EDP LEAGUE - REFEREE PROCEDURES
Game Day Administration
All EDP games are played under US Youth Soccer as governing body. Games are US Youth Soccer sanctioned and both teams must have US Youth Soccer Passes (USYSA Roster).
- Coaches must also have US Youth Soccer passes to participate.
- No Pass - No Play - No Exceptions
- Both Teams must present the Referee with Game Cards which are generated from the Got Soccer website and which should include the team roster with pass numbers.
- Both teams must present Player Passes for all players.
- Both teams must present Passes for all coaches. Coaches MUST be carded to the club but not necessarily the team to be permitted to participate. No more than four coaches are permitted to participate in a game per team.
- If one or both rosters are missing from Game Card, the team must supply a copy of their US Youth Soccer roster, to be attached to the game report for the referee’s review.
- All passes (players & coaches) must be computer generated. No hand-written passes accepted.
Referees must check and verify Game Card roster with player’s pass number, name and shirt number as well as the coaches passes for each team.
11v11 game = No more than 18 players in uniform and 4 coaches are allowed in the technical area with the team.
9v9 game = No more than 16 players in uniform and 4 coaches are allowed in the technical area with the team.
No guest players permitted.
Teams are permitted to use Club Pass players from another team within their own club if they are US Youth Soccer carded to that same club and age appropriate. Club Pass players may not appear on the official roster but are still permitted to play.
Secondary players are permitted. Secondary players MUST present their primary team pass and the CJYSA-EDP form indicating they are permitted to play.
The home team is allowed a 15-minute grace period and the visiting team a 30-minute grace period.
The referee is also permitted a 30-minute grace period. If the referee arrives later than 30 minutes from the start time of originally scheduled game start time, the referee will lose the game assignment (and game fee) if game has already been started.
EDP MODIFICATIONS to the LAWS of the GAME
The games are played according to the IFAB Laws of the Game, except the modifications that follow:
Law 1 The Field
The size of the field & goals will be age appropriate, ideally sized at US Youth Soccer recommendations for both the 11v11 & 9v9 formats, but the game should be played regardless of whether field or the goal size conforms with USYS recommendations
Law 2 The Ball
The size of the ball be age appropriate:
· 11U-12U = size 4 ball
· 13U-19U = size 5 ball
Law 3 The Players
The number of players will be age appropriate:
· 11U-12U = 9v9, no more than 16 players in uniform / on the bench & may participate.
o if a team has fewer than six players, the match may not resume after the ball has gone out of play
· 13U-19U = 11v11, no more than 18 players in uniform / on the bench & may participate.
o if a team has fewer than seven players, the match may not resume after the ball has gone out of play
· Unlimited free substitutions may be done by either team at any stoppage of play at the referee’s discretion
· Players to be substituted should exit the field at the halfway line on the team side touchline, unless otherwise directed by the referee
Law 7 The Duration of the Match
The match lasts for two equal halves and the interval at half-time should be 10 minutes
· 11U-12U = 60 minutes game
· 13U-14U = 70 minutes game
· 15U-16U = 80 minutes game
· 17U-19U = 90 minutes game
Law 13 Free Kicks
For 11U & 12U games, the distance for encroachment shall be 8 yards.
Law 14 The Penalty Kick
For 11U & 12U games, the distance for the penalty kick mark shall be 10 yards.
For 11U games, referees should implement the EDP Heading Policy.
Referee may allow padded rigid casts in a game but the final decision regarding safety is made by the referee.
Referees are expected to implement the EDP Respect & Etiquette Policy