CWSL - Rules/Policies

Game Start:  All games will start on time. The referee's timer will start at the scheduled game start time. There will be a 5 minute grace period to determine if the game is deemed a forfeit. As soon as both teams have at least 7 players, players should take the field. Teams must forfeit if they have less than 7 players after the 5 minute grace period.

Uniforms: Players must wear their team shirt.  If they are a returning player, they may wear a CWSL shirt from prior seasons given it is the same color. Shirts MUST have a number on the back.  Shin guards are REQUIRED.

Pets: Our contract excludes us from allowing pets to be on the fields during the games -- YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR PETS AT HOME. If you have friends or family coming to the games, please let them know pets are not allowed at the fields. We love pets, and have pets, but we must abide by our contract. If we are in violation of our contract, we may be kicked off the fields and have nowhere to play.

Sliding/Slide Tackling : SLIDING/SLIDE TACKLING IS NOT ALLOWED. Please be careful and stay in control.. A caution (yellow card) will be given for the first offense, ejection (red card) for a second offense. ** Goal keepers are allowed to slide WITHIN the penalty box when making a play on the ball.**

Safety is #1 - we Remember we all have lives off the soccer field and an injury would not only affect us, but also our families.


FIGHTING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED: The referee will red card the player(s) and send the player(s) off the field. The Disciplinary Panel will meet with the team captains and involved players and get the details on the situation. A decision will then be made, and the player(s) will be contacted by telephone of the consequences of their actions. **Do we want to contact them via email, to have it in writing?


Handballs: a player shall be called for deliberately handling, carrying, striking or propelling the ball with the hand or arm (i.e. hand to ball or seeking to get an advantage). The denying of a goal is an automatic red card.


Off-sides: a player in an offside position is only called (off-sides), if at the moment the ball touches or is played by one of her teammates and there are not two opponents nearer the goal line by: 1) interfering with play / opponent or 2) gaining an advantage by being in that position. Off-sides is determined when the ball is played.


Language: any incidental use of vulgar or profane language - first gets a warning, but after a warning, a yellow card will be issued. It will depend on manner, who it is directed to and who hears it. Using insulting, offensive language or gestures will result in an automatic red card.


Yellow/Red Cards: This is a recreational league. A yellow card may be given at the discretion of the referee.


Three yellow cards during the season is equal to one red card. Your first red card you will be sent off the field for the remainder of the game and suspended for the next game. If you verbally abuse the referee after you receive your red card you will be suspended for at least one additional game. Your second red card you will be suspended for the remainder of the season.


DISCIPLINARY PANEL:  A panel of current players from various teams (Excluding captains and league managers) to determine if disciplinary actions to be assessed to any player showing behavior detrimental to the league.

SPORTSMANSHIP -- Please remember this is a recreational soccer league.


Overtime

Regular Season:  There is NO Overtime for Regular Season Games.


Playoffs -- 1 st Round & Semi-Finals:

o There will be One 5-minute overtime

o Still Tied -- One 5-minute Golden Goal overtime will be played (first team to score wins).

o Still Tied -- Penalty kicks - each team will pick 5 players (from those on the field at the end of overtime)

who will alternate kicks. The higher seeded team can choose to kick first or second.

o Still Tied -- Each team will choose one player to kick until there is a winner. All players on the field at

the end of overtime must kick before anyone from the bench can be chosen.


Playoffs -- Finals

o There will be One 10-minutes

o Still Tied -- One 10-minute Golden Goal overtime will be played (first team to score wins)

o Still Tied -- Penalty kicks - each team will pick 5 players (from those on the field at the end of overtime) who will alternate kicks. The higher seeded team can choose to kick first or second.

o Still Tied -- Each team will choose one player to kick until there is a winner. All players on the field at the end of overtime must kick before anyone from the bench can be chosen

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