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League - Procedures and Policies
League Information

 

                         SOUTH JERSEY FUTSAL 2014 WINTER LEAGUE
 
 
 
 
 
Dates
 January 4th, 2014 – March 1st, 2014
 
Facilities*
  • Choice Inline - Sewell, NJ (Formerly Sketers Choice/SJ Sports Arena)
  • Total Turf Experience - Pitman, NJ
 
Divisions
 
  • Boys and Girls U8 – Adult
  • High School division by skill not age
  • 1st and 2nd divisions where applicable
 
Fees
 
  • U8-U14   $600 1 US Soccer referee
  • U15 +     $700 2 US Soccer referees**
  • In addition, there is a $9.50 per player fee for player pass
 
# of Games
  • 8 games
 
 
South Jersey Futsal will try to schedule as many games as possible at your preference base, but there are no guarantees.

We employ only US Soccer futsal certified referees for our games.

 2014 SJ Futsal League Policy/Procedures:

Venues
SJ Futsal League will use SJ Sports Arena, Choice Inline & Total Turf Experience sports 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
SJ Futsal League is the only US Soccer sanctioned futsal league in New Jersey. We use only US Soccer futsal - certified officials to call our games, assuring the game is played the way it should.

Participating Teams
SJ Futsal Winter league is one of the largest youth futsal leagues in the United States. The 2013 season had 140 teams and over 1300+ players.
 
Age Divisions/Groups
Boys & Girls U8 - Adult. South Jersey Futsal League reserves the right to drop or combine divisions or age groups.

Team Registration
Registration Deadline for the 2014 Winter League is December 29th, for all teams.

Season Play
Games begin the 1st week in January and season ends by early March, 2014. SJ Futsal plays its games on Saturdays & Sundays.  Due to the league size and past feedback from league participants.

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
SJ Futsal will 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 Gateway website.

League Fees
U14 and Younger   $600 with 1 referee
U15 and Older       $700 with 2 referees. We feel that at these age groups, two experienced referees are necessary to assure the game is played the way it should be.

Player Cards
 
SJ 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. Gateway 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
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"

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
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. 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 SJ 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.

South Jersey 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
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 SJ 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 SJ 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 SJ 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 SJ 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 SJ 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 game time. There are no refunds for games cancelled by opponents. If a team must cancel, call the SJ Futsal Director & League scheduler 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 in SJ Futsal. 

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 SJ Futsal.

Games cancelled by South Jersey Futsal League
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 roborefs@yahoo.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 South Jersey Futsal, please feel free to contact us at:  dondambra@comcast.net