1. Every player must be in matching uniforms – shirts, shorts, socks
  2. Jerseys must have number on the back
  3. Referee will not allow player on field without appropriate and matching uniform
  4. If uniform conflict, home team changes (home team is listed as ‘home team’ on the website, not necessarily the team playing on their “home” field)
  5. Players on sidelines must wear pennies

SoCal Premier abides by all FIFA Laws of the game with the exceptions listed below:
  1. Unlimited substitutions (players can re-enter game at any time)
  2. Highly encourage any yellow carded player to sit out for a cool down period

Maximum 12 teams per division – Minimum 8 teams per division
League Games
  • Teams will play each team in their Division a minimum of two times (home and away)
  • 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
Points are awarded as follows:
  • 3 points for WIN, 1 point for TIE.
  • No overtime, no Playoffs for regular season league games
Determination of Division Champion
  • A division champion will be determined once all scheduled league games have been
  • completed
  • The team with the highest number of points after all games have been completed or based on mathematical equation will be declared the Champion of their respective division
  • If the top two teams have the same amount of points at the end of the season, a Division
  • Champion will be determined as follows:
    • Head to Head results
    • If “Head to Head” results are the same, then each team will be declared Co-Champions
    • If a team is necessary to move up a division (“promotion”), then the Co-Champions will play a play-off game. If “promotion” is not necessary (i.e. Premier Division teams or if one team does not want to be promoted), the play-off game is not necessary.
    • The play-off game to determine “promotion” for the following season will be scheduled immediately 
    • Once the date has been determined for the play-off game, each team’s roster will be “frozen” two weeks before the game
    • If the play-off game ends in tie, existing FIFA rules for tie-breakers will be followed to determine a winner
    • If there are more than 2 teams with the same amount of points at the end of the season, a playoff system will be devised to determine which team will be promoted to the next division.
    • Each team will be determined Co-Champions, the playoffs will only be necessary to determine which team moves up a division.
Schedules Posted
  • The schedule posted on the website is final
  • The only exception would be an email or phone call from the League Scheduler, President or Vice President
  • Once posted, 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
Game Changes
  • If a game needs to be modified due to a field issue, you must contact League Scheduler and scheduled opponent before Tuesday 5:00pm (for a Saturday or Sunday game), otherwise you may receive a forfeit.
  • In the event the field is unavailable the following steps will take place.
    • The Scheduler will re-assign the game to the opponent’s field
    • The Scheduler will re-assign the  game to a “League Field”
    • The Scheduler will re-assign your game to an available field
    • The Scheduler has the right to review the situation and if your team was found to be at fault and negligible in losing the field a forfeit win for the opposing team may be awarded.
  • If you know you will be forfeiting a game, you must contact the league, so that the other team and referees can be notified within 48 hours of kickoff.
    • If you notify after that time your Team Bond may be used to pay for the assigned referee crew.
SoCal Premier DOES ALLOW players to play in more than one game in a day. If a club has multiple affiliated teams those players can play in more than one game as a loaned club player to a team in their club.
Each team is allowed to have 30 “active” players on their roster. 18 players will be eligible for each game. You will need to manage your active/inactive players by contacting the registrar,
No games will be scheduled on the following major holidays:
  • Labor Day Weekend
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve/Day – Winter Break
  • New Years Eve/Day – Winter Break
  • Easter
  • Mother’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
Games may be scheduled on the following holidays, however, teams may request these days off:
  • President’s Day
  • MLK Day
  • Super Bowl Sunday
  • Father’s Day
Open Divisions
6 players from the Reserves (2nd/3rd division team) can play in Top (Premier/2nd team) game and 3 players from the top (Premier/2nd) team can play in the reserves team game. (6 up, 3 down)
If affiliated teams are in the same division, 2 players from each team can play for the other team.
League Cups
  • Players can only play with their main team for Cup games.  No “sharing” players for Cup games.
  • Once player plays in Cup game, not allowed to play for affiliated team later in Cup.
  • Players may not transfer to play in cup games with another team once elimination round begins.
  • Once the season begins no new “Alliances” can be formed
“Multiroster” Player – SoCal Premier does allow players to register and play in multiple
SoCal Premier does NOT allow players to play on multiple teams within the same division.
However, a player in Men’s Open may also play in the Over30, and U23 division. A player
cannot play on more than one team in the Men’s Open division.
Players may play on “affiliated” SoCal Premier teams (affiliated means multiple teams in the same club).
SoCal Premier allows youth players to play in the league. Players must be at least 15 years old. Youth players are eligible as of their 15th birthdate. Parents must complete the youth player registration and agree to the terms and policies of the league. Any team with a youth player must complete a US Club Soccer safety program. See details under “Coaches” at the bottom of the page.
Yellow Card:
  • We highly encourage a team to sub a player who receives a yellow card for a period of time. Of course, this is at the discretion of the team coach/manager.
Red Card:
  • Any player 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.
  • Any player with a pattern of receiving red cards in a season may be expelled from further play in the league.
  • Serious abuse may result in expulsion from the league
  • When a red card is shown the referee will submit a report to the league. The suspension and fine will be posted on the website.
  • ALL players receiving a red-card will be assessed a fine. See RID manual under “Handbook” for more information.
RID committee will determine the length of suspensions after receiving the referee reports from each game.
  • Any team involved in a fight will be reviewed by the league once a report is submitted by the referees.
  • Players involved in fighting may be subject to immediate expulsion from the league.
  • If both teams have at least 7 checked-in 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 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 Gameday Photo Roster is not at the field the referee may not check players in or start the game.  If it has not arrived after the 15 minute grace period ends, game will be declared a forfeit.
  • The Team bond will then be used to pay the referees.
  • If a team bond is used it must be replaced with the league within 2 weeks or points will be deducted and future games cancelled.
BOTH teams must complete the Score Report
HOME TEAM Requirements if the field is closed due to rain/weather:
  1. If you are on a League field contact Nick Peters.
  2. Verify that the field is in fact closed.  You can do this by calling the mudline as listed on the field page or by getting in touch with the field owner/operator.
  3. Must Call AND Text and email opposing coach/manager as listed on their team page.
  4. Must call referee assignor, go to league directory for contacts
VISITING TEAM Requirements if it looks like it might rain or weather may cause game cancellation:
  1. If you do not hear from the Home team then show up to the game
  2. Always assume the game will be played if you don’t hear anything.
  3. Both teams must Complete the Score Report noting that the field was closed due to rain and the game was not played
League “may” contact the city/school to verify that the field was unplayable.
When in doubt – tell your team to go to the field… you don’t want a forfeit because you thought the field would be closed.
SoCal Premier allows games to be rescheduled ONLY in the following circumstances:
  • MUST be a 30 day advanced notice
  • Team is entered into a sanctioned state or national tournament
    • US Open Cup, Calsouth State Cup, USASA
  • Team is entered into an approved and supported tournament:
    • Las Vegas Silver Mug tournament
We will NOT reschedule games for the following:
  • Your players are on vacation
  • You do not have enough players
  • You don’t have a home field
  • Your players are at an event (concert, game, triathlon, marathon, etc.)
There are a million things you can do on any given weekend in Southern California. Plan ahead and make sure you have players who are committed to your team.
If someone on your team is getting MARRIED and many of your players are in the wedding/invited, we will consider a reschedule. Must provide substantial proof of this event ahead of time, minimum 30 days.
Minimum field standards:
  • All fields must meet minimum FIFA standards
  • Size must be within FIFA standards
  • Goals must be secure and have fully covered nets
  • Corner Flags
  • All markings & lines must be clear & visible
  • Night games must have lights
  • Turf fields are acceptable
  • Premier Division fields must be of a high quality (to be determined by League approval)
League Fields
  • SCP has access to  “League Fields” in Irvine, Garden Grove and a couple other partner cities.
  • It is very important that each team try to secure their own home field.
  • In the event a field is provided by the League, the HOME team will be invoiced for the cost for that game.
  • If the “visiting” team listed has their own home field they can request the game be moved to their own home field (non SCP-league field). If they do this they will take on the full cost for the games field fees.
  • Use of an SCP “League Field” will be determined by the League.
Team Fields
  • All teams are encouraged to locate and reserve their own home field.
  • If at any time there are not fields to schedule games those teams without fields will be removed first.
  • Teams that provide a field for the visiting “home teams” must submit receipts in order to be reimbursed for their cost of the field for that game day.
  • Respect each field; respect the neighbors, pick-up trash, no foul language – no alcohol.E


Notes on Coach/Manager

Every team must have at least 1 coach/manager registered. This person is considered the team owner and will be held responsible for the team in all areas including

  • Behavior, communication, financial obligations, and upholding league standards.
  • This person is also required to manage and maintaining the team’s page on the website.
  • Manage all Gameday requirements, tracking and reporting game and player stats, and reporting scores.

If there are any minors on the team (players under the age of 18) at least one coach/manager must complete the additional background and safetyfirst procedures online. This is a requirement of US Club Soccer.