Section 1, Age Groups:
Age divisions shall be comprised of players who are, before the first day of August of the current season, under
A) U6 (must be 4 years old before August 01 of that year)
Section 2, Season:
A) The season shall be held in the late summer/fall.
B) All age groups shall play an eight (8) game schedule with one make-up date for cancellations
Section 3, Registration:
A) Each player must provide a signed Fall River Youth Soccer association (FRYSA) registration form and have a copy of birth certificate on file with FRYSA.
B) Each member of FRYSA must be affiliated with the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA). It is the responsibility of FRYSA to submit documentation to MYSA.
C) All volunteers must have a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) submitted prior to any contact with a youth member as outlined in Section 401 of the FRYSA Policies Manual.
D) The fee to participate in the fall recreational season will be determined prior to each season. Multi-member family discounts may be offered.
E) Financial hardships will be considered upon request to a League official.
Section 4, Team Size:
A) A maximum of 12 players are allowed on each team roster for the U 8 – U 14 age groups.
B) A maximum of 10 players are allowed on each team roster for the U 6 age groups.
C) Multiple rostering with a travel team is allowed per the guidelines in Section 201 of the FRYSA Policy Manual.
Section 5, Rules of the Game:
A) All teams under the jurisdiction of this League shall play under the rules of the game as approved by FIFA and as amended by the Rules of Play of FRYSA.
B) For the all age groups, FIFA red card rules do not apply; however, a coach or player may be removed from a game for misconduct at the discretion of the referee. The penalty for a game misconduct will be set forth in Section 505 of the FRYSA Policies Manual.
C) For all age groups, FIFA off-sides rules will not be enforced, unless a player intentionally occupies an area behind the second to last defender to obtain a competitive advantage.
Section 6, Game Procedure:
A) Game Times
1. Duration: U6 – U14 (2) 25 minute halves with a 5 minute halftime
2. Scheduled start:
a. U6 – 8:30 AM
b. U8 – 10:00 AM
c. U10 – 11:30 AM
d. U12/U14 – 1:00 PM
B) Game Balls
1. #3… Under 6
2. #4…. Under 8, 10 and 12
3. #5…. Under 14
C) Team Locations
1. Both teams must be on the same side of the field, with spectators on the opposite side, six (6) feet back from the sideline.
2. For the all age groups there shall be no more than two (2) coaches in the team area.
D) Player Line Ups
1. All players on the roster will play in scheduled games. The coach(es) are responsible for ensuring equal playing time amongst all players.
2. Players considered to be among the strongest players are not to play the entire game unless the minimum number of players required to participate are present for the game.
E) Number of Players on the Field
1. U6 – Five (5) for each team (5 v 5), no goalkeepers are used. Minimum number is 4 players to start a game
2. U8 – U14 – Six (6) for each team, including the goalkeeper. (6 v 6) Minimum number is 4 players to start a game
F) Playing Fields
The field of play must be rectangular. The length of the touchline must be greater than the length of the goal line. The field dimensions shall be:
U6 Age Groups:
a. Length – approx. 30 yds.
b. Width – approx. 20 yds.
c. Halfway Line – None
d. Center Circle – None
e. Corner Arcs – None
f. Goal Area – None
g. Penalty Area – None
h. Goals – Pug nets
U8 – U14 Age Groups:
a. Length – 40 yds., minimum, 60 yds., maximum
b. Width – 20 yds., minimum, 30 yds., maximum
c. Halfway Line – Marked out across the field
d. Center Circle – None
e. Corner Arcs – conform to FIFA
f. Goal Area – A goal area is defined at each end of the field as follows: Two lines are drawn at right angles to the goal line three (3) yards from the inside of each goalpost. These lines extend into the field of play for a distance of three (3) yards and are joined by a line drawn parallel with the goal line. The area bounded by these lines and the goal line is the goal area.
g. Penalty Area – A penalty area is defined at each end of the field as follows: Two lines are drawn at right angles to the goal line six (6) yards from the inside of each goalpost. These lines extend into the field of play for a distance of six (6) yards and are joined by a line drawn parallel with the goal line. The area bounded by these lines and the goal line is the goal area
h. Goals – 6 feet high and 12 feet wide
G. Team Uniforms
Goalkeepers must wear colors that distinguish them from the other players (pinnie). Uniforms must consist of numbered shirts, shorts, socks and footwear, which may be sneakers or soccer shoes. No metal cleats are allowed. No player will be allowed to play without shin guards. No team shall play without shirts.
U6 – At any point during the game at the coach’s discretion
U8-U14 - Players shall report to the center line on the player side of the field to enter the game upon referee approval. Substitutions may be freely made at the following points in the game:
1) half time
2) after a goal is scored
3) when game is stopped for injury
4) both teams prior to a throw-in if the offense substitutes
5) prior to a goal kick
Substitution is not allowed on free kicks or corner kicks.
Section 7, Referees
A) Coaches will act as referees during U6 play. Coaches will actively direct play during the course of the game. Coaches do not receive payment for this service.
B) FRYSA will supply at least one (1) referee for each U8 – U14 match. Two (2) referees will be assigned whenever possible.
C) The official referee shall be the sole judge on the field of play and his/her decision shall be final. No protest based on referee’s judgment decisions shall be allowed. Any complaints about any official shall be directed to an Executive Board member or the Referee Representative(s) of the FRYSA.
D) The presence of an experienced referee, assigned by FRYSA, will oversee the training of referees and coordination of the referee evaluation process.
E) Referee fees and payment shall be as set forth in Section 502 of the FRYSA Policies Manual.
Section 8, Field Unplayable
If the field is unplayable, the Fall Director, President or other Executive Board Member(s) of FRYSA will notify the Referee Assignor, Coaches and volunteers at least two (2) hours before the scheduled start time, preferably the night before scheduled play.
A) The primary means of notification will be via the FRYSA website. Additionally, all coaches will be contacted by phone and/or email as provided to the league.
B) Coaches are responsible for contacting each player by phone to notify them of cancellations.
C) The referee assignor is responsible for contacting each referee by phone to notify them of cancellations.
D) In the event that inclement weather begins during a match, the match will continue to its completion unless stopped by the referee or FRYSA representative due to safety concerns.
E) In the event that inclement weather begins at any point during the course of scheduled play, subsequent age division games will be played unless otherwise determined by the referee and/or FRYSA representative due to safety concerns.
F) Make up games shall be scheduled per Section 103 in the FRYSA Policy Manual.
All Fall River Youth Soccer Association travel teams playing under the name Fall River United shall abide by and be bound by the rules of play and policies of the League or Association in which said team(s) are participants. In addition, all FRYSA travel teams will abide by and be bound to any applicable policies described in the FRYSA Policy Manual.