River Valley Soccer: Rules

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 Player's Equipment
 Fouls and Misconduct

Rule 44


revision(s) made in red font from previous version


1)      Center Referee to inform team’s coach who is ahead to change strategy.

2)      Team that is down, will add another player.


1)      Team that is ahead must kick and or shoot outside the penalty box

2)      If a shot is taken within the penalty box:

a.       Ball goes into goal

                                                               i.      Goal not allowed.

                                                             ii.      Ball is placed on the 18

                                                            iii.      Indirect free kick

b.      Ball does not go into goal

                                                               i.      Play is stopped

                                                             ii.      Ball is placed on the 18

                                                            iii.      Indirect Free Kick.

c.       Ball goes out of bounds on goal line (no matter who touches it)

                                                               i.      Play is stopped

                                                             ii.      Ball is placed on the 18

                                                            iii.      Indirect Free Kick.

d.      Ball is caught by Goalie- Play on!

                                                               i.      Do not stop play as it will slow down the game

3)      If same player(s) continue to shoot inside the box

a.       This is considered persistent infringement

b.      The player would receive a yellow card

c.       Follow the above rules for ball placement.


1)      Loosing team must take additional player off the field

2)      Winning team may begin shooting inside the penalty box

3)      Follow above guidelines if the lead gets to 4 a 6 points.

4)      SUMMARY- Rule 44 is no longer in effect

Tournament Rules
        (2) 20 minute halves with 5 minute half time break.
       Win = 3 points
        Tie = 1 point
        Loss = 0 points
       Tie Breaker
  After all games are played and a tie exists for 1st or 2nd place, the first tie breaker shall be “goals allowed” i.e. whichever team involved in the tie allowed the fewest goals during the tourney.
  If a tie still exists, then a shoot out will be conducted.  Each team will select 4 or 5 players, depending on division.  After all the selected players shoot, and a tie still exists, each team will select another 4 to 5 players.  These players can not be the same players from the first shoot out, unless there is not enough players to fill the places.  If a tie still exists after the second shoot out, then a sudden death shoot out will be played until the winner is determined.  Any player from that team can be used for sudden death.
         RULE 44 applies to all games
        Refer to side sheet for rule notes

        No slide tackling

        No bicycle kicks

        No substitutions on corner kicks

        Center Referee MUST identify substitution PRIOR to players entering the field.  Result- Player entering field is Yellow Carded
         Players substituting into the game MUST be lined up at the center line along the side of the field.

        Substitution can occur on throw-ins, goal kicks, kick off, and injury time-out.

         Regardless of who has possession (no advantage rule)

        Both teams will start with same number of players at the start of the game.

         Team must play down if the opposing team does not have enough players.

        If player is injured, leaves the field, and has no sub’s, then opposing team must remove 1 player to remain even sided.

        Games to start on time at the discretion of the referee or league officials

        RVSA Board Members & Field Marshall’s have the discretion to remove spectators / coaches / players from the game or park.

        No pets allowed in park

        Dissent towards a referee will NOT be tolerated.

         RESULTS with the person’s immediate removal.

        Score of game by ref’s scorecard is deemed final when posted on the scoreboard.

        Game ball used will be provided by RVSA.

         No other game ball shall be used.

        Foul language used by a player will result in an immediate red card.

        SAY rules are to be followed.

RVSA Additional Rules

1)      Rule 44 is enforced for all divisions U-8 and above

a.       See attached page for Rule 44 guidelines

2)      U-10 kick off is an indirect free kick that the ball must stay below the waist.

a.       If ball goes in goal w/o anyone touching, it is a goal kick for opposing team

b.      If ball is touched by someone prior to entering goal, it is a goal

c.       If ball goes above waist line, Kick off to opposing team

3)      Substitutions can only occur when the players are in the substitution box

a.       Center ref must recognize the players prior to coming on the field

b.      Players must be in the box when the substitution occurs (not off the bench)

c.       Players shall not run to the substitution box while substitutions are being made.  They can wait until the next substitution opportunity

4)      Only coaches and players allowed on the team side of the field

5)      People are to remain behind the parent line at all times.

a.       No spectators between parent line and touchline of the field

b.      No spectators along goal line or behind goals

6)      Field Marshalls are considered referees and may / will assist with issues at the field.

>>> Special Notice- U-8 divisions will have a referee on all games.  Please make sure to pay attention to substitution of players.  As with all divisions (U-8 and up), coaches will not be allowed on the field, unless first given permission by the referee.  Only at that time, may the coach enter the field.

  >>>> No dogs permitted at the Field of Dreams!


NWISL Registration Guidelines

Spring 2011

NWISL Registration Guidelines

 PLEASE NOTE: This procedure MUST BE FOLLOWED TO REGISTER YOUR TEAMS in Northwest Indiana Soccer League (NWISL). It is the RESPONSIBILITY of each club to assign a “LEAGUE REPRESENTATIVE” who is responsible for providing this information to your club registrar or person that handles your clubs registration!!!!


1.         PRELIMINARY ROSTERS (1 copies)

            Size =U-8  (max. 12-min. 6)

                       U-10 (max.12- min. 6)

                      U-12 (max. 14- min. 8)

                      U-14 (max. 18- min. 11)

              Roster information must include:

A.     Players Name

B.     Players Complete Address (3580 W. 61st Ave, Hobart, IN  46342)

C.     Players Phone number

D.     Players  DATE OF BIRTH

E.      CLUB name

F.      Team name

G.     Age group & Gender

H.     Coaches name (Note= Must be at least 2 carded coaches, can be 3 :ALL MUST BE ON ROSTER)

I.        Coaches Complete address

J.       Coaches phone number

K.     Coaches E-Mail address

            (This information must be on roster or NWISL will not accepted) (An electronic file of your rosters must also be sent to the registrar within 1 week of                                    Declaration Night) 


Please include all information that you feel is important for NWISL to properly place your team in a division.             

3.         Children must play in their age groups(NWISL does allow Players to play up in special circumstances NEVER DOWN) 

            U-8  - BORN BETWEEN 8-1-02 and 7-31-04

U-10- BORN BETWEEN 8-1-00 and 7-31-02

            U-12- BORN BETWEEN 8-1-98 and 7-31-00

            U-14- BORN BETWEEN 8-1-96 and 7-31-98

(NOTE: You are allowed unlimited players on U-14 team that are U-15 age as long as they are in 8th grade.)                                                                                                            

4.         Final Rosters are due at League meeting April 12, 2011.You may make unlimited additions to the rosters till 2nd play date PLEASE NOTE, EACH AGE GROUP DOES HAVE A MAX. ROSTER SIZE. Also, you may only transfer 3 players from an original roster to another.                                                                                                                           

5.         FEES per team                              (FEES DUE ON February 8, 2011) 

U-8 - $285.00             




6.         The NWISL Registrar will print Player Cards.a.       All cards must have complete information, picture, and be laminated.b.      All teams must have 2 coach’s cards with pictures. (You are allowed up to 3 coaches) – ALL ADULTS ON SIDELINE MUST HAVE A CARD!!!c.       If your club utilizes Club Trainers, they must have a card to be on the sidelines, no exceptions!d.      Please remember…ONLY 3 CARDED COACHES/TRAINERS can be on the sidelines during the games at one time. 


a.       A player that misses our cut off date, but is in the same grade as players in the age group above them may play up. (They can never play down, if too old)

b.      A player may move up if there is no space available for them to play in their age group. (PLEASE NOTE, IF SPACE BECOMES AVAILABLE THE NEXT SEASON THEY MUST MOVE BACK DOWN TO THEIR AGE GROUP)

c.       If needed to combine a group from one age group to another to get enough players to form a team (example : you have 5 U-12’s with no team and 7 U-14’s with no team, then you may combine to form a U-14 team. Please note on roster so that they are placed in low division) 


a.       Player Skill

b.      Wanting to play for coach in older age group

c.       Sibling convenience 


   If for any reason you have any questions regarding these SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES, please do not hesitate to contact the NWISL Registrar Jeni Croy at registrar@nwisl.com .

Field Expectations Map

RVSA parent line

Parents/Spectators Code of Conduct

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  • Make soccer participation for your child and others a positive experience.
  • Remember that a child is easily affected by outside influences.
  • Be kind to your child's coach and to the officials. The coach is a volunteer-giving of personal time and money to provide a recreational activity for your child. The coach is providing a valuable community service, often without reward other than their personal satisfaction. Without them your child could not participate.

Parents should never coach from the side during matches or at training.

  • Applaud good plays by your team AND by members of the opposing team.
  • Parents should be cheerleaders. Allow the coach to coach, the referee to officiate, and most of all allow your child to play the game.


DO NOT openly question the Referees judgment, and never their honesty. They are a symbol of fair play, integrity and sportsmanship.
  • Accept the results of each game, and encourage your child to: Be gracious in victory, and turn defeat to victory by working towards improvement

Parents should never criticize their child or any other child.


Recruiting of players or advertising of tryouts by any Coach or parent from other Clubs is strictly prohibited at any soccer event held at Field of Dreams or the Sheriff’s Annex.  Violators will be asked to stop such activity or leave the park.

 Coaches from Premier Clubs are governed by IYSA rules that prohibit recruiting of players from other teams and Clubs. Violators will be asked to either stop their activities or leave the park and will be reported to the appropriate IYSA officials.



Player's Equipment

1.  Prior to any game the referee shall inspect the players’ equipment and prevent any player whose      Equipment does not conform to the requirements of this Law from playing until such time as it does     comply.

2.  A player shall not wear anything that is dangerous to another player or to himself or herself.

3.  The basic compulsory equipment of a player shall consist of a shirt, shorts, socks, shin-guards and shoes. 

4. Uniform Shirts

A.  All players on a team must wear shirts of the same color.

B.  it is the responsibility of the home team to change to a different color if the two teams normally wear the same color.

C.  For an unresolved color conflict, the referees may permit the game to proceed. 

5. Shin-guards     

Must be covered entirely by socks, shall be made of a suitable material (rubber, plastic, polyurethane or similar substance) and shall afford a reasonable degree of protection. 

6. Footwear 

A. Shoes that meet the following criteria are considered to be legal:

(1)  shoes that are made by well-known manufacturers and designated as soccer footwear;

(2)  gym shoes;

(3)  any type of shoe having any number of cleats (rubber or plastic) that have no sharp edges.      

B. Shoes shall be properly tied (or otherwise appropriately fastened). 

7. Personal Equipment 

A. Illegal/unsafe equipment: The following shall be considered examples of illegal or unsafe equipment, and shall not be worn by any player.

(1)  shin-guards with exposed sharp edges;

(2)  jewelry of any kind or watches;

(3)  face or spectacle guards;

(4)  helmets of hard material;

(5)  any type of cast or splint (other than so-called inflated “air” casts or splints), even though covered with soft padding;

(6)  knee brace(s) – unless wrapped and covered with soft padding and approved by the referee;

(7)  cleats (rubber, plastic or metal) with sharp or jagged edges;

(8)  foreign objects in the mouth (such as gum or ice), other than internal orthodontic devices. 

NOTE: The foregoing examples are not intended to be all-inclusive.  The referee may determine other equipment to be illegal or dangerous.  However, the items listed in 7-A. are to be considered illegal equipment (except as noted) at all times. Use of these items shall not be permitted at any time, even by agreement between the coaches and the referee. 

B. Legal Equipment: The following shall be considered examples of legal equipment, and as such may (except as noted) be worn by any player:

(1)  soft headwear such as knit caps;

(2)  goalkeepers may wear gloves

(3)  a soft-billed cap or a properly fitted and fastened safety helmet, made of foam or other soft material;

(4)  hearing aids;

(5)  eyeglasses, with or without strap;

(6)  contact lenses;

(7)  soft gloves;

(8)  warm-up suits, hooded sweatshirts, sweat pants and similar soft apparel – but only if worn under the player’s uniform. 


A.)   No slide tackling

B.)   No bicycle kicks

C.)   No substitutions on corner kicks

D.)   Center Referee MUST identify substitution PRIOR to players entering the field.

1)  Result: Player entering the field is yellow Carded. 

2)  Players substituting into the game MUST be lined up at the sub box on the center of the field.

E.)    Substitution can occur on throw-ins, goal kicks, kick off, and injury time-out.3) Regardless of who has possession (no advantage rule)

F.)    Both teams will start with the same number of players at the start of the game.

4) Team must play down if the opposing team does not have enough players.

G.)   If a player is injured, leaves the field, and the team has no substitutes available, then the opposing team must remove 1 player to maintain even sides.

H.)   Games to start on time at the discretion of the referee or league officials

I.)      RVSA Board Memebers & Field Marshalls have the discretion to remove spectators, coaches or players from the game or park.

J.)     No pets allowed on park property

K.)    Dissent towards a referee will NOT be tolerated.

5) Results: the offender will be immediately removed from game.

L.)     Game ball used will be provided by RVSA.

6) No other game ball shall be usedM.)  Foul language used by a player will result in an immediate red card.

N.)    SAY (Soccer Association For Youth) Rules Are To Be Followed:  See website for complete rules.   


Fouls and Misconduct

1. Direct Free Kick:

A.  A Direct Free Kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following six offenses in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless, or involving disproportionate force:

(1)  kicks or attempts to kick:

(a)  an opponent, or

(b)  the ball while in the possession of the goal keeper;

(2)  trips or attempts to trip an opponent; or

(3)  jumps at an opponent; or

(4)  charges an opponent; or

(5)  strikes or attempts to strike an opponent; including a goalkeeper throwing the ball vigorously at an opponent, or pushing an opponent with the ball while still holding it;

(6)  pushes an opponent; or

B.  A Direct Free Kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following four (4) offenses:

(1)  when tackling, to gain possession of the ball, makes contact with the opponent:

(a)  before contact is made with the ball, or

(b)  on any tackle made from outside peripheral vision (the rear 180 degrees) of the opponent, even if first contact is with the ball.

(2)  holds an opponent; or

(3)  spits at an opponent; or

(4)  handles the ball deliberately, i.e. carries, strikes or propels the ball with hand or arm (this does not apply to the goalkeeper within his or her own penalty-area),

C.  The Direct Free Kick shall be taken by the opposing team from the place where the offense occurred, unless the offense is committed by a player in his opponents’ goal area, in which case the free kick shall betaken from any point within the goal area. 

2. Penalty Kick:

A.  Should a player of the defending team commit one of the above offenses within their own penalty area, he (or she) shall be penalized by a penalty kick.

B.  A penalty kick can be awarded irrespective of the position of the ball, if in play, at the time an offense within the penalty area is committed. 

3. Indirect Free Kick:

The commission of any of the following offenses will result in the award of an INDIRECT free kick, taken by the opposing team at the point of the offense subject to the overriding conditions of Law XIII: 


A. Playing in a manner that could result in injury to the player or to any other player. “Dangerous Play” is a judgment call. The following examples are not exclusive:

(1)  Raising the foot, in an attempt to play the ball, to the level of another player’s chest or higher when the opponent is in normal position.

(2)  Using a double kick (scissors, bicycle or hitch kick) within playing distance of an opponent.

(3)  Lowering the head to the level of the waist or lower in an attempt to head the ball in the presence of another player.

(4)  Playing or attempting to play the ball while lying on the ground within playing distance of another player. 


Charging a goalkeeper:

(1)  while ball is in goalkeeper-possession …. or

(2)  in the goal area – whether or not the ball is in goalkeeper possession.


The following rules shall apply to goalkeepers when clearing the ball:

(1)  Goalkeepers may run or walk with the ball and take any number of steps while inside the penalty area, as  long as there is no excessive delay in clearing the ball.