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NPSC'S PHILOSOPHY

The Philosophy of the Northern Piedmont Sports Club (NPSC) Soccer League, which is for girls and boys ages 2-18, is to provide an atmosphere promoting fun, togetherness, learning, and good sportsmanship within a recreational setting. 

Our motto is: ATHLETE FIRST, WINNER SECOND.

In keeping with this philosophy NPSC has instituted a ZERO TOLERANCE policy.

Before, during, and after all games the following will be enforced:

  1. Players, coaches, assistant coaches, parents, and spectators MAY NOT make insulting or negative remarks, directly or indirectly, to or about opposing players, officials, or spectators or commit other acts that could be considered unsportsmanlike.
  2. Players, coaches, assistant coaches, parents, and spectator MAY NOT directly or indirectly make comments to or about the officiating crew or otherwise badger the officiating crew.
  3. Players, coaches, assistant coaches, parents and spectators MAY NOT use profanity at any time. Use of profanity may get you ejected from a game, suspended from the next game or ejected from the league.
  4. Officials will give one warning to a player, coach, assistant coach, parent or spectator for misconduct. Upon the second infraction the player, coach, assistant coach, parent or spectator shall be ejected from the game site.
  5. Any player, coach, assistant, parent or spectator that is ejected from the game will be automatically suspended from participation in the next NPSC Soccer League game. 
  6. Any person ejected from a game site shall not return to the game site following the game for any reason.
  7. Failure to abide by any condition of this rule may result in forfeiture of the game and additional sanctions.
  8. If there is a physical altercation between a player, coach, assistant coach, parent, or spectator and an official, such person shall be automatically ejected from the game site and shall be automatically suspended from participation in the NPSC Soccer League and may be expelled from NPSC pending review by the NPSC Soccer Committee.

PLAYER PARTICIPATION

The time requirements for ALL players on the team roster are as follows:

ALL AGES: All players must play the equivalent of one half of the game and sit out the equivalent of one quarter of the game, unless the size of the team roster impedes the application of the rule.

In the event a player, without prior approval of the DOC, is not allowed by his/her coach to play the minimum required time during a game, the opponent coach team or the affected player might bring the infringement of the rule to the Soccer Recreational Committee’s attention for further investigation.

In the event a player is allowed by his/her coach to play more than his/her maximum allowable time, he/she become an ineligible player and his/her team shall forfeit the game.

Rules of the Game

Under 6 Age Group: 
We still will consider Continuous Play for the U6 Age Group!

However, we encourage coaches to consider adding the following rules during practices and maybe game, upon both team coaches agreement!

  • Goal Kick: Ball should be positioned anywhere inside the small box and pass to a teammate. It is when the game restarts. Opponent’s players must retreat close to the midfielder line
  • Corner kick:  Ball should be positioned at corners of the field. Attacking team restart the game from there with a pass or crossing. Opponent’s players must stay 7 yards away
  • Throw ins: Ball should be positioned over the throw in line (according to the location that it went out) and player should pass it in with their feet. Opponent’s players must offer some space for this action happens!
Under 8 Age Group: 

NO Continuous Play!

  • Goal Kick: Ball should be positioned anywhere inside the small box and pass to a teammate. It is when the game restarts. Opponent’s players must retreat close to the midfielder line
  • Corner kick:  Ball should be positioned at corners of the field. Attacking team restart the game from there with a pass or crossing. Opponent’s players must stay 7 yards away
  • Throw ins: Ball should be positioned over the throw in line (according to the location that it went out) and player should: pass it in with their feet OR throw it in with hands. Opponent’s players must offer some space for this action happens!
In both the U6 and U8 age group NO referee's will be on the fields for these games. However, Coaches are welcome to step on/off the field to manage teams and game! 

Under 10 Age Group: 

  • Goal Kick: Ball should be positioned anywhere inside the small box and pass to a teammate. It is when the game restarts. Players may receive it inside the box too! Game is on after the first touch, as soon as the ball runs! Opponent’s players must retreat behind the RETREAT LINE
  • Throw ins: Referees should give a chance for players to repeat this action. Communicate with Referees about it
  • Corner kick: Ball should be positioned at corners of the field. Attacking team restart the game from there with a pass or crossing. Opponent’s players must retreat OVER THE BOX SIDE LINE.

There will be referees on the field to manage the game according to FIFA rules for this age group!

Yellow and Red Cards

yellow card displayed by the referee means that a player has received a warning. It may be for dangerous play, bad language or poor sportsmanship. Players receiving a yellow card will have to leave the playing field immediately, but can be substituted back in at the next team substitution opportunity. Players, coaches or spectators are allowed one warning yellow card per game. Anyone receiving two yellow cards in one game will have to adhere to red card rules. Yellow cards are not carried over to next week’s game.

red card may be given by the referee to any player, coach or spectator, indicating a second infraction after a yellow card warning. Recipient of a red card must immediately leave the game site before the game can continue. Recipients of a red card will be required to miss the following regular season game. If a player is given a hard red card NPSC will suspend the player a second game.  The Referee’s judgment is final and must be adhered to without argument. Complaints may be addressed to NPSC's Soccer Commitee.

Ball Size

Ball Sizes: 
U4-U8 - Size 3
U10-U12 - Size 4
U13 and Older  - Size 5


Game Format and Roster Size


Age DivisionGame FormatRoster Size
 Under - 63v36
 Under - 84v48
Under 10 7v710
Under 119v914
Under 129v914
Under 13 and older11v1118

SLIDE TACKLING and Heading

Slide tackling is not permitted in any division from Under-5 to Under-12.

Heading the ball is not permitted in any division from Under-5 to Under 11. 

Game Duration


Age DivisionGame Duration
 Under - 64- 8 min. quarters
 Under - 84 - 10 min. quarters
Under 10 2 -25 min. halves
Under 112- 30 min. halves
Under 122- 30 min. halves 
Under 13 and Under 142 -35 min halves
 Under 16 2- 40 min. halves
 Under 192- 40/45 min halves 

SUBSTITUTIONS

U6 and U8 teams are allowed unlimited substitutions with prior consent of the Coaches at these points in the game: Throw ins; Goal kick; After goal; Half time and when an Injury happens (either team)

For all other divisions, teams are allowed unlimited substitutions with prior consent of the referee at these points in the game:

  1. Substituting team’s throw in
  2. Opposing team’s throw in if the team that is throwing in is also substituting
  3. Goal kick - either team
  4. After goal - either team
  5. Half time - either team
  6. Substituting team’s yellow carded player
  7. Injury - one for one

Direct Kicks and Offsides

A direct kick is when a penalty kick can enter the goal for a score without touching any other player. For U10 and older, direct kick penalties are allowed.

U6 and U8 games be run with continuous play and no referee's. 

Contact

Northern Piedmont Sports Club
365 W. Shirley Ave 
Warrenton, Virginia 20186

Phone: 540-347-9972
Email: [email protected]

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