Winter League 2016-17 Info/Rules
BUCKS FUTSAL
 
 
BUCKS FUTSAL 2016-17 WINTER LEAGUE
Dates January 6th-8th, 2017 - February 24th-26th, 2017
Facilities
Upper Southampton Academy Fieldhouse
1459 2nd Street Pike, Southampton PA, 18966
Other Convenient Locations TBA
Divisions
Boys and Girls U8 – U19
High School divisions by skill, not age
1st and 2nd divisions where applicable
League Fees
U8-U13       $550 per team + $15 per game for referee fee
U14-U18     $550 per team + $20 per game for referee fee
# of Games
8 games (No Playoffs)
   
In addition to League Fees, each player must register with United States Youth Futsal $9.50 per player
 

We will schedule coaches with multiple teams in the same division back to back as we always have.

THE FINEST FACILITIES AND THE BEST, MOST BALANCED FUTSAL COMPETITION IN THE AREA 
 

**BUCKS FUTSAL is affiliated with US Soccer. We employ only US Soccer futsal certified referees for our games. BUCKS FUTSAL  provides 2 referees for U14 and older teams. We have learned that it is critical that the older age groups have 2 experienced officials to call the game of Futsal properly. BUCKS FUTSAL is a proud to be fully sanctioned by United States Youth Futsal.

 2016-17 Bucks Futsal League Rules

 
Venues
Upper Southampton Academy Fieldhouse and other first rate facilities
To keep the playing surfaces clean and dry, please instruct your players not to wear dirty or wet game shoes into the facilities.

Referees
Bucks Futsal is a US Soccer affiliated futsal league.  We use only US Soccer futsal - certified officials to call our games, assuring the game is played the way it should be played. In addition, Bucks Futsal uses 2 experienced officials for U14 and older age groups.

Participating Teams
Bucks Futsal is fully sanctioned by United States Youth Futsal assuring the finest quality futsal program available to all participating players.
 
Age Divisions/Groups
Boys & Girls U8 - U19. Bucks Futsal reserves the right to drop or combine divisions or age groups as we strive to provide a balanced program.

Team Registration
TBD
Season Play
Games begin the weekend of January 6th-8th and season ends by February 24th-26th, 2017. Depending upon the number of teams, weather issues and facility availability, the league schedule may change.  Bucks Futsal plays its games primarily on weekends. In most cases, Bucks Futsal will have younger teams (U6-U12), playing on Saturday and Sunday mornings and early afternoons. Bucks Futsal plans on older teams to play on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings and occasional weekday evenings. Due to the combined league size and composition the customary schedule could affect the target plans. Bucks Futsal will try to avoid younger teams playing late night and older teams playing late Friday and Saturday evenings / early weekend mornings, however, the schedule is dictated by the court times available, as well as other extenuating factors.

Teams will be scheduled to play 8 games (No Playoffs)
 
Conflicts
When you register your teams, you will be allowed 2 conflicts.    There will be play before 3pm on Super Bowl Game Day.  Please indicate any known conflicts in the conflict section upon your registration.

IMPORTANT COACH INFORMATION
There is no coaching license to coach a team. Any adult who is registered with the team as a coach or manager can sit the bench.  However, any adult who participates on the bench must provide a PA FBI fingerprint certification clearance to BUCKS FUTSAL prior to participating. This is a great option for teams with outdoor coaches who want to take a break, but still want their teams to have fun and play.  There is no cost to register a coach. 

Coaches with multiple teams
BUCKS FUTSAL will accommodate coaches with multiple teams in the same division by scheduling them with back-to-back games at the same facility as much as possible.  We have been very successful with this in the past, so we encourage you to split your outdoor teams into two futsal teams.

Game Scorecards
Before each game, a pre-printed game card will be available from the referees. The cards will be populated with player names and numbers. Please check the cards for accuracy and then hand them back to the referees before the game begins. At the end of each game, the referee will hand the bench coaches the completed game cards. The coaches are to sign the cards and in doing so, verify the score. The scores on the signed cards are official and will be entered into the standings.

Competition Format & Rules
Official futsal FIFA Rules and Regulations as stated under the Laws of The Game will be enforced. Exceptions are noted below under House Rules. You may print up a copy of the Laws of the Game at the BUCKS FUTSAL website, www.bucksfutsal.com.

House Rules to the Laws of the Game

1. Goalkeeper can not throw the ball into the opponent’s penalty arc
2. No scoring from kick-offs.
3. Goalkeeper can not drop kick or punt the ball.
4. Teams will switch benches between halves to provide for substitutions in defensive zone only 
5. Game length is two 20 minute halves

League Fees - see above for early registration and payment discount

U13 and Younger  $550 + $15 per game for referee fee with 1 referee
U14 and Older      $550 + $20 per game for referee fee with 2 referees.
We feel that at these age groups, two experienced referees are necessary to assure the game is competitive, but officiated as the game was designed.

Player Registration Fee - All players must be registered with USYF and releases signed by player/parent/guardian (P/P/G).  The fee is $9.50 per player and is completed on line only.  When the team manager inputs a player into the roster, an e-mail is sent to P/P/G with instructions as to how to complete player registration.  There is no fee for managers, coaches, or assistant coaches, unless they are also players.

Player Cards
Bucks Futsal will institute the issuance of player cards. To be eligible to play, each player must have a card. Player cards are issued only after full payment of fees, signed Medical / Media Release forms have been received and all players have been registered online. Bucks Futsal will conduct a team check-in one - tow weeks before league play begins to issue player cards. Players do not need to be present. Check-in time and place will be announced.

Players/Sister Teams/Double Rostering
1) A sister team is created from an outdoor team that split into two or more futsal teams. If you have a sister team in the league, you may borrow any amount of players from the sister team. 
2) Players may be double - rostered on non-sister teams with knowlege and permission from both coaches.


Pre-game Check-In
Player cards and rosters may be checked before games.  This is to assure that all players are registered and the league remains sanctioned by US Soccer.  Team managers are to carry the game cards with them for inspection before games.

Game Balls
The home team is responsible for providing the game ball. 
Size ball used by each age group
Under U12 - size 3 or a Select "Jinga Jr"
U13 and older – size 4 or a Select "Jinga"

To order balls e-mail rick@bucksfutsal.com  Include team name, gender and age, number of balls needed and size ball and contact info of the person ordering. Balls are $35 each and can be picked up at team check in, tba

Do not bring outdoor balls into the facilities. They are not allowed for warm-up. Only futsal balls are allowed. Home team is responsible for providing a game quality ball.

Equipment
The wearing of shin pads will be mandatory for all players. Indoor, flat soled soccer shoes also must be worn.
  
Time Outs / Home Team Colors
Each team can call one 
time out per half. Each time out will be one minute in duration.
Home team is to wear white or lighter colors. If Home team complies and there is a conflict, the visiting team must change jerseys. If home team does not wear light/white and there is a conflict, home team must change jerseys. Visiting teams centers off first.
 
Forfeited Games
If a team fails to show for a scheduled match, the referee shall allow a 5 minute grace period. After the 5 minutes, if the team has not yet arrived or does not have enough players to field a team (4), the game will be forfeited. The game will be tallied as a 3 to 0 loss for the forfeiting team and a 3 to 0 win for their opponent.

If the referee terminates a match for reasons other than an act of God or field conditions, the Bucks Futsal Competition Committee will decide the result of the match after hearing the official reason from the referee, and both coaches.

Teams forfeiting a match will not receive a refund on their registration fee.
Forfeited games are recorded as a 3 - 0 loss.

Bucks Futsal Point System and Tiebreakers
The determination within the group standings is as follows:  
3 points for a win
1 point for a tie
0 points for a loss
Forfeited games are recorded as a 3 - 0 loss

Tiebreakers
1. Total Points
2. Goal Difference (max 7 per game)
3. Goals For
4. Head-To-Head

There are no awards given for winners of divisions

Ejections - Red Cards
If a player is ejected from a match, the player’s pass together with a referee’s report of the incident shall be turned over to the Bucks Futsal administrator by the referee.

The minimum penalty for an ejection is that the player shall not be permitted to play in the immediate next match.

The maximum penalty, after review by the Bucks Futsal Competition Committee, may result in the individual players or teams’ expulsion from the competition.

If a player is ejected from a match the referee will hold onto the player pass, document red card on the back of the score sheet and present it to the Bucks Futsal League administrator. The player will have his/her pass returned after a one game suspension.

Coach Ejections
If a coach is ejected from any match, a referee’s report of the incident shall be turned over to the Bucks Futsal administrator by the referee.

The minimum penalty for an ejection is that the coach shall not be permitted to coach or remain on the player’s bench in the immediate next match.

The maximum penalty, after review by Bucks Futsal Competition Committee, may result in the individual coach or team’s expulsion from the League.
  
Games Cancelled by opponents
If an opponent cancels a game or does not show for the game, the other team may use the scheduled game time for their use. There are no refunds for games cancelled by opponents. If a team must cancel, call Bucks Futsal as soon as possible so we can notify the referees and give the other team a chance to plan accordingly. Cancelling a game not only short-changes your team, but your scheduled opponent. Games cancelled by teams will not be rescheduled until the $125 reschedule fee received by Bucks Futsal. 

Reschedules
At time of registration, each team is allowed multiple conflicts if entered into registration system before registration deadline. If manager does not enter conflicts, no reschedules will be made unless a $125 rescheduling fee is received by Bucks Futsal.
Bucks Futsal will schedule 10 games for each team.  We will make every effort to reschedule games that have been cancelled due weather, such as snow, ice or due to the facilities cancelling games.  While we will try to reschedule those games, we cannot guarantee that those games can be rescheduled.  We only can reschedule games if the facilities have available times to reschedule them.  If we reschedule games due to above, you will not be asked ahead of the rescheduling process if you are available for the make up game.  Your team will be given a makeup game time and if you cannot make that, we will not reschedule. 

Games cancelled by Facilities / Bucks Futsal
We reserve the right to postpone or cancel games at any time for any reason such as bad weather or facility problems. Bucks Futsal plays games in all weather and only cancels games if the facility cancels.  Cancellations are very rare events, so teams should plan on playing.  If there are games cancelled, reschedules are not guaranteed and refunds for cancelled games will not be provided. However, every attempt will be made to reschedule.

Referees 
If you have an interest in joining the Bucks Futsal referee pool, please email us at
rick@bucksfutsal.com. To be eligible for consideration, you must be licensed with US Soccer as an outdoor referee and be at least 17 years old. 

Additional Questions
If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the Bucks Futsal, please feel free to contact Pat Morris at:  
morrispat17@gmail.com or call Pat (267)258-7566