Rules & Regulations

1. FIFA RULES

The latest FIFA Rules of play shall apply except as amended or modified herein.

2. SUBSTITUTIONS

Substitutions will be allowed as follows:

a. No limit on the number of substitutions or substitute.
b. A player who has been substituted for may return to the game.
c. Substitutions can be made only at the following times:

1) Prior to a throw-in in your favor;
2) Prior to a throw-in for your opponent, only if your opponent is making a substitution at that time;
3) Prior to a goal kick by either team;
4) After a goal; or
5) At half time.

d. Substitutions MUST be made:

1) After an injury, by either team, when the referee stops play, unless it is the goalkeeper.
2) Following a yellow card.  The opposing team may also substitute.

3. LENGTH OF GAME

Under 19/17/16/15 40 minute halves
Under 14/13/12 35 minute halves
Under 11/10/9/8 30 minute halves

4. OFFICIALS

All age groups U-12 and older will use the three-man system with one referee and two assistant referees.  Club linesmen may be used if less than three officials show up.  Small-sided age groups (with the exceptions of U-12) will have only one referee in some areas, and club linesmen should be used in those instances.

5. LEAGUE ENTRY FEE

The league entry fee consists of payment for league operating costs.  League entry fee will be determined on a seasonal basis.  Any team failing to attend one of the mandatory preseason meetings will pay an additional $100.00 in league fees.  A separate performance bond of $500 will be required.  Forfeit bonds will not be cashed unless a team forfeits a game.  Teams shall also pay a separate fee to the MSYSA or US Club Soccer for the registration of player passes and roster.  This fee includes medical insurance and liability insurance.  No league fees will be refunded after the league deadline date, at which time the scheduling process will begin.  Referee fees will be paid to the referees by the league, and all referee fees are to be paid to the league at the time the league application and league entry fee are submitted.

6. PLAYER PASSES

Player passes will be checked by the opposing managers in the presence of one of the referees prior to the start of the game.  In the event there is a question regarding a roster or eligibility of any player, it must be brought to the attention of the referee prior to the start of the game.  Prior to the start of every game, all teams must present a copy of their stamped roster to the referee for the referee to keep.  Latecomers must present their passes before they enter the game.  If an illegal player is used, any game in which that player is/was used will be forfeited, and the coach will be suspended for a minimum of the next played game.  Any player not properly registered is considered an illegal player.

7. EJECTIONS

A player or coach who is ejected receives a minimum of one-game suspension to be served the next played league game.  Additional penalties may be levied.  No appeal may be made from the one-game suspension.

8. POINT DETERMINATION

Points shall be awarded on the following basis: three (3) points for a win and one (1) point for a tie.  Division or conference winners will be determined by points only and will have no tie-breakers.

9. DISPOSITION OF GAME

Tie games shall stand as a tie, with no overtime to be played.

10. FORFEIT TIME

Forfeit time is the 15 minutes after the scheduled starting time.  For 11 vs. 11 games, a team is required to start a game if seven (7) players are present.  For small-sided games (7 vs. 7 or 8 vs. 8), a team is required to start a game if five (5) players are present.  Any team forfeiting will lose their performance bond and will be required to furnish a new bond prior to the next played game.  A team receiving two forfeits will be placed in bad standing with the league.

11. POSTPONEMENTS

Once the schedule is completed and posted, no changes or postponements will be allowed, unless made by the league due to field closures or loss of a field.  State cup games always take precedence over league games, and where there are conflicts, games will be rescheduled.  For postponements due to inclement weather or unplayable field conditions, should the entire league be cancelled, the league will designate a make-up date.  However, in instances where only certain fields have been closed due to inclement weather or unplayable field conditions, it will be the responsibility of the participating teams to agree upon a date and time for a make-up game.  If it is deemed by the league that any postponed game is not made up due to the unavailability of one particular team, the league reserves the right to award the points to the opposing team.

12. INCOMPLETE GAMES

An incomplete game must be replayed in its entirety.  However, should the non-completion of the game result from an act due to misconduct on the part of one or both of the teams or their management and/or fans, the BBSL Board shall decide the disposition of the game.

13. PLAYER ROSTERS AND COMPETITION FORMAT

The U-9 and U-10 age groups will play in a 7 vs. 7 format.  The U-11 age group will play in an 8 vs. 8 format.  The U-12 age group will have both an 8 vs. 8 and 11 vs. 11 format.  The U-13 and older teams will play in an 11 vs. 11 format.  Player rosters shall be limited to 14 players for small-sided age groups and 18 players for U-13 at any one time.  For teams that are U-14 and older, an expanded roster of 22 players may be used, of which you must designate 18 players for each game.  Validated player rosters shall be submitted in accordance to US Club Soccer or MSYSA guidelines prior to a team’s first game.  Any team that is found to not have a valid US Club Soccer or MSYSA roster will be deemed as using illegal players and will lose their performance bond.  Multi-roster players may be used for teams using MSYSA rosters.  A multi-roster player may only play on one team within any division.  For both MSYSA and US Club Soccer rosters, clubs may use the club pass system, wherein a team may use any player that is rostered within their club and through the same same sanctioning organization, provided that player is age eligible for that team.  However, no player may play for two teams within the same division at any time during the season.   No team may have more than six multi-roster players or club pass players on their active roster.

14. AGE DETERMINATION DATE

The age determination date will be August 1.

15. FIELDS

Regulation fields complete with goal nets, flags and visible lines shall be required.  To report field closures, the home field coordinator must notify the league through the inclement weather telephone numbers no later than 8:00 am on the morning of the game.  The inclement weather numbers are (410) 256-8807 and (410) 515-3165.  For any field that has a start time of 10:00 a.m. or earlier, field closures must be made three hours prior to the game time.  For Friday evening games, fields must be closed by 3:00 p.m. Failure to do so may result in penalty, such as loss of home field when the game is rescheduled.  Once a game has begun, the referee shall be the sole judge as to whether the field is playable.  It is the responsibility of the home field coordinator to provide the field equipment as mentioned above.

16. PROTESTS

Protests will be in accordance with the FIFA rules.  Protests must be received in writing to the Protest & Appeals Committee within 48 hours of the game and must be accompanied by a fifty dollar ($50.00) protest fee.

NOTE: Please call (410) 256-8807 on the day of the incident to notify the league of your intent to register a formal written protest.  The written protest and $50.00 check (made out to BBSL) should be mailed to:

Peter P. Livolsi
9801 Fox Hill Road
Perry Hall, MD 21128

17. GAME BALL

The one-ball rule is in effect.  However, referees may determine that a second ball may be used when conditions warrant. A size 4 ball will be used for the U-12 age group and below.  A size 5 ball will be used for the U-13 age group and above.

18. TEAM COLORS

It shall be the responsibility of the home team to change jerseys when there is a conflict of colors.

19. SPORTSMANSHIP

It will be the responsibility of each team’s coach to maintain control and attitude of his/her team and supporters.  If control is not maintained, the referee has the authority to issue a warning, ejection or termination of game.

20. SCHEDULING

No scheduled game will be changed by the request of any team once schedules have been posted.  The league reserves the right to modify the schedule due to circumstances beyond their control, such as unavailability of field.  If any teams attempt to reschedule any game without the league’s knowledge or consent, the forfeit bond for both teams will be cashed.

21. MISCELLANEOUS

The preferred method for team and spectator positioning should be with each team and their fans/spectators on the opposite side of the field from the opposing team and their fans/spectators.  For example, a team and all their respective coaches, management and spectators should be together on the same side of the field.  However, should the referees request that both teams be on the same side of the field with all fans and spectators on the opposite side, teams will respect the request of the referees.