For Divisions 9U through 14U, the schedule for our season is divided in two parts --- the Regional Regular Season and the Playoff Elimination Games.
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 may 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. For more details on Playoff Rules, please visit our Playoff Rules Page.
Regional Regular Season
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.
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 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 reluctant 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.
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.
If you think that there are any missing or unrecorded points, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.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.
Consequence of disqualification:
Please review the Playoff Rules Page for information on how the pool play and elimination rounds are organized in each division.
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, a minimum of 6 players constitutes a team. If a team does not have a minimum of 6 players at the start of the game or if does not maintain a minimum of 6 players, then it will forfeit the game.
For 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.
An accumulated point system will be used for pool games (preliminary round games) with points awarded as follows:
Tie Breaker, if necessary, to determine ranking after preliminary rounds:
Note that ties stand in preliminary pool playoff games.