Standard League Game Day Rules
(Revised as of 1/1/2024)
All games are played under FIFA rules with the following CMSA league modifications
All substitutions must take place at the mid-field area
All players being substituted in must be in that area prior to stoppage of play to be allowed by the referee to enter the game
Substitutions can be done by either team:
U07-U10 (7v7) = Two 25 minute halves;
U11-U12 (9v9) = Two 25 minute halves;
U13-U14 (11v11) = Two 30 minute halves;
U15-U17 (11v11) = Two 35 minute halves.
Teams playing 7v7 and 9V9 use a size #4 ball;
Teams playing 11v11 use a size #5 ball;
Teams competing 7V7 must have a minimum of 5 players in order to start the games with a minimum of 4 players to finish.
Teams competing 9V9 must have a minimum of 7 players in order to start the games with a minimum of 6 players to finish.
Teams competing 11v11 must have a minimum of 9 players in order to start the game with a minimum of 7 players to finish.
Games are to start as soon as each team has the minimum amount of players.
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO HAVE YOUR CMSA LEAGUE ROSTER ARE AVAILABLE PRIOR THE START OF THE GAME
All late arriving players must check in with the referee(s) before they enter the game. If the opponent wants to question the eligibility of the player it must be addressed with the referee when the player/players enter the game. If the player(s) are not on the team’s official CMSA league approved
roster the player cannot participate if they play than the game will be declared a league scrimmage game and the coach will be suspended for their next game. This must be reported to your league commissioner after the game.
Teams should be ready to play at the posted game time. Teams have a 15 minute grace period in which to reach the required number of players needed to participate (see minimum above). Teams without the required number of players after the 15-minute grace period will be assessed a forfeit loss.
If the referee(s) do not follow the standard roster check, it is the responsibility of both coaches to report this oversight to their league commissioners that day.
A scrimmage game will be assessed for the following reasons:
NOTE: 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 to your CMSA/SAY League Roster or US Club 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.
A player or coach who is ejected will receive a minimum one-game suspension to be served the next played league game. Additional penalties may be levied. No appeal may be made from the one-game suspension.
Programs/Clubs that supply fields must provide those fields complete with goal nets, flags and visible lines. All goals should be properly anchored to the ground.
Once a game has begun, the referee shall be the sole judge as to whether the field is playable. It is the responsibility of the home field coordinator to provide the field equipment as mentioned above.
Coaches and players of both teams are mandated to set up on the same side of the field. All parents, fans and 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.
All teams participating in any CMSA league play are required to observe the following protocols when playing on an opponent’s home field or any neutral site:
Any team protesting their games must email their LEAGUE COMMISSIONER within 24 hours of the conclusion of the game. Refer to the policies section for additional information.
For Ages 11 and Under: NO HEADING WILL BE ALLOWED in games or in practices.
For Ages 12 and 13 playing 11v11: Heading is allowed in games and on a limited basis in practice.
For Ages 14 and Above: There is no restriction on heading in games and/or in practices.
Referees should enforce these restrictions by age group according to the specified rules. Referees will not be assessing the age of individual players on the field; they will enforce the rules for the age group.
If the league is forced to cancel or postpone a league scheduled game due to any reason not in our control (Act of God) and those game(s) cannot be made up; teams will receive a refund of the referee fees paid for the cancelled game.
If any team involved in this type of situation would like to play the cancelled game, it can be rescheduled as a league scrimmage game. The home coach will need to submit the rescheduling information of the date, time, and location using the link (Reschedule Request Form) on the league page in ther dark blue section. Your league commissioner will be notified of the rescheduled makeup gameand it will be psoted on the schedule page.
These league scrimmage games will not count in the final league standards.
The US Soccer policy for the use of BUILD OUT LINES for U8/U9/U10 in 7 v7 play is used to promote playing the ball out of the back, in an unpressured setting.
The build-out line shall be placed across the field equidistant between the top of the penalty area and the halfway line.
The opposing team must move back behind the build-out line for a goal kick or when the goalkeeper has possession. At any time, the goalkeeper may pass, throw or roll the ball to a teammate who is behind the build-out line.
The goalkeeper or the player taking the goal kick does not have to wait for the opposing players to move behind the build-out line.
After the ball moves and is put into play, the opposing team can cross the build-out line and play may resume as normal.
The first touch is from the goal kick or the pass from the goalkeeper.
The build-out line shall be used as the line to determine offside.
Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build-out line