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NO ALCOHOL ON THE FIELDS OR IN THE DUGOUT. PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE CITY RULES REGARDING THE SPECIFIC FIELD YOU ARE PLAYING ON!!

SOCCER RULES

  1. ELIGIBILITY/ROSTERS
  1. All participants must be in good health to participate.  SFCS reserves the right to deny participation to any individual or team without explanation. Every participant must follow  SFCS rules and regulations. All participants of each league/tournament/event/season must accept an online waiver of liability to participate. Failure or refusal to waive liability will result in the denial of participation for that individual and will void any refund. All SFCS leagues and social events have a minimum age requirement of 18 years old.
  2. Every player must preregister online, accept the league waiver, prepay in full (if applicable), wear a SFCS uniform, and provide a photo ID before playoff games. Registration will be open up to the last day of the regular season. Players will not be accepted after registration has closed. Every player is limited to one roster per league per season.
  3. MINIMUM PLAYERS: A minimum of 8 players from the team's roster must be present at game time or the team will forfeit the game.
  4. INJURED PLAYERS: If a player is injured during a game, captain must notify umpire to remove injured player from line-up card with no additional penalty (unless the injured player is a female and her removal falls behind the required ratio -- then becomes an automatic out). An injured player that has been removed from line-up cannot return to the game.
  5. PICKUP PLAYERS: Pickup players are NOT allowed during the playoffs. Any pickup players during the regular season must be signed on a SFCS roster for another team for that particular night/location. Failure to do so, even if discovered after the fact, may result in a forfeit. Shorthanded teams may pick up other league members up to 11 players on the field.  Picking up additional league members once a team is at full strength is prohibited.  Late arrivals must replace fill-ins from other teams, not teammates. Fill-ins must wear their own team uniform, which will allow the opposing team and  SFCS staff to determine player eligibility.  Opposing captains may waive any and all of these restrictions.  ANYONE CAUGHT USING ILLEGAL PLAYERS DURING PLAYOFFS WILL FORFEIT THEIR GAME AUTOMATICALLY.
  6. FORFEITS: A forfeit will not be declared until 10 minutes after the scheduled starting time. Referee calls game time. A forfeit will be counted as a 7-0 win.Team captains must contact/notify a SFCS Director when his/her team is going to forfeit.  Failure to contact/notify a  SFCS director regarding a team forfeit could result in a $25-$50 fine and possible expulsion from the league with no refunds.  Two forfeits by any team during a single season will result in expulsion from the league with no refunds.  A team using a suspended or ineligible player forfeits all games that the suspended/ineligible player participates in. Teams knowingly using such a player may face additional sanctions.

  1. GAME PLAY

  1. PLAYER CONDUCT 
  1. EJECTIONS:  Players ejected from any league may be required to serve a one game suspension pending league review (this may included a 2nd game of a night if a team has a doubleheader and is the call of SFCS field staff). Fighting, wrestling, or pushing will not be tolerated and may result in multi-game suspensions or ejection from the league altogether. Verbal abuse of officials or players, fighting, foul language, and continued rough play could result in player ejections.
  2. PHYSICAL DISTRACTIONS: No yelling at a defensive player as they are making a play will be allowed. Doing so MAY result in a foul being assessed and possible ejection of the offending player.
  3. PROFANITY: Profanity will not be tolerated and may be grounds for players being called out or ejected on the discretion of the referee.
  4. ALCOHOL is prohibited from all City & County parks unless others noted.  Teams caught drinking are risking the permit for everyone in the league.  Head to the bar after the game and don’t be “THAT GUY” that screws everyone else out of being able to play.  This could lead to a warning or forfeiting of games and possible team removal.
  1. PLAYOFFS
  1. FORMAT: Tournament is single elimination with seeding based on regular season standings. All teams make the tournament.
  2. SEEDING: Standings/Rankings are based on 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss, and -1 point for a forfeit. There is no overtime or extra period for regular season games that end in a tie.  In the event that two or more teams have equal points at the end of the regular season, the first tiebreaker will be head-to-head competition.  The second tiebreaker will be season goal differential (difference of goals scored and goals allowed).
  3. MERCY RULE: There is a 8 goal mercy rule after 45 minutes.
  4. ELIGIBLE PLAYERS: All players, including added players, must sign their team's roster/waiver BEFORE the end of their team's final regular season game in order to be eligible to play in the tournament. If a player is not signed in on the roster by then, they are not eligible for the tournament. Playing with ineligible players may result in a forfeit. This call will be made by TBCS staff.  It is the responsibility of the team captains to make sure all players entering the field are eligible players for all games.
  5. REGULAR SEASON 8th GAME: sometimes a team may play more then the 7 regular season games due to an odd number of teams.  If the team plays an 8th game the score stats and win/loss for the 8th game will not count toward standings for that team (just the team with 7 games) but will be counted if as a head-to-head tiebreaker.
  6. 11/4/13 NEW RULE--Benches are reserved for players only.  Spectators will be removed at referees discretion.

  1. EQUIPMENT
  1. Every player must wear a South Florida Club Sport uniform on the field (goalies will wear an appropriate goalie uniform).  Team captains can submit color preferences in writing.  If one or more players do not bring their uniform on a given week, they may exchange shirts on the sideline in order to participate.  Players cannot wear uniforms inside-out.  Additional uniforms may be purchased for $10 each. Teams must give SFCS staff advance notice if they wish to purchase/acquire additional uniforms.  If a team is shorthanded and picks up other league members, those other league members must wear their own team uniform.
  2. Shinguards are required for all leagues and tournaments.  SFCS does not supply/sell shinguards. It is the responsibility of each player to provide his/her own shinguards.  Shinguards must be made of a durable plastic material and must not pose a danger to anyone on the field.  
  3. CLEATS: No metal spikes are allowed. Wearing metal cleats is an ejectable offense.
  4. JEWELRY: No jewelry can be worn during the games, for the safety of all players.

If you are having difficulty interpreting the rules, please ASK!

If a rule is not stated above, please refer to FIFA Soccer Rules.