Iowa Soccer League Level 3 Central RULES


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Iowa Soccer League Level 3 Central RULES
SECTION 1 Introduction 1.0 Name 1.1 Purpose 1.2 League’s Association with Iowa Soccer 1.3 Goals 1.4 Management and Operations 1.5 Authority 1.6 Advisory Panel 1.7 Website 1.8 Rules changes
SECTION 2 Entry and Eligibility Criteria 2.0 Eligibility 2.1 Registration procedure 2.2 Age groups offered 2.3 Roster sizes, minimum number needed to play 2.4 Team Formation 2.5 Multiple rostering 2.6 Selection of team’s “playing age group” 2.7 Entry fee, collection of 2.8 Withdrawal of team entry
SECTION 3 League Standards and Expectations 3.0 Programming Guided by Iowa Soccer’s Player Pathway 3.1 Alliance 4 All: Practice Better Sportsmanship 3.2 Education: Coaches and Parents
SECTION 4 Scheduling 4.0 Seasons 4.1 Number of games 4.2 Play dates 4.3 Group Formation 4.4 Travel distances 4.5 Responsibility for scheduling 4.6 Rescheduling allowance and notification of

SECTION 5 Specifications and Requirements 5.0 Comprehensive Chart of Standards and Requirements 5.1 Field inventory 5.2 Team benches and spectator sideline
SECTION 6 Referees 6.0 System for assigning 6.1 Certified referees required, Number of referees assigned to a match 6.2 Pay scale 6.3 Method of payment 6.4 No-shows 6.5 Participant obligation to referees 6.6 Referee obligation to participants 6.7 A Referee’s reporting requirements
SECTION 7 Required Game Credentials 7.0 Team roster, player and coach passes, guest player credentials
SECTION 8 Guest Player Allowance 8.0 Guest player allowance 8.1 Eligibility 8.2 Abuse of allowance 8.3 Spirit of allowance 8.4 Maximum roster size applies 8.5 Guest player form timeline requirement 8.6 Last minute situations 8.7 Information needed to submit guest player form 8.8 Compliance and approval 8.9 Guest player game credentials
SECTION 9 Playing Rules 9.0 FIFA Laws of the Game except as noted 9.1 Game length 9.2 Overtime 9.3 Small-sided forms of the game 9.4 Forfeits 9.5 Completed game 9.6 Substitutions 9.7 Playing time requirement 9.8 Game ball 9.9 Game credentials

9.10 Team uniforms and player equipment 9.11 Heading restrictions and limitations 9.12 Concussions, possible head injury and return to play 9.13 Cautions, send-offs 9.14 Referee authority at the game
SECTION 10 Scores and standings 10.0 Reporting 10.1 League points, standings
SECTION 11 Conduct and Discipline 11.0 Sportsmanship expectations 11.1 Send-offs 11.2 Disciplinary Committee 11.3 Disciplinary Committee procedures
SECTION 12 Protests and Appeals 12.0 Investigation 12.1 Decision 12.2 Filing a protest

SECTION 1 Introduction
1.0 Name The name of the league is the Iowa Soccer League Level 3 Central hereafter referred to as “ISL Level 3 Central” or “ISL L3 Central” or “L3 Central” or “League.”
1.1 Purpose The purpose of the ISL Level 3 Central is to provide opportunities to play, and to develop, promote, and administer youth soccer competition at the recreational level for the 11U-19U age groups. The League will strive to provide an enjoyable, developmentally-appropriate and competitive platform for players and coaches, while keeping administrative barriers to a minimum so kids can get on the field and games can be played.
1.2 League’s Association with Iowa Soccer The League is an Iowa Soccer property, open exclusively to Iowa Soccer member teams within and surrounding Central Iowa.
1.3 Goals The League will:
 Be developmentally appropriate  Provide meaningful competition  Provide improved competition formats for players to enjoy and develop  Provide coaching education standards and resources  Take a common sense approach to matters so as to best support a fun and
developmentally appropriate playing environment
1.4 Management and Operations The League is managed and operated by Iowa Soccer staff with a designated League Director. The Iowa Soccer staff will collaborate with club technical leaders (Section 1.6) to assure maximum collaboration, teamwork and input from participating clubs.
1.5 Authority Participating clubs will be responsible for teams entering the league and ultimately will be responsible for team (player, coach, parent/supporter) actions.
The League is under the authority of the Iowa Soccer Association and its Board of Directors. Direct authority for management and operations of the League rests solely with the Iowa Soccer staff.
Iowa Soccer reserves the right to make certain decisions regarding the League, as it deems necessary, for the good of the game, in order to improve the game and/or to protect the participants. Such

decisions shall include but are not limited to: postponement or cancellation of games; rescheduling of games; changing of fields; changing of sites; fair play; unsporting behavior.

All teams submitting an entry to compete in the League thereby agree to abide by and accept the jurisdiction of the bylaws, policies, rules and regulations of the Iowa Soccer Association, the Iowa Soccer League, US Youth Soccer, US Soccer and FIFA. No official, coach, club, referee, player, team or their representatives may invoke the aid of the Courts without first exhausting all available remedies within the appropriate affiliated soccer organizations noted above.

1.6 Advisory Panel The Iowa Soccer staff will utilize an Advisory Panel for collaboration. The panel is advisory in nature and may make recommendations, but is not a decision-making body. The panelists serve to bring their perspectives to the Iowa Soccer staff and League Director and serve as ambassadors and advocates of and for league participants.

1.6.1
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Eligibility to serve Current or immediate past member of your club’s board Current club registrar and/or club administrator Current club staff members and/or technical leaders

1.6.2 Volunteering to serve Iowa Soccer staff will seek volunteers in advance of the terms of service.

1.6.3



Panel make-up As possible, will seek to have an even distribution of club registrars/administrators, club board members/presidents, club technical leaders. As possible in making selections in those categories, will seek to rotate and select so as to have a variety across clubs with teams participating in the league.

1.6.4 Length of service Terms will be staggered in order to maintain continuity from panel to panel and will run between 18-24 months.

1.7 Website The league website will serve as the informational and promotional hub for participants and fans alike. It can be found on www.iowasoccer.org.

1.8 Rules changes Rules may be updated/revised at any time. Please make it a point to review the rules prior to the opening weekend of competition for your team, and to review them regularly. A plea of ignorance to all rules and regulations governing this competition is not sufficient grounds for not following them, or to serve as the basis for a protest.

SECTION 2 Entry and eligibility criteria

2.0 Eligibility Entry is accepted on a team basis and teams and players must be currently registered with Iowa Soccer in 11U-19U age groups.

2.0.1 Each team and participant must be a current member of and in good standing with Iowa Soccer.

2.1 Registration procedure Clubs should only enter a team into the League knowing it will be able to field that team and field it in the age group selected at the time of team entry. During the registration period a designated club official will be in charge of utilizing the online team entry tool to enter all teams from the club.

2.2 Age Groups Offered The Iowa Soccer League Level 3 Central offers single age group divisions for 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U in both girls and co-ed. Should there not be enough teams to form a single age group division, age divisions will be combined (11U-12U, 13U-14U). The League also offers a 16U division and a 19U division for girls and for co-ed. As necessary, small-sided divisions (7v7) will also be offered and supported in 13U-19U age groups.

2.3 Roster sizes, minimum number needed to play  11U, 12U (9v9)  13U, 14U, 16U, 19U (11v11)  If needed, small-sided 7v7 @ 13U, 14U, 16U, 19U

maximum of 16 maximum of 22, 18 “game active” maximum of 14

Minimum number of players needed to play  11U, 12U playing 9v9  13U-19U playing 11v11  13U-19U playing 7v7

minimum of 7 minimum of 9 minimum of 6

2.4 Team Formation Level 3 teams are recreational-based teams and therefore must be in compliance with Level 3 team formation rules; teams may not be formed on the basis of talent evaluation and must be formed randomly. Refer to the Iowa Soccer Association Member Rules Section 1.

 The League does try to accommodate teams classified as Level 2 with a schedule, but is primarily a league for Level 3 teams. Refer to the Iowa Soccer Association Member Rules Section 1 for classifications.

2.5 Multiple rostering Starting at the 9U age group, players may be registered to two Iowa Soccer sanctioned teams at any given time during the seasonal year; this is considered multiple rostering. One team must be designated as the primary team and the other team will be designated as the secondary team.
 Each team is limited to three secondary rostered players.  Players multiple rostered to a Level 3 team and a Level 1 or 2 will have the Level 1 or 2 team
designated as their primary team
2.6 Selection of Team’s “Playing Age Group” The ISL L3 Central takes a common sense approach to team placement in an age group. It is a goal that by offering single playing age groups at 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U that teams are more likely to be placed in a playing group against teams of similar age and development, if not playing ability.
We know clubs sometimes must place an “older” player or two on the only team available in the age group, and which happens to be a “younger” team, in order for the older kids to have a place to play. By way of doing that, the team then must be classified as an “older” team - for example, you have a true 13U team but must place one or two true 14U players on the “younger” team’s roster, which results in the team’s official classification as a 14U team.
 In such “play down” instances, the allowances are o 12U may select to play in 11U playing age group o 14U may select to play in 13U playing age group
 Not allowed o 16U to play in 14U or below playing age group o 19U to play in 16U or below playing age group
 Unacceptable use of this selection allowance o It is not acceptable for a team to intentionally select “play down” when the team’s developmental level supports playing in its own (or higher) playing age group. The League will monitor and track scores and address any questions or issues if they arise. Abuse of this common sense approach will not be tolerated.
 It is not allowable to place a team in a division with a different form of the game (6v6, 9v9, 11v11, etc.) o Example: A 13U team may NOT play in the 12U division
Another scenario is that a team in an age group may have an advanced development and/or wish to challenge itself by playing up one age group from its actual roster designation. For example, a true 13U team is allowed to select to play in a 14U playing age group.
 In such “play up” instances, the allowances are o 11U may select to play in 12U playing age group o 13U may select to play in 14U playing age group
 Not allowed o 11U or 12U to play in 13U or 14U playing age group

o 13U or 14U to play in 16U or 19U playing age group
Therefore as part of the ISL L3 Central’s goal to be flexible, and to collaborate with participants, while striving “to provide an enjoyable, developmentally-appropriate and competitive platform for players…” during the team entry process:
 The Registrar/Club Administrator is asked to select the “playing age group” that is best suited to the team’s age and/or playing or developmental ability. o From the entry form: Select "playing age group" for this team
 Later in the entry form, will provide additional detail by selecting one of the following: o Entering this team one age group UP from its official age group classification o Entering this team in its ACTUAL age group classification o Entering this team one age group DOWN from its official age group classification
2.7 Entry Fee, Collection of The team entry fee is $25 per team, per season. Team entry fee is not due at the time of entry; Iowa Soccer will invoice clubs for their total team entries in a playing season.
2.8 Withdrawal of team entry Clubs should only enter a team into the League knowing it will be able to field that team and field it in the age group selected at the time of team entry.
2.8.1 Team entry checkpoints There will be a minimum of two checkpoints prior to the release of the final schedule match that a designated club official will be asked to verify its club’s entries
1. In the days immediately following the close of team entry (fall) 2. In the days immediately following the close of team entry/formation of groups (spring) 3. In the days immediately following the import of data by our scheduling partner
TeamsCompete
2.8.2 Penalty for late withdraw from the league (effective with Spring 2017 entry) If the League Director and scheduling partner TeamsCompete have completed the process of confirming team entries with the designated club official via the checkpoints per Section 2.8.1 and a club subsequently requests to withdraw a team, the club will be subject to a fine up to $250, and further consideration may be made as to the eligibility of that team and/or club to compete in the League in the next playing season.

Section 3 League Standards and Expectations 3.0 Programming Guided by Iowa Soccer’s Player Pathway

3.0.1



Focus, by Age Group 11U & 12U: Participation Pathway - Soccer for Life, Active for Life. The primary focus for this stage of development is to have fun and maintain an active lifestyle. From a soccer perspective, the focus should be on technical development and basic understanding of tactical principles in the 9v9 game format. 13U thru 19U: Participation Pathway - Soccer for Life, Active for Life This is a very unique stage of development due to the onset of growth spurts, which are generally age ranges between 11 to 15 for girls and 12 to 16 for boys. The primary focus during this stage of development is to create an enjoyable playing environment where players can continue to develop, refine, and apply their technique as well as further develop their tactical understanding of the game as they progress to the 11v11 game format. In the Participation pathway, the goal is to stay actively involved recreationally for life to promote health and for enjoyment of the sport.

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Iowa Soccer League Level 3 Central RULES