(Some of the Policies were reviewed and revised as of 12/22)



Your team’s season schedule, current league standings information will be under the “LEAGUES” tab; weather and field cancellation information will be on the “HOME” page and all necessary contact information is available on the “CONTACT” tab on the CMSA web site; and on the C.M.S.A. Facebook page. Additional information regarding C.M.S.A. Leagues, tournaments and events can be also be accessed from these locations. Coaches and managers are responsible to check the web site and Facebook page for any schedule change; and notify all members of their team; CMSA is not responsible for any forfeit due to noncompliance of the above.

The available forms for downloading are listed within the “FORMS” tab on the CMSA website.


  1. Coaches/Managers must complete the online Team Registration Form posted on the CMSA website. The form is located under the “FORMS” tab (Registrationon Procedures). 
  2. During these Covid times all teams must have their parents sign the Team CMSA Covid-19 Waiver form. This team form need to be turned into your CMSA registrar when picking up your processed Rosters & ID Cards. These forms can be found under the Forms Tab.
  3. If your team does not provide the league a field for league play; your team will be required to submit a Forfeit Bond check. $200 for U8-U12 teams and $300 for U13-U18 teams. Programs/ Clubs with 3 or more teams and NO field can send a $500 bond to cover all teams.
  4. If your program has been pre-approved to pay for all team fees with ONE bulk check, you will need a Code in order to register on-line. You need to check with your Program/Club coordinator for you payment status. All teams need to register on line through Stone Alley.
  5. After we have received your CMSA Team Registration with payment, your team will be posted on the CMSA website under the “LEAGUES” tab section in the age group selected.


If any league or tournament is cancelled, or a team drops out PRIOR to the registration deadline date, the team will be guaranteed a full refund of the Registration and referee fees that were paid.

If any league or tournament is cancelled or a team drops out after the registration deadline date, a prorated refund will be issued on the registration fees to cover any necessary work which was performed to get the league and/or tournament set up.  Any unused referee fees will be refunded in full.   


CMSA will operate in a 4 tier division alignment if registration permits, provided we can achieve a minimum of 4 teams registered in an age group.  We will then create competitive levels of A, B, C & Recreation.  A/B combined divisions would be formed if there are less than 4 teams registered to play in the A division. The A/B division will have crossover games during the season. We will not combine the B & C teams unless we only have 3 - C teams registered. Recreation Division teams will be allowed by the CMSA Board only, (Check with the boys or girls commissioners before registering to play in the Recreation Division Only).

The three divisions are as follows:

  1. A - Premier Division – For teams made up of experienced skilled players, formed through open try- outs
  2. A/B Divisions - Will be made if there were not enough (5) or less A teams that register to play A. This division will be made up of the A teams & the best B teams available based on their past season reckord.
  3. B - Challenge Division – For teams made up of a competitive mix of moderate to intermediate skilled players formed through open try-outs
  4. C - Classic Division - For entry level teams
  5. Recreation Travel – Teams who just want to play the game in a less competitive environment, but on a structured travel basis.

CMSA will review your past season’s record for final placement

Teams which place themselves in the wrong division whether purposely or by mistake, and continually beat their opponents by a wide margin, will be eliminated from receiving awards from this league.



For all 7V7 and 9v9 play: Size #4

For all 11V11 play: Ball Size #5


  1. We will need a copy of your field permit which assigns use to your program.
  2. The permit should allow use between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM.
  3. CMSA will not schedule games on your field unless your program is scheduled on that date.
  4. For referee coverage we will need to assign 2 to 4 games on each field.
  5. The fields should be properly maintained, lined, netted and with cones or flags.
  6. Portable goal posts should be anchored as per county standards. They should be staked or sand-bagged to prevent them from tipping over. The referees will not allow the game to proceed if these safety regulations are not followed.
  7. We will try to provide each team registered from your program (provided they are located within our service area) with at least two home games wherever time and space permits during the season. Single teams located outside of the CMSA District will, in most cases, play a “travel only” schedule.
  8. All  league Cancelled/ make up games need to be rescheduled by the teams involved. Follow the cancelled game policy that is posted under the Forms tab.
  9. If your Team, Club or Program has a field for the league to  schedule games we will require at least (2) games back to back.  Clubs, Programs or single Teams must submit the Field Allocation Form by the posted Deadline or we will not be able to schedule your team any home games. This form is posted under the Forms Tab #7.


The Field Program Coordinator will receive instructions from the CMSA League office on the proper steps to take to notify the league about a field cancellation.

As each field closing is reported to us by the program field coordinator, it will be posted to the website HOME page and Facebook page (until 11:00 AM) on weekends. Individual team/age group schedules will not be immediately updated.

The CMSA League reserves the right to blanket cancel all games due to inclement weather and/or poor field conditions.

If inclement weather takes place after 11:00 AM cutoff time, it will then become the referee's decision to cancel the field at the site for the day.

It is the responsibility of the coaches and managers of each team to contact their players and their families regarding cancellations, field and time changes. parents should NOT contact the CMSA office, League Commissioners, Score Keepers, Etc.

Any team that cannot play a posted rescheduled game; will be assessed a 3–0 forfeit loss with all applicable referee  fees being paid by the forfeiting team.

Games that were suspended prior to the end of the first half will to be made up as a full game with all (Referee fees) being paid again.

Games suspended after the conclusion of the first half, are considered COMPLETE GAMES and all scores must be called in or emailed to your designated score contact person.

As mandated by both referee  associations; all games, involved in a weather related cancellation the league/teams will be assesses $5.00 for each  game  canceled.


We are limited by only having six weeks Spring & eight weeks in the Fall to play League games; so Divisions of  (Odd team age groups) will have 1 or 2 bye weeks. The league will schedule all of their Bye games as double header games. Bye Request Games will be listed as a (TBA) on your schedule.  You can also follow the rescheduling policy that is posted on the Bye Request Form #6 or the Canceled Game Policy #13 that are posted under the Forms Tab.    

Mid Week/Night Games are a possibility if either team has fields. 


Follow all the instructions on the online bye request form which is located on the CMSA website under the “FORMS” tab listed as #6 


All teams participating in any of the CMSA leagues or tournaments are required to be registered through the following USSF affiliate (SAY/Soccer Association for Youth , US Club Soccer or MSYSA).  If your team is Rostered & Carded through one of those affiliates than they are the only players  insured to play in this Leagues & Tournaments.  (Tournament Guest Players) must be carded through the same USSF Affiliate as the team that they are playing for. 

All teams must FIRST REGISTER WITH CMSA prior to starting the USSF affiliation process.


Teams applying for a SAY roster must contact your Program/Club point person to get your roster completed. 

If your Program/Club did not appoint a SAY point person then you can contact Brian Begley bbegley@saysoccer.org at the SAY National Office. 

US Club teams need to go to the US Club website and follow their instructions on Rosters & Cards same goes for teams carding through MSYSA.   


SAY Affiliation Fees are $10.00 per player on your roster and are paid by the teams/organizations directly to SAY. After your Point Person receives the roster and ID Cards,  the files will need to emailed (ONLY the ROSTER File) to their CMSA Registrar. The SAY coaches/team administrators fee of $25.00 each for the background check that gets paid to their CMSA registrar or if the Program/Club is in the bulk check payment program then CMSA will bill the program. 

US Club and MSYSA Affiliation fees are paid directly to US Club and to MSYSA or you will not receive your  roster and  cards. After teams receive their roster and ID Card files, you will only need  to email your roster file to your CMSA Point person or registrar. Your CMSA point person will email ONLY the Roster File to your CMSA registrar to be processed Background Checks are included with your payment to US Club & MSYSA.

The CMSA administration fees listed below are to be paid directly to the registrar or the registrar will not process and release the paperwork. Payment must be made by  a certified Bank, Club or Program check (No Personal Checks). Check with your Program/Club for payment. SAY, US Club & MSYSA Carded adults on all of the rosters must  complete a  Background Check through their USSF Affiliate.   

SAY/US Club & MSYSA Processing Fees  
SAY Players Paid to SAY $10.00  

 SAY Background Check per Adult on the team Roster 

 US Club & MSYSA background check paid to them.


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New Roster  $5.00  


Fall & Spring Rosters are limited to the maximum size of: 7v7 teams (20 players), 9v9 teams (20 players), 11v11 U13/14 teams to (22 players) & High School Age group teams (U15 thru U17) may carry up to (25 players).  End of season awards will be given to the Dress only roster sizes listed below.

Teams can only Dress and bring to games: 7v7 (14 players), 9v9 (16 players), U13 & 14 (18 players) & H/S U15 thru U17 (25 players)

All teams must have at least two carded Adults (18+) on the roster serving as a Coach, Asst. Coach or Manager.



CMSA teams participating in affiliated tournaments must have:

  1. Official USSF roster through US Club Soccer, Soccer Association for Youth, or MSYSA
  2. Matching USSF ID cards for all players on the roster.
  3. Certain tournaments might require an additional medical release form (check with the event).
  4. A Permission to Travel Permit (check with the tournament).
    • Most tournaments are open to all USSF youth affiliate organizations, unless specified as a closed (one USSF organization) tournament.
    • If you are a member of SAY and have any problems registering for any open tournament; you will need to contact Doug Wood, the National Director of SAY Soccer at dwood@saysoccer.org.


All CMSA League team rosters are completed on-line through US Club & MSYSA. All teams are required after receiving their files from US Club & MSYSA to email their CMSA League Roster file only to their assigned CMSA registrar for processing. Please note, that any time a team changes their US Club , SAY or MSYSA CMSA League roster; it must be emailed back to their CMSA registrar to be re-stamped to be valid for the CMSA league play.  The registrar will then email the roster back to the person who sent it. Revised rosters, the team will be charged $5.00 per new roster. This fee will need to be paid to the registrar or if your program pays by bulk check the program will be invoiced. 



Follow the instructions and procedures  posted in the Forms Tab on the CMSA website #8.

Coaches/Managers should collect their players Photo & Birth Certificate as they will be needed to Affiliate the (Team/Players) through SAY.  All SAY Rosters & Carding will be going directly through the SAY National Office. CMSA will continue to stamp the League Rosters Only through our league Registrars.

All SAY Coaches/carded Adults on the roster) are required to complete the SAY Volunteer Background Check application listed in the forms section #21. After this has been completed, you will be emailed a confirmation number and form to be given to your registrar to be processed.

If you completed the application in the fall then it is good for the following Spring season.  

Once completed, your Roster File is to be emailed to your assigned CMSA league registrar for processing.

Please note, that any time a team changes their SAY CMSA League roster; it must be emailed back to their CMSA registrar to be re-certified to be valid.



SAY, US Club & MSYSA affiliated teams who are adding new players to their FALL CMSA LEAGUE roster will need to create a new roster. 

SAY teams must go through their program SAY point person or directly to the SAY National Office to make changes then email their Roster Only to their registrar for processing.

US Club & MSYSA teams must go through the US Club & MSYSA website to make any changes; then email their new CMSA League roster to their CMSA registrar to be certified for CMSA league play.

SAY teams only pay for new (non-SAY affiliated) players or coaches  added for spring season. US Club & MSYSA teams need to follow US Club & MSYSA guidelines for roster changes & fees,  then send the rosted file only to your CMSA league registrar to be certified

SAY,US Club & MSYSA Fall Rosters can be used for the spring season, provided there are NO changes (add-ons, drops or transfers). Teams using their Fall CMSA League roster for the Spring are required to mail in a copy of that roster to:

CMSA - P.O. Box 18403 - Baltimore, MD 21237


This must be completed by your USSF Affiliate (SAY, US Club or MSYSA ). After completed the Roster Files needs to be emailed back to your registrar to be re recertified. 


SAY Rostered player cannot transfer on to a US Club or MSYSA team (UNLESS) the player registers as a new player for the US Club or MSYSA team through US Club or MSYSA also paying all appropriate fees. The New Player must be listed on the New Team Roster.

US Club Rostered cannot transfer on to a SAY or MSYSA team (UNLESS) the player registers as a new player for the  SAY or MSYSA team through SAY & MSYSA also paying all appropriate fees. The New Player must be listed on the New Team Roster.

  SAY, US Club & MSYSA teams must follow their USSF Affiliates policy on transfering players

After receiving your new revised Roster teams need to follow CMSA rules for the new roster to be certified by their assigned registrar



These forms are available directly from each of the USSF affiliates mentioned above. 


A league player can play for another team; following the provisions listed under the “Dual Roster” policy posted on “FORMS” tab; item #10 on the CMSA web site.



Refer to the Standard Game Day Rules for the check in procedures which is posted under the “FORMS” tab; item #3.


For Players 11 years old and Younger;  NO HEADING IS ALLOWED in games or in practices.

If a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the infringement. If the header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player is hit by the ball in the head unintentionally, play will stop, and a drop ball will take place at the occurrence.

In the case where an 11 year old player is playing up in age, where heading is allowed; the player is still not allowed to head the ball due to the age restriction.


For Players 12 & 13 years old: Heading is allowed in games and on  a limited basis in practice.  Please note that the enforcement of limiting heading during practices is the responsibility of each affiliated club and/or recreation program; and is not the reponsibility or liability of Central Maryland Soccer Association.  

For Players who are 14 years old and older: There is no restriction on heading in games and/or in practices.

Clubs should be aware of circumstances in which individual consideration is needed.
For example: A 11 year old playing in 13U or older; CAN NOT HEAD THE BALL IN GAMES OR PRACTICESl;  any 12 year old playing in 13U and older must abide by the heading restrictions for their age level in both practices and games.
Referees will enforce these restrictions by age group per the specified rules. Referees will not be assessing the age of individual players on the field; they will be enforcing the rules for the age group.  Coaches are responsible to enforce the age level heading restrictions for their players.




US Soccer has introduced the following policy and field marking change in 7v7 play.  The use of a BUILT OUT LINE for the U8, U9 & U10 levels is now required.  The installation and use of the build out line will be used to promote playing the ball out of the back (defensive) area in an unpressured situation.  The punting of the ball by the goalie will no longer be allowed.  

This policy has been adopted by US Club, USYSA, SAY and AYSO

Go to the Forms section under Tab # 15 for additional Built Out Line instructions.

Go to the Forms section under Tab #16 for a field diagram showing the Built Out line.  The line is to be installed halfway between the top of the penalty box line and the middle line, straight across the field from sideline to sidline


All players on a team must have a separate jersey number; duplicate numbers are not allowed. Revised 10/15/17

If you are combining teams in the spring, all players will need to have the same (color) matching uniform and all players designated by separate jersey numbers. If you are unable to find additional jerseys to meet this requirement, then you will need purchase matching numbered t-shirts (Same Color) for the team.

If the opposing coach notices a duplicate number on any player, that coach must bring this to the officials’ attention immediately. The players cannot participate in the game until the jersey numbers have been changed. If the players  with duplicate numbers continue to play in the  game then the game will become a league scrimmage game with the team at fault being charged with a 3-0 loss. The game will be officiated and played. This infraction must be reported to your league commissioner the day of the game, in addition to notifying the referee.

If a player with a duplicate number does not enter the game there is no penalty.


To play an official league game, the referee(s) are required to check  the TEAMS  Certified CMSA League roster to make sure that it has been stamped by a CMSA registrar for league play. This should be preformed before the beginning of the game. 

When this does not happen, the league will not terminate the game, but will allow the participants to start the match as scheduled as a league sanctioned scrimmage game.

A scrimmage game will be assessed for the following reasons:

  • If a team or teams cannot present their hard copy of their CMSA stamped/colored roster to the referee(s) prior to their game; the league will not terminate the game but will allow the participants to start the match as scheduled as a league sanctioned scrimmage game.
  • If any team roster is not properly stamped for league play
  • If any player(s) that has participated in the game but was identified as not being on the roster
  • If players have duplicate numbers on their jerseys; refer to the Duplicate Jersey Number policy 

If any game is played as a league sanctioned scrimmaged game, the team at fault will be assessed a 3–0 loss. The game will still be played and the referee(s) will still officiate the game.

Players that are registered and carded to your CMSA/SAY League Roster, US Club CMSA League Roster or MSYSA CMSA League roster have the liability insurance in case of injury. If a coach plays a player that is not on their certified roster and that player gets injured, the only person that can be held liable is the coach/manager who played the child in the game.

Any team that causes two or more scrimmage games for any of the above reasons; will be eliminated from all end of season awards consideration.


Coaches who have signed up to coach two or more teams on the same day of play will have NO GUARANTEE that CMSA can adjust the schedules so that they can attend and coach all teams.

All teams are responsible to have qualified, reliable assistant coaches on hand if the schedules do not work out for you.


The coach, staff and players of both teams are mandated to set up on the same side of the field. The parents, fans and all spectators must be on the opposite side of the field. There is no coaching allowed behind the end line.
All teams are responsible to clean up their side after the game. Coaches, please inspect the area before leaving. Have your players and spectators take home what they have brought to the field if no trash cans are available.


If a red card is issued in your game, the opposing coach or manager must report (within 24 hours of the conclusion of the game) to your League Commissioner. The penalty for the player or coach receiving the red card is to be suspended from the remainder of the game and the team’s next scheduled league game to be played.

If a coach is suspended due to a red card violation, only a carded manager or assistant coach can take over in the coach’s absence. If none of the above is available, the game will be terminated. The score will be posted as a 3 – 0 loss for the offending team.


All information is posted in the "Forms" section of this website under #21


When protesting a game, Only the coach/manager of the team making the protest is responsible to notify the head referee at the game site. The coach/manager must then email their league commissioner within 24 hour of the conclusion of the game, who will forward the email to the league office.

If the problem is deemed to be protestable (Referee Judgment Calls Can Not Be Protested), the team will be required to send in a check made payable to CMSA for $50.00 prior to the protest being sent over and reviewed by the protest committee.

Mail Check To: CMSA – P. O. Box 18403 – Baltimore, Maryland 21237


If your team forfeits a game, your team will be charged for “ALL” referee fees for that game plus $25.00 and a 3-0 loss. The opponent will refunded their referee fee paid for that game. If the game is played as a league sanctioned scrimmage game; then both teams will remain responsible for their referee fees.

For all other information including fees, please review the guidelines under item #5 under the FORMS tab on the CMSA website.


If a team does not show up for their scheduled posted game and/or has not notified their league commissioner a minimum of 24 hours prior to the scheduled game, it will be designated an intentional forfeit. The team will be assessed, all of the referee fees for the game, also assessed with a 3 to 0 loss and a $50.00 Fine. The opponent will be refunded their referee fees & a pro-rated league fee as long as the league receives the Refund Request Form.

Any coach/manager that pulls their team off the field before the game has finished could be charged with Forfeit and a 3-0 loss. 


Any game which is terminated early due to an action of a team’s coach, assistant coach, manager, or spectator; will result in that team being be accessed with a 3 to 0 loss regardless of the score at the time of the stoppage.5


The team responsible for the rescheduling of any league game will be assessed a rescheduling fee of $25.00. In addition to any guaranteed referee fee (as charged by the referee associations). This policy & fees as listed under the “FORMS” tab – item #5 & #18. 


This policy is also posted under the Forms Tab #19.

All scores must be reported to your Age Group Score Coordinator by 5:00 PM the Tuesday following your game (No Excuses). Winning or tying home team must report the scores. Do not report scores if you are the losing team. The Age Group Score Coordinator contact information is posted under the “CONTACT” tab on the CMSA website.  If no score is reported, and we know that the game was played, then the game will be determined played and a 0-0 tie as a complete game. 

All persons reporting scores - please use the following format when emailing your Age Group Score Coordinator. In the subject line:  Age level & Division, as listed on the CMSA Website. For example, Girls U12 2012 7v7. In the message box: Your Program/Club Name as listed on the website... (NOT THE TEAM NAME), the name of your Head Coach, in parentheses, score VS opponent Program /Club, the name of their head coach, in parentheses and score. For example: Pipeline (Smith) 3 vs LTSC (Doe) 2.

If your score is posted incorrectly, then you must contact your League Commissioner not the (Age Group Score Coordinators) within a week of the date played. Keep in mind that wins, losses, and goals given up are used in determining (Tie Breakers) for your Finial placement in the League standings, so make sure your score is posted correctly. No score will be changed after the week that it was posted.

Age Group Coordinators collect and Post Scores, nothing else. If you email your Age Group Coordinator for anything other than your score, you will not receive a reply and your email will not be forwarded.


All games listed on the schedule count towards your team’s final standings. After your team has played all of its games, the team’s points total is determined (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie and 0 points for a loss). The team with the most points is in first, etc.


The first place team is the team with the most points after all scheduled season games has been completed. The second place team is the team with the next highest number of points after all games has been completed.

First place teams (ONLY) receive awards.

If two teams are tied for first or second place in point total after all Regular Season games have been played, then the following tie breaking procedure is followed:
  • Head to Head 
  • Goals allowed (entire season)
  • Goal differential (maximum of 3 per game)
If no winner can be determined, the CMSA League, will declare co-champions.

If three teams are tied for either first or second place with the same point total, one of the three teams must be eliminated. The following tie-breaking procedures to determine which teams will be awarded trophies are:

The first being goals against, to eliminate one team. If the three teams are still tied, then use what the goal differential (max of 3) is between the three teams.

After one of them has been eliminated then the remaining two teams use:

  •   Head to Head
  •   Goals allowed (entire season)
  •   Goal differential (maximun of 3 per game)


CMSA at this time does not require a coach to have a license to participate in the league. However we strongly urge all coaches to further their coaching education and credentials for the benefit of the league and players.


Any tournament sponsored by the CMSA allows three (3) guest players per team (the CMSA league roster maximum remains the same for their tournaments). All guest players must be affiliated and insured through the same USSF organization as your team is affiliated (i.e. SAY teams can add only SAY players as a guest  US Club & MSYSA teams can add only US Club & MSYSA players as their guest players).

When adding guest players, make two copies of your season’s stamped roster, adding the guest players to the roster and removing (line through in red) any players not participating in the tournament. One copy needs to be E-Mailed to the attention of the Tournament Director (cmsatournamentrosters@comcast.net), the other copy is to be kept by the participating team’s coach/manager (along with the ID cards of both the guest and season rostered players).

NOTE – this must be done for each tournament you register your team to be in.

If your game is protested during the tournament, and your roster is not on file with the tournament director, you will be assessed a 3 – 0 loss for all games played and will be eliminated from all awards consideration.

STANDARD GAME DAY RULE  (7v7, 9v9 & 11v11) 

Are posted in the FORMS section as number 3