League Rules – 2018
Teams will play 7 regular season games with the top 4 making the playoffs.
Game Length 90 minutes. Games must kick off within 10 minutes of the scheduled time. At that time all players must be checked in and on the field ready to play. Referees will use their best judgement regarding extenuating circumstances. Please communicate with them. Get your players to arrive 30 minutes early.
Unlimited Substitutions. Substitutions may be made on a goal, goal kick, at half, while it is your throw in or when a player is injured (both teams). No substitutions on off sides, free kicks, or corner kicks. If the other team is substituting, you may also.
Every player must have a 2018-2019 CASA USSSA registration and show up on your roster. Roster size is unlimited but only 18 players may play for a team each game day. Move inactive players to page 3 in CASA. Print pages 1 and 2 for each game. You must provide a PRINTED roster to the referee that is less than 24 hours old.
Coaches are NOT players. A coach must be registered as a player to play.
Any team playing an illegal or unregistered player will automatically forfeit the game.
A player receiving a red card MUST leave the field and stay 100 yards away. You may not go back and talk to the referee after the game. You could receive an extra game suspension. Managers and captains will need to follow up for the player.
Reserve teams may play up to 6 players on their 1st team. Players may play for both teams on the same day unless they have received a red card. Players may play up to the Premier Division but not down to the Elite Division.
Technical areas are located from the edge of the center circle and run 10 yards down the line. Technical areas are not marked but please make sure to set up in the correct spot. Coaches must stay in the technical area.
Mass Confrontation Rule: A mass confrontation occurs when more than two players (from either team) confront a referee. All players that take part in a mass confrontation will be suspended for a minimum of 1 game.
Over 30 teams may play 3 players that are aged 25+ and a goal keeper of ANY age (17+).
Fans may not sit with or on the same side of the field as the teams. Both teams must put their benches on the same side of the field. In Broom field, the benches should be placed on the north side of each field, in-between fields 1 and 2 or 3 and 4.
Teams are responsible for their fans. If your fans block, impede, or distract the linesman, they may be asked to leave. If they refuse to move, or leave or escalate the situation, your team could forfeit the game.
IFAB laws of the game can be found HERE.
Offside rules have been updated. Please make sure to review them, specifically rules on deflections.
A section by section guide can be found here: http://www.theifab.com/laws#!%2Flaws
Player uniforms must match. This includes socks shorts and jerseys. Jerseys must have numbers. Away team changes but both teams are expected to work together.
Player transfer rule: When a player asks for a transfer the coach has 7 days to respond. If the coach does not approve or deny the transfer, the player can request the transfer to be automatically approved.
If you have a player that is suspended on your roster, they will need to pay their fine and sit their game(s). Fines must be paid by Wednesday of the week the player wishes to return to play.
A team forfeiting more than one game in a season will be removed from the league and will receive no refund.
Tie breakers: 1. Head to Head 2.Goals Against 3. Goal Differential 4. Goals for 5. Coin flip.
Example 1: Two teams tied in the standings, and one team beat the other – Head to Head applies.
Example 2: Three teams tied in the standings and one of the teams did not play against one of the other teams – Goals Against applies for all three teams. In this instance a team that beat another team could still be knocked out due to a higher goals against.
In order to maintain the CPL’s high level of competition, teams may be removed from the league or relegated to a lower division by our competitions committee for showing a pattern of forfeits, games played short, blowouts or a combination thereof. A team that is removed may be invited to come back the next season in a lower bracket. All decisions made by the competitions committee are final.
Teams which consistently exhibit conduct which is unbecoming or likely to prejudice the interests or reputation of the league may be removed.
The league reserves the right to make decisions for the good of the game and the integrity of the competition.