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Competitive League Information & Game Rules

FALL SEASON

Senior Season

August 19,2018 – October 28, 2018

Junior Season

September 15, 2018 – February 16, 2019

Cost

 $250.00 Each Team

GAME INFORMATION

Regular Season

Senior Season – August 25, 2018 – October 28, 2018

Junior Season  – September 15, 2018 – February 16, 2019  (Games will be scheduled between September 15th and December 16th with make up games played prior to February 16, 2019

Non-heading rule for 07 divisions and younger

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

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

Referee Fees:

U9/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.

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.

Guest players:

During regular season play and for all age groups, and U-11 through U-19 team may have up to (3) “guest players” from within the team’s Club, and any U-9 or U-10 team may have up to two (2) “guest players” from within the team’s Club, No player may play on more than two Southwest Florida Soccer Association team the same day.    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 guest player(s) must be handwritten on the game card delivered at the check in

Clubs with teams in the same division,

  1. Player from Club recreational team may guest play on either team.
  2. Player from B team may guest on the A team.
  3. Player from B team may guest play on Club’s team in an older age group, whether that team is an A or B team.
  4. Player from A team may guest play on Club’s team in an older age group, whether that team is an A or B team.
  5. Player from A team may not guest on the B team.
  6. Player from B team that is “playing up” may guest play on age appropriate team (play down).
  7. Player from A team that is “playing up” may guest play on age appropriate team (play down), but only on an A team.

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.

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.

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 a one game suspension to all parents in the team’s next FYSA-affiliated match.