EDP FUTURES - 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.
No more than 14 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.
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 FUTURES - 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 7v7 format, but all games should be played regardless of whether field or the goal size conforms with USYS recommendations
The Build-Out line should be equidistant between the penalty area and the halfway line.
Law 2 The Ball
A size 4 ball will be used
Law 3 The Players
The number of players will be age appropriate
· 9U-10U = 7v7, no more than 14 players in uniform / on the bench & may participate.
o if a team has fewer than five 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
· 9U-10U = 60 minutes game
Law 13 Free Kicks
The distance for encroachment shall be 8 yards.
Law 14 The Penalty Kick
The distance for the penalty kick mark shall be 10 yards.
Referees should implement the both EDP Heading Policy as well as the EDP Build-Out Line Policy and procedures for ALL games.
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.
The 7v7 game is geared for player development. Referee decisions may invoke the “spirit of the game” when the development of the players supersedes trifling infractions.
If a referee judges that the heading is deliberate, the restart will be an indirect free kick to the opponent – unless the ball gets headed directly out-of-play. (outside the field of play)
If a ball is headed & remains on the field of play:
The restart will be an indirect free kick for the opposing team at the spot of the infraction.
- If a defender deliberately heads the ball ANY WHERE within his/her own penalty area, the location of the indirect free kick will be at the spot closest to the infraction on the penalty area line parallel to the goal line
If a ball is headed directly off the field of play:
If a ball is deliberately headed and the ball leaves the field of play at a touchline, the restart will be a throw-in for the opponent
If a ball is deliberately headed and the ball leaves the field of play at a goal line, the restart will be a goal kick, corner kick of a kick-off:
- If an attacking player deliberately heads the ball over the goal line, the restart will be a goal kick
- If a defending player deliberately heads the ball over the goal line, the restart will be a corner kick or a kick-off:
- If defender play deliberate heads the ball but it still enters his/her own goal, a goal will be awarded and the restart is a kick-off.
In compliance with the US Soccer Players Development initiative, EDP will be adhering to the following 7v7 Build Out Line Policy
First, remember the 7v7 game is geared for player development. Referee decisions may invoke the “spirit of the game” when the development of the players supersedes any trifling infractions.
The build-out line promotes playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting.
When the goalkeeper has possession of the ball, either during live play or from a goal kick, opponents must retreat behind the build-out line before they can pressure the ball when the GK puts the ball into play.
After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opponents can cross the build-out line to pressure the ball and the attacking team, and resume normal play.
The build-out line will also serve as the designation for an offside offense at 7v7 play.