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Winter League 2014-15 Info / Rules

 

                         ELITE FUTSAL CHARLESTON 2014-15 WINTER LEAGUE

 
 
 
 
 
Dates
December 5, 2014 – February 1, 2015
Facilities
Trident Academy
1455 Wakendaw Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Fort Johnson Baptist Church
1473 Camp Rd., Charleston, SC  29412
Divisions
Boys and Girls U8 – High School
High School division by skill not age
1st and 2nd divisions where applicable
Fees
$650 per team*
$625 Split Team (split your outdoor team into two futsal teams)**
$625 Club (10 or more teams)***
# of Games
8 games guaranteed
 
*Every team must have a minimum of 7 players on the roster.
 
 
 **During registration, indicate that your outdoor team is split into two teams to receive the Split Team discount. Also, indicate if one coach will be coaching both those teams so we can try to schedule back to back games for those teams to accommodate that coach.


***If a soccer club registers 10 or more futsal teams, including any and all age groups, those teams will receive the Club discount.  (Example:  "Club A" registers 2 U9 boys, 2 U9 girls, 3 HS girls and 3 HS boys teams = 10 teams)



 2014-15 Elite Futsal Charleston League Rules

Venues

Elite Futsal Charleston will use Trident Academy in Mt. Pleasant and Fort Johnson Bapist Church on James Island.
To keep the playing surfaces clean and dry, please instruct your players not to wear dirty or wet game shoes into the facilities.

Referees
 
Elite Futsal Charleston is the biggest US Soccer sanctioned futsal league in South Carolina. We employ only US Soccer futsal certified officials to call our games, assuring the game is played the way it should be.

Participating Teams
The 2014-15 winter futsal league will be a great opportunity for players and teams to maintain and improve their skills and fitness level in between the Spring and Fall soccer club seasons. 
 
Age Divisions/Groups
Boys & Girls U8 - High School. Elite Futsal Charleston reserves the right to drop or combine divisions or age groups.

Team Registration
Registration Deadline for the 2014-15 Winter League is coming soon for all teams. Online registration only at the Elite Futsal Charleston website www.elitefutsalcharleston.com

Season Play
Games begin December 5th and the season ends by February 1st, 2015. Elite Futsal Charleston plays the majority of it’s games on weekends (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays). High school teams may have a game scheduled during the week, with a few younger teams having that possibility as well.  In the past, Elite Futsal Charleston had younger teams (U8-U14), playing on weekend mornings and early afternoons.  We will try to avoid younger teams playing late night and older teams playing early weekend mornings.

Teams will be scheduled to play 8 games

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.  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.

Coaches with multiple teams
Elite Futsal Charleston will try to accommodate coaches with multiple teams by scheduling them with back-to-back games at the same facility as much as possible.  We have been very successful 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 Elite Futsal Charleston website.

House Rules to the Laws of the Game

1. Goalkeeper can not throw the ball in the air past the third red line on the court (three line rule)
2. No scoring from kick-offs.
3. Goalkeeper can not drop kick or punt the ball.
4. Goalkeeper has 4 seconds to get rid of the ball at all times (both, while at his/her feet or in the hands).
5. A goal keeper may only touch the ball ONCE PER POSSESSION on his/her own half of the court. The result of more then one touch by the keeper per possession will be an indirect free kick for the opposing team at the spot of the infringement.
6. All dead ball situations must begin with a player’s hand on the ball (to stop the ball) before it is put back into play.
7. Teams will switch benches between halves
8. Game length is (two) 24 minute halves


League Fees
Fees register team players and 2 coaches. The fees include all referee fees, player cards and all players insurance,
U8-High School  $650/team.  Register as an individual, $100/player.  All players must be registered with USYF for the 2014 year, $9.50 each player.

Player Cards
Elite Futsal Charleston 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. Elite Futsal Charleston will conduct a team check-in one week 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 teams that are in different age divisions, but can not play down an age group.

Game Balls
Elite Futsal Charleston will provide all game balls for the 2014-15 winter league games.

DO NOT BRING OUTDOOR BALLS INTO THE FACILITIES. They are not allowed for warm-up. Only futsal balls are allowed.

Equipment
The wearing of shin pads/guards will be mandatory for all players. Indoor, flat soled, non-marking, soccer shoes also must be worn.
  
Time Outs / Home Team Colors
Due to tighter scheduling, we are eliminating time outs except for referee-called stoppages.
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. If there is still a conflict, Elite Futsal Charleston will provide pinnies for the teams. 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 Elite Futsal Charleston 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.

Elite Futsal Charleston 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
3. Goals For
4. Head-To-Head


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 Elite Futsal Charleston 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 Elite Futsal Charleston 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 Elite Futsal Charleston 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 Elite Futsal Charleston 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 Elite Futsal Charleston 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 game time. There are no refunds for games cancelled by opponents. If a team must cancel, call Elite Futsal Charleston 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 $100 reschedule fee is submitted to Elite Futsal Charleston. 

Reschedules
At time of registration, each team is allowed 2 conflicts if entered into registration system before registration deadline. If manager does not enter conflicts, no reschedules will be made unless a $100 rescheduling fee is received by Elite Futsal Charleston.

Games cancelled by Elite Futsal Charleston
We reserve the right to postpone or cancel games at any time for any reason such as bad weather or facility problems. If we do decide to cancel games, refunds will not be provided.

Referees 
If you have an interest in joining the United States Youth Futsal referee pool, please email us at info@jacksonsoccerdevelopment.com. To be eligible for consideration, you must be licensed with US Soccer as an outdoor referee.

Additional Questions
If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the Elite Futsal Charleston, please feel free to contact us at info@jacksonsoccerdevelopment.com