BCSL Rules - Regular Season

BCSL Rules – By Division

The regular soccer rules have been adapted to help achieve league goals and values, and are modified for each division. Please see chart below:

BCSL Rule/Practice Div. 4 Div. 5 and 6 Div. 7 and 8 Div. 9-10 Div. 11-12 Div. 13-14
Division Overview

 

 

All divisions are designed to be non- competitive. No scores are kept, and the interpretation of the rules by the coach/ referees is meant to reflect that. All divisions are designed to be non- competitive. No scores are kept, and the interpretation of the rules by the coach/ referees is meant to reflect that. All divisions are designed to be non- competitive. No scores are kept, and the interpretation of the rules by the referees is meant to reflect that. All divisions are designed to be non- competitive. No scores are kept, and the interpretation of the rules by the referees is meant to reflect that. All divisions are designed to be non- competitive. No scores are kept, and the interpretation of the rules by the referees is meant to reflect that. All divisions are designed to be non- competitive. No scores are kept, and the interpretation of the rules by the referees is meant to reflect that.
Practice Time 30 minutes 30 minutes 30 minutes 30 minutes 30 minutes None on game night
Game Time/Half-time 30 minutes/5 minutes 40 minutes/5 minutes 50 minutes/5 minutes 50 minutes/5 minutes 50 minutes/5 minutes 50 minutes/5 minutes
Field Size Mini soccer fields The field length is the width of a regulation  soccer field The field length is the width of a regulation  soccer field The field length is the width of a regulation  soccer field Regulation size field Regulation size field
Number of Players on Field Ideally 5, but no more than 6 on agreement of the coaches Ideally 7, but no more than 8 on agreement of the coaches Ideally 7, but no more than 8 on agreement of the coaches Ideally 7, but no more than 8 on agreement of the coaches No more than 11 No more than 11
Team Sizes In the event of a team having fewer players than required, the opposing team must use the same number of players in the spirit of the game. Teams can also share players, or join other teams for the day. Fields can be shortened accordingly. The referee, in consultation with coaches, may reduce the length of the games in humid or hot weather. In the event of a team having fewer players than required, the opposing team must use the same number of players in the spirit of the game. Teams can also share players, or join other teams for the day. Fields can be shortened accordingly. The referee, in consultation with coaches, may reduce the length of the games in humid or hot weather. In the event of a team having fewer players than required, the opposing team must use the same number of players in the spirit of the game. Teams can also share players, or join other teams for the day. Fields can be shortened accordingly. The referee, in consultation with coaches, may reduce the length of the games in humid or hot weather. In the event of a team having fewer players than required, the opposing team must use the same number of players in the spirit of the game. Teams can also share players, or join other teams for the day. Fields can be shortened accordingly. The referee, in consultation with coaches, may reduce the length of the games in humid or hot weather. In the event of a team having less than required, the opposing team must use same number of players in the spirit of the game. Teams may share players and/or shorten the field accordingly. The referee, in consultation with coaches, may reduce the length of the games in humid or hot weather. In the event of a team having less than required, the opposing team must use same number of players in the spirit of the game. Teams may share players and/or shorten the field accordingly. The referee, in consultation with coaches, may reduce the length of the games in humid or hot weather.
Substitution Every 5 minutes, as called by coach/referees. Every player must be played equally. Every 5 minutes, as called by coach/referees. Substitution may be done as follows :a) After a goal has been scored, b) At a goal kick, c) At the beginning of the halves, d) At an offensive throw in (defensive team can follow suit) ,e) At the referee’s discretion in the event of a foul or injury. All players must be played equally. Every 5 minutes, as called by coach/referees. Substitution may be done as follows :a) After a goal has been scored, b) At a goal kick, c) At the beginning of the halves, d) At an offensive throw in (defensive team can follow suit) ,e) At the referee’s discretion in the event of a foul or injury. All players must be played equally. Every 5 minutes, as called by coach/referees. Substitution may be done as follows :a) After a goal has been scored, b) At a goal kick, c) At the beginning of the halves, d) At an offensive throw in (defensive team can follow suit) ,e) At the referee’s discretion in the event of a foul or injury. All players must be played equally.  Substitution may be done as follows: a) After a goal has been scored, b) At a goal kick, c) At the beginning of the halves, d) At an offensive throw in (defensive team can follow suit), e) At the referee’s discretion in the event of a foul or injury. All players must be played equally, but controlled by coaches. Substitution may be done as follows: a) After a goal has been scored, b) At a goal kick, c) At the beginning of the halves, d) At an offensive throw in (defensive team can follow suit), e) At the referee’s discretion in the event of a foul or injury. All players must be played equally, but controlled by coaches.
Offside No off-side There is no offside in house league soccer. (Referee can call it at his/her discretion if the law is continually abused) There is no offside in house league soccer. (Referee can call it at his/her discretion if the law is continually abused) There is no offside in house league soccer. (Referee can call it at his/her discretion if the law is continually abused) Offside is called in this division. Regular offside rules apply. Offside is called in this division. Regular offside rules apply.
Throw-ins Replaced by the gentle toss-in by the coach/referee. The normal throw-in rule will apply. One do-over is offered for each throw in. Instruction is encouraged but not at the expense of the flow of the game. The normal throw-in rule will apply. One do-over is offered for each throw in. Instruction is encouraged but not at the expense of the flow of the game. The normal throw-in rule will apply. One do-over is offered for each throw in. Instruction is encouraged but not at the expense of the flow of the game. The normal throw-in rule will apply. The normal throw-in rule will apply.
Goal Kicks At the discretion of the referee. Sometimes a toss-in helps keep the game flowing. Goal kicks must be taken from the 6-yard area. Goal kicks must be taken from the 6-yard area. Goal kicks must be taken from the 6-yard area. Goal kicks must be taken from the 6-yard area. Goal kicks must be taken from the 6-yard area.
Goal Keeping Regular rules apply to goal keepers, as directed by the coach/referee. The goalkeeper must wear a distinct jersey. Regular rules apply to goal keepers, as directed by the coach/referee. The goalkeeper must wear a distinct jersey. Regular rules apply to goal keepers, as directed by the referee. The goalkeeper must wear a distinct jersey. Regular rules apply to goal keepers, as directed by the referee. The goalkeeper must wear a distinct jersey. Regular rules apply to goal keepers, as directed by the referee. The goalkeeper must wear a distinct jersey. Regular rules apply to goal keepers, as directed by the referee. The goalkeeper must wear a distinct jersey on the field.
Coaching Coaches are expected to referee the younger divisions. There is no limit to the number of coaches allowed on the field, provided they do not disrupt play. One of the coaches of each team (other than the referee) is expected to be on the field of play to assist the players in position play and to offer encouragement.  Coaches are expected to referee the younger divisions. There is no limit to the number of coaches allowed on the field, provided they do not disrupt play. One of the coaches of each team (other than the referee) is expected to be on the field of play to assist the players in position play and to offer encouragement. Only one coach is allowed on field per team. No coaches are allowed on the field. Coaches should keep to one side of the pitch and not pass centre field. No coaches are allowed on the field. Coaches should keep to one side of the pitch and not pass centre field. No coaches are allowed on the field. Coaches should keep to one side of the pitch and not pass centre field.
Refereeing One Coach from each team referees.

Referees are instructed to interpret the rules to keep the game flowing while teaching players about how the game is properly played. The referee shall explain infractions to the offending players and have sole authority on the field.

One Coach from each team referees in the 5 Division, and we provide referees in the 6 Division.

Our referees are instructed to interpret the rules to keep the game flowing while teaching players about how the game is properly played. The referee shall explain infractions to the offending players and have sole authority on the field.

Our referees are instructed to interpret the rules to keep the game flowing while teaching players about how the game is properly played. The referee shall explain infractions to the offending players and have sole authority on the field.

In the event there is no referee, the home coach shall referee the 1st half, and the opposing coach shall referee the 2nd half, They shall have sole authority for their halves.

Our referees are instructed to interpret the rules to keep the game flowing while teaching players about how the game is properly played. The referee shall explain infractions to the offending players and have sole authority on the field.

In the event there is no referee, the home coach shall referee the 1st half, and the opposing coach shall referee the 2nd half, They shall have sole authority for their halves.

Our referees are instructed to interpret the rules to keep the game flowing while teaching players about how the game is properly played. The referee shall explain infractions to the offending players and have sole authority on the field.

In the event there is no referee, the home coach shall referee the 1st half, and the opposing coach shall referee the 2nd half, They shall have sole authority for their halves.

Our referees are instructed to interpret the rules to keep the game flowing while teaching players about how the game is properly played. The referee shall explain infractions to the offending players and have sole authority on the field.

In the event there is no referee, the home coach shall referee the 1st half, and the opposing coach shall referee the 2nd half, They shall have sole authority for their halves.

Uniform/Shin-guards Shin guards must be worn on the inside of the socks.