SYSA RULES & BYLAWS


By-Laws

Rules of Competition and Administrative Regulations
Rules and Regulations updated June, 2017, with changes to these sections:
Page 3, SYSA Citywide League Guidelines
Regulations, Section 1.4.1, Transgender Players
Rules, Section 9.4, League Games Cancellations

U10-U12 Special Rules of Competition

Coaches Code of Conduct

Parent and Player Code of Conduct

Goal Safety Policy

Medical Release Form

SYSA Citywide League Guidelines for 2018

These format guidelines apply to all teams and games in SYSA's Citywide recreational leagues. For a complete description of all modified format guidelines at U12 and younger, see the SYSA Rules and Regulations above. Teams in regional select and RCL premier leagues should check with their league managers.

This chart incorporates rules for fall, 2018, as recommended in the newest US Soccer Standards Chart, and voted on by the SYSA Board of Commissioners.

Age (both genders)

U10

U11

U12

U13

U14

U15

U16

U17-U19

Max Roster Size

12

14

14

18

18

18

22 (18 on game day)

22 (18 on game day)

Field Players
Including Goalkeeper

7

9

9

11

11

11

11

11

Ball Size

#4

#4

#4

#5

#5

#5

#5

#5

Goal Size (feet)

6.5x18.5

6.5x18.5

6.5x18.5

8x24

8x24

8x24

8x24

8x24

Game Time

25 min halves

30 min halves

30 min halves

35 min halves

35 min halves

40 min halves

40 min halves

45 min halves

Build Out Line Rules

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

Heading the Ball

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Offside Rule

Build Out Line

Build Out Line

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Players on Multiple Teams

Although Washington Youth Soccer has changed their rules to allow some limited ways for players to participate on a rec and a select team, SYSA has not changed its rules about this. We still do not allow players to be on a recreational team and a select team, either Seattle United or another Washington Youth Soccer select team, at the same time. This includes any high school aged girls whose Seattle United team may not have started training yet.

Players on teams in SYSA can be rostered to and play on only one SYSA/WYS team at a time. Any violation of this rule can result in serious penalties to the coach and team. Please read the following information carefully and make sure all your parents and players are informed and understand this rule.

SYSA is part of Washington Youth Soccer, which in turn is part of US Youth Soccer, which in turn is part of US Soccer Federation.

Unfortunately, because of the way the registration databases work, a player dually registered to two teams - one within SYSA, one within another association under Washington Youth Soccer - can be difficult for the registrars to detect. However, if detected, it is our association's obligation to disqualify the team. If a coach knowingly plays an ineligible player, other and more serious sanctions may apply to the coach. If you have any concerns about a player possibly being on two teams within WYS, contact the SYSA Registrar as soon as possible at pfblomso@hotmail.com.

Guidelines

If you have reason to believe that a player is playing with two teams, please check into the situation using the information below to understand the implications.If a player is registered with your SYSA team and also with:

  1. A Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) team - That's OK, because CYO teams are not part of SYSA or with Washington Youth Soccer. The player is playing on only one SYSA/WYS team.

  2. A school team - That's OK, because school teams are not part of SYSA or Washington Youth Soccer. The player is playing on only one SYSA/WYS team.

  3. A team playing under "US Club Soccer" - That's Technically OK, because "US Club Soccer" teams are not part of SYSA or Washington Youth Soccer. However, many of our recreational coaches feel that participation by those players, in either league play or as "ringers" in the City Tournament, is antithetical to the spirit of recreational play, and the practice has triggered multiple complaints from coaches and parents.

  4. A team that is registered within SYSA, or with another association outside of SYSA, that is part of Washington Youth Soccer - That's NOT OK and NOT allowed, and a cause for possible sanctions, including forfeiting of games the player played in, for the coach, player, and team. Seattle United players cannot play on their SU team and a rec team at the same time.

Situations #3 and #4 are the hardest for coaches to figure out, because many of our coaches aren't familiar with which teams might be part of other associations or "US Club Soccer." If in doubt, please seek guidance. Find the name of the other team involved and where the team plays, and contact our association registrar at pfblomso@hotmail.com.

Rules & Regulations

The SYSA and Washington Youth Soccer (WYS) regulations restricting players to playing on only one team during a season are copied below. All the SYSA Administration Regulations as well as the Rules of Competition can be found on the SYSA web site at this link, or copy this link and paste it into your browser: http://www.sysa.org/home.php?layout=1025

SYSA Rules of Competition

3.3 - No player shall be allowed to register or participate simultaneously on more than one Washington Youth Soccer (WYS) registered team during the same season. This includes the situation where a player is registered to and plays for a recreational team under SYSA, and simultaneously for a team within another club or association that is also part of WSYSA.

SYSA Administrative Regulations

3.4.7 - All players registered on a team are bound to that team for the seasonal year unless properly transferred. No player may play in any scheduled SYSA game except with the team on which he/she is registered.

3.4.8 - No player may be registered on more than one team at any given time within SYSA or WYS jurisdictions.