General Information & Playing Rules
General League Information:
ABUSIVE AND DISCRIMINATORY BEHAVIORS—physical, verbal, psychological—against any participant (players, referees, spectators) are not acceptable and will not be tolerated in our league (racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, xenophobia, etc). Any language or action used that is intended to insult, degrade, threaten, frighten, harm or harass will result in a red card and removal from the park at minimum.
- ACSA is a full field, 90-min, 11v11 outdoor coed recreational league.
- We have 3 seasons a year: Fall (Sept-Nov/Dec), Spring (Feb-May/Jun), Summer (Jun-Aug). All matches are played Saturdays on a rotating schedule of 8:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00. With the exception of Summer seasons during World Cup years, full schedules are posted before the start of the season.
- We adhere to the same International Football Association Board (IFAB) rules that govern FIFA with a few exceptions that are noted HERE (important highlights listed below).
- Every player MUST be registered with the league to participate. This means that every player must obtain an ACSA player card through our Ateamo system. You get invited to register by your team captain. Player cards are $20 and are valid from September 1 to August 31.
- In addition to player card fees and team registration fee (varies each season), each team is responsible for paying referees each match ($40). Referees use Venmo, Cashapp and sometimes Paypal. ACSA schedules 1 center referee per match.
- Teams need to have matching shirts (soccer jerseys preferred) with numbers.
- Forfeits within 48 hours of scheduled match time incur a financial penalty of covering ref fees for both teams ($80) and potentially additional administrative fees. Forfeits must be received at least 48 hours in advance of your scheduled time to all correct parties (forfeit@ACSAsoccer.org AND the opposing team captain) to avoid financial penalty. Team Captain contact information is located on the standings page.
- ACSA is a volunteer run non-charitable nonprofit organization (501c4). Officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) and Division Commissioners are elected from the pool of current season team captains in good standing with the league. All Committee Chairs and Coordinators are appointed by the President. The Referee Coordinator is the only paid employee of the league earning a monthly stipend. All volunteers receive 1 $50 credit per season towards their team registration fees.
ACSA playing rules highlights (click here for full ACSA playing rules – below highlights reflect most recent changes):
Male field players may not exceed 5. The goalkeeper may be male or female, and does NOT count as a field player. To start a match your team must have 6 field players and 1 goalie—at least 1 of the field players must be female.
90min with two 45min halves (5min halftime). Water breaks may be given in each half if both captains agree (required in Summer season). Water breaks do not exceed 1-2min and the game clock keeps running.
If a team does not have the required minimum to start a match 15 min after scheduled game start, the team must forfeit and pay all ref fees ($80). All matches must end at least 10 minutes before the next match scheduled on the same field. If necessary, halftime will be reduced and both halves shortened equally in order to end on time.
SUBSTITUTION is open/unlimited, but can happen ONLY during goal kicks, throw-ins on possession, kick-off, for injury, and returning from water breaks or halftime.
• All goals by any player is 1point.
• No player may score more than 3 goals a match.
• A goal is attributed to the last offensive player to touch the ball before it passes over the goal line. A deflection is defined as a shot deemed ON TARGET, but redirected by a defender.
• An own goal is awarded only if the defender makes an intervention which results in the goal being scored, and it was NOT PREVIOUSLY ON TARGET.
NO SLIDE TACKLES BY FIELD PLAYERS
A sliding tackle or slide tackle is a tackle in which a player deliberately leaves his/her feet to slide along the ground and take the ball away from the opposing player. Slide tackles result in direct free kick.
A player may slide as long as there are no other players involved or impacted. e.g. keeping a ball in play. A referee may stop play for sliding if they feel the slide was too close to other players or created a dangerous situation.
PAGE 59 FROM IFAB “LAWS OF THE GAME”
“Decisions will be made to the best of the referee’s ability according to the [laws] and the ‘spirit of the game’ and will be based on the opinion of the referee, who has the discretion to take appropriate action within the framework of the [laws]. The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play, including whether or not a goal is scored and the result of the match, are final. The decisions of the referee, and all other match officials, must always be respected.”