ADULT LEAGUE PLAYING RULES

GENERAL RULES

The Baton Rouge Soccer Club (BRSC) adult leagues will follow all FIFA Laws of the Game with the exception of the rule changes and clarifications outlined below.

Cautions and Ejections Reviews

All cards issued within the adult playing leagues are subject to review by the Adult Council for possible additional sanctions based upon the incident and player’s histories within the association.  The following guidelines are used for additional sanctions:

The Adult Council may impose penalties up to and including 2 additional game suspensions based solely upon the referee’s official report.  Any player receiving a suspension in this manner may appeal to the Adult Council where he/she will be given a chance to speak on his/her behalf. The player will be suspended until this appeal is heard.

If the Adult Vice President feels that the additional penalty may be in excess of 2 additional games, he/she shall convene an Adult Penalty Committee consisting of:

1)  Adult Vice President

2)  Minimum of 4 members of the Adult Council

3)  One or more representatives of the referee association

4)  One or more players within the league in which the incident occurred; this may be satisfied by the league representative on the adult council if present.

5)  Any additional persons appointed by the Adult Vice President.

The penalty committee must give the player in question the chance to make a statement on his/her behalf – either via a submitted statement or by appearing in person. The committee will then make a recommendation to the Adult Council, which will then make a final determination of additional penalties.

  • A player assessed with additional penalties may appeal the penalty to the Executive Board.

Men’s Leagues

General – All Men’s Leagues

All BRSC Men’s Leagues are restricted to male participants only – BRSC provides a Women’s Open and Women’s Over-30 league for women to compete in the Fall and Spring.

Men’s Over-30

The Men’s Over-30 league prohibits the use of slide tackles, including those that would be consider legal under FIFA Laws of the Game.  Any sliding tackle will result in an indirect free kick for the opposing team.

Consistent infraction of this rule will be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and/or frequent infraction of the laws of the game and may be cautioned at the referee’s discretion.

Women’s Leagues

Women’s Over-30

The Women’s Over-30 league prohibits the use of slide tackles, including those that would be consider legal under FIFA Laws of the Game. Any sliding tackle will result in an indirect free kick for the opposing team. Consistent infraction of this rule will be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and/or frequent infraction of the laws of the game and may be cautioned at the referee’s discretion.

Coed Leagues

General – All Coed Leagues

All goals scored by female players will be counted as two points. If, at the referee’s discretion the goal would be considered an own goal (such as a deflection from an opposing player) then the goal will be scored as one point, regardless of the last player to have touched the ball.

Each male player is limited to scoring two goals per game. If a male scores a subsequent goal, the ball will be placed at mid field and kicked off by the opposing team, but the goal will not be counted in the scoring.

A team is limited to five male field players (not counting the goalie) at any one time on the field. A team which has fewer than 5 female players present must play short-handed unless permission is received from the opposing team to play more male players. A team may not play more than five male players if enough able-bodied females are in attendance to field a full team.

 A team must have at least one female player present to start a coed game.

 In the event that a red card is issued to a male player, the team must play down a male “slot” on the field, meaning that they then have a maximum of four male players on the field (not counting the goal keeper) at any given time.

Coed Open

All penalty kicks must be taken by a female player and will count as only one point.

Coed Over-30

The Women’s Over-30 league prohibits the use of slide tackles, including those that would be consider legal under FIFA Laws of the Game. Any sliding tackle will result in an indirect free kick for the opposing team. Consistent infraction of this rule will be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and/or frequent infraction of the laws of the game and may be cautioned at the referee’s discretion.

Penalty kicks may be taken by either gender and score the normal league scoring of two points for a female and one point for a male.

Over-40 League

The Over-40 league is a “call-your-own-fouls” league, playing without referees. The league does not allow slide tackles of any kind, including those that would be allowable under FIFA’s Laws of the Game.  All goals scored in the Over-40 league are treated as one point, regardless of the gender of the scorer.

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