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ECSPL Rules & Regulations 2015 (Updated 3.2.15)

Unread postby blurrygil » Sat Mar 2, 2013 10:32:27 am

2015 ECSPL RULES OF THE GAME

The purpose of the ECS FC Pub League is to provide men and women, ranging in skill levels mostly as beginners, with an opportunity to play competitive football in a safe, friendly environment with friends and fellow supporters. All participating teams and players are expected to emphasize good sportsmanship, teamwork and football skills; with the essence being in the spirit of the game. Unsportsmanlike conduct, verbal or physical assault, rough or dangerous play will not be tolerated and should be reported immediately to ECSPL Management.

The ECSPL will observe FIFA International Outdoor rules during all official league (half pitch) and friendly (full pitch) matches, with the following exceptions:

  • A player may not go to the ground, intentionally or accidentally, with an attempt to play the ball if they are within range of a player and be considered dangerous in the run of play. Players are asked to remain on their feet and may only play the ball while on the ground when there is no one around you.
  • Fouls and misconducts will follow stricter guidelines to allow for increased safety of the players. This includes particularly, but is not limited to: Not jumping vertically or instead jumping towards an opposing player, tackles or reaching for the ball from behind or an opposing players' blind spot, pushing or use of the arms to gain an advantage, dissent with the referee, AR or 4th official.
  • Each team must be able to field a minimum of five (5) players at all times during official ECSPL matches (half pitch), with a maximum of seven (7) players.
  • Captains must be selected for each team and will be designated by a captain's armband. These players are responsible for communicating to their team any referee decisions, calls or explanations. They are also responsible for their team's behavior during all ECSPL official matches.
  • Unlimited substitutions are allowed and players may re-enter the game at any stoppage of play. But only at the discretion and permission of the referee.

OFFICIAL ECSPL MATCH RULES

  • Kick offs are taken at the designated center spot. All players on the opposing team who are taking the kick off must stand 8-10 yards away from this spot, at the discretion of the referee. Upon the kick off (first touch), the ball may be played in any direction with the exception of going directly into the opposing teams goal. Once the ball is touched, all opposing players may move anywhere on the field of play. If the ball crosses the goal line on the first touch of the ball and before touching any other attacking players, it will be awarded as a goal kick to the opposing team.
  • Goal kicks are taken from the goal line and may be taken from either side of the goal and from within the confines of the penalty area.
  • In ECSPL games (half-pitch), all opposing players on a goal kick must stand beyond the designated distance (approx. 15 yards) from any part of the goal line.
  • In ECSPL games (half-pitch), assigned goalkeepers may only punt (after use of the hands) or throw the ball no futher than the "center line" of the pitch. This rule is enforced at the discretion of the referee and may result in an indirect free kick awarded to the opposing team from the spot where the ball hits the ground.
  • A maximum of two (2) players may be allowed to stand shoulder-to-shoulder to form a single "wall" while defending in free kick situations. All other players of the defending team must be in some sort of motion and at least two (2) yards away from their wall. This rule only applies to ECSPL official (short-pitch) matches.
  • The goalkeeper cannot pick up or touch any ball with their hands that was intentionally kicked or thrown to them by a teammate. If the teammate intentionally plays the ball to the goalkeeper with any other part of the body (ie. Head or chest) then the goalie is allowed to pick up the ball.
  • Any field player, other than the goalkeeper, that causes the game ball to leave the field of play and the property boundaries, will be required to substitute from the game (with a legal team substitute) in order to retrieve the ball. This rule is enforced at the discretion of the referee. Refusal may be penalized in the form of a caution to the player for delaying the restart of the game or for dissent to the official.
  • Goals and any other decisions may be invalidated/changed if the referee determines that any critical piece of equipment (ie. the goal) is not in proper position or is deemed unsafe. There is equal responsibility of the players and the referee to ensure that goals remain placed where they are marked and that there are no foreign objects on or near the field that may pose a safety risk or disrupt the game.
  • The Powers and Duties of the Referee are listed below.
  • The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play are final.


MANDATORY PLAYER EQUIPMENT

  • A jersey or shirt with sleeves.
  • Socks/Stockings – If tape or similar material is applied externally it must be the same color as that part of the stocking it is applied to.
  • Footwear – Turf or rubber or plastic-only cleats are allowed. No metal-studded cleats will be allowed.
  • Shinguards:
    - Must be covered entirely by the stockings.
    - Must be made of rubber, plastic or a similar suitable material.
    - Provide a reasonable degree of protection.
  • Team Colors that must distinguish them from each other and both the referee and the assistant referees.
  • Each goalkeeper must wear colors that distinguish him from the other players, the referee and the assistant referees.
  • A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player (including any kind of jewelry). Exceptions, which are allowed at the sole discretion of the referee:
    - Prescription eye glasses.
    - Headgear that is deemed safe to wear for protect the player (caps or fashioned hats are not allowed).
    - Any medical equipment (braces or wraps that do not have any hard or sharp material).
  • All decisions regarding player equipment is at the sole discretion of the assigned referee.


RED CARD POLICY

  • Any player receiving a sending off offense (red card) will be suspended for a minimum of one (1) full game and may suffer further sanctions. The referee will excuse the player from the game and will submit a full Misconduct Report to the ECSPL Senior Official and ECSPL Management. Once the player has served their suspension period, ECSPL will determine the fulfillment of any further sanctions and will give clearance in allowing the player to return. A period of suspension can carry over to ECSPL Playoffs, Finals, or into concurrent seasons to which the offending player participates.
  • All red card offenses mandates that the offending team must play short a player for the remainder of the match.
  • Two (2) or more red cards during any given season may result in a player evaluation by ECSPL Management. Results of this evaluation may include being excused from the league and subject to forfeit of all paid fees.
  • Any player who accumulates three (3) or more yellow cards within one season shall automatically receive a one (1) game suspension.
  • ECSPL Management has the right to review and evaluate a player’s actions, both physical and verbal, to assess suspensions and/or penalties to ensure the safety and fair play for all ECSPL sanctioned games.


FORFEITURES/RESCHEDULES

Forfeitures will be an extreme case for ECSPL matches. ECSPL Management will make every effort to ensure that every team has the minimum number of players and coaches in order to play a full ECSPL official match. However, players are responsible for appearing at all scheduled games.

  • Forfeited games will not be rescheduled. The team being forfeited against will receive a 3:0 win.
  • A game will be declared a forfeit if a team does not have five (5) players within fifteen (15) minutes of the scheduled start time. This decision is at the sole discretion of the assigned referee.
  • If a referee declares a field to be unplayable due to field or weather conditions, the game will be rescheduled, if possible. ECSPL Management will make every effort to reschedule these games.
  • If a referee abandons the game, it will not be rescheduled.


POWERS & DUTIES OF THE REFEREE

  • Enforce the Laws of the Game.
  • Ensure that players’ equipment meets the requirements of the Laws.
  • Act as a timekeeper and keep a record of the match (all match results and details will be posted and recorded for review; see below).
  • Stop, suspend or terminate the game, at his/her discretion, for any infringements of the Laws.
  • Stop, suspend or terminate the match because of outside interference of any kind.
  • Stop match if, in his/her opinion, a player is seriously injured and ensure that the player is removed from the field of play.
  • Allow play to continue until the ball is out of play if a player is, in his/her opinion only slightly injured.
  • Allow play to continue when the team against which an offense has been committed will benefit from such an advantage and penalize the original offense if the anticipated advantage does not ensue at that time.
  • Punish the more serious offense when a player commits more than one offense at the same time.
  • Take disciplinary action against players guilty of cautionable and sending-off offenses.
  • Restart the match after it has been stopped.
  • Provides ECSPL Management with a match report which includes information on any disciplinary action taken against players and any other incidents which occurred before, during or after the match.

ECSPL PLAYOFFS/FINALS RULES AND FORMAT

  • Playoff games AND final will be played on the final week of scheduled play; First kickoffs scheduled for 10:50am (unless otherwise announced)
  • The top-seeded team on points will select their opponent (by a predetermined deadline) for their semi-final game in the Playoffs. The remaining two (2) teams will then be seeded against each other in the other semi-final.
  • Winners from each playoff will immediately play in final, which is scheduled to kickoff at 12:10pm.
  • There is no extra time in the ECSPL playoffs or Finals matches. A five (5) round penalty kick shootout will determine winner after 50' of full time. If still drawn after five (5) rounds, sudden death 1-to-1 rounds will be taken until there is a winner.
  • Yellow accumulation and red card suspensions from the regular season will carry over into the playoffs and final.
  • All stats that count normally count towards season totals will not be counted in the playoffs/finals.
  • There will be no "consolation" game for 3rd place. We ask that all players stick around for the final and support their favorite players or team.

*Please note that these rules are subject to change at any time during the season*
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Unread postby blurrygil » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:21:13 am

*Update 3.10.13*

Changed from seven (7) to eight (8) maximum players
  • Each team must be able to field a minimum of 5 players at all times during official ECSPL matches (half pitch), with a maximum of seven (8) players.

New rule
  • A maximum of two (2) players may be allowed to stand shoulder-to-shoulder to form a single "wall" while defending in free kick situations. All other players of the defending team must be in some sort of motion and at least two (2) yards away from their wall.
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Unread postby blurrygil » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:46:26 am

*Update 4.22.13*

New Rules

  • In ECSPL games (half-pitch), all opposing players on a goal kick must be ten (10) yards from any part of the goal line.
  • In ECSPL games (half-pitch), assigned goalkeepers may only punt (after use of the hands) or throw the ball no father than the "center line" of the pitch. This rule is enforced at the discretion of the referee.
  • In ECSPL games (half-pitch), kickoffs may be taken by any one player of the kicking team by kicking the ball in any direction and any distance. The ball may be received by any player in this instance. If the ball crosses the goal line on the first touch of the ball and before touching any other attacking players, it will be awarded as a goal kick to the opposing team.

Cleaned up grammatical and wording errors.
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Unread postby blurrygil » Tue Aug 6, 2013 11:54:24 am

*Update 8.6.13*

Amended Rules

  • Merged information about Playoffs and Finals from another thread into ECSPL R&R thread.
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Unread postby blurrygil » Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:53:53 am

*Update 4.23.14*

Amended Rules

  • Each team must be able to field a minimum of five (5) players at all times during official ECSPL matches (half pitch), with a maximum of seven (7) players.
  • In ECSPL games (half-pitch), all opposing players on a goal kick must stand beyond the designated distance (approx. 15 yards) from any part of the goal line.
  • Any player receiving a sending off offense (red card) will be suspended for a minimum of one (1) full game and may suffer further sanctions. The referee will excuse the player from the game and will submit a full Misconduct Report to the ECSPL Senior Official and ECSPL Management. Once the player has served their suspension period, ECSPL will determine the fulfillment of any further sanctions and will give clearance in allowing the player to return. A period of suspension can carry over to ECSPL Playoffs and/or Finals.
  • Any player who accumulates three (3) or more yellow cards within one season shall automatically receive a one (1) game suspension.

Cleaned up errors about rules concerning kickoffs (duplicate entries)
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Unread postby blurrygil » Thu Apr 24, 2014 3:59:20 pm

*Update 4.24.14*

New Rule

  • Any field player, other than the goalkeeper, that causes the game ball to leave the field of play and the property boundary, will be required to substitute from the game (with a legal team substitute) in order to retrieve the ball. This rule is enforced at the discretion of the referee. Refusal may be penalized in the form of a caution to the player for delaying the restart of the game or for dissent to the official.
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Unread postby blurrygil » Fri Sep 19, 2014 10:56:26 am

*Update 9.19.14*

Amended Rule

RED CARD POLICY

  • All red card offenses mandates that the offending team must play short a player for the remainder of the match.
Reworded to no longer include gender requirements for issued red cards
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Unread postby blurrygil » Mon Mar 2, 2015 2:07:50 pm

*Update 3.2.15*

[All changes/amendments listed are listed in BOLD]

Amended Rules

  • Goal kicks are taken from the goal line and may be taken from either side of the goal and from within the confines of the penalty area.
  • In ECSPL games (half-pitch), assigned goalkeepers may only punt (after use of the hands) or throw the ball no farther than the "center line" of the pitch. This rule is enforced at the discretion of the referee and may result in an indirect free kick awarded to the opposing team from the spot where the ball hits the ground.
  • The goalkeeper cannot pick up or touch any ball with their hands that was intentionally kicked or thrown to them by a teammate. If the teammate intentionally plays the ball to the goalkeeper with any other part of the body (ie. Head or chest) then the goalie is allowed to pick up the ball.
  • Any player receiving a sending off offense (red card) will be suspended for a minimum of one (1) full game and may suffer further sanctions. The referee will excuse the player from the game and will submit a full Misconduct Report to the ECSPL Senior Official and ECSPL Management. Once the player has served their suspension period, ECSPL will determine the fulfillment of any further sanctions and will give clearance in allowing the player to return. A period of suspension can carry over to ECSPL Playoffs, Finals, or into concurrent seasons to which the offending player participates.

New rules

  • Added section covering Mandatory Player Equipment.
  • The top-seeded team on points will select their opponent (by a predetermined deadline) for their semi-final game in the Playoffs. The remaining two (2) teams will then be seeded against each other in the other semi-final.
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