Player Conduct Rules – Striker Soccer Leagues
Rosters –Only registered players are allowed to play, period. Players cannot be added or slipped in for the odd game. If a team is found to breach this rule, the team will be deducted a minimum of 6 points and receive final warning.
ID - Make sure all players have a picture ID. ID’s must be presented to referees ten minutes prior to kick off. If you turn up after this time, you will not be able to join until the referee checks your ID at the first water break. Referees will not check ID’s during the game, only prior, at water breaks and at half time.
Shin Guards - Shin guards are required at all leagues and at all games.
Yellow Cards – If you receive a yellow card at any point during the game, you are required to sub out, and not come back onto the field until the referee and Captain of your team, agrees that you will. A team mate can sub in under these circumstances. The referee over-rules the Captain on this. If you commit a foul, but it’s accidental or minor in nature, you will sit out for a short period. If it is more serious, you will sit for longer. If you receive a yellow card for dissent, smack talk, persistent complaining etc, you will be sent to the sin bin, and be off the field for 10 minutes. The team will not be able to use a sub in this instance, so your team will play down a player.
Red cards - If you receive a red card then you will be removed from the game and not allowed to play in the next game, this rule is still in place when transitioning seasons.
Any excessive behavior from players or teams can result in a ban from the league. Duration will be decided by the league. Finally, if you get a yellow card in two consecutive games, you will be suspended for the next game. Referees will take your name if you receive a yellow card. Failure to provide the referee with your own, real name will result in a longer suspension from the league.
Sin bins – The sin-bin will mean ten minutes off the field. No replacement or sub is allowed. Anyone still continuing to argue or complain will receive a red card and suspension from future games. The sin bin area will be your own teams bench.
Smack talk, complaining and abusive language – Smack talk consists of verbally abusing anyone and WILL NOT be tolerated in this league. This includes your opponent, a team mate or referee. It also consists of persistent complaining. Only the Captains should address the referee, calmly, during the game. If you are not the Captain and complain or make comments to the referee, you can expect to receive a yellow or a red card, depending on what and how you say things. If your body language or tone of voice is perceived to be aggressive, you can expect a more severe punishment. If you constantly whine and complain, you should expect a sin bin and a yellow card, or a straight red card. If you receive a red card you will be suspended from future games, the length to be determined by the league, no exceptions. The answer to this is, don’t do it! It’s almost certain a referee will never change their mind, so don’t waste your breath, and just play. It’s not the World Cup.
If a team persistently complains, the referee will address the Captain and give a final warning. After this, if it continues, the referee will abandon the game and the offending team will be sanctioned. This may include expulsion from the league, with no refunds.
Conduct yourself properly. If you put your hands on anyone in an aggressive way, it will be a straight red and suspended from the league indefinitely. A push is included in this, so be warned. We will not tolerate pushing, shoving, getting in someone’s face or fighting in this league. You will be expelled with no refund.
Slide Tackling - There is NO SLIDE TACKLING. You may slide block to block a shot with no players around. If a player is around, it will result in a yellow. This rule applies to all players including the goalkeeper. A slide tackle will result in an automatic yellow card.
A slide tackle occurs when a player leaves his/her feet and leads with his/her feet to play the ball while the ball is in the proximity of another player. A slide tackle does not require that any contact occur between players. Sliding to keep a ball from going out of bounds, or to stop a ball that does not endanger another player is not a foul.
It will be up to the referee’s discretion as to whether or not a player’s participation from the ground is dangerous.
Goalkeepers sliding rule. Goalkeepers may slide out with their hands to get the ball. However, they must not be reckless and put another player in danger. If a Goalkeeper comes flying out to slide for the ball in a reckless manner, whether they make contact with an opponent or not, a penalty will be awarded to the opposition. Goalkeepers may not slide out feet first. If you’re a forward running toward a goalkeeper and the GK will get to the ball first, stop or slow down. This will prevent injury to you and/or another.
COVID – With COVID-19 still prevalent, it’s imperative that we try to distance as much as possible. It’s not always possible in the game, but certain things will very much have an impact. The following will result in an immediate expulsion from the league with no refund;
- If you shout at someone, or get in their face, from a close distance.
- If you cough directly toward or at someone.
- If you spit at someone.
- If you put your hands on someone (see above).
Let’s all use common sense and keep each other safe. Above all, enjoy the game, play soccer and enjoy life.
This is a pub league and as such is expected to be friendly and fun. Winning is great, but it’s not everything. If you act differently when you are losing, to how you act when you’re winning, this is the wrong league for you.
Win with grace and humility, lose with dignity and respect.