KENTUCKY SELECT SOCCER LEAGUE RULES
Adopted January 1998
Amended December 2012
The Kentucky Select Soccer League (KSSL), a non-profit corporation, is an affiliate of the Kentucky Youth Soccer Association (KYSA). Participation in the KSSL, except where modified in these rules, is governed by the rules adopted by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), US Youth Soccer, and the Kentucky Youth Soccer Association (KYSA).
1. Board of Directors
i. The Kentucky Select Soccer League shall be governed by a five (5) member Board of Directors, hereinafter referred to as Board.
ii. The Board shall consist of a League Director and four (4) Deputy Directors.
iii. The four (4) Deputy Directors shall consist of one (1) Deputy Director for older girls’ teams, one (1) Deputy Director for younger girls’ teams, one (1) Deputy Director for older boys’ teams, and one (1) Deputy Director for younger boys'' teams.
i. The League Director shall be elected annually at the end of each spring season.
ii. The League Director’s term shall begin on July 1 and end June 30 of the following year.
iii. The Deputy Director for Younger Boys and the Deputy Director for Older Girls shall be elected bi-annually at the end of the spring season on years ending with an even number.
iv. The Deputy Director for Younger Girls and the Deputy Director for Older Boys shall be elected bi-annually at the end of the spring season on years ending with an odd number.
v. All other Board members’ terms shall begin on July 1 and end two (2) years later on June 30.
i. In the event that a Board member other than the League Director cannot fulfill her or his term, the League Director shall nominate a candidate to fill the remaining term. The Board shall confirm or reject the candidate at the earliest possible date by a majority vote.
ii. In the event the League Director cannot fulfill her or his term, a new League Director shall be selected from the existing members of the Board by a majority vote of the current Directors.
iii. The Board may consider matters not addressed in these rules and take any action it deems necessary.
D. Nominations and Voting
i. Nominations to serve on the Board shall be made to the KSSL Administrator by email from April 25 to April 30.
ii. Each club may nominate one (1) person for one (1) of the five (5) Board positions.
iii. No club shall have more than one (1) member serve on the Board.
iv. Ballots shall be emailed by May 5 to all teams registered with the League.
v. Each team is entitled to one (1) vote for each nomination.
vi. Write-in ballots shall not be accepted.
vii. Ballots shall be returned by email no later than May 10 to the League Administrator.
viii. All votes mailed from a single address shall count as one (1) vote.
2. League Administrator and Webmaster
i. A League Administrator and Webmaster may be appointed by the Board to conduct routine League business.
ii. The League Administrator and Webmaster shall report to the Board.
iii. The Board shall maintain a written job description for the League Administrator and Webmaster.
iv. The Board shall annually establish the amount to fund the League Administrator and Webmaster.
v. The agreement for the League Administrator and Webmaster shall be reviewed annually and shall be renewed or rejected by a majority vote of the Board.
3. League Finances
i. The Board shall oversee all League funds.
ii. The Board shall approve all League expenditures over $250.00.
iii. A complete income and expense statement shall be completed annually on or about July 1.
iv. The annual financial statement shall be made available by request to member clubs or teams within thirty (30) days after it is completed.
v. Any questions or concerns League finances shall be made in writing to the League Director and shall be addressed by the Board.
4. Application and Acceptance
A. Application for Participation
i. Participation is open to any properly registered competitive team in good standing with the KYSA or any neighboring affiliated association.
ii. All applications must be received by January 15 for participation in the spring season and by July 15 for participation in the fall season.
iii. Any application received after the deadline will be accepted only by a favorable vote of the Board and payment of an additional $50 late fee.
iv. All clubs and teams agree to these rules when they sign their application.
v. Applications shall include:
a. Team history.
b. A check for the entry fee of $85.00 payable to the Kentucky Select Soccer League or KSSL.
c. Under 17, Under 18, Under 19, and all out of area teams, regardless of age group, shall provide a performance bond of $250.
vi. During the fall season, teams may identify no more than six (6) dates they prefer to not play League matches.
vii. During the spring season, teams not participating in State Open Cup, President’s Cup, or Eurosport Cup may identify no more than six (6) dates they prefer to not play League matches.
viii. During the spring season, teams participating in State Open Cup, President’s Cup, or Eurosport Cup may identify no more than four (4) dates they prefer to not play League matches.
ix. Teams shall be available to play all other dates.
x. Teams not participating in KYSA sponsored competitions may play KSSL games on KYSA sponsored competition dates.
xi. Dates identified that teams prefer to not play League matches will be considered when possible in preparing the schedule.
xii. Applications with more days identified that a team prefers to not play League matches as established in these rules shall be considered improper and may be rejected. If the application is accepted, the Age Group Coordinator shall select any date(s) she or he desires.
B. Acceptance of Teams
i. Teams are accepted based on factors such as, but not limited to, team history, sportsmanship, geographic location, previous KSSL participation, and availability of comparable teams to form a division.
ii. Teams not located in the geographic area of the League shall play all matches within the geographic area of the League.
iii. Teams not located within the geographic area of the League may host a game or utilize a neutral field outside the geographic area of the League if the team in the geographic area of the League agrees and the game is approved in advance by the Age Group Coordinator.
iv. Teams not accepted into the League will receive a full refund of the entry fee and a notification letter or email within thirty (30) days of the entry deadline.
v. The Board reserves the right to decline to admit any team.
A. Supervision and Management
i. Each age group shall be under the supervision and management of the Age Group Coordinator who shall be responsible for:
a. Assigning teams to divisions;
b. Constructing match schedules;
c. Recording match results;
d. Recording division standings; and
e. Such other responsibilities as are necessary for the operation of the age group.
B. Age Groups
i. Age groups as defined by US Youth Soccer shall be divided into single birth year divisions whenever there are sufficient teams participating to permit the formation of two (2) or more divisions within the age group.
ii. There shall be separate age groups for girls and mixed.
iii. Girls and mixed teams shall not play in the same division.
iv. An exception to the US Youth Soccer age guidelines shall be to conform to a state rule. For example, the Under 14/15 rule in the fall season.
v. Age groups of the same team type may be combined where necessary to provide sufficient teams to form a division in the merged age groups.
vi. Small sided age groups shall not be combined with an age group that mandates a different number of players.
vii. Age groups may be divided into two (2) or more divisions.
viii. Under 10 teams are non-competitive. Scores or standings shall not be posted on the League website.
i. The highest division in an age group shall be designated Premier.
ii. Remaining divisions in an age group shall be designated Division I, Division II, Division III, and so on as needed.
D. Seeding and Placement
i. Seeding of each division is the responsibility of the Age Group Coordinator for the formation of divisions as provided in these rules under the direction of the Boys or Girls Deputy Director(s).
ii. Placement of teams shall be based on factors such as, but not limited to, team history, sportsmanship, geographic location, previous KSSL participation, and availability of comparable teams to create divisions of comparable strength.
E. Promotion and Regulation
i. Teams placing first or second in their division in a season are eligible for promotion to the next higher division in the next season.
ii. Teams finishing last or next to last are eligible for relegation to the next lower division in the next season.
F. Playing Up
i. A team may request to play up no more than one (1) age group.
ii. All requests to play up one (1) age group must be made in writing and submitted with the team''s League application.
iii. All requests will be considered by the Board and its decision is final.
iv. Under 10 teams shall not play up in a competitive age group.
v. Under 12 teams shall not play up to an older age group due to the difference in team and roster size.
6. Operational Procedures
i. Division schedules, match dates, times and other League information shall be prepared and distributed to participants by the Age Group Coordinator or League Administrator.
ii. The Board shall determine the beginning and ending play dates for each season.
iii. Matches shall be played on Saturdays and Sundays unless otherwise assigned by the Age Group Coordinator or agreed upon by the participating teams.
iv. For a team playing more than one (1) League match on a single day, matches shall not be played with less than four (4) hours between the start of each match.
v. All matches shall be played as scheduled and posted.
vi. Failure to play a match as scheduled may result in a forfeit of the match for League standings.
vii. Written or emailed reschedule requests that clearly demonstrates the approval of both team managers and establishes the new play date and time must be received by the Age Group Coordinator seven (7) calendar days prior to the first play date. No limits or costs apply to games rescheduled seven (7) calendar days prior to first play date.
viii. Once League play begins:
a. Matches shall not be moved for any reason. This specifically includes home field coordinators and referee assignors.
b. No match shall be moved within seven (7) days of its play date.
c. The Age Group Coordinator does not have the authority to change matches after the first League play date.
d. Any match rescheduled seven (7) calendar days prior to the first play date, or later, shall be approved by the Deputy Director responsible for that age group.
e. Moving a match after the first League play date may result in a forfeit for one (1) or both teams, loss of end of season award, removal from the League, or any combination thereof.
f. A $50 assessment is required for any schedule change approved by the Deputy Director responsible for that age group. The assessment shall be made payable to KSSL and mailed within three (3) days of the change to the Deputy Director responsible for that age group.
B. Inclement Weather
i. All games are subject to the lightning / thunder rule. No team shall take the field until thirty (30) minutes has elapsed since the last lightning bolt or sound of thunder.
ii. The home team is responsible for notifying their opponent as soon as possible if their field is closed due to inclement weather.
iii. Matches may be rescheduled due to rain out. In the event of a rain out:
a. The home team shall notify the Age Group Coordinator of the rain out on the day it occurs. Failure to notify the Age Group Coordinator may be recorded as a 3 to 0 forfeit against the home team and three (3) points awarded to the visiting team.
b. The teams involved are mutually responsible for rescheduling.
c. The home team shall notify the Age Group Coordinator of the rescheduled date, time, and location within ten (10) calendar days of the rain out. The notification shall demonstrate approval by both team managers of the rescheduled date, time, and location.
d. If the teams involved have not notified the Age Group Coordinator of the rescheduled date, time, and location within ten (10) calendar days of the rain out, the Age Group Coordinator may, without regard to the preferences of either team, establish a date, time, and location for the match. A neutral field may be used.
e. If a neutral field is used, both teams shall be responsible for the payment of referees and any other fees incurred for assigning referees to the match. The amount shall be determined by the Age Group Coordinator in conjunction with the host site, club, or assignor.
f. If the manager of one of the teams is the Age Group Coordinator, the Deputy Director responsible for that age group shall establish the date, time, and location.
C. Reporting Match Scores
i. Both teams are responsible for reporting match results by email to the Age Group Coordinator within forty-eight (48) hours of the scheduled start of the match.
ii. Scores not reported within the required time may be recorded as a 3 to 0 forfeit.
iii. No score shall be posted or computed for standings reflecting more than a three (3) goal differential.
iv. In the event a team does not show up to play as scheduled, the team that is present shall advise the Age Group Coordinator by email within twenty-four (24) hours of the scheduled start of the match. The Age Group Coordinator, with the Deputy Directors approval, may record the no show as a 3 to 0 forfeit. Three (3) points shall be deducted from the standings of the offending team and three (3) points shall be awarded to the team that was present.
D. Awards and Standings
i. Trophies or other awards may be given to the first and second place teams in each division based upon the results of League play for all divisions of four (4) or more teams. In three (3) team divisions, only the winner may receive post season awards.
ii. Final season standings shall be determined by the following system:
a. Three (3) points for a win;
b. One (1) point for a tie;
c. No points for a loss;
d. Three (3) points deducted from the offending team for a forfeit.
e. Three (3) points awarded to the non-offending team for a forfeit situation.
iii. The tie breaker system for final season standings shall be determined by:
a. Result(s) of match(s) played between the two (2) teams within the division (head to head competition);
b. Maximum +3/-3 goal differential per match. Matches across divisions in multi-division age groups are not counted;
c. Least number of goals allowed in matches played with teams in the division. Matches across division in multi-division age groups are not counted;
d. If teams are tied after all tie breakers, all shall receive awards.
iv. A team that has forfeited is ineligible for an award.
E. Team Rosters
i. Each team shall submit a copy of their official state roster by email to the KSSL Administrator no later than seven (7) days prior to their first league game. Failure to provide a roster may result in the team being ineligible to compete in KSSL until an official roster is provided to the KSSL Administrator.
ii. Teams shall have an official state roster at all League games. A copy of the roster shall be provided immediately to the referee and opposing team manager if requested. Failure to provide a roster may result in a forfeit and the team being ineligible to compete in KSSL.
iii. Beginning Fall 2012, players shall not dual roster or utilize a club pass to play within the same age group for KSSL games. Players may dual roster or utilize a club pass to “play up” on an older KSSL team. Players dual rostered or utilizing a club pass to play on a Midwest Regional League team and a KSSL team shall play in the highest KSSL division for their age.
iv. Any team playing an ineligible player(s) shall forfeit the game(s) in which that player(s) participates. The player(s), coach(es), and team may be ineligible or disqualified for competition in KSSL.
v. An updated copy of an official state roster shall be immediately sent to the KSSL Administrator if a team has any changes to its roster. Failure to provide an updated roster may result in the team being ineligible to compete in KSSL until an official updated roster is provided to the KSSL Administrator.
F. Club Pass
i. Only players that hold a current US Youth Soccer member pass may play for a team from within the same US Youth Soccer affiliated club.
ii. The maximum number of club pass players is three (3) to fourteen (14) depending on the number of players on the official team roster.
iii. A team may identify and play no more than twenty-five (25) players during the course of a fall or spring season. That includes all players listed on the official team roster plus any club pass players listed on a different official team roster within the club.
iv. Any team playing an ineligible player(s) shall forfeit the game(s) in which that player(s) participates. The player(s), coach(es), and team may be ineligible or disqualified for competition in KSSL. The coach(es) shall be suspended for two (2) games and fined $500. The fine(s) shall be paid to the KSSL Administrator before the team can compete in the KSSL.
v. Notification that a club pass player may participate in a match must be made by email to the KSSL Administrator, AGC, and opposing team manager no later than twenty-four (24) hours prior to a game’s scheduled kick off time. The email notification must identify the player(s) and the club team she or he is officially rostered on.
vi. The names of the players utilizing a club pass to participate in the match shall be written on the official roster and immediately provided to the referee and opposing team manager if requested.
vii. Failure to notify the KSSL Administrator, AGC, and opposing team manager that a club pass player may participate no later than twenty-four (24) hours prior to the scheduled kick off time may result in a forfeit of the match by the offending team.
7. Rules of Play
A. Match Rules
i. Games shall be played under the applicable rules of FIFA, USSF, US Youth Soccer, and KYSA with the modifications noted in these rules.
ii. Teams are responsible for obtaining and being familiar with the USSF Official Administrative Handbook and the FIFA Laws of the Game.
iii. Teams shall use their age group as defined by US Youth Soccer for the current seasonal year in determining length of match and ball size.
iv. Teams playing up shall use the length of match and ball size for the age group they are playing in.
v. Under 12 and younger teams shall play as defined by FIFA, USSF, US Youth Soccer, and KYSA.
vi. Under 10 modifications include smaller field size, reduced number of players on the field, and free kicks receive eight (8) yards distance.
B. Number of Players
i. Under 11 and Under 12 shall play 8 v 8.
ii. Under 10 shall play 6 v 6.
i. There shall be no limit on the number of substitutions.
D. Official Match
i. A match shall be considered official after one (1) full half of play (The second half does not have to start.) and the final score shall be the score at the time the match is terminated or suspended.
ii. If less than one (1) half is completed and the match is terminated or suspended, the entire match shall be replayed.
iii. If a match is terminated or suspended because of gross misconduct, the disposition of the match score shall be decided by the League Director.
iv. Teams shall wait thirty (30) minutes for the opponent to arrive.
v. Failure to appear may result in a forfeit.
E. Player Passes and Rosters
i. Each team shall have their US Youth Soccer player and coach’s passes, signed by an official of their National State Association, at every match.
ii. Only players listed on their Official State Roster may play in League matches as established in these Rules.
iii. Guest players are not permitted.
iv. Playing an ineligible player shall result in automatic forfeiture of the match and possible suspension or expulsion of the coach(es) and team from the KSSL.
v. US Youth Soccer player and coaches passes shall be presented to the referee prior to the start of the match. The passes shall remain in the referee''s possession until the completion of the match.
vi. Teams shall have an official state roster at all League games.
vii. A copy of the roster shall be provided immediately to the referee or opposing team manager if requested. Failure to provide a roster may result in a forfeit and the team being ineligible to compete in the KSSL.
i. A team that forfeits a match shall receive a $100 assessment. The team is ineligible to participate in KSSL until the assessment is paid. The bond for teams required to provide a bond shall not be returned until the assessment is paid.
ii. A team that forfeits a second match shall receive a $250 assessment. The team is ineligible to participate in KSSL until the assessment is paid. The bond for teams required to provide a bond shall not be returned until the assessment is paid.
i. Uniform color conflict.
a. Home teams shall wear white (or a light color) and the visiting team shall wear dark. If there is a discrepancy, the offending team shall change.
b. The referee''s judgment is final.
ii. Coaching from Sidelines
a. Limited coaching is permitted only from one (1) touchline and coaches shall remain in the technical area as defined by FIFA.
b. Coaches shall not enter the field without permission from the referee.
iii. Field player jerseys shall each have a unique number.
10. Match Control
A. Three Person System
i. Matches shall be officiated by the three (3) person FIFA / USSF Referee System.
ii. If a certified referee is not available within thirty (30) minutes of the scheduled start time, the home team may be subject to a forfeit by the Age Group Coordinator. The Age Group Coordinator may reschedule the match in the event of extra ordinary circumstance.
iii. If the teams involved cannot agree upon a rescheduled date, time, and location, the Age Group Coordinator shall, without regard to the preferences from either team, establish a date, time, and location for the match which shall be played prior to the final league play date of the current season. A neutral field may be used.
iv. If a neutral field is used, both teams shall be responsible for the payment of referees and any other fees incurred for assigning referees to the match. The amount shall be determined by the Age Group Coordinator in conjunction with the host site.
B. Payment of Match Officials
i. Referees and assistant referees shall be assigned under the provisions of USSF.
ii. The home team is responsible for payment of fees to the match officials unless a neutral field is used. The provisions established in these rules are applicable if a neutral field is used.
C. Termination of Matches
i. Referees may suspend or terminate matches for lack of crowd control, poor team behavior, or other unsportsmanlike behavior. Each coach is responsible for the behavior of her or his sideline players, parents, and fans and may be sent off for their misbehavior.
ii. The Board shall determine appropriate disciplinary action for a match that is suspended or terminated.
iii. Disciplinary action may include any, all, or any combination of a:
c. Suspension from one (1) or more matches;
d. Fine determined by the Board of Directors; and
e. Recommendation to the Kentucky Youth Soccer President of a more severe penalty.
11. Ejections and Discipline
i. A USSF Referee report should be filled out by the center official for any action resulting in an ejection or serious incident. The report should be mailed or filed electronically with the KYSA office within forty-eight (48) hours.
ii. Within twenty-four (24) hours of the end of the match, both Team Managers shall notify the Age Group Coordinator, appropriate Deputy Director, and League Director of any player, coach, assistant coach, parent, or spectator that was ejected or instructed to leave.
iii. Any team failing to provide notification may be subject to match forfeiture, player(s) suspension, coach(es) suspension, team suspension, and removal from the League.
iv. Any person ejected from a match shall receive a minimum one (1) League match suspension.
v. Any person fighting with another player or coach, on or off the field, shall receive a minimum two (2) League match suspension.
vi. Any person ejected for, or guilty of, assaulting a referee, player, coach, manager, or other participant, on or off the field, is subject to a one (1) year League suspension.
vii. All ejections of coaches, assistant coaches, parents, managers, or spectators during any League game shall be fined by the League and is in addition to any suspension(s). Fines shall be set by the League Director and start at $250.
viii. Any ejected coach, assistant coach, parent, manager, or spectator who refuses to immediately leave the game site will be subject to a $500 fine and the game may be treated as a forfeit.
ix. Fines shall be sent to the club. All remaining teams within the club may be ineligible to compete in KSSL until all fines have been paid.
x. Fines may be protested but must be paid during the protest. A fine overturned on protest shall be returned to the club.
xi. All ejections of players, coaches, assistant coaches, spectators, and managers shall be reviewed by the Board who may impose additional discipline or fines.
xii. Abusive language, on or off the field, toward a referee by a player, coach, assistant coach, manager, or spectator shall be an automatic one (1) match suspension.
A. Filing of Protest
i. A protest can only be filed by the coach, manager, or club administrator of the team as identified on the KSSL application. Players or parents may not file a protest.
ii. A complete protest shall be mailed by two (2) day priority or overnight mail to the League Director and all other parties within seven (7) days of the match or incident in question and must include:
a. A check for $100 made payable to KSSL;
b. A written statement describing the specific grounds for the protest signed by the team or club official;
c. A clear and concise statement of the relief or action sought by the protesting party;
d. Copies of all documents relevant to the protest including but not limited to:
(i). USSF Referee report(s) on the match in question, if available;
(ii). Copies of rules that are applicable to the protest; and
(iii). Official State Roster if applicable to the protest.
iii. The responding party shall have five (5) days to prepare a response to the protest and shall be mailed by two (2) day priority or overnight mail, not requiring signature by the recipient, to the League Director and the protesting party.
B. Consideration of Protest
i. The Board shall have the right to decline to hear the protest if the protest filed by the protesting party:
a. Does not deal with a violation of KSSL rules or bylaws;
b. Concerns a matter of referee judgment;
c. Is incomplete or does not contain the required information;
d. Is not filed in a timely or proper manner; or
e. The question arising from the protest is not germane to the KSSL rules or bylaws.
ii. The protest may not be withdrawn and the protest fee is not refundable if the protest is accepted by the Board.
iii. The Board shall issue a decision within ten (10) days of the receipt of the complete protest and the response, if any, of responding party.
iv. The decision of the Board on all matters of protest shall be final.
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