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All games and practices shall be governed by AYSO Rules & Regulations. 

If during game play the conduct of a player goes beyond the limits of good  sportsmanship and fair play the referee will caution, U10 and up-(yellow card) or  eject (red card) the offending person(s). Issuance of a yellow card will require the  player to leave the field for a cooling off period. Two yellow cards in the same  game equal a red card. Ejection from a game mandates suspension from the next  game. The referee will file the necessary reports prior to leaving the field. 

If spectator or coach conduct goes beyond the limits of good sportsmanship, this  may result in the offender being asked to leave the field or if necessary,  termination of the game. Please refrain from such conduct and set a good  example for the children. Coaches will be responsible for proper behavior of  parents and players assigned to their team

In the event that a child is injured during the course of a game, the referee will  stop play. If there is further danger to the injured player, Or at the first available  opportunity, a coach will be called onto the field to attend to the child. Parents/ spectators are not to enter the field unless called by the referee. 

The goals, nets and other field equipment have been purchased by Region 1521  for use by the players. Goals and nets are not to be used as monkey bars by any  child. Parents will be held financially responsible for damage caused by  inappropriate behavior of their children. 

No pets are allowed on the field. 

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the field. 

Please help us maintain our fields. All fields must be left in clean condition after  each game. Parents can help by reminding children not to litter. 

Coaches will remain ten yards on either side of the halfway line in the coaches  box on the side of the field that the team is on. Only 1 coach, 1 assistant coach  and 1 team manager from each team may be in the box. Parents and spectators  must remain at least 12 feet behind the sideline. No one is allowed behind the  end zones. 

Negative or inflammatory remarks or actions directed toward coaches, players,  referees, AYSO staff and other spectators are absolutely unacceptable and will  not be tolerated from anyone. Remember, everyone is a volunteer! 

The referee during a game makes the final decision in all matters.  


OFFENSE C P S DISCIPLINE LEVEL Assault on Referee X X X 5 Years

Enter Field W/O Permission X X X 1 Game L

Enter Ineligible Player

*Player Under Suspension X 2 Games L/S

*Non-AYSO Player X 1 Year L/S

*Not Following the 3/4 Rule X 1 Game L/S

Fighting X X X 5 Games L

Foul Language or Gesture X X X 1 Game L

Non-Specific Unsportsmanlike Behavior X X X 1 Game L/S

Red Card X X X 1 Game L/S

Second Caution X X X 1 Game L/S

Verbal Abuse X X X 1 Game L

Verbal Threats X X X 1 Year L/S

Violent Conduct X X X 1 Year L/S




1. Except as set forth below, disciplines may be issued only by a Regional Referee or higher. Persons receiving a  disciplinary action shall leave the field of play immediately. 

2. Referees will note any discipline given on the back of the game card, that is given to the Referee at the beginning of the game by the coaches, which they must sign and return to the Referee Administrator.

 3. The Referee Administrator shall inform any person receiving a discipline that the discipline has been issued  and direct them to this document to explain the procedures for appeal. 

4. Any person receiving a discipline shall have the right to appeal. Such appeal shall be made in writing and  delivered to the Referee Administrator within 48 hours of receiving notification that the discipline has been  issued. 

5. The Referee Administrator shall investigate the incident by speaking to available participants and available  third parties.  

6. Prior to the next game to be played, the Referee Administrator shall convene a committee meeting to consider  the appeal and present the findings of the investigation. The committee shall consist of the Referee Administrator, Coach Administrator, Child & Volunteer Protection Advocate, Assistant Regional Commissioner, and  Regional Commissioner. By a majority vote, the committee shall decide whether the discipline shall be upheld or overturned. Committee members with direct involvement in the incident leading to the discipline or  original issuance of the discipline shall excuse themselves from participation in the appeal process. The vote  shall be considered as upholding the discipline. The Referee Administrator shall notify the disciplined person  of the results of the appeal. 

7. The criteria set forth above are generally orientated toward game situations. The criteria may also be applied  to infractions, which occur during practices or other regional functions. To this end, any board member may  bring the behavior of any player, coach, referee, or spectator, which is deemed inappropriate according to the  infraction conditions listed above, to the Regional Commissioner who shall issue the discipline according to  the infraction list and corresponding disciplines, set forth within.


Who's who on the soccer field? 

Soccer is played between two teams of 11 players each.  

AYSO has short-sided play, so some of this will not apply to the  younger age divisions.  

Unlike our American football, soccer has few set plays. 

Soccer does not have separate defensive and offensive teams. Players keep on  playing their position whether their team has control of the ball or not. 

The Player Positions

Goalkeeper is the only  member of each team who  can use his or her hands. Each  wears a different colored  jersey from all other players. Defenders (also called full backs) defend the goal and try  to take the ball away from the  opposing team. Defenders  who play certain positions  have special titles: Sweeper “sweeps”, or runs to either  side to help out teammates in  defending the goal. He or she  usually does not guard, or  mark, any special opposing  player. Stopper guards the  middle and marks the oppos ing strikers. Fullbacks often  start the plays from the sides  and guard the other team’s  wingers. 

Midfielders (also called  halfbacks) are usually the  busiest players on the team.  They are the important link  between the defenders and the  forwards. 

Forwards score most of the  goals and try to delay the  offensive team’s drive up the  field. There are special names  for certain forwards, too:  Wingers create offensive  plays on the two outside parts  of the field.  

Striker plays in the middle  and usually finishes the  scoring plays.  

The Officials 

Referee’s Assistant are the  two officials who stand on  each sideline. One job is to  decide who gets control of  the ball when it goes out of  Bounds. They carry flags. Referee is the only official  who goes onto the playing  field. He or she enforces the  rules, keeps time and gives  penalties. 

The Field:

For adults, the field is larger  than a football field. The  younger players play on a  smaller field.

A coach might line up his  players on the field with a 4-3- 3 lineup. It is the custom not to list the goalkeeper. 

4 defenders 

3 midfielders 

3 forwards 

Soccer Words 

Throw-in: the way the ball is  put back into play after it goes  over the touchline. When a  member of one team kicks it  out, a member of the opposing  team gets to throw the ball in. Kick-off: a pass used to start  play at the beginning of a  game, at halftime or after a  goal has been made. 

Penalty kick: a penalty is  called when a player makes a  serious foul in the penalty area.  The fouls include a dangerous  tackle or touching the ball with  your hand. 

Free kick: One is given after  a foul has been committed  outside of the penalty

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