(updated 3/21/22)

CYSA California Soccer League (CCSL)

CCSL is the alternative playing league in North California with Gold to Bronze divisions.

CCSL Home page is [WWW]here with the official rules [WWW]here. Send-off report is linked through Arbiter.

  1. CYSA California Soccer League (CCSL)
    1. 2021-22 Season
    2. Referee Procedures
      1. Pre-Game
      2. Post-Game
      3. Guest Player Rules
    3. Playing Rules
      1. Coach Behavior - Make sure it is acceptable
      2. Special U11-U12 SASC Field Notes
      3. US Soccer Mandate - Heading
      4. Concussion Protocol
      5. US Soccer Mandate - Build-Out Line
      6. 7v7 (U8-10)
      7. 9v9 (U11-12)
      8. U13/14
      9. U15/16
      10. U17 - U19

2021-22 Season


Referee Procedures

All rules modifications have been merged into the descriptions below.  General Rules Archive, see Article 5, 8, 10, 18. Guest player rules are in Article 3.

CRL rules are [WWW]here for CalNorth and general rules are here (CalSouth sourced)

The rules are summarized below.

Guest Player Rules

The FALL CCSL Coast Guest Player Policy is detailed in the official rules document.

    • Maximum of 4 guests in Fall, Spring season maximum number of guest players for 7v7 games is five (5) and seven (7) for 9v9 and 11v11 games.

    • Soccer age of the guest player must be the same soccer age or younger than the age group of the team on which the player will be guesting

    • Guest players must have Cal North passes

    • Guest players may be from the same District as the team they are guesting for.


  1. Guest Team Officials

    • An adult who is registered with Cal North with a team other than the one for which the adult is acting in the capacity of a team official.

Playing Rules

CCSL and CRL Substitution Rules:

Substitutions should not be used as a means to disrupt the flow of the game (time wasting).  Be aware of the attacking team interest in a quick restart.  Do not take that away with a sub from the defending team! 

Maximum Game day roster:

Coach Behavior - Make sure it is acceptable

See IFAB Law changes for 2019/20.  Ask, Tell/Show (with Yellow Card), Dismiss (with Red Card)

US Soccer Mandate - Heading

No Deliberate Heading of any player 12U or younger (11 years old or younger).  All players age eleven (11) years old and younger, who are playing up in 13U and older games, are prohibited from heading, and must clearly be identifiable to the match official. (i.e. armband).  If a deliberate heading of the ball occurs, the restart is an IFK from the spot that the heading took place. See 7v7 and 9v9 descriptions below for specifics.

Concussion Protocol
US Soccer Mandate - Buildout Lines
Build out lines are additional field markings for 7v7 play. They extend the full width of the field equidistant from the halfway line and the penalty area line.   The spirit of the mandate is promote playing out from the back when the Goalkeeper has the ball.  Review the mandate with the coaches before the game, talk to Goalkeeper and opposing team players to encourage proper implementation.  Penalize for infractions as a last resort, especially early in the season.   See page 29-33 of US Soccer doc, GameOfficials has this document, see page 15-19.   See also this video Explaining The 7v7 Build Out Line: Part I.


  • For a goal kick or when the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play.  Teammates of the goalkeeper can be behind the buildout line and inside the penalty area.
  • For a goal kick, the opposing team must stay behind the build out line until the ball is kicked (and moves).   If the opponent moves beyond the build out line prematurely, stop play, and restart with Goal Kick.
  • Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can kick (for goal kick restart), pass, throw or roll the ball into play (punts and drop kicks are not allowed).   There is no restriction on the ball traveling beyond the halfway line.
  • After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal.
  • Teammates of the goalkeeper will  be behind the buildout line so they can receive the ball from the goalkeeper without immediate pressure.  This is a primary rational for the implementation of this rule.
  • Ideally, the goalkeeper will wait to put the ball into play once all opponents are past the build out line. However, the goalkeeper can put the ball into play sooner but he or she does so accepting the positioning of the opponents and the consequences of how play resumes.
  • Finally, the build out line will be used to denote where offside offenses can be called. Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build out line.


  • Players can be penalized for an offside offense only between the build out line and goal line.
  • If goalkeeper punts or drop kicks the ball, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the punt or drop kick occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred.
  • Opponents must not waste time moving out past the build out line. Referees should be flexible when enforcing the 6 second rule and counting the time of possession should only begin when all opponents have moved behind the build out line.
  • If a team is slow to retreat behind the build out line for the purpose of time wasting or encroaches beyond the line before the ball is put back in play, the referee may show the yellow card and caution the offending players to manage the situation.


7v7 (U8-10)
9v9 (U11-12)
U17 - U19