SCASA’s goal is to promote, teach, oversee, and represent the game of soccer; recognizing that people of all abilities should compete in a fun and safe environment.  All SCASA league games will be played according to current FIFA  rules, with the following exceptions or additions;

 

THERE SHALL BE NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ON ANY FIELD!!!!

SCASA Rules | SCASA Walking Soccer Playing Rules

Other Resources for Rules

Laws of the Game
FIFA Laws of the Game

Official Sites
FIFA Official Site

 

IFAB changes to Laws of the Game 2019/2020 -

IN a nutshell – changes that effect our games:

  1. Dropped ball – to ONLY 1 player of the team that was last in possession. All other players (teammates/opponents) are to be at least 4.5 yards away
  2. Goal Kick – ball in play once it is KICKED and MOVES. Opponents are supposed to be outside the PA. However, if the ball is put into play before all opponents exit PA, that is fine as long as they aren’t interfering with the goal kick
  3. We can card coaches. So if a player is acting as coach/player, he/she if on the touchline causing trouble can now be shown a card. Please refer to the IFAB document that lays out a good list of cautionable/sendoff offenses for coaches.
  4. If the ball hits the referee and one of 3 things happens: the ball goes to the other team, the team in possession develops a promising attack, or heaven forbid, goes into the goal – restart with a dropped ball
  5. The IDFK signal – we don’t always have to show the signal until the ball is played by a 2nd player (offside IDFK is what this is generally for)
  6. Free kick in Defending teams penalty area – ball in play once it’s kicked and moves.
  7. A wall consists of 3 or more players (same team). No longer can an attacking player be in the defending team’s wall. All attackers must be a min of 1 yard away.
  8. Penalty kicks – GK must have at least one or part of one foot on, or in line at the time of the PK
  9. Handball – greater clarity has been added for the “accidental” or “non-deliberate” handball
    1. A player needs to be penalized for a handball if they gain possession/control of the ball
    2. Certainly if they score a goal with their hand/arm
    3. Pages 16/17 of the document will clarify even more
  10. Coin toss – the winner chooses side or kick

 11. Substitutions – Players exit at the nearest point of exit

 

 

 

Misconduct Policy

Suspension policy for player misconduct

Game suspensions are a frequent source of confusion that I would like to clear up and explain SCASA’s policy.

When a player is given, for example, a 2 game suspension, it really means that player is ineligible to play in any WSSA league game for a period of 2 weeks. The reason it is weeks instead of games is because if we allowed players to utilize games from other divisions then we would have to confirm that they have actually been rostered on that team plus players would want to start negotiating which games they get to miss and which ones they wanted to play. All of this would create an administrative nightmare and make the justice’s job much more difficult (remember this is a volunteer position).

 

Tournament games are an exception to the policy above. Tournament game suspensions are measured in terms of games and not weeks. The intent of this was really to be fair to players who enter a tournament (and have maybe traveled to get there) and receive a red card early in the tournament. Rather than forcing them to pack their bags and go home, they are allowed to serve the suspension and finish whatever portion of the tournament remains. The above administrative issues also do not pertain to tournaments since we already know they are rostered.

 

Class of Infractions

Technical - Class I
Serious foul play - Intentional handling a ball to prevent a goal or a goal scoring opportunity.
Serious foul play - Impeding a player, through unlawful means, thus denying the attacking player's team a goal scoring opportunity.
Foul or abusive language - not directed at another
Persisting in misconduct - after having received a caution.

 

Physical - Intentional - Class II
Serious foul play - other than those listed under Class I
Foul or abusive language - directed at another player of spectator.

 

Physical - Intentional - Class III
Violent conduct
Foul or abusive language directed at a game official
Racial harassment
Sexual harassment

 

Penalties for Infractions

Class I
Minimum: Caution or removal of player during reported game and one additional game suspension.
Nominal: Caution or removal of player during reported game and one additional game suspension.
Maximum: Caution or removal of player during reported game and two additional games suspension.
Exception: Unusual circumstances may result in more severe penalties. 

 

Class II
Minimum: Caution or removal of player during reported game and one additional game suspension.
Nominal: Caution or removal of player during reported game and two additional games suspension.
Maximum: Caution or removal of player during reported game and three additional games suspension.
Exception: Unusual circumstances may result in more severe penalties. 

 

Class III
Minimum: Caution or removal of player during reported game and two additional games suspension.
Nominal: Caution or removal of player during reported game and three additional games suspension.
Maximum: Caution or removal of player during reported game and five additional games suspension.
Exception: Unusual circumstances may result in more severe penalties.

 

Special Note and Appeal Process
The SCASA Judicial Chairman will use the above as guidelines for determining penalties for the appropriate class of infraction.  If there are extenuating circumstances and the player feels that a lighter punishment is warranted, the player may appeal to the Judicial Committee.  All appeals submitted to SCASA must be in writing, accompanied by a fee of fifty dollars ($50) and be postmarked within 48 hours of notification of said decision