Download the Complete League Rules to see details on promotion, relegation, playoffs, etc applicable to all seasons.
General Game Play
All FIFA rules apply unless otherwise stated. Games will consist of two 45 minute halves (slightly shorter games may be required if time is limited). Each team may play up to 11 players, including the goal keeper. Teams may substitute players during throw-ins and goal kicks only upon notification and permission by the referee. There is no limit to the number of substitutions that may be made.
Goal keepers adhere to normal FIFA rules: hands allowed inside the box; punts, drop-kicks, and throws are permitted; hands not allowed on obvious passes from other players on their own team via feet or throw-ins. Six second holds.
Slide-tackling is not allowed. Sliding is ok when it isn't dangerous. This means: it's ok to slide to block a shot or pass, slide to save a loose ball, and slide when there is no one around to injure. It is not permitted to slide into someone, make contact with the player, have intent to make contact with the player, make contact with the player through the ball (i.e., the actual definition of slide-tackling), or in general create any dangerous situation. This is up to the discretion of the referee, but this is the best way to define "no slide tackling." A slide tackle that is legal by FIFA standands but prohibited in Casa will typically result in an indirect (even if inside the goal box), though this is at the discretion of the referee.
Wins, Ties, and Points
Wins are worth three points, ties are worth one point, and losses are worth zero points. Regular season games end at regular time regardless of the score (i.e., a tie may result). If the score is tied at the end of regular time in a playoff game, then the game shall be decided by a penalty-shootout consisting of five-shots per round until one team is the winner of that round and thus the game.
Guest players are welcome to participate in regular season play, as long as they sign a waiver and their names and numbers are properly recorded in the game roster. A Segunda team may not have more than two guest players from Primera, and likewise, a Tercera team may not have more than two players from Primera or Segunda, etc. Also, any team may not use guest players to increase their active player count above 15. Guest players are not permitted to play during playoff games. Only rostered players will be permitted. A "rostered" player is someone who paid a part of the team fees at the beginning of the season, or all of the following: 1) is not a rostered player of any other team in the league, 2) participated in at least two regular season games for that same team, and 3) is entered into the roster via the website prior to the start of playoffs.
If a team does not have at least 7 players available at the scheduled start of the game, the opposing team may accept a win by forfeit (worth 3 points and recorded as a 3-0 win). The forfeiting team will thus lose their deposit, as agreed during league signup. Note our policy on Guest players above.
Jerseys and Equipment
Shin Guards are Required. No jewelry is allowed. All players are required to have a numbered jersey, and ensure that the game roster accurately connects the jersey number to the player's name. If players do not have a numbered jersey (especially guest players), they must fashion a number out of black or white tape on the back of their shirt and have that number recorded in the roster. Home teams are listed first on the schedule. If teams are wearing similar color jerseys, the home team is responsible to wear an alternate color for that match. The jersey number requirement can be relaxed in this case only. Captain's Armbands are now recommended for captains.
Because field time is not free, rainouts cannot always be rescheduled. We do everything possible to make up missed games, but this is not guaranteed. Notifications will be posted in a timely manner. It is the captains' responsibility to inform the rest of their team of the cancellation.
While we will try to include everyone in the playoff tournament, the availability of fields and the number of teams may make this impossible. Tournament participants will be decided by their rank at the end of the regular season. Rank is determined by the number of points earned from games played. If extenuating circumstances cause some team to play less games than others, ranking will determined on a points-per-game basis. Ties will be broken by the result of their regular season matchup, and in the event of a tie there or no-game played, +/- scores are used for comparison. A maximum of 5 points per game can be attributed to the final +/- score. Further ties are broken by Bookings, then Goals For, then a coin-flip if necessary. The actual format for playoffs may change from season to season depending on division size and field-time available.
Rosters will be locked at the end of the regular season and no changes will be allowed. For the duration of the playoffs all players if requested must present a valid photo ID prior to the start of the match with a name that corresponds to the roster. There is no limit to the number of people who can be on an active roster but no one is permitted to be on more than one team.
Yellow and Red Card Policy
Any red card or two yellow cards shown in a game requires immediate suspension from the remainder of the current game and an automatic additional one game suspension to be served the following week. Once a player has been asked to leave, they must remove themselves from the premises within five minutes. Failure to do so will result in the team forfeiting the match.
The referee can (and often will) recommend additional game suspensions depending on the severity of the circumstances involved. The ombudsman shall consider the testimony of the referee and the affected parties and recommend a course of action to the Officers and President of the league, be it a warning, an extended suspension, expulsion, or fines if equipment was damaged or stolen - this does not preclude formal legal action. Four cumulative yellow cards during the season shall result in an automatic suspension of the game following the 4th card. Once this action has been taken, after two more cards are received, an additional game suspension is given.
The referees have the final authority in all calls and game-time decisions. Please be respectful and show good sportsmanship. The CASA president (currently Eric Wirth) has the final say in all disputes outside the game itself, and will not overrule any calls made by the referees.
If you have a serious dispute, please make a record of the dispute with the referee, and contact the Division Commissioner after the game in writing with a description of the event. We will not override calls made by the referees but may have to take special action in some rare circumstances. However, please understand that this is a recreational league, so please be reasonable and sportsmanlike about your requests.
A Note about Female Players
Based on the overwhelmingly positive responses of our members and officers, we will continue Casa's policy of having a "gender neutral" approach to our league. This means there is no minimum number of female players required. We encourage all players who are ready to play at a competitive level to join up and have a good time!