KMSL General Rules

Updated Monday June 10, 2019 by Knoxville Metro Soccer League.

Knoxville Metro Soccer League (KMSL)

GENERAL RULES

1. PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

1.1 To be eligible a player must be registered with, rostered with that team, and have a current player card (or Official Team Picture Roster), with an Adult Association approved by the KMSL board. That association must be a member of US Soccer. In the event of a Player Card being unavailable, a player can provide a Driver's License as proof of identity, but must still be already included on the official Photo Team Roster.

1.2 The minimum number of players constituting a team for game purposes is seven.

1.3 Adding new players:

1.3.1 A new player may be added at anytime before advised season Registration Closing Date), by turning in the proper fees, photo, and paperwork into the league. The Registration Year will close on July 1st each year and re-open for Fall Registration.

1.3.2 A new player will not be allowed to play until the registration has been approved, and they have been added to the official Photo roster.

2. RULES FOR PLAY

2.1 All games shall be played in accordance with FIFA laws, except where noted below.

2.1.1 Unlimited substitutions shall be allowed during all league games.

2.2 Substitution modifications:

2.2.1 Substitutions will be allowed for both teams for goal kicks and after a goal is scored.

2.2.2 Substitutions are allowed on throw in, and corner kicks for the offensive team only. However if the offensive team is substituting players, the opposing team will also be permitted to make substitutions.

2.2.3 A team may substitute for an injured player with the referee’s approval.

2.3 Home team is required to supply one game ball.

2.4 Each team is required to furnish the referee an approved Photo Roster, with player’s name and jersey number.

2.5 Each team is required to have matching jerseys with printed numbers on them.

2.6 The home team is responsible for changing jersey if referee decides the team colors clash.

3. DISCIPLINARY RULES

3.1 Teams

3.1.1 Any team arriving at the field or unprepared to play the game later than 15 minutes after the scheduled kick-off time shall forfeit the game.

3.1.2 A team refusing to play or continue to play a scheduled game for any reason other than having insufficient number of players to field a team shall be considered to have forfeited the game and the team will be referred to the executive committee for further disciplinary action.

3.1.2 Any team that forfeits and the league has not received a 24 hour notification of the forfeit, to enable the referees to be cancelled, shall be reported to the executive committee, and the Team Rep will forfeit their Team Rep Discount for the following Season. Should the same team forfeit again in the same season, the team will be reported to the Executive Committee, for possible expulsion from the league.

3.2 Players

3.2.1 Any player receiving a red card shall be automatically suspended for the next game

and the player will be referred to the disciplinary committee for possible further disciplinary action.

3.2.2 The USSF 12 Point System will be enforced in KMSL games, as follows:

USSF 12-POINT SYSTEM FOR ADULT PLAYERS

1. A 12- point system shall be in effect for all adult players effective September 1, 2007.

2. Players shall be given one point for each yellow card received.

3. Players shall be given three points for each direct red card received (allowing four points in one game if a yellow is first received and later a direct red).

4. If a player received two yellow cards that result in a red card in a match the player will receive two total points for that match.

5. Point totals accumulate for the seasonal year, September 1 to August 31 of the following year.

6. Point totals include all cards received from both indoor and outdoor participation.

7. Players that accumulate five points must sit out one game.

8. Players that receive a red card must sit out the remainder of that game.

9. If a player receives a red card due of their second cautionable offense, as defined in the Laws of the Game, of the match the player shall sit out the next scheduled game. If in receiving the red card the player has accumulated five or more points, the player shall sit out two games (one game for receiving the red card and one game for accumulating five or more points).

10. If a player receives a red card due to a sending-off offense, as defined in the Laws of the Game, the player shall sit out the next scheduled game. If in receiving the red card the player has accumulated five or more points, the player shall sit out two games, (one game for receiving the red card and one game for accumulating five or more points).

11. A player that accumulates nine points must sit out two games.

12. If a player receives a red card due of their second cautionable offense, as defined in the Laws of the Game, of the match the player shall sit out the next scheduled game. If in receiving the red card the player has accumulated nine or more points, the player shall sit out three games (one game for receiving the red

card and two games for accumulating nine or more points).

13. If a player receives a red card due to a sending-off offense, as defined in the Laws of the Game, the player shall sit out the next scheduled game. If in receiving the red card the player has accumulated nine of more points, the player shall sit out three games, (one game for receiving the red card and two games for accumulating nine or more points.

14. A player that accumulates twelve points is suspended for the remainder of the seasonal year.

15. Players are prohibited from participating as guest players with other teams until suspensions are served.

3.3 Appeals

3.3.1 Team and player appeals of disciplinary decisions are laid out in the By-Laws.

4. OFFICIAL PLAY

4.1 League play will be permitted only if a referee, representing the TVSRA or any other approved association is present to call the match.

4.2 The referee has full authority once he arrives at the field.

4.3 If both teams are not ready to be checked in by the referee before game time, a ten minute grace period will be given. After that, game time will be cut in five-minute increments from each half.

4.4 Once a referee or league official cancels the game, no official play is permitted. No referee means no game. You may stay and play a pick-up game but players are no longer covered by insurance or KMSL policies.