These Playing Rules supersede all playing rules:
The Marin Interleague Soccer Alliance (MISA) shall operate under a point system. The point system shall award (3) points for a win, (1) point for a tie and (0) points for a loss.
In case of a tie in the standings within a group:
- “Average game points”; and if still tied -
- “Fewest Average Goals Allowed” per game”; and if still tied -
- “Most Average Goals Scored” per game (not to exceed a 6 goal differential in any one game); and if still tied -
- “Head to head” winner; and if still tied -
- “Coin Flip” In the event that two teams are still tied entering the playoffs, a division winner shall be determined by a coin flip. The time and place of the coin flip shall be determined by the MISA BOD, and shall be conducted by the MISA Chairperson.
Standard Playing Rules:
MISA shall play under the standard FIFA laws of the game. The MISA Board of Directors reserves the right to amend rules as necessary to maintain a fair and safe playing experience for all players.
Game Time, Field Sizes:
Fifth/Sixth Grade (U12) play two 30 minute halves | 10-min. halftime | Size 4 ball | Numbers of players - 9v9
Seventh/Eight Grade (U14), play two 35 minute halves| 10-min. halftime | size 5 ball | Number of players 11v11
Ninth/Tenth (U16), play two 40 minute halves| 10-min. halftime | size 5 ball | Number of players 11v11
Eleventh/Twelfth (U19) play two 40 minute halves | 10-min. halftime | size 5 ball | Number of players 11v11
- Overtime shall only be played during playoff or championship games.
- Based on the FIFA laws of the game, MISA shall play a maximum of two 5 minute
Golden Goal overtime periods. In the event that there is no winner at the end of the of the Golden Goal period, the game shall be determined by kicks from the Penalty mark.
Roster Cards are Required at All games
A roster card, including the names and pictures of all players, signed by the registrar of the club, and laminated is required to be presented to the referee before each game. All players names and pictures must be on the roster in order to play. Teams without roster cards will be reported to the MISA administrator and board, for their review and corrective action; and could result in possible forfeiture of game.
Players may be substituted at the following times:
- Prior to a throw-in, in your favor. If the team in possession of the ball substitutes, the other team may substitute players as well.
- Prior to a goal kick, by either team.
- After a goal, by either team.
- After an injury, when the referee stops play, by either team.
- At half time.
- When the referee stops play to caution a player, only the cautioned player may be substituted, prior to the restart of the game.
- The number of substitutes shall be unlimited. A substitute shall not enter the field of play until he/she has been given a signal to do so by the referee.
Number of Players:
Based on the FIFA laws of the game, each team shall play with no less than seven, and nor more than 11. Teams need not play with fewer than 11 (play numbers down) ( 9 in 5th/6th grade) as it will unfairly penalize the team with the correct number of players.
Three game balls shall be furnished by the Home Team.
Heading Not Allowed (FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE LEVEL ONLY):
Heading will not be permitted in the Fifth/Sixth Grade (Under 12) level.
When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.
If the field does not have a goal area marked (for example in a small sided game) then the kick is taken from the edge of the penalty area parallel to the goal line.
In all cases, the center referee should notify the player that heading is not permitted in the Fifth/Sixth (Under 12) grade age level. The referee shall not take additional action such as a yellow or red card, however the referee at his/her discretion may elect to warn the coach, asking that coach to remove the player from the field if the heading offenses continue.
Player’s Responsibility Relating to:
A Players First Yellow Card:
A cautioned (receiving first yellow card) player shall leave the field and may be replaced. Should the team with the cautioned player elect to play shorthanded, the cautioned player may not re-enter nor be replaced until the next legal substitution opportunity. For clarification, the cautioned player must leave the field, and may return at the next legal substitution.
A Players Second Yellow Card (Red Card), Red Card:
A player who receives a second Yellow card in the game, or a Red card must leave the field. The team with the Red carded player may not substitute for the ejected. The player must leave the technical area, and field of play if a parent or guardian is present.
Coaches/Staff Responsibility Relating To:
At the referee’s discretion, a Yellow Card or Red Card may be issued to a coach or staff member. Additionally, a referee may warn a coach, or send off (eject/disqualify) a coach using the traditional verbal method.
A coach or staff member may be cautioned or disqualified either for team misconduct or for bench misconduct that cannot be attributed to a specific individual, or his own misconduct. At the referee’s discretion, a Yellow or Red Card may be issued to
A coach who is disqualified must leave the vicinity of the playing area immediately and is prohibited from any contact, direct or indirect, with the team during the remainder of the game. Failure to comply shall result in termination of the game.
Red Card (ejection/disqualification):
The referee will report all red card infractions to the MISA Administrator for Board review and corrective action. A red card infraction carries a minimum of a one game suspension, but depending on the severity of the infraction, the MISA Board has the discretion of increasing the number of games the player or coach is suspended.
Fans Responsibility Relating To:
At the referee’s discretion, unruly fans can be asked to leave the vicinity of the playing area immediately and are prohibited from any contact, direct or indirect, with the team during the remainder of the game. The game will be suspended until the fan leaves; and if the fan refuses, the referee has the authority to terminate the game and file a report to the MISA Board for corrective action and the status/outcome of the game.
July 20, 2016
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This entity shall be known as Marin Interleague Soccer Alliance- MISA.
PURPOSE AND BOUNDARIES
The purpose of the Alliance shall be to develop, promote and administer the game of soccer among youths (from under-twelve through under-nineteen years of age), within Marin County, California. In pursuit of these purposes, the Alliance will provide facilities for game play, supply referees and organize end of season play-offs and/or tournaments.
The governing authority of this Alliance may create geographical sub-divisions within the territory, which shall be known as ‘areas’ (elementary school districts, or territories as defined by the Board of Directors).
This Alliance shall adhere to the mutually agreed upon By-Laws, Playing Rules and Protocol except when these are superseded by the US CLUB, NorCal, CYSA or USSF.
Membership in the MISA is open to recreational soccer clubs in Marin County, but not exclusive to, Mill Valley, Tiburon, Ross Valley Recreational, San Anselmo Recreational, West Marin, San Rafael Youth Soccer Club, Dixie Youth Soccer Association and Novato Youth Soccer Club. Each club has one vote per club, regardless of amount of players in each club.
At least 50% of the representatives to the Alliance shall have children currently playing or having played within the previous two seasons in the MISA or one of the 8 member clubs.
All members shall abide by the By-Laws of this Alliance, all Protocol and Player Rules as set forth by the Alliance and all applicable rules and regulations of the Associations with which MISA is affiliated.
Each club will act as the CHAIR for one calendar year.
Regular meetings of the Alliance Board will be held as necessary on a mutually agreed upon day (e.g. on the first Tuesday of each month), or by call of the Interleague Coordinator.
When a monthly meeting is not timely, an interim meeting may be called with 72 hours advance notice. Should a representative not be able to attend, a Club Board Member may send a proxy to vote.
At all meetings of the Alliance Board, five members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Majority rules the vote. (Interleague Coordinator and Members at Large are not voting members)
MISA/ By Laws/ Amended March 7th 2013/ Page 1 of 6
The Seasonal year shall be from August first (1st) through July thirty-first (31st). Insurance coverage shall be for the same period of time or as established by US CLUB and the carrier.
PROTEST AND APPEALS
MISA Board has the final decision for any disputes or appeals by individual clubs, teams, coaches or players. If a Red card is issued during a game, the penalty is removal of ONE subsequent game, pending further MISA decision.
All member teams shall be responsible for governing those persons associated with their own organization.
Payment to MISA Coordinator is the responsibility of each individual club. Payment schedule shall be 50% on August 1st, with submission of total number of teams. Second payment of 50% is due by October 31st of the same year, or before the Tournament Weekends begin. In addition, each club is responsible for their % portion of trophies and awards. Payment is considered delinquent when more than 10 days overdue.
Falsification of records shall be grounds for disbarment from future participation and/or membership in the Alliance.
A plea of ignorance to the By-Laws, Rules and Protocols of this Alliance is not sufficient and violators may expect appropriate action by the Alliance Board.
This Alliance shall not assume, nor be liable for the debts nor the financial responsibilities, either implied or incurred, of any of its clubs, members, team coaches, managers or teams.
All officers of this Alliance and officials of member teams shall be covered against personal liability claims by their individual Clubs for performing acts and duties directly related to the work of this Alliance.
Marin Interleague Soccer Alliance
- Age Groups August 1st is the official cut off for age groups. Players may ‘play up’ if the individual club allows it, e.g. keep with same grade level
- No players may play beneath their age group. (exceptions by MISA board approval, in cases of mental or physical disabilities
- U19 Team Exception - Player is currently enrolled in high school, 9th through 12th grades, OR is an Under 15 player.Assignments of players for the House Club teams shall be accomplished with the following objectives:
- Team Formation Balanced player strength on each team within each member club. Clubs may keep 25% of teams as a core, but the remaining 75% must be blind draft or by rankings. All teams must be evenly balanced with the club. No core teams may be retained.
- Roster Cards: Each team shall have a laminated roster card with all registered players photo and name, in addition to each coach/es name and photo (and team manger if applicable). The roster card shall be approximately 8 ½ x 11”.
- Roster Card / Referee Review: Roster Cards will be presented to the referee prior to the game starting. Players not on the Laminated Roster Card are not allowed to play under any circumstance.
- Teams without Roster Card at Game Time: Teams without a roster card shall play the game. The infringement and reason for lack of roster shall be reported to the Club Board and MISA.
- Game Cards: Referees shall complete game cards for every MISA game including the date, score, coach’s names, and final score. The game card shall also include any infractions in which a penalty card has been issued. The game card shall be signed by referee and returned to the referees MISA home representative.
- Coaches / Spectators: Coaches and players for both teams shall be on the same sideline, with all spectators viewing from the opposite sideline. There is no viewing from either end-line.
- Spectators: All spectators shall behave in accordance with their home clubs Code of Conduct regardless of where the game is being played.
- Coaching Staff: There shall be a limit of three coaches / staff for each team. Each coaching staff shall have at least one staff member 18 years of age or older.
- Referee Authority: The referee has jurisdiction over the game and all coaches, players and spectators from the time he/she enters the field of play until he signals the end of the game. Referees will follow all home Club rules.
- Uniform Color: It is required that teams participate in distinctly different colors. In the event that both teams are wearing the same color, the home team will be required to change to an alternate color.
- Players wearing a hard orthopedic cast or splint shall not participate in any game. Soft casts may be allowed at the discretion of the referee.
- Goalies shall wear a jersey, or vest, of a color other than that of either team or the referee.
- Select Team / Multiple Team: Players are not allowed to play for multiple teams including, but not limited to, playing for a participating MISA team, as well as a second team of any qualification. Team rosters determined at August 1st date.
- Multiple Team - Under 19 Age (Player) Exception: There is one exception in which a player can play on multiple teams: a U19 player can play on a high school team as well as a MISA team.
- Players Every player, present and fit to play, shall play not less than one-half of the game time, including playoffs and tournaments. A player shall play only one game per day, excluding tournaments, playoffs or championship games. A game may be forfeited if any eligible player, regardless of practice attendance, does not play the minimum time of 50%.
- Roster Size there is a limit of 22 players for HS teams. However, specifically for U19 (high school) it would review requests for exceptions on an as needed basis.
- Red Cards: The Center Referee of the game notifies the Club Referee Coordinator, the CRC contacts the MISA Representative and the MISA Coordinator, it is brought to the MISA Board for further evaluation of suspension or consequence.
- Violations of the MISA Protocols: The MISA Board of Directors shall issue penalties for any violation of the protocols. The MISA Board shall determine penalties at their monthly board meeting, at the discretion of the simple majority of the board.
Playing Rules 2013
The Marin Interleague Soccer Association (MISA) shall operate under a point system. The point system shall award (3) points for a win, (1) point for a tie and (0) points for a loss. In case of a tie in the standings within a group:
1) “Goals Against” The number of goals a team allows
2) “Goals For” The number of goals scored by a team
3) “Coin Flip” In the event that two teams are still tied entering the playoffs, a division winner shall be determined by a coin flip. The time and place of the coin flip shall be determined by the MISA, and shall be conducted by the MISA Chairperson.
Standard Playing Rules
MISA shall play under the standard FIFA laws of the game. MISA reserves the right to amend rules as necessary to maintain a fair and safe playing experience for all players.
Game Time, Ball Size, Player Count
U12 play two 30 minute halves | 10-min. halftime | size 4 ball | Numbers of players - 11v11
U14, play two 35 minute halves| 10-min. halftime | size 5 ball | Number of players -11v11
HS play two 40 minute halves | 10-min. halftime | size 5 ball | Number of players - 11v11
- Overtime shall only be played during tournament, playoff or championship games.
- Based on the FIFA laws of the game, MISA shall play a maximum of two 5 minute Golden Goal overtime periods. I n the event that there is no winner at the end of the of the Golden Goal period, the game shall be determined by kicks from the Penalty mark.
- Game lengths will vary for Playoff and Championship Games (see Tournament Rules)
All Substitutions shall be made at the referee’s discretion and approval at any stoppage of play, excluding a corner kick. Player(s) coming off the field will be removed before substitute(s) enter the field. Substituted player(s) will be at the mid line ready to enter the field.
The team in possession of the ball may substitute an unlimited number of players on throw-ins. A team may substitute on the opponent's throw in, if substitutions are being made AND at the discretion of the referee.
Number of Players
Based on the FIFA laws of the game, each team shall play with no less than seven, and nor more than 11. Teams need not play with fewer than 11 (play numbers down) as it will unfairly penalize the team with the correct number of players.
The game balls shall be furnished by the Home Team.