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Rules

REGISTRATION: All players must be registered and carry a player pass issued by AZSC in order to participate in league play. A team will forfeit their game if found guilty of player pass fraud, or playing with ineligible or non-registered players. The team manager or the entire team may be suspended indefinitely if found guilty of player pass fraud. AZSCs minimum player requirement for a team is eleven (15) players and each team may carry up to twenty-five (22) players. A player must be at least eighteen (18) years of age or older. All rosters must be frozen at the end of week three. There may be an addition to the roster only if a player has been injured and will not be able to play for the rest of the season. The team roster cannot exceed the maximum of twenty-five (22) players. All teams must be represented at each seasons mandatory meeting by a team manager/representative. Failure to do so will disqualify registration entry unless a disclaimer is signed by manager/representative. Mandatory meetings provide information on due process, registrations, red cards, appeals, new procedures, issues discussed and voted upon, etc. and are the team representatives responsibility to inform each player on their team.

FREE AGENT: Free agents are players that do not have a team and enroll for free in the free agent list. Team managers can request players to complete their rosters. A maximum of 10 player names will be given to a requesting team, unless a new team will be formed with new players. Please notify office when player has been selected for your team so that player may be removed from the list.

TEAM\PLAYER\ELEGIBILITY: Historical record with AZSC will be reviewed by D and R Committee to assess registration eligibility. The league reserves the right to deny registration due to discipline problems, dangerous, and violent conduct of a player or a team that does not meet the disciplinary standards of behavior set by AZSC, including conduct on and off the field, in affiliated and non-affiliated leagues.  A maximum of 3 players will be allowed to be a dual roster.  Dual roster players cannot play on the same team.

NSF CHECKS: Players/teams with NSF checks may be removed from the season and a $25.00 bad check fee will be assessed to the team. The registration fee for the season must be paid by the coaches meeting. Failure to have payment in by the meeting will result in the team being removed from the season and replaced with a team from the waitlist. Payment may be made by: a cashiers check, money order or cash. We will also be accepting credit card payments on the gostoccer.com registration system. As always, no fees are to be given to field officials.

RULE OF PLAY: All games will be governed by the FIFA laws of soccer, with the following exception: There will be an unlimited number of substitutions allowed during a game. Substitutions will only be allowed by permission from the referee at the following stoppages in play: Either team may substitute, on a goal kick or a kick off. Only the team with possession of the ball at any given throw in; however, if a substitution is initiated by the team in possession, the other team may be granted a substitution with permission of the referee. Games will start on time when at least seven (7) players are on the field. When a team is short on players, there will be a ten-minute grace period for the start of games. A game will be forfeited if a manager cannot field at least seven (7) players after the grace period has expired.

It is the team managers responsibility to keep track of player passes. (A team that has misplaced its player passes may check in with the AZSC issued roster with proper player photo identification, (such as a drivers license.) If a team does not have player passes with them at the start of the game, the team or player missing the passes will not be allowed to play.

LEAGUE FORMAT: AZSC Mens league is a league based on points. The four top teams from each division at the end of the eight week regular season will be in the playoffs. Semi-finals will be held on Saturday of the 9th week and Finals will be held the next day, Sunday. In case of a tie, the tie breaker will be determined based on goals for, then goals against and finally goal differential.

CO-ED DIVISION: Same rules apply to this division as the Mens Adult Division with the exception that a Minimum of 5 female players per team is required to be participating on the field at all times.

UNIFORMS: At the beginning of the season there will be a two (2) week grace period for all players to be in the same color shorts, socks, and jerseys with numbers on them. It will be the responsibility of the home team to change jerseys if a conflict in color exists. Failure to be in the same color uniform will result in that player from not being allowed to play. No shirt swapping will be allowed.

FLIGHT DIVISION ALLOCATION AND REQUESTS: Champions for each division during season games must automatically advance to the next upper division. The bottom teams in each division must be dropped to the lower division, creating room for advancing teams. AZSC uses additional criteria based on division size, field availability and any other logistic matters in deciding team division allocation. Division requests will be assessed based on competitive record, priority request given to existing league teams. New teams must start at the lower brackets if a spot is not available in the requested division. AZSC schedules and division allocations are final and cannot be changed.

SCHEDULE REQUESTS: Schedule requests are logistically and extremely difficult to accommodate. AZSCs computer generated schedules and standings have limited flexibility in scheduling a team based on specific requests. For this reason AZSC cannot guarantee or promise any specific timeslots to any team. Within these limitations, AZSC will do the best it can to accommodate team requests. No appeals or schedule changes are allowed once schedules are established.

SCHEDULES/CANCELLATIONS: Most games are played on Sundays, but when necessary may be played during other days as per field availability. Teams need to be aware that a forfeit will apply if a team does not show up to play for a scheduled game. Only the league can make schedule changes and will do so with justification affecting field logistics. All scheduled games will be played unless, cancelled due to weather and will be noted on our website at www.arizonasoccerclub.com. Game cancellations for rainy days are placed on the AZSC website starting at 6:00 a.m. Sunday mornings. The referee may decide whether to play a game based on weather conditions should games be played. Any season game that has been played for 45 minutes or more will be considered a full game despite the score at the time of stoppage. When stoppage is due to a teams behavior and dangerous conduct, the game is forfeited by the team causing the problem.

If a team realizes that it will not have enough players three (3) days prior to the game it must give notification to the AZSC office at least three (3) days prior to game day. (Officials, League, and other team need to be notified.) Fees associated with cancellation of games without sufficient notice will be the responsibility of the team canceling the game.

RETURNING VOICEMAIL MESSAGES: Please note that messages left on voicemail are only picked up Monday - Friday. If you need to contact someone, please contact the adult coordinator for the season. His/her e-mail address will be posted on the AZSC website under the Adult league information section.

MAKE UP GAMES: Only the league coordinator can reschedule games. Please note that rescheduling games are costly and very difficult to coordinate. Not having enough players to play a game is not an excuse for failure to play a game. It will result in a forfeit.

FORFEITS: A game will be forfeited if a manager cannot field at least seven (7) players after the grace period (10 minutes) has expired. Any team that forfeits two (2) or more games in one season due to lack of players, may be excluded with no registration refunds, and may be required to pay a security deposit prior to registering the following season.

LEAGUE DECISIONS: Any and all other information distributed by AZSC becomes an integral part of procedures and league standards. All other questions or rule interpretations will be decided by AZSCs Executive Board of Directors. In the event of a tie on any vote, the league president will have the deciding vote.

DISCIPLINE AND RULES: AZSCs Codes of Conduct must be reviewed and signed by each player and team managers to be eligible to play and lead the team. The teams conduct and behavior is a reflection of the team managers leadership, therefore, the team captain/manager is responsible for the conduct of the team. If a manager is found negligent in leading the team according to the managers code of conduct the and leagues rules, the manager will be removed from the leadership of the team, and a new manager must be assigned or elected by the team to allow the team to remain in the league.

YELLOW CARDS: A player receiving a yellow card during the game will sit out temporarily at the referees discretion, but no more than 10 minutes. The team may substitute during the temporary ejection. If a player is issued a second yellow card in the same game, it will be equal to a red card and the player will be sent off. Players must leave the playing area all together.

RED CARDS: Any player issued a red card will be required to sit out the next game and will be issued a $25.00 fine. The fine must be paid in order for the player to return to the team to play. If the player did not return after that week, the team must pay the fine in order to be allowed to play that following week. The D and R committee, (Discipline and Rules Committee) will meet to review the referees report and decide on the fate of the players status at that time. All appeals must be made in writing by the following Sunday at the fields. You may also e-mail the appeal to info@arizonasoccerclub.com If a player misses the opportunity of appeal; they will have to wait until the following week and will be required to pay a $50.00 fee to accommodate the administrative handling. However, most decisions are decided upon once. Appeals apply only to suspensions. No appeals are allowed for game outcome or referee decisions.

NOTIFICATION OF RED CARDS: It is the responsibility of the player(s) and team(s) to contact AZSC adult coordinator and referee coordinator via e-mail or telephone to find out about fines and game(s) suspension(s) for red card(s). The fine and game suspension report will be attached to the roster the following Sunday. All fines need to be paid at the AZSC office on Wednesday between 9-3 p.m. before the game weekend or at the field prior to game time. Any fines not paid on time will preclude the player & team from playing in the scheduled game.

CUMULATIVE RED CARDS: Any player with four (4) yellow cards during a season will be treated like a red card and shall receive one (1) game suspension and a $25.00 fine. The fine must be paid to the league in order for the player to return to team play and for the team to continue to play as well. Additional yellow cards may result in probation, suspension or expulsion. Any player with two red cards in a season must pay a $50.00 fine and may be expelled from the league, cases will be reviewed on an individual basis and the D and R Committee will use own judgment based on the severity of infractions.

SIDLINES: All players, coaches and fans will stand or sit at least four (4) yards away from the sideline. This allows the linesman easier access down the line to do his job without interference and allows the players more room while taking throw-ins. Teams that do not comply may be penalized or the referee or league official may halt the game. Team captains/managers are responsible for sideline behavior. Under no circumstances shall any spectators enter the soccer field during the game. Players or team managers on the sidelines may only enter the field with authorization from referee. Anyone stepping on the field without the referees authorization shall be expelled from the league. Under some circumstances, and for safety purposes, further action may be required for any individual whose conduct threatens others.

ABUSIVE LANGUAGE/VERBAL ABUSE: A player and team may be ejected from the game, suspended for game(s) or expelled from the league due to offensive language toward players, league officials, spectators or bystanders on the field and adjacent to field area where AZSC operates.

VIOLENT CONDUCT/FIGHTING: If a player is expelled from the game for violent or uncontrollable behavior he must leave the park or the referee will halt the game until such player is removed from the sidelines and the park. If a league official, referee and field marshal determine that a player is a threat to the safety of other players on and off the field, this player will be ejected from the game, asked to leave the park, and will be suspended according to D and R Committee criteria and AZSC rules. Repeat offenses most likely will carry a long suspension and possibly the loss of privileges of playing in the AZSC program. The above rule applies for assault on league officials, which include spitting, verbal abuse and threatening to harm.

INDECENT EXPOSURE: Any player found urinating; mooning, in the park or public area, or found in any similar conduct will be suspended for a number of game(s) as per AZSC rules and D and R criteria.

HARD TACKLES/COLLISIONS/UNSAFE PLAY: AZSC is an amateur league, therefore, the FIFA rules applicable to serious foul play in the professional ranks are enhanced in the amateur divisions to protect the safety of players, reduce injuries and promote longevity of players in the game. The following rules have been modified and adopted:
Slide Tackles are allowed as long as the intent is to play the ball and while aiming at the ball player uses safety not to injure other players. Tackles from behind are not allowed. Tackles with cleats up toward a player are not allowed. Hard contact with a player shielding the ball is not allowed and subject to foul call even in advantage situations, yellow card may be shown. Air balls. A player in the air taken down by a player on the ground is a serious foul play and requires immediate ejection.

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