- Rec U12 may NOT head as it’s a combined U11/U12 bracket.
- RecSelectGold U11 may NOT head.
- RecSelectGold U12 CAN HEAD.
- Home team chooses which side to sit on and changes jersey colors if conflicting.
- Check-in for equipment only – no need to check player cards/medical releases.
- Perform a coin toss to determine sides/kick-off.
- Record scores on game card provided by coach. RETURN TO THE COACH as it’s used for the entire tournament.
- Some refs are doing games on multiple fields, some at the same venue and some at multiple venues.
- Coaches may also have multiple teams.
- Keep the games on schedule so there are no issues that arise out of running late on start times.
- U9 – 20 minute halves (25 minute halves in Finals)
- U10 – 25 minute halves
- U11 – 25 minute halves (30 minute halves in Finals)
- U12 – 25 minute halves (30 minute halves in Finals)
- U13 – 30 minute halves (35 minute halves in Finals)
- U14 – 35 minute halves (including the B2006 teams combined with B2005)
- U15 – 35 minute halves
- No extra time – straight to Kicks in Finals.
- Unlimited substitutions at any stoppage
- Build-out lines in use for 7v7 games
- No heading in U11 and under.
- Heading allowed in U12 and above
- No requirement to sub out on a caution
- No hard casts (even wrapped in bubble wrap),
- All players must play 50% of the game.
Tournament Rules are attached. Here’s a rundown:
Schedules, Teams & Brackets
The schedule will hopefully be online Sunday, March 2nd. Keep checking your email for when you may begin signing up for games.
There are some important rule differences for JUSA spring soccer for all brackets (Recreational and Select):
- All age brackets allow free substitutions, at any stoppage, with permission of the referee, at all age levels.
- There are no quarter breaks like we usually have on the small-sided 8v8 games. Depending on weather, and with agreement of both coaches, you may stop the game for a brief “water break” if deemed necessary, but spring schedules are much tighter than fall so keep the games on time.
- Home team chooses which sideline they occupy. While this is not necessarily a refereeing issue, we are often asked to arbitrate such disagreements. Since spring games are played in many cities using many associations’ fields, the home team, per the schedule, is given the opportunity to choose a sideline at their own home field.
- Guest players: With teams often having players playing more than one spring sport, sometimes teams need to use guest players. I will get the final wording on guest players, but as I recall it being presented to the coaches at the coaches’ meeting two weeks ago, teams may only have guest players if they will not have enough players to have at least 2 substitutes and, I believe, the limit on guest players for any team for any single game is 2. No guest club players are allowed. There will be official rosters that will be “locked” after the 3rd weekend of play and no guest players will be allowed to participate in playoffs. I will send out further clarification on guest players in the next week or so.
Referee fees are mostly based on the Fall rates for Recreational games. A document outlining the fee schedule for spring is here:
U7/U8 games will be 1-referee, as usual. All other games, including 8v8 U9/U10, will use the 3-referee system.
There may be some new information regarding handling of “no-show” teams this spring. I will forward this information once it’s finalized.