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Central Georgia Soccer Association

Adult Program Rules

Adult League Rules  

 

All Soccer Play Will be Governed by the Current Edition of the FIFA Laws of the Game with All Exceptions Detailed Below

 
Law 1 - The Field of Play
  • Field Length (touch lines) - maximum will be 85 yards, minimum will be 75 yards.
  • Field Width (goal lines) - maximum will be 55 yards, minimum will be 45 yards.
  • The Center Circle radius will be reduced to 8 yards.
  • The Penalty Area - penalty area dimensions will be 15 yards from the inside of each goal post and extend 15 yards from the goal lines.
  • The Penalty Arc - arc radius will be reduced to 8 yards.
  • Goals - goal width will be 6.5 yards, goal height will be 6.5 feet.

Law 3 - The Number of Players
  • A team will consist of 8 players.
  • A match may not start or continue if either team consists of less than 5 players.
  • Coed League Play
    • The team is required to field a minimum of 2 female players at all times.
    • A team that does not meet the minimum requirement of female players will reduce their number by the number of female players they are short.
  • Substitutions
    • There is no limit to the number of substitutions.
    • Substitutions may be made on any stoppage with referee’s permission.
    • Players substituting on the fly or without the referee’s permission will be cautioned.

Law 4 - Player Equipment
Shinguards are required - any player entering the field without shinguards will be cautioned, required to leave the field and not allowed to return to play until shinguards are in place and there is a stoppage in play.
  • All cleated shoes must be soccer specific (i.e. football cleats, baseball cleats, other sport specific cleats are not allowed).
  • Jewelry must not be worn.

Law 5 - The Referee
  • The referee has the full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game and any applicable exceptions noted in the Adult League rules.  All decisions by the referee with regards to the facts of play are final.

Law 6 - The Assistant Referee
  • Assistant referees will not be used.

Law 7 - The Duration of Play
  • A match will last 2 equal periods of 35 minutes.
  • The halftime interval will not exceed 5 minutes.

Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play
  • On a kickoff, the ball is in play when it is kicked and moves regardless of whether it moves forward or backwards.

Law 10 - The Method of Scoring
  • All goals scored by female attacking players will be counted as 2 goals.
  • Tie games will not be broken during regular season games.
  • Tie games during the playoffs will be decided by kicks from the penalty mark.
    • Each team will take 5 kicks from the mark.
    • At the conclusion of the 5 kicks from the mark, the team with more successful kicks will be declared the winner.
    • If there is still a tie after 5 kicks are taken by each team, each team will alternate kicks from the mark until one scores and one misses.
    • Players do not have to be on the field at the conclusion of regulation time to be eligible for kicks from the spot.

Law 11 - Offsides
  • The offsides rule will not be enforced.

Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct
  • A slide tackle in which the tackling player does not commit a foul punishable by a direct free kick (i.e. trip or kick the player) will be considered a dangerous play and result in an indirect free kick for the opposing team.
  • A player who consistently infringes on the ’no slide tackling’ rule will be cautioned or sent-off at the discretion of the referee.
  • Goalkeepers are allowed to go to the ground in order to block shots, block passes or challenge an opponent for possession of the ball.  They cannot, however, tackle the ball from an opponent by challenging feet first.
  • In the event that the ball is punted by the goalkeeper, an indirect kick will be awarded to the opposing team at the spot where the ball was punted from.

Law 13 - Free Kicks
  • All opponents must be 8 yards from the ball.

Law 14 - The Penalty Kick
  • All opponents must be 8 yards from the ball.
 

Other League Specific Rules/Discipline Procedure

All players must be at least 16 years old before the opening day of the season to be eligible for registration.

Prior to every game teams must provide proper rosters printed from the team central web site.

Anyone not registered with the USSSA system will not be included on the printed roster and is ineligible to play.

If a player’s eligibility is in question, the player is to provide valid identification (i.e. driver’s license) at the request of the referee or other league official.  Failure to provide proper ID will result in that player being ineligible for that game.

If a team fails to provide a proper roster when requested, the game will be considered a forfeit and will not be played.

If any team is caught playing a player that is not on their roster:
  1. The team will forfeit the game in which the ineligible player played and will additionally forfeit the next  game  on their schedule.
  2. Any team which plays ineligible players on multiple occasions will be expelled from the league without a refund.
  3. Any team which provides a fraudulent roster for play will be expelled from the league without a refund.
Red Cards
Any player who is sent-off (red carded) must leave the vicinity of the field of play before the game will restart.  If the player in question does not leave the vicinity in a timely manner or returns to the field area without permission of the referee, league director or CGSA board, his/her team will forfeit the game.

Any player who is sent off from a game will face at a minimum the suspensions outlined below:
  • Player is sent off for a Serious Foul Play – minimum suspension is 2 games, player must meet with the CGSA disciplinary council before returning to play.
  • Player is sent off for Violent Conduct - minimum suspension is 3 games, player must meet with the CGSA disciplinary council before returning to play.
  • Player is sent off for Spitting at an Opponent or Any Other Person - minimum suspension is 3 games, player must meet with the CGSA disciplinary council before returning to play.
  • Player is sent off for Denying the Opponent of an Obvious Scoring Opportunity by Deliberately Handling the Ball – minimum suspension is 1 game.
  • Player is sent off for Denying the Opponent of an Obvious Scoring Opportunity by an Offence Punishable by Free Kick or Penalty Kick - minimum suspension is 1 game.
  • Player is sent off for Using Offensive, Insulting, or Abusive Language and/or Gestures - minimum suspension is 2 games, player must meet with the CGSA disciplinary council before returning to play.
  • Player is sent off for Receiving a Second Caution (yellow card) in a Match - minimum suspension is 1 game.
  • Suspensions will be increased for individuals who receive multiple red cards in a season.
  • Any player who is sent off 3 times within the season will be expelled from the league without a refund.
Yellow Cards
Player cautions (yellow cards) will be tracked during the season and can result in disciplinary action if a player accumulates the following totals:
  • A player who accumulates 3 cautions will be suspended for his/her next league game
  • A player who accumulates 5 cautions will be suspended for his/her next 2 league games.
  • Any player accumulating 8 cautions will be expelled for the remainder of the season without a refund.


Thanks,
Loraine Holden
Director of Adult Programs
adultdirector@cgsaclub.com