Wisconsin Soccer Leagues

Policies
. Requirements of Membership

a. Clubs: New clubs are formed at the discretion of the WSL executive committee. Submit an application for membership in writing to the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Soccer Leagues. The application must include (1) name of club (2) a list of club officers and their contact information (3) anticipated number of the players and teams, and name of league(s) club expects to participate in (4) club field locations including address. Application must include a (1) payment of annual club affiliation fees which, if membership is refused, shall be refunded; (2) a copy applicant’s constitution, rules, and by-laws.

Clubs provide for the registration and rostering process for teams within the club. Each club’s voting strength is defined in the WSL Constitution and By‐Laws. The voting structure within the member club is established by the club’s constitution and by‐laws.

b. Leagues: Groups of teams formed together for soccer competition, usually at the same competitive division. To form a league affiliated with the WSL, submit a written request and operating rules to the WSL Executive Director prior to the start of the next program year (September 1)

WSL Leagues are as follows:
• Major & First Division
• Over 40
• Over 30
• Men’s U23
• Men’s U20
• Women’s Premier League
• Recreational

c. Players: All players must register to a team. Players are permitted one registration (player pass) per league (as defined above under leagues). The Majors and First Division are one league. Players may register in multiple leagues with multiple clubs.

2. Meetings

a. Annual General Membership Meeting: The AGM will be held in the first quarter of the calendar year, and in conjunction with the Youth State Association AGM
b. WSL Board Meetings: The WSL Executive Committee shall meet quarterly, or more often as required.
c. Delegates to US Soccer Federation Meetings and US Adult Soccer Association: The WSL President may be sent as a delegate to US Soccer Federation, US Adult Soccer Association and USASA Midwest Region meetings, subject to budgetary considerations. Executive committee members may also be sent to any special meetings called by US Soccer Federation, US Adult Soccer Association and USASA Midwest Region. Should members of the executive committee be unable to attend, the president may appoint alternate delegates. The president may appoint an individual to represent the Association at selected functions.

3. Games

a. Priority of Games
(1) USASA Cup Competitions
(2) WSL League Matches

Teams cannot be forced to change a scheduled league game for anything except a scheduled USASA Cup match.

Teams may reschedule a WSL League game for Cup competition in the following circumstances:
(1) The Cup game and league are scheduled on the same day or back to back to days
(2) If a Cup game is scheduled with 2 games in three days (i.e. League game on the 16th and Cup game on the 18th) the team can reschedule the league game if they:

• pay a $15 reschedule fee
• They reschedule the game within three weeks of game or prior to the official end of the Spring or Fall season (if it is within three weeks)
• Make the request within 48 hours of receiving the Cup schedule

b. WSL Game Replay Policy - A match is complete when two 45 minutes halves are complete as per USSF rules.

• A game suspended, in the first half, due to inclement weather will be completed from the time in the match it was postponed at the home field.
• A game suspended in the second half will be completed at the home field unless:
o The home team is losing. Second half game suspensions where the team home team is losing the remainder of the game will be scheduled at the away team’s home field.
• When two full halves are not complete games can be considered complete under the following circumstances:
o The second half began, the game is suspended, the losing team contacts the league commissioner and accepts the final score
o The second half began, the game is suspended, the game is tied and both teams contact the league commissioner and accept the final score

c. WSL Home Game Policy - WSL Teams are responsible for supplying a Home Field on game days at and appropriate time. WSL teams that cannot supply a home field or alternate home field for a Home Game will follow the following disciplinary action.

• First offense - A warning
• Second offense - $200 fine
• Third offense - $400 fine and probation
• Fourth offense - $500 fine and disciplinary review for continuation in WSL

4. Game Guidelines

The home team is responsible for a game ball(s), marking fields, placing corner flags, and putting up nets.

Home teams must ensure that goals are securely anchored to the ground.

Home teams must change uniforms if similarities in uniform identifications result in difficulty of officials carrying out their assignments.

Coaches and Club Officials are responsible for game day management including spectator control. Spectators, coaches or players are not allowed on any portion of the end line. Team personnel (coaches, assistant coaches, managers, trainers, doctors, etc) and non‐participating players are required to remain in the coaching area. The coach area should extend no more than 10 yards on either side of the mid‐field line. Where possible, bench areas should be marked at least five yards from the touchline. Players’ benches should be placed opposite of the side of the field from spectators. Team personnel should not exceed four individuals.

League Administrators are responsible for procedure compliance. League Administrators may institute disciplinary and/or remedial action. The costs associated with such actions may be assessed on the offending teams. Issues concerning improper game day procedures may be submitted to the league administrators by referees, visiting club administrators or coaches. League administrators make determinations of facts and may assess forfeiture and or fines. Repeat incidents by clubs may include removal from the league.

In the spirit of the game teams are encouraged to return to the middle of the field for a ceremonial handshake post-game.

5. Travel Policies

Request for Travel Permits for out-of-state tournaments must be accompanied by the host tournaments sanctioning form, the team's official WSL roster and the required fee. (Per Current Approved Fee Schedule) Send requests to the Administrator of the WSL.

6. Player Registration

a. Playing Season: The official playing season of this Association commences September 1 and closes August 31 the following year. All amateur players are released after August 31 of each year.
b. Team Roster: Roster size is unlimited but must not fall below 11 players at any one time. Eighteen (18) players are eligible to play in a match. Bench players and personnel cannot exceed 30 individuals.
c. Youth Players: Properly registered youth players who are at least 16 years of age at of the start of the program year (September 1) may play with adult teams.
d. USSF policy governs Amateur Reinstatement: Registration, transfer or release of a professional player.
e. International Clearance: All amateur and professional players from other state associations or other national associations must obtain an international clearance in accordance with USSF policy.
f. Player Passes: Player passes with the player's name, date of birth, and a photograph are required. The Player Pass must include the players registered level of competition Player passes are issued by the competition authority.
g. Team Rosters: Each team must submit its official roster to the referee before the game. Official rosters will be approved by the club for recreational teams and by the State for competitive teams.
h. Player Transfers: A player may transfer to another team in the same competitive division with an approved release of registration from the original club.
i. Releases: The registration of an amateur player with any team may be terminated only by mutual consent or by the authority of this WSL. A player may not register in the same division for another club or team until their release form is in the possession of the WSL administrator.
j. Close of Registration: No more than three player(s), amateur or professional, may be registered within fifteen days prior to the last scheduled league game. (A WSL scheduled league game does NOT include rescheduled games, playoff games or championship games

7. Major/Reserve/First Division Teams

All teams playing in the Major Division must qualify by competing for one season in the First Division and be offered promotion to the Major Division by the WSL. No Major player can play on a First Division team, but a First Division player can be used on the Major team. Player passes designate the level the player is registered.

8. Club Passes

Between any two teams within a single club, players may "club pass" from a lower level of competition to a higher level of competition. No player registered for one level of competition may play at a lower level of competition unless officially released from the higher level by the WSL. The total number of eligible players in sanctioned WSL competition is eighteen.

9. Fines

Fines of $10.00 to $250.00 for noncompliance with rules and regulations of the WSL are assessed by the Men’s / Women’s Commissioner. Fines of $250.00 to $500.00 are assessed by the WSL Executive Committee. Fines of over $500.00 are assessed by a WSL State Board decision.

10. Suspensions

Affiliated teams playing against suspended teams or clubs can be assessed a fine. (Per Current Approved Fee Schedule)

Clubs using a suspended player or players in sanctioned games will incur a fine, and forfeit the game. (Per Current Approved Fee Schedule)

In WSL games the referee must report the name of player sent off the field and this player's pass must be submitted to the State Office with the referee's report.

A suspended player(s) may not participate in replayed games. A suspended player(s) may not participate in regularly scheduled league or WSL cup games until the suspension is complete.

Unnecessary delay of game - 1 game
Challenging referee - 1 to 4 games
Foul, rough play - 1 to 4 games
Ungentlemanly conduct (Profanity-Obscenity) - 3 to 6 games
Striking a player - 4 to 12 games
Fighting, causing a riot - 4 to 12 games
Referee abuse - games minimum
Referee assault - 1 year or more

A club official reported by the referee for inappropriate behavior can be suspended from attending games and or fined by the league commissioner..

11. Suspension Appeals

Clubs can appeal a suspension. There is an appeal fee agreed upon by the WSL board. Submit the appeal via email to the Executive Director, League Commissioner, and WSL President, with a written copy and appeal fee provided to the Executive Director, within 3 days of receiving the ruling.

An Appeals Board will hear the ruling within 96 hours of receiving the appeal. The Appeals is an independent Board without official ties to the WSL.

12. Cup Competitions

The President of the WSL appoints the Cups Commissioner. The WSL staff organizes and administers State Cup Events.

13. Tournament Sanctioning

A tournament hosting form and sanctioning fee (per current approved schedule) should be received by the WSL Administrator 30 days prior to the tournament.

14. Protests and Appeals

The line of authority for an “opportunity to participate” protest or appeal shall be:
1. The affiliated club or; in cases involving referees, the Discipline and Appeals Committee
2. USSF – as provided in its Bylaws.

The line of authority for all other protests or appeals shall be:
1. The affiliated club;
2. The Executive Officers; or the Discipline and Appeals Committee, as provided below;
3. The Full Executive Committee.

Further appeals must adhere with procedures in the Bylaws and Policies of USSF, or USASA.

All hearings are conducted under the rules and procedures under USSF Bylaws Part VII – Hearings, Grievances, Disputes and Appeals.

An appeal of a decision must be submitted, by affiliated club administrators, in writing to the WSL State Office within seven (7) days of the ruling. The required fee must accompany the appeal.

An appeal of a decision made by the Discipline and Appeals Committee must be submitted in writing to the President within seven (7) days of the mailing of the ruling. The required fee must accompany the appeal. All appeals must be heard and decided within forty-five (45) days of submission to the WSL. The decision of the appellate body must be mailed to the appealing/protesting parties within ten (10) days of the decision. If WSL

Administration or committees take no action within the appeal period, the parties can appeal to the next higher body without an additional appeal fee.

Submit appeals, arising from competition within an affiliated club, which affects the rights of teams to compete in intrastate games in writing to the Executive Committee, after payment of the required fee. Submit appeals arising from tournament games in the WSL State Championship Tournament which affects the rights of teams to proceed to intrastate or interstate competition in writing directly from the tournament committee to the Executive Committee, after payment of the required fee. All other appeals shall be submitted to the Discipline and Appeals Committee.

WSL Administrators or committee members with vested, club or personal relationship interest in appeals must recues them self.

Each protest or appeal fee is dollars ($200.00), paid in cash, money order, or cashier’s check. Personal checks shall not be accepted. The fees are returnable if the protest or appeal is upheld.

A two thirds vote the Executive Board of WSL is authorized to make technical changes to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association as may be required by a review of constitution and bylaws by USSF.