Game Rule Summary Chart

Game Rule Summary Chart For Coaches, Parents, AND Referees - Fall 2023, Spring 2024

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Fall and Spring

 Spring Only

Fall and Spring

3rd/4th

5th/6th Grade

Grade 8

Grade 10

Grade 12/PG

High School G912

Format

7v7

9v9

11v11

11v11

11v11

7v7

Time

2 x 30 min

2 x 30 min

2 x 35 min

2 x 40 min

2 x 45 min

2 x 30 min

Heading

No (attempted or actual)
IFK for team not in violation 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Ball Size

#4

#4

#5

#5

#5

#5

Offsides

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

no

Penalty Mark

8 yds

10 yds

12 yds

12 yds

12 yds

12 yds

Referee Fee

$40

$50

$60

$70

$80

$60

AR Fee

n/a

$35

$40

$50

$50

n/a

Roster Player Limit without waiver

N/A

D1 & D2 Gr 6 = 18

other N/A

22

22

22

N/A

Players Needed to Start

6

7

7

7

7

6

Players Needed to Continue

5

6

7

7

7

5

Player* Passcards/ID Sheet

Never

Never for Grade 5
Not during Regular
Season for Grade 6

Not during Regular
Season

Not during Regular
Season

Not during Regular
Season

Never

*Special requirements are in place for teams in the BAYS Playoffs/MTOC. See Match Rule 5 for when Player Passcards or a Team Photo ID Sheet are required.

Substitutions

With the permission of the referee

  • after a goal, prior to a goal kick, prior to the start of the 2nd half - unlimited both teams

  • on a throw-in - the team with possession may sub unlimited, and if they choose to sub, then the defending team may sub unlimited

  • if an injured player(s) is substituted, then the opposing team may sub on a 1 for 1 basis

  • after a caution, the offending player must leave the field and cannot return until the next substitution opportunity; a substitution is allowed (but not required) for the carded player

  • a team that is already at the minimum number of players needed to continue play may temporarily play at below the minimum

  • any player who is bleeding must be substituted immediately and may return only when bandaged; bloody uniforms may not be worn

15 minute Rule

BAYS provides a 15 minute window for referees to show up for a scheduled game (LAW5), for Team Coaches

to present an official team roster that has been validated by their Division Director Match Rule (MR) 1, and

a required minimum number of players to start a game (LAW 3). See also Starting the Game in MR8.

Rosters

Two (2) printed paper copies (one for the referee, one for the opponent) and signed by the coach; electronic versions are not valid. All rosters must

be typed/printed with no handwritten additions except for jersey numbers, additions of substitute coaches, or crossing off of players/coaches not in

attendance.  The referee is not responsible for ascertaining the roster size or eligibility of players. 

Coaching and Coach Credentials

  • Official MYSA Credential Lanyards must be displayed and worn by ALL team officials on the team's sidelines. Electronic versions are not valid.

  • At least one credentialed adult must be present on each team's sideline throughout the game.

  • There is a maximum of three, Credentialed, non-player people on the team sideline

  • Prior to kickoff at every game, when referees ask for the team roster, they should verify that all team officials are wearing the proper credentials and number no more than 3

  • Under 18 team officials are allowed and must have an official MYSA credential 

  • All team officials on the sideline must stay within the technical area (if marked) and if not marked, within an area designated by the referee.

 

Equipment

Plaster/fiberglass casts (even if padded) and jewelry (including earrings) of any kind are not allowed. Players with medical, religious, or cultural wearable items must have the item properly secured with any medical information showing.

Players can play with assistive devices such as prescription glasses, cochlear implant processors, hearing aids, insulin pumps, and other approved equipment that is essential for them to wear in order to play.

It is the Coach's responsibility to point the specific equipment out to the referee before the game, so that if there is an issue—such as the assistive device coming off the player during the game—the referee is aware of the need to stop the play to provide assistance.

It is the referee's responsibility to ensure that the players' equipment and other items are safe.

 

Special 3rd/4th Grade Rules

Goal Kick: defenders must retreat to the half-line, but the opposing team may kick before all defenders have retreated.

On a PK, all players except the kicker and the goalkeeper must be on the kicker’s defensive side of the half-line.

On a goal kick or goalkeeper save, the resulting punt or throw must touch a player or the ground in the goalkeeper's defensive half of the field; If the ball lands or is touched first in the kicking team’s offensive half, the defending team will be awarded an indirect free kick from the half-line

 

Zero Tolerance

All individuals responsible for a team and all spectators shall support the referee. Failure to do so will undermine the referee’s authority and has the potential of creating a hostile environment for the players, the referee, and all the other participants and spectators.

Consequently, BAYS has adopted and modified the following rules:

  1. No one, except the players, is to speak to the referee during or after the game. Exceptions: Coaches may ask questions before the game, call for substitutions and point out emergencies during the game, or respond to the referee if addressed.

  2. Absolutely no disputing calls, during or after the game, no remarks to the referee to watch certain players or attend to rough play. NO YELLING at the referee, EVER, and no criticism, sarcasm, harassment, intimidation, or feedback of any kind during or after the game.

  3. Violators may be ejected and are subject to disciplinary action by the BAYS Sportsmanship Review Committee.

  4. If Coaches would like to provide feedback to or about the referee, AFTER the game, log into the BAYS site and a dropdown under MyBAYS should have a Game Feedback tab with a form that goes directly to the home Ref Assignors and Club President.

  5. If spectators have questions regarding particular calls, rules, or a referee, or wish to give feedback regarding a referee, please contact the town soccer club Referee Assignor for the game in question, at Town Referee Assignors.

Referees should use the following scale when reporting violations of the Zero Tolerance Policy on their game reports:

  1. No Issues: Everyone well behaved and positive.

  2. Minor: Some comments. Did not disrupt enjoyment of the game by players or distract the referee(s).

  3. Major:  Significant comments. Did disrupt the game. Cautions issued or should have been issued.

  4. Severe:  Major distractions for the referee(s). Ejections for ZT occurred or should have occurred. Referee may or may not have considered terminating the game.

 

Game Reporting

All referees (including ARs) must fill out an online game report by Nov. 30 for the fall and June 30 for the spring in order to be paid. A narrative must be provided in any instance where a serious injury has occurred, where a player, coach, or spectator has been ejected, or where any participant's behavior has been given a zero tolerance rating of "2" or "3".