Winter League General Info

2017-18 WINTER LEAGUE SUMMARY

Dates

December 2, 2017 - February 18, 2018 to avoid outdoor soccer conflicts
 Play dates mostly weekends and Friday with some weekdays      

Facilities

On the hardwood courts of:
Christian Academy in Maryland Heights, MO
C4 in Town and Country, MO

Divisions

Boys and Girls U8 – U19

High School division by skill, not age

1st and 2nd divisions where applicable

Fees

U8 - U13 $390 if paid before 10/15/17,  $440 after
U14 + $454 if paid before 10/15/17, $504 after

# of Games

8 games - 48 minutes in length   

Player Fee All players must register with USYF for $9.50

 

          2017-18 Gateway Futsal League Information

Venues

  • C4 (Creve Coeur Conditioning Center) in Town and Country
  • Christian Academy in Maryland Height
    For door to door directions, see “Venues” tab

     
  • Respect of Facilities
  • To keep the playing surfaces clean and dry, please instruct your players not to wear dirty or wet game shoes into the facilities.
  • We play at the pleasure of the facilities and ask for your cooperation in order to renew our contracts with them
  • No ball playing / warm up in facilities except on courts
  • Futsal balls only allowed on courts
  • Please supervise children at all times.  No one is allowed in the upper areas of C4 (the conditioning center) nor the overlook terrace at Christian Academy
  • Only registered players are allowed to use the gym - other individuals cannot play on the court league is playing - this includes the half-time break period

Other Gateway Policies

  • We encourage outdoor team to split into 2 futsal teams.  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. 
  • Players may be double - rostered on non-sister teams with knowledge and permission from both coaches

Referees
We use only US Soccer futsal - certified officials to call our games, assuring the game is played the way it should.  We use 2 experienced officials for U14 and older age groups.

Participating Teams
Gateway Futsal league is one of the largest youth futsal league in the United States. The 2016 - 17 season had 270 teams and over 2700 players.

Age Divisions/Groups
Boys & Girls U8 - U19 Gateway Futsal reserves the right to drop or combine divisions or age groups.

Team Registration
Registration Is now Open and will close 11/1/2017.

Season Play
Games begin December 2 and the season ends by February 19, 2018. We will play games mostly on Saturdays and Sundays and will also play some weekday games, including Friday.  Due to the combined league size and composition the customary schedule could affect the target plans. The schedule is dictated by the court times we secure from the facilities.

Teams will be scheduled to play 8 games

Conflicts
Conflicts/Requests – Submission Deadline November 1st
Must be requested prior to the registration deadline; there can be no guarantees. All conflict and requests must be entered on-line using the "comments" section of the team's detail page.  Email or telephone requests made to Gateway staff will not be taken into consideration as the scheduler creates the season’s schedule. Please only one entire weekend conflict is allowed per team.  We will schedule around indoor league schedules if given to us by the deadline.  We give priority to teams with the multiple team coaches in order to schedule back to back games for them.

CONFLICTS NOT ENTERED IN THE CONFLICT BOXES BEFORE THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE of November 1st , WILL NOT BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION.  Even if you had previously e-mailed us, talked with USYF staff or any other type of communication regarding a conflict or request , IT NEEDS TO BE ENTERED HERE OR IT WILL NOT BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION.  If you have no conflicts or coach multiple teams, put NA in the box., put N/A in the "Conflict Comments" box. 

Playing time requests cannot be considered in fairness to the other team in your bracket, such as “we only want to play on Saturday afternoons”.  Generally, we try to schedule the younger teams to play earlier in the day, but often an age group will utilize all the availability in a venue so it is possible that a "younger" (U12 and younger) will play to 7 or 8 pm. The older teams (U13 and older) will occasionally play until 9 or 10 pm on a Saturday or Sunday.  

No games December 25, January 1st or after 4pm on Super Bowl Sunday.  We may play games before 4pm on December 31st.  

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
We will accommodate coaches with multiple teams by attempting to schedule them with back-to-back games at the same facility as much as possible.  We have been very successful in the past, so you are encouraged to split your outdoor teams into two futsal teams, and we will make every effort to schedule your games back to back, however, there may be an occasional gap (one hour) between games if there are multiple sister teams in a bracket.  If you coach more than two teams and need to be all the games, please indicate that specifically in the comments section on your team's detail page.  We will make every attempt to accommodate this request (coaching more than two teams), however, due to various factors, such as different age groups playing in different facilities and court availability, this may not always be possible.  A coach will most likely have to go from one school to another for each division. We highly recommend that you have an assistant coach (s) to help in this circumstance.

It will be very difficult to schedule coaches back to back when they coach one team in a one referee age group (U14 and younger) and another team in a 2-referee game (U15 and older).

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. Upon completion of the game, the winning coach should sign the card and return to referee

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 Gateway website.
 
House Rules

  • 24 minute halves, running clock
  • No GK punting or drop kicking.
  • GK can throw ball anywhere on the court on a fly with the exception of the opponent’s penalty area
  • No changing of benches during half-time, but teams switch court direction
  • Halftimes are one minute, which basically allows for a quick drink by players and then taking positions on the court.  Teams should switch halves after first half has ended and clear off courts immediately after end of game.  Coaches are not allowed to interfere with the next game by meeting with their team on the court.
  • GK pass back rule is in effect for all ages
  • Due to tight scheduling, there are NO time outs except for referee-called stoppages (the clock continues to run). 

 

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.

Roster Cards
Gateway will institute the issuance of roster cards if required. To be eligible to play, each player must be on the roster. Roster cards are issued only after full payment of fees, signed Medical / Media Release forms have been received and all players have been registered online. 

 

Pre-game Check-In
Roster cards 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 roster 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 
U13 and older – size 4 

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 guards will be mandatory for all players. Indoor, flat soled soccer shoes also must be worn.
  
 
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 Gateway 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 and the opponent of a team that forfeited will not receive a refund on their registration fee.
Forfeited games are recorded as a 3 - 0 loss.

Point System and Tiebreakers
Please note, Gateway Futsal does not publish division standings.  However, the scheduling system allows teams to track progress if desired.

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
The minimum penalty for an ejection is that the player shall not be permitted to play in the immediate next match of play.  If the player is rostered on two teams and has a scheduled match on the same day after the red card, the player is ineligible to play in that game. If the player who received the red card, does not have another match that day, then the player must sit out the next immediate scheduled match. The League, in consultation with the Head Referee, will then decide if the player or coach will sit out an additional game (s) the following week   The player or coach receiving the red card must sit out a minimum of one game.  


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

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

The maximum penalty, after review by the 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 the Gateway Futsal administrator 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 $150 reschedule fee is received by Gateway 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 $150 rescheduling fee is received by Gateway Futsal. Gateway Futsal will schedule 8 games for each team.  

Since 1997, we have been able 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 can only 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 / Gateway
We reserve the right to postpone or cancel games at any time for any reason such as bad weather or facility problems. Heartland 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.

Referees 
If you have an interest in joining the Heartland Futsal referee pool, please email us at j.sciore@usyouthfutsal.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 Gateway Futsal, please feel free to contact us at j.sciore@usyouthfutsal.com