Rules & Regulations

Coaching Rules & Guidelines

 

TVSA Mission Statement

TVSA is dedicated to giving the children of the Temecula Valley a fun, safe, and competitive place to play soccer.

One of the primary goals of TVSA is to provide our children with consistent, quality and dedicated Coaches.  It is the intent of TVSA to use these “Rules & Guidelines” to provide TVSA Coaches the basic expectations and requirements for coaching within TVSA.

 

Coach Training and Background Requirements

1. All Coaches and Team Administrators (Trainers, Team “Moms”) will be required to have current California Department of Justice RISK MANAGEMENT status in the Cal South database.

2. All TVSA coaches must have completed Basic Coaches Training Modules 1 and or 3, and must have current RISK MANAGEMENT status in order to coach in TVSA.

3. Failure to have current approved RISK MANAGEMENT status could result in termination of coaching privileges.

4. Failure to adhere to the TVSA Coaching Rules & Guidelines as outlined in this document may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of coaching privileges.

 

Coaching Leadership and Spectator Conduct Rules

1. It is the responsibility of the Coach to set the standard of behavior on the field.

2. It is incumbent upon the Coach to control the actions of their coaching staff, players and spectators (especially parents) at all times, and to assure:

  • No name-calling or harassment of players, referees or spectators by anyone.
  • No name-calling or harassment of a player by a coach or parent; or by another player, especially a teammate.
  • No name-calling, harassment, or comments directed at the referee or assistant referee for ANY reason, by ANY person.
  • No hitting, spitting, or slapping a player, coach, referee or spectator by anyone.

3. It is the Coach’s responsibility to prevent spectators from harassing the field referees and the Coach must provide leadership by not disputing field calls or commenting on the Referees’ calls during the match.

 

Child Safety and Welfare Responsibilities of the Coach

1. The Coach shall always have their Players medical releases on the field at all practices and matches.

2. The Coach shall always provide for a fully stocked first aid kit at all practices and matches.

3. The Coach shall never leave player(s) unattended at any time, for any reason.

4. The Coach must provide team supervision before, during and after practice and matches as well as during any team travel.

5. The Coach must provide proper supervision of all players in the event Parental pick-up is late.  It is recommended that the coaches have a procedure for this event and communicate this plan to the parents at the first team meeting.

6. The Coach must report any signs of child abuse to League Officials for proper follow-up.

7. The Coach must recognize and deal with dangerous field and weather conditions, e.g. heat, cold, lightning, high winds, etc. and assure his/her players are always in safe conditions.

8. The Coach must assure that all their players have adequate water and stay hydrated during practice and matches, especially during periods of extreme heat. Educate your players and parents about dehydration at your preseason meeting.

9. Failure to treat injuries properly cannot be tolerated. If a Coach is unsure of the extent of an injury, 911 should be called and assistance requested.  Injury reports must be completed if the player receives medical attention for an injury. Forms available on the website.

 

Team Management Rules and Guidelines

1. The Coach is responsible to be fully knowledgeable of, and adhere to the current match play and participant rules as published by TVSA and CYSA.

2. The Coach must assure that each his/her Players play at least 50% of each match

3. The coach should conduct proper pre-match warm-ups and conditioning.

4. The coach should have a standardized game roster completed prior to match time and should present it to the referee prior to the beginning of the match.

5. A coach taking a TVSA team to a tournament must receive approval from the BOD prior to enrolling the team in a tournament. (No tournament play in spring)
6. No modifications to TVSA uniforms are allowed including, but not limited to, patches, names, symbols or other decorations, no exceptions.

7. Shin guards most be worn under the socks.

Girls U18 7v7 Rules

 

Seven-a-sides (7 v 7)

  • Teams are made up of one goalie and six field players.
    Every player participating in any TVSA game must play at least 50% of the game as monitored by the team, participating league officials, or match officials.  Teams that violate the 50% rule will forfeit the game and may be subject to additional disciplinary action.
  • Games: Team must have 5 players in order for it to be a legal game.
  • Games are played in two 25 minute halves (five minute halftime).
  • Goalies can touch the ball with any part of the body including their arms and hands while inside the penalty area, which extends the width of the field for the distance of twelve yards in front of the goal.

Usual soccer rules are followed for penalties and infractions, with some exceptions:

  • Only indirect kicks will be taken outside the penalty area. Any fouls inside the penalty area will follow the normal indirect, direct kick rules. The kick will be taken on the referee’s signal.
  • Throw-in’s cannot be served into the opponent’s penalty area, the ball must touch the ground or a player outside the penalty area before it is in play. A throw-in will be taken from the point at which the ball went out of bounds except in the defensive team’s penalty area. In this case the attacking team will throw-in at the penalty line.
  • Goal kicks can be taken either by a field player or the goalie. However, it cannot be thrown or kicked past the midfield line (the ball must either touch a player or the ground on the goalie’s half of the field, before it goes past the midfield line). Violation of this rule results in an indirect free kick at the midfield line.
  • There is no offside rule.
  • 7v7 will have free substitutions. These following conditions apply to all substitutions:
    • Substitutions may take place during any dead ball situation, at the discretion of the center referee
    • No substitutions are allowed on fouls, except for Yellow carded players or an injury to a player.

Rules for Spring Soccer

U4/5 Division

  • 5 players will be on the field per team, 5 v 5.  No Keeper.
  • A size 3 ball is to be used.
  • No Player may be left in the goal area as a permanent defender.
  • A coin toss will determine the goal to defend and will remain the same throughout the entire match-no switching goals at half time.
  • Throw-ins will be substituted for corner and goal kicks.
  • A game shall consist of four 10-minute quarters, plus a 5-minute half time break.
  • There will be substitutions at the end of the 1st and 3rd quarters (clock continues to run at quarter break). No free substitutions are allowed unless it is for an injured player.
  • Each team member shall play a minimum of 50% of each game.
  • One head coach per team is allowed on the field of play to assist the players and manage the game. Coaches shall not stand in front of the goal.
  • No parents or spectators are allowed on the field of play or behind the goal at any time. This is for everyone’s safety.
  • All Players shall wear protective shin guards UNDER the socks, not socks pulled down over the shin guards.
  • Heading the ball is not allowed

U6 Division

  • 5 players will be on the field per team, 5 v 5.  No keeper.
  • A size 3 ball is to be used.
  • No player maybe left in the goal area as a permanent defender.
  • Goals will be switched at half time.
  • Throw-ins will be substituted for corner and goal kicks.
  • A game shall consist of four 10-minute quarters, plus a 5-minute half time break.
  • There will be substitutions at the end of the 1st and 3rd quarters (clock continues to run at quarter break). No free substitutions are allowed unless it is for an injured player.
  • Each team member shall play a minimum of 50% of each game.
  • One head coach per team is allowed on the field of play to assist the players and manage the game. Coaches shall not stand in front of the goal.
  • No parents or spectators are allowed on the field of play or behind the goal at any time. This is for everyone’s safety.
  • All Players shall wear protective shin guards UNDER the socks, not socks pulled down over the shin guards.
  • Heading the ball is not allowed

U8 Division

  • Will be 6 v 6 players, one of whom is the designated goalkeeper wearing the goalkeeper shirt.
  • A size 3 ball is to be used.
  • A game shall consist of four 10-minute quarters, plus a 5-minute half time break.
  • Throw-ins will be substituted for corner and goal kicks.
  • There will be substitutions at the end of the 1st and 3rd quarters (clock continues to run at quarter break). No free substitutions are allowed unless it is for an injured player.
  • Each team member shall play a minimum of 50% of each game.
  • One head coach at a time is allowed on the field of play to assist the players and referee the game. One coach from each team must referee one half of the game. If a league referee arrives to take care of the game, then no coaches are allowed on the field of play. The referee will be responsible for running the game and managing the substitution break. The official clock will continue to be kept by the field marshal.
  • No parents or spectators are allowed on the field of play or behind the goal at any time. This is for everyone’s safety.
  • All Players shall wear protective shin guards UNDER the socks, not socks pulled down over the shin guards.
  • Heading the ball is not allowed

U10 Division

  • Games are played in a 7v7 format.
  • Teams are made up of one goalie and six field players.
  • Size 4 ball
  • Every player participating must play at least 50% of the game as monitored by the team, participating league officials, or match officials. Teams that violate the 50% rule will forfeit the game and may be subject to additional disciplinary action.
  • Games: Team must have 5 players in order for it to be a legal game.
  • A game shall consist of four 12.5-minute quarters, plus a 5-minute half time break.
  • There will be substitutions at the end of the 1st and 3rd quarters (clock continues to run at quarter break). No free substitutions are allowed unless it is for an injured player.
  • Goalies can touch the ball with any part of the body including their arms and hands while inside the penalty area.
  • No parents or spectators are allowed behind the goal at any time. This is for the safety of everyone.
  • All Players shall wear protective shin guards UNDER the socks, not socks pulled down over the shin guards.

Usual soccer rules are followed for penalties and infractions, with some exceptions:

  • Will utilize a “Build Out” line that will stretch across the width of the field, located between penalty area and centerline (revised).
  • Standard Laws of the Game for Throw-ins (revised).
  • Standard Laws of the Game for Free Kicks (revised). The kick will be taken on the referee’s signal.
  • Punting or Drop kicks are not allowed. Goalkeeper can pass, throw, or roll the ball to re-start play (revised).
  • Standard Laws of the Game for Corner Kicks (revised).
  • Standard Laws of the Game for Goal Kicks, and kicks may pass the centerline (revised).
    • When a goal kick is taken, opponents must be outside the Build Out area.
  • Offside rule is in effect, except players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the centerline and the Build Out line.
  • Heading the ball is NOT allowed. If intentional heading occurs, it will result in an indirect free kick to be awarded.
    • If deemed persistent by referee, may include a yellow card to the player and/or coach which may result in ejection.

Tactical Plans for Coaches

  • Build out from the back is preferred versus long balls.
    • Quick play from the keeper in transition versus allowing teams to “get back”
  • Dribbling and passing should be training focus as well as movement off the ball.
  • Man marking versus zonal?
  • These changes are designed for more touches on the ball for each player so training should mirror this idea. As such, 90% of training should be with the ball for each player.
  • Train give and go to move up field quickly.

U12 Division

  • Games are played in a 9v9 format.
  • Teams are made up of one goalie and eight field players.
  • Size 4 ball
  • Every player participating must play at least 50% of the game as monitored by the team, participating league officials, or match officials. Teams that violate the 50% rule will forfeit the game and may be subject to additional disciplinary action.
  • Games: Team must have 5 players in order for it to be a legal game.
  • A game shall consist of four 12.5-minute quarters, plus a 5-minute half time break.
  • There will be substitutions at the end of the 1st and 3rd quarters (clock continues to run at quarter break). No free substitutions are allowed unless it is for an injured player.
  • No parents or spectators are allowed behind the goal at any time. This is for the safety of everyone.
  • All Players shall wear protective shin guards UNDER the socks, not socks pulled down over the shin guards.

Usual soccer rules are followed for penalties and infractions.

Tactical Awareness for the coach:

  • Since it is a smaller field than previously used for U12, new tactical approach needs to be taken.
  • Build out from the back as opposed to punting and long balls.
  • More dribbling skills as well as more passing skills.
  • Changes made to provide additional touches for each player so training needs to mirror games.
    • Individual skills should be focus
    • Dribbling and passing are premium
    • Utilize small sided games in training to simulate the game
  • Quick play from the back versus having keeper allow team to “get up field” for punt. How quickly can the keeper play the ball to his/her defender?
  • Roll out versus punts should be 60/40

U14 Division

  • Will be 11 v 11 players, one of whom is the designated goalkeeper wearing the goalkeeper shirt.
  • U14 games shall consist of four 12.5-minute quarters, plus a 5-minute half time break.
  • There will be substitutions at the end of the 1st and 3rd quarters (clock continues to run at quarter break). No free substitutions are allowed unless it is for an injured player.
  • Each team member shall play a minimum of 50% of each game.
  • No parents or spectators are allowed behind the goal at any time. This is for the safety of everyone.
  • All Players shall wear protective shin guards UNDER the socks, not socks pulled down over the shin guards.

U18 Division

  • Games will be played in an 11v11 format.
  • Teams are made up of one goalie and ten field players.
  • Every player participating must play at least 50% of the game as monitored by the team, participating league officials, or match officials. Teams that violate the 50% rule will forfeit the game and may be subject to additional disciplinary action.
  • Games: Team must have 8 players in order for it to be a legal game.
  • Games shall consist of two 45-minute halves, plus a 5-minute half time break.
  • Substitutions are unlimited and are allowed at the discretion of the referee.
  • No parents or spectators are allowed behind the goal at any time. This is for the safety of everyone.
  • All Players shall wear protective shin guards UNDER the socks, not socks pulled down over the shin guards.

Usual soccer rules are followed for penalties and infractions.

Tactical Plans for Coaches

  • Build out from the back is preferred versus punts and long balls.
    • Quick play from the keeper in transition versus allowing teams to “get back”
  • Dribbling and passing should be training focus as well as movement off the ball.
  • Man marking versus zonal?
  • These changes are designed for more touches on the ball for each player so training should mirror this idea. As such, 90% of training should be with the ball for each player.
  • Train give and go to move up field quickly.

Other Rules and Notes:

  1. In all of the above games (except U18 Division), substitutions shall be made midway through each half with only substitute players entering the field and those who are being substituted exiting the field.  All other players shall remain on the field during this time.   All players may exit the field during the half time substitution.  The clock runs at quarter breaks.
  2. There shall be NO slide tackling or playing the ball from the ground.  The resulting penalty shall be an indirect free kick. Persistent infringement of this rule may result in disciplinary action.
  3. Any player, who received an ejection card (Red card) or two cautions (Yellow card), which resulted in ejection, may be disciplined with a minimum of one game suspension.  This is per discretion of the TVSA board of directors.
  4. All disciplinary action received throughout the spring season shall be cumulative.  If a player is ejected on two different occasions, he or she may be suspended for the duration of this season.  Three cautions received throughout the spring season (at different games) shall be treated as one ejection.
  5. All free kicks in U4, U5, U6 and U8 shall be Indirect.
  6. Head gear is allowed at all age levels, but is not mandatory.
  7. Coaches must remain with their players until a parent or guardian picks them up. DO NOT leave a child unattended for any reason whatsoever. DO NOT allow a child to leave the practice field without his or her parent and or a guardian.
  8. All Coaches must have the white registration forms at all games and practices!
  9. In the event of a shortage of players, borrowing of players is permitted. This borrowing is limited to players from the opposing team. You cannot borrow players from any other teams.
  10. Players must not play more games than they are officially scheduled for.

In accordance with TVSA league rules:

  • No dogs are allowed at practice or game fields!
  • There is no smoking at a field during practice or play times.
  • Drinking of alcoholic beverages or use of illegal substances shall not be permitted at any game, practice, or team party affiliated with TVSA or its teams or players.
  • Home Team is given the choice of sidelines, and should provide a game ball.  The Visiting Team may provide the game ball if both coaches agree.
  • Both coaches will be on the same sideline. Parents will sit on the opposite sideline mirroring their child’s coach.

Spring is strictly recreational and developmental:

  • No scores will be kept or documented
  • No protests will be allowed
  • No standings will be kept and there will be no playoffs

Rules for Fall Soccer

U4/5 Division

  • 5 players will be on the field per team, 5 v 5.  No Keeper.
  • A size 3 ball is to be used.
  • No Player may be left in the goal area as a permanent defender.
  • A coin toss will determine the goal to defend and will remain the same throughout the entire match-no switching goals at half time.
  • Throw-ins will be substituted for corner and goal kicks.
  • Games shall consist of four 10-minute quarters, plus a 5-minute half time break.
  • There will be substitutions at the end of the 1st and 3rd quarters (clock continues to run at quarter break). No free substitutions are allowed unless it is for an injured player.
  • Each team member shall play a minimum of 50% of each game.
  • One head coach per team is allowed on the field of play to assist the players and manage the game. Coaches shall not stand in front of the goal.
  • No parents or spectators are allowed on the field of play or behind the goal at any time. This is for everyone’s safety.
  • All Players shall wear protective shin guards UNDER the socks, not socks pulled down over the shin guards.
  • Heading the ball is not allowed

U6 Division

  • 5 players will be on the field per team, 5 v 5.  No keeper.
  • A size 3 ball is to be used.
  • No player maybe left in the goal area as a permanent defender.
  • Goals will be switched at half time.
  • Throw-ins will be substituted for corner and goal kicks.
  • Games shall consist of four 10-minute quarters, plus a 5-minute half time break.
  • There will be substitutions at the end of the 1st and 3rd quarters (clock continues to run at quarter break). No free substitutions are allowed unless it is for an injured player.
  • Each team member shall play a minimum of 50% of each game.
  • One head coach per team is allowed on the field of play to assist the players and manage the game. Coaches shall not stand in front of the goal.
  • No parents or spectators are allowed on the field of play or behind the goal at any time. This is for everyone’s safety.
  • All Players shall wear protective shin guards UNDER the socks, not socks pulled down over the shin guards.
  • Heading the ball is not allowed

U8 Division

  • Will be 6 v 6 players, one of whom is the designated goalkeeper wearing the goalkeeper shirt.
  • A size 3 ball is to be used.
  • Games shall consist of four 10-minute quarters, plus a 5-minute half time break.
  • There will be substitutions at the end of the 1st and 3rd quarters (clock continues to run at quarter break). No free substitutions are allowed unless it is for an injured player.
  • Each team member shall play a minimum of 50% of each game.
  • One head coach at a time is allowed on the field of play to assist the players and referee the game. One coach from each team must referee one half of the game. If a league referee arrives to take care of the game, then no coaches are allowed on the field of play. The referee will be responsible for running the game and managing the substitution break. The official clock will continue to be kept by the field marshal.
  • No parents or spectators are allowed on the field of play or behind the goal at any time. This is for everyone’s safety.
  • All Players shall wear protective shin guards UNDER the socks, not socks pulled down over the shin guards.
  • Heading the ball is not allowed

U10 Division

  • Games are played in a 7v7 format.
  • Teams are made up of one goalie and six field players.
  • Size 4 ball
  • Every player participating must play at least 50% of the game as monitored by the team, participating league officials, or match officials. Teams that violate the 50% rule will forfeit the game and may be subject to additional disciplinary action.
  • Games: Team must have 5 players in order for it to be a legal game.
  • Games shall consist of four 12.5-minute quarters, plus 5-minute half time break.
  • Goalies can touch the ball with any part of the body including their arms and hands while inside the penalty area.
  • No parents or spectators are allowed behind the goal at any time. This is for the safety of everyone.
  • All Players shall wear protective shin guards UNDER the socks, not socks pulled down over the shin guards.

Usual soccer rules are followed for penalties and infractions, with some exceptions:

  • Will utilize a “Build Out” line that will stretch across the width of the field, located between the centerline and the penalty area (revised).
  • Standard Laws of the Game for Free Kicks (revised). The kick will be taken on the referee’s signal.
  • Standard Laws of the Game for Throw-ins (revised).
  • Punting or Drop kicks are not allowed. Goalkeeper can pass, throw, or roll the ball to re-start play (revised).
  • Standard Laws of the Game for Goal Kicks, and kick may go past centerline. When a Goal Kick is taken, the opponent must be outside the Build Out area (revised).
  • Standard Laws of the Game for Corner Kicks (revised).
  • Offside rule is in effect, except players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the centerline and the Build Out line (revised).
  • Heading the ball is NOT allowed. If intentional heading occurs, it will result in an indirect free kick to be awarded.
    • If deemed persistent by referees, may include a yellow card to the player and/or coach which may result in ejection.

Tactical Plans for Coaches

  • Build out from the back is preferred versus long balls.
    • Quick play from the keeper in transition versus allowing teams to “get back”
  • Dribbling and passing should be training focus as well as movement off the ball.
  • Man marking versus zonal?
  • These changes are designed for more touches on the ball for each player so training should mirror this idea. As such, 90% of training should be with the ball for each player.
  • Train give and go to move up field quickly.

U12 Division

  • Games are played in a 9v9 format.
  • Teams are made up of one goalie and eight field players.
  • Size 4 ball
  • Every player participating must play at least 50% of the game as monitored by the team, participating league officials, or match officials. Teams that violate the 50% rule will forfeit the game and may be subject to additional disciplinary action.
  • Games: Team must have 5 players in order for it to be a legal game.
  • Games shall consist of four 15-minute quarters, plus a 5-minute half time break.
  • No parents or spectators are allowed behind the goal at any time. This is for the safety of everyone.
  • All Players shall wear protective shin guards UNDER the socks, not socks pulled down over the shin guards.

Usual soccer rules are followed for penalties and infractions.

Tactical Awareness for the coach:

  • Since it is a smaller field than previously used for U12, new tactical approach needs to be taken.
  • Build out from the back as opposed to punting and long balls.
  • More dribbling skills as well as more passing skills.
  • Changes made to provide additional touches for each player so training needs to mirror games.
    • Individual skills should be focus
    • Dribbling and passing are premium
    • Utilize small sided games in training to simulate the game
  • Heading is allowed but according to USSF, Cal South, US Youth Soccer and TVSA, should not be promoted nor trained at this age.
  • Quick play from the back versus having keeper allow team to “get up field” for punt. How quickly can the keeper play the ball to his/her defender?
  • Roll out versus punts should be 60/40

U14 Division

  • Will be 11 v 11 players, one of whom is the designated goalkeeper wearing the goalkeeper shirt.
  • A size 5 ball is to be used.
  • Games shall consist of four 17.5-minute quarters, plus a 5-minute half time break.
  • There will be substitutions at the end of the 1st and 3rd quarters (clock continues to run at quarter break). No free substitutions are allowed unless it is for an injured player.
  • Each team member shall play a minimum of 50% of each game.
  • No parents or spectators are allowed behind the goal at any time. This is for the safety of everyone.
  • All Players shall wear protective shin guards UNDER the socks, not socks pulled down over the shin guards.

U18 Division

  • Games will be played in an 11v11 format.
  • Teams are made up of one goalie and ten field players.
  • Every player participating must play at least 50% of the game as monitored by the team, participating league officials, or match officials. Teams that violate the 50% rule will forfeit the game and may be subject to additional disciplinary action.
  • Games: Team must have 8 players in order for it to be a legal game.
  • Games shall consist of two 45-minute halves, plus a 5-minute half time break.
  • Substitutions are unlimited and are allowed at the discretion of the referee.
  • No parents or spectators are allowed behind the goal at any time. This is for the safety of everyone.
  • All Players shall wear protective shin guards UNDER the socks, not socks pulled down over the shin guards.

Usual soccer rules are followed for penalties and infractions.

Tactical Plans for Coaches

  • Build out from the back is preferred versus punts and long balls.
    • Quick play from the keeper in transition versus allowing teams to “get back”
  • Dribbling and passing should be training focus as well as movement off the ball.
  • Man marking versus zonal?
  • These changes are designed for more touches on the ball for each player so training should mirror this idea. As such, 90% of training should be with the ball for each player.
  • Train give and go to move up field quickly.

 

Other Rules and Notes:

  1. In all of the above games (except U18 Division), substitutions shall be made midway through each half with only substitute players entering the field and those who are being substituted exiting the field. All other players shall remain on the field during this time. All players may exit the field during the half time substitution. The clock runs at quarter breaks.
  2. Slide tackling IS allowed in the Fall season only, under CYSA-S guidelines. Make sure players understand this rule and are careful when performing a slide tackle so as not to injure themselves or a teammate or opponent.
  3. Any player, who received an ejection card (Red card) or two cautions (Yellow card), which resulted in ejection, may be disciplined with a minimum of one game suspension. This is per discretion of the TVSA board of directors.
  4. All disciplinary action received throughout the Fall season shall be cumulative. If a player is ejected on two different occasions, he or she may be suspended for the duration of this season. Three cautions received throughout the Fall season (at different games) shall be treated as one ejection.
  5. All free kicks in U4, U5, U6 and U8 shall be Indirect.
  6. Headgear is allowed at all age levels, but is not mandatory.
  7. Coaches must remain with their players until a parent or guardian picks them up. DO NOT leave a child unattended for any reason whatsoever. DO NOT allow a child to leave the practice field without his or her parent and or a guardian.
  8. All Coaches must have the white registration forms at all games and practices!
  9. In divisions that have standings, the tie breaker rule order is as follows:
  • Head-to-head
  • Goals Against
  • Coin Flip

In the case where three or more teams have the same number of points, all teams must have played each other for the head-to-head rule to be used. If they have not all played each other then goals against will be the next rule to be used.

 

In accordance with TVSA league rules:

  • No dogs are allowed at practice or game fields!
  • There is no smoking at a field during practice or play times.
  • Drinking of alcoholic beverages or use of illegal substances shall not be permitted at any game, practice, or team party affiliated with TVSA or its teams or players.
  • Home Team is given the choice of sidelines, and should provide a game ball.  The Visiting Team may provide the game ball if both coaches agree.
  • Both coaches will be on the same sideline. Parents will sit on the opposite sideline mirroring their child’s coach.

TVSA FALL PLAYOFF RULES

All regular season rules apply except that no game can end in a tie (also: both teams will be on same sideline, with Coaches no further than 10 yards from the Center circle, on their own half of the field). Games tied at the end of regulation will be settled as follows:

1. GOLDEN GOAL OVERTIME

  • If regulation time runs out with the score tied, then the game will go into a “golden goal” (first team to score a goal is declared the winner) overtime period.
  • U10’s will play a 5-minute period. U12’s and U14’s will play a 10-minute period.
  • A coin toss will be held to determine who defends which end and who kicks off.
  • If the score is still tied after the first overtime period, teams will switch goals and there will be a 2nd “golden goal” overtime period of equal length to the first period.
  • There will be no subbing during an overtime period except, with the permission of the referee, for injured or yellow-carded players.
  • Players who sit out the first overtime period must play the 2nd overtime period.

2. PENALTY KICK PHASE

  • If the game is still tied after the 2 overtime periods, the game will progress to the “penalty kick phase”.
  • All players on the field at the end of the 2nd overtime must remain on the field. Players on the bench may not enter the field. The Coach must assure that this happens.
  • Each team will take 5 penalty kicks (using standard FIFA rules), alternating turns from the spot designated by the referee.
  • The team with the most goals after 5 kicks is the winner.
  • If the game is still tied after 5 kicks, the teams will continue taking penalty kicks one at a time (alternating turns) until one team makes one and the other team misses on the same turn.
  • If all players on the field (including the goalkeeper) have kicked, then the rotation will begin again with the first player from each team until there is a winner.
  • Only the players who were on the field at the end of the 2nd overtime can participate in the shootout. No players from the bench may take penalty kicks.
  • Coaches can select a goalie from any of the players on the field at the end of the 2nd overtime period and can elect to change goalies at anytime during the penalty phase as long as the selected player was on the field at the end of the 2nd overtime period.
  • The goalie can be selected to take penalty kicks either as one of the first 5 shooters or as part of the rotation should it go to sudden death.
  • There are no protests. All decisions of the referee are final. All coaches are expected to display good sportsmanship and keep their sidelines under control at all times. Let’s make it a fun day for the kids.

Fullerton, California. (September 1, 2016) – The Cal South Board of Directors and the Technical Staff announced today the adoption of its new Heading Policy and Implementation timeline for youth players playing in the small-side game environment. The policy prohibits players who are 10 years old and younger from heading the ball in games or in practice beginning with the 2016-17 playing season. It establishes provisions for heading during competitions, practice and training sessions for other aged players and age group classifications and will be implemented in conjunction with recent US Soccer Federation (USSF) and US Youth Soccer (USYS) requirements and recommendations for player safety and the well-being of children who play soccer in the youngest age groups or Small-Sided Game environment. The Policy supersedes all other Policies employed by Cal South affiliates which are or may be less stringent.

The policy is effective beginning September 5, 2016 for all competitions, including League play, tournaments and State Cup competitions.

Cal South’s heading policy adopts US Soccer recommendations for heading in practice and training environments for players who are 11, 12 and 13 years old. Players in these age classifications are allowed to participate in heading related activities in practice and training sessions in accordance with the Federation’s recommended provisions of no more than a maximum of 30 minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers per player per week. The enclosed chart provides a quick reference guide for how these new requirements are applicable to specific age groups:

13 Year Olds

  1. Allowed in Games and Practice

11 Year Olds

  1. Not allowed in Games
  2. Allowed in Practice no more than a maximum of 30 minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers per player per week

12 Year Olds

  1. Allowed in Games
  2. Allowed in practice no more than a maximum of 30 minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers per player per week

10 Year Olds & Younger

  1. Not Allowed in Games
  2. Not Allowed in Practice

There will be no attempt by Referees to identify players playing up on older teams.

The policy and recommendations are applicable to all competitive, recreational and tournament play or competitions, including friendlies. Recreational leagues and programs may extend the No Heading policy to include the 12 year old and younger age classification for league purposes at their discretion, but may not diminish or otherwise dilute the requirements associated with Cal South’s policy. Cal South will coordinate with the State Referee Committee and Local Referee Associations to ensure compliance with this policy and requirements.

US Soccer recently provided additional information related to these requirements along with changes to the Laws of the Games required to facilitating implementation. These include restart modifications for deliberate heading within the penalty area. For the upcoming 2016-17 season, the restart for a deliberate header occurring within the penalty area will be an indirect free kick to be taken on the penalty area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred. Referees should enforce these modifications and restrictions by age group according to the specified rules. Referees will not be assessing the age of individual players on the field.

Changes to the Laws of the Game, along with updated information associated with the Player Development Initiatives (PDI) announced earlier in the year, are also provided in the attached briefing template provided by the Federation.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD US SOCCER’S PLAYER DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES (PDF FILE)
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD CAL SOUTH’S 2016-17 SEASON SMALL-SIDED GAMES CHART (PDF FILE)

Cal South will incorporate these changes into future Coaching and Referee Education curriculum and courses and has established an email inbox for questions and/or inquiries regarding the USSF Initiatives for affiliates, members, and parents. Questions regarding the new policies or Cal South’s implementation timeline may be referred to Cal South at initiatives@calsouth.com. Please allow 24-48 hours for a reply.

In order to comply with the USSF mandated changes, TVSA is making the following changes for all club and teams for the 2016 Fall season:

Change 12’s to 9 v 9

  • Background: In 2015 the U12 game was 11 v 11 with full size fields.
  • Change Rationale: Fewer field players allows for more touches.
  • TVSA Implementation: Will begin with the Fall 2016 season.

Nuances:

  • For optimum implementation the 12 teams will require smaller U11-sized fields our home fields will be adjusted to the smaller field size.
  • For optimum implementation the 12 teams will require smaller goals as they ideally should not be playing on full sized goals.

Change 10’s to 7 v 7

  • Background: In 2015 the U10 was 8 v 8.
  • Change Rationale: Create a better stepping stone to 12’s with 9-a-side.
  • TVSA Implementation: Will begin with the Fall 2016 season.

Nuances:

  • This change will create a new tactical awareness for coach to implement in training.

Build Out Line

  • Background: No prior use of this rule in TVSA except U18 Coed. When goal kicks occur the opposing team would have to stay beyond the midfield line (or Build Out Line) until the ball is kicked by the goalkeeper.
  • Change Rationale: Several associations trialed this last year and found it very successful in helping to encourage more touches and playing the ball (vs just making a big kick) out of the defensive side of the field.
  • TVSA Implementation: Will begin with the Fall 2016 season.

Off-side at 10

  • Background: The offside rule is in effect, except players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the centerline and the Build Out line.
  • Change Rationale: Revised to ensure we are aligned with other associations in District 5 that we complete against in tournament play.
  • TVSA Implementation: Will begin with the Fall 2016 season

Penalty Kicks at 10

  • Background: No prior use of this rule in TVSA. Standard Laws of the Game for Free Kicks.
  • Change Rationale: Use of the penalty kick will ensure fairer placement of the ball for fouls that occur in the penalty area.
  • TVSA Implementation: Will begin with the Fall 2016 season.

No Punting through U10

  • Background: Starting with U8, coaches are encourage to have their goalie only roll or toss the ball into play by hand.
  • Change Rationale: Along with the build-out line several associations trialed this last year and found it very successful in helping to encourage more touches and playing the ball (vs just making a big kick) out of the defensive side of the field.
  • TVSA Implementation: Will begin with the Fall 2016 season.

Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in disciplinary action.

References for TVSA Coaches

Phone Numbers
TVSA Kick Line
951-676-KICK (5425)

Field Conditions
951-694-6445, ext. 3 (hit #1, typically posted by 3pm)

Emergencies
911

Websites
www.tvsa.org
www.calsouth.com
www.usysa.org
www.ussoccer.com