League Rules

 

RULE 1: PLAYER REGISTRATION AND PLAYER CARD

A. Each player must have in their possession at each game in which they participate a current valid player card issued by the Oregon Adult Soccer Association (OASA). This card must be present at each game. Teams and players are subject to sanctions for not having the card present AND valid regardless of a referee’s permission or a player’s registration status. A PLAYER MUST NOT PLAY WITHOUT A VALID PLAYER CARD PRESENT!

B. Each player must be registered with Northwest United Women’s Soccer, Inc. (NUWS). This registration will occur by being listed on a game roster for any game in which they play. Each player must be listed on the game roster prior to playing in the game.

1. Game roster – A game roster is a list provided by the manager of players playing in the game. Players listed on the game roster but not participating in the game should be crossed off. There should be no less than seven (7) players listed as participating in the game. The game roster will be the official document used to verify eligibility of a player. It should contain the OASA card number (on front of card), the expiration date, the first and last name, and the jersey number of each player. Each manager is required to keep and provide to the referee and opposing team manager a game roster for each game.

C. A minimum of fourteen years of age as of game date is required.

D. Any team found to be using a player or players ineligible under any provision of Rule 1 may be subject to suspensions, fines, forfeiture, disbanding or expulsion from the League without a refund. The team will automatically forfeit the game or games in question. The player(s) shall be suspended from at least the next league game for which they are otherwise eligible after discovery of the violation.

RULE 2: TEAM AFFILIATION

A. A team shall be affiliated with NUWS upon receipt by the League of the following items by the date set by NUWS for each season:

1. Completed team registration forms.
2. All fees, bonds, fines, or other monies required by NUWS for that season.

B. The team Manager or Co-manager is the team representative in all matters and has the duty of proper team registration.

C. Any team found to be ineligible under any provision in rule 2 may be subject to suspensions, fines, forfeiture, disbanding or expulsion from the league without a refund.

RULE 3: DUTIES OF THE HOME TEAM

A. The home team will provide goal nets and corner flags. Fine for failure to provide goal nets or corner flags, or any portion of the sets, shall be fined $15 for nets and $10 for corner flags. After notification, the team must pay the fine to the NUWS Treasurer within 15 days of the date of the notification, which is the same as stated in Rule 9.D.1.

B. If the referee declares a conflict in uniform colors, the home team must change. Alternate jerseys must match in color and contrast from the other set (e.g., white with an alternate of Grey is NOT acceptable). Alternate shirts need not be numbered.

RULE 4: RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE TEAMS

A. Each player on a team must have a numbered shirt of the same color. Numbers should be at least six inches high of a contrasting color. Each player shall have a different number. One (1) player must be designated as a goalkeeper who shall have a shirt that contrasts both her teammates and opponents.

B. It is recommended each team be prepared to provide a person to assist the referee as a lines person whenever possible.

C. Each team shall be prepared to provide a #5 game ball in good condition.

D. The visiting team shall have the responsibility to contact the home team regarding game time, directions to the field, uniform color, etc.

E. Any changes to the schedule as published by NUWS must be approved by the NUWS Board and coordinated through the appropriate division representative.

F. Games must be rescheduled no later than the last playing date of the season. The division representative will coordinate with the two teams the time for the rescheduled game. If the teams are unable to agree with the rescheduled game time, the issue shall be resolved by the Board of Directors.

G. Each team Manager or appointed representative shall be responsible for reporting their game score and report any game incidents to the Division Representative as soon as possible after the game.

H. Each team is responsible for the actions of their players, coaches, and fans.

RULE 5: NOTIFICATION OF CHANGES

A. Any team changing its manager is responsible for notifying the League. NUWS cannot be held responsible for undelivered mail or mail directed to a manager of record who is not the correct manager.

B. Any team changing their home field must notify their Division Representative by phone with follow-up in writing allowing at least 72 hours notice and include a copy of the appropriate field use permit prior to the next scheduled game to be played.

C. Any team changing their uniform color must notify their Division Representative in writing 48 hours prior to the first game in which they are worn.

RULE 6: GAMES

A. League games are those games played during the official NUWS season as scheduled by NUWS.

B. All games shall be conducted according to FIFA’s Laws of the Game. OASA and NUWS also have rules. Teams, managers, and players have the responsibility to know these rules and sanctions may be imposed for violations of any of them.

C. League games will normally consist of two (2) forty-five minute halves, excepting those games shortened by a vote of the NUWS Board. This rule does not supersede the referee’s authority to shorten a game due to dangerous or unplayable conditions. No overtime shall be played during regular league play.

D. Unlimited substitutions for both teams are allowed on any dead ball (kick off, free kick, penalty kicks, carding, a throw in, injury, corner kick, a drop ball, etc.), subject to the discretion of the referee.

E. A player will not be allowed to participate who is wearing anything deemed by the referee to be dangerous to another player.

F. All metal braces must be covered by a sleeve of neoprene or like material that is at least ¼” thick.

G. All games are to be played as scheduled except as determined by the NUWS Board. If a referee fails to appear on schedule, the game will be rescheduled by the division representative with approval by the Board of Directors, unless both teams agree to play without the official referee (See Rule 8). Each team should be ready to play at the scheduled match time. Ready to play shall be taken to mean a minimum of seven (7) players listed on the game roster, properly equipped, having shown a valid player card to the referee. If one or both teams are not ready to play at scheduled game time, they shall have a grace period of up to 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes after the scheduled game time the team(s) not ready to play shall forfeit and be fined. See rule 9.D.7. The Judiciary Commissioner will take appropriate disciplinary action against any team deliberately forfeiting any scheduled game.

H. Games to be rescheduled because of circumstances outside the control of both teams shall be rescheduled by the Division Representative with the approval of the Board of Directors.

I. Slide tackling shall be prohibited in any cross over game between two teams from different divisions if either team is in a division where slide tackling is prohibited.

RULE 7: STANDINGS

A. League standings shall be determined by the following procedure:

1. Points awarded as follows:

Win = 3 points
Tie = 1 point
Loss = 0 points

2. If two or more teams are tied for any position in the standings the tie shall be broken using the following order:

a. Head-to-head result(s).
b. Goal difference (goals for minus goals against, to a maximum of three per game),
c. Goals for
d. If teams are still tied, the Board of Directors will determine the outcome by one of the following:

1) Co-champions;
2) Playoff Game; or
3) Coin Toss.

B. A team must have appeared for and been ready to play at least 75% of their scheduled NUWS games in order to be eligible for a Championship in any Division. This will not affect promotion.

C. A forfeit for any reason shall be a 1-0 win for the non-forfeiting team, 3 points shall be awarded in the standings. No points shall be awarded if both teams forfeit.

D. League standings will be posted on our website and updated periodically through the season. Any team with a standings inquiry should contact the NUWS statistician.

RULE 8: REFEREES

A. Referees’ shall be appointed by the NUWS Referee Scheduler. The referee shall have all powers granted by FIFA’s Laws of the Game; these powers are in effect while in proximity to the field, before, during and after the game. All referees shall be registered with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) for the current year.

B. If a referee fails to appear within fifteen minutes of scheduled game time, NUWS will attempt to reschedule the game. Both managers are responsible to call their Division Representative as soon as possible to notify NUWS of the no-show referee. If NUWS is unable to reschedule the game, teams will receive a refund of their referee and field fee.

C. If a referee fails to appear for a scheduled game, if both teams are agreeable, they may agree to play the game to count at the originally scheduled time. An individual must be nominated to collect and verify the roster and cards from both teams. An individual may be selected to act as the game referee. This person is not compensated for refereeing the game, nor do they need to be a certified referee. After the game, both managers must submit a No-Show Referee Report to the league via their Division Representative. Both teams will be reimbursed the fee they paid the league for the referee.

D. A game evaluation form is available on the NUWS website and should be used for each game to provide NUWS feedback (positive and negative) on how referees are doing.

RULE 9: JUDICIAL PROCESS

All protests or appeals of any kind relating to the interpretation of the NUWS Bylaws and Rules, the calling of a game by a referee, or complaints against a referee, member team or individual shall be referred to the league by the following procedure:

A. Protests, Appeals, Complaints

1. Protests and/or Appeals shall be in writing to the President of NUWS and Judiciary Commissioner accompanied by a $10.00 fee.

2. Complaints shall be in writing to the Judiciary Commissioner.

3. Any registered player, manager, or team in good standing may bring an action or complaint to the attention of NUWS.

4. The NUWS Board will refer all appropriate matters to the Judiciary Commissioner for review and action, if necessary. The Board may bypass the Judiciary Commissioner and rule directly on a protest or appeal. The Board will rule directly on a complaint. The Judiciary Commissioner may, at her discretion, convene a Judicial Committee, as stated in Rule 9.B, to hear the initial protest and/or appeal. The teams or individuals concerned shall be notified of any action taken.

5. Any decision made by the Judiciary Commissioner or the Board of Directors during this process may be appealed by following the procedures set forth in Rule 9 Section B.

6. Grounds for protest shall be limited to: misapplication of FIFA’s Laws of the Game, USSF Administrative Rules, OASA Bylaws and Rules, and NUWS Bylaws and Rules. In no event will a judgment call by a referee be grounds for any protest or appeal.

7. Any protest regarding field conditions, uniform colors, or player equipment must be made before the start of the match to the referee and the opposing team. The referee will note that the match was played under protest. An official protest still needs to be filed as stated in Rule 9 Section A.1.

B. Appeal of Judiciary Commissioner Decision

Assuming all procedures were followed in Rule 9 Section A, any decision by the Judiciary Commissioner may be appealed (appeal is referenced in Bylaws Article 15) in the following manner:

1. Within 10 days of being notified in writing of action taken by the Judiciary Commissioner, the NUWS President and Judiciary Commissioner shall be notified in writing of the intent to appeal. A $10 fee will accompany the written notification to the NUWS President.

2. The NUWS President will direct the Judiciary Commissioner to appoint a committee to hear the appeal.

3. The Judiciary Commissioner will notify all parties of the date, time, and place of the hearing and the matter involved. The Commissioner or any party may request the presence of additional parties or witnesses as deemed necessary.

4. The Judiciary Commissioner will appoint three members to a committee to hear the appeal. The Judiciary Commissioner will reside over the hearing but will not be present during deliberation of the committee and will not vote. No member of the committee shall be a member of a team involved or any team that might be affected by any action taken (e.g., teams in the same division), nor will they be members of the Board of Directors or directly or indirectly related to the parties involved.

5. A representative of each team involved or the individual involved may be invited to be present. If protest on a game or action during a game is involved, the referee’s report (and supporting data if requested) must be present. A referee may be invited to be present.

6. A decision on any penalty or action shall be reached by a simple majority of the Judicial Committee.

7. The decision of the committee shall be communicated verbally to the parties at the conclusion of the deliberations. The decision shall be effective immediately and shall be binding. The Judiciary Commissioner will forward written notification to the involved parties within 10 days.

8. Any decision made by the Judicial Committee may be appealed by following the procedures as set forth in Rule 9 Section C.

C. Appeal of Judicial Committee Decision

Assuming all procedures were followed in Rule 9 Section B, any decision by the Judicial Committee may be appealed (appeal is referenced in Bylaws Article 15) in the following manner:

1. Within 10 days of being notified in writing of action taken by the Judicial Committee, the NUWS President and Judiciary shall be notified in writing of the intent to appeal. A $10 fee will accompany the written notification to the NUWS President.

2. The NUWS Board will hear the appeal and determine appropriate action at the next scheduled Board meeting or a Special Meeting if necessary and notify the appellant in writing. The appellant or any parties involved may be requested to attend the meeting where the appeal is to be heard. The appellant or any party involved has the right to attend the meeting in which the appeal is to be heard. Additional parties and/or documentation may also be requested by the Board.

3. Any Board member who is directly or indirectly related to any party of the appeal including a member of the same team or division will not be eligible to deliberate or vote on the matter. A decision shall be reached by a simple majority of the present eligible Board members.

4. The decision shall be communicated verbally to the parties at the conclusion of the deliberations. The decision shall be effective immediately and shall be binding. The NUWS President will forward written notification to the involved parties within 10 days.

5. A party who wishes to appeal the decision of the NUWS Board may appeal to the Judicial Committee of the OASA. This appeal must be in writing and follow the procedure set forth by OASA.

6. Further appeal rights exist within OASA, USASA, and USSF. No party to any action may invoke the aid of the Courts of the United States without first exhausting all available remedies within the appropriate soccer organization, including a final appeal to the Annual General Meeting of the USSF National Council. (USSF Rule 2106, Section 1-5)

D. Disciplinary Action

1. Any fine levied against a team or an individual from any of the procedures in Rule 9 Section A, B, or C, or any fine levied from anywhere else within these rules or the current Bylaws, is due and payable within 15 days of written notification by NUWS. Failure to pay fines within 15 days may result in further sanctions by the League. All fines should be paid to the NUWS Treasurer. Any member team and/or individual who had a fine levied against them shall be allowed to register in an upcoming season only after the fine has been paid and not until then.

2. Any player, manager, or coach receiving three (3) cautionary write-ups during any NUWS league games, by a referee in any 12-month period shall be suspended for one (1) NUWS league game and may be subject to further sanctions. This rule shall apply to all cautionary write-ups regardless of player/team affiliation at the time of the cautionary write-up. Suspension from any NUWS league games due to receiving three (3) cautionary write-ups will be considered complete only when the player, manager, or coach who must serve the suspension misses the appropriate number of NUWS league games played by the team in which the appropriate party was affiliated with at the time of the last cautionary write-up. The player shall be suspended from all OASA sanctioned matches that may occur during this time.

3. Any player, manager, or coach ejected from a NUWS game shall be suspended for a minimum of one (1) NUWS game. Suspension from any NUWS league games due to ejection will be considered complete only when the player, manager, or coach who must serve the suspension misses the appropriate number of NUWS league games played by the team in which the appropriate party was affiliated with at the time of the ejection. The player shall be suspended from all OASA sanctioned matches that may occur during this time.

4. Any player found guilty of any action deemed by the referee to be “Violent Conduct”, including but not limited to, fighting, shall be suspended for a minimum of two (2) NUWS league games. There will be no exceptions. Suspension from any NUWS league games for “Violent Conduct” will be considered complete only when the player who must serve the suspension misses the appropriate number of NUWS league games played by the team in which the player was affiliated with at the time of the “Violent Conduct”. The player shall be suspended from all OASA sanctioned matches that may occur during this time.

5. Jurisdiction for physical and verbal assaults on a referee shall reside with OASA. Action taken by NUWS, OASA, or USSF shall not preclude the right of the referee to initiate criminal and/or civil action against any player or team who has assaulted them.

6. Teams found guilty of failing to control their players, coaches, or fans will result in suspensions, fines, forfeiture, disbanding or other sanctions.

7. Forfeits.

a) Any team notifying the league that they cannot field a team for a league scheduled game shall forfeit the game. Notification should occur via the Division Representative.

b) If the league is notified of a forfeit, the team will be assessed, at a minimum, a fine equal to half of the league field fee. If the league is notified less than 48 hours before the scheduled game time, the team will be assessed, at a minimum, a fine equal to their opponents’ referee fee and half of the league field fee.

c) Any team who believes the forfeit situation was beyond the control of the team has the option of bringing the issue before the Board for consideration.

8. Any team that forfeits two (2) games in any one season shall be required to pay an additional $50 fine. The team will be subject to additional sanctions as determined by the Judiciary Commissioner and/or the Board, including expulsion from the league. A minimum of $50 will be fined for each additional occurrence within the same season.

9. The Board of Directors has the right to file a protest, following the procedures as set forth in Rule 9 Section A, against any member team or individual based on the interpretation of the Bylaws and Rules and records kept by the Registrar, Statistician, and/or the Division Representatives who have knowledge of a chronic misapplication of the Bylaws and Rules.

RULE 10: OVER-30 DIVISION

A. The NUWS League shall contain an Over-30 Division during any season with at least six (6) teams registering for such a division.

B. All players in the Over-30 A Division must be at least 30 years of age, with the exception of two players who must be over 25 years of age, prior to playing. All players in the Over-30 B and C Divisions must be at least 30 years of age prior to playing. Players’ names appearing on a game roster are considered to have played in the game.

C. Slide tackling shall be prohibited in all Over-30 divisions.

D. The spirit of the No Slide Tackling Rule is to prevent the use of slide tackling in the vicinity of another player and to reduce the possiblity of injury.

1. Slide tackling is defined as a play where any player intentionally tackling in the immediate vicinity of an opponent coming into contact with the playing surface any part of their body other than the soles of their feet.

2. This rule includes slide tackling as a DANGEROUS PLAY foul. To allow the defined slide tackling rule to be called as a Dangerous Play, repeated fouls as Persistant Infringement, and to allow the referee to use the ADVANTAGE rule when applicable.

3. Exceptions:
a. A goalkeeper may slide tackle the ball, only in the penalty area, but may not slide tackle from behind or in a dangerous manner.
b. Any player may go to the ground to block a pass or shot if there are no players in the immediate vicinity.
c. Sliding to control a free ball, with no other player in the vicinity is NOT considered a slide tackle foul.

RULE 11: MASTERS DIVISION

A. The NUWS League will contain a Masters Division for any season with at least six (6) teams registering for such a division.

B. The Masters Division will allow up to four players ages 38 to 39 on a game roster. The rest of the players on the game roster must be at least 40 years of age prior to playing. Players’ names appearing on a game roster are considered to have played in the game.

C. Slide tackling shall be prohibited in Masters Division.

D. The spirit of the No Slide Tackling Rule is to prevent the use of slide tackling in the vicinity of another player and to reduce the possiblity of injury.

1. Slide tackling is defined as a play where any player intentionally tackling in the immediate vicinity of an opponent coming into contact with the playing surface any part of their body other than the soles of their feet.

2. This rule includes slide tackling as a DANGEROUS PLAY foul. To allow the defined slide tackling rule to be called as a Dangerous Play, repeated fouls as Persistant Infringement, and to allow the referee to use the ADVANTAGE rule when applicable.

3. Exceptions:
a. A goalkeeper may slide tackle the ball. only in the penalty area, but may not slide tackle from behind or in a dangerous manner.
b. Any player may go to the ground to block a pass or shot if there are no players in the immediate vicinity.
c. Sliding to control a free ball, with no other player in the vicinity is NOT considered a slide tackle foul.