NORTH ATLANTIC YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE
RULES OF PLAY
Table of Contents
Rule 101. Age Groups 2
Rule 102. Team Rosters, Player Eligibility and Team Composition 2
Section 1. Rosters 3
Section 2. Team Composition. 3
Section3. Player Passes 3
Section4. Player Eligibility 3
Rule 103. Team Obligations 3
Section 1. Uniform Requirements 3
Section 2. Roster Copies and Checking of Player Passes 3
Section 3. Official Game Report Form 3
Section 4. Reporting Scores 4
Section 5. Field Fees 4
Rule 104 Game Information 4
Section 1. Rules 4
Section 2. Game Requirements by Age Group. 4
Section 3. Referee Fees 5
Section 4. Forfeitures 5
Rule 105. Substitutions 5
Rule 106. Standings And Advancement 5
Section 1. Team Standings 5
Section 2. Team Advancement 5
Rule 107. Canceling And Terminating Games
Section 1. Game Schedules 7
Section 2. Game Cancellations 7
Section 3. Game Termination 7
Section 4. Reschedules Games
Rule 108 Fees
Rule 109. Fines 7
Section 1. Failure To Pay Referees 7
Section 2. Forfeiting A Game 7
Rule 110. Suspensions 7
Section 1. Red Card Ejections 7
Section 2. Sit Out Requirements 8
Section 3. Additional Game Suspensions 8
Section 4. Notification Of Cards Issued. 8
Rule 101. Age Groups
NAYSL will consist of the following age groups:
9U Boys and Girls 7v7
10U Boys and Girls 7v7
11U Boys and Girls 9v9
12U Boys and Girls 9v9
13U Boys and Girls 11v11
14U Boys and Girls 11v11
15U Boys and Girls 11v11
16U Boys and Girls 11v11
17U Boys and Girls 11v11
18U Boys and Girls 11v11
Rule 102. Team Rosters, Player Eligibility and Team Composition
Section 1. Rosters
The official State Association Roster shall be used for the North Atlantic Youth Soccer League (NAYSL) play. The roster for each team is due in the League Administrator’s office by Wednesday 12:00 Noon before the first scheduled match for the team’s age group. This requirement does not change if the first game has to be rescheduled due to weather or other factors. The original submission date for rosters will not change.
Please note: teams must adhere to the new current Club Pass Rules Only Club Pass Players will be permitted to participate on any team in the NAYSL; club pass players are players from the same club.
Section2. Team Composition
. For 9-10 playing 7 v 7, a maximum of 14 players may be rostered. A minimum of five (5) players constitutes a team for play.
For U11 - U12 playing 9 v 9, a maximum of 16 players may be rostered. A minimum of seven (7) players constitutes a team for play.
For U13 – 19 playing 11 v 11, a maximum of 22 players may be rostered with a maximum 18 listed and present on game day roster.
Each player listed on roster must be registered with the State Association in which he/she resides with his/her parent/guardian.
Section 3. Player Passes
Every player in the NAYSL MUST have a valid and current US Youth Soccer Player Pass.
Section 4. Player Eligibility
An ineligible player is one who is in violation of any of the provisions within the US Youth Soccer Policies or has been otherwise suspended by action of the NAYSL administration.
Rule 103. Team Obligations
Section 1. Uniform Requirements
Teams must wear matching color jerseys with numbers
No team, coach, manager, shall wear the logo, insignia, or other identifying mark of a non-US Youth Soccer organization on their uniforms during any League game or associated event. A manufacturer’s mark is exempted. Teams wearing such items shall either remove the mark, change uniforms to comply with this rule or forfeit the match.
Section2. Roster Copies and Checking of Player Passes
Each coach must have a copy of his/her team’s official State Association Roster and US Youth Soccer Player Passes at every game. A copy of the roster will be given to the referee. Prior to the start of the game, the referee is required to check player passes against each player and against the names on the Official State Association Roster. This requirement is not optional and a referee’s refusal to check player passes shall be immediately reported to the NAYSL Administrator following the game.
Section 3. Official Game Report
The Referee will follow the Game reporting Procedure established by the League Administrator.
Section 4. Reporting Scores
One designated person from the WINNING team is to report the game scores. Please report scores the weekend of your games by Sunday night 11:00pm. It is suggested to report the score while with the other team before leaving the field to confirm the correct score.
Items you will need to know:
Event ID: The team contact will be given it before the season starts.
4 Digit Pin: The team contact will be given it before the season starts.
Game Number: Found on the website next to the game
Home team and Away team: Based on the website not who is hosting the game.
You have 3 options below.
1. CALL 1-904-758-0875
a. You will be prompted to enter
b. UPDATE GAME RECORDS: Press 1
c. EVENT ID: based on league above
d. 4-DIGIT PIN: based on league above
e. Follow the prompts
f. Do not report Red or Yellow Cards.
g. Do not leave a message for the league at this number.
2. ENTER ONLINE
a. Go to www.gotsport.com/m
b. Click on Event Score
3. ENTER FROM YOUR SMART PHONE
a. Download the Gotsoccer app for your phone.
b. Click Gotsoccer.com button
c. Click Event Score
If you report the score incorrectly, you have 24 hours to update it with the correct score.
Section 5. Field Fees
Host team is responsible for any field rental and/or set-up costs associated with hosting matches. However, if a neutral site is used then the teams using the site will equally share any rental and/or set up costs.
Rule 104. Game Information
Except as otherwise provided by these rules, the FIFA “Laws of the Game” apply to NAYSL games.
Section 2. Game Requirements by Age Group
The length of games, ball size, ball weight, and ball dimensions for each age group shall be as follows:
Soccer ball requirements:
Age Group Size Circumference Weight
9U - 12U #4 25-26 inches 11-13 ounces.
13U - 18U #5 27-28 inches 14-16 ounces.
Age Group Game Length
9U Two 25’ halves
10U Two 25’ halves
11U Two 30’ halves
12U Two 30’ halves
13U Two 35’ halves
14U Two 35’ halves
15U Two 40’ halves
16U Two 40’ halves
17U Two 45’ halves
18U Two 45’ halves
Section 3A. Referee Fees
The fees are:
Age Group Referee Fee Asst. Referee Fee
9U-10U $45.00 N/A
11U-12U $70.00 $45.00
13U-14U $70.00 $45.00
15U-18U $80.00 $50.00
Section 3B Referee Game Assignor
Each participating State will have one certified UUSF game assignor for games in that state. The assignor must be identified to the League Administrator before scheduling referees to games. A game assignment fee will be paid per game officially assigned and recorded.
Section 4. Forfeitures
Forfeited games shall be scored as 4 – 0 win for the non-forfeiting team.
Rule 105. Substitutions
Substitutions may be made, with the consent of the referee, at any stoppage of play. There is no limit on re-entry of a substituted player into game.
Rule 106. Standings
Section 1. Team Standings
A team’s standings in its division will be determined by the number of points it receives based on its win/loss record during the league season. Points will be awarded as follows: three (3) points for a win; one (1) point for a tie; and zero (0) points for a loss.
9U & 10U Age Groups are non-results oriented brackets/divisions.
Rule 107. Canceling and Terminating Games
Section 1. Game Schedules
The game schedule will be determined and approved by the Administrator before the start of the season and will be published on the website. No changes will be made to the schedule within 72 hours of a scheduled game. No game can be rescheduled without the permission of the Administrator.
Section 2. Game Cancellations
No game may be canceled except for inclement weather or other act of God. If there is inclement weather or other act of God, the home team’s League Contact Person shall immediately contact the League Administrator for approval to cancel. If the League Administrator is not available, then the Contact Person shall leave a message and the circumstances regarding the inclement weather or act of God, and the game is then canceled without the League Administrator’s approval.
Section 3. Game Termination
Once a referee has jurisdiction of a game, the game may only be terminated by the referee as provided for in the FIFA Laws of the Game. If a game is terminated before the second half of the game is begun, and the termination is not due to the conduct of one of the teams, the game shall be replayed in its entirety. If a game is terminated after play has begun in the second half of the game, but before the end of the second half and the termination is not due to the conduct of one of the teams, the game is considered complete, and the score will stand. If a game is terminated because of the conduct of one team, the offending team shall be awarded a 0-4 loss.
Section 4. Reschedules Games
The League Administrator shall reschedule a canceled or terminated game (not due to the misconduct of a team) as soon as possible. The Administrator may decide not to reschedule a game.
Rule 108 Fees
Section 1 Payment will be made by check or money order.
Rule 109. Fines
Section 1. Failure to Pay Referees
A team that fails to pay its referee fees will be fined $250.
Section 2. Forfeiting a Game
Any team forfeiting a game will be fined $250 and will also have to pay the entire referee fee of the forfeited game. Forfeitures will be scored as 4-0 for the non-forfeiting team.
Section 1. Red Card Ejections
A player is suspended for at least one game if they receive a red card (ejection) or 2 yellow cards in the same game that results in a red card (ejection). A coach will be suspended for at least one game if he (she) is removed from the game by the referee. Any coach or player cited for Referee Assault and Abuse will be referred to the
League Administrator and possibly to their State Association for adjudication.
Section 2. Sit Out Requirements
A player or coach receiving a suspension in a game other than the final match must sit out the next NAYSL League game(s).
Section 3 Additional Game Suspensions
A player or coach may be suspended for more than one game if the NAYSL League administration considers the offense one that should have more than a one-game suspension.
Section 4. Notification of Cards Issued
The League Administrator will notify the appropriate State Association of all cards given.
Rule 111. League Administrator
The Administrator has complete authority over any disciplinary matter arising out of the League play including suspension and fines when considered appropriate.
In unusual cases, with extenuating circumstances, a team can appeal a decision to the NAYSL Appeals/Hearing Officer when accompanied by a $500 appeal fee. Only if the appeal is upheld will the fee be returned to the appellant.