Puget Sound Premier League (PSPL) & Puget Sound Recreational League (PSRL) Rules

Puget Sound Premier League (PSPL) & Puget Sound Recreational League (PSRL) Rules

NOTE: These rules are updated 07/12/2017 and in effect for Fall2017 league play for ALL PSPL and PSRL leagues unless superseded.

Change Log:


Rules affected

Brief Description


301-B Eligibility

US Club official roster must include player jersey number.


302 – Player Pass

Added clarity for Classic 1 players


207 – USSF Mandates

Added specific Heading mandate rule


601 – Small sided

Small sided Built out line / off side line and playing out of the back clarifications


210 - Scheduling

Added specifics for Travel league definitions. and expectations


307A - Forfeits

Added reference back to Rule 210 for any travel league specific forfeits


205 – Point system

Added capping of goals for tiebreakers in WNPL,WSPL and Super leagues



Updated league names and changed age references


207 & 601 Game Table

Changed 8U to 4 equal quarters of 10 min: modified fields sizes for 7U – 12U and in 601 added clarity on build out line


209A -Minimum Roster size

Added min for Trapped player league


210 -Scheduling

Added Wash Cup requirement for WNPL teams and section D for Travel league standards


301 & 304 Eligibility

Added expectation of Club officials to display their cards while on sidelines


307 - Forfeits

Increased fine to max of $1000

Quick Links to Key Rules

Puget Sound Recreational League (PSRL) specific Rules

Rule 207 Playing Venue & Game lengths

Rule 210 Scheduling

Rule 302 Player Pass

Rule 530 Game-Suspension Procedures

Miscellaneous Reporting Forms

General Governance

Rule 101--Board

The league’s board is governed by the PSPL bylaws.

Rule 102 --Territories

No club has exclusive territory rights in the PSPL/PSRL

Rule 103 -- Conditions for Removal of a Team or Club

Violation of performance conditions set forth by the league may lead to removal of a team or club from the PSPL/PSRL.

Rule 104 -- Conditions for Competition in Leagues

Following each season, the competition committee shall review the compliance record of each team in their specific division. The committee may find that compliance with the standards is insufficient and recommend action to the league office. In extreme cases of repeated non-compliance the respective executive committee may recommend the removal of the team or club in question.

Rule 105 -- Conditions for Team Acceptance into League

Any club in good standing with US Club Soccer may apply for acceptance into the current league. Priority will be given to teams that are part of clubs that commit the majority of their teams to participate in PSPL & PSRL leagues. Please note that each league may have additional requirements. Please check the league descriptions on our website for additional information. League placement is based on competition and location.

League Structure

Rule 201 -- Governance

All competition in the PSPL & PSRL are governed by regulations approved by the league office.

Rule 202 -- Division Formations

Competitive divisions will be structured according to the competitive level of teams as determined by the Competition Committee, which has final authority on all placement issues. Should the PSPL & PSRL determine that there are an insufficient number of teams to constitute an age group division the teams affected may be allowed to temporarily or partially compete in a different division of play.

Rule 203 -- Playing Rules

All games under league jurisdiction shall be played according to the rules and regulations recognized by the PSPL which shall be the same rules set by FIFA/ U.S. Soccer (USSF) except for those exceptions authorized by the PSPL,PSRL, FIFA or USSF.

Rule 204 -- Playing Season

The “League” is designated by the PSPL & PSRL for the season in which the league is played. Example, spring, summer, fall or winter, but shall not be limited or restricted to a season.

Rule 205 -- Point System

The PSPL & PSRL shall operate under a point system. The point system shall award three points for a win, one point for a tie and no points for a loss.

In case of a tie in the standings, the following criteria will be used to determine final standing in the order listed below:

  • Head-to-head competition against all teams involved in the tiebreaker

  • Goal Differential

  • Goals Against

  • Goals For

In the event all tiebreakers are equal, the winner shall be decided by coin toss.

Note: Goals will be capped at 5 for the determination of tiebreakers in all leagues For Developmental Leagues & Recreational Leagues game scores will be listed with a maximum 5 goal difference between teams in addition to tiebreakers..

In the event where an unequal number of games have been played by teams within a division due to a schedule change driven by the league, the final standings will be determined by average points per match played.

Rule 206 -- League Standings

Official standings of teams, which is the responsibility of the league office, are tabulated on a regular basis, and displayed on the Puget Sound Premier League website. For score reporting see Rule 306

Rule 207 -- Playing Venue, Game Lengths, USSF mandates

The playing field used by each team must be lined according to FIFA standards with goals nets and flags. Home teams are responsible for marking the field of play, providing an adequate game ball (modified as follows):



Game Duration

Ball Size

Field Size Mandate width x length

Field Size Range width x length

Goal Size (height x width)



4 x 10 min quarters, 3 min breaks


20 yds x 30 yds

15-25 yds wide x 25 – 35 yds long

4' x 6'
Pugg Style goal



4 x 10 min quarters, 3 min breaks


20 yds x 30 yds

15-25 yds wide x 25 – 35 yds long

4' x 6'
Pugg Style goal



2 x 25 min halves, 5 min halftime


40 yds x 60 yds

35-45 yds wide to 55-65 yds long

6.5' x 18.5' ideal 6' x 18' acceptable



2 x 25 min halves, 5 min halftime


40 yds x 60 yds

35-45 yds wide to 55-65 yds long

6.5' x 18.5' ideal 6' x 18' acceptable



2 x 30 min halves, 5 min halftime


50 yds x 75 yds

45-55 yds wide to 70-80 yds long

7’ x 21' ideal 6.5' x 18.5' acceptable



2 x 30 min halves, 5 min halftime


50 yds x 75 yds

45-55 yds wide to 70-80 yds long

7' x 21' ideal 6.5' x 18.5' acceptable



2 x 35 min halves, 5 min halftime


75 yds x 112 yds

60-80 yds wide to 100- 130 yds long

8' x 24'



2 x 35 min halves, 5 min halftime


75 yds x 112 yds

60-80 yds wide to 100- 130 yds long

8' x 24'



2 x 40 min halves, 5 min halftime


75 yds x 112 yds

60-80 yds wide to 100- 130 yds long

8' x24'



2 x 40 min halves, 5 min halftime


75 yds x 112 yds

60-80 yds wide to 100- 130 yds long

8'x 24'



2 x 45 min halves, 5 min halftime


75 yds x 112 yds

60-80 yds wide to 100- 130 yds long

8' x 24'



2 x 45 min halves, 5 min halftime


75 yds x 112 yds

60-80 yds wide to 100- 130 yds long

8'x 24'



2 x 45 min halves, 5 min halftime


75 yds x 112 yds

60-80 yds wide to 100- 130 yds long

8' x 24'

*Refer to PSPL current Birth year Chart

# USSF Heading Mandate - All PSPL and PSRL leagues have adopted the USSF Heading mandates effective 2016-2017 season. For 11U and under leagues players may NOT engage in heading in either games or practices. Limited heading in practice for players in 12U and 13U ages of 30 min maximum per week. Referees are instructed for all 11U and under games to apply the following additional rule:

  • When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.

Rule 209 -- Rosters

All teams may list up to 26 players on their US Club Official Roster.

Players can be rostered only to one team that is affiliated with US Club Soccer and the PSPL/PSRL. For game days, the PSPL Game Day sheet has limits to the number of players that can be listed. Those limits are as follows:

7U and 8U teams are limited to list 8 players or less.

9U and 10U teams are limited to list 14 players or less.

11U and 12U teams are limited to list 16 players or less.

13U-19U teams are limited to list 18 players or less.

Note: The US Club Official Roster is printed from the US Club team page and the PSPL game day sheet can be found in the team manager’s handbook and on our website.

Rule 209A – PSPL Minimum Roster Size

As a requirement to register a valid team for a PSPL league, each team must follow these minimum roster sizes and provide their Official US Club team roster to the league office approximately 20 days before the start of league play.

  • 7U and 8U teams – a minimum of 5 rostered players.

  • 9U and 10U teams - a minimum of 8 rostered players.

  • 11U and 12U teams - a minimum of 10 rostered players

13U teams and above - a minimum of 13 rostered players.

Note: Girls and Boys 15U “trapped player” Super league minimum roster size will be 11.

Rule 210 -- Scheduling

A. League Schedules and scheduling requests prior to a season beginning

  • League Schedules will be posted to the website as soon as they are available after the final registration deadlines have past.

  • Teams/Clubs that need to have home games on specific days or dates must submit them to the PSPL scheduler as part of their "special scheduling requests".

  • Every effort must be made to play all games. If teams are unable to reach an agreement for a makeup game, the league office needs to be informed prior to the originally scheduled date to assist in re-scheduling the game or the match must be played as originally scheduled.

  • Teams unwilling or unable to attend a game will forfeit points from the unattended game. Please see Rule 307A for more information on forfeits.

    It is the League's intention to schedule 11U – 14U games on Saturdays, and 15U – 19U games on Sundays. However, special scheduling requests, field availability, holidays, travel, double headers and many other factors make it likely that teams will have games on both Saturday and Sunday. Teams that prefer to play all their games on either Saturday or Sunday should include that information on their "special scheduling request form", and we will do our best to accommodate that.

    The PSPL Dev. leagues (9U – 10U) will be scheduled through the PSPL office. Teams will play on Saturday and Sunday based on field availability.

    Note: ALL WNPL teams are required to register and play in Wash Cup end of season tournament.

    B. Team Scheduling (times and locations)

  • The home team manager is responsible for posting the time and location of the game as soon as it is known no later than 72 hours prior to the game with the exception if a team is traveling east or west over the Cascade mountain passes. In these cases, the game time and location must be posted no later than 6:00pm on the Sunday prior to the scheduled time and location. It is the responsibility of the home team to contact the visiting team regarding any changes to time or location.

  • Contact information must be posted on the teams PSPL Team page.

  • For all games scheduled outside of the PSPL Development League it is the expectation that games will not be scheduled earlier than 9 am on Saturdays or 10 am on Sundays unless agreed to by the visiting team. For teams that have more than two hours travel, games may not be scheduled earlier than 10 am and for teams traveling three hours or more, games may not be scheduled earlier than 11 am unless agreed upon by the visiting team. Please see section C. for specific rules on scheduling double headers.

  • If field and/or times are changed (because of unplayable field situations), the listed home team manager is responsible to contact the opposing team listed manager and the league offices as soon as possible.

    C. Double-header Schedules

  • When one team travels across the state and is playing two away games, the home teams must schedule their games within the following time frame: a late Saturday afternoon beginning no earlier than 1 p.m. and an early morning Sunday start, kicking off between 9 am and noon.

  • The league office reserves the right to approve the double-header schedules in case of disputes between both parties. Please be forewarned: in an effort to maximize the competition and minimize travel, there will be very little flexibility for home teams hosting traveling teams, particularly traveling across state. This applies mainly to WNPL,WSPL / Super league teams, but may apply to Classic Division when appropriate.

    D. Travel League Standards requirements

PSPL Travel leagues are defined as any league that has teams residing on the west and east side of the Cascade Mountains in the division. These leagues typically are WNPL, WSPL, Classic and Super league.

Clubs who have teams playing in PSPL traveling leagues are required to:

  • Play all games scheduled by the league and follow posted scheduling rules, especially regarding potential reschedules.

  • All league games must be played on or by the last day games are scheduled by the league for the current season. No games will be played after that date unless approved by the League. If prior to the original scheduled game date teams are not able agree to a reschedule, the league office must be notified to arbitrate or the match is played as originally scheduled.

  • Any games not played by the last day of the league season will be scored as a loss for both teams and a minimum fine of $500 will be assessed to both teams. Please contact the league immediately if a scheduling issue arises that cannot be agreed upon by both teams/Clubs. If fines are assessed, Clubs have 10 days to pay the fine. Clubs will not be able to register teams for Cup or League play until the fine is paid.

E. Developmental League specific

  • For the PSPL Development League, games will be scheduled and posted by the league scheduler for ALL matches.

  • The league will assign the referees for all Developmental League matches.

  • Due to field availability constraints, no rescheduling of developmental matches will be entertained.

    Rule 211 -- Rescheduling Games

  • Games can be rescheduled without the approval of the league, unless it involves a double header weekend (see Rule 210C).

  • Once schedules are published, games may not be moved to a different date/time without the express approval of the opponent. Any changes to the published schedule must be finalized and completed at least 2 weeks prior to the original scheduled date of the game. Any reschedule negotiations not agreed upon prior to the 2 week window will cause the game to be played on its originally scheduled date.

  • All charges related to fields and Referees are borne by the home team unless alternate arrangements have been made with visiting team.

    Rule 212 -- Uniforms

    All teams must post their jersey colors on their team page or contact the visiting team no less than 72 hours prior to the game to confirm jersey colors. In the event of a jersey color conflict, the home team is required to wear or change to an alternate color. All team jerseys must have unique numbers minimum size of 6” tall on the back of the jersey.


Registration and Game Day Procedures

Rule 300-- Team Management Requirements

  • When registering, each team must list a team manager and supply contact information including a current email address and phone number. The listed phone and email must be checked on a daily basis and be updated on the event of a change.

  • The team manager and/or head coach are responsible for responding to all communications regarding teams, league business, reporting scores and all communications with the appropriate league officials. All teams must have access to email, and a telephone number connected to a 24 hour answering system during the season. All teams are responsible for maintaining their contact information on their PSPL team page.

    Rule 301-- Eligibility

    Official US Club Rosters and Player cards

    A. Players, coaches and managers shall be registered according to US Club rules.

    B. A copy of the US Club Official roster must be e-mailed to the league office 20 days before the start of league play. There is no limit to the number of changes made to the roster provided the players are registered to the club. All players must be listed with complete information including jersey number. Changes may be made to the roster during the season, but an updated roster must e-mailed to the office prior to the play playing in any games. Players not listed on the roster most currently held at the PSPL league office, are considered illegal and will constitute a forfeit for the team that has not e-mailed an updated roster. This procedure must be done by 6pm the Friday before the scheduled game the player(s) in question would play in.

    C. All players and coaches must present their valid US Club Player/Coach Identification Card to the referee prior to the match. The individual’s picture must be on the ID card and the card must be laminated. Club officials (Coaches, managers, DOC’s) are required to visibly display their card on a lanyard while in the technical area.

  • The individual will not be eligible for the match if the ID card is not valid. No exceptions. Players must be printed on the US Club Official Roster with correct jersey numbers listed.

  • No handwritten players are allowed on the official US Club Roster. The player must be assigned to the Club and be listed on the PSPL Game Day Sheet. Players may be handwritten (must be legible) on the PSPL Game Sheet.

  • 2 copies of PSPL Game Day Sheet must be presented to the referee prior to the game. A third copy of PSPL Game Day Sheet and one copy of the team’s US Club Official Roster(s) must be provided to the opposing team prior to the game. It is the responsibility of each team to ask for this documentation. If neither team asks for the documentation, there is no recourse after the game has been started.

  • If a team is not able to provide an US Club Official Roster(s) and Game day sheet prior to the start of the game, it may be grounds for forfeit and further sanctions.

    D. Any player that does not appear on the US Club Official roster shall be considered an illegal player. Any team using an illegal player shall forfeit any games in which the illegal player participated. In addition the guilty team may forfeit an additional three points in the standings. A fine of $500 may also be assessed against a team using illegal players. Any team found using illegal players may be expelled from the league.

    E. Players may only play for one US Club Soccer club during any league season. Guest players are not allowed in league play. (A Guest player is any player not currently rostered to your club)

    F. Players may change clubs at any point in the season as long as they adhere to the PSPL and US Club transfer policy. Players requesting transfer between two clubs must complete the following prior to be eligible to play:

  • Serve a seven-day waiting period from the time an updated league roster is received by the League Office showing the player has a valid US Club player card.

  • Have their US Club Player Card released from former club, or is approved by the Competition Committee.

  • Have met all financial obligations agreed to with their former Club.

    G. All players registered with a Club participating in the PSPL shall receive a US Club Soccer player id card which shall allow a player to play on any team within that club with the following exceptions:

  • Players must play with their own gender.

  • Players can play-up or play at their age.

  • Players must adhere to Rule 302 “Player Pass”

    Please note:

  • Younger players can play up in age as long as the club determines they are capable. To be eligible to play, players must be printed on either the US Club Official roster for that team or another team’s roster within the club. Players can only be rostered on one team in their club. Any players within the club handwritten on the US Club Official roster may not be eligible to play. Eligibility is determined by the player’s name being printed on a US Club Official roster from that club.

  • Players rostered to a clubs Recreational team may “player Pass” to any on age team or play up at any age level as long as they have been also rostered and carded to that team! Their primary team of record will be their Rec team and must be noted as such on the competitive team rostered submitted to the league office.

  • Teams/clubs violating this rule will be put on notice by the league and may face sanctions and possibly expulsion from the league.

Exceptions to Age and Gender rules may be considered. Please see Exception Form on PSPL website.

Rule 302 - Player Pass

The intent of the "player pass" rule is to provide a tool for coaches to give players an opportunity to play at a level that is developmentally appropriate for the player and to provide a way of getting more minutes for players needing them. The "player pass" is not to be used unethically.

  • Each team may use the “player pass” for a limit of 4 players in a single match. These players must be noted on the Game Day Sheet along with providing copies of the Official US Club roster(s) these players are rostered to.

  • Violation of the "Player Pass" rule may constitute one or all of the following, a fine, forfeiture of all games these players played in, a suspension of the offended coach and sanctions against the Club involved.

    “Player Pass” Restrictions

    All rostered WNPL, WSPL and Super League players are eligible only to be “player passed” to the Classic 1 division level and/or above. If no Classic 1 division is available on age players are limited to “playing up”. These players may be “player passed up” to older ages above Copa/Inland Copa in all affiliated PSPL leagues except the PSRL.

  • WNPL, WSPL or Super League Players that are rostered “play up” players may play down at their actual age only on a WNPL, WSPL, Super League, or Division 1 (if U10) level team within their registered Club (if the Club has that level within their Club and age group).

  • Players rostered to a clubs Recreational team may “player Pass” to any on "age team" or "play up" at any age level as long as they have been also rostered and carded to that team! Their primary team of record will be their Rec team and must be noted as such on the competitive team rostered submitted to the league office.

  • All Classic division players are unrestricted beyond adhering to age, gender, and player pass limit requirements.

There are no player pass restrictions for the PSPL Development leagues.

Rule 303 -- Substitutions

Free substitutions will be allowed in all age groups. Teams may substitute with the referee’s permission at on any stoppage. Player substitutions and reentry are unlimited

Rule 304 -- Personnel on the Bench

  • ALL non-playing personnel in the team technical area MUST have a current US Club card. Team or Club Officials are required to visibly display their card on a lanyard.

Only uniformed players (and legal “player pass” players) listed on the team's US Club Official roster(s) and PSPL Game Day sheet can be on the bench during the game and only players eligible and listed on game day sheet maybe in uniform. Players listed on the Team’s US Club Roster but not in uniform (in street clothes) can be on the bench during the game.

Rule 305 --PSPL Game Day Sheet

• Each team is required to provide the referee, 2 copies of the PSPL Game day sheet. (The league recommends providing 3 copies).

• Managers must have complete US Club Official roster(s) with ALL players listed, available at each game.

• Prior to start of the match each team must provide a copy of the US Club Official roster, and one copy of their completed Game Day sheet to the opposing team. If a team is not able to produce a US Club Official Roster, the game shall be played with potential for forfeiture and/or a fine. See Miscellaneous Forms and end of the rules. . It is the responsibility of each team to ask for this documentation. If neither team asks for the documentation, there is no recourse after the game has been started.

• “Player pass” players must be noted on the PSPL Game Sheet in the box provided and must be highlighted on their US Club Official Roster.

The PSPL Game Day Sheet can be downloaded from the Puget Sound Premier League web site, located at www.PugetSoundPremierLeague.com. The PSPL Game Day Sheet has been updated. Please use the updated version. At the conclusion of the game, the referee will complete the document and return the Home Team Game Day Sheet to the visiting team and vice versa. These documents shall serve as the Official Score Report and should be retained through the completion of league play.

Rule 306 -- Official Score Report

The game score as reported on the Game day sheet shall be recorded on the PSPL web site after each match by the winning team. Ties are to be reported by both teams. Both teams should keep and file the Game Sheets for future possible reference. For the PSRL match scores are capped by the system to reflect a 5 goal differential.

Rule 307 -- No-Shows

Games must start no later than 10 minutes after the posted start time on the PSPL website. Teams must start the game with the required minimum number of players for that age group.

  • For 7U & 8U teams, a minimum of 3 players must be on the field to start and end a game.

  • 9U and 10U teams, a minimum of 5 players must be on the field to start and end the game.

  • 11U and 12U a minimum of 6 players must be on the field to start and end the game.

13U and above, a minimum of 7 players must be on the field at the start and the end of the game or the game will be deemed a forfeit. Games not starting by the time the “grace period” has ended will be deemed a forfeit.

If a team or referee have communicated to the opposing team that they are on route, and there is a time restriction, the clock will be started at the end of grace period. Games must start no later than 30 minutes from the scheduled start regardless of the situation.

Rule 307A -- Forfeits

Forfeited games will result in a 1-0 loss for the team forfeiting the match after being reported to the league office who will determine if forfeit was warranted. Additionally, Teams/Clubs that forfeit a match may be levied up to $1000 fine and possible removal from further league play for a period determined by the league office. The league also reserves right to impose other penalties if it is deemed necessary. See Rule 210 Scheduling for travel league specific requirements and penalties.

Rule 308 -- Incomplete Games

In the event a game cannot be completed, the game counts if one-half the game was completed. If the match is suspended prior to the expiration of one half, the game shall be replayed at a time agreed upon by the competing teams in consultation with the league office.

Rule 308A Game Abandonment

Any game that has been abandoned by the Referee for issues outside of an “act of God” may result in a forfeit and fine imposed upon the team causing the abandonment. The league office must be informed and will determine whether score stands or forfeit and fine is assessed.

Rule 309 -- Sideline Etiquette

If field space allows, coaches and players should be on the same sideline opposite parents and spectators. Coaches are responsible for the behavior of their parents/sideline. Parents and spectators are expected to behave appropriately and respectfully at all times during the match. Unruly or irresponsible behavior identified by a referee could lead to expulsion of the Teams’ coach, a team’s forfeit of points and/or a monetary fine. . If the league receives reports of unsportsmanlike conduct from any spectators on a sideline the league reserves the right to fine the club or take further action as necessary.

Game Officials

Rule 400 -- Match officials

The match officials are assigned by contracted referee assignors. Officials are to be USSF certified for the current calendar year. Use of non-certified referees in anything other than a "no show" situation may be considered a forfeit by the home team and subject to a $500 fine from the league for each occurrence.

Clubs must report and post their Referee Assignor contact information in the Club Directory.

Failure to utilize contracted referee assignors and certified referees will result in club sanctions and/or fines.

Note: If a full crew is not available games will still stand if a single certified referee is available.

Rule 401 – No show of Officials

Failure of a match official to appear will not constitute canceling of a match. If both teams can agree on a substitute, coaches must sign the game sheet prior to the start of the game. Neither team may protest the outcome of the match. If a coach feels that playing the match without a licensed referee is a safety issue for the players, then both teams must work to reschedule the match (Refer to Rule 211 for reschedules). It is the responsibility of the home team to reschedule the match at a time agreed to with the visiting team and bear the costs associated with hosting the match. If the team cannot find a time the league office will assist.

Rule 500 -- League Discipline

  1. A player sendoff (red card) will result in a minimum of a one (1) game suspension. A send off as a result of two cautions will result in the player being suspended for the next match. If a player is sent off during the weekend, they may not play the remainder of the weekend. Games sat out that weekend count against the suspension, as long as noted on the game day sheet and/or Referee Game Report as such. Any team using suspended players will be disciplined the same as using illegal players. The League office must be notified of the sendoff within 24 hours by the home team. For more information on red cards please see rule 530.
  2. Coaches and or Club Officials that have been ejected from a game may be subject to additional disciplinary action as determined by the league office. At a minimum, the coach/club official will receive a two-week suspension. All team expulsions apply to ALL teams that coach or team official is associated with.

  3. A coach, club or league official has a right to a hearing within 30 days if the suspension is more than 5 weeks. Coaches are not to be present on the sideline or at the field during the time of their suspension, nor anywhere near the field. If a coach is ejected more than twice in one season, or found to be present on the sidelines during the suspension, the club will be fined up to $500 and the particular team will lose points.



Rule 501 - Assault or Abuse of Participants

A. When any person shall assault or abuse a participant (as defined by B) below) within PSPL the matter shall be brought directly before the PSPL Appeals Committee. (Note that assault or abuse of a referee by a player, coach, manager, club official or game official is subject to the jurisdiction of the PSPL Appeals Committee under the specific definitions and procedures of USSF Policy 531-9 -- Misconduct toward Game Officials.) Nothing herein shall prevent a referee from carding a player or cautioning/ejecting a participant, or from the PSPL Disciplinary Committee imposing sanctions against a participant under its rules, even if the incident involved assault or abuse.

B. A participant, for the purposes of this specific rule, shall be defined as a registered player, the parent, relative or guardian of a registered player, a coach, assistant coach, trainer or team manager, a spectator, an officer of a Club, Association, or member of the Board of Directors of PSPL, Association, referee, and any other person required to have Risk Management acceptance.

C. (1) (i) Assault is an intentional act of physical violence at or upon an individual.

(ii)For purposes of this specific rule, “intentional act” shall mean an act intended to bring about a result which will invade the interests of another individual in a way that is socially unacceptable.

(iii) Outside of practice and match activity, a “socially unacceptable” act includes (but is not limited to) touching which the victim considers invasion of personal space or makes the victim feel uncomfortable or threatened. Unintended consequences of the act are irrelevant.

(iv) During practice or games, “socially unacceptable” acts include violent acts during games and practices which exceed all reasonably acceptable sporting behavior.

(2) Assault includes, but is not limited to the following acts committed upon an individual: hitting, kicking, punching, choking, spitting on, grabbing or bodily running into an individual; head butting; the act of kicking or throwing any object at an individual that could inflict injury; damaging an individual’s clothing or personal property, i.e. car, equipment, etc.

D. (1) Abuse is a verbal statement or physical act not resulting in bodily contact which implies or threatens physical harm to an individual or their personal property.

(2) Abuse includes, but is not limited to the following acts committed upon an individual: using foul or abusive language toward an individual that implies or threatens physical harm; spewing any beverage on an individual’s personal property; spitting at (but not on) an individual; or verbally threatening an individual.

(3) Abuse shall include, but not be limited to, racial, ethnic, religious or gender slurs directed at one or more individuals.

(4) Verbal threats are remarks that carry the implied or direct threat of physical harm. Such remarks as “I’ll get you after the game” or “You won’t get out of here in one piece” shall be deemed abuse.

E. (1) Assault or abuse may be grounds for suspension or ban from further participation and membership in PSPL or any affiliated Member Association, club or team. Such authority shall supersede any and all other penalty codes or rules. A temporary suspension will be imposed immediately upon the verification of an allegation of assault or abuse until a hearing is held and the decision is published by the hearing chair. Minimum penalties and periods of suspension shall be as follows:

(i) Except as provided below, for any assault, at least one (1) year from the time of the assault;

(ii) For a minor or slight touching of the individual or their personal property, a minimum of three (3) months;

(iii) For an assault committed by an adult upon an individual seventeen (17) years of age or younger, at least three (3) years;

(iv) For a minor or slight touching committed by an adult upon an individual (17) years of age or younger, at least 6 months/years.

(v) For an assault when serious injuries are inflicted, at least five (5) years.

(vi) In the case of assault, shorter periods may not be provided but, if circumstances warrant, a longer period may be provided (e.g., habitual offenders with two (2) or more incidents of suspension).

(vii) The minimum suspension for abuse shall be three (3) matches. Longer periods may be provided when circumstances warrant (e.g., habitual offenders with two (2) or more incidents of suspension).

Disciplinary regulations

Rule 520 – Suspensions

The league office shall have the authority to suspend, fine or disqualify players, team officials or competing clubs for violating league rules, or for any action or conduct not in the best interest of soccer and/or the PSPL/PSRL. For more information on red cards please see rule 530.

Rule 521 -- Disciplinary Panel

A panel of individuals from the league office shall conduct the review of disciplinary issues. Such panels will consist of at least one licensed referee official.

Rule 530 -- Game-Suspension Procedures

Team Responsibility - Teams are responsible for ensuring that any of their players (Red Card) or coaches (Expulsion) who have received a red card or “expulsion” serves the appropriate suspension immediately. The referee who issued the red card or “expulsion” (of a coach) is required to file their report within 48 hours detailing the infractions leading to the red card or “expulsion”.

The PSPL Disciplinary Committee will determine the length of the suspension from the referee’s report and the severity of the infraction. Again, the suspension is immediate and the player or coach is suspended from (at minimum) the next game either the coach or player is involved with regardless or not if the offender receives notification from the PSPL of the suspension. Following any further investigation, the PSPL Disciplinary Committee will indicate if any changes to the length of the suspension were made in the charging letter/e-mail sent to the team/club.

Club officials may submit evidence related to misconducts directly to discipline@pugetsoundpremierleague.com, prior to Wednesday of the week following the match. The discipline committee will consider any evidence and may, at their discretion, determine if a hearing is required. A charging record will be sent to the coach and manager of the team (for player send-offs) and to DOC / club president for Team official expulsions.

Referee Responsibility - All Club referees must provide misconduct report via Ridgestar web reporting to the PSPL. Instructions for electronic reporting are on the PSPL website.

Note: All suspensions are to be served with the team player is officially rostered.

Players may not utilize the "player pass" to;

- play for another team prior to the suspension being served and documentation returned

- document serving their suspension with a team they are not officially rostered.

Coaches’ expulsions are an automatic 2 week suspension with the Disciplinary committee review that could bring additional suspensions.

Please note: for Coaches, the suspension carries over into all PSPL/PSRL age groups and/or Games the coach is coaching. In the case of a coach who coaches multiple teams, if Coach A receives a sendoff for his/her 12U Girls game and Coach A has a game with his/her 15U Boys team – Coach A is unable to coach that match.

Code of Conduct

Do not tarnish the game of soccer, the PSPL, US Club Soccer, USSF, your club, your team, yourself, your family.


Puget Sound Recreational League (PSRL) and Development League Supplemental Rules

(These rules are in addition to League rules and are specific to recreational and development divisions U10 and under)

These Rules are in effect as of the following date 07/12/2017 until superseded.

Modified Soccer (7U – 10U) – Rules and Procedures

Rule 601 – Small sided application of USSF Guidelines

7U & 8U

  • Field sizes the same for all age 8U and younger- 20 yds wide by 30 yds long

  • Game Duration – 4 x 10 min Quarters, 5 min break after second quarter

  • 4 v 4- no goal keepers

  • No off-sides will be called

  • No direct free kicks

  • No intentional heading ( indirect free kick if determined to be intentional)

  • Goal sizes-Same size goal for both ends of the field. A Pugg style goal may be used. Recommending the larger size (yellow). 4 ft high by 6 ft wide as the recommended goals size if using Tekk or BowNet types. A Lacrosse style goal is okay to use, too.

  • Portable goals must be secured (eg. Sand bags or staked-down to ensure player safety at all times)

    9U & 10U

  • Field size- 40 yds wide by 60 yds long (see below for internal dimensions)

  • Game Duration – 4 x 10 min Quarters, 5 min break after second quarter

  • 7 v 7- including goalkeepers

  • Build out line / Off-side line will be used (equidistant from Penalty Area to Halfway line)

    • Goal Keepers will not “punt” or ‘drop kick’ the ball. They may distribute via throw, pass or roll on the ground after opponents retreat behind the build out line. If they choose to play prior to players retreating behind the line there is no infraction of the rule. After the ball is put into play, the opposing team can then cross the build out line and play can resume as normal. Goal Kicks require players to retreat behind the build out line prior to the kick being taken.

      Note: The ball is “in play” once it has fully crossed the Penalty area line. If opposition team crosses the build out line prior to this the kick is retaken.

      Off-sides will be called. The build out line will be used in determination of off-sides vs using the center line. Players between center line and build out line are not to be considered as off-side.

  • Direct free kicks will be called

  • No intentional heading ( indirect free kick if determined to be intentional)

  • Goal sizes- 6.5’ x 18.5’ (6’ x 18’ allowed)

  • Portable goals must be secured (eg. Sand bags or staked-down to ensure player safety at all times)

Summary Table


Field size
(WxL in yds)

Goal size
(max feet HxW)

Ball Size

Field Players

Roster Size (recommended)

Game Duration
(Minutes per period)


20 x 30

4’ x 6’




4 x 10


20 x 30

4’ x 6’




4x 10


40 x 60

6.5’ x 18.5’ (6’ x 18’ allowed)




2 x 25


40 x 60

6.5’ x 18.5’ (6’ x 18’ allowed)




2 x 25

Field Dimensions for 9U & 10U 7v7 with Build out line

Note: Build out line is equidistant from Half to Penalty

Field Dimensions for 11U & 12U

PSRL -- Recreational Specific Rules

Rule 602Mercy Rule for ages 10U and below.

If the score differential reaches 5 goals then the coach of the team with fewer goals may add one player to the field. If the goal differential returns to 4 goals then the additional player must be removed from the field. Adding and removing the player must be done according to substitution rules.

It is the responsibility of the coaches to adhere to this PSRL policy. The referees may remind the coach, but it is not their responsibility to bring this to the coach’s attention or force the coaches to take the necessary steps.

Rule 603Mod Substitutions

A. Substitutions may be made, with consent of the referee:

    • Prior to a throw-in; by either team

    • Prior to a goal kick, by either team;

    • After a goal, by either team;

    • After an injury, when the referee stops play, by either team;

    • At half time;

    • When the referee stops play to caution a player, only the cautioned player may be substituted, prior to the restart of the game.

B. The number of substitutes shall be unlimited. Each player should play a minimum of 50% of the total playing time. Substitutions will be allowed in order to give an opportunity for all players to get equal playing time and to balance rather than to run up the score.

Rule 604Mod Player Equipment

  1. ALL PLAYERS SHALL WEAR SHINGUARDS. Socks must be worn up and over the shin guards.

  2. All players shall be in uniform to play. A minimum “official” uniform is shirt (with a number). Goalkeepers shall wear shirt/vest colors that distinguish them from field players.

  3. Standard approved soccer shoes or gym shoes must be worn by all players.

  4. A player shall not wear anything that may be dangerous to other players or to themselves.

  5. A player may wear extra protective clothing against the cold, including gloves without dangerous, protruding or hard objects, provided that:

    • The proper team uniform is worn outermost; and any hat should be without peak, bill or dangling or protruding object of any kind; however, the goalkeeper may wear a soft-billed hat; and

    • Referee discretion may be used to determine if an item of protective clothing is considered to go beyond the purpose of providing a means of retaining body heat.

F. A player wearing a cast or splint may be permitted to play with doctor’s note approving and the cast or splint is completely covered by a thick layer of soft material.

G. No player shall be allowed to play with an injury or a known medical condition, which can be aggravated by playing.

H. Protective orthopedic devices, prosthetic devices and any equipment, gear, appliance or apparatus that is protective for a known medical condition may be provided that:

  • The equipment, gear, device appliance or apparatus has been approved by a licensed physician, prosthetics, therapist or other practitioner trained or licensed to prescribe, design, select and/or fit such devices;

  • A letter is on file with home club officials and team coach from a licensed physician, prosthetics, therapist or other practitioner trained or licensed to prescribe, design, select and/or fit such devices, stating

    1. that he or she is licensed to prescribe, design, select and/or fit such devices; that the device is properly fitted; and

    2. that the device is suitable for use in youth soccer competition; and

    3. The referee determines that the device conforms to Law 4 of the Laws of the Game.

      Rule 605 Modified Officiating for Rec Leagues

      The home team will be responsible for providing referees. In the event that a referee is not present, both coaches will mutually agree upon one. If one cannot be agreed upon, each coach will referee one-half. Assistant Referees may be used whenever possible to assist the referee.

      Rule 606Charging the Goalkeeper

      In all 10U and below games: No player shall make physical contact with the goalkeeper, harass the goalkeeper or attempt to play the ball once the goalkeeper has control of the ball in any manner and to any degree whatsoever.

      Note: Also included in “having control of the ball” is the goalkeeper holding the ball on the ground with one or both hands.

Rule 607Basic and Modified Game Procedures

A Start of Play:

1. The ball will be placed at the center of the field by the referee and the game will start with one player kicking the ball in any direction, after a given signal by the referee. At the time of the kickoff, every player will be in his/her half of the field but outside the center circle.

2. The ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves. The kicker shall not play the ball a second time until it has been touched or played by another player.

3. A goal shall not be scored directly from a kickoff without the ball being touched by at least one other player on either team.

B. Restart of Play:

1. After a goal has been scored, the game shall be restarted in like manner by a player of the team that gave up the goal.

2. To start the second half, the game will be restarted with the kickoff by a player of the opposite team to that of the player who started the game.

3. Restarting play after temporary delay: In the case of a temporary suspension due to an injury or any unusual situation, there will be a drop ball at the spot where the ball was declared dead. The ball shall be deemed “in play” when the ball has touched the ground.

Ball in and Out of Play:

4. The ball is out of play when it has wholly crossed the goal line or whole touchline, whether it is on the ground or in the air.

5. The ball is out of play, when the referee has stopped the game.

Goal Kicks: (9U and 10U) Utilize the build out line

6. Opponents are required to drop back behind the build out line prior to the taking of a goal kick. Once the ball is kicked into play (crosses the Penalty area markings) the opposing team may cross the build out line and play resumes as normal. If players encroach across build out line prior to ball being in play the kick is retaken.

C. Method of Scoring:

1. A goal is scored when the whole of the ball has crossed the whole of the goal line on the ground or in the air between the goal posts and under the cross bar.

2. A goal may not be scored from a team’s defensive half.

D. Offside Rule:

1. While the offside rule will not strictly apply to any 8U and below game, the intent of the rule will be followed. Positioning a player in front of the opponent’s goal irrespective of the location of the ball on the field is contrary to the aims of the program. The referee shall take appropriate action to prevent this kind of play (an indirect kick to the offended team and instructional statements to the violating players and coach.

2. 9U and above teams will play with the off-side’s rule. The referees will call the rules and the proper penalties will be assessed.

Note: for 9U and 10U the build-out line is used as the off-side line vs. the center line.

E. Fouls and Misconduct:

1. FREE KICKS: Free kicks shall be classified under two headings: “Direct,” from which a goal can be scored by a direct kick against the offending side and “Indirect,” from which a goal cannot be scored unless the ball has been played or touched by a player other than the kicker before passing through the goal.


3. Any intentional header at 11U and below will warrant an indirect free kick for the opposing team. If the header occurs within the goal area the kick is to be taken at the point closet the infraction on the goal area line.

4. No Penalty Kicks will be granted at 8U and below

5. A DIRECT KICK (9U AND UP) shall be awarded for the following nine intentionally committed offenses:

  • Kicking an opponent

  • Tripping an opponent

  • Jumping at an opponent

  • Charging an opponent in a violent or dangerous manner

  • Charging an opponent from behind

  • Striking an opponent

  • Holding an opponent

  • Pushing an opponent

  • Handling the ball, with the exception of the goalie, in the designated area

    Rule 608Coaching

    A. The coach is responsible for his own behavior as well as that of his players and spectators. Discuss what you expect of parents during games. Remember this is just for fun.

    B. Every player must play in each game at least 50% of the playing time unless they are not able to play due to illness or injury.

    C. All coaches should attend an appropriate level-coaching clinic prior to the start of the regular season.

    D. Coaching must be done in a civil manner and the tone of voice will be informational and encouraging, not demanding or critical.

    a. It is every coach’s obligation and duty to attend coaching and referee clinics in order to acquire information that, in turn, may be passed on to the players. Refer to the PSPL website for Referee Clinics offered.

    E. Contact the visiting coach at least three days before the scheduled game to reaffirm the time, directions to the field, and to share team colors (home team changes jersey color if visiting team is the same color). If the visiting coach is not contacted he/she should contact the home team coach.

    F. Make sure that you have a game ball properly inflated before the game starts.

    G. Make sure that all of your players are properly equipped, fit and emotionally ready to play.

    H. In case of injuries during the game, assure that the player is properly attended to. Check his/her condition after the game and follow up with a call to the home in the evening.

    I. In the event an injured player requires medical attention, he/she must have a written release from the doctor before returning to practice or play with the team.

    J. Proper warm up of all players should take place for approximately 20-30 minutes prior to the start of the game.

    K. At home games, you are responsible for field preparation (check with your club officials)

    L. Prior to the start of the game, meet and greet the visiting coach. After the game, exchange with them some friendly, positive comments. Be sure to thank the referees and shake their hands. Have the player’s line up at the center of the field to shake hands with the opposing players.

    Rule 609 – Modified Official Score Report

    1. game result is to be reported by the winning team via update on their team page or via the score reporting system. In event of a tie both teams should report the score. Report actual scores of the match but note standings page will be capped at a 5 goals.

    Miscellaneous Reporting Forms

    Reports of Rules Violations

    Any complaints against another team for violations of league rules or administrative policies must be submitted within 48 hours using the Misconduct and Violations Form found on the PSPL homepage. All information must be completed in full prior to the league office reviewing.

    Protests (Misapplication of the Laws of the Game)

    Any protest must be documented on the game day sheet and noted by the Referee no later than the completion of the match. The notice of protest must be submitted to the league office within 48 hours. A Protest Form, found on the PSPL home page, must be submitted to the league with the approval of the DOC accompanied by a $150 non-refundable administration fee

    Exception Request

    If a team seeks an exception to any league rule they must submit an Exception request Form found on the PSPL Homepage. The request will be reviewed by the appropriate committee and a response will be sent within seven days.