Our League

We are celebrating our 8th year with more than 100 teams competing last season!

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When gym capacity is full we may temporarily shut off registration. If that occurs please register on our waiting list (no fee). After procuring additional facility space we will contact you.

Stanford - Palo Alto Futsal League was created by Vava Marques in 2011 to provide a competitive environment for players to hone their soccer skills through the game of Futsal. It has helped develop thousands of players over the years by giving them the chance to compete in a game that rewards individual foot skills, movement off the ball and quick reaction time. In Futsal, players learn to think and react instantaneously, in order to play effectively. Our League is geared toward the technical development of youth soccer players. The skills generated from playing Futsal directly translate into the outdoor game.

Our League serves players and teams from the South Bay (San Jose, Los Gatos, Cupertino), South Peninsula (Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Sunnyvale), Mid Peninsula (Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos) and surrounding areas. The 2017-2018 season is from Jan 6th to Feb 25th. The older divisions, U10-U15 have 6 games and a playoff; the Junior Divisions, U7-U9 (new this year) have 8 games and a playoff. Games will be played on Saturdays/Sundays at Cubberley Community Center, Gunn High School in Palo Alto, Sports House in Redwood City, Los Altos High School and Menlo College Gym in Atherton. Team registration is $500 with an additional player registration with US Youth Futsal same as last year. Team registration ends on December 15, 2017.

LEAGUE INFORMATION:

DIVISIONS              

  • Boys and Girls
  • Level: Premier, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Copper
  • U7-U9 Junior League, U10-U14 /U15* League

*the U15 Age Group is demand motivated (i.e. registration numbers determine critical mass to form a division)

DATES & TIMES (2017-2018)      

  • Oct 23 (or maybe earlier) - Registration begins
  • Dec 15th - Registration ends, late registration acceptance depends on facility availability
  • Dec 20th - Draft of the bracket released
  • Dec 22th - Brackets finalized
  • Dec 27rd - Release draft game schedule (and finalize a couple days afterward)
  • through Feb 8 - roster changes allowed (add/delete players until playoffs)
  • Jan 6th - Game starts! Each team is guaranteed 6 games and a possible playoff
  • Feb 25th - Season ends
  • Game times for all teams vary between 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. Each game takes place in an hour with two 20 to 25 minute halves depending on the age

LOCATIONS

  • Cubberley Community Center: 4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303
  • Gunn High School: 780 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94306
  • Los Altos High School: 201 Almond Ave, Los Altos, CA 94022
  • Sports House: 3151 Edison Way, Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Menlo College: 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, CA 94027

FEES 

  • U10-U15 League Registration Fees: $500 per team, suggested maximum roster 12 players
  • U7-U9 Jr League Registration Fees: $300 per team, suggested maximum roster 9 players
  • USYF/Player Registration Fee: $35/player

QUESTIONS              

  • Please use the FAQ for helpful guidance to add players, change team information, etc.
Special Note: Junior Futsal League

Junior Futsal League was created specifically for younger ages (U7 - U9 years) to participate in a low key competitive futsal environment. Our intention is to provide the younger players with “knowledge through doing” and introduce team play and cooperation. This same technique is used in Brazil, Spain and probably most soccer enthused countries where players started playing futsal at a very early age. Compared to older ages the Junior League will have a few different change in the rules and size of the court to make it a better environment for the players.

Each team will play a minimum of 9 games of 12 minute halves. Teams will play 2 games per weekend in a 6-week league period and 2 weekends off, total of 8 games. This league will not have standings (why create unneeded stress) although scores will be recorded to help match teams in a mini-tournament in the last weekend.

JR LEAGUE GAMES

JR Futsal League (which is 5v5 format) uses same rules & guidelines as highlighted in the 'League Information and Rules' with the exceptions shown below.

  • Each game takes place in 30 minutes with two 12 minute halves.
  • A game day should include 2 games (i.e. 4 weekends with games and 2 “off” weekends).
  • Court size is slightly smaller than the court used for older players
  • Minimum 9 games (including end of season tournament)

MOST LIKELY LOCATION

  • Cubberley Community Center: 4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303

 

CONTACT US              

  Vava Marques, Director

  Leo Barcellos, Co-Director

  Roberto Magellan, Registrar & Scheduler

  Contact us at:
  FutsalLeague@StanfordPaloAltoFutsal.com


 

 

League Info and Rules

 

House Rules to the Laws of the Game
  1. Goalkeeper can not throw the ball into the opponent’s half
  2. Goalkeeper can not punt the ball. The keeper can drop kick ONLY when a save is made. Also, the keeper can put down the ball and dribble ONLY when a save is made.
  3. No slide tackles (opponent in immediate area)
  4. Switch benches between halves
  5. Game length is two 20 minute halves. Each team allowed a single 1 minute timeout per half; Can only call time out when in possesion of the ball and its a dead ball. 
  6. Pass back to keeper is only allowed after the ball has been touched by opponents, or the keeper is in the attacking half of the court
  7. Substitutions are done on the fly and are unlimited. The player on the field must leave the field BEFORE the outside player can enter the field.
  8. Keepers have 4 seconds to get rid of the ball when in possesion of the ball
  9. Players have 4 seconds to put a ’dead’ ball in play. (i.e. free kicks, kick ins, corner kicks)
  10. Free kicks: opponents 5 yds from ball and outside penalty area
  11. Each team may call one minute timeout per half.
  12. After the THIRD accumated team fouls, the following fouls (4th, 5th, 6th...) will be a direct kick (without a wall) from the designated mark. Team fouls will reset for the second half.
  13. Dangerous or repeated fouling will result in a yellow (caution) card. Intention to harm, inappropiate language, and unsportsman like conduct will result in a red card (the player is banned at least from the current and the next game, the team will play down a man for two minutes unless the opponent team scored.
  14. 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 (3), the game will be forfeited

 

Rules for Standing (and playoff seeding)
  • 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 (in order of priority)

  1. Head-To-Head
  2. Total Wins
  3. Goal Difference (max 6 per game, e.g. score of 14-5 has goal differential limited to 6)
  4. Goals For (but not exceeding the max 6 per game difference, e.g. score of 14-5 has 'goals for' limited to 11)

Playoffs

The seeding for playoffs is based on the first 5 or six regular season game results. Seed 1 is the team in first place after the regular season, Seed 2 is the team in second place after the regular season, etc. Total Team Points and Tiebreakers determine the seeding (see "Rules for Standing" above). Rosters are frozen before playoffs begin (i.e. no guest players during playoffs).

Four Team Division: 

Each team plays six games during the regular season (normally with each team playing other teams twice). Division Champion is determined by best record or most points (with tie-breakers used if needed). If a fifth team is added during the season (such that all teams do not play each other twice), the Division Champion is still determined by best record or most points.

 

Parallel Five Team Divisions: 

Five regular season games determine seeding for a two round playoff. The divisions are merged for playoffs (e.g. the two highest point totals in each division proceed to semi-final games; the three lowest point totals in each division play consolation games). 

Semifinal #1:    Seed #1 Upper Division vs Seed #2 Lower Division
Semifinal #2:    
Seed #1 Lower Division vs Seed #2 Upper Division
Consolation #3: Seed #3 Upper Division vs Seed #4 Upper Division
Consolation #4: Seed #3 Lower Division vs Seed #4 Lower Division
Consolation #5: Seed #5 Upper Division vs Seed #5 Lower Division
Championship: Winner Semifinal #1 vs Winner Semifinal #2

Five Team Divisions: 

Four regular season games determine seeding for a two round playoff. 

Semifinal #1:    Seed #1 vs Seed #4
Semifinal #2:    Seed #2 vs Seed #3
Championship: Winner Semifinal #1 vs Winner Semifinal #2

Seed #5:
Consolation #1: Seed #5 vs Non-winner of Semifinal #1 (same weekend as semifinals)
Consolation #2: Seed #5 vs Non-winner of Semifinal #2 (last weekend)

Six Team Divisions:

Five regular season games determine seeding for a two round playoff:
Semifinal #1:    Seed #1 vs Seed #4
Semifinal #2:    Seed #2 vs Seed #3
Consolation: Seed #5 vs Seed #6
Championship: Winner Semifinal #1 vs Winner Semifinal #2

Eight Team Divisions: 

Six regular season games determine seeding for Championship Game:
Championship: Seed #1 vs Seed #2

 

Player Eligibility

  • A typical roster size is 8-10 players, although we allow the minimum of 5 and maximum of 12 players. On a game day, fewer than 3 players will result the team to forfeit the game.
  • Stanford-Palo Alto 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.
  • Players can not play down an age group.
  • 3 guest players are allowed.
  • Players must be age appropriate for their division, e.g. a U10 player (i.e. "Under 10") must be 9 years (or younger) before January 1 of the current year. The USSF mandate (published in 2016) requires that players who have birthdates between January 1 - December 31  should be designated within the same age group (e.g. U10, U11, etc). This is a change from the previous Aug 1 - July 31 timeframe used prior to 2017. Players may "playup", i.e. play in an older age group than their age would designate (although playing up more than one year is unusual especially at the younger ages).

Coach Information

Coach license is not required. Any adult who is registered with the team as a coach or manager can sit on the bench. Each team must have at least one registered adult  present during the game.

Coaches with multiple teams
We try to accommodate coaches with multiple teams by avoiding overlapping games.  A coach with 4 or more teams should be prepared to have backup coaching available when needed. In general it is always a good idea to have alternate coaching availabile since a head coach conflict should not be the ultimate factor to cancel or reschedule a game. It is quite OK for a parent to stand-in especially since the coach can preemptively communicate a basic game plan (e.g. let the players rotate themself for equal play just like pick up games).


Game Scorecard, Ball, Jersey, & Equipment
  • Before each game, a pre-printed game card will be available from the referees 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.
  • The home team is responsible for providing the game ball. Size 3 for U12 and younger; size 4 for U13 and older. Ourdoor soccer balls are not allowed inside the gyms.
  • If there is a conflict in jersey colors, the home team should change jerseys (or wear pullovers of different color). 
  • Shinguards and flat soled shoes are mandatory for all players.
 
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 Stanford-Palo Alto 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 Stanford Palo Alto Futsal Competition Committee, may result in the individual players or teams’ expulsion from the competition.
 
Coach Ejections
If a coach is ejected from any match, a referee’s report of the incident shall be turned over to the Stanford Palo Alto 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 Stanford Palo Alto Futsal Competition Committee, may result in the individual coach or team’s expulsion from the League.
 
Game Cancellation
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, please call Stanford-Palo Alto 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. A game cancelled by a team may be replayed subject to opponent approval, ability to schedule a facility time, and a $100 reschedule fee (to cover cost of facility and referee time). Please do not cancel a game...it is a big hassle.

Conflict and Reschedule
During bracket formation each team should submit scheduling concerns. Each team should identify hard conflicts before the first scheduled game or within 7 days of the released schedule.

Games cancelled by Stanford Palo Alto Futsal
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.
 
Age Bracket Formation and Wait List
A team must input it's desired competitive level and comments into its HTG team account before bracketing begins. Brackets are prioritized using the following criteria:
- gender (but a girl team may request to play in boys bracket)
 age
- level of competition
- inter-club diversity (e.g. place same club team in different brackets)
 
Teams may be placed on a wait list, e.g. after registration is closed or due to the number of registered teams reaching the facilitlies capacity. If the number of registered teams exceeds the capacity (i.e. before registration closes) then some teams will be notified and placed on a wait list. Acceptance priority is given to teams registering early. 
 

League Fees
The team registration fee provides the game fees, referee fees, and online administration. Individual player registeration is done separately online and are prompted (via email) when the manager adds the player information to the (online) roster. Per player registration is required to cover insurance, etc and is applicable to any US Youth Futsal activity. 
 
Referee Responsiblities
 
Referee  game procedure:
  • print game cards
  • Arrive at location 30 minutes prior the game. (One hour if court set up required).
  • Setup Expectation:
    1. two sets of team benches (each set seats 10)
    2. scorer table and chair located between benches, timer, scoreboard
    3. binder with player cards, game schedule, (optional) game cards, league & manager & referee contact, facility permit
  • Check goal nets, lines, court perimeter (safe distance to spectators)
  • Using Game Card
    1. Check in players on both teams
    2. Carry game card in pocket
    3. Tally players who score
    4. Bench coaches sign the game card to confirm final score
    5. Referee signs game card (and prints name if necessary for legibilty)
  • Manage the clock; update the visible scoreboard to track the game score
  • Store Game card in binder; also store final score in personal notebook (i.e. until end of season + 2 weeks)
  • Communicate game scores to league administrator (same day), suggested method is (cell phone) photograph game card and transmit to league administrator
  • If a player is ejected from a match the referee will hold onto the player pass, document the red card on the back of the score sheet and present it to the Stanford Palo Alto Futsal League administrator. The player will have his/her pass returned after a one game suspension.
 

Venues
To keep the playing surfaces clean and dry, please instruct your players not to wear dirty or wet game shoes into the facilities. Ourdoor soccer ball is not allowed inside the gyms.