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These are the rules, teams, and special items for how we ran the league last year.  We have made some minor improvements this year and will continue to do so.  This is just to give you an idea of what to expect from us.

Thank you for registering you child with the Ashland Youth Indoor Soccer League.

With a few modifications, your child will be playing futsal, which is a little

different that outdoor soccer, and very different from other indoor experiences.


A futsal ball is a low bounce ball that forces players to use

teammates and individual ball skill to advance the play to the goal. Team work is

very important in this game.


The game is very fast paced. Endurance and stamina are necessary.


This type of game is used to improve performance on many levels.

Players must make fast decisions and solve problems using intuition.

Player Equipment and Game Day Concerns:

The players must wear the following in order to play the game:

tennis shoes or indoor shoes (no black soles)

skin guards


white tee shirt (unless the team has an approved color to wear)

No one may bring a ball to the games.

Players may warm up in the hallways before games, but no soccer balls.

No skateboarding or other unauthorized recreational activities will be allowed.

Anyone who violates normal school rules will be asked to leave the premises.

We are guests. In order to continue to be permitted to use the gym space, everyone must

treat the facilities and the league representatives with respect.


Practices are optional. However, teams that are registered with travel/ club teams should expect

to have practice and following the rules of their respective clubs.

Your coach should be contact with you soon.

Please understand that this is a busy time for everyone and not all coaches will be able

to contact everyone in a timely manner.

Coaches contact information is listed near the end of this document.

Player Rosters, Contact Information, Rules, Game Schedule, and Practice Schedules are listed

below. Some of these items may change.


Inclement Weather

The weather hotline is 257-0722

Please call this numbe when you are in doubt about game times and weather conditions.

If the schools close early on Friday, or if they cancel school on Friday, then all games and

practices will be cancelled. However, if schools do not close, then it is up to the

Ashland Youth Soccer League Board to decide the probability of safe travel.

If the Hanover School Board cancels weekend activities, then all events are cancelled,

including indoor soccer.

Please keep the hotline number handy, so that you can stay informed about game days.

There will be no make up days for games or practice. After February, the indoor futsal experience

will be over.



This is an open day for practice

It is not a mandatory day for participation.

If possible, please contact your coach if you will not be there.


This is the official beginnin of the futsal experience.

Players will have brief/ informal practice or warm up then scrimmage.

This is the last day for any major changes.


Most recreational teams will not practice.

Practice is not mandatory for participation in the game.

It is the option of the team and/or the coach to practice.

It is recommended that ALL travel teams take advantage of the practice

schedule during the winter season.


First day of games begin. All games will end on-time.

To ensure that your child gets the proper experience, please make sure that s/he

arrives in enough time to warm up and play the game as scheduled.

There will be no extensions to game time.

It takes approximately 15 minutes to properly warm up for a game.

Warm ups are not necessary for U-10 players, but it is helpful to start the routine.

We understand that not all concerns may have been addressed above.

If you have any questions please call (752-2895) or e-mail (dmcgraw@hcps.us)

Daniel McGraw at your earliest convenience to address any of your concerns.

INDOOR Soccer 2005/06, Sponsored by the AYSL

Code of Conduct

1. The Administrators and Team Officials must conduct themselves in such a manner as

to set an example that if followed would enable every player to be a credit to the game.

2. Players may not bring soccer balls to the games. Players may warm up in the

hallways just outside of the gyms, but they may not use a ball to do so.

3. Players and Spectators must enter and exit the New Gym the same way. No one is

allowed to exit the gym by going into the lobby.

League Standings

4. Records of games will not be kept.

5. Records will not be kept for the sake of determining a champion or winning team.

6. It is important to remember that this is a recreational activity and that the purpose of

the league is for enjoyment of the game and the promotion of soccer skills in game-like


Clubs & Team Responsibilities

7. All teams wishing to play in the AYSL Indoor League must be duly registered with the

League and must pay the prescribed fees.

8. A team may register and play up to ten (10) players. If more than 10 players are

requested on a team, please contact the Indoor executive for approval. Teams may

register colors by contacting the Indoor Soccer League administration. Not all requests

will be honored. If the team does not have a designated color, then all players must wear

white tee-shirts. Colored vests will be used to distinguish between teams.

9. A player can only play for one (1) team.

10. Lateral movement of players between teams in the same “age division” shall NOT be


11. A player must be in possession of all the documents required by the AYSL.

All teams must accept and play any player that the AYSL adds to the team. This is done

to encourage fair play and to help build a soccer community.

12. If a player’s name appears on the game sheet, then he/she is considered to have

played in that game. Only the players and officials named on the game sheet shall be

permitted to play and stay on the bench.

13. Number of players allowed on the playing field. Each team will play with a maximum

of five (5) field players and one (1) goalie, for a total of, not more than, six-aside (6

players). These numbers may decrease as prescribed by the board and/or executive of

the indoor soccer league.

14. The minimum number of players required on the field of play are four (4) for divisions

III and above.

15. Teams are expected to play only the players that are on their rosters. If a change

needs to be made, please contact the Indoor Coordinator and make any necessary

arrangements. Please understand that not all requests may be honored, and only the

requests that affect the least number of participants will be considered.

Team Colors and Uniform

16. All players must wear indoor shoes or tennis shoes: no black soles and no cleats.

Every player must wear shin guards and socks that cover the shin guards. If the team

has not registered a color, the players must wear white tee-shirts. Colored vests will be

used to distinguish between teams.

16.1.1.Players who wear glasses must use athletic sports goggles (metal frames are not


16.1.2.Players should wear white tee-shirts to each game. Colored practice vests will be

provided to distinguish teams.

16.1.3.Teams that wish to register their own colors must contact the AYSL coordinator

and receive prior approval before dressing in any color other than white.

League Structure

17. The age divisions will be provided for each major and minor age group as per AYSL

rules provided that the number of teams registered will support the division. A minimum

of 3 teams will constitute a division.

Rules of the Game, League and Cup Competition.

18. Length of games and game times will be determined by the Indoor Soccer League

administration. No additional time will be awarded for games that start late. For all

involved, please respect the times and be prompt to all games.

18.1.1.Division V. Games will consist of two 20 minute halfs. No half time. At the half

mark, teams will switch sides and resume play. Teams play with 5 field players and 1


18.1.2.Divisions III and IV. Games will consist of two 18 minute halfs seperated by a 1

minute half time. Teams switch sides at the half mark. Teams play with 5 field players

and 1 goalie. Division III only. No player may play in the goal for more than of the


18.1.3.Divisions I and II. Games will consist of four 8 minute quarters, seperated by 1

minute periods. Teams switch sides between the second and third quarter only. Teams

play with 4 field players. Division II only. Teams play with a keeper (in addition to the 4 field

players). The goalie may only play for one quarter per game.

19. All games must start promptly and not later than five minutes after the scheduled kick

off time. No further grace period will be given to a late arriving team. All games that

start late will end at their scheduled times.

20. The visiting team kicks off. The ball may be kicked in any direction, forward, backward

or sideways to start the game. A goal may be scored from the kickoff, exept in divisions I

and II. The visiting team is listed second on the schedule.

21. The ball must stay within the boundaries to be considered playable. There will be no

wall play, with the exception of division II. In division II, players may play the bleachers

marking one of the sidelines.

22. If the game is tied after the full game is played, then the score will remain as stands.


23. Teams can substitute on the “fly” at all times including the goalkeeper for whom the

referee must be notified. Play will only be held up for substitution at restart because of an


24. The referee may stop the time at his/her discretion otherwise the clock will be running

at all times.

25. Player leaving the field of play must be within the touchline nearest to his/her bench

area. Failing to do so will result in “too many players” on the field and a minor penalty of

two minutes will be given to the incoming player. All players must enter and exit from their

bench area. The player being substituted for must be out of the field of play before the

new player may enter the game. Failure to observe this rule may result in a 1 minute

penalty for which the team will have to play down a player.

Ball Size

26. The League shall provide the match ball which will be properly inflated and conform to

the stipulated: SIZE 3 futsal for U-11, SIZE 4 futsal for all other divisions.

Ball out of play

27. The ball is out of play when: it hits the wall above the bleachers or hits the top side of the bleachers. it hits the lights or any part of the ceiling. it completely crosses the endline of either goal. it stops or slows down next to the side exit doors. any time the referee determines that it is in a dangerous position and is best

left up to a restart. It crosses the sidelines as per FIFA regulations.

28. Restarts. In Divisions I and II, all restarts are indirect. In Divisions III and above,

restarts will follow FIFA standards with the following exceptions. At the side lines- kicked in by the opponents of the player who last touched the

ball at a corner- kicked in by the attacking team. Teams may score from a corner

kick, except in divisions I and II. at a goal kick- by placing the ball on the ground within the goal area and kicked

into the field of play by the defending team. The ball must be played into the defensive

half before it may cross the half line. Goalies may not punt the ball. The goalie must distribute the ball to a player on

his own half either by throw on ground pass. The goalie may not send the ball past his

own half.

29. There will be no offside or three-line rule.

30. More rules will be posted for divisions IV and V as the season progresses.

Understand that the futsal experience should be unique. These new rules will be used to

enhance the level of play and add excited opportunities for the children to learn and

develop problem-solving skills.

Fouls & Misconduct

31. The rules of fouls and misconduct are the same as Outdoor penal offences and

technical offences but with one additional change. SLIDE TACKLES ARE NOT


32. If a player receives two (2) caution (yellow) cards in a game it will be equal to an

ejection (red) card and the player will immediately retire from the team bench and be

subject to an automatic game suspension from the next league game. Teams will play

shorthanded for a duration of five (5) minutes for this penalty.

33. There will be no wall play, with the exeption of division II, where players may play the

bleachers that outline one of the sidelines.

34. Any indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team occurring inside the penalty area

will be taken from any point on the line of the penalty area. Penalty kicks will be taken

from the foul line.

35. Referees may assess a two-minute penalty for an offence, a caution (yellow) card, or

both. Teams will play short handed for the duration of the penalty time issued.

36. If in the opinion of the referee an offence committed in the penalty area is serious, the

referee may award a penalty kick PLUS a two minute or five minute penalty.


37. Penalty times are awarded in the following manner:

37.1.1.Referee discretion - two minutes

37.1.2.Caution (yellow card) - two minutes

Ejection (second yellow card) - five minutes

Ejection (red card) - five minutes.

38. Only two players from each team can be serving penalties at any one time. Any

others must continue to play until the team’s first penalty expires, then this player must

retire to the penalty box.

39. In the case of an ejection that causes the team to have less than the minimum number

of players on the field, the penalized team will forfeit the game and the opposing team will

be awarded the game by a score of 3-0.

40. Offsetting major penalties will require that both teams play shorthanded for the

duration of the penalty time.

41. A penalty schot will be awarded for kicking, tripping, pushing, and handling in the goal


Delay of the game

42. If in the opinion of the referee a player is deliberately delaying the game, the referee

may award a caution (two minute penalty) for: taking more than six (6) seconds to put the

ball back into play from a free kick or for failing to respect the required distance (10 feet)

from the ball on a free kick.

43. Another player on the field of play may serve a time penalty for a goalkeeper. The time

penalty does not expire if a goal is scored.

44. In the event of an “ejection/dismissal” an alternate player may not serve time in the

penalty box. The penalized team will play shorthanded for the duration of the time penalty

(five minutes).


45. Anyone who leaves the team bench and enters the field of play during an altercation

will receive an automatic caution (two minutes or more) at the referee’s discretion. Only

registered team players and officials (coach, asst. coach, and manager) are allowed on

the team benches but their names must be recorded on the game sheet.

46. Spitting is not permitted at any time.


47. All discipline matters will be dealt with in accordance with the AYSL rules and

regulations. Ex. First red card- one game suspension, second red card – two game

suspension etc.

Postponements and rescheduling

48. Coaches and team officials are not permitted to postpone or reschedule any games

under the jurisdiction of the AYSL.

49. It is the League’s general policy to adhere to the schedule as printed.

50. ONLY the Indoor Soccer League Coordinator will reschedule games due to

unforeseen cancellations or other serious matters.


51. Should any team drop out of the League, all games played by that team shall be

declared null and void in the League standings.

Protests, Disputes and appeals

52. No protests will be accepted. All complaints, comments, and requests must be

forwarded to or addressed to the Indoor Coordinator. However, for the sake of the

children, we ask that negative remarks remain unspoken unless they will be beneficial to

every child in the league. Game play is suppose to be fun. Let’s keep it that way.


53. The Referee Coordinator shall appoint referees in all games. If no qualified referee is

available to officiate a game, the game has to be postponed unless both coaches agree

and sign the game sheet indicating their consent for some other person to officiate.

Teams agreeing on another person refereeing their game shall not be allowed to protest

against such person.

54. Referees shall be suitably attired. Referees shall meet the minimum cerifications

required by Recreational League Standards as noted by the Ashland Youth Soccer


55. Referees shall keep a record of the game, time, score and goal scorers.

56. The referee in writing to the Indoor Coordinator shall report any action detrimental to

the game.

Serious Misconduct

57. Violence of any nature does not have a place in soccer. The AYSL Indoor League

Executive will adopt a zero tolerance attitude.

58. Any game not completed due to an occurrence of any type of serious misconduct such

as violent conduct, fighting, assaults or spectator problems may lead to the guilty team

being removed from the league for the rest of the season.

Other Matters

59. Any situation not covered by the AYSL rules or Indoor League rules may be discussed

and ruled upon by the Indoor Executive committee and shall be decided as per the

Constitution of the Association.

60. The foregoing rules and regulations may be changed at any time by a majority vote of

the Indoor League Executive or by AYSL board members.

Dragons Soccer is a part of the Ashland Youth Soccer League