3.1.01 : Rules of Play
Current FIFA International Laws of the Game shall govern play with exceptions as noted. Coaches and other interested parties may obtain an electronic copy of the Laws from the referee section of the US Soccer Federation web site, http://www.ussoccer.com.
3.1.02 : Ball Sizes
a) Grade11/12 and Post-Graduate : Size 5 b) Grade9/10: Size 5 c) Grade7/8 : Size 5 d) Grade5/6 : Size 4
e) Grade3/4 : Size 4
3.1.03 : Uniforms and Equipment
Players on a team shall wear uniquely numbered shirts of the same color. Numbers shall be a minimum of 6" high and clearly visible. In the event of two teams of the same color playing, it is the responsibility of the AWAY team to bring shirts of a different color.
Cutoffs, jams, and visible boxer shorts are not allowed. Sweats, spandex, etc., are only allowed if weather or medical conditions dictate their use. NO JEWELRY (this also means studs) is permitted and wrist bands must be removed or taped.
Hard casts or splints on arms, legs, wrists, or fingers are not allowed. Referees have no latitude regarding casts and splints. Knee or elbow braces with exposed metal must be covered by protective padding.
Each player must wear shinguards or he/she will not be allowed to play.
3.1.04 : Playing Periods [Updated Aug2016]a) High School Rec : b) Grade9/10, Grade11/12 and Post-Graduate : c) Grade7/8 : d) Grade3/4 and Grade5/6 :
The half-time interval shall be 5 minutes.
3.1.05 : Game Times [Updated Dec2015] 3.1.05(a) Saturday
a) Girls Grade3/4 : 9:00 b) Boys Grade3/4 : 10:15 c) Girls Grade5/6 : 11:30 d) Boys Grade5/6 : 1:00 e) Girls Grade7/8 : 2:30 f) Boys Grade7/8 : 4:00 g) Grade9/10, Grade11/12 and Post-Graduate :
3.1.05(b) Sunday [Updated Dec2015]Grade9/10, Grade11/12 and Post-Graduate :
Two 35 minute halves Two 40 minute halves Two 35 minute halves Two 30 minute halves
Matches may be scheduled at different times than above to deal with lack of available fields or to make up a postponed match.
6:00 or earlier w/mutual agreement
1:00, 2:45, 4:30
3.1.06 : Stoppage for Player Rehydration [Updated Jul2015]In conditions of high heat and humidity, the referee may stop play for 1 minute per half to allow the participants to rehydrate. Such stoppages may be initiated by the referee directly or pursuant to a request by either coach.
3.1.07 : Team and Spectator Location
The home team shall be allowed to select the touchline where the teams are to be located. Eligible coaches and players of both teams shall be located on the same touchline. Spectators of both teams shall be located outside the opposite touchline. Spectators are not permitted behind goal areas or lines. All coaches, spectators, and players not on the field shall remain at least 3 feet behind the touchline. When possible, the home club is encouraged to paint additional dashed lines a minimum 3 feet outside the touchlines on both sides of the field. If there is a marked team technical area, coaches and players not involved in active play must remain within its confines. The exceptions are player substitutions and a coach attending to an injured player on the field with permission by the referee to enter the field. This Policy shall apply unless physically impossible as determined by the referee.
3.1.08 : Substitutions [Updated Mar2016]Substitutions shall be unlimited except where specified otherwise in the Rules and Regulations for a special competition. A substitution may take place at any stoppage of play, with permission from the Referee. The substitution rules apply to all NVYSL age groups and levels of play.