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US Soccer Mandated Change Eliminates Heading for 11 and younger 

In order to implement this mandate the SSSL is implementing the following change for all u12 and younger games starting this spring: 

"It shall be considered a dangerous play when a player deliberately heads or attempts to head the ball.  Any violation of this rule shall result in an indirect free kick for the opponent.  Simultaneous violations by both teams will result in a dropped ball."

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Printable Bylaws and Rules

Title Posted By Last Updated
Bylaws (PDF) Randy Ellis 10/16/2016
Rules of Play (11v11) Randy Ellis 10/16/2016
Administrative Policies Randy Ellis 04/12/2016
U12 Rule Modifications Randy Ellis 10/16/2016
U10 Rule Modifications Randy Ellis 10/16/2016
SSSL Zero Tolerance Policy Randy Ellis 07/06/2012


Other Policies and Rules

 Laws of the Game
 MYSA Appeals Process
 MYSA Coaches Code of Conduct
 MYSA Multiple Rostering Policy
 MYSA Player Priority Guidelines
 MYSA Under 8 Playing Policy

Adopted Rule Changes for Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Rules of Play

 2.1.7…Any town putting a team in division 3 must also submit a prior history of the team and knowledge of the players.

Change:

2.1.7…Any town putting a team in division 3 or lower must also submit a prior history of the team and knowledge of the players. 


2.1.8… Division One (1) will be assigned 4 playoff slots. Division two (2) teams will play half their games outside their assigned group, and will be assigned 8 playoff slots. Division three (3) will be assigned 4 playoff slots provided there are 10 teams or more in the division; otherwise there will be 2 playoff slots for Division 3. For all divisions, the playoff slots will be awarded to the teams with the best records, regardless of grouping.

Change:

2.1.8… Division One (1) will be assigned 4 playoff slots. Division two (2) teams will play half their games outside their assigned group, and will be assigned 8 playoff slots. Division three (3) will be assigned 4 playoff slots provided there are 10 teams or more in the division; otherwise there will be 2 playoff slots for Division 3. There will be no playoffs or other SSSL post season play for any division lower than Division 3. For all divisions, the playoff slots will be awarded to the teams with the best records, regardless of grouping.


5 . . . A rescheduled game shall be defined as a game whose site, time and/or date are changed in advance of playing. This must be done in January of that year after receiving the first printing of the schedule. It must be completed by February 1st of that year, and both coaches must agree as to the date, time, and location of the reschedule. After February 1st, all reschedules must be handled in accordance with Rule 5.2.) Any U12 or U14 team may initiate the reschedule of up to three (3) games and any U16+ team may initiate the reschedule of an unlimited number of games provided .

Change:

5 . . . A rescheduled game shall be defined as a game whose site, time and/or date are changed in advance of playing. Game change requests prior to the posting of the original schedule as outlined in 4.2 are without a fee, and both coaches must agree as to the date, time, and location of the reschedule. After February 1st, all reschedules must be handled in accordance with Rule 5.2.) Any U12 or U14 team may initiate the reschedule of up to three (3) games and any U16+ team may initiate the reschedule of an unlimited number of games provided.

(Reason: clean up language to actual practice)


5.2 . . . the proper reschedule form is sent to the Game Scheduler and Referee Assignor along with the appropriate fees payable to the S.S.S.L. These fees are $5.00 if rescheduled before March 20th, else the fee is $25.00. There are no fees for rescheduling a S.S.S.L. Memorial weekend game or a game whose graduating participants are involved in a High School graduation. If the original game date is less than 10 days away, the request will be rejected. The reschedule form must have the date, time and location of the rescheduled game. Any reschedule forms not completed in their entirety (no TBDs or TBAs) will be rejected.

Change:

5.2 . . . the proper reschedule form is sent to the Game Scheduler and Referee Assignor along with the appropriate fees payable to the S.S.S.L. These fees are $10.00 if rescheduled between February 1 and March 20th, else the fee is $50.00. There are no fees for rescheduling a S.S.S.L. Memorial weekend game or a game whose graduating participants are involved in a High School graduation. If the original game date is less than 10 days away, the request will be rejected. The reschedule form must have the date, time and location of the rescheduled game. Any reschedule forms not completed in their entirety (no TBDs or TBAs) will be rejected.

(Reason: increase fee to get reschedules in earlier to help with streamlining the schedule) 


5.3 . . . the reschedule form is postmarked by March 20 of the playing season for U12 through U18 divisions, or postmarked by the Monday prior to the U19 division’s first scheduled game. If the current game date is less than 10 days from the date the reschedule form is submitted, then also a telephone call shall be made to the Referee Assignor to report the reschedule. If the current or new game date is less than 10 days away, the request will be rejected.

Change (remove wording):

5.3 . . . the reschedule form is postmarked by March 20 of the playing season for U12 through U18 divisions, or postmarked by the Monday prior to the U19 division’s first scheduled game. If the current game date is less than 10 days from the date the reschedule form is submitted, then also a telephone call shall be made to the Referee Assignor to report the reschedule. If the current or new game date is less than 10 days away, the request will be rejected.

 (Reason: many places say games will not be allowed in less than 10 days, this contradicts)


7.3. . . The current standing process is determined in the following order . . .

Total Points (If tied, then go to next criteria)

Head to Head results (If 3 or more teams are tied go to next criteria)

Fewest goals allowed (Total goals allowed for the season)

Goal differential (maximum of 4 goals per game)

Coin toss in accordance with Rule 7.4

Change:

7.3. . . The current standing process is determined in the following order . . .

·         Total Points

·         Head to head results, including total aggregate goals in the head to head games. (If 3 or more teams are tied, skip this tiebreaker and go to next criteria)

·         Goal differential (maximum of 4 goal difference per game)

·         Fewest goals allowed (Total goals allowed for the season)

·         Coin toss in accordance with Rule 7.4

 (Reason: conform to accepted practice throughout soccer community)


8.2.3 . . . shall notify the hometown’s Referee Contact as soon as possible that no S.S.S.L. referee is assigned to a game. Also, shall remind the hometown’s Referee Contact of their responsibility to notify both teams within 24 hours of this matter. If the hometown’s Referee Contact fails in this responsibility, then a fine of $35.00 shall be levied against the hometown.

Change (remove wording):

8.2.3 . . . shall notify the hometown’s Referee Contact and coaches as soon as possible that no S.S.S.L. referee is assigned to a game. Also, shall remind the hometown’s Referee Contact of their responsibility to notify both teams within 24 hours of this matter. If the hometown’s Referee Contact fails in this responsibility, then a fine of $35.00 shall be levied against the hometown.

(Reason: clean up language to actual practice) 


8.3.6 . . .promptly submit to the S.S.S.L. Referee Administrator within 48 hours a USSF game report detailing any player or coach ejections (Red Card) or significant events with any comments deemed necessary. Details of Yellow Cards issued must also be sent to the SSSL Administrator within 48 hours, but do not require a USSF game report. A coach or assistant coach may be shown a card (Yellow or Red).

Change:

8.3.6 . . .promptly submit to the S.S.S.L. Referee Administrator within 24 hours a USSF game report detailing any player or coach ejections (Red Card) or significant events with any comments deemed necessary. Details of Yellow Cards issued must also be sent to the SSSL Administrator within 24 hours, but do not require a USSF game report. A coach or assistant coach may be shown a card (Yellow or Red).

(Reason: By Law says 24 hours, this says 48 hours) 


9.1.3 . . . The S.S.S.L. Executive Committee shall deal with any registered participant ejected by a referee before, during or after a game as inappropriate conduct. Any registered participant ejected by the referee must leave the vicinity of the playing field before the match can resume. If the participant is under the age of eighteen (18), they must be escorted by an adult. A coach who is ejected or a player ejected (Red Card) for fighting, shall automatically be suspended for three (3) games and must attend a SSSL Disciplinary Hearing. A coach receiving two yellow cards in the course of the season must sit out the next game and attend a SSSL Disciplinary Hearing before being allowed back to coach.

Change:

9.1.3 . . . The S.S.S.L. Executive Committee shall deal with any registered participant ejected by a referee before, during or after a game as inappropriate conduct. Any registered participant ejected by the referee must leave the vicinity of the playing field before the match can resume. If the participant is under the age of eighteen (18), they must be escorted by an adult. A coach who is ejected (Red Card) shall automatically be suspended for three (3) games and must attend a SSSL Disciplinary Hearing. A coach receiving two yellow cards in the course of the season will be suspended for one (1) game. Any player ejected (Red Card) for violent conduct shall automatically be suspended for three (3) games and must attend a SSSL Disciplinary Hearing. Any player ejected (Red Card) for Abusive Language shall be suspended for two (2) games and may be required to attend a SSSL Disciplinary Hearing.


10.6 . . . A team appearing, but unable to field at least the minimum number of players after 15 minutes of the scheduled game starting time shall forfeit the game, and will be fined $50.00 for the forfeit; Exception: this will not pertain to u10 games. Furthermore, any team failing or refusing to play in compliance with these rules shall also forfeit the game. The S.S.S.L. Executive Committee may take further disciplinary action.

Change:

10.6 . . . A team not appearing for an official game shall forfeit the game, and will be fined $100.00 for the forfeit.  If a team informs the SSSL Executive Board of their intention to forfeit a game at least 24 hours prior a scheduled game, the fine for this forfeit will be $50. A team appearing, but unable to field at least the minimum number of players after 15 minutes of the scheduled game starting time shall forfeit the game, and will be fined $70.00 for the forfeit. Exception: this will not pertain to u10 games. Furthermore, any team failing or refusing to play in compliance with these rules shall also forfeit the game. The S.S.S.L. Executive Committee may take further disciplinary action.

Reason: consolidate forfeiture rules into one rule


Change (remove wording):

5.5 . . .Any rescheduled game that has met the requirements of date, time, location, and has a valid referee shall then be deemed an official game and is subject to the rules and regulation regarding an official game. Any association causing the forfeit of an official rescheduled game shall be fined $100.00.

Reason: consolidate forfeiture rules into one rule


Delete:

6.5 . . . Any association causing the failure to play an official game shall forfeit the game and be fined $70.00 for the first offense, $100.00 for the second offense and an additional $25.00 for each time thereafter. (A team appearing, but unable to field the minimum number of players after 15 minutes of the scheduled game starting time shall forfeit the game, and will be fined $50.00 for the forfeit.) Exception: this will not pertain to u10 games.

Reason: consolidate forfeiture rules into one rule


Change:

9.1.8 . . . Any team whose players/coaches receive collectively five (5) yellow and/or red cards in a game will result in immediate termination of the game, and result in forfeiture by the offending team. There is no fine attached to this forfeiture.


9.3.3… A club which fields a ineligible player because of improper or non-registration shall Suffer forfeiture of game plus a fine of $50.00 per ineligible player per game for the first Offense. For the second offense or more during a given registration year, the fine is raised to $75.00 per ineligible player per game. This will be enforced even if the player(s) do not participate in the game.

Change:

9.3.3… A club which fields an ineligible player shall suffer forfeiture of the game plus a fine of $50 per ineligible player (maximum fine per game is $150) per game. All players checked in by the referee crew will be counted as a player for that game.