Rules / Policies

Rainouts

  • Rainouts are posted on Facebook after 4:00pm on game days. Synthetic turf fields require rainouts only when lightning occurs. Always call the rain-out line for updates.
    • Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation rain-out number: 704.336.5800 #2
  • League managers and captains will coordinate make-up games as needed.

Safety

  • All players must sign a waiver before playing. Part of the online registration process includes accepting the waiver.
  • Slide tackling is absolutely NOT PERMITTED and a slide tackle will result in a card. Any type of lunge that could be considered dangerous is considered a foul.
  • All players must wear shin guards.

Cards
Referees will report all cards given to the referee coordinator each week who will maintain a history of cards for the season. Each week referees will be given an updated list of all cards. As players with repeat offenses are identified, preventative actions will occur. 

  • Yellow – the player must exit the field immediately. The player can re-enter the game on the next legal substitution.
  • 2 yellows in the same game – the player sits out for the remainder of the game and their team plays down for the remainder of the game. The player can return to play the following week.
  • Red – the player sits out for the remainder of the game and their team plays down a player for the remainder of the game. That player must sit out the following game, but their team can field a full team. 

*please note some of the following rules may not be the same as CWSL rules* 

Game Format & Eligibility
Halves will be +/-35 minutes (a running clock except for injury) with a 5-minute (or less!) half-time; the format will be 7 v 7 (1 goalie plus 6 field players). A game can begin with at least 4 players per team at 7:30 p.m.

If a team has less than 7 players to begin, with the opposing captain’s permission, the team can pick-up available player(s) from other teams at the field up to the same number of players on the opposing team.

If captains from both teams agree, both teams may play with 8 players during the game.  The captains must notify and get approval from the referees.

The real intent here is to PLAY, so let’s all try to be flexible, open-minded and fair in getting teams on the field!  (i.e., total number of field players per team may be altered with agreement between both teams’ captains.)

There are no overtime or shoot-outs in regular season games.

All laws of traditional soccer will apply in conjunction with these modified soccer rules:

  • Start of play: Kick-offs, at the start of each half and after a goal, are direct and go forward or backward. No whistle is required to restart after goals scored by opponent.
  • Scoring:  A goal is scored when the whole ball passes completely through the plane of the goal line having been struck before a game-ending whistle and providing no infraction has been committed by the attacking team.
  • Fouls: Any foul, regardless of infraction, will result in a direct free kick. All free kicks must be taken within 5 seconds. Fouls inside the penalty area result in a penalty kick. All defensive walls can be no closer than 15 feet from the ball unless the defending goal line prohibits such distance. No slide tackles allowed!
  • Flagrant fouls are not expected or tolerated! In the slight case of flagrant foul called by the referee, it will be reviewed by league managers and captains to determine assessed penalties beyond the current game.
  • Offside: There is none although blatant cherry-picking is discouraged to keep the game lively and within the intent of organized soccer.
  • Ball out of play denoted by traditional out-of-bounds lines.
  • Throw-ins will be used to restart play when balls go out of bounds across touch lines. Throw-ins are indirect and must be touched by another player before a goal can be awarded.
  • Corner kicks and goal kicks are direct and must be taken within 5 seconds.
  • Goalkeepers: Punts and drop kicks are not allowed. The ball must be distributed by a throw or kick from a dribble. If the goalkeeper punts, an indirect kick will be awarded to the opposing team at the top of the box. If the ball is passed directly back to the goalkeeper from her teammate, the goalkeeper may not use her hands. If the goalkeeper uses her hands, a direct kick will be awarded to the opposing team 10-15 feet from the box, as determined by the referee.
  • Goalies may slide (within reason) within the goal box. The slide must be hands first, executed properly to protect both the goalie and field players.  It will be up to the referee’s discretion to make a call if he believes a goalie slide is a blatant foul against a player (whether intentional or not) and not for the ball or to protect herself. Goalies are the only players allowed to slide.  Fouls due to improper sliding by the goalie will result in a penalty shot.
  • Substitutions: substitutions are unlimited and “on the fly” with no required permission from referee. Substitutions are made from the center of the field or as requested by the referee.
  • Final round robin championship games:  Each team will play all opposing teams during the “championship” tournament.  The champion is determined as the team who had the best standing (most wins) after completing all tournament games. If any teams are tied for this standing, then the champion will be the team that won the tournament game when the two tied standings teams played.  If these teams are still tied, then it will be determined by goal differentials (goals scored minus goals against) throughout the entire tournament.

Team Formation & Costs

  • All players register individually each season. Teams are totally re-formed every fall. Returning players from fall season remain on their same teams for the spring seasons. New players (anyone who did not play the preceding season) will be placed into the draft and assigned to a team.
  • Only new cwsl-Classic Gold players can choose one person to partner with when they register. Both players must indicate their interest in playing with one another during the registration process.
  • Registration for each spring and fall season is currently $50-fee that includes a team t-shirt (one each year), at least 6 officiated regular season games, Open Play Sundays and an end-of-season tournament. There may be additional pick-up Sundays during fall and spring seasons. Summer and winter seasons, although pick-up 11 v 11 format, still require pre-registration. Refer to the Classic Gold registration page for open registration dates.