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Last Updated 7/10/2019

Match Cards

Both teams are to provide a pre-printed roster to the Referee. Absolutely no write-ins accepted. Home team provides a Match card which is filled out and signed by the Referee and by a representative from each team and returned to the home team. No guest players.


An individual player may not play in a NorCal State Cup or Premier League Match if he/she does not have a USClub Player Pass at the game. Must have picture and be laminated.


At least 1 adult must have a pass with a photo must be on team side for the entire match. Maximum 3 credentialed adults in technical area. Each adult must have a pass.

Send offs

Do not confiscate the pass. Leave the pass with the team. Within 24 hours go to> and fill out a send off report.

Deliberate Heading

In U11 matches and younger, deliberate heading of the ball is to be whistled. Award an IFK for the opponents. In 7v7 matches if 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. In matches where there is a goal area, IFK awarded to the attacker within the goal area are to be taken from the goal area line parallel to the goal line closes to the point of the in fraction.


25 min halves; 7v7; Minimum 5 players to start/continue
Maximum 14 players on roster.
Size 4 ball
Build out line

30 minute halves; 9v9; Minimum 6 players to start/continue
Maximum 16 players on game day roster;
Size 4

35 minute halves; 11v11
Maximum 18 players on game day roster
Size 5

40 minute halves; 11v11
Maximum 18 players on game day roster

45 minute halves; 11v11
Maximum 18 players on game day roster

7v7 Build Out Line

Build Out Line is a means to provide young players with incentives to play the ball with their feet, to make better decisions and to play the ball on the ground.

  • Build Out Line is equidistant between the top of the penalty area and the halfway line.
  • Goalkeeper has the ball in his/her hands => all opponents must retreat behind the Build out line and reman there till the ball is released from the goalkeeper's hands.
  • Goalkeeper cannot punt, half volley or drop kick the ball. Infraction earns an IFK for the opponents at the point of the infraction.
  • At a goal kick, the opponents must retreat behind the the build out line and remain there till the ball has been put into play (kicked and moved). 
  • An attacker is not in a offside position if they are behind the build out line.


At the discretion and permission of the Referee. EITHER team may substitute at any stoppage.
Referees are advised to discourage excessive or time wasting substitutions.

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).

Matches needing a Winner

Some matches must have a winner. Ask each coach before the match, if this match must have a winner.
If tied at the end of regulation - play two full 5 minute overtime periods. Then KFPM
For Final U17-U19 ONLY two full 10 minute overtime periods. Then KFPM.


Any player removed for a suspected head injury can not return unless cleared by a Health Care Professional. Referees MUST be informed and meet with the Health Care Professional BEFORE the match.

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