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  7. Game Day

7.1  Preliminaries
7.2 
Travel and Grace Periods
7.3 
Number of Players and Ball Size
7.4 
Before the Game Starts

7.4.1  Game cards
7.4.2  Player Passes
7.4.3 
Captains
7.4.4 
Assistant Referees (Linespersons)
7.4.5 
Referee Evaluation Form
7.4.6 
Paying the Referee
7.4.7 
No Referee

7.5  During the Game

7.5.1  Positioning on the Sides of the Field
7.5.2 
Coach and Spectator Conduct
7.5.3 
Attire
7.5.4 
Game conditions and Game Duration
7.5.5 
Substitutions
7.5.6 
Suspended and Abandoned Games

7.6  After the Game

7.6.1  Handshake
7.6.2 
Referee Evaluation Form
7.6.3 
Reporting the Score

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7.1 Preliminaries 

If you are the home team, check the condition of the field early. If it is unplayable, in the opinion of the person in your club who makes such decisions, the other team, the Referee Assignor and the assigned referee must be notified no later than two hours before the scheduled start of the game. Otherwise, you, your team and the visiting team are obliged to appear as scheduled. The referee will then decide whether field conditions are such as to play or postpone the game. If the referee is not notified of a game postponement at least two hours before the scheduled start of the game, he/she is entitled to be paid.  

The home team should also check that: 

         The field is lined

         The goal posts and nets are in place & anchored to the ground

         The corner flags are provided

         A game ball is available 

All coaches should check that: 

         The player and coach passes are in order

         The Game Card is correctly filled out  


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7.2 Travel and Grace Periods 

If you are traveling, know where the field is and how long it will take to get there. Arrive at least 30 minutes before kick-off to warm up and check in. The home team is allowed a 15 minute grace period and the visiting team is allowed 30 minutes in which to field a legal team consisting of the minimum number of players required in their Divisions as set forth in Section 7.3. At site games, all teams are considered to be visitors. The grace period may be extended with the consent of both teams and the referee. At the expiration of the grace period and any extensions thereof, the referee shall complete the game card indicating that one of the teams did not appear and forward the game card information to the Games Chair using the online MCYSA REFEREE GAME REPORT form on our website.. The Games Chair will declare a forfeit. No game should be started or abandoned without waiting 30 minutes for the referee.  

It should be remembered that the intent of the League is to have the outcome of matches decided on the field of play and not by the capricious application of this rule. On the other hand all teams have a duty to arrive at the field promptly. Delays can cause problems with later games.


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7.3 Number of Players and Ball Size 

The number of players for a Division I, II, III or IV game is 11 max, 7 min.
The number for Divisions V and VI is 8 max, 6 min.

A size 5 ball shall be used in Division I, II and III games.
A size 4 ball shall be used in Division IV and V games.
A size 3 ball shall be used in Division VI games. 


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7.4 Before the Game Starts 

7.4.1 Game Cards 

Prior to the start of the game make sure you have filled out the Game Card (Report).

  1. The packet distributed at the mandatory coaches' meeting contains game cards for each of the games to be played.
  2. Use the game card listing the correct Home Team and Away team. Note: If you use the wrong game card the scores and standings will be incorrect and may negatively impact referee coverage for a future game.
  3. In the event of emergencies that render the original game card unusable, such as when a game is postponed due to weather during the first half and the game must be replayed, contact the Games Chair or Web Manager for a replacement card. You must then fill in all the relevant information on the card.
  4. Enter player's uniform numbers and player pass number and other information on the roster sections of the game cards. Enter names of all coaches on the sideline on the roster sections of the game cards.  (Please use waterproof ink in case of rain.)
  5. The completed game card is given to the referee prior to the match when the teams are checked in.
  6. The referee exchanges one of the roster sections of the game card between coaches before the start of the game and keeps the other as well as the section of the game card on which the score will be reported.
  7. The referee writes his/her name and any Assistant Referee name(s) on the referee evaluation form part of the game card and returns it to the coach.

7.4.2 Player Passes 

Also be sure that you have your player passes. Players will not be allowed to play without a valid player pass. If you have any doubts about an opposing player's eligibility, you may raise them with the referee before the start of play or the entry of the challenged player into the match. Challenged players shall be permitted to participate. The referee will note the challenge on the game card. Protests may be filed with the league regarding events involving challenged players. 

Players who will be late should be identified. If they arrive before the start of the second half, they must present themselves to the referee, together with their player pass. Players arriving after the start of the second half, will not be allowed to participate in the match, unless the team is playing with fewer than 11 in a full sided game or 8 in a small sided game. 

7.4.3 Captains 

The coach should assign captains to represent their team and participate in the tossing of the coin to determine kickoff/field half. In the older Divisions, the captains are often permanent. They must understand that their role is to control their team and not represent them in objecting to referee calls. Neither FIFA nor the MCYSA recognize the concept of "Speaking Captains". 

7.4.4 Assistant Referees (Linespersons) 

Prior to the game, if assistant referees have not been assigned, each team shall provide to the referee a person to act as an assistant referee, commonly known as a linesperson. The referee will instruct the linespersons as to their duties. This is usually to indicate when the ball goes over the touch line by raising a flag that will be provided by the referee. These linespersons should not coach the team from this position and should be adults. 

7.4.5 Referee Evaluation Form 

At check in, the referee shall detach a Referee Evaluation Form from the game card and return it to each coach, having filled in his or her name on the form. If the referee does not do so, ask for it. This form is crucially important in evaluating our referees.  Coaches are to submit this information online after each game using the Coaches Game Score and Referee Evaluation form.  Your comments will be reviewed by the MCYSA Senior Referee. 

7.4.6 Paying the Referee 

Commencing with the Fall 2004 season referee fees are split between the two teams for ALL games. Each team is responsible for having sufficient funds available for each game.  Commencing with the Fall 2010 season, Division IV games will have Multi Referee Systems assigned to their games.  The current referee fee structure has been updated: 


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Current Referee Fees - as of FALL 2011
Division Age Bracket Single Referee Multi Referee System
One Referee Two Referees Three Referees
Divisions I U17, U18, U19 $35 each team
$  70
total
$ 55 each team
$110 total

$ 75 each team
$150 total

CENTER
$ 35 each team
$70 total
AR1
$ 20 each team
$40 total
CENTER
$ 35 each team
$70 total
AR1
$ 20 each team
$40 total

AR2
$ 20 each team
$40 total

Divisions II U15, U16 $35 each team
$  70
total
$ 55 each team
$110 total

$ 75 each team
$150 total

CENTER
$ 35 each team
$70 total
AR1
$ 20 each team
$40 total
CENTER
$ 35 each team
$70 total
AR1
$ 20 each team
$40 total

AR2
$ 20 each team
$40 total

Division III U13, U14 $ 30 each team
$60 total
$ 45 each team
$90 total

$ 60 each team
$120 total

CENTER
$ 30 each team
$60 total
AR1
$ 15 each team
$30 total
CENTER
$ 30 each team
$60 total
AR1
$ 15 each team
$30 total

AR1
$ 15 each team
$30 total

Division IV U11, U12 $ 25 each team
$50
total
$ 38 each team
$76 total

$ 51 each team
$102 total

CENTER
$ 25 each team

$50
total
AR1
$ 13 each team
$26 total
CENTER
$ 25 each team

$50
total
AR1
$ 13 each team
$26 total
AR1
$ 13 each team
$26 total
Division V U09, U10 $25 each team
$  50
total

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Division VI U08 $20 each team
$  40
total

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Fee Chart updated 09/07/11
Change to Division 3 fees approved at May 2011 LC Meeting
Division 3 - Center Referee from $50 to $60, and Division 4 - Center referee from $44 to $50, commencing with Fall 2011 season.

The referee has the final word on field conditions, markings, nets, corner flags, balls, weather, players and time. 

7.4.7 No Referee 

  1. Division I and II games must be officiated by a licensed and assigned referee. However, in Divisions IV, V and VI, if the Referee does not show within 30 minutes of the scheduled kick-off time the opposing coaches must agree to an alternate. If the coaches cannot agree, each coach shall officiate for one half. The home coach should officiate the first half and the visiting coach, the second half.
  2. Division III games must be officiated by a licensed referee. If the assigned referee does not show within 30 minutes of the scheduled kick off time, the opposing coaches may agree to an alternate licensed referee. If no alternate licensed referee is available, the match may not be played. Instead it must be rescheduled. The home team shall notify the Games Chair, the Referee Assignor and the Senior Referee.
  3. In Divisions IV, V and VI, if the assigned referee does not show within 30 minutes of the scheduled kick-off time or if no referee has been assigned, the opposing coaches must agree to an alternate referee, who need not be licensed. If the coaches cannot agree, each coach shall officiate for one half. The home coach will officiate the first half and the visiting coach, the second half.

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7.5 During the Game 

7.5.1 Positioning on the Sides of the Field 

Players and coaches having proper coaches' cards from both teams shall occupy one side of the field. The parents and spectators of both teams shall occupy the opposite side of the field. A team shall he permitted to have no more than three (3) carded coaches on the side with players and coaches, one of whom may be a carded "Youth Trainer." A "Youth Trainer" is a trainer under the age of 18 working with a coach. A minor will not be issued a coach's pass and may not be left with a team without proper adult supervision (coach). An "F" license is required to be a "Youth Trainer." The "Youth Trainer" pass is free and may be obtained from the NJYSA Office. A "Player/Coach Status Form" marked "Youth Trainer" should accompany the pass to be validated by the District Commissioner. 

The home team will choose which side of the field the teams / coaches will be on as well as which end of the field (on which side of mid field) their players / coaches will be. Coaches must remain on their end of the field within 10 yards of mid field. 

If no Assistant Referee is in attendance, a club linesman shall be permitted on the side with players and coaches 

7.5.2 Coach and Spectator Conduct 

Coaching is to be done within the area described above. This area shall constitute the "technical area". Substitutions should be done from the half way line, taking players off before sending players on. Running the length of the touchline is not permitted. Encouraging and complimenting players is definitely supported. Coaches must remain in the technical area and may convey tactical instructions to players during the game. 

Good sportsmanship is a major objective both on and off the field. MCYSA will take disciplinary action against coaches and clubs who have fan behavior problems. The players, spectators, referee, or assistant referees should not be subjected to poor behavior from the sidelines. If the referee does not get the cooperation of those at the game to conduct themselves in a sporting manner, the referee may abandon the match. The circumstances will be reported to the MCYSA Discipline Chair. Our youth deserve the best competition in the best sporting environment. 

Spectators, players and coaches should stand back from the touchline about 5 Yards. This important space conveys a sense of detachment from the field action. 

No alcoholic beverages of any kind are permitted at league games. 

7.5.3 Attire 

It is the responsibility of all teams to favorably represent their Clubs by being presentably attired at the games. This envisions a team with identical shirts bearing individual player numbers on the back, shorts, and over-the-calf socks.

As required by FIFA, players are expected to have their shirts tucked in, socks pulled up and shoes tied. The referee has been instructed to enforce this dress code. 

Club colors shall be as set forth in Section 2.8

Goalkeepers will wear a color to distinguish themselves from the field players. They need not wear a numbered jersey. They may wear long pants, gloves, pads, or soft billed cap.  

Shoes must be of the soccer type. Baseball cleats are not allowed. 

To protect players, and as required by FIFA, shin guards are mandatory for MCYSA competitions.  

The referee will insure that all players are wearing shin guards and are safely attired as part of the inspection of player equipment before the start of the match. No player shall be allowed to play without shin guards. 

No player shall be permitted to play while wearing jewelry of any type, except religious items and medical alert devices, all of which shall be taped to the body.

In cold weather, players may wear warm garments under their shirts. Division IV, V. and VI players may wear sweat pants under the shorts. Matching colors are recommended. 

Players may wear gloves or knee pads with the permission of the referee. Cut-off sweat pants and such worn beneath the shorts must not extend below the shorts. Slide pants (Spandex) worn under player shorts may extend below the shorts but must match the color of the player's shorts. 

Sweat bands, hair ties and such may be worn when the referee determines that they are property secured and do not pose a distraction to others or give an advantage to the wearer. 

Medical items such as knee braces may be permitted when no metal is exposed and the referee feels they meet safety requirements. No casts are of any type are allowed, padded or not.  

7.5.4 Game Conditions and Game Duration 

The referee has the final word on field conditions, markings, nets. corner flags, ball, weather, players and time. 

The duration of the games are:  

Duration of Games
Division   Halves Rest Period
Divisions I U17, U18, U19 45 minutes 5 minute half time
Divisions II U15, U16 45 minutes 5 minute half time
Division III U13, U14 40 minutes 5 minute half time
Division IV U11, U12 35 minutes 5 minute half time
Division V U09, U10 30 minutes 5 minute half time
Division VI U08 25 minutes 5 minute half time

The time is maintained by the referee who may add playing time to make up for injuries or significant delays that have occurred. Substitutions are made with the clock running. 

7.5.5 Substitutions  

The League policy is that free substitution is permitted during the entire game. Unlimited substitutions may be made by either team: 

  • On its own throw-in
  • At a goal kick by either team
  • At an injury stoppage
  • At the end of the half
  • After a goal has been scored
  • If a player is substituted for as the result of an injury, the other team may substitute on a one for one basis.

In addition, in Div 1-3 any player receiving a caution must leave the field, the coach has the option to replace the player or play down until the next stoppage of play. At the next stoppage of play, the team playing down may with the referees permission, substitute a player. In divisions 4-6, a player receiving a yellow card may be substituted for at the option of his/her coach during the stoppage of play when the caution is given.

Substitutions are done only with the referee's permission. When done to delay the game, the referee may refuse permission. Substitution is done while the clock runs, players off before on, at the halfway line. 

7.5.6 Suspended and Abandoned Games 

If the referee must abandon the game due to weather or field conditions and the first half of the game has been competed plus the half time rest period, the game will be considered a complete game and the score will stand. Otherwise, the entire game must be replayed.  Every attempt shall be made to complete every game. 

If the referee abandons the game at any time during the match due to discipline problems, the MCYSA Discipline Committee will decide the outcome of the game. 


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7.6 After the Game 

7.6.1 Handshake  

MCYSA recommends that players shake hands with their opponents after the game. The handshake should occur at the halfway line. It is good form for coaches to shake hands with each other and the referee. Captains and older players typically shake hands with referees. 

The post-game hand shake at the halfway line between opposing teams and coaches is a soccer tradition. It should be observed in MCYSA. Hopefully the game will have been conducted in such away that the handshake will be a meaningful exercise. If it is not, then we have failed a little, and all parties need to re-think their motives for participation in the great game of Soccer.  

7.6.2 Referee Evaluation Form 

Coaches shall submit the Referee Evaluation to the Senior Referee via the online Score Report and Referee Evaluation form on our website.  (Game Score report and Referee Evaluation are included in the Score Report & Referee Evaluation submission form.)

7.6.3 Reporting the Score 

At the end of the game make sure that the Referee has the correct score recorded on both game cards. Each coach must sign both cards to confirm the game result. The Referee is responsible for mailing the Discipline Report to the Discipline Chair immediately after the game.  Referees are to submit the game report section to the Games Chair using the online MCYSA REFEREE GAME REPORT form on our website.  If there is no official referee, both coaches must sign and mail their respective game reports. The results listed on the game reports are the official result of the game. Your signature is your acceptance of the score as reported on the game card. 

In the event a team does not arrive to play the game, the referee will mail the game report to the Games Chair, or, in the event there was no referee, the coach of the team which was present will mail his/her game report to the Games Chair.

Be sure to obtain the return of your player passes and coach's passes from the referee. 

Both coaches must report the game results the evening of the game date via the online Score Report and Referee Evaluation on our website.  (Game Score report and Referee Evaluation are included in the Score Report & Referee Evaluation submission form.) Games not reported within two weeks of the game date will be recorded as unplayed and listed as a Double Forfeit. 

The home team shall also contact the Games Chair if a game has not been played and shall state the reason why.


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1999 thru 2012 MCYSA - Morris County Youth Soccer Association

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