Although 13U-18U rosters may carry up to 22 players only 18 may play in a game. Any additional players over the 18 may stay on the team bench as long as they are not dressed in uniform.
Club passes are unlimited for the 9U-13U age groups. Players may be written on the roster prior to the game and must have a passcard and be age appropriate to the team.
Club passes for 14U – 18U/19U age groups are limited to a maximum of 6. Please note that all existing rules still apply to the club pass program for these ages which includes the following; a player may play up an age group at any level. An age appropriate player may play down an age group only at the same level as they currently play or a higher one. Players should be written on the roster prior to the game and a copy of the roster given to the opponent BEFORE the match begins.
League games shall be played in accordance with the most current FIFA laws of the Game and the modifications noted within these rules.It is the responsibility of all coaches and referees to be thoroughly familiar with and abide by the FIFA laws and these modifications.
9-U and 10-U Fields Length: 55-65 yards Width: 35-45 yards
Goals Height: 6.5 ft Width: 12 ft
Note: 9-U and 10-U fields are required to have a ‘build out line’ which should be equidistant between the penalty area line and halfway line. This ‘build out line’ should be marked on the field with a line or can be marked on each touch line by using an identifiable marker such as a cone or flag. For those fields that are the minimum width and length we recommend using a smaller penalty area by using range of 20 to 24 yards wide and 10 to 12 yards from the goal line into the field of play. If a smaller penalty area is used then the penalty mark should be 8 to 10 yards from goal with the penalty arc still 8 yards from the penalty mark.
11-U and 12-U Fields Lengths: 70-80 yards Width: 45-55 yards
Goals Height: 6.5 ft Width: 18.5 ft
13-U and older Fields Lengths: 100-120 yards Width: 50-75 yards
Goals Height: 8 ft Width: 24 ft
9-U and 10-U(7v7 Play) 5 rostered players 1 team official
11-U and 12-U (9v9 Play) 6 rostered players 1 team official
13-U and older (11v11 Play) 7 rostered players 1 team official
All League games shall be of regulation length as follows:
9-U & 10-U two 25-minute halves
11-U & 12-U two 30-minute halves
13-U & 14-U two 35-minute halves
15-U & 16-U two 40-minute halves
17-U & 18-U two 45-minute halves
Player substitution is permitted at any stoppage of play. Substitution protocol should follow FIFA guidelines with the exception that there will not be a limit on player substitution.
All uniforms must be numbered. Duplicate numbers on any team are not permitted. It is the home team’s (the team listed first on the schedule) responsibility to change uniforms if a color conflict arises. Pinnies which permit the underlying number to be discerned are acceptable for this purpose.
Shirts must be tucked in and socks must cover shin guards. Boxer shorts, bike shorts, jams and the like, unless of the same color as the shorts over them, must not hang below the uniform shorts
The use of shin guards is mandatory. A game official will exclude from play any players not so equipped.
A suitable game ball will be provided by the home team for each game. Age groups 9-U – 12-U will use a size 4 ball; all other age groups will use size 5. Suitability of the ball is at the sole determination of a game official.
NSL will follow the Concussion Guidelines as Best Practices introduced by the USSF though the comprehensive player health and safety program known as ‘Recognize to Recover’ (R2R). NSL accepts that the R2R program will continue to expand and evolve and will carefully review and consider the R2R information, presented to-date, and in the future. NSL will apply the following concussion guidelines recommended by USSF;
a) NSL requires that any player who (1) sustains a significant blow to the head or body, (2) complains about or is exhibiting symptoms consistent with having suffered a concussion or (3) is otherwise suspected of having sustained a concussion, must be evaluated and cleared by a Health Care Professional (HCP) or Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) before the player will be allowed to return to practice or play (RTP).
b) Unless an HCP or ATC determines that the player has not suffered a concussion and clears the player to RTP, the player will not be permitted to RTP until the player has successfully completed the graduated RTP protocol and has been cleared to RTP by a physician.
a. Team Officials include coaches, assistant coaches, managers, technical directors or similarly designated individuals appointed by a club to represent a team. ALL team officials are required to complete any and all state laws that apply to their position and standing; for example appropriate and required background checks such as the CORI certification process in MA.
b. Coaching License Requirements
All NSL Head and Assistant Coaches must have a minimum of a USSF “E” license, NSCAA Regional Diploma, or equivalent. In addition to these minimum license requirements Team Officials and NSL Head and Assistant Coaches must complete the CDC online concussion training at https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/index.html
c. Directors of Coaching
Each club must identify a Director of Coaching as a point of contact for the NSL Technical Director and responsible for the technical oversight of all teams and coaches within the club. The DOC must have a minimum of a USSF “D” license, NSCAA Diploma, NSCAA DOC diploma or equivalent. A copy must be provided to the NSL office with their club application
SANCTIONS FOR NON-COMPLIANCE: Sanctions may include, but not be limited to, warning, probation, suspension, fine, expulsion. It is the individual Club’s responsibility to ensure compliance. Information will be required during the registration process providing the proof of licensure.
d. Presence & Qualification
Teams must have a responsible team official present at each game, whose responsibilities shall include maintaining control and discipline over the team. A team which appears without a coach may use a responsible adult substitute with positive identification, including a driver’s license if such a person is without a pass card. In no case shall the team official or other responsible substitute be eligible by age to play in the age group which he or she is coaching or managing. If the game is conducted with an adult substitute not having a pass card, the referee shall note the person’s name, address and contact information and report this information to the League office. An adult substitute must have completed the adult registration process (CORI) of the governing body for their home state.
In addition, it is the responsibility of all coaches & managers to check the website concerning any game changes which might affect their team.
e. Conduct & Responsibility
Team officials are responsible for their own conduct, and for the conduct of their players and fans at all games. Abusive or obscene language, violent play, violent conduct or other behavior detrimental to the game will not be tolerated. Failure of a team official to control his or her players and fans may result in action against him or her by the referee and/or the League.
Team officials must remain within their team’s technical area during the course of play. This area starts 10 yards from the half-way line and is 25 yards in length. They must refrain from loud, persistent or intrusive coaching of field players. Except as noted above for a responsible substitute, only credentialed team officials (i.e., individuals with valid current League pass cards) may be on the sideline with the teams during the game. It is league policy that a maximum of four (4) teams officials, all with current pass cards (or with valid identification for a responsible substitute), may be present with each team. Parents and other spectators must remain on the opposite sideline. Failure to observe these rules will be considered behavior detrimental to the game and may be punished accordingly.
Before, during and after game, team officials will support the game officials and assist in maintain order. In any case of non-compliance, the situation will be reported by the referee to the Ethics/Disciplinary Officer.