June 2021: At this time games are permitted in-Club only.
To view the Small Sided (Super 8) rules, click HERE
Game times will be:
Boys U11 9:00am
Boys U12 10:30am
Girls U11 Noon
Girls U12 1:30pm
Games may not be rescheduled by teams for any reason.
Field information is under the RYSA Information of the main page of the website and then Field Location and Maps. The actual address of a field and a map for it is under the same tab but then Field Locations/Maps.
All Teams will participate in the year end Super-8 Soccerfest on the weekend after Thanksgiving. All teams play two games on one day.
REFEREES - We have a Zero Tolerance of abuse of officials and this includes NO talking to a referee before, during or after a game. If you are unhappy, send an email to our Referee-in-Chief, Al, at email@example.com with your concerns and include the game number (on the schedule), date, time, and field. We have a Ref Mentoring program and use constructive criticism to work with officials. Please note that coaches are responsible for the behaviour of the parents on their team so please pass along the Zero Tolerance message.
ABSENT OR MISSING REF - Due to shortages of fields and officials, games will not be rescheduled due to the absence of a referee. If no referee shows up for a game, the coaches of the teams must agree to appoint someone to officiate that game. ALL GAMES MUST START ON TIME.
FIELDS - Game fields throughout the District are not all uniform in size, maintenance, field lining or washroom facilities. We are not allowed access to the inside of any school at any time. Sometimes cones may be needed for sidelines and goal areas.
SPECTATORS - where practical, spectators are to be on the opposite side of field than the teams (and not behind the goals) for all U9 & up games. It is the responsibility of the coaching staff to ensure this happens.
PLAYER PICK UP - If a team is short players for a game (minimum required to play is 7), players may be brought up from your Club from one age group below (with coach permission) to make a maximum of 9 players (including pickups). If you have more than that show up, the ‘picked-up’ player may not play. Players brought up must not miss their own game to play for another team. If a team is still short players, then coaches are asked to mix the players up and have a scrimmage to allow those that are able to attend to have a game. Players may NOT be brought up for the Super-8 Soccerfest. A player may only be picked up by your team a maximum of three times during the season
SCHEDULING - Games will not be rescheduled for any reason. Coaches may not arrange a reschedule amongst themselves. After the games on the schedule have been completed, the Divisional Committee will meet and then create the Divisions for the May 26-June 23 games. This will happen again at the end of June for the Fall schedule
THE BASIC COMPULSORY EQUIPMENT of a player is mandated by FIFA Law#4 and comprises the following separate items: A jersey, shorts, soccer socks, shin guards and cleats.
THE OFFSIDE / RETREAT LINE RULES:
Retreat Line Presentation by BCSA
As you know, COYSA has been following the Soccer Canada/ BC Soccer Small Side/ Mini Soccer rule modifications in most (but not all) areas. (Rule modifications such as size of field, size of ball, number of players etc. for different age groups to align with the Long Term Player Development stages). This season, there will be a change in the U11/12 rules so that our district will be in alignment with all of the Long Term Player Development principles for U11/12 small side league games. Could you please pass the changes below to all of your U11/12 coaches so that they are aware:
1. Offside Rule for U11/12 (FIFA Law 11):
Conform to FIFA, with the exception of only occurring in the attacking third. A line may be marked as a dotted line, and solid line or single cones on the touch line.
When an offside offence occurs, the referee awards an indirect free kick to be taken from the position of the offending player when the ball was last played to him by one of his team-mates.
A player in an offside position (A) may be penalised before playing or touching the ball, if, in the opinion of the referee, no other team-mate in an onside position has the opportunity to play the ball.
**(So - The offside rule is essentially the same as before, with the exception being that the offside line is no longer at the half, it will be at the attacking third. There will be lines across the U11/12 fields marking the attacking third).
2. Retreat Line (FIFA Law 16 - Goal Kick):
The Retreat line comes into play when the ball has gone out for a goal kick.
Opponents must drop off to the attacking 3rd line (Retreat Line) and cannot cross the retreat line until the ball:
- The ball is received by a teammate OR,
- The ball travels over the retreat line OR,
- The ball leaves the field of play
These rule amendments are based on the concept of the ‘Retreat Line’ and have been made to allow our young players to learn and gain confidence in how to play the ball out from the back and build an attack, as opposed to the goalkeeper kicking the ball aimlessly down the field.
However, if a team wants to play quickly they can; the ball is in play as soon as it leaves the penalty area regardless of the defending team’s position.
If a team repeatedly infringes the retreat line, an indirect free kick shall be awarded from the place where the offence occurred for not respecting the restart.
Making the Right decision:
At times the correct pass is a long one, players need to recognize the positions of the opposing team and act accordingly. If there is the opportunity to play quickly to create a counter attack, it should be encouraged!
This supports the development of decision making for young players and the speed of their distribution.
**The changes to these rules put COYSA in full alignment with the Small Side Club Development manual and LTPD principles for U11/12 from CSA and BC Soccer. As well, COYSA League Games (Div A and Div B) and TOYSL select league games for U11/12 will be following these rules, consistent with one another as well as LTPD principles.
** As with any changes to rules, it will take time for coaches, players and parents to adjust to something new, COYSA appreciates your support as the changes are implemented. Our Referee in Chief will be working with the Ref Mentors and Referees with these changes, please assist the referees whenever possible in ensuring that everyone understands and is abiding by the rules of the retreat line. Please ensure your coaches for the U11/12 groups are aware of the changes.
Jewellery is NOT permitted (even if covered with tape). This includes piercings.
This ruling comes down from the governing body of all soccer: FIFA. The specific rule is noted below.
Law 4 - The Players' Equipment
A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous.
All items of jewellery (necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, leather bands, rubber bands, etc.) are forbidden and must be removed. Using tape to cover jewellery is not permitted.
The players must be inspected before the start of the match and substitutes before they enter the field of play. If a player is wearing or using unauthorised/ dangerous equipment or jewellery the referee must order the player to:
· remove the item
· leave the field of play at the next stoppage if the player is unable or unwilling to comply
A player who refuses to comply or wears the item again must be cautioned.