|2020 SUMMER FUTSAL LEAGUE|
June 21st, 28th, July 12th, and July 19th
1 to 2 per age group
$595 per team; referee fees are included in these fees
We encourage outdoor teams 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 up to 4 players from the sister team.
# of Games
5 games; possible playoffs depending on teams in each division
Players may also be double rostered on teams that are in different age divisions but cannot play down an age group.
|Player Fee||All players must register with USYF for $13.50|
Respect of Facilities
Other Gulf States Futsal Policies
We use only US Soccer futsal - certified officials to call our games, assuring the game is played the way it should.
Boys & Girls U8 - U19 Gulf States Futsal reserves the right to drop or combine divisions or age groups.
Registration Is now Open and will close June 12th.
Games begin June 21st and the season ends by July 22nd. We will play games mostly on Saturdays and Sundays (Baton Rouge is scheduled for Sundays) and may also play some weekday games, including Friday. The schedule is dictated by the court times we secure from the facilities.
Teams will be scheduled to play 5 games minimum.
Conflicts/Requests – Submission Deadline June 10th.
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 Gulf States Futsal 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 June 10th , 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. Ex. “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 6 or 7 pm. The older teams (U13 and older) will occasionally play until 7 or 8 pm on a Saturday or Sunday.
No games July 3rd, 4th, or 5th.
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. 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). Due to various factors, such as different age groups playing in different facilities (depending on the number of teams) 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(es) to help in this circumstance.
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 on the Gulf States Futsal website.
Player Registration Fee - All players must be registered with USYF and releases signed by player/parent/guardian (P/P/G). The fee is $13.50 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.
Gulf States Futsal 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.
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.
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. Gulf States Futsal will be responsible for providing a game quality ball.
The wearing of shin guards will be mandatory for all players. Indoor, flat soled soccer shoes also must be worn.
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 Gulf States 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, Gulf States 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:
Forfeited games are recorded as a 3 - 0 loss
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.
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 Gulf States 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 Gulf States Futsal.
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 Gulf States Futsal. Gulf States Futsal will schedule 2 games for each team.
Games cancelled by Facilities / Gulf States Futsal
We reserve the right to postpone or cancel games at any time for any reason such as bad weather or facility problems. Gulf States Futsal 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.
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