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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 direct any comments to a COYS board member.

Player Rosters

Players must be registered online, completed the online waiver, and on the team roster before participating in any game. Coaches can add players from other teams in their division to reach 7 players, adding beyond 7 or from a different division requires approval by the COYS president or designee. 


League Standings Point System

·         Win = 3 points

·         Tie = 1 point

·         Loss = 0 points

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 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

Any person removed from a game who is not a player or coach, for example a parent, will result in immediate disqualification of their team and the game will be recorded as a loss, coaches can elect to finish the game.  The person ejected will be suspended for the next week of play.  

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, pending review by league officials. 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.



"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.)


There are no protests, if there is an issue it should be addressed on the field prior to the end of the game

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.

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).  Lower divisions will add a player and begin with 6.

·         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

·         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 12 minutes
-MLS  - 3 equal periods of 14 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.  IF a ball touches the goal netting it is a goal regardless of its relation to the goal line
  •   There are only three times you cannot score directly, they are Kickoff, Kick In, Indirect kick
  •   If you score from beyond the indirect/direct line closest to your goal without a teammate touching the ball the goal is worth 3 points
  • The team scoring the greater number of goals during the game shall be the winner.


LAW X: Fouls & Misconduct

  • Normal foul rules apply - Indirect vs Direct kicks will be awarded based on the lines on the field.  In general if in the closer 1/3 of the field to the attacking goal it is an indirect kick anything further out is direct
  • Yellow Cards - there are no yellow cards, players who in the mind of the Official need an official warning will be placed in the on-field penalty box for 2 or 3 minutes.  While in this box the player can participate in the game if the ball is played in the box, they may not be substituted during this time.
  • Red Cards -  the issuance of Red Cards will follow normal soccer rules

·         Goalkeeper

·         Once a goalkeeper gains control of the ball, they must release it within five (10) 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 the sequence is keeper - player - keeper the opposing team is awarded a PK, if the sequence is player keeper player a free kick is awarded from the spot of the second touch and follows the indirect/direct Line rules
      • 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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