Soccer Referee Assignor

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League play.

  • A. League play will be governed by the current U.S. Soccer Federation Rules (FIFA) rules as amended by these by-laws or by agreement in meeting by league officials.

Length of games

  • Games outdoors will consist of two 35 minutes halves for 7v7, and 40 minute halves for 11v11 games, there will be a 5-minute halftime. The official will keep the official game time and will not stop the time except for injury or other lengthy delay. Games ending in a tie will remain a tied contest.


  • Players may wear molded rubber cleats or tennis shoes. NO SOFTBALL CLEATS OR STEEL CLEATS!
  • Shinguards are mandatory.
  • Field equipment: equipment will be furnished to all league Team Representatives at the beginning of the season for all league competition.
  • Soccer balls: size 5 game balls are furnished by the league. Practice balls must be provided by players.
  • All players must wear shorts or pants, socks, and TWSL issued soccer shirts/jerseys to be eligible to participate in league games.


  • Substitutions can be made AT ANY TIME, on the fly.

More in rules:

  • When the winning team gets ahead by five goals, field players are to be reduced to 6 or 10. If the losing team scores, a player from the winning team may return to the field. If the winning team gets ahead by seven goals, players are to be reduced to 5 or 9.
  • NO sliding or slide tackling is allowed. Any field player who slide tackles will be warned verbally by the referee the first time that it occurs. A yellow card will be issued the second time. This does not pertain to the goalkeeper making low slides to the ball.
  • Absolutely no fighting will be tolerated
  • Offsides WILL be called.
  • Fouls that will result in a DIRECT KICK are the following: handling, kicking, tripping, jumping, charging, striking, pushing, holding, or spitting at an opponent.
  • ALL fouls that take place inside the penalty box will be awarded by a PENALTY KICK. Because of the reduced size of the field, the ball will be placed at the center top of the penalty box, aka the "18 yard line". All players must remain outside the penalty area and the penalty arc until the ball is kicked. The goalkeeper must have both feet on the goal line until the ball is kicked. If, after the ball is kicked, it rebounds off of the goal or the keeper and stays on the field, the ball is "live" and anyone can play it.
  • All fouls that take place OUTSIDE the penalty box will be awarded by a DIRECT kick where the foul occurred if the foul is determined by the referee to be careless, reckless, with excessive force, or a deliberate hand ball.
  • Fouls that will result in an INDIRECT KICK are the following: dangerous play, obstruction, preventing the keeper from releasing the ball, keeper handling the ball after it has been deliberately passed back from her own player, keeper taking more than 6 seconds before releasing the ball, keeper touching the ball on a throw in from her own teammate.
  • A goal may not be scored directly from an INDIRECT kick; rather it must be touched by a second player before a goal can be scored. If the ball goes in goal directly from an indirect free kick, a goal kick is awarded to the defending team. If the ball goes in own goal from an indirect free kick, a corner kick is awarded.

Misconduct: A player, coach, or bench personnel shall be cautioned (YELLOW CARD) for:

  • Entering or leaving the field without permission of the official (unless make a substitution).
  • PERSISTENT INFRINGEMENT of any rules of the game.
  • Objecting to by words or action to any decision by an official.
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct including use of vulgar or profane language.
  • Sliding or slide tackling (after a verbal warning - see 'D' above).
  • A yellow carded player must be substituted. She may return after two minutes of play have passed.The referee will keep the time and let the player know when she may return to the field

A player or bench personnel shall be disqualified (RED CARD) for:

  • Exhibiting violent conduct or serious foul play.
  • Using foul or abusive language.
  • Any subsequent act of misconduct after having been cautioned (CAUTION MAY BE VERBAL OR YELLOW CARD)
  • Anyone who is disqualified must leave the vicinity of the playing area for the remainder of the game. There will be no replacement of the disqualified player. The referee may stop the game until the disqualified person leaves and may end a game if the disqualified person refuses, with the offending team forfeiting.
  • Referees will "officially" yellow card players who continue to commit fouls after being verbally cautioned. After being yellow carded, the player will be "officially" red carded and suspended for the remainder of the game and the following game.
  • Players and spectators who disrupt play or create an incident before, during, or after a game may receive a personal/team game suspension, followed by a suspension of the next scheduled game. This suspension will be at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Game Reports

  • Referees will be required to fill out a score report at the end of each match.These game reports will be provide by one of the members to the referee and will be returned to them.

  • The Tidewater Women's Soccer League will not tolerate abusive behavior towards players, board members, staff, or referees under ANY circumstances. ANYONE who acts in a violent physical manner or threatens ANYONE will forfeit the refund of all registration fees paid and is disqualified from participation in the Tidewater Women's Soccer League for a period of not less than 6 months. Disqualification decisions shall be made by the Board and any Board Member involved in any such incident shall be prohibited from voting on such decision….


  • If a team cannot field 5 players, a forfeit will occur. If a team forfeits before the game, the opposing team receives 3 points. If the two teams are interested in a scrimmage game, the forfeiting team MUST obtain players for the game by asking the opposing team to provide players from its team. If the opposing team declines to provide players, any other REGISTERED player may be used.
  • If a team chooses to forfeit after the start of the game, the opposing team receives 3 points or the sum of their own goals scored, whichever is greater.
  • To avoid a forfeit a 10 minute grace period is given to the team with less than 5 players. The grace period time will be deducted from playing time.Type your paragraph here.