LEAGUE RULES

LEAGUE RULES

LEAGUE RULES

Washington Premier League (WPL) Rules

NOTE: These rules are updated 08/01/2021 and in effect for 2021-2022 league play for all WPL.

General Governance

Rule 101--Board

The league’s board is governed by the WPL bylaws.

Rule 102 --Territories

No club has exclusive territory rights in the WPL

Rule 103 -- Conditions for Removal of a Team or Club

Violation of performance conditions set forth by the league may lead to removal of a team or club from the WPL.

Rule 104 -- Conditions for Competition in Leagues

Following each season, the competition committee shall review the compliance record of each team in their specific division. The committee may find that compliance with the standards is insufficient and recommend action to the league office. In extreme cases of repeated non-compliance the respective executive committee may recommend the removal of the team or club in question.

Rule 105 -- Conditions for Team Acceptance into League

Any club in good standing with US Club Soccer may apply for acceptance into our current leagues. Priority will be given to teams that are part of clubs that commit most of their teams to participate in WPL leagues. Please note that each league may have additional requirements. Please check the specific league descriptions and standards on our website for additional information. Team  placement is based on competition and location.

Rule 106 Requirements for NPL Super League Clubs

Please see Super League Standards & Policies. Acceptance into the Super League is determined by the League and by the standards and policies set by the Super League Advisory Committee.

League Structure

Rule 201 -- Governance

All competition in the WPL are governed by regulations approved by the league office.

Rule 202 -- Division Formations and League Standards

Competitive divisions will be structured according to the competitive level of teams as determined by the League Director, who has final authority on all placement issues. Should the WPL determine that there are an insufficient number of teams to constitute an age group division the teams affected may be allowed to temporarily or partially compete in a different division of play. Additionally, if there are an overabundance of teams in an age group, teams may be grouped differently than requested. The League Director has the authority to arrange teams to fit the needs of one or more of the following: scheduling, travel, competitive levels or other exceptions.  All NPL Super League teams must follow special league standards and policies for Super League clubs.

Rule 203 -- Playing Rules

All games under league jurisdiction shall be played according to the rules and regulations recognized by the PSPL which shall be the same rules set by FIFA/ U.S. Soccer (USSF) except for those modifications authorized by the WPL, FIFA or USSF.

Rule 204 -- Playing Season

The “League” is designated by the WPL for the season in which the league is played. Example, spring, summer, fall or winter, but shall not be limited or restricted to a season.

All league games must be played on or by the last day games are scheduled by the league for the current season. No games will be played after that date unless approved by the League. If prior to the original scheduled game date teams are not able agree to a reschedule, the league office must be notified to arbitrate, or the match is played as originally scheduled.

Any games not played by the last day of the league season may be scored as a loss for both teams and a minimum fine of $1000 assessed to both teams. Please contact the league immediately if a scheduling issue arises that cannot be resolved. If fines are assessed, Clubs have 10 days to pay the fine. Clubs will not be able to register teams for Cup or League play until the fine is paid.

Note: At League registration: all NPL Super League teams are required to pre-register to play in Washington Cup (end of the season State Championship tournament).

Rule 205 -- Point System

The WPL shall operate under a point system. The point system shall award three points for a win, one point for a tie and no points for a loss.

In the event where an unequal number of games have been played by teams within a division due to a schedule change driven by the league, the final standings will be determined by average points per match played. .

All Forfeits will be scored by league office as 1-0. (see Rule 307A)

For Developmental League

match scores will be listed in the standings with a maximum 5 goal difference between teams. For tie breakers these rules will apply in the order they are listed here:

· Total Points (win/lose/draw) between teams

· Total Goals Against

· Total Goal differential of each team (Total Goals for, minus Total Goals against)

· Total Goals for (maximum of 5 goals per match allowed, except in the Super League Divisions where all goals scored are counted)

· In the event all tiebreakers are equal, the winner shall be decided by coin toss.

· If 3 or more teams are tied, the tiebreaker criteria listed will be used in order above to first eliminate or second promote one team. Teams remaining will then be compared again starting with first tiebreaker.

Goals will be capped at 5 for the determination of tiebreakers in all leagues.

For Developmental Leagues match scores will be listed in the standings with a maximum 5 goal difference between Dev teams.

Rule 206 -- League Standings

Official standings of teams, which is the responsibility of the league office, are tabulated on a regular basis, and displayed on the Washington Premier League website. For score reporting see Rule 306

Rule 207 -- Playing Venue, Game Lengths, USSF mandates

The playing field used by each team must be lined according to FIFA standards with goals nets and flags. Teams in NPL Super league may have additional expectations per standards set for teams in those divisions.

Home teams are responsible for marking the field of play, providing an adequate game ball (modified as follows):

Age1

Format

Game Duration

Ball Size

Field Size Mandate width x length

Field Size Range  width x length

Goal Size (height x width)

7U#

4v4

4 x 10 min quarters, 3 min breaks

3

20 yds x 30 yds

15-25 yds wide x 25 – 35 yds long

4' x 6'
Pugg Style goal

8U#

4v4

4 x 10 min quarters, 3 min breaks

3

20 yds x 30 yds

15-25 yds wide x 25 – 35 yds long

4' x 6'
Pugg Style goal

9U#

7v7

2 x 25 min halves, 5 min halftime

4

40 yds x 60 yds

35-45 yds wide to 55-65 yds long

6’.6” x 18’.6” ideal  6' x 18' and portable style acceptable2

10U#

7v7

2 x 25 min halves, 5 min halftime

4

40 yds x 60 yds

35-45 yds wide to 55-65 yds long

6’.6” x 18’.6” ideal  6' x 18' and portable style acceptable2

11U#

9v9

2 x 30 min halves, 5 min halftime

4

50 yds x 75 yds

45-55 yds wide to 70-80 yds long

7’ x 21' ideal  6’.6” x 18’.6” and  portable style acceptable2

12U#

9v9

2 x 30 min halves, 5 min halftime

4

50 yds x 75 yds

45-55 yds wide to 70-80 yds long

7’ x 21' ideal  6’.6” x 18’.6” and  portable style acceptable2

13U#

11v11

2 x 35 min halves, 5 min halftime

5

75 yds x 112 yds

60-80 yds wide to 100- 130 yds long

8' x 24'

14U

11V11

2 x 35 min halves, 5 min halftime

5

75 yds x 112 yds

60-80 yds wide to 100- 130 yds long

8' x 24'

15U

11V11

2 x 40 min halves, 5 min halftime

5

75 yds x 112 yds

60-80 yds wide to 100- 130 yds long

8' x24'

16U

11V11

2 x 40 min halves, 5 min halftime

5

75 yds x 112 yds

60-80 yds wide to 100- 130 yds long

8'x 24'

17U

11V11

2 x 45 min halves, 5 min halftime

5

75 yds x 112 yds

60-80 yds wide to 100- 130 yds long

8' x 24'

18U

11V11

2 x 45 min halves, 5 min halftime

5

75 yds x 112 yds

60-80 yds wide to 100- 130 yds long

8'x 24'

19U

11V11

2 x 45 min halves, 5 min halftime

5

75 yds x 112 yds

60-80 yds wide to 100- 130 yds long

8' x 24'

1Refer to   WPL current Birth year Chart

2BowNet, style goals are allowed at 7v7(9U/10U) and 9v9 (11U/12U) for all leagues except NPL Super League

SKLZ # USSF Heading Mandate All WPL and PSRL leagues have adopted the USSF Heading mandates.   For 11U and under leagues players may NOT engage in heading in either games or practices.  Limited heading in practice for players in 12U and 13U ages of 30 min maximum per week.

 

Rule 208 – Heading Game Rule

Referees are instructed for all 11U and under games to apply the following rule:

When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.

A. No Re-Entry Protocol (for Head Injury)

In accordance with the US Soccer return to play guidelines, any player removed from the field for a suspected head injury will not be allowed to return to the field of play unless cleared by a Healthcare Professional.

B. Health Care Professional

A health care professional is defined as “a licensed healthcare professional such as an athletic trainer certified (ATC), or a physician (MD/DO), with a skill set in emergency care and sports medicine injuries and with knowledge and experience related to concussion evaluation and management.”  It will be up to each club to decide whether they will provide a healthcare professional at their matches, and to ensure that this individual has the correct certification to be evaluating players for head trauma. If a club plans to use a healthcare professional to evaluate suspected head injuries during a WPL/PSRL match, the healthcare professional must be presented to the referee prior to the start of the match.  Referees will not allow the re-entry of players removed from the field of play for suspected head injuries unless they are informed of the presence of, and meet with, a healthcare professional prior to the start of the match.

Rule 209 -- Rosters

· All teams may list up to 26 players on their US Club Official Roster.

· Players can be only rostered to one team that is affiliated with US Club Soccer and the WPL. 

· As a requirement to register a valid team for a WPL league, each team must follow the minimum roster sizes listed below and have their Official US Club Roster updated in GotSport  for the League office to review approximately 20 days before the start of league play.

· For match days, the WPL Match Day Roster has limits to the number of players that can be listed.

See Chart Below:

Roster Size Chart

 

Number of Players

Age

Min. to register team

Game Day Roster max.

7U/8U

5

8

9U/10U

8

14

11U/12U

10

16

13U/19U

13

18

15U trapped

11

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: WPL Match Day Roster must be generated from Gotsport.

Rule 210 -- Scheduling

A. League Schedules and scheduling requests prior to a season beginning

Scheduling is a major issue each season. The commitment to play matches when scheduled is a priority as field availability is limited. All matches scheduled by the WPL are expected to be played on the scheduled date.

· Home teams are not obligated to reschedule matches.

· Schedule requests must be submitted via the schedule request web form  by the registration deadline for the specific league. Schedule requests must be limited to no more than two (2) requests (see form).

· The Schedulers do their best to honor scheduling requests submitted by the deadline, but cannot guarantee that all requests will be honored.  Please prioritize your requests.

· In the event the posted schedule cannot be met, please refer to Rule 211.

· Teams unwilling or unable to attend a match will forfeit points from the unattended match.  Please see Rule 307A for more information on forfeits.

· The WPL and NPL Super League will work to schedule certain “black-out” dates to allow players to participate in sanctioned Surf Academy WPL Events and Trainings.

· The WPL Western Dev. leagues (9U – 10U) will be scheduled through the WPL office. Teams will play on Saturday and/or Sunday based on field availability across multiple locations.

B. Team Scheduling (times and locations)

· Please post-match times and locations as soon as known as a courtesy to all impacted.

· The home team is responsible for posting the time and location of the match no later than 72 hours prior to the match. For teams traveling either direction over the Cascade Mountain passes, the match time and location must be posted no later than 6:00pm on the Sunday prior to the scheduled date.

· Posted contact information for both Coach and manager must be kept current on the WPL team site. It is the responsibility of the home team to inform the visiting team of any changes that may occur.

· For teams traveling three hours or more, matches may not be scheduled earlier than 11 am or after 5pm unless agreed upon by the visiting team.

· For all local matches (60 miles or less) that are scheduled outside of the WPL Western Development League it is the expectation that matches will not be scheduled earlier than 9 am on Saturdays or 10 am on Sundays unless agreed to by the visiting team.

· If field and/or times are changed (because of unplayable field situations), the listed home team  official is responsible to contact the opposing team listed manager and the league office as soon as possible.

When matches are cancelled for weather related and/or field issues which may limit the availability of fields, these match time restrictions may be superseded. The league must be informed of all of these situations prior to rescheduling the matches.

C. Double-header Schedules (league specified)

· When a team is scheduled to travel across the Cascade Mountains and is playing two away matches, the home team must schedule these matches within the following time frame: a late Saturday afternoon kick off beginning no earlier than 1 p.m. and an early morning Sunday start, kicking off between 9 am and noon. Unless approved by the visiting team.

· The WPL office reserves the right to approve the double-header schedules in case of disputes between both parties. Please be forewarned: to maximize the competition and minimize travel, there will be very little flexibility for home teams hosting traveling teams, particularly traveling across the Cascades. This applies to NPL Super League teams, but may apply to the Classic Division when appropriate.

 

D. Developmental Leagues

· For the WPL Western Development League, matches will be scheduled and posted by the league scheduler for ALL matches.

· The league will assign the referees for all Western  Developmental League matches.

· Due to field availability constraints, no rescheduling of Western Developmental matches will be entertained.

· Eastern Dev League matches are scheduled by the home team who also is required to provide a referee for each match.

Rule 211 -- Rescheduling Matches

· The league schedule is intended to be played as initially posted.

· Matches can be rescheduled without the approval of the league unless it involves a double header weekend (see Rule 210C). Please be aware that Rule 204 applies here too, and Clubs can incur fines and forfeits if the matches are not played.

· Once schedules are published, matches may not be moved to a different date/time without the express written approval of the opponent.  Any changes to the published schedule must be finalized and completed at least 10 days prior to the originally scheduled date of the match. Any reschedule negotiations not agreed upon prior to the 10 day window will cause the match to be played on its originally scheduled date.

· If prior to the original scheduled match date, teams are not able agree to a reschedule, the league office must be notified prior to the 10 day window to arbitrate, or the match will be played as originally scheduled.

· All charges related to fields and Referees are borne by the home team unless alternate arrangements have been made with visiting team.

· In the event a match is not played for any other reason not addressed in the rules, the league must be notified within 24 hours of the scheduled time by both teams. The WPL will then decide the disposition of the match.

Rule 212 -- Uniforms

All teams must post their jersey colors on their team page or the home team must contact the visiting team no less than 72 hours prior to the match, to confirm jersey colors

· In the event of a jersey color conflict, the home team is required to wear or change to an alternate color. Every player must have a unique number on their jersey. A minimum size of 6” tall on the back of the jersey. 

· For NPL Super League teams only, taping or altering of jersey numbers is prohibited.  Players without a proper jersey will not be allowed to play, unless authorized prior to the match by the WPL.

Registration and Game Day Procedures

Rule 300-- Team Management Requirements

· Each team must list a team manager, coach and supply contact information including current email addresses and phone numbers. The listed phones and emails must be checked daily and be updated in the contact information in the event of a change.

· The Team Manager and/or Coach are responsible for responding to all communications regarding teams, league business, reporting scores and all communications to the appropriate league officials. All teams must have access to email, and a telephone number connected to a 24 hour answering system during the season. All teams are responsible for maintaining their contact information in GotSport system.

Rule 301-- Eligibility: Official US Club Rosters and Player cards

A. Official US Club Rosters and Player cards

· Players, coaches, and managers must be registered according to US Club rules.

· All players must be listed with complete information including jersey number. Changes may be made to the roster during the season. All changes are tracked by the WPL. Players not listed on the US Club Roster most currently entered in GotSport are considered illegal and will constitute a forfeit for the team. Any player permanently moved to another team within the club procedure must be done by 6pm the Friday before the scheduled match the player(s) in question may play in.

B. US Club Player/Coach/Staff Identification Card

  • All Players, Coaches and Staff must present their valid US Club Player/Coach/Staff Identification Card to the referee prior to the match. The individual’s picture must be lamented on the card.  Club officials (Coaches, Managers, DOC’s) are required to visibly display their card on a lanyard while in the technical area (max. of 4 team officials in area).
  • Any individual participating in the match will not be eligible for the match if the ID card is not valid, and the player is not listed on the Match Day roster/US Club official roster. No exceptions.
  • For updated Match Day procedures, go to Resources tab on our website then click on Manager’s Corner and then click on Forms & Policies and then Match Day Procedures or Click Here for a direct link 
  • Any team not following WPL match day procedures will be subject to fines, forfeits and/or further sanctions. 

C. Players may only play for one US Club Soccer club during any league season. Guest players are not allowed in league play. (A Guest player is any player not currently rostered to your club).

D. WPL leagues from 9U through 19U are defined as either boys’ or girls’ leagues.   In the WPL, players must play on teams of their same sex.

E. Players may change clubs at any point in the season as long as they adhere to the WPL and US Club transfer policy. Players requesting transfer between two clubs must complete the following prior to be eligible to play:

· Serve a seven-day waiting period from the time an updated league roster is received by the League Office showing the player has a valid US Club player card.

· Have their US Club Player Card released from former club or is approved by the Competition Committee.

· Have met all financial obligations agreed to with their former Club.

F. All players registered with a Club participating in the WPL shall receive a US Club Soccer player ID card which shall allow a player to play on any team within that club with the following exceptions:

· Players can play-up or play at their age.

· Players must adhere to Rule 302 “Club Pass”

Please note:

· Younger players can play up in age if the club determines they are capable. To be eligible to play, players must be rostered on either the US Club Official roster for that team or another team’s roster within the club. Players can only be rostered on one team in their club. Eligibility is determined by the player’s name being listed on the US Club Official roster from same club with a valid US Club ID number.

· Teams/Clubs violating this rule will be put on notice by the league and may face sanctions and possibly expulsion from the league.

· Exceptions to Age and Gender rules may be considered. Please see the "Exception Form" on WPL website.

Rule 302 - Club Pass (formerly known as the “Player Pass”)

The intent of the "Club Pass" rule is to provide a tool for coaches to give players an opportunity to play at a level that is developmentally appropriate for the player and to provide a way of getting more minutes for players needing them. The "Club Pass" is not to be used unethically.

· Each team may use the “Club Pass” for a maximum of 4 players in a single match. These Club Pass players must be noted on the WPL Match Day Roster along with providing the copy of the Official US Club roster(s) these players are rostered to.

· Violation of the "Club Pass" rule will constitute one or all the following, a fine, forfeiture of all matches these players played in, suspension of the offended coach and sanctions against the Club involved.

“Club Pass” Restrictions

· All “on age” rostered NPL Super League players are eligible only to be “Club Passed” on age to NPL Super League divisions. NPL Super League players are allowed to “pass up” to all divisions excluding one year older in the Copa divisions. All eligible WPL Classic and Copa  players may be “Club Passed” to older ages.

· NPL Super League Players that are rostered “play up” (playing on older age group team) may NOT play “on age” at any level of play.

· All Classic division players are unrestricted beyond adhering to age, gender, and Club Pass limit requirements.

There is no Club Pass restrictions for the WPL Development leagues.

Player Pass Restrictions matrix

Players Rostered To Teams

Allowed to Play at following levels ON Age in own Club:

Division Level

Age Level

NPL Super League

 

Div. 1 (10U)

Classic 1

Classic 2

Copa

 

NPL Super league

birth year

yes

 

N/A

no

no

no

 

NPL Super league

play up

yes

 

yes

no

no

no

 

Dev league (9U ,10U)

birth year

yes

 

yes

yes

yes

yes

 

Dev league (9U ,10U)

play up

yes

 

yes

yes

yes

yes

 

Classic 1, 2, 3…

birth year

yes

 

yes

yes

yes

yes

 

Classic 1, 2, 3…

play up

yes

 

yes

yes

yes

yes

 

Copa

birth year

yes

 

yes

yes

yes

yes

 

Copa

play up

yes

 

yes

yes

yes

yes

 

 

Rule 303 -- Substitutions

Free substitutions will be allowed in all age groups. Teams may substitute with the referee’s permission at on any stoppage. Player substitutions and reentry are unlimited

Rule 304 -- Personnel on the Bench

· ALL non-playing personnel in the team technical area MUST have a current US Club ID card.  Team or Club Officials (limit of 4) are required to visibly display their card on a lanyard.

· Only uniformed players (and legal “Club Pass” players) listed on the team's US Club Official roster(s) and WPL Match Day Roster can be on the bench during the match and only players eligible and listed on Match Day Roster maybe in uniform. Players listed on the Team’s US Club Roster but not in uniform (in street clothes) can be on the bench during the match.

Rule 305 -- WPL Match Day Roster

Refer to WPL Match Day Procedures

At the end of the match, the referee will complete and sign the document and return a copy of the Match Day Roster  to each team. These documents shall serve as the Official Score Report and should be retained through the completion of league play.

Rule 306 -- Official Score Report

The match score as reported on the  referee signed Match Day Roster shall be recorded on the WPL web site after each match by each team. Ties are also to be reported by both teams. Both teams must keep and file the Match Day Roster for future possible reference. Match Day rosters may be uploaded into the GotSport system. For the Dev Leagues, match scores are capped by the system to reflect a maximum 5-goal differential.

Rule 307 – Team “No-Shows”

Matches must start no later than 10 minutes from the posted start time on the WPL website. Teams must start the match with the required minimum number of players for that age group.

· For 8U teams, a minimum of 5 players must be on the field to start and end a match.

· 9U and 10U teams, a minimum of 5 players must be on the field to start and end the match.

· 11U and 12U a minimum of 6 players must be on the field to start and end the match.

· 13U and above, a minimum of 7 players must be on the field at the start and the end of the match or the match will be deemed a forfeit. Matches not starting by the time the “grace period” has ended will be deemed a forfeit.

If a team or referee has communicated to the opposing team that they are on route, and there is a time restriction, the clock will be started at the end of grace period. Matches must start no later than 30 minutes from the scheduled start regardless of the situation.

Rule 307A -- Forfeits

Forfeited matches will result in a 1-0 loss for the team forfeiting the match.  These matches must be reported to the league office who will determine if forfeit was warranted.  Additionally, Teams/Clubs that forfeit a match may be levied up to $1000 fine and possible removal from further league play for a period determined by the league office. The team causing the match forfeit will be responsible for all field and referee costs incurred by the home team. The league also reserves right to impose other penalties if it is deemed necessary. See Rule 210 Scheduling for travel league specific requirements and penalties.

Rule 308 -- Incomplete Matches

In the event a match cannot be completed, the match counts if at least the first half of the match was completed. If the match is suspended prior to the expiration of one half, the game shall be replayed at a time agreed upon by the competing teams. An agreement must be made within 4 days of the date that the incomplete match was played. In the event the teams cannot agree, the league office will reschedule the match.

Rule 308A – Matches Abandonment

Any game that has been abandoned by the Referee for issues outside of an “act of God” will result in a forfeit and fine imposed upon the team causing the abandonment. The league office must be informed and will determine whether score stands or forfeit and fine is assessed.

Rule 309 -- Sideline Etiquette

If field space allows, coaches and players will be on the same sideline opposite spectators. Coaches are responsible for the behavior of their parents/sideline.  Spectators are expected to behave appropriately and respectfully at all times during the match. Unruly or irresponsible behavior identified by a referee could lead to expulsion of the Teams’ coach, a team’s forfeit of points and/or a monetary fine. If the league receives reports of unsportsmanlike conduct from any spectators on a sideline the league reserves the right to fine the club or take further action if necessary.

The use of Drones for any reason while WPL members are attending sanctioned WPL events is forbidden. The use of Drones may also fall under specific guidelines/laws that are laid out by local jurisdictions ( School Districts, Park Departments, etc.)

 

Match Officials

Rule 400 -- Match Officials

The match officials are assigned by contracted referee assignors. Officials must be USSF certified for the current calendar year. Use of non-certified referees in anything other than a "no show" situation may be considered a forfeit by the home team and subject to a $1000 fine from the league for each occurrence.

Clubs must report and post their Referee Assignor contact information in the Club Directory.  Failure to utilize contracted referee assignors and certified referees will result in club sanctions and/or fines.

For WPL Dev league 9U/10U, only a center referee is required.   For all other leagues and levels, the expectation is 3 officials will be assigned to each match. 

Note:  If a full crew is not available matches will still stand if a single certified referee is available.

 

Rule 401 – No show of Officials

Failure of a match official to appear will not constitute canceling of a match. If both teams can agree on a substitute, coaches must sign the match sheet prior to the start of the match. Neither team may protest the outcome of the match. If a coach feels that playing the match without a licensed referee is a safety issue for the players, then both teams must work to reschedule the match (Refer to Rule 211 for reschedules). It is the responsibility of the home team to reschedule the match at a time agreed to with the visiting team and bear the costs associated with hosting the match. If the team cannot find a time the league office will assist.

In cases where the Officials are a “no show” and teams cannot agree to play, the league must be notified within 24 hours of the scheduled match. The match will be rescheduled at the traveling team’s venue with the fees incurred to play the match paid by the original home team. The match will be scheduled by the league if the teams cannot agree on a date within 6 days of the originally scheduled match day.

Rule 500 -- League Discipline

A. Red Cards

A player sendoff (red card) will result in a minimum of a one (1) match suspension. A send off as a result of two cautions will result in the player being suspended for the next match. If a player is sent off during the weekend, they may not play the remainder of the weekend. Matches sat out that weekend count against the suspension, if noted on the Match Day Roster and/or Referee Match Report as such. Any team using suspended players will be disciplined the same as using illegal players. The League office must be notified of the sendoff within 24 hours by the home team. For more information on red cards please see rule 530.

Coaches and or Club Officials that have been ejected from a match may be subject to additional disciplinary action as determined by the league office. At a minimum, the coach/club official will receive a two-week suspension. All team expulsions apply to ALL teams that coach or team official is associated with.

B. Appeals / Hearings

No Appeals of league discipline will be considered.  See Rule 530 for procedures.  A coach, club or league official has a right to a hearing within 30 days if the suspension is more than 5 weeks. Coaches are not to be present on the sideline or at the field during the time of their suspension, nor anywhere near the field. If a coach is ejected more than twice in one season or found to be present on the sidelines during the suspension, the club will be fined up to $1000 and the particular team will lose points.

Rule 501 - Assault or Abuse of Participants

A. When any person shall assault or abuse a participant (as defined by B) below) within WPL the matter shall be brought directly before the WPL Discipline Committee. (Note that assault or abuse of a referee by a player, coach, manager, club official or match official is subject to the jurisdiction of the WPL Discipline Committee under the specific definitions and procedures of USSF Policy 531-9 -- Misconduct toward Match Officials.) Nothing herein shall prevent a referee from carding a player or cautioning/ejecting a participant, or from the WPL Disciplinary Committee imposing sanctions against a participant under its rules, even if the incident involved assault or abuse.

B. A participant, for the purposes of this specific rule, shall be defined as a registered player, the parent, relative or guardian of a registered player, a coach, assistant coach, trainer or team manager, a spectator, an officer of a Club, Association, or member of the Board of Directors of WPL, Association, referee, and any other person required to have Risk Management acceptance.

C. (1) (i) Assault is an intentional act of physical violence at or upon an individual.

(ii)For purposes of this specific rule, “intentional act” shall mean an act intended to bring about a result which will invade the interests of another individual in a way that is socially unacceptable.

(iii) Outside of practice and match activity, a “socially unacceptable” act includes (but is not limited to) touching which the victim considers invasion of personal space or makes the victim feel uncomfortable or threatened. Unintended consequences of the act are irrelevant.

(iv) During practice or matches, “socially unacceptable” acts include violent acts during matches and practices which exceed all reasonably acceptable sporting behavior.

(2) Assault includes, but is not limited to the following acts committed upon an individual: hitting, kicking, punching, choking, spitting on, grabbing or bodily running into an individual; head butting; the act of kicking or throwing any object at an individual that could inflict injury; damaging an individual’s clothing or personal property, i.e. car, equipment, etc.

D. (1) Abuse is a verbal statement or physical act not resulting in bodily contact which implies or threatens physical harm to an individual or their personal property.

(2) Abuse includes, but is not limited to the following acts committed upon an individual: using foul or abusive language toward an individual that implies or threatens physical harm; spewing any beverage on an individual’s personal property; spitting at (but not on) an individual; or verbally threatening an individual.

(3) Abuse shall include, but not be limited to, racial, ethnic, religious or gender slurs directed at one or more individuals.

(4) Verbal threats are remarks that carry the implied or direct threat of physical harm. Such remarks as “I’ll get you after the match” or “You won’t get out of here in one piece” shall be deemed abuse.

E. (1) Assault or abuse may be grounds for suspension or ban from further participation and membership in WPL or any affiliated Member Association, club or team. Such authority shall supersede any and all other penalty codes or rules. A temporary suspension will be imposed immediately upon the verification of an allegation of assault or abuse until a hearing is held and the decision is published by the hearing chair. Minimum penalties and periods of suspension shall be as follows:

(i) Except as provided below, for any assault, at least one (1) year from the time of the assault.

(ii) For a minor or slight touching of the individual or their personal property, a minimum of three (3) months.

(iii) For an assault committed by an adult upon an individual seventeen (17) years of age or younger, at least three (3) years.

(iv) For a minor or slight touching committed by an adult upon an individual (17) years of age or younger, at least 6 months/years.

(v) For an assault when serious injuries are inflicted, at least five (5) years.

(vi) In the case of assault, shorter periods may not be provided but, if circumstances warrant, a longer period may be provided (e.g., habitual offenders with two (2) or more incidents of suspension).

(vii) The minimum suspension for abuse shall be three (3) matches. Longer periods may be provided when circumstances warrant (e.g., habitual offenders with two (2) or more incidents of suspension).

Disciplinary Regulations

Rule 520 – Violating League Rules

The WPL Disciplinary Committee and the WPL League Office shall have the authority to suspend, fine, disqualify or otherwise impose sanctions on, players, team officials or competing clubs for violating league rules, the WPL Ethics policy or for any action or conduct not in the best interest of soccer or the WPL. For more information on red cards please see rule 530.

Any breach of WPL Rules, Ethics or allegations of individual or team misconduct should be reported to the league via the violation report form

 

Rule 521 -- Disciplinary Panel

A panel of individuals from the league office shall conduct the review of disciplinary issues. Such panels will consist of at least one licensed referee official.

Rule 530 -- Match-Suspension Procedures

Team Responsibility - Teams are responsible for ensuring that any of their players (Red Card) or coaches (Expulsion) who have received a red card or “expulsion” serves the appropriate suspension immediately. The referee who issued the red card or “expulsion” (of a coach) is required to file their report within 48 hours detailing the infractions leading to the red card or “expulsion”.

The WPL Disciplinary Committee will determine the length of the suspension from the referee’s report and the severity of the infraction. Again, the suspension is immediate, and the player or coach is suspended from (at minimum) the next match either the coach or player is involved with regardless or not if the offender receives notification from the WPL of the suspension. Following any further investigation, the WPL Disciplinary Committee will indicate if any changes to the length of the suspension were made in the charging letter/e-mail sent to the team/club.

Club officials may submit evidence related to misconducts directly to discipline@wpl-soccer.com  prior to Wednesday of the week following the match. The discipline committee will consider any evidence and may, at their discretion, determine if a hearing is required. A charging record will be sent to the coach and manager of the team (for player send-offs) and to DOC / club president for official expulsions by Thursday of the week following the match from discipline@wpl-soccer.com.

Referee Responsibility - All Club referees must provide misconduct report via Ridgestar web reporting to the WPL. If you do not report through your Referee Association on-line you can directly from the Referee reporting featureInstructions for electronic reporting are on the WPL website.

Note: All suspensions are to be served with the team player is officially rostered.

Players may not utilize the "Club Pass" to:

· play for another team prior to the suspension being served and documentation returned.

· document serving their suspension with a team they are not officially rostered.

Coaches’ expulsions are an automatic 2-week suspension with the Disciplinary committee review that could bring additional suspensions.

Please note, for Coaches, the suspension carries over into all WPL/PSRL age groups and/or matches the coach is or will be coaching. In the case of a coach who coaches multiple teams, if Coach A receives a sendoff for his/her 12U Girls match and Coach A has another match with his/her 15U Boys team – Coach A is unable to coach that match.

Rule 531 –Matters Not Provided For

Any matter not provided for in these Rules shall be decided by the WPL Competition and Rules Committee Chair and Disciplinary Chair.  All such decisions are final.

Code of Conduct

Do not tarnish the sport of soccer, the WPL, US Club Soccer, USSF, your club, your team, yourself and your family.

League Affiliates

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