We are celebrating our 9th year with more than 130 teams competing last season!
Stanford - Palo Alto Futsal League was created 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 by 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.
*the U15 Age Group is demand motivated (i.e. registration numbers determine critical mass to form a division)
DATES & TIMES (2018-2019)
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 changes 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, a total of 8 games. In addition, a single elimination mini-tournament between all teams will end the season on the final 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.
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Vava Marques, Director
Leo Barcellos, Co-Director
Armando Luna, Registrar & Scheduler
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House Rules to the Laws of the Game
Tiebreakers (in order of priority)
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
Five Team Divisions:
Four regular season games determine seeding for a two round playoff.
Semifinal #1: Seed #1 vs Seed #4
Six Team Divisions:
Five regular season games determine seeding for a two round playoff:
Eight Team Divisions:
Six regular season games determine seeding for Championship Game:
Jr League U8/U9 Mini-tournament (end of year):
To balance the competition each division is split into an upper and lower division (e.g. 4 teams in each split division). Preliminary games are shown as Quarter or Semi Finals (only to avoid confusion by calling everything a semi-final). Within the split division teams are seeded based on regular season results. After the single elimination preliminary games the winning teams will proceed directly to the final championship game. There are 10 to 15 minutes between games in addition to hosting in gyms with increased spectator area.
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.
Game Scorecard, Ball, Jersey, & Equipment
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.
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.
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)
- 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.
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 game procedure: