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Spring – Week 1

Player Cards
Cards are not required this weekend.  Hopefully everything will be sorted out by next weekend.
Fee schedule is linked on the referee schedule site
Charge only for the number of refs who show up.
Full rules are posted on the JUSA website.  Here’s a direct link: https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/0147/9285/JUSA_Spring_League_Rules_2018.docx__1_.pdf

Home team chooses their sideline. There’s no “North”/”West” is the home side in spring as teams travel to other cities and the home team providing the field should get their choice.
We would prefer teams on opposite sides of the field.  Some RecSelectGold (Signature) teams might elect to setup a coaches’ side and spectators side. This is okay for 11v11 games and some 9v9 games.  However, for 7v7 it can become an issue with parents too close to opposing parents – work it out if there are any issues.
7v7 rules are just like in Fall as far as Build-Out lines and offside.  Games are played in halves with free substitutions.  NO QUARTER BREAKS
For 9v9 you must see if you are doing a Rec or RecSelectGold game – it’s in the “Type” column on the referee schedule:
  • Rec U12 may NOT head as it’s a combined U11/U12 bracket.
  • RecSelectGold U11 may NOT head.
  • RecSelectGold U12 CAN HEAD.
Time Change
Clocks skip ahead on Sunday – don’t be late to your Sunday games!

JUSA Signature Friendship Tournament – Important Info

Referees on 9am games should be ON THEIR ASSIGNED FIELD no later than 8:30am.  This does not mean you pull into the parking lot at 8:40am and then slowly walk out to find the rest of your crew who already did all the pre-game work for you.
  • 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.

JUSA Signature Friendship Tournament 2017 – Aug 5th/6th

Keep games on time.  There should be enough time between games – 40 minute games have 60 minute spacing, 50 minute games have 70 minute spacing, etc.
Allow water breaks if necessary or requested – AR’s should have sidelines prepared – make them quick…
Record scores on game card coaches have and return to them.  Sample attached.

Tournament Rules are attached.  Here’s a rundown:

U9 – 20 minute halves  (Final is 25, but only B9 has a final and NOCRA is covering)
U10 – 25 minute halves all games
U11/U12 – 25 minute halves (Final is 30 minutes)
U13 – 30 minute halves (FRYSC/NOCRA covering finals)
U14/U15 – 35 minute halves all games

No overtime in any games – straight to kicks for Semi-finals or Finals (designated on schedule).  No kicks needed if a Consolation game ties.

U12 games are 9v9 as they will be this fall.  U11 games continue to be 9v9 as they were last year.

BUILD OUT LINE – U9, U10 & U11 ( ** NOT U12 ** )
Using 10-second rule from last fall’s Signature League and JUSA Spring League.  Use your words if the team is close to 10 seconds – should be able to avoid the indirect free kick for violating 10 seconds.
No modification of offside for build-out line

HEADING – no heading U9/U10/U11.  U12 heading is okay as it’s a single-year division
Indirect Free Kick – move to top of penalty area if by defense in their own area.

Coin toss for side/kick-off

Quick equipment check – no need to check cards/medical releases

No casts

JUSA Spring League 2014 – Updated info

Schedules, Teams & Brackets

Spring season games start on March 8th and continue through finals on Sunday, May 18th.   There are likely to be games on both Saturdays and Sundays given the number of teams and limited field space.

The schedule will hopefully be online Sunday, March 2nd.  Keep checking your email for when you may begin signing up for games.

There are two levels of play in spring: Recreational and Select.  The Select level is for new and returning Signature teams, and for teams that are seeking a higher level of competition.  These are not officially “Signature” games, so there are no specific sign-up restrictions beyond the age of the players, but you should expect play to be at a Signature level when you sign up, especially if you take a center position.  While I will try, I may or may not be able to differentiate the level of play on the referee schedule but you can look at the regular game schedule to see which teams are in which bracket.
In addition, for spring, the U10 Select bracket plays 60-minute 11v11 games in preparation for U11 Signature play in the fall.
Last I heard, there were around 270 teams registered to play games from U6 through U19. This is at least 15 more teams than last spring.  Games are played throughout Orange County, plus Whittier, Diamond Bar, and West Covina, with JUSA providing referees only for U7 through U19 games held at JUSA fields.
There are quite a few U16/U19 teams signed up for spring.  As usual, these games, when played at JUSA fields, will be manually assigned by Brendon Garabito.  Since there are so many teams, he may need additional help with these games which pay the most at $1.40/minute.  Spring is your chance to “try out” for U16/U19 games in the fall, so email Brendon at jusa_intercity@hotmail.com if you are interested.

Rule Differences

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.