NPL WEST

COMPETITION RULES & REGULATIONS
NPL West 2010-2021

Overview

NPL West 11U & 12U boys division is comprised of clubs who are also members of ECNL.

13-19U Divisions are open to southern California Clubs & Teams who compete at the highest level. There is also a 12U division also open to all Clubs/Teams.

  • Organization
    • Each participating club in the NPL West will have 1 vote on all matters related to the league (discipline, rules, format, etc…). A majority vote will determine the decision. Should there be a tie amongst the clubs, SoCal Premier’s staff will be the deciding vote.
  • Player Eligibility & Rostering
    • Eligible Player
      • Player Registration
        • Players properly registered with US Club Soccer
      • Age Appropriate (for the 2020-2021 season)
        • 11U: Born on or after January 1, 2010
        • 12U: Born on or after January 1, 2009
        • 13U: Born on or after January 1, 2008
        • 14U: Born on or after January 1, 2007
        • 15U: Born on or after January 1, 2006
        • 16U: Born on or after January 1, 2005
        • 17U: Born on or after January 1, 2004
        • 19U: Born on or after January 1, 2002 
      • Younger players may guest play in older games within the same club
    • Ineligible Player
      • Player not properly registered with US Club Soccer
      • Any team using an ineligible player during the league competition will forfeit (by a 0-3 margin) any games in which the player participated. In addition, the player and coach will be suspended for a minimum of three (3 games). A committee made up of a representative from SoCal Premier and each NPL West Club member (excluding the club in violation) will determine if a stricter penalty should be served.
  • Roster Size
    • Game day rosters
      • 11-12U – will be limited to 15 players (Maximum roster size: 20 players)
      • 13-19U – 18 players (Max roster 30 players)
        • In the event a player on the roster leaves the club (quits, moves, etc…) an additional player can be added to the roster to maintain 20.
  • Player Transfer & Release
    • If a player transfers from one NPL West club to another NPL West club during the season, the player will have to sit out eight (8) NPL West games before the player can participate in the league. In addition, any transfer player will sit all head-to-head regular season fixtures between former and new club.
      • If an NPL West club is okay with a player transferring to another NPL West club, the player is okay to participate with the new club. However, the player will have to sit out all games versus the players former club.
        • The player transfer & release rules only apply to the NPL West games.
  • Competition Rules
    • The U11 division does NOT allow heading of the ball. This is a US Soccer mandated rule.
    • Recommended Field Dimensions & Goal Frame Dimensions
      • 13-19U – FIFA standards
      • 11-12U – Field Dimensions
        • 70-80 yards in length
        • 45-55 yards in width
      • 11-12U – Field Lining
        • Using one half of a full sizes 11 a-side field will be acceptable for the 11U and 12U division. If using the half of an 11 a-side field, the length 11U/12U field should be the width of the 11 aside field.
          • Grass field must be lined with paint.
          • It is okay to line turf fields with cones.
          • Corner flags are required on both turf and grass fields.
        • Goal Frame Dimensions
          • The Recommended goal frame size is 18.5 feet wide and 6.5 feet in height.
          • A goal frame of 21 feet wide and 7 feet in height will be acceptable, but not preferred.
          • All Goal Frames should be properly anchored to the ground
        • 11-12U punting is permitted. 11U’s are not permitted to head the ball. Infractions should follow 9v9 PDI from US Soccer: https://static.ussdcc.com/users/148963/897090_eng-october2017pdi.pdf
  • 13-19U Playing Format
    • FIFA – 11v11, 3 referees
  • 11-12U Playing Format
    • 9v9
    • There will be 1 Adult Referee at each game.
  • Scheduling
      • All divisions will play Home/Away (NO PLAYOFFS (similar format to EPL/European Leagues)
      • If a division has 13 or more teams we will split them into a East/West or North/South and they will play as follows: Home/Away in their brackets and 1 game against the opposite bracket). 14 teams would be 12 games within bracket and 7 games against other bracket – total of 19 games.
  • Proposed Play Date (Updated 9-9-2020)
    • Nov 7/8 Week 1
    • Nov 14/15 Week 2
    • Nov 21/22 Week 3
    • Nov 28/29 No Games (Thanksgiving)
    • Dec 5/6 Week 4
    • Dec 12/13 Week 5
    • Dec 19/20 Optional Game (Winter Break)
    • Dec 21-Jan 3 Winter Break
    • Jan 9/10 Week 6
    • Jan 16/17 Week 7 (MLK Day)
    • Jan 23/24 Week 8
    • Jan 30/31 Week 9
    • Feb 6/7 Week 10
    • Feb 13/14 Week 11 (Presidents Day)
    • Feb 27/28 Week 12 (CIF HS Soccer begins)
    • Mar 6/27 Week 13
    • Mar 13/14 Week 14 (DST begins)
    • Mar 20/21 Week 15
    • Mar 27/28 Week 16
    • Apr 3/4 No Games (Easter/ECNL Showcase)
    • Apr 10/11 Week 17 (ECNL Showcase)
    • Apr 17/18 Week 18
    • Apr 24/25 Week 19 (Potential NorCal/SoCal Showcase)
    • May 1/2 Week 20
    • May 8/9 Week 21 (Mothers Day)
    • May 15/16 Week 22 (CIF HS Soccer ends)
    • May 22/23 Week 23 (Potential NorCal/SoCal Showcase)
  • Game Length & Substitutions
    • 3 substitution instances per half (not including halftime)
    • 11-12U: 60 minutes – 10 minute halftime – Unlimited subs with unlimited re-entry
    • 13-14U: 70 minutes – 10 minute halftime – Unlimited subs with unlimited re-entry
    • 15-16U: 80 minutes – 10 minute halftime – Unlimited subs no re-entry in same half
    • 17-19U: 90 minutes – 15 minute halftime – Unlimited subs no re-entry in same half
  • Standings
    • 3 points for win
    • 1 point for a tie
    • 0 points for a loss
      • Tiebreaker-The following tie-breakers will be used for resolving ties between teams in determining the Regular Season Standings, in the following order:
        • Most Points
        • Goal Difference
        • Goals For
        • Goals Against
        • Coin Toss
    • Playoffs
      • None for 2020-21 season
  • Red Cards:
    • If a Red Card is shown, it will result in a minimum of a one (1) game suspension. This includes a Red Card as a result of two cautions. Any player used during a suspension will be considered an illegal player and the team, coach and club will be punished accordingly. It is the team’s and/or club’s responsibility to ensure their Red Carded player/coach serves the minimum 1 game suspension.
    • There shall be two types of suspensions:
      • Minor Offenses – These include send-offs for normal soccer actions, 2nd yellow cards, etc. Minor offenses will result in a 1 game suspension.
      • Major Offenses – These include send-offs for violent actions. Major offenses will result in the NPL West committee determining the suspension.
    • Suspensions for both minor and major offenses, for both players and coaches, shall be served immediately in NPL West Competition. The player/coach shall serve the suspension with the team the violation occurred with. Players may not compete for another team in their club in NPL West competitions until their suspension is first served. However, coaches may coach another team in their club during their suspension but must serve their suspension in full with the team the violation occurred.
  • Game-Day
    • Uniforms
      • Away team shall wear dark uniform
      • Home team shall wear light uniform
      • Balls
        • Games will use a size 4 soccer ball
      • Game Day Operations
        • Home teams will be required to provide both teams competing the following:
          • Team Benches
          • Tents
          • Water
          • Cups do NOT need to be provided. Players should bring their own bottles for the water.
  • Costs
    • US Club Soccer
      • Staff Registration
        • Staff Passes: Staff passcards for any staff member in an NPL Club shall be issued for a two-year period. All staff shall submit to a background check every two years.
        • Staff passcard fees shall be $25 per person (Pass valid for 2 years)
        • ***In addition, approximately every two years, staff members registering with US Club Soccer also need to:
          • Complete a background screening ($18)
          • Complete the Sideline Sports Doc-US Club Soccer online course ($5)
          • Complete SafeSport Training (Free)
      • Player Registration
        • 11U – $18 per player
        • 12-19U and older – $24 per player
        • Registration year is August 1 – July 31
    • NPL West & Referees payable to SoCal Premier
      • League Dues
        • 11-12U – $1250 per team
        • 13-14U – $1500
        • 15-19U – $1750 (includes showcase)
      • Referee Fees*
        • 11-12U – $35 per team / per game (25 games will be collected up front $720). 1 REFEREE on gameday.
        • 13-14U – $TBD
        • 15-16U – $TBD
        • 17-19U – $TBD
      • Bond – $250 per club
    • All payments must be made by October 1, 2020
        • Referees will be paid by the league, no money will be paid to referees on the field.
        • Payment plans may be set up upon request.
    • Costs NOT INCLUDED
      • Fields – Clubs must provide their own home fields and cover field costs.
      • Trainer – SoCal Premier will not provide a trainer at games, it is not a requirement for the division to provide a trainer.
      • Club costs – all team/club/player costs are the responsibility of the club – coaches/uniforms/balls/equipment/goals/nets, etc.
        *Note – There will be 1 referee per game as determined by club vote to save on costs for 11-12U. The referee will be an adult, minimum grade 8.
  • Outside Competitions
    • Teams are allowed to play in outside competitions and are free to choose which competitions the teams play in, as long as it does not conflict with the league. The league will look to keep weekends open for the teams to participate in other competitions.
    • 30 day advance notice must be given to both NPL West staff and opposing team to request a weekend off for an outside competition.