Competition Rules

Competition Rules for 9U - 14U

Note: These rules are subject to approval by the Regional Commissioner

Overview

For Divisions 9U through 14U, the schedule for our season is divided in two parts --- the Regional Regular Season

At the conclusion of the Regular Season, teams begin competing in a series of playoff games with other teams in their Division.

So that each team has an opportunity to play an equal number of games, these playoff games use a pool play format. All teams participate in this preliminary round. The preliminary round is organized according to the numbers of teams in the division.

Following this preliminary round of playoffs, there are single elimination games which are played during the last two weekends of the season in order to determine our league champions and runners-up. Every team that does not qualify for an elimination round game will play in a friendly game on one of those two weekends.


Championship Playing Time

 

Regional Regular Season

Playoff Elimination Games

All Players

All players must play at least 3/4 of the game unless it is mathematically impossible to do so. If a player is required to play 2 quarters because, for example, 10 team players are present at a 10U game or 15 team players are present at a 12U or 14 game, that player cannot again be required to play 2 quarters until all players on the team have had to play 2 quarters in a game.

All players must play at least 1/2 of the game.
Goalkeepers

In 9U and 10U, a player may not play in goal for more than 2 quarters during a single game and the goalkeeper must play at least one quarter in the field.

In 12U, if both teams have fifteen players present, no goalkeeper can play more than 2 quarters, but otherwise 3 quarters in goal plus one on the field is OK.

In 14U, there is no restriction on the number of quarters a player may play in goal.

In 9U, 10U, 12U and 14U, the goalkeeper may play 4 quarters in goal.

In all cases, coaches are strongly discouraged from always allowing the minimum time on the field to an individual player who regularly plays goalkeeper, even in the rare case where the player prefers playing in goal. Goalkeepers need field skills and they need to be on the field to develop them.

Guidance for referees: The 3 quarter rule and GK rules should be drawn to the attention of coaches if it appears that a substitution pattern will violate the rule. However, referees are not to enforce the rule against a recalcitrant coach. They MUST however draw the attention of the division director or the referee administrator to any refusal by the coach to cooperate by changing the substitution pattern to prevent a violation. Coaches are subject to discipline for failure to follow the rules and the Division Director or Regional Commissioner may in their discretion deduct points or order a forfeit in the case of violations of these rules.

Additional Notes:

  • The player who starts the quarter gets credit for the quarter played and a player who substitutes for that player due to an injury does not get credit.
  • The assistant referee should mark the playing cards A for absent, including players who are absent for just one quarter, and I for injured or ill during a game. I generally counts as a quarter played for purposes of minimum playing time. A allows anyone looking at the card to determine how many players were actually available for selection and substitutions.
  • LATE ARRIVAL AT THE FIELD: If a player arrives at the field after the beginning of the game, the 3 quarter rules does not apply. If a player arrives at the field after the beginning of the 2nd quarter, he or she need only play one quarter. A coach need not play a player who arrives after the beginning of the second half.

Volunteer Points Requirement for Elimination Round Play

To participate in the single elimination playoff round, a team must have earned at least 14 Volunteer Points in 14U, 12 points in 12U and 10 in 10U and 9U regardless of how well the team performs during the preliminary pool play round. If a team would otherwise qualify for the single elimination playoff round, but doesn't have enough Volunteer Points, the opportunity to participate in the single elimination playoff round will go to the next team in the standings in that team's pool qualifies.

If as a result of this rule, too few teams from a pool are eligible for single elimination play, the eligible team or teams with the highest number of points in the other pools will qualify for single elimination play and will take the place of the lowest ranked team or teams in the pool that would have qualified if they had enough points. The scheduler at his or her discretion may adjust matchups in the first round of single elimination games to avoid teams from the same pool playing each other.

Teams that don't qualify for the single elimination playoff round will participate in friendly games.

If you think that there are any missing or unrecorded points, please contact us at referee@ayso76.org. Please remember that any request to change allocation of Volunteer Points must be in writing and must come from the volunteer who earned them.

More information on the Volunteer Points Program is in the Referee Section of this website.

Consequence of disqualification:

  • Division with pools: The disqualified team is placed at the bottom of its pool for purposes of determining elimination round matchups and all teams within the pool move up. If the number of teams disqualified results in a pool having fewer than the minimum number of teams that would qualify from that pool, the qualified team from another pool with the highest number of playoff game points that would otherwise not qualify will play in the elimination round.
  • Division without pools: A disqualified team is placed last for purposes of determining elimination round matchups and all other teams move up.
  • If the number of qualified teams from a division is fewer than the number of teams scheduled to play elimination games, eliminated teams will play the game they would have played had they
  • qualified as the lowest ranked qualified team in the pool or division but the game will be treated as a friendly and the qualified team will advance regardless of the result.
  • For purposes of scheduling friendly games on the first or second Saturday of December, teams will be scheduled according to the number of game points regardless of qualification status, so as to maximize the competetive balance of the friendly games.
  • We reserve the right to make other adjustments caused by the particular circumstances of the division, but under no circumstances will a disqualified team advance in games designated as elimination games.

Playoff Format

Please review the Playoff Format Page for information on how the pool play and elimination rounds are organized in each division.


Regular Season Playoff Rules for Division 9U-14U

Applicable Rules

These rules do not supersede AYSO National Rules and Regulations, Section 1 Rules and Regulations, or Area 1-P Rules and Regulations, but are intended to cover those situations not addressed in the AYSO National Rules and Regulations, Section 1 Rules and Regulations, or Area 1-P Rules and Regulations. Region 76 rules shall prevail in case of conflict. Unless noted, these rules will cover 9U-14U.

For 9U and 10U, a minimum of 5 players constitutes a team. If a team does not have a minimum of 5 players at the start of the game or if does not maintain a minimum of 5 players, then it will forfeit the game.

For 12U and 14U, a minimum of 7 players constitutes a team. If a team does not have a minimum of 7 players at the start of the game or if does not maintain a minimum of 7 players, then it will forfeit the game.

Any player missing a completely filled-out and parent-signed medical emergency release form is ineligible to play. No exceptions. Coaches must show all proper medical release forms at the start of the game when asked by the referees.

Point Scoring System During Pool Playoff Games

An accumulated point system will be used for pool games (preliminary round games) with points awarded as follows:

  • Win = 6 points
  • Tie = 3 points (0-0 tie scores 3 points, no shutout point)
  • Loss = 0 points
  • Shutout = 1 additional point
  • Goal scored = 1 additional point each goal scored, up to a maximum of 3 points. (E.g., if a team loses 3-4, it gets 3 points for the three goals scored.)
  • Forfeit = Scored as 2-0 (9 points) [This is a change adopted in 2011; formerly a forfeit was 10 points.]
  • Maximum points per game = 10
  • No Show/Forfeit: Minus 1 point for non-appearance at a game.
  • Red Card/Ejection/Send Off: Minus 2 points for each send off/ejection of a player, coach, or assistant coach.

Tie Breaker, if necessary, to determine ranking after preliminary rounds:

  1. Prior Head to Head [during Pool Play only]
  2. Fewest number of send-offs/ejections of players and coaches
  3. Fewest Goals Allowed
  4. Greatest Goal Differential (will consider only up to 3 goal difference per game
  5. Coin Toss

Note that ties stand in preliminary pool playoff games.


Overtime

Except in the preliminary round games or pool play in which ties stand, in the case of a tie at the end of regulation time in a semi-final, or a final game, two overtime periods shall be played in accordance with the chart below. If a team is playing short because of ejections, they will continue to play short during the overtime periods.

10U / 9U = two five-minute overtime periods

12U = two six-minute overtime periods

14U = two seven-minute overtime periods

Important Note: There are NO golden or silver goal overtime periods. Overtime periods will be played in full.

Between the end of regulation play and the first overtime period: 3 min. Between each overtime period and between overtime and shoot-out (Kicks from the Penalty Mark): 2 min.

At the discretion of the Regional Commissioner, an Assistant Regional Commissioner or Division Director for the Division in question or the scheduler ("Official"), a single elimination game which ends in a tie at the end of regulation or at the end of the first period of overtime will proceed directly to a shoot-out. A decision to this effect can be made by an Official at any time up to the end of regulation play or the first overtime period in the game in question and the referee will apply the decision of an Official if present or available.

As a general rule, the scheduler anticipates that elimination games before the semifinal round will be scheduled to proceed directly to a shootout. A decision made prior to the start of games in the division and elimination round in question should, in the absence of exigent circumstances as determined by an Official, be applied to all games in the division and elimination round affected.

A decision on the date of the game to proceed directly to a shoot-out in any particular game may be taken by an Official or the referee based on the circumstances, including, for example, maintaining the schedule, field conditions, available light, weather and other relevant factors.

For clarity, no game originally scheduled to proceed directly to a shootout may be rescheduled to include overtimes unless such decision is made by the scheduler or the Regional Commissioner prior to the start of games in the division and elimination round in question.

Substitutions are only allowed prior to the start of the first overtime period and between periods. No free substitution is permitted.

In the case of a tie at the conclusion of the two overtime periods in a quarter-final, semi-final or final game, the winner shall be determined by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark. Note that, in accordance with The Laws of the Game, when a team finishes the match with a greater number of players than their opponents, they shall reduce their numbers to equate with that of their opponents and inform the referee of the name and number of each player excluded. The coach or team captain has this responsibility.

Only the Head Coach and one assistant coach from each team will be permitted on the field to confer with their teams prior to or during the taking of kicks from the penalty mark. All other assistant coaches must remain behind the crowd control lines. In the spirit of team camaraderie and sportsmanship, players (i.e., substitutes) who are not eligible to participate in kicks from the penalty mark may join their teams in the center of the field but shall remain ineligible to otherwise participate in kicks from the penalty mark.

The Referee shall choose the goal at which all of the kicks shall be taken.

The team winning the coin toss shall decide whether to take the first or second kick.

Each team shall alternately take five (5) kicks at the same goal, with each one taken by a different player.

The team that makes the most goals out of five (5) tries shall be declared the winner.

If, after both teams have taken five (5) kicks and both have scored the same number of goals or have not scored any goals, the taking of kicks shall continue, in the same order, until such time as both have taken an equal number of kicks and one has scored a goal more than the other; this team shall be declared the winner.

Each kick shall be taken by a different player and not until all eligible players of any team, including the goalkeeper, may a player of the same team take a second kick.

Other than the player taking the kick, or the two goalkeepers, all other players from each team must remain behind the mid-field line.

The goalkeeper may be changed after any penalty kick, including a kick that is being retaken.

If any playoff game (pool play or elimination) is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled, or is terminated prior to completion, the outcome/standings shall be determined by the Division Director, Assistant Regional Commissioner for older teams, Regional Referee Administrator, the game scheduler, or a designee of any of the foregoing, subject to a final determination by the Regional Commissioner. NOTE: No such determination shall be made by an official who coaches a team in the division involving a cancelled or terminated game or is a member of the immediate family of a player on such a team if the determination would affect that team however remotely. In any case where the Regional Commissioner would not be permitted to make the final determination because of the rule in the preceding sentence, the final determination shall be made in the following order: (1) by the Assistant Regional Commissioner for older teams; (2) by the Assistant Regional Commissioner for younger teams; (3) by the Regional Referee Administrator.

The winners of the AYSO Region 76 regional regular season playoffs will represent Region 76 in the Area 1-P Regular Season Champions Playoffs.