UPSL Masters

League Rules

SCFA League Rules
Updated 11/26/2018

The current FIFA laws will govern play for all divisions with the following exceptions:

League Administration

The Southern California Futbol Association (SCFA) shall be administered by the League Director. The league Director reserves the right to make any changes that are deemed necessary for the betterment of the league and its participants. This includes modifications and changes to player suspensions.


Team Registration and Association Membership Dues

All teams are required to maintain a $100 SCFA Membership Bond with the league

1) These funds will be kept in a separate bank account.
2) These funds will be refunded to any club that exits the league in good standings.
3) Funds will be used to offset costs such as game cancellations and red cards.
4) Clubs on probation or who demonstrate bad behavior, as deemed by the league director or the disciplinary committee, may require a larger club membership deposit.
5) Teams kicked out of the league for bad behavior may forfeit their membership deposits.
6) Membership Dues: All clubs must pay their quarterly dues on time in order to maintain their membership within the SCFA

a) Quarterly Due Dates: March 1st, June 1st, September 1st and December 1st.

b) Late Fee: A $50 late fee shall be applied for membership dues received more than 15 days after the quarterly date.

c) Teams with delinquent accounts will have their game schedules frozen and potentially begin losing points.

Team Rosters
All teams shall maintain a team roster no larger than 25 players. Team roster forms are available online for download if changes need to be made. Here are some specific rules regarding team rosters:

Roster Modifications: There is no cost to modify a roster between the end of one season and the beginning of the next season

Roster: Rosters are set after the 1st game of the season.

New Players: There is no cost to add a player that is new to that division. (i.e., doesn't play for another team in the same division)

Roster Fees:

Transfer Fee: If a player wants to change teams, the new manager must inform the SCFA in writing (email, text, postcard, brick-mail) and pay the $20 transfer fee. The transfer will not occur until the $20 fee has been paid. No Exceptions

§ Note, the former team will be notified of the team roster change

· Last Day to edit Rosters:

League Games: Rosters are frozen after 65% of league games have been played

Summer Cup Games: Rosters are frozen after all group stage games have been played during Summer Cup Tournaments

League Cup Games: Rosters are frozen after the 3rd week of the League Cup Tournament

Players are prohibited from playing for more than one team in the same division under any circumstance and must be on their team's official roster to be eligible. Each team will be required to submit a roster showing player names. The SCFA will manage this list and post updates online.

· To be eligible, a player must be on a team's official roster the day of the game. In other words, only players shown on the online roster are eligible to play.

· All players on a team roster will have been age verified.

· Any team fielding a player NOT on their roster will receive a forfeit loss. The player will also be suspended for 4 weeks.

· Players that are not on the online roster or do not have a player ID card having most likely not signed the Player Waiver Form.

o Exception: Any player that has signed the SCFA waiver form and is currently on a team roster can participate in any friendly game regardless of age.


Over-35 Division
In the 35+ League, all participants must be at least 35 years of age or older anytime during the current year.

Exception: For any game day, each team is allowed one (1) player goalie under 35, but at least 30 years of age anytime during the current year.

Over-40 Division
In the 40+ League, participants must be 40 years of age or older anytime during the current year.

Exception: For any game day, each team is allowed two players (2) under 40, but they must be at least 36 years of age during the current year.

Masters Division (over-48)
In the Masters Division, participants must be 48 years of age or older anytime during the current year.

Exception #1: For any game day, each team is allowed three (3) players under 48, but at least 45 years of age anytime during the current year. Exception #2: For any game day, each team is allowed one (1) player goalie under 48, but at least 40 years of age anytime during the current year.

Suspended Players
The list of suspended players will be posted on the League's website and emailed to all team managers. It is the responsibility of each team manager to know who is not eligible on his/her team. If a suspended player(s) participates in a game, all the games that the suspended player(s) has participated in may result in a forfeit, and the team may be fined $50.00 per player for every game that the suspended player(s) participates in.

Player Identification Cards (Not yet implemented)
All participants, which includes players, managers, and coaches must have completely registered with the association, and have received their player ID cards, before participating in any league games.

1) All players must present their own player ID cards to the Head Official before entering the pitch.
2) The use of another player's identification card is prohibited.
3) Upon request, players must be able to produce an additional photo ID for verification.
4) Falsification of a player ID card, or illegal use of another player's ID Card, by a player(s) or manager shall result in an immediate RED card and forfeiture of all the games that the player(s) participated in.

4a) The team will be fined $100.00 for each infraction.
4b) The misrepresented player ID card will be confiscated until the fine is paid by the team.

5) Players with missing or lost player ID cards will not be allowed to participate in any game.

5a) Note: Same-day or Rush service, for player ID card generation, is available. Call or send the registrar a message.

Game Officials
Currently, only one game official will be assigned to each 11 v 11 game. Depending on the game matchup, the game official assigner may send more than one referee. Teams are required to pay for the 2nd referee, even if there is no pre-notification of their arrival. The SCFA will do its best to inform teams prior to sending a 2nd referee for their games.

1) Cost: The officials' fee for (11v11) is $40.00 per game, per team. This fee will be paid in the form of cash prior to the start of the game. If there is a 2nd referee, each team will be required to pay $60.
2) Legal action will be sought against any individual who physically attacks a game official.

Pre-Game Instructions
These are the SCFA Pre-game instructions for players and referees.

1) Player Check-in: Players will be required to present their Player ID card to the referee. All players must have an ID card in order to play. Referee will hold on to all ID cards until the end of the game. The referee will hold to all Red Cards for SCFA league disposition
2) Game Ball: Both teams must furnish a game ball and two back up balls. The game ball must be acceptable by the game official for game play. A team will forfeit their game if they are unable to produce an acceptable game ball. It will be the referees' discretion whether or not a ball is acceptable.
3) Equipment: Metal cleats are not acceptable. All players must wear shin guards in order to play.
4) Kick-off:

4a) A team that does not show up will automatically receive a forfeit and be responsible for the entire game officials' fees. There will also be $125 no-show penalty
4b) A team that doesn't have enough players (at least 7) at kickoff will also receive a forfeit. However, if after the forfeit is declared, the team is able to round up enough players (e.g., borrowing from the opposing team), a friendly game may be allowed as long as there is mutual agreement between team managers. Each team will still be required to pay their share of the game officials' fees. All players must present their SCFA Player ID card.
4c) Teams are prohibited from "borrowing players" from a previous game even though they may have a player ID card and meet the age requirements or have the other team manager's permission. Any team that borrows a player, not on their roster, will forfeit their game. The only eligible players allowed to play are those on the official team roster.
4d) There will be a 15-minute grace period. If the game cannot be started within 15 minutes, the game official will have the option to declare a forfeit.

5) Non-League Games (Friendlies)

5a) All league rules will be enforced during any friendly games.
5b) All players must have a player ID card in order to participate.
5c) All Red Card rules will still apply regardless if the game is a friendly or an official league game.
5d) Teams will be allowed to borrow players for friendlies only

Game Play

1) Yellow Cards: Yellow cards entail an automatic five (5) minute cooling off period. The player may NOT be substituted. If the goalie receives the yellow card, another player may sit out his five minutes.
2) Red Cards: Red Cards are subject to fines and suspensions. Fines are to be paid by the team managers or players to the league office before the next scheduled game. Fines can be paid online, or by dropping off a check at the league office.
3) Substitutions: Unlimited substitutions is permitted during all SCFA sanctioned games (league or cup) with referee approval.
4) Concussions: If a player receives any type of concussion or head injury, as deemed by the referee, the player must sit out the rest of the game unless cleared by a certified healthcare official.
5) Water Breaks: If the ambient temperature exceeds 90°F (32.2C), the referee must give a mandatory 60 sec water break at both the 22nd minute and 67th minute. NO EXCEPTIONS.
6) Game Termination:

6a) Games will be terminated after 90 minutes

Exception #1: League Cup games will go automatically into penalty kicks to determine the game winner.
Exception #2: Depending on the location and time, game durations may be reduced to 80 minutes (40 min per half) in order to have sufficient time for penalty kicks.

6b) The game official is authorized to terminate any game if the conditions or environment becomes hazardous to either himself, or anyone participation in the game.
6c) If the game is terminated due to the actions of a player(s), manager, and/or team spectators, then the team at fault will be issued a forfeit for that game regardless of the score at the time of the incident. Additionally, the team will be put on probation and may be fined.
6d) Games terminated due to environmental conditions will be rescheduled except when more than half has been played.
6e) If a fight breaks out during a game, the game official will immediately terminate the game no matter when it occurs.

7) Fan Conduct: Team Managers are responsible for the conduct of their players and fans.
8) Game Forfeit:

8a) The forfeiting team will be required to pay all officials fees unless otherwise specified.
8b) Fees must be paid before the next schedule game or risk having your game cancelled.

9) Scoring:

9a) Any team winning a regular season game will receive 3 points.
9b) Any regular season game that ends in a tie will remain a tie. Both teams will receive one point.
9c) If a team cancels a regularly scheduled league game, the opposing team will be awarded a 3-0 forfeit victory and three points for the win.

10) Slide Tackling:

10a) Slide tackling is not allowed. It is the referee's discretion to give a verbal warning or administer a Yellow Card. Any infraction of this rule after the 2nd violation will result in a red card.
10b) Every slide tackle shall result in a direct free kick or penalty kick if inside the penalty box.
10c) This rule does not exempt goalkeepers.
10d) Exception: If done in a safe manner, sliding to clear a ball, or to score a goal is allowed per the discretion of the referee.

11) Penalty Kicks for Cup Games or Knock-out Stage Games:

11a) If a player receives a yellow card during the last five minutes of a game, that player will be eligible to take a penalty kick

12) Goalkeepers:

12) Goalkeepers leaving their penalty area to protest a call will receive an automatic Yellow Card.


1) Protests:

1a) All protests must be made before within 24 hours after completion of the game.
1b) In order to file a protest, the following requirements must be met:

i) Contact must be made to a league official (phone or email)]
ii) The protest cannot be based on a "judgment call".

1c) Once submitted, the League's Disciplinary Committee will review the protest and make a final ruling.
1d) Cleanup: Each team manager is responsible for cleaning up after their players before leaving the field.

Game Schedule

1) Game Reschedule: Each team is allowed one game reschedule, without penalty (i.e., loss of points), per season.

1a) Requests for game cancellations must be made no later than 9pm (PST) on the Friday before the game.

Tie Breaker Rules

1) Tie Breaker Rules: Determination of the final league standings (League, League Cup, or Summer Cup) shall be based on the following:

  • 1st Tie Breaker: Total Points
  • 2nd Tie Breaker: Head to Head
  • 3rd Tie Breaker: The team with the greater scoring differential (goals scored - goals allowed)
  • 4th Tie Breaker: Least goals against
  • 5th Tie Breaker: Most goals scored
  • 6th Tie Breaker: Fewest Red Cards
  • 7th Tie Breaker: Coin toss


Facility Use Rules

1) Facility Use Rules

1a) Consumption of alcoholic beverages and smoking at the site or on the grounds of any facility where the game is played is prohibited.
1b) No Foul language
1c) No dogs are allowed at any of our facilities or sanctioned games (Exception: Service Animals).
1d) No personal vehicles are allowed on or around the playing fields.
1e) All participants (players, coaches, managers, etc.) are forbidden from urinating on the field.

i) Anyone who violates this policy will be suspended from the league for a minimum one season. If the current season is more than half way through, the suspension will include the following season as well.
ii) The associated club will also be subjected to a $100 fine and placed on a 6-month probation

1f) AGBU-AYA Field (Van Nuys, CA)

i) No one is allowed to park their vehicle in the Doggie Park parking lot. Players can either park across the street (preferred) or next door at the farmers market. We are getting complaints and would like to avoid these issues as best as possible

1g) Calabasas High School Stadium (Calabasas, CA)

i) The 7:15 am kickoff time, at Calabasas HS Stadium, will be strictly enforced. Teams that do not have at least 7 players ready to play at 7:30am, as deemed by the game official, will automatically receive a forfeit and a $25 game delay fee.