Gulf Coast Academy is governed by the rules adopted by the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association, except where modified below.
SECTION 1 - APPLICATION AND ADMISSION
1) Application for participation
a) Participation of teams requires approval from the team’s National State Association
b) Participation is open to any property registered team in good standing with the member National State Association.
Deadline for participation is August 3rd, 2013.
A compete application package MUST include:
1) Completed team application via www.gulfcoastsoccer.com
2) A check or money order payment for the established League entry fee made payable to Pensacola Samba (the parent organization of the Gulf Coast Academy).
Deposit of the Entry Fee does not constitute acceptance. Teams not accepted will receive a full refund with a letter of notification.
SECTION 2. FORMATION OF DIVISIONS
1) Age groups
a) Age Groups as defined by US Youth Soccer (ie. Under v14) will be divided into single birth divisions whenever there are sufficient teams participating in the League.
SECTION 3: OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES
a) The Gulf Coast Academy will perform the required scheduling of each divisions.
a) The team with the highest points will be judged the winner of the division. Points will be awarded as follows:-
I) Three (3) points for a win
ii) One (1) point for a tie
iii) Zero (0) point for a loss
b) Tie breakers for the divisions in case of teams with same points:
I) Head to head
ii) Most wins
iii0 Goal difference without limits
iv) Most goal scored
v) Least goals allowed
In event that all above tie-breakers are exhausted, the teams involved will proceed with a coin toss to decide the issue.
SECTION 4: MATCHES
a) It is the intent to schedule 2 matches per play date and on Saturdays, in case of severe weather games will be played on the Sunday.
SECTION 5: RULES OF PLAY
a) Games will be played under the applicable rules of US Youth Soccer. Team are responsible for obtaining and being familiar with United States Soccer Federation laws that governs League play with the modifications noted below:-
a) Unlimited substitutions may be used. A player may leave the field, and be substitute for, and then return and replace another player an unlimited number of times
b) Substitutions may be made when the team is in possession of the throw, or by either team when there is a goal kick, or after a goal is scored, or there is an injury situation
c) If a player is removed from the game and no substitute enters the game for the player ( team plays short), the original player may reenter the game. Entry shall be at a normal substitution point ( with approval of the referee) or at any point during the game if the referee signals for the player’s reentry.
3) Match Length, Ball Size
Games for U9 & 10 shall be 50 minutes long and use a size 4 ball; U11 & 12 games shall be 60 minutes long and use a size 4 ball; U13 &14 games shall be 70 minutes and use a size 5 ball.
$200.00 for U12 and under; $250.00 for U14. This will cover costs including administration and other expenses.
Teams will split the cost of the referee fees. In the case of U10s, one referee will be used, for all other teams the three man system will be used, to include one referee and two assistant referees. Assignor fees are also included in referee fees.
Clubs involved will host games. Host club will keep all concession earnings. The host club will be responsible for marking the fields. Field requirements two (2) U13/14 fields; four (4) U11/12 fields and four (4) fields.
On play dates teams must have all credentials, such as concussion forms or medical release forms, and Identification cards for both players and coaches.
None. However, teams are allowed are allowed one exception during the league. Please inform the league at least one week in advance of non attendance for league play.