NYC Soccer Collective



LEAGUE RULES

The purpose of the NYC Soccer Collective’s Soccer League is to provide women and men, ranging in skill levels from beginning to advanced, with an opportunity to play competitive soccer in a safe, friendly, environment. All participating teams and players are expected to emphasize good sportsmanship and teamwork. Un-sportsmanlike conduct, verbal and physical assault, rough or dangerous play will not be tolerated and should be reported.
 
THE RULES –
 
*THE RULES for NYC Soccer Collective
 
All players are responsible for reading, learning, 
comprehending and abiding by all league rules and policies.
 
#1 - All players and teams must pay their fees in full
in order to be fully registered in the league.
 
Roster maximum is 11 for 7v7 divisions,  15 for 9v9 and 20 for 11v11 divisions. 
  

7v7 COED PARTICULARS
  • Teams may have a MAXIMUM of 3 men on the field as field players.
    ("field players" excludes the goalkeeper).
    You may not play with more than 3 men on the field as field players under any circumstances.

    If you have a male goalkeeper you may have 3 men on the field + 1 goalkeeper
    If you have a female goalkeeper you may have 3 men on the field + 1 goalkeeper
  • Generally you’ll have 3 women on the field * however there is no maximum of women allowed.
  • You may play with more than 3 women. You may also play with less than 3 women but you may not have more than 3 men on the field as field players under any circumstances * so if you play with less than 3 women your team will play down players.
  • Keeper may be male or female and does not count toward MAXIMUM or MINIMUM gender restrictions.
    (ie: if the keeper is female, teams still may not have more than 3 men playing on the field as field players)

THE BASICS

*TEAM ROSTERS ARE DUE BY THE SECOND LEAGUE GAME OF THE SEASON
Rosters must be posted by 6pm on the day of your second league game. 
Rosters are frozen 24 hours prior to final league game.
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CAPTAINS should read the Captain/Co-Captain page for instructions (link lower right menu of home page) 
 
FULL FIELD 11v11 DIVISIONS
NYCSC will observe full FIFA rules in the 11v11 Coed and Mens Divisions. 
 
v    UNLIMITED SUBSTITUTIONS (on stoppage of play)

v    TEAMS must have minimum 7 ROSTER PLAYERS at 5 minutes past scheduled kickoff time for game to be official.
 
v    JERSEY PK RULE.   11v11 Division teams are required to provide their own team jerseys with numbers to league standards.   For every 2 players not wearing a jersey (with a #) in uniform with the other players on the team the opponent will have 1 PK awarded.   More details in SHIRTS section below.
IN cases where a team is wearing an alternate color due to a color conflict they will not be subject to the PK rule.
 
v   FINAL -  TEAMS must have minimum 7 ROSTER PLAYERS.  If there are any players in the final not on a team’s official roster the team may not field more than 11 players (NO SUBS).
 
SMALL SIDED 7v7 and 9v9 DIVISIONS
NYCSC will observe FIFA rules except for the following:
 
*     NO OFFSIDES
 
*     NO SLIDE TACKLING
 
No slide tackling, period. Clean slide tackles are NOT an exception to this rule.
This includes the goalie, who may slide to make a save, but may not slide
feet-first to tackle a player possessing the ball.
 
Players may slide to intercept the ball only when there are no other players nearby.
 
v    UNLIMITED SUBSTITUTIONS (on stoppage of play)
 
v    AT KICK OFF THE BALL IS NOT REQUIRED TO GO FORWARD
 
v    PLEASE WEAR SHIN GUARDS.
 
v   (7v7) TEAMS must have minimum 3 ROSTER PLAYERS at 5 minutes past scheduled kickoff time for game to be official.  If a team does not have 4 rostered players by halftime it is considered a scrimmage and a forfeit win to the opponent.
 
v   (9v9) TEAMS must have minimum 5 ROSTER PLAYERS at 5 minutes past scheduled kickoff time for game to be official.
 

FIFA RULE REMINDERS

 
v    It is not legal for the goalkeeper to pick up or touch with his/her hands a ball intentionally kicked or passed to him by a teammate. This means that any ball intentionally directed by a teammate’s foot to a place where the goalkeeper can play it, may not be touched by the keeper’s hands. Keeper may play it with any other part of his body, but not with his/her hands. If the teammate plays the ball with some other part of the body, other than the feet (e.g. headers, etc.), then the goalkeeper is allowed to pick up the ball. In addition, if the ball comes to the goalkeeper, having been last played unintentionally or is a deflection by a teammate’s foot, the goalkeeper may pick the ball up.
 
v   The goalkeeper may not pick up or touch with his/her hands any ball that is thrown to him via a throw in. The goalie may use his/her feet, but may not pick the ball up with his/her hands.       
 
v   "Possession", in terms of a goalie having control and possession of the ball is defined as the goalie having a single finger on the ball. If the goalie is touching the ball it is out of play, and you should not challenge for it.
 

 
DISCIPLINE
v Two Yellow Cards in one game = Red Card, Ejection from game
v Foul and Abusive Language Against Opponent or Referee = Red Card, Ejection from game

v Serious Foul or Dangerous Play = Red Card, Ejection from game and field area
 
v      Violent Conduct (Directed at Anyone) =
Red Card, Ejection from game and field area + One (1) Game suspension.
v      Three (3) YELLOW cards by an individual player over a full season = One (1) Game suspension
v      Two (2) RED cards in a season = suspension for the balance of the season
v If a RED carded player does not sit out their One (1) Game of play, the red carded player will receive a second red card AND will be suspended for the remainder of the season.
v      Any team which causes a game to be abandoned will forfeit the game.
v      If a referee abandons a game due to extreme misconduct on the part of one team or fans clearly associated with one team, that team will forfeit the game.
 
FIGHTS: Fighting is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by NYC Soccer Collective. Any players involved in a fight will be immediately red-carded and will be suspended from the league at minimum Two (2) Seasons – and possibly for longer and/or life at the discretion of the league. If more than two players are involved in a fight, the game will be ended, both teams will record a loss, and any/all players involved will receive a red card and suspension.
 
FAIR PLAY: Players and spectators are expected to behave in a sportsmanlike manner. Unsportsmanlike behavior on or off the field by players, fans, or coaches can result in red cards for the offending player or the captain of the associated team.
 
YELLOW CARD: A player receiving a yellow card must leave the field of play. Any Yellow carded player shall return after 2 minutes with the referee’s permission. The team plays down a player during these 2 minutes.
 
RED CARD: Any individual receiving a red card must leave the game immediately after being issued the red card. If the red card is issued due to violence the player must leave the field area / courtyard immediately. The team may not replace the red-carded player in the game and must play short for the remainder of the game.
 
Yes, this league has highly competitive games each week - but please play clean with your opponents - being the champions feels oh so good -  but it certainly isn’t worth potential injuries to players which may result in a lifetime of knee problems - or a player appearing at work with a broken arm or black eye (…or what have you).
 
 
THE INTERNATIONAL GODDESS OF SOCCER LOVE INTONES:
“Pushing and tripping are not skills.”
 

FORFEITS
Teams must do everything possible to field a team.  Alert the league if you’re short players for a game and we’ll try to help you.  We advise showing up if you have any # of players available. 

If a team does not have 4 roster players in a game it is considered a scrimmage and a forfeit win to the opponent. 

Teams that do not alert the league by 4:30pm of a forfeit will not be allowed to re-register for upcoming seasons without paying a "forfeit bond" equal to $100 for each forfeit.

Forfeits are 5-0 to the winner.  
Teams which do not alert the league and are "no shows" may lose 2 points in the standings. 

Teams with excessive forfeits will not be allowed to register for future seasons.
 

 RINGERS
Ooooh this is the sticky one…
 
ringers vs. subs
 
RINGER - any player who is not on your official roster who comes in to
play for your team when you are going to be short of players.
 
SUBSTITUTE - any player (roster or ringer) who is not in the field of play but
waiting on the sidelines to go in for another player when they come off the field.
 
REGARDING RINGERS
We prefer that you bring in ringers that you know from other leagues and teams or who are friends of players on your team.
 
Often players picked up last minute at the fields do not know or understand the rules and nature of COED soccer and play too aggressively.  If you do pick up an a player at the field that you do not know, please be sure to brief them on the basic rules. (no offsides, no sliding, no dangerous play etc.)
 
TEAMS are responsible for making sure any/all ringers have signed a waiver and are completely aware of all rules and policies of the league.
 
NYC Soccer Collective has the right to refuse play to any ringer, brought in by any team, that is not registered in the league.
 
COMPETITIVE DIVISION Ringer Rule 
 
*YOU MAY bring in RINGERS (outside players) when your team is going to be short.
 
BUT you may only use enough ringers to enable your team to play with a full squad of 7 + 1 substitute and no more.
 
This means you may not have more than 8 players involved/playing in a game if you have any ringers (players who are not on your official roster) involved.
 
For one thing, it simply is not fair for paying/registered players to be sitting out, for any time at all if they don’t wish to,  if there are ringers playing on the fields.
 
EXAMPLE
 
v If you have 4 of your registered players available for a game * you may bring 4 ringers in. 
 
v If you have 5 of your registered players available for a game * you may bring 3 ringers in. 
 
v If you have 6 of your registered players available * you may bring 2 ringers in. 
 
v If you have 7 registered players available * you may bring 1 ringer in.
 
v If you have 8+ registered players available * sorry, NO ringers may play. 
 
Get it?
 
v IF you have players who are running late:
 
* YOU MAY start short until your players arrive
In this case teammates may join the game when they arrive.
 
OR
 
* YOU MAY use ringers until late teammates arrive
 
In this case WHEN late players arrive they can replace
the ringers immediately and the ringers they replace may not play
in the duration of the game
 
If players show up into the second half - of the game they may not replace ringers

THESE RULES REGARDING RINGERS / LATE PLAYERS DOES NOT APPLY IF THE TEAM IS NOT AT THE 8 MAXIMUM PLAYERS FOR THE GAME.  IF A TEAM IS PLAYING WITH 7 PLAYERS (including ringers) / NO SUBS - THE LATE PLAYER WILL BE CONSIDERED THE 8th PLAYER, DOES NOT NEED TO REPLACE THE RINGER and CAN ENTER THE GAME AT ANY TIME.
 
If someone on your team has paid and drops out completely (meaning they will not play again in the season) – someone may permanently take their place on the roster – see ADD / DROP
 
If you know you’re going to be short players and need a ringer - or lose a player. Let us know.
 
We often have a list of players who couldn’t fit on teams who would be happy to sub in for games.
 
RECREATIONAL DIVISION Ringer Rule 
 
v   You may bring in ringers (outside players) when your team is going to be short. 
 
     BUT you may not have more than 11 players playing in a game.
 
v ALL RINGERS / OUTSIDE PLAYERS must sign and bring a waiver / release form before they play.
 
v    DURING THE FINALS: RECREATIONAL division teams are limited to 9 maximum players in the finals to allow 1 MALE sub and 1 FEMALE sub (you can not have 2 male subs or 2 female subs)

IF ANY RINGER / MAXIMUM PLAYER RULES ARE BROKEN THE TEAM WILL HAVE GOALS TAKEN AWAY FROM THE SCORE for each extra player OR the team will lose by forfeit, decision is at the discretion of the league and/or referee.

 


ADD/DROP

 

If someone on your team has paid and drops out completely (meaning they will not play again in the season) – someone may permanently take their place on the roster for the remainder of the season.  A player who has been dropped from the roster may not be added back to the roster in the same season.

 

For any ADD / DROPS - send an email to ADDdrop@nycsoccercollective.net and update your online roster.

YOU MUST send an email plus ADD / DROP players on your online roster 
24 hours prior to the first game the switch takes place.

YOUR roster is frozen 24 ho prior to your final league game of the season
(your team’s last game of regular league play before any playoffs, semi-finals, finals)

ALL REPLACEMENTS must bring / sign a waiver / release form before they play.


COLORS/SHIRTS
ALL TEAMS MUST WEAR THEIR OFFICIAL LEAGUE SHIRTS.
If a player doesn’t have their official NYC Soccer Collective shirt
they may wear a shirt or pinnie that is the CORRECT color for the team.

If there is any writing on it of any kind, it must be worn
inside out. 
 
If the color is off and the other team objects - you will have to get a CORRECT color shirt – or the player must leave the field.
 
Be sure to check the schedule in advance.
If there is a team with a jersey color that is close to your team’s color you should plan to bring white shirts for that game date.  If you’re not aware of which teams have colors close to your own, write and ask. 
 
Ø Many teams colors are posted on their teampages.  Click on the team name in the schedule or standings.
 
Many players are very good at taking in the whole field at once and spotting teammates or opposition out of the corner of their field of vision by uniform color. This is part of the skill of the game.  
 
You are taking an advantage and making it more difficult for the other team if your team is not in uniform colors.
 
11v11 Divisions are required to provide their own jerseys, with numbers, to league standards. 
For every 2 players in a game who are not wearing a team jersey with a number, the same as the other players on the team, the other team will be awarded a PK.    In the case that a team is wearing an alternate color due to a color conflict they will not  be subject to the PK rule.   

(this means 1 player not in uniform/# = 0 PKS
2 players not in uniform = 1 PK
3 players not in uniform = 1 PK
4 players not in uniform = 2 PKs
5 players not in uniform = 2 PKs
6 players not in uniform = 3 PKs
etc...) 
 
Team pinnies or t-shirts are provided with your league fee for teams in the small sided divisions.  Teams may purchase CUSTOM JERSEYS (performance style jerseys, not t-shirts) with their team name, logo, corporate logo etc... for an additional fee, and can use them for subsequent seasons and receive a "shirt recycling" discount.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.


BALLS

Please do not remove balls from the ball bag. These are game balls and not for warming up.
Teams must bring their own balls for warm up purposes. 
We lose too many balls each season to let balls out before the games.


PLAYOFF / FINALS

Playoff Finals will be played amongst the top 4 teams in each division. 
1st vs. 4th and 2nd vs. 3rd in the Semi-Finals with the winners of the semifinals playing a final game directly following the semi-finals. 

When there are 2 groups in a division, the top two teams in each group will play each other in the playoff/finals.
Group A 1st place vs. Group B 2nd place / Group B 1st place vs. Group A 2nd place -- the winners of the semifinals playing a final game directly following the semi-finals. 
 
YOUR roster is frozen the 24 hours prior to your final league game of the season 
(your team’s last game of regular league play before any playoffs, semi-finals, finals)

If your roster was not entered by the 2nd game of the season or you made updates after the deadline stated above you will not be allowed to play with more than 8 or 9 players in the game depending on the division (see below).  

v    DURING THE FINALS:  
 
COMPETITIVE DIVISIONS * during the playoff finals teams are limited to 
8 maximum players in the game if using ANY ringers / players who are not on your roster.   
1 keeper + 6 outfield players + 1 sub. 
 
REC DIVISIONS * during the playoff/finals Rec Division teams are limited to
9 maximum players in the game if using ANY ringers / players who are not on your roster.
1 keeper + 6 field players (3 must be female) + 1 female sub + 1 male sub.  
(you may not have 2 female subs or 2 male subs) 
 


 CAPTAINS and Co-Captains

v  Captains and Co-Captains are responsible for making sure the players on their team

    understand and are familiar with the rules. 
 

v  On the first night they are responsible for getting all players to sign the team waiver/release form.

v Finding out in advance if all your players are available for games and if you will require ringers to have a full squad.

 

v   Making sure your roster is up to date and filling out an ADD / DROP form any time a player is added or dropped to/from the roster.


v   Checking the schedule and informing your team of the opponent, Time/Date, and field locations of your games.
 

v    Making sure that your team sets up next to the field you are scheduled to play on.

v    Making sure your team is ready for kickoff at game time.

v    Distributing shirts and making sure all teammates and ringers are wearing the correct color.

v   If your team is scheduled to play a team of a similar color making sure teammates bring white shirts to play in. 
 

v Reporting game scores and team scorers each week via your team page.
(for instructions click the Captains / Co-Captains on the home page )

 

v   Making sure any ringers who are not registered in the league sign waiver forms and are aware of, understand and participate by all league rules and regulations. 


REMINDERS for all teams and players

Games must start promptly as scheduled & we can not wait for late or missing players!
We are always on a tight schedule & games must run as scheduled!

Please walk around the fields to get to the other side. DO NOT walk through the fields across the lines.
As you know, as soccer players, the ball is not out until it has fully crossed the line, which means that if you’re walking on the line you’re in the field of play for both sides.

   
PLEASE stay on the sidelines and do not enter the field space until the referees tell you to do so unless it’s unquestionably clear that there is space on the pitches not being occupied by permit holders.

The leagues who hold the permits before our games have complained about players entering the field before their games/practices are finished.
Especially the Baseball coaches who are concerned for your safety due to renegade balls played by little leaguers!

ALL TEAMS – please check the schedule, know which pitch you are playing on and set up your camp/deposit your stuff near the pitch you will be playing on. We are losing a good amount of time waiting for teams to relocate
their belongings to the appropriate pitches.

PLEASE NOTE on the schedule any nights you are playing a team wearing a color similar to your own.

Teams should plan on bringing white shirts (or another alternative color) on a night when you are playing a team wearing a color close to your own.
   
Muchas Gracias!
ALL TEAMS AND PLAYERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR READING, UNDERSTANDING AND ABIDING BY
ALL RULES AND LEAGUE POLICIES.


 

PARTICIPANT WAIVER AND RELEASE: Each team member and/or participant (hereafter referred to as “Participant”) listed on the team rosters, added to a team roster at a later date, or invited to play with a team in any capacity, hereby certifies that he/she is physically fit and in normal health and has not been otherwise informed by a physician that he/she is incapable of participation in any sport league/clinic/tournaments, including those organized by NYC Soccer Collective (hereafter referred to as NYCSC.) Each participant agrees to familiarize themselves and abide by all NYCSC rules. Each participant acknowledges that he/she is aware of the risks inherent in participation in sports (including but not limited to training, practice and competition); that sports are physical and can require considerable running, starting stopping, and physical exertion, in heat and humidity and could potentially lead to injuries including, but not limited to, overheating, dehydration, limb injuries, and possible permanent disability and death. Each participant agrees to assume any risks and to waive any and all rights to claim for injuries, loss or damages arising out of his/her participation in NYCSC. Each participant is responsible for conducting himself/herself safely and at a level consistent with his/her skill. Each participant further certifies that he/she maintains adequate health insurance to cover any injuries occurring as a result of participation in NYCSC. 

Each participant who registers and/or plays in any capacity in this league,
acknowledges understanding and reading of this waiver in full.

ALL TEAMS AND PLAYERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR READING, UNDERSTANDING AND ABIDING BY
ALL RULES AND LEAGUE POLICIES.


Click for 
LEAGUE INFO or visit home page / link under HEADLINES in the right side menu

For TEAM REGISTRATION visit home page / link under CONTENTS in left side menu.

For INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION visit home page / link under CONTENTS in left side menu.


  

TEAM / CORPORATE JERSEYS -   

additional $350 per team

For an additional $350 per team you will receive 10 JERSEYS (rather than Pinnies)
with CORPORATE SPONSOR or TEAM NAME / LOGO sublimated into the fabric.


You may use these jerseys for returning seasons and receive a ’shirt recycling bonus’.
  Return and re-use at least 10 league jerseys in a future season and you will receive $100 recycling refund for your team.


(Takes 5 weeks from time of payment and design approval)


    
  • Tech-Mesh fabric jersey
  • Moisture management fabric
  • Sublimated Garment       

 
 These are performance style jerseys * NOT T-shirts.