VSLI Rules and Procedures

The following are rules and procedures for VSLI, please keep them handily.

USSF Laws of the Game shall be used except as amended below:

A Game Day roster shall be presented to the referee prior to the start of the match listing the players eligible to participate in the scheduled match (18 for all U14 and above), fill it out properly ask your fellow referees to sign it and if you are the center referee, mail it the same afternoon or Monday morning (unless the manager ask to have it back to mail it themselves).

Players not on the game day roster may not be in uniform or on the team bench or player area.

1.      Match Length and Ball Size

  Division                            Length                    Ball Size

U-17 – U19                  45 Minute Halves                 5

U-15 – U16                  40 Minute Halves                 5

U-13 – U14                  35 Minute Halves                 5

U-11 – U12                  30 Minute Halves                 4

U10                              25 Minute Halves                 4

·         There shall be a five (5) minute interval between halves.

·         Regular season VSL matches ending in a draw at the end of regulation time will remain a tie.

·         When age groups are combined for VSL play, the length of the halves will be those specified for the older age group.  Ball size shall be as specified for the younger age group.

2.       Player Equipment:

·         Shoes must meet FIFA specifications.

·         Shin guards for all players and goalkeepers are MANDATORY.  Socks must cover entire shin guard.

·         When the color of jerseys is similar or identical, and the referee requests a change, the Home Team must change colors.

·         With the exception of the goalkeeper, all players must have uniforms with individual numbers on the shirt.  The goalkeeper’s shirt must be easily distinguishable from all the other players and the referee.

·         Players must wear jerseys whose numbers correspond with numbers listed on the team’s official roster.

·         No jewelry of any kind may be worn (excluding corrective glasses).

·         Players who are wearing protective casts may be allowed to play only with the approval of the referee.

3.      Substitutions may be made with permission of the referee, at the following times (U10 & U11 see below).

·         Prior to a throw-in by the team in possession.

·         Prior to a goal kick by either team.

·         After a goal has been scored by either team.

·         At the beginning of the second half of play.

·         After an injury, by either team, when the referee stops play.

·         After the issuance of a caution, for the offending player.  Opposing team may also substitute an equal number of players.

4.      Spectator and Coaching Areas

·         All coaches, players and spectators, will remain eighteen (18) yards from the goal lines.

·         Coaches and players are to take opposite sides of the field from the spectators.

·         No coaching may take place from behind the goal lines.

·         All coaches and spectators must remain at least one (1) meter from the touch line at all times.

·         The referee or assistant referee may, at any time, restrict the sideline movement of coaches, players, and spectators.

5.      U-10 and U-11 Game and Field Requirements

·         All registered U10 and U11 teams in VSL must play the “seven a side” format.

·         Fields size is to be a Minimum of Forty (40) Yards x Sixty (60) Yards (width x length) to a Maximum of Fifty (50) Yards x Seventy (70) Yards.

·         All VSL/FIFA Rules apply with the exception of:

·         Players on the field shall consist of Seven (7) of which one shall be a goalkeeper.

·         Eight (8) Yards from the ball is to be given by the opposing team at free kicks.

·         Substitutions are allowed at any time on the fly.

·         Any team not able to field a minimum of Five (5) players at the scheduled game time will forfeit the match.

6.      U12 Game and Field Requirements

·         All registered U12 teams in VSL must play the “eight a side” format.  (amended 09.05.06)

·         Fields size is to be a Minimum of Fifty (50) Yards x Eighty (80) Yards (width x length) to a Maximum of Fifty (50) Yards x Ninety (90) Yards

·         All VSL/FIFA Rules apply with the exception of:

·         Players on the field shall consist of Nine (9) of which one shall be a goalkeeper.

·         Nine (9) Yards from the ball is to be given by the opposing team at free kicks.

·         Any team not able to field a minimum of Seven (7) players at the scheduled game time will forfeit the match.

7.      U13 - U19 Game Requirements

·         U13 – U19 Teams may roster up to Twenty-two (22) players on the official state issued league and tournament roster.

·         The maximum number of rostered players allowed to participate in a game is eighteen (18).

·         A Game Day roster shall be presented to the referee prior to the start of the match listing the eighteen (18) players eligible to participate in the scheduled match.

·         Players not on the game day roster may not be in uniform on the team bench or player area.  (updated 8-15-08)

8.      Referees

·         VSL contracts with area Referee Associations to provide three (3) USSF certified officials for all U-12 through U-19 matches and one (1) USSF certified official for each U-10 or U-11 match.  The officials are responsible for conducting the matches in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game and VSL Rules and Procedures.  THE REFEREE’S AUTHORITY BEGINS WHEN THEY ARRIVE AT THE MATCH SITE AND CONTINUES UNTIL THEY DEPART THE MATCH SITE.

·         Failure to appear

o   If two (2) officials are present at the scheduled start time, the officials present shall officiate the match in accordance with FIFA/USSF regulations governing systems of control (Center Referee, Assistant Referee and Club Linesman).

o   If only one (1) official is present at the scheduled start time (except in the case of a U10 or U11 match), the opposing coaches may mutually agree to appoint Club Linesmen and play the match OR either coach may choose not to play the match with one (1) official, i.e. to reschedule the match.  No referee fees shall be incurred if the coaches choose to reschedule the match.  If the coaches choose to use the one referee, play will be recorded as an official match.

o   If no match officials are present at the scheduled start time, the opposing coaches may mutually agree on match officials or either coach may choose not to play the match, i.e. to reschedule the match.  No referees fees shall be incurred if the coaches choose to reschedule the match.  If the coaches choose to play with mutually agreed upon officials, play will be recorded as an official match.

o   Coordination with the Referee’s Associations concerning VSL activities, matches, schedule changes, etc.  shall be the responsibility of the VSL Administrator or a designated member of the Board of Directors.  Contact with representatives of the Referee’s Associations, including assignors, by Club, coaches or other officials concerning VSL activities is strictly prohibited.

o   Referee evaluation forms are provided on the VSL website.

o   Persistent negative evaluations regarding a specific referee shall result in action by the Board of Directors in accordance with the Referee Association’s contracts.