TEAM ROSTERS:

There is no maximum number of players allowed on a team’s roster provided all players have signed the Austin SSC Roster/Waiver form.  It is the responsibility of all team captains to ensure players are in compliance with this policy.  Teams have up until the third week of the season to make changes to their roster.  After the third week, rosters will be frozen.  Roster changes that require additional t-shirts will be subject to availability.  All roster changes must be communicated to and approved by Austin SSC.

WAIVERS:

In order to participate in the league, each player must sign the team waiver. Waivers can be downloaded by clicking here. Captains need to print, have all players sign, and turn in the first night of play. Players not present the first week of play will still be required to sign a waiver with our staff before participating. An Austin SSC staff member will keep your team waiver at the field, or a new one can be printed out. Players who sign up as individuals, agree to the waiver electronically when they register.

PLAYER RESTRICTIONS:

A. All Austin SSC participants must be 21 years of age or older prior to their first scheduled game.
B. Players that have participated in Division 1 Collegiate or Professional sports must be a minimum of 2 years removed from participation to be eligible to play in a similar Austin SSC sport.
C. Players may only be on one roster for any given sport on a given night, regardless of if multiple divisions are offered.
D. Austin SSC reserves the right to request a photo ID from any player at any time for any reason.
E. Roster checks will be performed by an Austin SSC Gameday Coordinator at the request of the challenging team.  Only individual players may be challenged.  Entire teams may not be challenged.  The challenging team must provide legitimate reasons for submitting a roster check request.  Challenging teams must report their intention to initiate a roster check to an Austin SSC Official as soon as possible to ensure the preservation of playing time.   Teams lose the ability to challenge a player’s eligibility at halftime.

DYNASTY RULE:

Everyone loves a little competition, but one team dominating a league season after season can spoil the fun for everybody.

If a team retaining more than 6 players has won 3 championships in consecutive seasons for which they have been registered, the SSC will have the option to, in its discretion, request that team to form 2 or more separate teams to promote parity in the league or withdraw their registration. That team will then have the opportunity to form 2 separate teams with each subsequent roster approved by the SSC.

SPORTSMANSHIP:

We are all adults, and the Austin SSC expects all participants to act like it. Unsportsmanlike behavior may result in that player being ejected from the game. An ejection may result in further suspension from participation in current and / or future SSC sports. An ejected player(s) is required to leave the premises immediately – refusal to leave the premises may result in a team forfeit and / or increased length of suspension.

OVERLY COMPETITIVE PLAYERS:

All SSC sports are intended to be recreational. Any player who is deemed to be excessively competitive and/or overly aggressive may be removed from competition at the discretion of an SSC staff member.

GAME UNIFORMS:

Austin SSC t-shirts are your team’s uniforms. All players must wear their current Austin SSC uniform (past season’s uniforms are not permitted) to participate and any player not wearing his/her uniform will be will be sidelined for that game. Missing or swapped uniform players’ names will be taken and if they are not on your roster, a loss will be assessed for that game.

UNIFORM ALTERATIONS:

Names on uniforms, numbers, cut-off sleeves, corporate logos, etc, are permitted, as long as they do not cover any logos originally printed on the shirts.

TEAM SIZE:

The maximum number of players on the field is 8 (standard: 5 men, 3 women); minimum number of players is 6 (4 men, 2 women). If there are only 2 women, 5 men may still play. However, there cannot be more then 5 men on the field under any circumstance. There are no limits to the number of women on the field at one time.

LINE JUDGES:

Players are no longer required to line judge. The SSC will provide one line judge who works the whole field working along with the head official.

FORFEITS:

If a team is short the minimum number of players by game time, the game will be considered a forfeit.

If the forfeiting team does not have enough players to play an officiated exhibition game, a $50 forfeit fine will be assessed. This $50 fine will go towards your opponent’s bar tab for the following week. Provided the fine is paid on time, the bar tab voucher can be obtained from the league director the following week. Teams that receive a forfeit fine must use it the following week or lose it. If there are enough players of the forfeiting team that are able to play, and an officiated game is played, no forfeit fine will be assessed.

FORFEIT FINES:

All fines must be paid before your next scheduled game by either cash or check (made payable to the Austin SSC). If payment is not received by the end of this next scheduled game, your team will be assessed a loss for this game. Teams will not be allowed to play any proceeding games until the fine is paid in full. Teams that have any fines from the last regular season game will not be allowed back into the Austin SSC for any sport until these fines are paid in full.

If notice is given to the Austin SSC via e-mail (info@austinssc.com) by 5pm on the preceding day, (Friday for weekend games), your team will not be assessed a forfeit fine. This will allow the opposing coach to inform his team of the impending forfeit.

The minimum number of players to play an officiated exhibition game is as follows. Thus any amount less than this would incur the forfeit fine: 4

GAME RESCHEDULING POLICY:

In the event of inclement weather or any other event that causes games to be postponed, the Austin SSC will make every attempt to reschedule all games. In the event of multiple cancellations, the SSC reserves the option to shorten the regular season and/or the play-off schedule. Make-up games may be scheduled on days other than the regularly scheduled days of the week. Neither refunds nor pro-rated refunds will be given if the season is shortened due to inclement weather or due to actions taken by the venue.

FIELD OF PLAY:

Will be approximately 80 x 45. The goals are regulation size.

THE BALL:

Will be regulation size 5. The league will provide a game ball, or any team ball can be used if agreed by both teams.

SUBSTITUTIONS:

Are allowed on any “out of bounds ball”.

EQUIPMENT:

All players must wear shin guards. No metal cleats, hard knee braces, hats, or jewelry will be allowed. Smooth wedding bands are the only jewelry allowed. Unpadded hard casts are not allowed. Soft casts can not be heavier than the normal arm.

REFEREES:

Enforce the laws and maintain safety. They will have the last word. Excessive arguing will result in a yellow card.

DURATION:

Of the game is two 22 minute halves separated by a 3 to 5 minute half time. Regular season games may end in a tie. If for any reason the game should be cancelled with more than half of the game played, the game and the score is considered final.

PLAYOFF:

Games tied after regulation go directly to penalty kicks. Kicks must be taken by 3 men and 2 women, in any order. All shootout kicks are worth one point. If after 5 kicks the score is still tied, kicks will be made with remaining players with no player kicking twice until everyone has gone. Extra kicks will be taken alternating men and women until one team wins.

OUT OF PLAY:

Is when the ball wholly crosses the boundary or when the play is stopped by the referee.

FEMALE TOUCHES:

Must occur on every possession started before midfield. The touch can take place on either side of the field. If a goal is scored and this did not happen, the goal is waived off and a goal kick is awarded to the opposing team. If a pass is stolen on the opposition’s side by a male, he is allowed to continue to goal and score without a female touch.

GOAL:

Is scored when the ball completely crosses the goal line. Male goals are worth 1 point, female goals are worth 2 points. A female goal is where the initial shot or deflection by a female causes the ball to cross the goal plane. Ruling a female goal is at the discretion of the referee.

OFFSIDES:

There are none.

FOULS AND MISCONDUCT:

Austin SSC issues yellow cards only a warning and “cooling” off for players who are either dangerous or dissenting. If a yellow card is issued the player is sent off and can not return for 2 minutes and your team plays a man down, no matter if a goal is scored during the 2 minutes. If the referee deems a players repeated misconduct to warrant a red card, it will be issued. If a red card is issued the team has to play a man down for the remainder of the game and the player may have to sit at least one additional game, pending review by the league.

SLIDE TACKLING:

No sliding tackles, period. If a slide is near a player, intentional or not, a foul will be called and a yellow card may be issued.

FREE KICKS:

Can be direct & indirect, depending on the foul. The defending team must give 7 yards.

PENALTY KICKS:

Will be awarded at the referee’s discretion on whether the foul stopped a goal or a scoring chance. The goal box has no bearing on whether the foul warrants a penalty kick. Anyone can take the penalty kick and a female penalty kick goal is worth 2 points. The goalie in goal at the time of the foul must face the kick.

GOAL KICKS:

Are taken at any point within the semi-circle. Opposing players must be out of the goal box. Goal kicks or throws do not have to touch the field of play or a player, before crossing the midfield.

CORNERS:

No change. You cannot move the corner flag to take a corner kick. Corners are direct.

GOALIES:

May use their hands in the goal box.

REFUNDS:

Austin SSC is not responsible for any refunds at any time during the season. If a party cannot continue the season, is the responsibility of that party to replace themselves on the roster if they so choose. Also they must notify the Austin SSC office of the change.

PLAYOFFS:

Are single elimination with seeding based on regular season standings. The number of teams to make the tournament changes per season. The maximum goal differential for a single game will be capped at +10, forfeits will be recorded at 10-0.

All other rules not mentioned follow FIFA guidelines.

3 vs 3 OUTDOOR SOCCER:

Format will be the same as Indoor Soccer, with the exception of 2 males and 1 female on the field at a time.

PLAYOFF TIEBREAKERS:

1. Head to Head (3 or more clubs: best won-lost-tied percentage in games among the clubs.)
2. Strength of Schedule
3. Record vs. Common Opponents
4. Points against
5. Point differential