Women's Premier Soccer League      
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WOMEN'S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE DOCUMENTS

BYLAWS

LAW A   LEAGUE

  • LAW A1    BYLAWS
  • LAW A2    LAWS OF THE GAME
  • LAW A3    PLAYING SEASON
  • LAW A4    PLAYOFFS
  • LAW A5    CHAMPIONSHIPS
  • LAW A5.1    LOCATION OF CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
  • LAW A5.2    TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
  • LAW A5.3    CRITERIA TO HOST CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
  • LAW A6    TIE IN STANDINGS
  • LAW A6.1    THREE-WAY TIE IN STANDINGS
  • LAW A7    GAME BALLS
  • LAW A8    SUBSTITUTIONS
  • LAW A9    GAME TIED AFTER 90 MINUTES OF REGULATION PLAY
  • LAW A10    WPSL POINT SYSTEM
  • LAW A11    LEAGUE AND DIVISION STRUCTURE
  • LAW A11.1    REGIONAL FLEXIBILTY
  • LAW A12    LEAGUE SCHEDULE
  • LAW A13    CANCELLATIONS
  • LAW A14     NO SHOW/FORFEIT
  • LAW A14.1    NON-PERFORMANCE OF HOME TEAM
  • LAW A15    QUARTERS    
  • LAW A16     PROVISIONAL TEAMS

LAW B   TEAM

  • LAW B1    OPERATION FEES
  • LAW B2    OTHER FEES
  • LAW B3    ROSTER
  • LAW B4    CONDUCT AND APPEARANCE OF TEAM BENCH PERSONNEL
  • LAW B5    BENCH REQUIREMENTS
  • LAW B6     GAME DAY REPORTS
  • LAW B6.1    TRAVEL INFORMATION SHEET
  • LAW B7    DISBANDING
  • LAW B8    RISKS
  • LAW B9    INDENTIFICATION
  • LAW B10    UNIFORMS
  • LAW B11    NON-PAYMENT OF PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS BY PROFESSIONAL TEAMS
  • LAW B12    LEAGUE FUNDRAISING

LAW C   PLAYERS

  • LAW C1    AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL
  • LAW C2    FOREIGN PLAYER STATUS
  • LAW C3    PARTICIPATION
  • LAW C4     REGISTRATION
  • LAW C5    PLAYER PASS
  • LAW C5.1    REGISTRAR
  • LAW C5.2    PLAYER REGISTRATION
  • LAW C6    ILLEGAL PLAYER
  • LAW C7    TRANSFER AND RELEASES
  • LAWC8        INSURANCE
  • LAWC9        RISKS
  • LAWC10    ALL-STAR TEAM
  • LAWC11    LEAGUE RECOGNITION

LAW D   REFEREES  

  • LAW D1    REGISTRATION
  • LAW D2    GAME
  • LAW D3    FIELD INSPECTION
  • LAW D4    FEE
  • LAW D5    FEE DISBURSEMENT
  • LAW D6     NO SHOW
  • LAW D7    WPSL RULES
  • LAW D8    REFEREE SUSPENSION

LAW E   DISCIPLINE

  • LAW E1    LEAGUE COMMISSIONER
  • LAW E2    CAUTIONS
  • LAW E3    EJECTIONS
  • LAW E4    SERVING EJECTIONS

LAW F   MINIMUM STANDARDS

  • LAW F1    ADHERENCE
  • LAW F2     PLAYING FIELD
  • LAW F3    NETS AND CORNER FLAGS
  • LAW F4    BENCHES
  • LAW F5     REFEREE PROVISIONS
  • LAW F6    WATER AND ICE
  • LAW F7    TRAINER
  • LAW F8    BACK UP FIELD
  • LAW F9    FANS
  • LAW F10    BALL PERSONS
  • LAW F11    SCORE REPORTING

LAW G   LEAGUE

  • LAW G1 TEAM SPONSORED TOURNAMENTS
  • LAW G2 TOURNAMENTS
     

LAW A1 BYLAWS

The Constitution and bylaws will govern the operations of the Women’s Premiere Soccer League (WPSL).  The Constitution and bylaws may be amended or changed or deleted, or have new language adopted through the League Commissioner by a majority of the teams in good standing.

LAW A2  LAWS OF THE GAME

All games under the jurisdiction of the league shall be conducted according to the rules and regulations recognized by the league.  Playing Rules of the league shall be those exceptions listed herein.

LAW A3   PLAYING SEASON

The playing season of the league shall start no sooner that May 1st, though that date is not a mandatory start for all teams, and end no later than the first weekend of August.

LAW A4   PLAYOFFS

All playoff games shall be under the control and supervision of the League Commissioner.  Regional hosts will pay all referee fees.

LAW A5   LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS AND PLAYOFFS

The league championship will be two weekends before August 1st.  The team that wins its region may be required to play another region’s winner to determine the representative in division playoff.  The league champion will be the winner of the Championship Tournament.
A team will not be considered for the Championship Tournament unless all league dues are current within four weeks of the start of the playoffs.

Championship Tournament losing semifinalists will not play a consolation match.

LAW A5.1   LOCATION OF CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

Starting with the 2008 championship series the host location will start in the West and rotate annually to the East, Midwest and South.  If no teams in the regional rotation submit a proposal then it becomes open to the region next in the rotation.  The league office shall set the dates and times of the championship matches.  The league office shall have the authority to change the game time of the championship finals if the league determines that weather may impact the match.

LAW A5.2   TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

Once a team advances to the championship tournament, the team must submit to the league within 24 hours, their travel confirmation for the championship tournament.  If the advancing team fails to submit the travel confirmation or cannot attend the championship tournament, the runner up from the regional playoff/division will be given the option of participating in the championship tournament, in which they must provide travel confirmation within 24 hours of notification from the league.  If neither team from the regional playoff/division can participate, the commissioner may select a team from any region to fill the open spot.

LAW A5.3   CRITERIA TO HOST THE WPSL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The hosting team must supply the following:

  • $5,000.00 will be deposited to the league.
  • Seven (7) hotel rooms per team with 2 double/queen beds for 2 nights.
  • Two (2) 15 passenger vans or three (3) 7 passenger mini vans per team for 3 days
  • Venue- with a public-address system and electronic scoreboard.
  • Water, Ice and certified athletic trainer.
  • All money collected will go to the host team.  The $5,000.00 deposit will be returned to the host team within seven (7) days after the championship tournament if host team fulfills all the above criteria.  If the host team decides to not host the championships the $5,000.00 deposit will be forfeited and used to secure a new location.


LAW A6   TIE IN STANDINGS

In case of a tie in the league standings the following tiebreaker will be used.

  • Head to head record between the teams.
  • Goal difference between the teams.
  • Most goals scored.
  • Least goals scored against.
  • Tiebreaker to be determined by a coin toss.

All division or regional playoffs tied at the end of regulation will play two (2) 15 minute halves with no goal.  If still tied the teams on the field will go to penalty kicks.

LAW A6.1   THREE-WAY TIE IN STANDINGS

Once the team is eliminated then it defaults to the two-team tie breaker.

  • Head to head among the three teams.
  • Goal difference in games amongst the two or three teams.
  • Goal difference within the region.
  • Most goals scored within the region.
  • Least goals scored allowed in the region.
  • Coin toss.


LAW A7   GAME BALLS

The home team must provide the referee with at least five (5) game balls prior to kickoff.  The referee will return all game balls to the home team upon completion of the game.

Every team must submit to the league what type of game balls they will be using by April 15th.  The balls must be stamped FIFA and match approved.

LAW A8   SUBSTITUTIONS

Each team will be allowed 20 players on the game day roster from the unlimited team roster.  Substitutions are unlimited and may be allowed on any dead ball situation with the referee’s instruction.  

The following conditions shall govern substitutions in WPSL matches:

A team may not substitute more than three (3) players at any one substitution stoppage except halftime.
A referee will provide a warning to a team if he/she feels that the team is substituting excessively thereby disrupting the flow of the match or as a time-wasting tactic.  From that point forward a referee may limit a team’s subs or deny them at his/her discretion.
Referees shall add extra time in correlation to the time taken for substitutions.
Games with hot weather may have water breaks.  No coaching shall take place.  Coaches may substitute with referee permission.

LAW A10   WPSL POINT SYSTEM
 

WIN  3 POINTS
TIE 1 POINTS
LOSS 0 POINTS
FORFEIT -3 POINTS


LAW A11   REGION AND DIVISION STRUCTURE

The WPSL will be organized on a divisional and regional basis. The division will be West, East, South, and Central.

LAW A11.1   REGIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

  1.  Propose schedule deadlines to the league office for approval.
  2.  Regions are determined by the League Commissioner.
  3. Regions may have financial arrangements not in conflict with the WPSL Constitution.
  4. If decisions affect the entire league financially or otherwise, the League Commissioner must approve the decision.


LAW A12   LEAGUE SCHEDULE

If a team is unable to field a team, it will forfeit the game.  It will not be rescheduled.

If a stadium is closed (due to “acts of nature” or circumstances beyond control) the league must receive notice in writing, a statement of closure from the facility owner immediately after the closure and the rescheduling fee may be refunded.

A team may not schedule a Sunday game later than 3 pm if the road team is traveling more than 200 miles or the visiting team approves of a time change.

LAW A13   CANCELLATIONS

The cancellation procedure is as follows:

No games may be canceled prior to the scheduled date unless both teams and the League Commissioner and Associate Commissioner agree.  If a stadium is closed (due to “acts of God” or circumstances beyond control) the league must receive notice in writing, a statement of closure from the facility owner immediately after closure.  The Regional Commissioner shall determine the policy of rainouts and all other cancellations including games in progress.

The League Commissioner, Associate Commissioners, and Regional Commissioners will determine on a case-by-case whether or not a game is considered a cancellation or a forfeit.
Any postponed game must be rescheduled within 72 hours.  If all possible attempts to get the game rescheduled fail then the un-played game score will be reported as 0-0, and the standing points will be calculated by the average game points each team has received for the season.

Authority to delay or postpone a match.
Once in progress, a match may be delayed or postponed due to unfavorable weather and/or other adverse conditions beyond the control of the participating teams which would make the playing of the match impractical or dangerous.  Only the referee and the League Commissioner or Regional Commissioner has the authority to delay or postpone a schedule match.  The referee has the final word on delays due to weather.

If a match needs to be terminated and the first half has been completed, the match will count as a complete and official match.

If a match is terminated prior to completion of the first half, the teams must contact the League Commissioner to discuss a reschedule date.

Grace period before abandoning a match.
Unless both teams and the referee agree to an alternate plan, teams must wait at least one hour before abandoning a match that has been delayed.  The one-hour grace period may be extended, up to a maximum of three hours from the time the match is delayed, if there is a likelihood of resuming the match that day.  Because of the cost and difficulty of rescheduling, every attempt should be made to continue the match.

No match will be continued after the three-hour waiting period without the approval of the League Commissioner or Regional Commissioner or referee.

LAW A14   NO SHOWS OR FORFEIT

A no show is when a team willfully does not appear at a game without a specific agreement approved by the Regional Commissioner and League Commissioner.  The penalties for a no-show are as follows.

  1. A 3-0 loss, a 3-point deduction from their standings and a league fine of $5,000.00.
  2. Justified compensation to opponent of up to $1,500.00 to be determined by the League Commissioner.  Opponent may seek no additional compensation.
  3. All fines and fees must be paid within seven (7) days.  If fines and fees are not paid within 7 days, the league may consider option for continued play in the league.
  4. A club may be expelled from the league if it accumulates two no-shows within one season.  Three forfeits are immediate expulsion.  


A team unable to attend a scheduled game because of an accident, weather, or an “act of God” should immediately notify the opponent and the league office.  The Regional Commissioner will review each situation and a decision rendered.  The Regional Commissioner and Associate Commissioner may give consideration in situations, where the opponent has been given at least five days’ notice of an impending no-show.   A team may borrow up to four (4) registered WPSL players with a local team unless they are starters.  This must have approval from an Associate Commissioner in charge of registration.

LAW A14.1   NON-PERFORMANCE OF HOME TEAM

In the event the visiting team is present at the venue and the home team is unable to provide a venue or fails to show up at the scheduled venue and time, and the game is unable to be played within an hour of the game time, all sanctions in Law A14 apply, except for compensation, which will be, the greater of $1,000.00 or actual travel costs incurred by the road team for that particular game.  This law does not apply if a facility owner, due to weather or “an act of God”, closes the stadium.

LAW A15  QUARTERS

Teams shall play quarters as opposed to halves when heat requires it for safety reasons.  No coaching allowed during quarterly breaks.  This may be decided before the game begins.  The players should not leave the field.  Either team my request quarters.

LAW A16 PROVISIONAL TEAMS

Provisional teams will not be guaranteed any games during their provisional season.  Provisional games do not count in the standings.

LAW B  TEAM

LAW B1 OPERATIONAL FEES

The dues are for the operation of the league and are due by deadlines established by the League Commissioner.  If a team is 30 days past due on payment, then the league may apply sanctions including sanctions.  Prompt payment will be a consideration for acceptance into the league for the following year.
Teams planning to return the following year must pay $500. Due October 1st and December 1st.
With the balance of the yearly dues by January 10th.   New teams will be required to have full payment in by January 10th.

LAW B2   OTHER FEES

Each team is responsible for league fees and costs, including but not limited to:

  1. USASA Field Liability Insurance
  2. Player Registration- Annual rate will be determined by the vote of the league
  3. Media Guide by home teams
  4. Game day programs by home teams
  5. Referee fees by home teams
  6. Travel expenses
  7. Pro to Amateur status fee
  8.  Patches
  9. League banners- New teams receive a free banner


LAW B3   ROSTER

There is no limit to the number of players listed on the team roster at any given time.

All registered players must be listed on the team’s roster on the WPSL webpage and approved by the registrar.  All disputes on the registration will be the responsibility of the associate commission in charge of registration.
A maximum of 20 players may dress for games (this is the game day roster).
As a courtesy, the visiting team shall submit a proposed roster to the home team by noon Thursday prior to the game.  The home team will produce a game day publication including both team rosters at all league games.

An Associate Commissioner in charge of registration will decide on whether or not to allow player loans.  Only players that are not considered starters may be loaned.

Rosters will be frozen fifteen (15) days before the start of any WPSL divisional tournament.  The league Registrar must approve all roster moves after the roster freeze deadline.  For teams playing in a regional game and not in contention for the championship, NO more than two players per team may be transferred one week prior to the deadline.

Professional conduct and attire is required of all personnel on the team bench.  Abusive language will not be tolerated.  Minimum dress code will include polo shirt, dress shorts, and shoes.  

LAW B5   BENCH REQUIREMENTS

Players, including insured players on the team roster, coaches, managers and medical staff will be permitted in the bench area.

LAW B6   GAME DAY REPORTS

Prior to the start of the game, the home team representative shall provide the referee with an official WPSL game form listing the registered players participating in the game. Referees shall report to the league the results of the game, the goal(s) scorer(s), the time of the goal(s), assists and list any cards which may have been issued-any violations of rules and regulations by either team or their team officials, must be included. The referees will also be required to fill out the referee information section on the Game Report for each game indicating whether they have been paid.  The home team is responsible for submitting this information to the league immediately after a game by calling in the results to the WPSL score line at 800-854-0913.

The home team must fax or scan and email the game reports to the league’s designated office no more than 48 hours after the completion of the game.  Failure to furnish the League Office with this information by the stated time can result in loss of points in the Standings.  Game Reports need to be checked by both teams and signed AFTER the game.  By signing the Game Report the team agrees that it is correct.  

LAW B6.1  TRAVEL INFORMATION SHEET

No later than three (2) days prior to a WPSL match, each team will be required to fax or email each opponent a road team information sheet or home team information sheet, whichever is applicable.  The following information shall be furnished:

Date, time, venue of match- directions to the venue, uniform color, game day roster, an emergency contact number, mode of transportation, estimated time of arrival and any minimum standards lacking.

Teams must obtain approval from US Soccer to travel and play internationally.  Hosting any foreign team must have permission from US Soccer.

LAW B7   DISBANDING

In the event a team, by disbanding or for any other reason, withdraws from the league without finishing its scheduled games the following regulations will take effect:

1.    If at least half of the full schedule of games has been played, all resulting scores shall stand as validated by the league.
2.    The remaining un-played games shall be credited to the opponents, as scheduled with the scores adjusted to an equitable basis, so as not to impact a playoff race.
3.    If less than one-half of the full schedule of games has been played, the resulting scores of the games played shall be cancelled.
4.    If a team is suspended or expelled, players can be transferred by filling out a Transfer Form and paying a $5.00 transfer fee.  After the start of the season, a registered player must notify her team before contacting any other team.

LAW B8 RISK

The schedule is the ultimate responsibility of the League Commissioner on a designee. The league schedule, once issued by the league office and posted on the official WPSL website, shall not be changed without the consent of the League Commissioner or a designee.  Teams must have their WPSL regular season game dates, times and venue/field submitted to the league, no later than 60 days prior to the start of their region’s first official league game.

The schedule posted on the league website is the official schedule.  It is the responsibility of each team to ensure the schedule posted on the league website is accurate.  NO change in the league schedule will be considered without a completed game change request form sent to the League Commissioner or a designee with signatures/acceptance from both team representatives involved in the reschedule and appropriate rescheduling fees paid by the requesting team.  No last-minute changes without approval from the League Commissioner or a designee.
See schedule fees below.

Rescheduling Fees

  • 1 week prior to original scheduled game $200
  • 2-3 weeks prior to original scheduled game $150
  • 4-6 weeks prior to original scheduled game $75
  • 7-9 weeks prior to original scheduled game $0
  • 10+ weeks prior to original scheduled game $0


If a WPSL match has been assigned referees and a team reschedules the match less than 72 hours prior to the original schedule, then the rescheduling team must pay the fees for the assigned crew prior to a reschedule being granted.  If the date, time or venue of a WPSL match is changed less than 72 hours prior to the original schedule then the team accepting the change may be granted monetary damages upon proof submitted and approved by the League Commissioner.

Each player or team official shall assume all risks, responsibilities, and liabilities for loss, damage, injury or death to her/himself while using property and facilities of the WPSL and whether such loss, damage, injury or death be occasioned by the team or by the league, it officers, agents or otherwise.  

LAW B9 INDEMNIFICATION

Each team shall provide the league with a suitable indemnification agreement prior to acceptance into the current season to hold the league, member teams, league officers, employees and agents harmless against all claims, action, liability or demands of whatever nature which may be commenced by any person or connection with the member’s agreement to become a member of the league and league’s acceptance of such member.  Each player, coach, trainer, and team personnel will sign an acknowledgment of a hold harmless clause.

LAW B10 UNIFORMS

Each team must have two full sets of complete uniforms, each set being identical.  They must contain numbers on the back of jersey (at least 8” high).  Numbers can start from 00 and go through 99.  Home team chooses color and informs visiting team of choice.  All uniforms must have a 3-4” number on the shorts or front of jersey.  The WPSL logo must be prominently placed on all team uniforms.

LAW B11  NON-PAYMENT OF PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS BY PROFESSIONAL TEAMS

A professional team, including all their associated business entities, will be fined and expelled from the WPSL if there is failure to pay the contractual agreement between the team and the professional players within 90 days of the end of the season or their contract end date. A professional team may not have any college eligible players on their roster.

LAW B12  

A commission of 20% will be paid to a team or individual on any cash contribution to the WPSL.

LAW C  AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL

An amateur player is any person other than a professional player.

A professional player is a person who currently receives payment for playing soccer and/or who signs a professional form with the United States Soccer Federation.

An amateur player may not receive and retain any remuneration for playing except expenses directly related to a game or games that have actually been incurred by the player.  A player with NCAA eligibility may not play on a team with any professional players that are being paid to play.

A professional player can play in the WPSL with proper registration with the United States Soccer Federation and the WPSL.

An amateur player may participate as a member of an amateur team against professional athletes or professional teams.

An amateur player may participate with a professional on a team, provided the professional is NOT BEING PAID by a professional team or league to play as a member of that team (e.g. summer basketball leagues with teams composed of both professional and amateur athletes)

LAW C2  FOREIGN PLAYER STATUS

Any player coming or returning to the WPSL from outside the United States must obtain proper international clearance with applicable rules of the USSF and FIFA being complied with before they can register the player.  A U.S. player who has gone to train or play overseas and registered with that country’s federation is considered a foreign player.  Each team is responsible for their team’s eligibility.

LAW C3  PARTICIPATION

Players may participate in any competition under the jurisdiction of the league provided that they are duly registered in accordance with the regulations contained herein.

LAW C4   REGISTRATION

An eligible player is one properly registered with the league and the USASA, and not under suspension.

All players must also sign a separate indemnification form, as well as, all coaches and team personnel.  The team will have responsibility to have these on file.

Player registration fees must be received before registration forms are processed.  The player passes will be emailed to the team and each team will adhere a photo, have the players sign pass, and laminate cards.

LAW C5  PLAYER PASS

Every player must have a current WPSL player pass.  WPSL player passes shall be presented to the referee prior to the game.  If no pass is presented, player(s) must show proof of identification (with picture) and the game may be played under protest, subject to verification by the league registrar office.

LAW C5.1   REGISTRAR

The league registrar will be appointed by the League Commissioner and will maintain records of all players and teams participating under the sanction of the WPSL.  The registrar shall report to the USASA and USSF such portions of that record by the rules of the USASA and USSF.  The registrar shall determine the eligibility of players and teams.  The issuance of a player pass does not in itself constitute that a player is eligible to play in a WPSL match.

LAW C5.2  PLAYER REGISTRATION

The purpose of player registration is to limit access to participation in sanctioned games of soccer to those who show respect for and abide by the laws of the game and the rules of the WPSL.  The WPSL shall make rules and establish procedure and fees for issuance of player registration cards.  No person can be denied issuance of a player registration on the basis of race, color, age, creed or national origin.  Player registration cards remain the property of the WPSL and must be surrendered upon request under the rules of competition of the WPSL.

At the minimum, the player registration form must include the player’s date of birth, full name, signature, address and phone number.  The player registration card must indicate the date of birth and the full name of the individual.  It must also have a current photo.
The registrar will post all eligible players on the team website.  The registrar will determine the submission deadline for the weekend games.

A player’s registration must be submitted to the league registrar at least 72 hours before the team’s next game in order to be eligible to play.  Expedite fee of $100 will be applied if player card is needed within the 72 hours.  The roster on the team’s webpage will be updated after each approved player registration.

LAW C6  ILLEGAL PLAYER

An illegal player is a player not properly registered with the league and/or the USSF/USASA and does not appear on the WPSL webpage Team roster.  A team using an illegal player shall forfeit 3-0 all games illegal player(s) plays in and will lose 3 points per illegal player per game.  International clearance is required for foreign players and returning US players who have requested a transfer to another foreign federation.  It is the responsibility of the individual teams to verify the player has proper clearance and is registered on the Team WPSL webpage.

LAW C7  TRANSFER AND RELEASES

During the official playing season, a player shall not register for more than one (1) team.  No team shall approach a player who is registered with another team within the region without consent of her team and according to USASA rules must be released if she has met all the conditions set forth here.  In the event that she is refused, she may bring the matter to the attention of the league with reasons stated.  Any player withholding property of the team of which she was last a member of shall not be eligible for release or transfer.

  1. The Player- Player may terminate their registration with a team after meeting the above conditions.
  2. The team may terminate a player’s registration at any time for any reason, including but not limited to, player’s performance and violation of team rules, upon written notice to player here under shall terminate, provided team actions are in accordance with the league.
  3. Any team contacted by a player must inform the player to contact her own team and ask to be released or transferred.  Also, the team contacted shall notify the manager of the player’s team.
  4. A registered player (not a starter) may be loaned to traveling teams short of players with the Associate Commissioner for registrations approval.


*To transfer a player:  A Transfer Form must be filled out and signed by the appropriate persons, a $ 10 processing fee made out to the WPSL must be paid and the form must be received and signed by the league registrar before the player will be allowed to play.

LAW C8  INSURANCE

USASA provides each amateur club’s registered player’s secondary player medical insurance, as part of the registration fee.  The field liability insurance will be paid to the league and sent to the USASA.  Any false representation of USASA insurance documents by any team will incur a $5,000.00 penalty and possible expulsion from the league.

LAW C9 RISKS

Each player shall assume all risks, responsibilities, and liabilities for loss, damage, injury or death to herself while engaged as a player for a team or a representative team of the league.  It is the player’s responsibility to have a primary health care plan.

LAW C10  ALL STAR TEAM

League wide and regional all-stars shall be determined at the AGM or by the league or at a regional meeting.

Regular season statistics will not be affected or enhanced by the playoffs.  The playoff season and statistics will be separate.

LAW C11  LEAGUE RECOGNITION

The league may select a Coach of The Year.  The regions will select their Coaches of The Year.  The League Commissioner will select a team in the regions who have displayed exceptional management during the season.


LAW D  REFEREES

LAW D1  REGISTRATION

Only currently registered USSF or FIFA referees shall officiate league scheduled games.  Once a year the league may designate a WPSL Referee commissioner.

LAW D2  GAME

The referee shall be the sole judge of all matters pertaining to the game. All USSF Law applies except were WPSL modifications have been accepted by the USSF.  Players without passes may play with proper photo identification and the game will be considered under protest until the league office determines the player’s eligibility.

LAW D3  FIELD INSPECTION

Before the commencement of each game, the referee shall inspect the playing field and if its conditions render the field unsafe for players, he/she shall call the game off, notifying the two competing teams of his decision.

LAW D4  FEE

The fee for refereeing services is set by the WPSL.  The WPSL is not responsible for travel costs incurred by referees unless expressly approved by the WPSL in writing.  Travel must be over 50 miles on way to be considered for reimbursement.  Referees will be paid by the home team at the end of the game provided the referees fill out and sign referee information form on the back of the Game Report.  Referees are asked to notify the referee commissioner immediately if they do not receive payment at the end of the game.  The fee for referees will be:

  • $90- referee
  • $60- assistant referees
  • $40- fourth official
  • $250- Regional assigners will be paid before the game.

Last minute changes will be $20 dollars to be paid to the team registrar.
The referee commissioner will be paid $3,000.00 every January.
 
    
LAW D5 FEE DISBURSEMENT

The referees shall be entitled to the fee when:

  1. They arrive at the field at the proper time (minimum 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the game) and they perform assigned services. The home team pays the referees.
  2. They arrive at the field at the proper time and the game has been canceled without proper notification. The home team pays the referees.
  3. Either of the competing teams fails to appear for the scheduled game. The home team pays the referees.
  4. he game has started but for some reason it is not brought to completion. The home team pays the referees.
  5. They travel to the field and do not officiate the game due to an error of the league.
  6. Only 50% of the total referees’ fees will be paid in the evert of a rain out or any other weather-related issue.
  7. They complete the required Game Report as instructed (including goals, assists and time of goals) and return a copy to both teams.


LAW D6  TEAM ASSISTANT RESPONSIBILITIES

In no way shall the teams’ coaches on the bench interfere with the officiating of the game.

LAW D7  NO SHOW

If referees do not show up, you may use substitute referees if both teams agree.

LAW D8  WPSL RULES

Before each game, the referee will be provided with unique rules to the WPSL.

LAW D9 REFEREE SUSPENSION

If both teams agree, a referee may be discouraged from any future WPSL games for whatever reason the teams deem proper.  If only one team has a referee dispute, then a match video must be sent to the Referee Commissioner for the matter to be considered.  When possible, the league Referee Commissioner may select referees and designate them as WPSL referees.


LAW E  DISCIPLINE

LAW E1  LEAGUE COMMISSIONER

The League Commissioner shall have the authority to suspend, fine or disqualify any official(s) player(s) or competing team(s) that breach any laws of the league or for any action or conduct not in the best interest of soccer or the WPSL.

LAW E2   CAUTIONS

Cautions shall include, but not limited to:
Retaliation, unsporting conduct, dissent to a referee, encroachment, entering or leaving the field of play without permission, persistent infringement of the Laws of the Game, etc.

LAW E3  EJECTIONS

Players, coaches, managers or team bench personnel issued a red card or two yellow cards will incur a mandatory minimum of a one game suspension, which must be served in the next scheduled league game, unless it is the last game of the season.  Ejections shall include, but not limited to: violent conduct, foul and abusive language, and/or persistent misconduct after a caution.

LAW E4  SERVING EJECTIONS

Any ejection will incur a minimum of a one game suspension, which must be served in the next scheduled league game. 

The official Game Report shall be reviewed by the league to determine the duration of all suspensions due to ejection.  Any violent act directed against the referee(s) will be an automatic suspension from all league play for the remainder of the season. Teams may appeal to the director of operations before the next scheduled league game.  If the team loses the appeal, they will be required to pay a $200 fine to the league.

LAW F  MINIMUM STANDARDS

LAW F1  ADHERENCE

The league shall have the power to assess penalties on clubs and/or individual club members or officers.  Penalties may consist of warnings, fines, loss of points, and temporary or permanent suspension from soccer activities and/or the league.

LAW F2  PLAYING FIELD

The home team shall be responsible for keeping its field in playing condition and it shall be responsible for visible, correct, and complete markings of the playing field.  The home team will play in a stadium with at least 500 fans seats and not a recreational field.  The stadium shall have a PA system and score board.

Certificate of insurance for practice and game facilities form will be filled out and sent to the league office as soon as you have facility information.

LAW F3  NETS AND CORNER FLAGS

Goal nets and corner flags (not less than 5 feet high) shall be used for all games.

LAW F4  BENCHES

Home Team must provide home and visitor benches large enough to accommodate 20 persons per team.  

LAW F5 REFEREE PROVISIONS

Home team must provide a table and water for referees at midfield.  The referee coordinator will send all teams the referee manual and any memos. A changing room will be provided for the referees.

LAW F6  WATER AND ICE

THERE MUST BE WATER AND ICE SUPPLIED FOR THE VISITING TEAM ONE HOUR PRIOR TO GAME TIME.

LAW F7  TRAINER

HOME TEAMS WILL PROVIDE A MEDICAL TRAINER OR CERTIFIED ATHLETIC TRAINER FOR ALL GAMES.  THE VISITING TEAM WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING ITS OWN MEDICAL SUPPLIES NOT INCLUDING ICE.  THE HOME TEAM MUST NOTIFY THE VISITING TEAM AT LEAST 48 HOURS BEFORE KICKOFF, IF THEY WILL BE UNABLE TO PROVIDE A TRAINER.  IF A VISITING TEAM MAY ISSUE A COMPLAINT TO THE LEAGUE.

LAW F8  BACK UP FIELD

All teams will work towards having a back-up field in case of the unforeseen chance the regular field is not useable (act of God, rain, field owner cancellation, etc.). A back up field may be used unless an immediate mutually agreed upon time and place is scheduled.  There will be considerations given to back up fields not meeting the laws of the WPSL and Minimum Standards.

LAW F9   FANS

Fans may be 7 yards behind the net.  However, the referee may remove the fans if there is unruly behavior.  The visiting team is allowed a maximum of 20 guest passes to a game if an entry fee is being charged.  

LAW F10  SHOWERS

Showers and locker room will be provided when requested.

LAW F10.1  BALL PERSONS

Teams that host at a venue in which the field of play is not completely gated must provide a minimum of 4 ball persons that will collect the game balls and have them ready for play.  If the home team fails to provide ball persons than a minimum of 8 approved game balls must be strategically placed around the field of play.

LAW F11  CHANGING ROOMS

Home team shall provide 2 changing rooms for referees and a table and ice midfield.

LAW  F11.1 SCORE REPORTING

The home team is required to communicate the result of its WPSL match according to procedures set forth by the league office.  Violations to this rule shall result in the following sanctions.

  • 1st offense -  warning
  • 2nd offense - 1 point deduction in standings
  • 3rd offense -  1 point deduction in standings and the posting of a $300 infractions bond prior to being accepted to play the following year.



LAW G TOURNAMENTS

LAW G1 TEAM SPONSORED TOURNAMENTS

All tournaments must be sanctioned by the WPSL if a WPSL team is putting on a tournament.

LAW G2 TOURNAMENTS

The WPSL League takes precedence over tournaments not sanctioned by the WPSL.  Any team that cancels or forfeits games due to participation in any of these tournaments will be expelled from the WPSL.