Rules

ERIE SOCCER LEAGUE (ESL)
RULES & REGULATIONS
Revision 1.2 – 05/31/2018

For the Good of the Game Always…
1. Play to win.
2. Play fair.
3. Observe the Laws of the Game.
4. Respect opponents, teammates, referees, officials and spectators.
5. Accept defeat with dignity.
6. Promote the interests of soccer.
7. Reject corruption, drugs, racism, violence and other dangers to our sport.
8. Help others to resist corrupting pressures.
9. Denounce those who attempt to discredit our sport.
10. Honor those who defend soccer’s good reputation.

Links to current IFAB rules pages

Introduction

The Erie Soccer League will compromise the following DIVISIONS: Men’s Open, Men’s Over 30 and Coed.

The main goal of these leagues is for amateur players to enjoy the game of soccer in a fair, structured, safe, and organized manner. Common sense should play a major role in each player’s attitude towards officials, opponents, and their fellow teammates. In short, this is a competitive league but it is recreation rather than professional. Please do your part (attitude and outlook wise) to keep the “adult” in you in these amateur adult soccer leagues.

As adults, we will hold each individual personally accountable for their actions and behavior within the league. We fully support competitive behavior and play but we do not condone or sanction combative attitude and/or play.

Administration

The Erie Soccer League Executive Committee officers will consist of the President, Registrar, League Commissioners, and the referee assignors of each league/division. Each playing division will have a commissioner.

The Executive Committee reserves the right to enact & enforce any and all rules set in place by the league. Fines, suspensions, forfeitures, and the like (where not defined in the rules and regulations) may be levied by a two-thirds majority of the members present at any regular or special meeting.

Registration/Rosters/Passes/Transfers

All teams and players must be officially registered with the US Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and paid in full of the “current calendar year” before playing in any league. Registration is performed via the league’s designated registrar and completed through the state association’s USASA database.

Procedure for Initial Registration of the calendar year

The team captain will collect the annual registration fee (currently $25 per individual player). The team captain will provide the league registrar with the player’s first and last name, email address, date of birth and proof of identity. The league registrar enters all of the registered players into the USASA database.

The registrar will create an official roster and will hold that official roster as part of the league record. The registrar will provide the team captain with a weekly line-up card for the season. It is the team captain’s responsibility to provide the referee with a copy of that line-up card for each match.

In the event the team captain has a new player to register, he should write the new player’s info into the line-up card. Additionally, he should collect the required information for initial registration. That supporting information and registration fee shall be forwarded to the league registrar within 24 hours at which time, the registrar will register the new player with the team. If no payment is received within the specified timeframe, the team will be fined the cost of registration for all unregistered players plus $10 per unregistered player. These fees must be paid prior to the team’s next match. Failure to comply with this rule may place the team in bad standing with the league and as such, the team may be ineligible for further activity within league play.

Prior to kickoff, the team captain shall provide the center referee with the team’s official line-up card. This card shall contain the name of every player suited for the match. If a player’s name is not on the line-up card, they do not belong in the match. If a player arrives late, it is the player’s responsibility to check in with the center referee to have his name added to the line-up card before playing (if he is not already listed).

At the end of the match, the line-up card shall be physically given to the league registrar by the referee. The referee shall not photograph, copy, text, or email the player card for any reason at all. The referee can, however, record information he needs to fill out his official match report prior to turning over the lineup card to the league registrar.

Players may transfer between teams as the respective league/divisions rules of competition allow.

Each league or division may establish a free agent pool. Free agents are not part of any one team but are eligible to play for any team that request their services. All players in the free agent pool must be registered with USASA and placed on the line-up card for the match. Free agents may play with only one team per game day even though they are eligible to appear with numerous teams throughout the season. Should a team wish to sign a free agent, they may do so – providing they fall within rostering and registration guidelines.

Referees

Referees must enforce the IFAB, Association, League, and Division Laws. They must maintain control of the match, the players, and the officials, as well as the spectators.

Referees must have a current USSF Grade 8 certification level and have had the required training in order to officiate at the amateur adult level.

Three referees shall be scheduled for all games.

In the event that the scheduled referee does not show, an acting referee may be used. However, the acting official must be approved by both team captains and must be a certified USSF Referee. The outcome of the match is final.

Referee reports for all games must be submitted to the proper league official with complete details within two days of the match completion. The referee report must include all red cards, yellow cards, results of the match, and any significant incident. Failure to file the required report will result in the referee being ineligible for future adult matches.

Referees are expected, whenever possible, to advise captains and coaches of any unacceptable conduct to give them an opportunity to correct the situation before taking other corrective action.

The referee assignor must ensure that appropriate crews of officials are assigned to games and that referees properly perform their responsibilities in officiating and reporting.

The 2018 referee fee schedule is as follows for all ESL Men’s League matches. Center referee $55 / Assistant Referee $40. If the center referee is grade 7 or higher, he will receive a $5 bonus as incentive for advancing his license.

Cancellation/Reschedule Policy

Teams who need to pull out of a match must do so by Thursday at 7pm of their game week. In the event a team pulls out of a match after Thursday, the league may impose a fine for rescheduling the match. The fine can be used to pay for field rental, referee fees, and assignor fees.

All league matches must be played. Teams failing to complete their season will be subjected to a $100 fine per unplayed game.

The referee may postpone a match due to unsafe field conditions in his judgement. In that case, the match will be rescheduled. The referee may suspend a match due to inclement weather. However, if the match has progressed past the half time interval mark, the score will stand as final. The referee may, at his discretion, suspend a match due to team misconduct, which would result in a forfeit (if one team is in violation).

Discipline

The Erie Soccer League & PAWest Adult Soccer Association supports soccer activity that is governed by a strong sense of individual and team sportsmanship. The league, the executive board, the referees, the players, the teams, and the spectators have a reasonable expectation to adult behavior in adult leagues. While some physical aspects of the game cannot be reasonably avoided, antics that are contrary to good sportsmanship and actions that are unbecoming of adulthood will not be tolerated.

Player offences will be tracked across all leagues in the Adult Association and sanctions/fines may accumulate and be honored in different leagues. The suggested punishments and fines may be altered by the Executive Board as circumstances warrant.

Fighting and violence will not be tolerated at any adult association match. The adult association reserves the right to bar any player or coach from participating in any or all league or association sanctioned matches.

With that in mind, players ejected by way of a red card shall, by default be suspended for one (1) subsequent game on their first offense of the calendar year. A second red card incurred in any one calendar year by a player will be banned for at least two matches and fined $50 before they can return to play in good standing. The red card policy stands true for all ejections with the exception of the following offenses (which carry a harsher penalty):

1. A player shall be shown the red card and ejected from an adult association match for insulting the referee and/or assistant referee(s) shall be suspended for two subsequent games and fined $25.
Repetition: Suspension for at least four matches and fined $50.
2. A player shall be shown the red card and ejected from an adult association match for violent conduct (which includes spitting against another player, team official or any other person at the match) shall be suspended for four (4) subsequent matches and fined $100.
Repetition: Suspension for at least four (4) matches and fined $200.
3. A player shall be shown the red card and ejected from an adult association match for serious violence against the referee and/or assistant referee(s) and shall be suspended for four (4) games and fined $100.
Repetition: Lifelong ban

The league’s disciplinary committee may be convened to review and confirm the above three cases. If such a committee is formed, the committee will confirm the charges and confirm the sentence. A two-thirds majority is required to overturn charges. Likewise, a two-thirds majority is required to deviate from the default suspension/fine scheme. The same stands true for players wishing to appeal a red card in that a two-thirds majority is required to overturn the red card. A player wishing to appeal a red card must indicate in writing (within 48 hours and by email to the league commissioner) that he wishes to appeal his red card. The committee will form within 72 hours to hear the case. A statement of fact should be submitted in writing and by email to explain how the law was misapplied that resulted in a red card. Opinions and other factors that do not directly relate to an alleged misapplication of a law that resulted in the red card will not be heard.

All disciplinary awards do carry over into consecutive league seasons. Suspensions and bans for violent conduct, referee abuse, and referee assault also carry into other divisions administered by the Erie Soccer League. This means that if you are serving a ban for violent conduct in the men’s division, you are not permitted to play in the coed division while your ban is in place.

Any player receiving four cards during a league’s season shall not play again in that season until a disciplinary board review has taken place.

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