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OBYSA SOCCER RULES
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION SOCCER RULES WILL GOVERN
ALL PLAY WITH THE EXCEPTION OF LOCAL RULES PROVIDED HEREIN.
- Kindergarten Division: The game shall be played with no more than five (5) players on the field (including the goalkeeper). A game may not be started with less than four (4) players on a team. If a team has less than four (4) eligible players at the scheduled time of the game, it shall be forfeited.
- Grades 1-2 Division: The game shall be played with no more than six (6) players on the field (including the goalkeeper). A game may not be started with less than five (5) players on a team. If a team has less than five (5) eligible players at the scheduled time of the game, it shall be forfeited.
- Grades 3-5 Division: The game shall be played with no more than eight (8) players on the field (including the goal keeper). A game may not be started with less than five (5) players on a team. If a team has less than five (5) eligible players at the scheduled time of the game, it shall be forfeited.
- Grades 6-8 Division: The game shall be played with no more than eight (8) eligible players on the field. A game may not be started with less than five (5) eligible players on a team. If a team has less than five (5) eligible players at the schedule time of the game, it shall be forfeited. There must be at least 3 female players on the field at any given time during the game.
- Mandatory Substitution: In the spirit of recreation play, each player must play at least one half of the game. There will be a mandatory substitution for all players on the bench at each quarter of the game. Players that come off the bench to enter the game at this point cannot be substituted for. However you may substitute for those players who have their required playing time for the first half. Coaches may freely substitute during the second half (third & fourth quarters). The clock will be stopped between the 3rd and the fourth quarter to allow those players that have not yet played half of the game an opportunity to enter the game.
POSITION OF PLAYERS
- The team winning the coin toss shall have the option of: choosing which end of the field to defend or taking the kickoff.
- Teams shall exchange goal lines after each half or between the 2nd and the 3rd period and each overtime period.
- For the Kindergarten division only, substitutions will be made “on the fly”.
- In all other leagues substitutions may occur:
(Mandatory participation must be followed)
- between periods
- on a goal kick
- when a goal is scored
- when an injured player or players is attended to on the field
- when a player is cautioned or disqualified.
f. the team in possession of the ball for a throw in may substitute.
g. have substitutions ready at half field before stoppage of play.
h. substitutions may not come onto the field until the player that they are replacing completely leaves the field.
SPECIFIC LOCAL RULES
- HEADING: Heading is not allowed in the Kindergarten or 1-2 Divisions. Heading in these divisions will result in a free kick for the other team. Heading is also not allowed in the 3-5 Divisions. The result of a headed ball will be a free kick for the other team. However in the 3-5 Division only, if the referee feels that the player could not have avoided the header, the referee MAY allow play to continue. Goals scored from headers in any of these divisions will be disallowed.
- GOAL KICKS: Kindergarten and 1-2 Divisions only: When a team is awarded a goal kick, the opposing team must back up to midfield and be behind the midfield line when the ball is kicked. Any violation of this rule will be a retake of the goal kick.
GOALKEEPER CHANGE WITH FIELD PLAYER
The goalkeeper may change places with a player on the field at any time a substitution is allowed, provided the uniforms are legal. A child will not play goalkeeper for more than ½ of a game. Other than at Halftime, any time a goalkeeper is changed an official shall be notified. Please limit goalkeeper changes to 1 per quarter if possible due to time constraints.
- Illegal Equipment
- Hair control devices may be worn, if made of soft material and not for adornment. Items not worn specifically for hair control are excessive.
- Players shall not wear jewelry with the exception of medical medals, which shall be taped inside the uniform if worn. Tape over an earring(s) will not be allowed.
- Shin guards must be worn.
- Mouthpieces should be worn.
- No bandannas or hats.
- Player’s jerseys may not be altered.
DURATION OF GAME AND LENGTH OF PERIOD
- Length of Period: In the event a game MUST be suspended because of conditions that make it impossible to continue play, the head referee shall declare it an official game if ONE complete half or more of the game has been played. The game may be rescheduled from the start or restarted from the suspension of play according to state association adaptation.
- Divisions/Game times: Kindergarten will play four 10 minute quarters with a running clock. There will be a 5 minute half time. Grades 1-2 will play four 10 minute quarters with a 5 minute half time. Grades 3-5 will play four 12 minute quarters with a 5 minute half time. Grades 6-8 Division will play two 25 minute halves with a 5 minute half. There will be a 1 minute break halfway through to allow for substitutions.
- Scoring: Score will not be kept in Kindergarten league.
- Tie Games: Tie games will be counted as 1 point toward the standings. No overtimes during regular season.
- Over-time during playoffs: Playoffs will only occur if schedules permit. If the game is tied at the end of regulation play one (1) – 10 minute sudden death overtime will be played in which the first team to score a goal will be declared the winner. A coin flip at the start of overtime will determine direction and kickoff. If no one scores at the end of the overtime period a penalty kick shoot-out will occur.
In Kindergarten offside will not be called, except for intentional “cherry picking”. In grades 1-2 Divisions; offside will only be called inside the penalty box and penalty box extended to the touchlines. Grades 3-5 and 6-8 will play with the standard offside regulations.
TIME OUT AND ON
In all leagues, except kindergarten, the clock shall be stopped for a penalty kick, following the scoring of a goal and when an official orders time-out. The clock will stop during mandatory substitution.
TEAM CONTACT POLICY
The following team contact policy will be effective, following the Parks and Recreation guidelines.
- Coaches of kindergarten teams will not make more than two (2) contacts with players within a seven-day period, including games. In all other leagues, coaches will not make more than three (3) contacts with players on his her team within a seven-day period.
- Those contacts can be for practice sessions, games, or a combination of the two.
- Each contact period will not exceed 1 ½ hour. Kindergarten will not exceed 1 hour.
- Coaches are expected to make a contact with their team in the event the Board of Directors cancels games/practices due to inclement weather.
PENALTY: Coaches that violate the contact policy will be subject to suspension and dismissal as a coach of youth sports for the department
The decision to call a game due to weather that has already been started will be the determination of the referee. If a game has completed 2 quarters and is called due to weather, the game will be determined to be complete and no make-up will be rescheduled.
If there is inclement weather forecasted, the board of directors will make a decision as to whether or not the games will be played. Coaches please call Maggie at 252-513-0528 or Diane 256-0588 for updates on field and weather conditions. Or check FaceBook or the website www.obysa.com.. Every attempt at a make-up date will be made.
- A player, coach or anyone on the bench shall be cautioned (yellow card) for:
- Entering or leaving the field of play (except through the normal course of play) without the permission of an official.
- Persistent infringement of any of the rules of the game.
- Objected by word of mouth or action to any decision give by an official.
- Any incidental use of vulgar or profane language.
- Use of any tobacco products at the game site during the period of the jurisdiction of the officials.
- Any use of video replays or communicating with other persons by the use of electrical or mechanical amplifying devices, headphones or megaphones during the game or any intervals to assist coaching.
- Unsportsmanlike conduct; including, but not limited to:
- Coaching outside the team area;
- Unnecessary delay (kicking, throwing the ball away of a free kick, etc.);
- Holding a shirt, shorts, etc.;
- Deliberate verbal tactics;
- Intentional handball to stop an attack;
- Deliberate technical foul.
- PENALTY: A cautioned player shall be substituted for immediately and not return until the next legal substitution opportunity. An indirect free kick shall be awarded to the non-offending team from the spot of the ball, unless the game had been stopped for another reason calling for a different restart. NOTE: The National Federation disapproves of any form of taunting which is intended or designed to embarrass, ridicule or demean others under any circumstances, including on the basis of race, religion, gender, or national origin.
- A player, coach, or bench personnel in the team area shall be disqualified (yellow & red card) and the number of players on the field SHALL NOT be reduced for:
- A subsequent caution
- PENALTY: An indirect free kick shall be awarded to the non-offending team from the spot of the ball, unless the game had been stopped for another reason calling for a different restart.
- A player, coach, or bench personnel in the team area shall be disqualified (red card) for:
- Exhibiting violent conduct or committing serious foul play. Such as a player anywhere on the field (other than a goalkeeper within his/her own penalty area) intentionally handling a ball to prevent it from going into the goal; an intentional foul by a player against an opponent who is moving toward his/her offensive goal with an obvious opportunity to score; or spitting at another person.
- Using foul or abusive language;
- Leaving the team area to enter the field where a fight altercation is taking place unless summoned by an official.
- PENALTY: After the coach/player/bench personnel complies, the game shall be restarted by an indirect free kick from the spot of the ball, unless the game had been stopped for some reason calling for a different restart. NOTE: The rules committee strongly recommends that each state high school association adopt a policy wherein a disqualified player, disqualified under this article shall be barred from participating in the next contest.
- A disqualified player cannot be replaced except as in Article h. NOTE: Disqualified coaches shall be omitted from participating in the next contest. Second offense will be removal from the team for remainder of the season/tournament.
- Any player receiving three yellow cards during the season will be forced to miss their entire next game played. All yellow cards after that point will result in another game suspension.
- Once a coach/coaches has/have been cautioned for dissent or objecting by word of mouth to any decision given by an official the next offense will result in the following
- A subsequent offense will result in disqualification of the coach. An assistant coach or OBYSA volunteer will assume coaching duties for the remainder of the game. Further punishment will be at the discretion of the OBYSA Board of Directors.
- A team and coach area will be designated on each side of the field. This area will be marked by a solid line 2-yards back from the field and extend 10-yards on each side of the halfway line for a total distance of 20-yards. Coaches and team members will be restricted to the team area. Violation by the coaches will result in a caution. Second and subsequent violations will result in a penalty kick using the procedures stated above.
An integral part of soccer and any sport is sportsmanship and responsible behavior. The OBYSA Board of Directors asks that all concerned with youth activities judge themselves and each other on the following criteria: Respect for officials and opponents; poise; general attitude; conduct and behavior, general sportsmanship.
- Unsportsmanlike conduct by players or coaches before during or after a game will not be tolerated. If a coach/player/bench personnel is removed by the referee or OBYSA Board of Directors because of bad conduct, that person will be required to immediately leave the facility and not return for the duration of the day/night activity.
- Anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to participate in the program as a player, coach or bench personnel or allowed in the facility.
- PENALTY: Infractions involving misconduct, alcoholic beverages, and/or illegal drugs will be handled by the discretion of the OBYSA Board of Directors. If the severity of the conduct is such that deems dismissal for the remainder of the season and/or tournament that will be the action taken.