The Tucson Adult Soccer League (TASL) exists for the purpose of providing a safe, fair, and fun soccer league for the participants and their families. To this end, the TASL requires all players to sign a Conduct Form prior to being registered in the league where they agree to act in a positive, friendly, and sporting manner. The TASL in turn provides both a Board and Referees who understand and abide by these principles and ensure that violations of these principles are addressed and resolved.
CLASSIFICATION OF TEAMS
- Coed A Division Recreational (Advanced Skill Level)
- Coed B Division Recreational (Advanced/Intermediate Skill Level)
- Coed C Division Recreational (Intermediate Skill Level)
- Coed D Division Recreational (Intermediate/Beginning Skill Level)
- Coed E Division Recreational (Beginning Skill Level)
- Coed F Division Recreational (Mostly just for fun)
Adult Men and Women: must be 18 years of age or older to register.
Referees will rate teams based on behavior displayed by the players and the team. This rating system applies to all games played, even scrimmage/friendly games played after a forfeit is declared. Every team begins with a “perfect” team sportsmanship score of 10 points. To the extent that a team’s sportsmanship behavior deviates from model sportsmanship behavior, the referee crew deducts points from a perfect 10 according to the table shown below.
|Fails to control or clean-up team sideline||-1|
|Fails to help set-up or take-down field (if required)||-1|
|Shows disrespect toward opponent or officials||-1|
|Receives one or more verbal warnings||-1|
|Players or spectators complain, no direct challenge||-1|
|Players or spectators complain with direct challenge||-2|
|Has spectator dismissed from team sideline||-2|
|Receives yellow card, each occurrence||-2|
|Receives straight red card, each occurrence||-4|
|Other behavior (negative)||As Required|
Teams are required to maintain an average of 8 or better Sportsmanship Points (SP) during a season. Teams that do not meet this requirement during a season will not be eligible to participate in the league the following season.
Teams that are excused for a season for low sportsmanship marks will lose their returning team spot and be subject to the registration rules of a new team, the season they return. If that team receives low sportsmanship marks in any another following season they can be excused from participating in the league at all.
TASL COED RULES
The latest version of the FIFA Laws of the Game as described in the United States Soccer Federation website ( www.ussoccer.com) with the following additions:
A. Fields: The TASL uses fields all around the Tucson Metropolitan Area. The current list of fields and maps to these can be found on the league’s web site under Fields.
B. Ball: Each team is required to supply at least one (1) #5 FIFA regulation soccer ball for each game.
C. Players and Substitutions:
C1. Players: Teams consists of eleven (11) players. A minimum of seven (7) players is required to start a game. Teams must maintain a minimum of three (3) female players (with the exception of the goalkeeper) on the field at all times.
- If a team cannot field a minimum of three (3) female players in accordance with Section F.1, Forfeit Time, the game is a forfeit.
- If a team starts the game with three (3) female players and loses one or more female players due to injury, sickness or absence during the game, and cannot substitute for the lost female player(s) with a female from the team roster, the game must be terminated.
- Teams cannot play with more than six (6) male players at any time (i.e. five male field players and one male goalkeeper maximum). The following table illustrates the player requirements on the field:
|No. of Female Players on Field (“field players”)||No. of Males Players on Field (“field players”)||Goal Keeper (Male or Female)||Total Players|
|6||4 maximum, 0 minimum||1 (mandatory)||11 maximum, 7 minimum|
|5||5 maximum, 1 minimum||1 (mandatory)||11 maximum, 7 minimum|
|4||5 maximum, 2 minimum||1 (mandatory)||10 maximum, 7 minimum|
|3||5 maximum, 3 minimum||1 (mandatory)||9 maximum, 7 minimum|
|2||Game Forfeited or Game Terminated|
Note: A female player can play in lieu of, replace or substitute for a male player at any time. Therefore, teams may extend the above table to field 7 or more female players up to the maximum of 10 plus a Goal Keeper.
C2. Check-in: All registered players must provide a valid picture ID for check-in at the field. Both teams shall be checked-in prior to the game by the Referee, 4th Official, or Field Marshall. Players arriving after the start of the game MUST check in with the 4th Official or Field Marshall prior to entering the field of play. If there is not a 4th Official or Field Marshall available a player can ask the AR when the ball is out of play if they can check in at half time.
Players without a valid picture ID will NOT be allowed to play. Players not on the printed Game Report are not considered registered players and therefore cannot play.
The list of valid picture IDs is as follows:
- Valid AZ Driver’s License or AZ I.D. Card
- Valid photo passport from any country
- Valid photo Driver’s License from any U.S. state
- Valid photo Military I.D.
- Valid Border Crossing Card (Mexico or Canada)
- Valid Canadian photo Driver’s License or ID Card
- Valid Mexican Voter’s ID Card
- Valid accredited college or university ID
Any player who violates the league’s check-in procedure by entering the field of play without first checking-in with a member of the referee crew, volunteer fourth official, or field marshal shall be removed from the game and cautioned (shown the yellow card) by the referee. After being removed and cautioned, the player can subsequently re-enter the game at the next substitution opportunity.
C3. Substitutions: A team is allowed to substitute one or more players at the following times:
- On either team’s goal kick.
- On a own team’s throw-in
- On the opposing team’s throw-in provided they substitute
- If an injury occurs, players on either side may substitute
- Both sides may substitute after a goal scored by either team
Substitutions must be requested from the fourth official or nearest assistant referee. Substitutes MUST enter the field at the halfway line and only enter the field once the substituted player has left the field. The substituted player may exit the field anywhere.
C4. Female Guest Players: In the event a team does not meet the paragraph C1 minimum 3 female player requirement and/or the 7 minimum player Law 3 requirement, a team may recruit female guest players to avoid game forfeiture subject to the following conditions:
- Only TASL registered female players are permitted to be guest players; male guest players and unregistered female players are never allowed at any time.
- The female player(s) must have either played at the same venue (soccer complex) before the game needing guest players (and not have been shown the red card during that prior match), or is rostered with a team that will play on the same venue (soccer complex) after the game needing the guest players. Example: Team A playing a 7:20pm game at Silverbell field A needs a guest player. A female player who played at the 6:00 pm Silverbell field A or B game (but was not shown a red card during that game), or will being playing at the 8:40pm Silverbell field A oro B game, can be guest player for this team.
- A team needing guest players may recruit as many female players as desired to:
- Meet (or exceed) the 3 female field player minimum requirement, and/or
- Meet (or exceed) the 7 player minimum requirement.
Example 1: Team A has 6 male players but can only field 1 rostered female players at game time. Team A is therefore permitted to recruit 2 or more female guest players to meet or exceed the 3 female the minimum requirement and avoid forfeiture.Example 2: Team B has 4 rostered female players but only 1 rostered male player at game time (5 total). Team B is therefore permitted to recruit 2 or more female guest players to meet or exceed the 7 player minimum requirement and avoid forfeiture.
- The team employing the guest player(s) must provide these players with a matching (or nearly matching) color jersey with a unique number. The suitability of the jersey for use by the guest player(s) is subject to referee approval.
- Warnings given and yellow or red cards shown to guest players have the same impact on a team’s sportsmanship points as those given and shown to rostered players. In addition, players earning yellow or red cards while acting in a guest player capacity are subject to the same sanctions (suspensions, fines, etc.) as if they were earned while playing for the team with whom the player is registered. Note: The team employing the guest player incurs the consequences of the guest player’s misconduct; the team with whom this player is registered does not incur these consequences.
- The referee, an assistant referee, or the fourth official shall write the guest player’s name and team affiliation (the team with whom the player is registered) on the match report. The referee shall ensure compliance with the conditions specified in paragraphs 1 through 5 above.
D. Player Equipment
D1. Shin Guards: All players are required to wear shin-guards at all times on the field, NO EXCEPTIONS!
D2. Uniforms: All players on each team must have the same color and style jersey. Uniforms must have numbers permanently affixed. No duplicate numbers, no taped or written numbers. Uniforms are the responsibility of each Team Rep/Team. All teams MUST comply with this rule by the third week of each new season. Teams NOT in compliance after the third week may lose one or more sportsmanship points per game until the team complies.
D3. NO JEWELRY OR CASTS ALLOWED. Exception: Wedding bands, obvious religious items (e.g. Cross, Star of David, etc.) and medical alert bracelets and activity tracking devices are permitted provided they are taped-down OR OTHERWISE COVERED with no sharp edges exposed. Activity tracking devices include “FITBITS” and similar devices. If worn on the wrist or otherwise exposed, they must be completely covered by a sweat band, tape,or similar covering. With respect to a permitted item’s cover, the referee’s decision regarding the acceptability of that covering is final. Wedding bands/rings with protrusions, ear rings, necklaces, watches, hard or soft bracelets, hard plastic/metal hair clips, or any other item deemed dangerous by the referee are not permitted and must be removed prior to the player entering the field of play. In addition, hard casts (i.e. made of plaster, metal, plastic, etc.) or soft casts (i.e. made from tape, foam, bandages, etc.) are not allowed. Players refusing to remove prohibited items will not be allowed to play. NO EXCEPTIONS!
D4. FOOTWEAR: SHOES WITH TOE CLEATS (I.E. A SINGLE CLEAT AT THE TOE OF THE SHOE) ARE PROHIBITED.
E. Game Officials:The TASL schedules officials for every game. If for any reason there is no official at a game site contact a Field Marshall or TASL Board Member immediately.
E1. Rain- Out / Cancellation Procedure: Please check this website for any cancellations. If nothing is posted, please proceed to the playing field. After arriving for the first scheduled game, referees are required to stay at the field until the start of the last scheduled game even if the weather does not permit the games to start or finish. Referees are permitted to leave the field only after the last scheduled game is played to full time or terminated early for weather or other cause.
E2. Lightning Policy: Games will be played unless one of the following occurs:
- There is lightning close to the field. If you see the flash and hear the thunder less than 30 seconds after the flash the match will be suspended until it is safe to play. You must wait a minimum of 30 minutes from the LAST event where the light to sound is less than 30 seconds. The Referee may wait longer if he/she decides it is still dangerous to play.
- If you are surrounded by lightning on 3 or more sides, the match MUST be suspended even if the light to sound is greater than 30 seconds. You must wait at least 30 minutes after lightning no longer appears to surround the field.
The game clock will continue to run during the suspension. No additional time will be added in the case of suspension due to weather.
E3. Score and Time Keeping: Score keeping and Timekeeping will be performed on the field by the referee, or by an assistant referee or 4th Official at the referee’s direction.
F. Game Duration: Two 35 minute halves with running time. The exact duration of halves will be specified for each season depending on field availability and time constraints. Officials may stop the clock for injury if excessive time is required to attend to the injured player, provided schedule constraints permit. The game clock starts at the scheduled game time without exception.
F1. Forfeit Time: A 10 minute grace period will be given to a team not able to meet the minimum player requirements of paragraph
A C1 at game time. A forfeit will result in a 1-0 loss for the forfeiting team. After forfeiture, the game can still be played as a scrimmage or “friendly” between the two scheduled teams. Even if it is a forfeit, Referees are required to stay and officiate the game if both teams still want to play. Teams can share players between the two scheduled teams or any team scheduled at their field, if the game is a forfeit. All players playing in a forfeited game must be registered players on the game cards at the field that game is being played at, and check in before they play.
- Forfeit Sportsmanship Points: If a team forfeits at the field and the game can NOT be played as a friendly, the Forfeiting team gets 0 sportsmanship points. If a team forfeits but a friendly is played, both teams get the Sportsmanship points they actually earn by the referee’s judgment.
- One Forfeit: If a team forfeits one game in a season, they will be required to roster 3 more players or pay the forfeit bond of $100 the next season to be eligible to submit a team at all. If they forfeit a game again in any following seasons they will be subject to paying the bond fee again or they may lose their team spot.
- Multiple Forfeits: If a team has more than one forfeit in a season they can be excused from registering their team the next season. If a team is excused and sits out a season for excessive forfeits they can apply as a new team after sitting out a season and paying the forfeit bond of $100.
- Advanced Notice: If a team expects to call down a game and can make arrangements with the board and their opposing team in advance (1 week or more), the game will be awarded to the opposing team but the sportsmanship points for that week will not count towards the running total of either team. A call down will not count towards a teams forfeit total.
- 72 hours Notice: If a team contacts the league about forfeiting a game, giving 72 hours notice, then the team will not lose any sportsmanship points. An arranged forfeit still counts as a forfeit, but the team keeps their sportsmanship points. If a team forfeits a game giving less than 72 hours notice then the team forfeiting will receive a zero for sportsmanship points and the team being forfeited against will receive a 10 in sportsmanship points for that game.
- Forfeit procedure: To contact the board about a forfeit, the team rep can email the team rep coordinator through the league email. Teams can be emailed through the “teams” page at the top.
F2. Half-Time: Half-time period is 5 minutes long. Teams should be ready to restart play when half-time is over. The clock will start at the end of half-time even if the teams are not ready to start.
G. Scoring: 2 points are awarded for female goals and 1 point is awarded for male goals. A goal is counted as being a female goal if the last ATTACKING player to play or touch the ball before it enters the goal is a female..One point is awarded for either a female or male penalty kick or own goal. Exception: If the referee decides that a goal is an “own goal”, then only 1 point is awarded regardless of the gender of the attacking player who last played or touched the ball before it went into the net. Note: The gender of the defending player who last played or touched the ball before it went into the net has no impact on this rule.
G1. “Own Goal”: An “own goal” is defined as a goal scored by a defensive player playing the ball into his or her own team’s net. Simply stated, an “own goal” is a goal scored by the defense on itself. With an “own goal”, the ball would have gone wide of the posts, above the crossbar, or remained in the field (i.e. in play) if the defender/goalkeeper had not played it into the defensive goal. Note: A ball that deflects off a defensive player should not be judged as having been played by that defensive player.
G2. PENALTY KICKS: One point is awarded for either a female or male penalty kick.
G3. Mercy Rule: If one team goes up by 5 goals they must remove (1) male player. For every additional goal over 5 goals, the team in the lead must remove (1) player of either gender down to the minimum required number of players of (7). During this reduction of players, the player requirements of paragraph A above must be maintained.
H. Fouls and Misconduct
H1. NO SLIDE TACKLING: Whether accidental or not, slide tackling is not allowed and will result in an indirect free kick for the opposing team, and may result in a misconduct (yellow or red card, depending upon the degree of danger to or contact with the opponent) for the player who committed the slide tackle. Sliding in open field space with no other players in the active area of play is allowed. The goalkeeper is the only player allowed to slide tackle near an opponent provided it is performed within the penalty area and is performed only in a manner that does not pose a danger to the opponent or to him/herself.
H2. Cautions (Yellow Cards) and Sendoffs (Red Cards): Cautions and sendoffs are administered in accordance with Law 12, Fouls and Misconduct. The TASL Discipline and Rules (D & R) Committee will review these incidents to determine if further disciplinary action is necessary.
H3. Field Conduct: In order for the referee to keep better control of the game, all teams must observe the following:
- While the ball is in play, no coach/manager, player or spectator shall interfere and/or approach a referee.
- Children must be supervised at ALL times. Children are required to stay off the field of play.
- If the Referee feels he/she cannot control the game for the safety of the players, he/she has the right to terminate the game. If the game is terminated after the first half is completed it is considered a full game.
I. Penalty Kicks
The goalkeeper is determined at the time of the penalty kick. Kicks from the mark to determine the winner of a tournament match may be either male or female without regards to the gender of the goalkeeper. A penalty kick is only worth 1 point no matter who takes it.
- Schedules will be posted on the web site throughout the season. Please check regularly for updates or field changes.
- Make sure the league has a correct e-mail address for your team at all times.
- Game times are not guaranteed. Games will be scheduled around field and Referee availability. In some cases, teams may be required to play on a day/night not normally scheduled due to holidays, rain-outs, cancellations, etc.
- Games canceled due to rain, field problems, or other factors beyond our control will not be rescheduled unless the field and referee availability allow. Due to our year round soccer schedule, it is unlikely rained out games can be rescheduled.
Roster size is 15 players minimum, including at least 5 females.
The league generates Match Reports each week with the complete, up to date roster for each team. IF A PLAYER DOES NOT APPEAR ON THE PRINTED ROSTER, THAT PLAYER IS NOT OFFICIALLY REGISTERED AND CANNOT PLAY.
TASL will provide a maximum of 21 player prizes or recognition awards at the end of any one season.
Players are not permitted to play on more than one team in the same season, nor are they allowed to play if their name does not appear on the printed game report.
- A Field Marshal, 4th Official or TASL Board Member may check your team roster at any time. If an illegal player is suspected, the 4th Official, Field Marshal or a TASL Board Member has the right to take appropriate action. At a minimum, the illegal player must be removed for the duration of the match. A violation could cause a game forfeiture.
- Players in violation of this rule, as well as the team representative of the team in violation, will be reported to the D & R Committee for sanctioning. The D & R Committee has the final decision as to the extent of any punishment.
- For protest purposes, a player may be asked by the 4th Official, Field Marshal or a TASL Board Member to fill out the information on the game report.
The League reserves the right to accept or reject a player’s registration. PLAYERS SUSPENDED FROM OTHER LEAGUES BECAUSE OF HABITUAL OR EXTREME VIOLENT CONDUCT OR SERIOUS FOUL PLAY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TUCSON ADULT SOCCER LEAGUE. (TASL).
ALL FORMS OF VIOLENT CONDUCT AND SERIOUS FOUL PLAY WILL WARRANT AUTOMATIC EJECTION WITH NO WARNINGS GIVEN. Sendoffs (receiving a red card or two yellow cards in one game) will warrant automatic ejection of said player from the playing field. Spectator violent conduct will warrant automatic ejection of said person from the vicinity of the playing field. The match will be SUSPENDED while the player or spectator leaves the premises. If an ejected player or spectator does not leave the premises within two (2) minutes, the match can be TERMINATED.
- Any player or coach/manager ejected from a game will be reported to the D & R Committee for disciplinary action. At a minimum, there will be a one (1) game, in addition to the game in which player or coach/manager was suspended.
- The D & R Committee will review each case and assess the proper disciplinary action in accordance with the TASL Disciplinary Guidelines.
- No coach/manger, player, or spectator shall:
- Threaten an official or another player, coach/manager or spectator
- Lay a hand upon, shove, or strike an official or another player, coach/manager or spectator
- Be guilty of objectionable demonstrations or verbal dissent at official’s decision
- Refuse to abide by official’s decision
- Physically or verbally attack any player, official, coach/manager, or spectator
- Any player removed from a game must leave the playing field immediately.
- Field Marshals and 4th Officials have the authority to give warnings to players, substitutes, and spectators and suspend/eject if necessary. The Field Marshal or 4th Official reserves the right to make the final decision in all matters if the referee is incapacitated.
- Players guilty of Violent Conduct are subject to termination from the TASL upon review by the D & R Committee.
- MASS CONFRONTATION – Teams involved in a mass confrontation will be sanctioned with a MINIMUM one game suspension, based on the referee’s report. If it can be established that the majority of the players of either team become involved, OR that the behavior of the few involved is such that the game must be terminated for safety reasons, either or both teams are subject to suspensions. Cases involving mass confrontation will be evaluated and decided upon by the TASL board, and referred to the D&R committee for administration. Decisions made by the board regarding mass confrontation MAY NOT be appealed.
Mass confrontation is defined as involvement by one or more players from either team with a situation on the field that does not directly involve them. Mass confrontation is usually occurs following serious foul play or violent conduct and may or may not require a match to be terminated.
- The league reserves the right to evaluate reports of unsporting conduct or failure to uphold the league’s standards of conduct as defined in the Mission Statement, Team Representative Contract, and in the Player Conduct Form. A player’s behavior or actions may be evaluated for compliance, even if no sanctions have been taken against them by the referees. In the case where violations to these principles occur, the TASL Board, through the D&R Committee, will take the necessary corrective actions, ranging from friendly reminders of the rules to player suspension.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS
Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products are NOT allowed at any playing field at any time. Teams are responsible for their spectators. Drinking or use of tobacco products is not allowed in recreation programs.
First Offense – Team: Forfeiture of next game. Player: Suspension from next game
Second Offense – Team and/or player suspended or terminated from the league.
A Player Feedback Form is available on this web site and should be used by players or team representatives to report incidents of behavior not meeting the league’s conduct requirements. The fact that a player is not cautioned or sent off by the referee is not validation that the player in question is meeting the conduct requirements of the TASL. Players whose conduct is in violation of these requirements, as witnessed by the Player Feedback Forms, will be reviewed by the D&R Committee in the same manner as players receiving cautions or sendoffs (yellow or red cards). The League reserves the right to suspend or terminate a player who, in the opinion of the board, is a detriment to the League’s objective of providing a fun, fair, and safe environment for its players.
The league maintains a standings page to reflect the wins, losses, and draws for each team. League standings and scores will be updated and available on this website.
100% refund before the 1st scheduled game. Partial refunds can be given anytime during a season. The amount of the partial refund will depend on when the refund is requested. Partial refunds are based on how many weeks of play remain in the current season. Refunds can not be given after a season has ended. Requests to the treasurer for a refund must be received via the Contact Form.