RULES & PROTOCOLS

The Basics by Grade
Regular Season Games
5th/6th Grade
  • Size 4 Ball

  • 30 minute halves; 10 minute halftime

  • 9 players vs 9 players (including goalkeeper

  • 5 players minimum*

  • NO intentional heading or directing of the ball with head allowed. Violation results in Indirect Free Kick.

7th/8th Grade
  • Size 5 Ball

  • 35 minute halves; 10 minute halftime

  • 11 players vs 11 players (including goalkeeper

  • 7 players minimum*

  • Intentional heading or directing of the ball with head IS allowed.

 
High School (9th/10th and 11th/12th)
  • Size 5 Ball

  • 40 minute halves; 10 minute halftime

  • 11 players vs 11 players (including goalkeeper

  • 7 players minimum*

  • Intentional heading or directing of the ball with head IS allowed.

 

*If a team cannot start the game with the minimum number of players, the team must forfeit the game.

 

Information may be different for Playoffs. Please see Playoff Rules.

Rules for All Grades
Playing Time
  • All players must participate in at least 50% of the game, unless injured. Violation of this rule can result in forfeit.

Substitutions
  • Substitutions may occur at any stoppage of play and at the discretion of the referee.

 
Yellow and Red Cards
  • Player given a red card, or 2 yellow cards resulting in a red card, is ejected from game and suspended for team’s next game.

Sportmanship/Conduct
  • All coaches shall manage all games, ensuring that all players, coaches, and spectators participate or view games in a respectful manner, ensuring the highest level of sportsmanship.

  • In all cases, without exception, players, coaches, and spectators shall treat the referees with the highest level of
    respect.

  • A player, coach, or spectator may be removed from participating in any game, or from viewing any game for any form of misconduct. The referee has the authority to remove said person, and stop or terminate the game until that person leaves the playing facility.

Tie Games
  • Regular season games may end in a tie (no overtime).

  • Playoffs: Two 5-minute Golden Goal overtime periods (first goal wins), then Penalty Kick Shoot Out, based on FIFA Laws of Game.

Playoff Rules

Blowout Policy

A "blowout" is winning by more than 6 goals.

For example, 7-1 is acceptable; 8-1 is not. 

 

We assume all coaches will do their best to instill good sportsmanship within their teams. However, in the event of a blowout, MISA will enforce its Blowout Policy as follows:

  • First offense: Offending team is issued a warning.

  • Second offense: The win will only count as 1 point instead of 3 points.

  • Third offense: The offending team gets 0 points for that game and is disqualified from participating in the playoffs.

Reporting of blowout:

An email notification will be sent to the club, both coaches, and board members to address the incident.

False reporting of a blowout (reporting incorrect score) will be penalized as follows:

  • 1st false report: team receives a warning.

  • 2nd false report: team is disqualified from playoffs.

For Blowout Policy rules in Playoffs, see our Playoffs page.

Roster Card & Player Policy​
  • All teams must present the completed, signed, and laminated roster card at all games (see example roster card here). Please contact your club's registrar for official roster cards.

  • All rosters become frozen October 1st, 2020. Exceptions can be presented to the board for approval.

  • Only players and coaches listed on the roster card can participate in the respective game.

  • If a team does not have the roster card prior to kickoff, the game will be played, with both coaches notifying the MISA administrator of the issue following the game. The team without a roster card will forfeit the played game, losing 3-0.

  • A MISA Alliance Club, at their discretion, may approve a temporary or fill-in coach on a per game basis. The respective club’s registrar must prepare a written note stating that the coach is authorized, and can be presented in an email form at check in.

Reporting Scores

​The winning coach should report the score.

 

Go to: http://misasoccer.demosphere.com/phoneitin/​

Enter the following information:

PIN # 1996

Game Number
Team Names
Final Score

Only one team needs to report the score.The first team to call in becomes the reported score. If the second team would like to dispute the score, they may do so by emailing their club. 

OTHER RESOURCES

MISA MEMORANDUM

The Memorandum of Understanding explains the MISA organization.

MISA PROTOCOLS

Read the full text of rules created by the Marin Interleague Soccer Alliance.

ROSTER CARD SAMPLE

Roster cards are required for every game. Contact your registrar. See sample here.

FIFA SOCCER RULES

Learn all the rules of the game from the International Football Federation!