Game/Rule Summary for Coaches, Referees, and Parents

Several coaches, referees, and parents have expressed frustration at being able to find BAYS-specific rules without having to wade through the rulebook, one by one.  Following is a summary of BAYS-specific rules and policies:

Revised: 2020-02-16 Fall and Spring  Spring Only Fall and Spring
3rd/4th 5th/6th Grade Grade 8 Grade 11 Grade 12 High School
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 $30 $40 $50 $60 $70 $50
AR Fee n/a n/a $30 $40 $40 n/a
Roster Player Limit N/A

D1 & D2 Gr 6 = 16

other N/A

22 22 22 N/A
Players Needed to Start 6 7 8 8 7 6
Players Needed to Continue 5 6 7 7 7 5
Player Cards Never Spring: Gr. 6 Div 1 & 2 Spring: Div 1 & 2 Div 1 & 2  All No
If required, player passcards must be in color and resemble the player but do not need a current season sticker
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) are 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
Rosters Two (2) printed 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 hand-written additions except for jersey numbers. The referee is not responsible for ascertaining the roster size or eligibility of players 

Coaching and Coach Credentials


  • Official MYSA Credential Lanyards must be worn by ALL team officials on the team sidelines. 
  • There is a maximum of three Crendentialed 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 have the proper credentials and number no more than 3
  • Under 18 team officials are allowed and must have an official MYSA credential.

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

Equipment Casts (even if padded) and jewelry (including earrings) of any kind (except for taped medical bracelets) are not allowed. All other equipment is at the discretion of the referee.
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 kickers 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 teams 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

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

     0.     No Issues: Everyone well behaved and positive.

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

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

     3.     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".