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U23 Rules & Regulations

R1.1 (2/21/2017)

SoCal Premier 2017 U23 League Rules

League Fees

  • $1500 per team
    • There are 10-12 games
  • $250 Bond (covers the referee fees, fines, etc.)
    • If bond gets below $150 all games will be forfeited until replenished
  • Unused portion of $250 Bond is returned at the end of the season
  • If fees are not paid two weeks prior of your first game, you will forfeit your first game

Fields

  • All teams are required to have a home field
  • Respect each field; respect the neighbors, pick-up trash, NO foul language – NO alcohol at fields.  (unless you have a license to sell alcohol through your concession stand at your stadium)
  • Home Teams are responsible for their full field costs
    • Should a team not have a home field they will pay for the field costs when they play their “Home” games at their opponents field
    • Receipts must be provided before reimbursement is made, and are not accepted after September 1.
  • Home teams must submit receipts in order to be reimbursed for these extra “home” games
  • In the event a field is provided by the SoCal Premier (SCP), teams that elect to use this field for their home games will be required to pay a pre-determined rental fee
    • SCP will charge a fee per game of $100-$250 for any SCP provided field
  • Home and Visitors on one side of the field and spectators on the other side (or in the stands)

Roster

  • Each team must carry a minimum roster of 15 players
  • Each team may carry up to 30 players at any given time
  • Each team may only roster 18 for each game (changes to player selection is allowed at the field prior to the start of the match)
  • Players on the sidelines must wear bibs/pennies while not in the game
  • Only “five” players “over” 23 may be on the roster
    • Age cutoff – born on or after June 1, 1992 is considered “Over-23”
  • All players under the age of 18 must have a Youth Wavier
  • All Coaches must be cleared by Risk Management if Youth are on the team

Scheduling

  • The schedule posted on the League Website is final.  The only exception would be an e-mail or phone call from the League Scheduler
  • The new season schedule will be posted at least 1 weeks prior to the first game
  • It is each team’s responsibility to review the schedule and confirm home field availability
  • Once the season starts, the league does not plan to change the schedule
  • If a game needs to be modified due to a field issue, you must contact League Scheduler in advance.
    • Changes must be made at least 1 week before the scheduled kickoff, otherwise you may receive a forfeit.  Also, the league may re-assign your game to an available field or the other team’s field at the same date/time if available.
  • SCP will not tolerate forfeits in the league. Teams will pay both referee fees (and field fee if applicable)
    •  After two forfeits it’s possible to lose points (the Board will make that decision)

Website: www.SoCalPremier.org

  • Contains all league information and rules, schedules, team and U23 contact information & forms. The place for information and updates about  the league
  • Contact information for questions
  • Every team will have their own team page.  You are responsible to maintain that page
    • Required Information
      • Manager/Coach, Phone, Email address
      • Asst Manager/Coach, Phone, Email address
      • Home/Away Colors
    • Optional Information
      • Player Roster
      • Team Photo
      • Team Logo
    • Team Website
    • Player Stats (not official)
  • All required contact information must be completed two weeks prior of your first game, you will forfeit your first game if not completed

Uniforms

  • Every player must be in matching uniforms – shirts, shorts, socks
  • Jerseys must have number on back
    • Referee will not allow player on field without appropriate uniform.
  • If uniform conflict, visiting team changes (home team is the one listed as home team on the website, not necessarily the team playing on their “home” field)
    • The visiting team should bring both home and away jerseys

Reserve Teams or Two Teams

  • In the event SCP has 2 or more divisions in the league there may be reserve teams or a club can have two teams
    • Open rosters are allowed. Players can play on either team. No player can play in more than one game in a day.
    • If teams are caught using illegal players or a player in 2 games the same day the team will be fined and games will be forfeited

Game Day Roster

  • Game Day printed roster form only, no exceptions
    • Only 18 players allowed, all other players must have a “line through” their name
  • Must be completed before checking in with the referees.
  • Each player must have valid Player Card and must sign the form
  • Referees will be instructed to check valid ID (Driver’s License, Passport or Birth Certificate)  if they suspect the Player Card does not match the player
    • If suspected/questionable player cannot provide the proper ID, then they cannot play in the game
  • Playing illegal players will not be tolerated (forfeit current game and 6 point deduction)
  • All players over 23 must be highlighted

Forfeit

  • If both teams have at least 7 players, the game must start at the posted Kickoff time
    • The grace period is not for a team to have more than 7 players
  • If either team has less than 7 players at posted game time a 15 minute grace period will begin
  • If after 15 minutes a team still has less than 7 players a forfeit will be declared.  Referees will leave and game must be reported as a forfeit
  • If a team’s Player ID cards are not at the field the referee may not check players in or start the game. If cards have not arrive after the 15 minute grace period ends, game will be declared a forfeit.
  • The Team bond of $250 will then be used to pay both the referees

Rain-outs

  • If the field is closed due to rain, home team calls & emails the visiting team and referee scheduler 
  • Complete the game report on the website noting that the field was closed due to rain and the game was not played
    • SCP will have the option to contact the field to verify that the field was unplayable
  • When in doubt tell your team to go to the field

Holidays

  • Games will be played on 4th and 5th of July
  • In the event both teams agree to play on a holiday the league will allow it.

Rules of Play

§  FIFA rules

§  90 minutes of play

·         45 minute halves

·         10 minute halftime break

§  Substitution Variations

·         NO Re-Entry in the First Half; Re-Entry allowed after Half Time; No Re-Entry after being substituted in the Second Half

Promotion/Relegation

  • Teams will play each team in their Division twice, home and away, if the schedule permits it
  • One team will be promoted and one team will be relegated in each division for the following season
    • Promoted = the team with the highest points
    • Relegated = the team with the lowest points

Game Scores

  • Both teams must complete the on-line score reporting form (link on the website) by 10:00pm on Sunday night.  Both teams must complete the score sheet. 
    • It is in your team’s best interest to verify that the score is recorded correctly
  • Failure to report score - 1st miss is à warning, $25 fine after 2nd miss
  • Note on your report any misc. issues. i.e. if only 2 referees show up for a game, game was stopped early, visiting team was late…
  • Include Grading System for referees
  • Any score disputes, contact stats@socalpremier.org

Standings

  • 3 points for WIN, 1 point for TIE.
  • No overtime. 
  • Top 4 make Playoffs
  • Tie-breakers – if necessary
    • Head to Head
    • Goals Against
    • Goal Differential
    • Goals For
    • Coin Flip

Playoffs

  • TBD

Referees

  • It is SCP intent to have National (Grade-4), National Candidates (Grade-5)  or State (Grade-6) referees be in the Center and ARs.
  • Fees
    • $125 per team (4 man system, NEW RULE)
    • Referees will be paid prior to the start of the game
  • Any issues with referees, document request to referees@socalpremier.org
  • Referee Grading is part of Weekly Score Reporting
  • Serious Injuries – Confirm the referee has documented any serious injuries in referee report. This is necessary to process the insurance request

Suspensions

  • Red Card
    • Player Card will be pulled only for Violent Conduct, referee abuse and fighting
    • Players who receives a red card must leave the site immediately
      • Failure to do so will result in additional suspensions
      • Harassing referees will result in additional suspensions
    • Teams will be assessed a $50 fine per Red Card
      • The fine will be invoiced to the team
      • If not paid within 7 days the funds will be taken from the bond
    • Player is not eligible to play until the fine is paid and suspension are completed
    • Players receiving more than 3 red cards in a season may be expelled from further play in the league
    • The referee will note the Red Card on the USSF Match Report & Game Day Roster
    • The Board will determine the length of suspension
    • Once the suspension is complete and the fine paid the Player Card (if pulled) will be mailed to the team at the address listed on the team webpage
  • Any team/player is involved in a fight or Violent Conduct will be reviewed by the Board
    • Teams/Players involved in fighting or Violent Conduct may be subject to immediate expulsion from the league

Player Registration

  • League registrar contact info:  registrar@socalpremier.org 562-587-8661
  • Fees:  $20 = player,  $5 = any changes (transfer, drop, lost card),  No team fee
  • Player Cards will be mailed to the address listed on team page on the website or Manager may pick up cards from Registrar. All Player Cards must be laminated
  • Registration deadline is TBD. Anyone registered after this date will not be eligible for playoffs. 

Player Cards – NO CARD – NO PLAY (No exceptions)

  • If the referee observes any issues with the player not matching the photo or signature, the referee will request to see valid ID (a Driver’s License, Passport or Birth Certificate)
  • Loss of Player Card – in the event a card is lost contact the registrar (registrar@socalpremier.org) immediately. There will be a $5 replacement fee
    • If it is found out that a second card or the original card is being used improperly punishment will be severe

 Roster

  • Each team must carry a minimum roster of 15 players
  • Each team may carry up to 30 players at any given time
  • Each team may only roster 18 for each game (changes to player selection is allowed at the field prior to the start of the match)
  • Players on the sidelines must wear bibs/pennies while not in the game
  • Only “three” players “over” 23 may be on the field at any given time
    • Age cutoff – born on or after June 1, 1992 is considered “Over-23”
  • All players under the age of 18 must have a Youth Wavier
  • All Coaches must be cleared by Risk Management if Youth are on the team

 

 

Privacy

  • SCP will not share your information with anyone
  • All personal and team information will be kept confidential
  • Payment information, credit card and account information will be kept confidential

 

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