San Antonio SSC Soccer Rules
Updated February, 2014
SAN ANTONIO SSC LEAGUE POLICIES
There is no maximum number of players allowed on a team’s roster provided all players have signed the Team Roster and Waiver Form. It is the responsibility of all team captains to ensure players are in compliance with this policy. Teams have up until the third week of the season to make changes to their roster. After the third week, rosters will be frozen. Roster changes that require additional T-Shirts will be subject to availability. All roster changes must be communicated to and approved by the league office.
To be eligible to participate in the league, each player must sign the team waiver form. Waivers can be downloaded by clicking here. Captains are required to turn in completed waiver forms to a San Antonio SSC Coordinator prior to their first game. Players not present for their team’s first game must still submit a signed waiver form prior to participating.
Players that register individually agree to the waiver policy electronically, so there is no need to submit a separate waiver form.
All SSC participants must be 21 years of age or older prior to their first scheduled game.
Players that have participated in Division 1 Collegiate or Professional sports must be a minimum of two years removed from participation to be eligible to play in a similar San Antonio SSC sport.
Players may only be on one roster for any given sport on a given night, regardless of if multiple divisions are offered. Violation of this rule may result in game forfeiture by both teams.
The San Antonio SSC reserves the right to request a photo ID from any player at any time for any reason.
Roster checks will be performed by a San Antonio SSC Gameday Coordinator at the request of the challenging team. Only individual players may be challenged. Entire teams may not be challenged. The challenging team must provide legitimate reasons for submitting a roster check request. Challenging teams must report their intention to initiate a roster check to an SSC Official as soon as possible to ensure the preservation of playing time. Teams lose the ability to challenge a player’s eligibility after halftime, except in the case of a late-arriving player.
Everyone loves a little competition, but one team dominating a league season after season can spoil the fun for everybody.
If a team retaining more than six players has won three championships in consecutive seasons for which they have been registered, the San Antonio SSC will have the option to, in its discretion, request that team to form two or more separate teams to promote parity in the league or withdraw their registration. That team will then have the opportunity to form two separate teams with each subsequent roster approved by the SSC.
We are all adults, and the SSC expects all participants to act like it. Unsportsmanlike behavior may result in that player being ejected from the game. An ejection may result in further suspension from participation in current and/or future SSC sports and events. Ejected players are required to leave the playing area immediately. Refusal to leave the playing area may result in a team forfeit and/or further suspension.
OVERLY COMPETITIVE PLAYERS:
All San Antonio SSC sports are intended to be recreational. Any player who is deemed to be excessively competitive and/or overly aggressive may be removed from competition at the discretion of an SSC staff member.
San Antonio SSC T-Shirts are your team’s uniforms. All players must wear the appropriate color uniform with the current San Antonio SSC front logo to participate. Past season’s uniforms are not permitted, even if they are the correct color. Any player not wearing the appropriate uniform will be sidelined for that game.
The San Antonio SSC T-Shirt must be worn on the outside of any jacket or sweatshirt worn during play.
Players are permitted to modify their uniforms in any way provided they do not cover up or obscure any of the logos printed on the shirts.
If a team is short the minimum number of players to play a regulation game, the game will be ruled a forfeit.
If the forfeiting team is short the minimum number of players to play an exhibition game, a $50 forfeit fine will be assessed. This fine is transferred in full in the form of a gift card or voucher to the offended team who showed up with no game to play. Provided the fine is paid on time, the offended team can collect the forfeit fine from a San Antonio SSC Coordinator the following week.
Forfeit fines must be paid prior to the end of the offending team’s next scheduled game. Payment can be made to an SSC Coordinator by either cash or check made payable to “San Antonio SSC”. Unpaid forfeit fines may result in additional forfeits and/or suspension from the league. Teams with outstanding fines from past seasons will be barred from future registration in any San Antonio SSC sport or event until they are paid in full.
If game forfeiture notice is submitted to the San Antonio SSC via email (email@example.com) by 5:00 PM on the preceding day (Friday for weekend games), no forfeit fine will be assessed.
The minimum number of players to play an officiated exhibition game, and avoid the forfeit fine, is four.
Whenever possible, the San Antonio SSC will separate divisions based on playing experience and/or ability. In the event multiple divisions are not possible, all players will be placed into a single division.
Division placement for all teams will be at the sole discretion of the San Antonio SSC.
Any team that wins a super social championship will automatically be placed in the social division for the next season in which they participate. Top finishers from the previous season may also be moved up at the discretion of the San Antonio SSC.
Any player, or team based on the majority of their players, that is determined to be in the incorrect division may, at any point during the season, be asked to switch divisions at the discretion of the SSC.
Whenever possible, the San Antonio SSC will hold a single-elimination playoff tournament after the regular season has concluded. The number of teams to advance to this playoff tournament will vary from season to season based on team records and available venue space. The playoff tournament may be held on a day and time other than the normal day and time of regular season games.
GAME RESCHEDULING POLICY:
In the event of inclement weather or any other event that causes games to be postponed, the San Antonio SSC will make every effort to reschedule all games. In the event of multiple cancellations, the San Antonio SSC reserves the option to shorten the regular season and/or the play-off schedule. Make-up games may be scheduled on days other than the regularly scheduled days of the week. Neither refunds nor pro-rated refunds will be given if the season is shortened due to inclement weather or due to actions taken by the venue.
The maximum number of players on the field is 8 (standard: 5 men, 3 women); minimum number of players is 6 (4 men, 2 women). If there are only 2 women, 5 men may still play. However, there cannot be more than 5 men on the field under any circumstance. There are no limits to the number of women on the field at one time.
Players are no longer required to line judge.
BEVERAGES AT FIELDS:
No visible alcohol is allowed at the STAR Complex. This means all beer must be in a plastic cup (clear cups are not permitted). Carrying 12 packs or storing them on sidelines is also not allowed. Please keep all beverages and cases in a cooler or paper bag.
FIELD OF PLAY:
Will be approximately 70 x 50. The goals are 7 x 21.
Will be regulation size 5. The league will provide a game ball, or any team ball can be used if agreed by both teams.
Are allowed on any out of bounds ball.
All players must wear shin guards. No metal cleats, hard knee braces, hats, or jewelry will be allowed. Smooth wedding bands are the only jewelry allowed. Unpadded hard casts are not allowed. Soft casts cannot be heavier than the normal arm.
Enforce the laws and maintain safety. They will have the last word. Excessive arguing will result in a yellow card.
Of the game is two 22 minute halves separated by a 3 to 5 minute half time. Regular season games may end in a tie. If for any reason the game should be cancelled with more than half of the game played, the game and the score is considered final.
Games tied after regulation go directly to penalty kicks. Kicks must be taken by 3 men and 2 women, in any order. All shootout kicks are worth one point. If after 5 kicks the score is still tied, kicks will be made with remaining players with no player kicking twice until everyone has gone. Extra kicks will be taken alternating men and women until one team wins.
OUT OF PLAY:
Is when the ball wholly crosses the boundary or when the play is stopped by the referee.
Must occur on every possession started before midfield. The touch can take place on either side of the field. If a goal is scored and this did not happen, the goal is waived off and a goal kick is awarded to the opposing team. If a pass is stolen on the oppositions side by a male, he is allowed to continue to goal and score without a female touch.
Is scored when the ball completely crosses the goal line. Male goals are worth 1 point, female goals are worth 2 points. A female goal is where the initial shot or deflection by a female causes the ball to cross the goal plane. Ruling a female goal is at the discretion of the referee.
There are none.
FOULS AND MISCONDUCT:
San Antonio SSC issues yellow cards only a warning and “cooling” off for players who are either dangerous or dissenting. If a yellow card is issued the player is sent off and can not return for 2 minutes and your team plays a man down, no matter if a goal is scored during the 2 minutes. If the referee deems a players repeated misconduct to warrant a red card, it will be issued. If a red card is issued the team has to play a man down for the remainder of the game and the player may have to sit at least one additional game, pending review by the league.
No sliding tackles, period. If a slide is near a player, intentional or not, a foul will be called and a yellow card may be issued.
Can be direct & indirect, depending on the foul. The defending team must give 7 yards.
Will be awarded at the referees discretion on whether the foul stopped a goal or a scoring chance. The goal box has no bearing on whether the foul warrants a penalty kick. Anyone can take the penalty kick and a female penalty kick goal is worth 2 points. The goalie in goal at the time of the foul must face the kick.
Are taken at any point within the semi-circle. Opposing players must be out of the goal box. Goal kicks or throws do not have to touch the field of play or a player, before crossing the midfield.
No change. You cannot move the corner flag to take a corner kick. Corners are direct.
May use their hands in the goal box.
San Antonio SSC is not responsible for any refunds at any time during the season. If a party cannot continue the season, is the responsibility of that party to replace themselves on the roster if they so choose. Also they must notify the San Antonio SSC office of the change.
Are single elimination with seeding based on regular season standings. The number of teams to make the tournament changes per season. The maximum goal differential for a single game will be capped at +10, forfeits will be recorded at 10-0.
All other rules not mentioned follow FIFA guidelines.
1. Head to Head (3 or more clubs: best won-lost-tied percentage in games among the clubs.)
2. Strength of Schedule
3. Points against
4. Point differential
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