee of the match into the team account documents, within two (2) business days of the match completion date.  The report must be kept by winning team (home team in event of a tie) manager until the end of season.

UNPLAYABLE CONDITIONS:

If the match is cancelled, (Act of God, rain, weather, field closings), and the referees are notified at least TWO (2) hours before they leave for the match from home or another venue, the refs do not get
paid for the match.

If the referees arrive for the match and it is not played for any reason prior to the start of the match (weather, unplayable condition of field, teams don’t show, etc) the refs receive one-half pay.

If the referees arrive for the match and a team does not show, a team does not have enough players OR passes are not present, the match is not played and the referees are paid in full. The center referee will
submit a report to the league and the team who failed to follow through is responsible for referee payment .

If the referees arrive for the match and it starts but has to be abandoned before the first half is concluded (weather, field condition, participant action) and the match can not be finished following a reasonable delay, the referees receive full pay

CONCUSSIONS:

Pursuant to Florida Statutes (FS 943.0438), Florida in 2012 enacted a very stringent Head injury and Concussion Law. If the referee (or assistant referee) believes that, in his/her opinion, a player has suffered a head injury or possible concussion, the match must be stopped IMMEDIATELY.
The injured player, if able to leave the field on their own, must be escorted to their coach and the coach must be told that the player cannot return for the duration of the match. If a trainer is brought onto the field because the player is incapacitated, the referee must still notify the coach that the player cannot return to the game. It is the responsibility of the coach and the player’s parent(s) or legal guardians to seek medical attention.

The player may not resume participation until he/she has been cleared by a medical doctor. The Referee HAS NO FURTHER responsibility beyond removing the player from the match in which the player was injured. The referee crew must ensure, that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES or due to the appeal from any coaching staff, that the player is not allowed to return to the game.

Field Marshals:

Field marshals are required at all SWFL  games. Their role is to provide a calming influence on the spectators and hopefully act as a deterrent toward conduct that falls below the standards as established by FYSA and SWFL. They are there to assist the referee in dealing with or disciplining spectators that the referee(s) feel are worthy of such attention and action. Each home club MUST provide a field marshal at each of their games. They are not there to cheer for the home team and should be viewed as unbiased observers. They should wear a bright vest to easily identify their position and role. The field marshal needs to be identified to the referee PRIOR to the game and put their name on the game roster. Failing to provide a field marshal at a home game is an administrative violation that carries a fine of  $50 plus the potential for removal of home games, for persistent violators.

Any serious or multiple incidents of violence, team or spectator behavior that is deemed to be unacceptable by SWFL  shall be placed before the Executive Board for disciplinary actions. These actions may include probation, suspension, withdrawal from participation, and expulsion of affected persons, teams, or the entire club. Past participant history, no matter if it was with the existing club or a prior club will also be considered in determining appropriate sanctions. It is a club responsibility to ensure that all of their participants are aware of and adhere to ethical and sportsmanlike behavior at all times.

Coach Ejections:
A coach ejected from a game will be fined $50 for his first offense and $100 for second and subsequent offenses. These fines are in addition to the mandatory minimum 2 game suspension for any ejection and may be increased by the discipline committee based upon the circumstances of the ejection and/or prior conduct of the coach.

Parent/Spectator Ejections: 

Any violation of FYSA Rules which creates a suspension to a parent or guardian of a participant, shall also result in one of the following:

1)  IF one specific person or family is identified and asked to leave the park or causes game to be suspended that person or family will  have to serve one game suspension for team’s next  SWFL League match.

2)  IF one specific person or family can not be identified or if multiple families from one team are asked to leave the park or cause game to be suspended the parents of that entire team will serve one game suspension for team’s next SWFL Home League match.

Fall Season Game Schedule

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Spring Season Schedule

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TOURNAMENT INFO

SWFL Competitive Tournament 2019

Tournament is open to all registered clubs in the Southwest Florida Soccer League.  Only teams (U8-U14) playing SWFL are eligible to play.  The tournament will accept Rec-All Star teams who also played in the SWFL Recreational Division

Cost: TBA

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TOURNAMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS

REGISTRATION & TEAM ELIGIBILITY-
This Tournament shall be open to clubs who are member of Southwest Florida Soccer Association. Only teams playing SWFL is eligible to play. The Tournament will accept Rec-All-star teams from members of SWFL.

Participation in the SWFL Spring Classic is open to accepted teams consisting of players meeting the age limit and roster size of the specified division. Age divisions are based on birth year per US Soccer guidelines. A team using guest players may have no more than two (2) to three (2) loan/guest players depending on age group.

The teams (U8-U15 boys and girls) will be comprised of properly registered youth players in all age groups indicated in the Tournament Rules, provided such team is in good standing.
Tournament fees — $250.00
Tournament Officials shall conduct all credential checks: 1 Hour Prior to First game

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
· The players and bench personnel must present picture identification cards issued by the team’s Federation Organization member
· Identification cards must be verified, photo attached, and laminated
· Teams must provide a certified/approved tournament roster from the team’s Federation Organization.
Guest player(s) —

***** No “WRITE IN” Guest players

*****No A team player can guest play on a B team

***** (3) Guest Players will be permitted per (9v9 and 11v11) teams

***** (2) Guest players will be permitted per (7v7) teams

**** Guest player(s) cannot come from teams playing in a competitive league outside SWFL unless they have been rostered to a team competing in the SWFL League at the beginning of the season or have been primary rostered to such over the course of a season.

A player may compete for only one team participating in the tournament. In the event a player is found to have been rostered to more than one team in the tournament, both teams shall be deemed as the teams that fielded an ineligible player. Any team fielding an ineligible player will be disqualified from the tournament

Documentation required for pre-game

Check-in: All Teams

Teams are required to have and present player and bench personnel picture identification cards.
– Identification cards will be checked against the tournament generated game reports.

– Medical Release forms for each player must be signed and notarized
– Teams must have on hand a certified/approved tournament roster from the team’s Federal Organization.

· Each team is limited to 3 coaches on the bench, all of which must be listed on the team roster. In no case will a team be allowed to participate without a properly registered coach or assistant.

· The shirt number of each player must be the same as the player’s shirt on the tournament roster. If not, the referee is not to allow the player to take part in the match until the numbers are the same (Shirt or roster changed).

A player who arrives late at the playing field after the pre-game procedure may enter the game once the game’s official(s) verify the player is eligible and with the permission of the center referee.

Only at the pre-game procedure may a player be challenged by an opposing manager/coach. Challenged player(s)will be noted by the Referee on the game report and will be allowed to participate in the game (if said player has been certified as eligible by the Southwest Florida Tournament Committee). A late arriving player may be challenged at the time he/she can participate by the Referee. ANY TEAM USING AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER WILL FORFEIT ALL TOURNAMENT MATCHES PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE.

Brackets of Play

Bracket of Four: Played as a single group of four teams in a round robin format, with the two teams accumulating the most points advancing to the final.

Bracket of Five: Played as a single group of five teams with all teams playing each other once. The team accumulating the most points will be announced as the Champion. The team accumulating the second most amounts of points will be the Finalist.

Bracket of Six: Played as two groups of three teams. Each team will crossover and play one team from the other group. The two teams accumulating the most points (Wildcard 1 and Wildcard 2) from all six teams will advance to the finals to determine which team is the champion. It is possible that the finalists could have played each other already.

Bracket of Seven: Bracket A will have three teams. Bracket B will have four teams. On Saturday, each team will play two group games. On Sunday, Bracket A#3 will play Bracket B#4 in the Silver Semi-Finals. The winner of the Silver Semi-Finals will play Bracket B#3 in the Silver
Final (5th place game). There will be no awards given to teams in the Silver Final (5th place game). Bracket A#1 will play Bracket B#2 and Bracket A#2 will play Bracket B#1 in the SemiFinals. The winner of the Semi-Finals will play in the Final.

Bracket of Eight: Played as two groups of four. The winner of each round robin group will play a final game to determine the Champion and Finalist.

Bracket of Nine: 3 groups of 3. Each team play 2 games within the posted bracket. Second day. #8 vs #9, #6 vs #7 , #5 vs winner 6-7 , Semifinal 1 A vs C , Semi Final 2 B vs best WC, Final ; Semifinal winners

LAWS OF THE GAME

All games shall be played in accordance with FIFA Laws, except as specifically modified by these rules.

LAW 1

No offside for 4v4 All Star Teams

Offside, will be enforced in all age divisions, including

*** 7v7 for U9 & U10 *** 9v9 for U11 & 12 *** 11v11 for U13, U14 & U15

LAW 2: The Ball U8, U9, U10, U11, U12 Size #4 (23-24 in., 11-12 oz.) All Others Size #5 (27-28 in., 14-16 oz.)

LAW 3: Number of Players

U13 – U15 Max Roster (19), U11 – U12 Max Roster (16) ,U9 & U10 Max Roster (13) U8 (4v4) Max Roster (8)

Substitutions shall be unlimited, unless otherwise specified by tournament administrators. Teams may substitute only with the referee’s permission. Substitutes must wait on the sideline (off of the field of play) until the field player has left the field of play and/or the referee has indicated the substitute may enter the field of play. Substitutions by either Team are allowed at any stoppage of play with the permission of the referee

LAW 4: Player Equipment
Player equipment must conform to FIFA rules. Shin guards must be worn under socks by all the players, be approved material and offer a reasonable degree of protection. Orthopedic casts are not permitted; however, soft braces can be worn with written approval from a doctor, and judgment as to safety is at the discretion of the referee. A player may be removed from the game at any time if the referee determines that the player is using or is attempting to use a brace to injure other players.
Teams will wear uniforms of matching design and color with a minimum of six-inch numbers affixed to the back of the uniform shirt. No two players may have identical uniform numbers while participating in any match.
A. In the event of similar team colors, the designated home team will be required to change to a color accepted by the referee.
B. The uniform of the goalkeeper must be distinctly different in color from the basic colors of both competing teams and the referee.

LAW 5: The Referee
The referees are required to submit a completed, official game report to the site director containing information relating to any game incidents involving players, coaches, spectators, misconduct and injuries. Referees will not be paid before any required post-game reports have been submitted. In the event the assigned referees fail to appear and the assignor and/or site director fails to provide a replacement, the senior assigned referee shall assume the duties and shall find an alternate assistant referee. The duties of the assistant referee shall be limited. The game will be played as scheduled and will be deemed official.

LAW 6: The Assistant Referee
Two assistant referees will be used. In the event the assigned assistant referee fails to appear, the referee must find a suitable assistant. The game will be played as scheduled and be deemed official.

Duration of the Games U15 2 x 35 = 70 mins. U13 and U14 2 x 30 = 60 mins. U11 and U12 2 x 25 = 50 mins. U8, U9 & U10 2 x 20 = 40 mins. 

Mercy Rule: All games will be subject to a mercy rule of an 8-goal differential at any time after the completion of the first half.

No -over time in Semi’s or Finals/ PK’s to determine winner of semi or final if tied after regulation

In any FYSA sanctioned match a break will be given at the midpoint of each half of regulation time and at the end of each overtime period (if played) for player hydration. This break will be given at a normal stoppage of play and it is mandatory for any FYSA sanctioned match during which the air temperature is expected to reach eighty-five (85) degrees. This break will be a maximum of one (1) to two (2) minutes of time.

DETERMINATION OF GROUP WINNERS
• Group Winners will be determined by the following game point system, with a maximum of 3 points awarded for a single game: Win 3 points Tie 1 points Loss 0 points • If a tie in points exists between teams, the following tie-breaker rules apply:
a) Head to Head competition (not applicable if more than 2 teams tied on points); then
b) Net Goal Differential (total goals scored less total goals allowed) with a maximum differential of +/- four (4) per game; then
c) Most Goals scored with a maximum of four (4) per game.
d) Least Goal allowed, Then
e) Penalty Kicks per FIFA rules

FORFEIT
A forfeit will be scored 4-0. An abandoned game is recorded as a forfeit and will be scored 4-0.

CONTROL OF SIDELINE CONDUCT
Players, reserve players, managers, coaches, and fans are expected to conduct themselves within the letter and spirit of “the laws of the game” and comply with FYSA’S Code of Ethics. The site director has the authority and the responsibility to remove any person from the tournament for abuses of conduct, in addition to any specific disciplinary action brought about by any other authority. In addition to good manners, the following rules will apply to this tournament.

The site director will designate one sideline to be the sole use of the players listed on the game roster and three managers/coaches from each teams. While the game is in progress, the manager/coach and the reserve players must remain on their respective benches and may not roam the sidelines.
The site director will designate the opposite sideline for the spectators.

Managers/Coaches will be responsible for the behavior of their fans and the referee will have the authority to warn and ultimately send off any coach whose fans behave in an abusive or disruptive manner.

POST-GAME PROCEDURES

As mutual courtesy, both teams will meet at the center circle and congratulate each other for a game well played. Manager/Coach of both teams will insure their respective sideline areas are clean and that all trash is in containers.

At the end of each game, a team representative must sign/initial the game report prior to collecting the player cards, with the exception of any players or coaches sent off, from the referee or field marshal. The ultimate responsibility of collecting the passes from the referee lies with the coach/manager of the teams participating.

A completed injury report will be submitted to the tournament director complete with scores and supplemental report for send offs, injuries, or special circumstances that need explanation.

ARTIFICIAL NOISE-MAKING DEVICES ARE PROHIBITED.

DISCIPLINE
It shall be solely the team’s responsibility to determine the status of its players. Any suspension from a tournament, local league, etc. is the responsibility of the team to notify the Tournament Director of this suspension at the time of the player’s check-in.

Per Florida Youth Soccer Association Rule 504.1- Red Card suspension or send off suspensions can only be served with the team with which the suspension was earned in games played by their team. Players may not serve suspensions as “guest players.”

The Tournament Committee shall have a Disciplinary Committee of no less than three (3) members. The Disciplinary Committee will review and rule on all reports of unacceptable conduct by Managers/Coaches, players, referees, spectators, etc. using the FYSA standards as set by Rules Section 502.
All players and Managers/Coaches shall be subject to FYSA Section 502 – Discipline and Sanctions.

A player or Manager/Coach ejected will have a minimum of one (1) game suspension regardless of the ejection.

Depending on the severity of the unacceptable conduct, the Disciplinary Committee may recommend the suspension of up to the duration of the tournament with further disciplinary action by the appropriate state or national association. The Disciplinary Committee recommendations must be available to the affected parties prior to the start of the next scheduled game.

At the conclusion of the tournament, passes will be returned to the coach (even if suspension has not been completed). A complete report will be sent to the appropriate State Association within 72 hours of the conclusion of the tournament for possible further discipline.

PROTESTS
No protests will be accepted. All disputes will be resolved by the Tournament Director.

EXTERNAL CONDITIONS, WEATHER, etc.
In the event unusual conditions necessitate the rescheduling, curtailment or cancellation of games, the Tournament Committee shall have absolute authority to make the changes in order to best serve the interests by a certain time period.

In any FYSA sanctioned match a break will be given at the midpoint of each half of regulation time and at the end of each overtime period (if played) for player hydration. This break will be given at a normal stoppage of play and it is mandatory for any FYSA sanctioned match during which the air temperature is or is expected to reach eighty-five (85) degrees.

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL CEREMONY

Following the completion of each championship game, the two competing teams will present themselves to the Game Site Coordinator for awards.

GENERAL
The Tournament Committee, FYSA and/or host affiliate will not be responsible for any expense incurred by any team due to cancellation in part or whole of this tournament.

The Tournament Committee’s interpretation on the foregoing rules and regulations shall be final.

The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide all tournament matters.

If not enough teams are realized within a single age bracket, the Tournament Director shall notify the participants as soon as possible and those participants will be given the option to play up or to receive a full refund.

The Tournament Committee has the responsibility to uphold any previous suspension imposed by FYSA/US Youth Soccer.

The Tournament Committee agrees to have a copy of the Tournament Rules at all game site

NO PROTESTS SHALL BE ENTERTAINED All teams must comply with the 2019 Tournament Rules and The Tournament Committee has the final decision on any unresolved issues