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Guidelines & Policies


Liability/Injury Waiver & Release Form

No individual will be allowed to participate in any league games, practice session, tournament, clinic, open pick-up game, or other activities until a release form has been properly completed and signed.


Game Balls

Official Game Balls will be provided.  We will play with size 3 balls for this season at all ages



Metal cleats not allowed
Teams Should be dressed in matching colored shirts.
Shin guards are required. Stockings must cover shin guards at all times.


Referee Staff

Referees appointed to officiate each game have complete authority, and that his/her decisions on points of fact connected with the game are final. Constructive comments regarding officiating are welcomed and encouraged. Please submit any such comments in writing. Complaints regarding officials should be submitted in writing and contain points of fact. Do not discuss officiating or the officials with the facility staff during or immediately after your game.


Player Rosters

Players must be registered online, completed the online waiver, and on the team roster before participating in any game.  If a fill-in player is needed they can be recruited from a different team in the league with the approval of the division director or COYS President.


League Standings Point System

·         Win = 3 points

·         Tie = 1 point

·         Loss = 0 points

League games that end in a tie after regulation play shall remain a tie game.

League Divisions Ties

Any league divisions ending in a tie at the end of the league season shall be governed by the following tie breaking system:

1.        Comparison of league record against each other.

2.        Comparison of goal differential against each other.

3.        Comparison of most "goals for" during the season.

4.        Comparison of least "goals against" during the season.

5.        Head to head play-off


Game Days

Primary game days are assigned to divisions. Divisions may be assigned to play on alternate game days depending upon; the length of the session, the number of teams participating, and recognized holidays over the course of a session.

Game Schedule & Makeup Games

There will be no forfeits, the league will do our best to reschedule all games.  We reserve the right to remove points from a team or remove them from the league entirely if it is determined they have made no effort to field a team for an assigned game.

Red Card Policy

A player or coach sent off in (or after) a game by a referee (red carded) will automatically be suspended from the next game in the season. In addition, a player will be banned from playing on any other team until the suspension has been served.

·         A player or coach red carded for the offense of "foul and abusive language" will be suspended as outlined above.

·         A player red carded for the offense of "persistent infraction of the rules after receiving a caution (yellow card) " will be suspended as outlined above.

·         A player or coach red carded for the offense of "violent conduct" (including, but not limited to: spitting, threatening, continued rough play, etc.) will be suspended as outlined above and, in addition, will be suspended for one additional game and subject to further disciplinary action as decided by the COYS Board.

·         A player or coach red carded for "assaulting an official"* will automatically be suspended from any further activities with Coul-Oak Youth Sports.


Should the coach of a team be unable to control a player’s actions after a red card is issued, the coach will also be suspended as outlined above.

A player accumulating three red cards over a one-year period will be subject to further disciplinary procedures.


"ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY" Anyone fighting will be ejected. Anyone threatening or stalking another member, staff, official or spectator will also be ejected, terminated and reported to the local authorities.

Manager/Player Responsibility

It is the responsibility of each player and the player's team representative to be aware of the total status of their players' infractions. Failure to comply may result in further disciplinary measures which may include suspension of the coach/rep. and forfeiture of games sanctioned player played in. (This includes use of illegal players - those not registered properly on the team roster.)


Intention to file a protest must be noted in writing immediately following the game. A formal written protest with a $20.00 fee (refundable if upheld), must be submitted to COYS within 1 hour after the end of the game. ONLY A VIOLATION OF THE LAWS OF THE GAME, RULES OR GUIDELINES OF THE FACILITY AS PUBLISHED ARE MATTERS FOR PROTEST. Protestations regarding fielding of illegal players must be brought to the attention of the game officials prior to the suspected player(s) leaving the field of play.

First Aid

The facility has a limited first-aid kit. It shall be the responsibility of each team to maintain their own first-aid kit for treatment of their players.

* An "Assault on an Official" shall be defined as an attempt to commit a battery upon an official; and an act which is close to accomplishment shall be sufficient to constitute an assault upon an official. Local authorities will also be notified.

Laws of the Game

LAW I: The Fields of Play

·         Dimensions: Field approximately  - Length 100 feet, Width 80 feet.

LAW II: The Ball

·         Size 3 Balls will be used for all games

·         Game Balls will be provided by COYS

LAW III: Number of Players

·         Five players, one of whom shall be a goalkeeper (There must be a Goalkeeper at all times).

·         Minimum of FOUR players needed to start and continue a game.

·         Unlimited substitutions allowed as listed under Substitutions below.

·         Any player may change places with the goalkeeper, provided that the referee is informed before the change is made, and provided also that the change is made during a stoppage of the game.

·         Substitute players are to remain outside the field.

·         If a team trails by 4 or more goals then they may add a player and thus play with 6 players (5 + goalie) until they reduce the deficit to 3 goals. They will then return to 5 players. The player advantage increases by one for every goal scored above 4 and will remain in place until the score has been brought back to a 3 goal margin.

·         Substitutions

·         During Play

·         The player being substituted must leave the field before the new player is allowed on to the field.

·         When Play has Stopped

·         After a goal is scored.

·         On an injury time out.

·         When the ball leaves the field of play.

LAW IV: Player Equipment

·         Players must dress in same color shirts, Masks are required

·         Shin guards are required and must be totally covered by stockings/socks.   

·         molded cleats (no metal screw-in shoes).


LAW V: Referees

·         At least one official will be present during play.

·         Reports on EJECTION must be filed before leaving the facility.


LAW VI: Duration of Game

·         A game shall be 3 Periods Long
-U10  - 3 equal periods of 13 minutes
-9-12  - 3 equal periods of 15 minutes
-Premier - 3 equal periods of 16 minutes

·         Each period break will be 3 minutes

·         The clock shall only be stopped for serious injuries.

LAW VII: Start of Play

·         Kick-off Team will be decided by coin toss, 2nd Period - the other team.  The 3rd period will be started by the losing team.  A kick-off may go forward or back.

·         A kick off will start the game and restart the game after a goal has been scored.

·         Teams will change direction at the end of the first two periods.   Losing team will have choice of staying or switching for final period.

·         A goal cannot be scored directly from a kickoff.

LAW VII: Play of Ball

·         The ball is out of play when it goes over the wall or makes contact with the netting

·         For violation an indirect free "kick-in" will be awarded to the opposing team from a point closest to where the ball made contact with the netting or directly below where the ball went over the wall/netting

LAW IX: Method of Scoring

·         A goal is scored when the whole ball has passed over the goal line, between the goal posts and under the crossbar, provided it has not been thrown, carried, or intentionally propelled by hand or arm by a player of the attacking side, except in the case of a goalkeeper who is in his own penalty area.

·         The team scoring the greater number of goals during the game shall be the winner.

LAW X: Fouls & Misconduct

·         Major Offenses (Direct Free Kick Awarded)

·         Kicking or attempting to kick an opponent

·         Tripping or attempting to throw an opponent

·         Jumping at an opponent

·         Charging an opponent in a violent or dangerous manner

·         Charging an opponent from behind

·         Striking or attempting to strike or spitting at or on an opponent

·         Holding an opponent

·         Any slide tackles

·         Intentionally handling the ball (except goalkeeper within their own penalty area)

·         Charging (Checking) an opponent into the perimeter wall

·         Playing in a Dangerous or Reckless Manner

·         Fair charging an opponent when the ball is not in playing distance

·         Obstructing an opponent

·         Charging the goalkeeper

·         Illegal substitution

·         Delaying game

·         Misconduct (Cautioning)

·         Persistently infringes the laws

·         Shows by word or action dissent at any referee decision

·         Is guilty of unsporting behavior

·         Misconduct (Ejection)

·         Is guilty of violent conduct or serious foul play

·         Uses foul or abusive language

·         Persists in misconduct after being cautioned

·         Goalkeeper

·         Once a goalkeeper gains control of the ball, they must release it within five (5) seconds.
No Punts allowed the keeper must throw the ball in or put the ball on the ground inside the box and kick it out,
Punts result in a free kick for the opposing team at the spot the punt hits the ground

·         After releasing the ball, the goalkeeper cannot receive the ball again until an opponent or 2 of the goalkeeper's own players have touched it (The goalkeeper cannot throw the ball to a teammate and receive it directly back).

      • If this improper touching occurs the ball we be placed at the spot where the player played the ball back to the goalkeeper or received the ball from the goalkeeper and the opposing team will be awarded a Direct Free Kick.
      • The goalkeeper is allowed to handle the ball played back from a teammate with no penalty.

·         Penalty Area

·         The goalkeeper is not permitted outside of the penalty area and no other players are allowed to enter it.

·         If a defending player touches the ball in his/her penalty box or the Goalkeeper touches the ball outside, then there is a penalty kick awarded to the other team.

·         If an attacking player touches the ball in the opposing box, then a free kick is awarded and the game is restarted by the goalkeeper.

LAW XI: Free Kicks

The following apply to all restarts:

·         Ball is in play when it moves from foot contact from the initial player

·         Opposing players shall be (10) feet from the ball or they may stand in front of the goal box if this is closer than 10 ft from the ball.

·         Player taking a kick cannot play it again until someone else touches the ball

LAW XII: Penalty Kicks

·         Time shall be extended at the end of each period to allow the taking of a penalty kick

·         The ball shall be placed on the penalty spot of the offending team. Players from either team shall not be permitted to be closer than midfield, with exception of the keeper and shooter. Upon a signal from the referee, the player will take the penalty kick. Once the player advances to take the penalty the play is now live and other players may advance towards the goal


LAW XIII: Kick-Ins

·         This is an indirect free kick, a goal shall not be scored directly from a kick-in.

·         Kick-ins must be taken at a point nearest where the ball left the field of play. The ball is considered to be out of play when it makes contact with the netting or goes over the top.


LAW XIV: Corner Kicks

·         When the whole of the ball passes over the end perimeter wall/net, having last been played by one of the defending team, a direct corner kick shall be awarded to the attacking team, the ball will be placed at the corner.

LAW XV: Tied Games

·         In the Regular Season we will go straight to Penalty Kicks.  Each team will have 3 penalties then sudden death penalties will take place.

·         In a Tournament (Playoff) if the game ends in a tie then the game will be decided by a 10-min Golden Goal playoff. Thus the first team to score wins the game. If no one scores in the 10 mins then a penalty shoot-out will occur. Each team will have 3 penalties then sudden death penalties will take place.


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