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PAGS 2016 Spring Season Playing Rules


Section 2.01 - Season Year:  The seasonal soccer year shall be from 1 September of one year to 31 August of the following calendar year.

Section 2.02 - Playing Rules:  The playing rules of the League’s games will be in accordance with FIFA, USSF, or Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer (EPYSA), as applicable, except as modified in the Constitution and By-Laws of this organization, or the additional rules and regulations as determined by the Council.  In the event that additional rules and regulations are not promulgated by the first League game of the season all additional rules and regulations from the previous year will be in force until any new rules and regulations are published.  Such rules and regulations SHALL NOT be modified by member teams or League referees.  Failure to abide by this provision will result in forfeiture of the game so affected.  All Clubs, teams, and coaches are required to be familiar with the rules currently in force at any time.  Posting to the PAGS website shall be considered proper notice to all.  The Council shall not be required to adopt any new rules and regulations in any year, and failure to do so at any time does not prohibit the Council from acting at any time in the future.

Section 2.03 - Field Preparation:  The home Club is responsible for providing adequate goals, nets, corner flags, and field markings in accordance with FIFA laws of the game and PAGS modified playing rules.  For 11v11 games the field should be at least 100 yards long and at least 50 yards wide.  However, a smaller field may be used where larger dimensions are not practicable.  

Section 2.04 - Field Inadequacy:  Any inadequacy in the condition of the field, goal post, goal cross bar, goal nets, corner flags,or field markings must be reported to the Referee prior to the start of the game.  If the Referee believes the inadequacy is sufficient to require correction the Referee may require the home Club to correct this inadequacy.  If corrections are not satisfactory to the Referee the game will not be played.  Any irregularity in field conditions must be included in the Referee’s game report.

Section 2.05 - Separation of Teams/Supporters:  The home team selects one end of one sideline, along which all of it’s players and coaches must remain.  All visiting team players and coaches must remain along the other half of the same sideline.  Only carded coaches and players are permitted in the team areas.  Supporters of both teams must remain on the opposite side of the field.  The sideline positioning may not be changed by the teams.  This rule will be reported to the Referee Assignors as a League rule.  The Referee may alter this positioning, if in his/her opinion, it is necessary to maintain order.

Section 2.06 - Control of Teams/Supporters:  Coaches of both teams must control their coaches, players, and supporters and shall not allow anyone to enter the field while the game is being played.  The home club must provide adequate protection to the Referee and visiting team

Section 2.07 - Payment of Officials:  Referee fees are established for each season by agreement between EPYSA and the Referee Association.  The current season referee fee schedule will be posted to the PAGS website prior to the start of each season.  Teams will each pay 50% of the total fee.  Only the fee for referees who appear for the game will be paid.  If only two officials show, then the center referee fee and one assistant referee fee will be paid.  Referees who appear as scheduled will be paid the full fee even when the game is terminated by a cause over which neither Club has control, such as darkness or the Referee declaring the field unplayable.  The full fee must also be paid whenever a game is terminated because of of actions or conditions over which either Club could or should have had control, and whenever either team forfeits a game.  When a Referee declares a field unplayable only the fee for the first game scheduled on that field must be paid.  Referees do not have to be payed when notice of a cancellation  has been delivered to the Referee Assignor in the prescribed manner.

Section 2.08 - When Referees Fail to Appear:  If the assigned Referee(s) has not arrived by the scheduled start time for a game, the home team  should contact the cognizant Referee Assignor, NOT PAGS. The list of Referee Assignors is on the Referee page of the PAGS website.  If a replacement Referee is not provided, the coaches of both teams should mutually agree on an individual to perform as a substitute Referee.  If mutual agreement cannot be reached on a single person, each team may nominate one individual to act as substitute Referees, who will jointly officiate the game.  Likewise, if Assistant Referees fail to appear, the teams shall provide substitute Assistant Referees.  Each substitute Referee will have the authority of the regular Referee and will be compensated the appropriate fee.

Section 2.09 - Forfeit:  Every team is required to appear at every game for which it is scheduled during the regular season.  A team that must forfeit a game must notify the opposing coach and the PAGS Executive Director in accordance with Section 2.16(A) below.  A team that is not prepared to play on the scheduled field 15 minutes after the scheduled start time must forfeit the game to the opposing team, unless the delay has been mutually agreed upon by the coaches of both teams.  Play may begin with seven players (5 players for 8v8 games).  When a game is forfeited under this condition the forfeiting team must pay the entire Referee fee(s).  All forfeits are recorded as 3-0 scores. .

Section 2.10 - Abandoned Games:  An abandoned game is a game for which play starts, but the game must be terminated before completion.  Games can be abandoned by the Referee for one of two reasons:  weather, either because the field becomes unplayable or due to continuing lightning strikes; or due to the actions of one or both of the teams, no carded coach on the sideline, failure of ejected player/coach to leave the premises, failure to field a team, etc.  If a game must be abandoned due to weather conditions and the second half has started then the game is official and the score at the time the game was abandoned will stand.  If a game must be abandoned due to weather conditions and the second half has not started then the game must be replayed in its entirety.  If a game must be abandoned due to the actions of a team, no matter when in the game this occurs, the opponent will be awarded a victory.  This will be recorded as a 3-0 score unless the winning team has scored more than three goals before the game is abandoned.  In that case, the winning team will receive credit for all goals scored.  In all cases the losing team will be credited with 0 goals.  In the event the game is abandoned due to the actions of both teams the game will be a double forfeit and will not count in the standings.  All decisions of the Referee are final.

Section 2.11 - Pre-Game Formalities:    

     A. The coach of each teams must submit a coach’s pass for all coaches who are present at the field, player passes for all players who are on the game lineup form, and three copies of the lineup form, which must contain each player’s name and uniform number.  If a team is using a player with a Club Pass or a Guest player (Spring season only), that player’s name and uniform number must be hand written on the lineup form and the pass must be available for inspection  The referee will hold the pass of all coaches present on the sideline for the duration of the game.

    B. Each coach may request to check the opposing team’s roster against the lineup form and the player pass of each pass.  This exchange may be waived by mutual consent of both coaches.  Any irregularity in a roster, player pass, or lineup form must be reported to the Referee prior to the game so that it may be corrected prior to the game or included in the Referee’s game report.  If any ineligible player is identified, the Referee shall note the particulars in the Referee’s game report and, if that player participates, the game will then be played under protest.  If the protest is later upheld the team with the ineligible player will forfeit the game.  Each coach shall have the official approved team roster form and player passes at the field for all games.

   C. Any player who arrives as the game is in progress, and whose name appears on the lineup form, may substitute in the normal manner upon presenting a player pass to the Referee, subject to a later verification by the opposing team.

    D. The Referee will take the pass of any coach or player who is sent off prior, during, or after the game.  Each such pass will be forwarded to the League Office, along with the Referee’s game report.  A copy of the game report should also be submitted to League Referee Coordinator. 

Section 2.12 - Uniforms:  Teams must wear regulation soccer uniforms.  When the colors of opposing teams are so similar as to cause conflict in the Referee’s opinion, the home team is required to change to a contrasting color.  All players, except goal keepers, must wear numbers not less than 6 inches high.  Players must adhere to all FIFA and EPYSA rules, as applicable, regarding uniforms.   In cases of extreme cold the Referee, at his/her sole discretion, may allow modification of the uniform regulations.

Section 2.13 - PAGS Modified Playing Rules:  Each game will be played in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game, with modifications prescribed by USYS, EPYS, and/or PAGS:

A.  The ball size is #4 for the U9-U12 age groups, and #5 for all other age groups.  The home team will supply game balls.

B.  Substitutions are unlimited in the following circumstances:  on possession of a throw-in or on the opponent’s throw-in as long as the opponent is substituting; by either team on a goal kick; by either team after a goal is scored; and by either team at half time.  If a team substitutes for an injured player the opposing team may substitute 1 for 1.  A player receiving a yellow card may be substituted for prior to the restart of play, and the opposing team may also substitute 1 for 1.  No substitutions are permitted on a corner kick.

C.  Duration of Game:  U9/U10 - two 25-minute halves; U11/U12 - two 30-minute halves; U13/U14 - two 35-minute halves; U15/U16 - two 40-minute halves; and U17 to U19 - two 45-minute halves.

D. A game may begin with 7 players (5 players for 8v8 games) properly representing each team present.

E.  Small-sided (8v8) Rules:

        i.  The field of play must be rectangular.  The length of the touchline shall be be greater than the length of the goal line.  For U9/U10 play the field of play shall be a minimum of 45 yards and maximum of 55 yards wide and a minimum of 70 yard and maximum of 80 yards long. 
        ii.  The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line.  The center mark is indicated at the midpoint of the halfway line  The center circle shall be an 8-yard radius.

        iii.The recommended goal size shall be 6.5 feet high and 18.5 feet wide, however goals that are 7.0 feet high and 21.0 feet wide are acceptable.  Goals must be securely anchored to the ground.

        iv.  There shall be a penalty area at both ends of the field defined as follows:  two lines are drawn at right angles to the goal line, 14 yards from the inside of each goal post.  These lines are extended into the field of play for 14 yards and are joined by a line drawn parallel to the goal line.  The area bounded by these lines and the goal line is the penalty area.  Within each penalty area a penalty mark is made 10 yards from the goal line at the midpoint of the goal posts.  An arc of a circle with a radius of 8 yards from each penalty mark is drawn outside the penalty area.

        v.  There shall be a goal area at both ends of the field defined as follows:  two lines are drawn at right angles to the goal line, 6 yards from the inside of each goal post.  These lines are extended into the field of play for 6 yards and are joined by a line drawn parallel to the goal line.  The area bounded by these lines and the goal line is the goal area.

        vi.  Goal kicks for U9/U10 are taken either on the line of the penalty area or from anywhere within the penalty area.  Goal kicks for U11/U12 are taken either from the 6-yard line or from anywhere within the goal area.

        vii.  Corner kicks are taken form the corner of the field.

        viii.  Penalty kicks are taken from the penalty mark.

        ix.  Defenders must be at least 8 yards away on all free kicks.

          x. Teams play 8v8 (7 field players and a goal keeper).

         xi. An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team on the center spot of the halfway line if a goalkeeper punts or drop kicks the ball from her penalty area into the opponent’s penalty area.  

Section 2.14 - Score Reporting - The home team must report the score online, no later than 8:00 pm on the Monday following the game, following one of the procedures set forth below.  A fine of $5.00 may be assessed to teams failing to report scores in a timely manner.  Scores may be reported by calling in, by mobile device, or by logging in to your team page.

Follow these steps to report scores by phoning in:

1.  Dial the toll free number 1-866-334-6294.
2.  When asked, say or enter using the phone’s touch pad the PIN number and game number. 
The 2016 Spring Season PAGS PIN number is 3718.
3.  You will then be told the division, teams playing, and field location.  If this information is correct confirm by saying yes.
4.  When asked, say or enter using the phone’s touch pad the score for each team, then confirm.
5.  You can do more games in the same call, or just say good-bye when done.
6.  If you make an error reporting scores you must contact PAGS at in order to correct the score.

Follow these steps to report scores using your mobile device:

1.  Download and install the free PhoneItIn application from the Apple Store or Android Market
2.  Sign In by entering the PAGS PIN number and the Game Number.  The 2016 Spring Season PAGS PIN number is 3718.  Then click on “Submit”.
3.  Verify the teams playing, the division and field location.  Click on “Confirm”.
4.  Enter the score for each team.  Click on “Submit”.
5.  You can do more games by clicking on “Begin Process Again”, or you can log out when done.
6.  If you make an error reporting scores you must contact PAGS at in order to correct the score. 

Follow these steps to report scores on by logging in to your team page:

 Log in to your team page on the PAGS website by going to the PAGS home page (, click on “Schedule/Standings Index”.
2.  Select your team’s Division.
3.  Select your team name, then click on “Team Log In” in the upper right-hand corner.
4.  If you don’t have a PIN (first time logging in) or don't know your team PIN select “Click Here” at the bottom of the login screen.
If you do not know your team login contact your Club Delegate no the PAGS office.
5.  Once you have logged in you will come to an administrative option page.  Select “Team Scorekeeping”.
6.  You will see a listing for all games that have been completed without scores being entered.  Select the appropriate game, enter the score, select “Save” and you are finished.

7.  If you make an error reporting scores you must contact PAGS at in order to correct the score.

It is important that everyone cooperate and enter scores promptly!

Section 2.15 - Protests:   There are no protests of the outcome of PAGS games or of referee decisions.  Teams may only protest the use of an illegal player prior to a game pursuant to the provisions of Section 2.11B above.

Section 2.16 - Game Postponement and Rescheduling:

    A.  Rescheduling Due to Inclement Weather:  Games should not be postponed for light rain or wet fields.  Should postponement due to inclement weather be necessary, the home Club must notify the Referee Assignor and the visiting teams as early as possible.  Notification to the Referee Assignor must be made no later than 2 hours prior to the first scheduled game or the Club will be responsible for paying the referee fees for the first scheduled game at each field affected.  Postponed games must be rescheduled as soon as possible. The teams should agree on a new date/time/location and then notify the PAGS Executive Director.  The League has the final authority to reschedule any game.

Section 2.17 - Standings By Points:  The standing of teams within a Division is determined by points.  Three (3) points are awarded for a win, one  (1) point for a tie, and no points for a loss.

Section 3.04 - Roster Limitations:  U9 through U12 teams must have a minimum of 9 players and may have a maximum of 14 players. U13 teams must have a minimum of 12 players and may have a maximum of 18 players.  U14 teams must have a minimum of 12 players and may have a maximum of 22 players.  

Section 3.07 - Use of Secondary Players:  U9 to U12 teams may have a maximum of 3 secondary players, which count against the roster limit of 14.  U13 teams may have a maximum of 3 secondary players which count against the roster limit of 18.  U14 teams may have a maximum of 3 secondary players, which count against the roster limit of 22.  Individual game line-up limits of 18 for U14 remain in effect.  Secondary players may only play up, that is in a higher Division in the same Age Group or in a higher Age Group.  None of above shall prohibit a primary player on a PAGS team from playing as a secondary player on a team in another League.

Section 3.08 - Club Pass:  Players will be permitted to play with any team in their Club for which their age qualifies them.  Club pass players may play no more than 2 games per day or 3 games in a weekend.  For any game the combination of secondary and club pass players may not exceed 3 for U9-U14 and may not exceed 5 for U15-U19. 

Section 3.09 - Guest Players - THIS SECTION APPLIES TO THE SPRING SEASON ONLY!  U9 to U12 teams may have a maximum of 3 guest players per game.  Guest players count against the line-up limit of 14 for U9 to U12 teams.  U13 and U14 teams may have a maximum of 5 guest players per game.  Guest players count against the line-up limit of 18 for U13 and U14 teams.




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