Procedures and Rules

Procedures

  • Each player must have a currently validated player pass at the field of play (yellow sticker).
  • Team captains will provide player passes and verify to referees that all team members have a current pass and are eligible to play.
  • Each player must have a valid player pass to be added to a team online roster.
  • Games will begin at 5:45 pm (fall 2016). Teams that fail to field the minimum 7 players by 6:00 pm will forfeit the match. A team may not forfeit to allow unregistered persons to play.
  • Games will consist of two 40-minute halves with a 10-minute half time interval. Referees will shorten/increase game length and half time intervals due to daylight changes, as necessary, to maximize playing time and player safety.

Rules

  • FIFA Laws of the Game published by USSF will govern all play unless otherwise listed below.

Players

  • Each team may have a maximum of 11 players on the field, a maximum of 7 players per team who may be male.
  • Each team member must wear a shirt of the identifiable team color. Other FIFA requirements regarding uniform clothing color and form will not be enforced. Shinguards must be worn and stockings must cover the shinguards.
  • Teams short of players may pick up guest players for a game. Guest players must hold a valid player pass. Guest players may continue to play after additional team members arrive for the game, of the captain wishes.

Play

  • Any slide tackle is illegal which engages or endangers another player or referee. Illegal slides are a cautionable offense, which may result in assessment of a foul and will result in an indirect free kick assessed against the offending team. Slides may occur only outside the proximity of other players.
  • A female player must take direct free kicks and indirect free kicks in the attacking half of the field. This rule does not include penalty kicks.

Misconduct

  • Team captains are responsible for tracking misconduct of team players and enforcing suspensions.
  • Any player issued a yellow card will substitute from the playing field until the next substitution opportunity.
  • Any player issued 3 yellow cards during this season is suspended for the next scheduled game.
  • Any player issued a red card is suspended for the remainder of the game during which the red card is issued and for the next scheduled game.
  • Any player accumulating any combination of 5 cautions or send offs or 3 red cards is suspended for the remainder of the season.
  • Physical assault will not be tolerated. Any player who strikes or otherwise attacks a player or official is suspended for the remainder of the season.

Appeals

  • Players and teams may appeal sanctions to the Board of Directors of the Helena Adult Soccer Association.