CCSLCoast/Bay Rules Summary

Match Cards

Home team to print three copies. Away team is also to print three copies as a backup. Home team to give one match card to the Referee. After the game the referee signs all three copies. Team officials sign all three copies. The referee keeps one copy.

League Director will refer to the match card to verify if a player was checked in. Please use checks to verify that the player presented a pass and the name on the pass and on the match card match.

Teams may request a copy of the match card showing who is checked in (take a picture) or referee can update the team’s signed copy


Players – no pass no play.
Spring – Blue or White CYSA passes or USClub passes or AYSO passes or USYS passes. All passes must be from the same issuer (all CYSA or all AYSO or all USClub). CYSA and USYS passes can be mixed (Blue and White CYSA passes can be mixed)
Checking passes is transparent. i.e. teams can see the passes of the other team.

Referees do not have to determine if a player is legal beyond confirming that they have a pass and the photo matches the pass and that they are not too old to play with the age group. Questions as to whether a player is the correct playing level or not or if they can play with a particular pass can be referred to the league director. Encourage teams to take a photo of the roster with the players checked in and forward to League Director ( with the question.


Names of Players and Adults currently serving suspensions for misconduct or concussion protocol will be red lined on the match card. Red lined players or adults may have a valid pass, but may not participate in the match.

Number of Players & Game Day Roster

7v7 Matches — Maximum Game Day Roster is 14
9v9 Matches and 11v11 Matches — Maximum Game Day Roster is 18
Guest players can be handwritten on the roster, but they must be clearly identified as guests on the match card.


At least one adult must have a pass. Only adults with passes on team side. Maximum of 5 adults including at half time.

Send offs and Incidents

Do NOT retain the pass. Complete online report at:

Player injury? One team no shows? Abandon the match? Terminate the match? Call the Police? See signs of a concussion? Complete the League Incident Report (also on the referees procedures page) and tell your Assignor.

Players that sustain any kind of head impact or injury are to be asked to leave the field. Do not allow the player to return if you detect any symptom of concussion. You may confiscate the player pass of a player and deliver that pass to a league or club official. The CCSL Game Day Instructions state, “The actions of the referee are not intended to indicate any type of medical diagnosis, they are simply being asked to use their judgment regarding a possible concussion for the safety of the player. If a referee does not ask that a player be removed from the match, the coach is still responsible for protecting the safety of the player and following the Cal North Concussion Procedure and Protocol.”

If you fill out an Incident Report, the League Director will also follow up.


Hydration breaks are permitted in hot weather.

Blow Out Rule

Spring: Goal differential of greater than 7 in all brackets will cause loss of point in the standings. Not something you need to manage, but good to know.

Deliberate Heading

In U13 matches and younger, deliberate heading of the ball is to be whistled.. Award an IFK for the opponents. In 7v7 matches where there is no goal area, IFK awarded to the attackers with in the penalty area are to be taken from the penalty area line parallel to the goal line closest to the point of the infraction.

9v9 and 11v11 – Deliberate heading in the penalty area and the goal area – the resulting IFK follows the restart laws outlined in Law 13 (position of ball, position of defenders)

Players that are 12 years old and younger are not permitted to head the ball. If such a player is “playing up” say on a U14 team they are still not permitted to head the ball, but referees are not expected to know which players are 12 and which players are 13 years old.

U13 teams with both 12 year old and 13 year old players – none of the players will be permitted to head the ball.

Ball Size

U8 – U12 => Size 4: … Spring U12 => Size 5 … U13+ => Size 5

Field Markings 7v7 (Suggested)

7 or 8 yd radius center circle
10 yd x 26 yd penalty area
No penalty spot
No goal area
2 ft corner arcs
6ft by 6yd or 7 ft by 7 yd goals

Field Markings 9v9 (Suggested)

8 yd radius center circle
12 yd by 30 yd penalty area
7 yd penalty spot
2 ft corner arcs
6ft by 6yd or 7 ft by 7 yd goals

7 v 7 Specific Rules

Spring: U08 and U09 Fall U09 and U10

No PK ‘s – IFK from closest edge of penalty area.
No Goal Area. No Penalty spot. 6×18 ft goals (or 7×21 ft goals)
All free kicks are indirect
7 yds instead of 10 yds
Goal kick from penalty area.- opponents 8 yds away.
Goal kicks and thrown or punted balls by the goal keeper must touch a player or ground before crossing the half way line. Infraction is an IFK for the opponents at the half way line.
Intent of this rule is that the ball out of the goalie’s hands in any way must touch the ground or player. Some coaches are trying to “get around” this with half and full volley kicks. This is not the intent of the rule. This will be conveyed to coaches in 7v7.
Goal cannot be scored directly from a kick-off. Restart with a Goal Kick
No slide tackling. This is a specific Coast/Bay rule and is not found in the general rules. Award an IFK to the opponents.
One re-throw on foul throws permitted. Educate the players. Also a specific Coast/Bay rule and not found in the general CCSL rules.
Minimum 5 players to start or continue.
One referee and 2 club line.
No deliberate heading.

9 v 9 Specific Rules

Spring U10 and U11 . Fall U11 and U12

7 yds instead of 10 yds.
Restarts per Law 12. – Both IFK and DFK
Goal kick from goal area
PK from 11 yds not 12 yds
Minimum number of players is 6 to start or continue a game
Three referees.
No deliberate heading.

U13 & older FALL & U12 & older SPRING

11v11 Per FIFA
Match length, substitution and field size exceptions


Unlimited substitutions at.

Own throw-in, any Goal Kick, any Kick-Off.
“Me too” substitutions on Throw-ins. The team not in possession can sub if the team in possession does.
Also player receiving a Caution.
When play is stopped for an injured player.
Not on Corner kicks or other stoppages.

Match Length

U08-U10 2 – 25 minute halves (Spring U10 2-30 minute halves)
U11-U12 2 – 30 minute halves (Spring U12 2-35 minute halves)
U13-U14 2 – 35 minute halves
U15-U16 2 – 40 minute halves
U17-U19 2 – 45 minute halves

10 minute minimum rest period at the half.

Orthopedic supports

Knee and ankle braces okay – hard parts padded.
Hard arm/wrist splints may be allowed – if no danger.
Soft cast okay – if no danger.
Hard casts that cover the entire circumference of the arm/wrist are NOT permitted (even if padded).


Rules found here:

Send off and Incident Reports for CCSL games:

Jewelry Policy

Download the waiver

Per CYSA Cal North regulations, all jewelry must be removed before each game. The full text is available here:
As a league, we consider newly pierced ears as having “non-removable jewelry,” and adhere to the CYSA protocol for allowing permanently attached jewelry. 
If you choose to complete, sign, and submit a “Liability Release and Waiver for Jewelry or Items Permanently Attached,” you are acknowledging that you are willing to accept the associated risks. 
All parents who want their player to play with earrings will need to submit the form to the referee and have the player tape their earrings. The spirit of this allowance is only for newly-pierced earrings.
Please download the waiver from CYSA’s website.