Rules & Regulations

 

** At minimum, players should read 'Membership & Eligibility Requirements' and 'Match Rules' before taking the field of play. **

 

BY-LAWS, POLICES & MATCH RULES

MISSION

ProjectSoccer.Org (PS) seeks to provide and promote organized, recreational soccer leagues around the world, in order to make soccer accessible, affordable, enjoyable and safe for both adults and youths.

PS’s inaugural league, in NYC, (hereafter, ‘League’) exists to undertake the following major initiatives:

(a) to create and run an organized, recreational adult soccer league, which is open to everyone - irrespective of gender, color, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or level of experience.

(b) to apply a significant portion of league revenues to programs and projects which encourage participation in sport amongst disadvantaged communities within NYC - especially in K-12 public schools without suitable facilities, coaching or equipment.

REFUND POLICY

(1) An individual player can cancel her/his registration at any time up to 24 hours before his/her first game and receive a full refund - less the $5 transaction fee.

(2) Within 24 hours of a player's first game or once the league begins, same player will receive a full refund (less the $5 transaction fee) only if said player finds a replacement player.

(3) If registered as a team and this entire team cancels its registration more than seven days prior to its first game, a full refund (less any transaction fee) will be provided.

(4) If a team cancels its registration within the span of seven days prior to its first game, no fees will be refunded unless a replacement team is found.

(5) No fees will be refunded if a team withdraws after the season has begun. (If a team withdraws but individual members on that same team would still like to play in the league for which they were registered, we will do our best to allocate them to an existing team or to create a new team that they can join.)

(6) We reserve the right to remove any player or team from the League if a player or team does not abide by any of the below Match Rules (see section IV) regarding misconduct and dangerous play - irrespective of whether said misconduct and dangerous play have been observed or dealt with by the match official - or registration requirements. No refund will be given in such cases where players or teams have been suspended or removed from PS leagues for misconduct or dangerous play. Furthermore, no refund will be given to any players or teams in relation to any other sanctions related to any of the Match Rules found in Section IV (below).


(7) To request a refund, please write us through the contact page of this website and please write, 'Refund Request' in your subject heading.

RULES and REGULATIONS GOVERNING MATCH PLAY

I.  MEMBERSHIP & ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

A.  The Operating Committee shall determine, before each season, a date by which teams that played during the previous season must indicate their intention to participate in the upcoming season. This intention shall be indicated by submitting payment of League fees as set by the Treasurer and by identifying the field(s) on which the League has received a commitment for the upcoming season.

B.  After the above date, new teams and individual members will be allowed to enter the League (the latter members will be designated to their team of choice or appointed to a team by the League Commissioner). The Operating Committee shall establish procedures for the acceptance of new teams, and of individual players ('free agents') who wish to join the league but are not affiliated with an existing team.

C.  To play in PS leagues in the United States, all players must be 18 or over and must register as adult members of the United States Amateur Soccer Association. If players are already USASA members before joining a PS league, there is no USASA membership fee during PS registration; otherwise, there is a $25 surcharge to cover USASA membership fees when registering for one's first season in a PS league). The annual renewal fee for USASA membership is $20.

D.  As stated in 'C' (above), all PS players must be current USASA members - this includes replacement players/subs (i.e., those players a captain may bring in when a team is short on numbers for a given game). Team captains are responsible for ensuring that their replacement players are registered with USASA in advance of the match in which they wish their replacements to play. If a person intending to represent a particular team is on the field while the ball is in play and is not a USASA registered player - either through PS or another USASA-affiliated league - the team in question will be docked 3 points for the first offense in a given season and 6 points for a second offence. In addition, the team will lose its priority registration for a first offense and will be banned at least one season for a second offense. It is the captain's (or acting captain's) responsibility to ensure that every person representing her or his team is registered before any player representing her or his team enters the field of play. Also, any individual entering the field of play who has not registered will be subject to as season ban for the first such occurrence and to a permanent ban for a second such occurrence.

E.  As per PS rules and regulations concerning player misconduct (Section IV.I), PS reserves the right to issue player-bans (from one-game suspensions to life-time bans from all PS leauges). No refunds will be given to players for games missed in the event they have been suspended or banned.

II. PLAYERS

A. No player may play in a PS league if currently under suspension from a PS League or from any other soccer organization or league.

B. Not more than five players on a team may be from a team that is currently under suspension or expulsion from the League or from any other soccer organization or league.

C. Each team must have a minimum number of players, as set by the Operating Committee and outlined on the League’s website, registered with the League one week prior to the start of each season. Players may be dropped from or added to the roster during the season, in accordance with policies set out by the Operating Committee and published on said website. No changes to the roster may be made after the halfway point of the season (the Commissioner may grant waivers to this rule in the event of an extraordinary situation).

D. Official player passes may be provided to each team representative for their respective team members. Each player pass must contain the player's name, a recent color photo of the player, the player’s birthday, the name(s) of the team(s) on which the player is registered and must be validated by the League. In such cases where player passes have been issued, a player will not be able to take the field if she or he does not have an individual player pass - unless approved in advance by the League Commissioner for an extraordinary situation.

E. A player may register with a maximum of two teams, if prior approval has been given by the League Commissioner. If a player is registered on two teams, the above player pass must indicate which team is the “primary” team and which is the “secondary” team. Players may change their primary/secondary status until the halfway point of the season by re-registering their player pass(or by obtaining written approval from the League Commissioner). If a match occurs between the two teams, the player must play for the team listed as “primary.”

F. Co-ed Requirements.

1. For 7v7 matches, two male and two female players (not including the goalkeeper) must be on the field of play. The exception to this rule, unless otherwise noted at the beginning of the season, is in the Winter Season, when the minimum number of male players may be one and the minimum number of female players may be one.

2. For 4v4, 5v5, and 6v6 matches, at least one female and one male player (not including the goalkeeper) must be on the field of play.

III.  LEAGUE STRUCTURE AND STANDINGS

A. The league shall be organized into three Divisions, known as Division 1, Division 2, and Division 3, unless field access or player registration does not permit this number of divisions. Teams shall be placed into Divisions based on level of play as determined by the previous year’s record. Division 1 is the highest level, Division 2 is the next highest and Division 3 is the lowest. New teams will enter into the lowest division.

B. Each team shall be scheduled for the same number of regular season games, according to the schedule developed by the Operating Committee.

C. Winners shall be determined in each Division or Group based upon the total number of points accumulated; with teams receiving three points for each victory, one point for each tie, and zero points for each loss. In the event that two or more teams are tied in standing points at the end of the season, applying the following tie-breaking procedures, in order, until the tie is resolved shall break the tie:

 1. Head-to-head record (or record among all tied teams when more than two teams are tied);

 2. Head-to-head goal differential;

 3. Fewest goals allowed; (forfeits shall be scored 3-0);

 4. Most wins; and

 5. Coin toss (to be done by the Commissioner).

D.  Playoffs or a Cup Competition may be held within each Division following the completion of the regular season. Within a Division, each Group shall have representation in the playoffs/cup. The Operating Committee shall state by the midpoint of the season how all playoff/cup berths shall be determined.

E.  Division and Group alignments will be determined by the Operating Committee subject to the following provisions: The winner of each Group in the previous year shall be elevated to the next higher Division and the lowest finishing teams in each Group in the previous year shall be placed in the next lower Division. At its discretion, the Operating Committee may then elevate the second place team in a Group into the next higher Division and may lower the second to last place team in a Group into the next lower Division.

F. The regular season shall consist of an equal number of scheduled games for each team.

IV.                                    MATCH RULES

A.   Each player must wear League-provided uniforms with permanent visible numerals on the backs of the shirts, unless approval is given by the League Commissioner for a team or player to wear an alternative uniform. If prior approval is not given by the League Commissioner, a team must - if any player on the team is not wearing her or his team's uniform - play the first three minutes of the match with one player down.   
       
B. Except as provided herein, matches shall be played according to FIFA rules (and any of the following, additional rules may be adjusted according to particular circustances, at the discretion of the League Commissioner):

1. No slide tackling is permitted, except by the goalkeeper when in her/his penalty area. Slide tackling is a yellow card offense if no contact is made with an opposition player and is a red card offence if contact is made. Players should try to avoid going to ground when shot blocking, as any contact with an opposition player resulting from a shot block attempt, other than by the goalkeeper in the penalty area, will be treated as if it were a slide tackle and consequently may result in a red card.)

2. Shin guards must be worn. If a player is on the field while the ball is in play and is not wearing shin guards, said player will be cautioned (i.e., given a yellow card) and asked to leave the field of play. He or she may re-enter the field of play when the match official permits her or him to do so. If a given player has entered the field of play without wearing shin guards twice in the same season, said player will be suspended for one match. If three or more players from a given team have entered the field of play without wearing shin guards in a given season, the team will be docked 3 points.

C.  For 6v6 and 7v7 matches, teams are allowed to substitute freely at the following times AND only after recognition by the referee (substitutions may be made 'on the fly' in 5v5 matches):

1. After either team has scored a goal, or been awarded a goal kick.

2. When the substituting team has possession of the ball on a throw-in.

3.  When a player on the substituting team has been injured (if a substitution is made, the other team may also make a substitution at this point).

D. All matches will begin at the time designated on the schedule, unless the League Commissioner approves alternative arrangements.

E.   The minimum number of players required by a team to play a match is as follows: 3 for 5v5, 4 for 7v7, 5 for 8v8 and 7 for 11v11. If a team does not have the required number of players to begin a game by 10 minutes after the designated game start time, the game is a forfeit by that team. (NOTE: Forfeits will result in a team fine of $100, which must be made payable by check or cash to the opposition team prior to the forfeiting team's next match.)

F.   Match referees shall be responsible for administering the League Rules during the match, and their decisions shall be final. If a League representative who is not a match official observes misconduct (or the breaking of any rule) that is not witnessed or dealt with by the match official, players and teams may be subject to sanctions including but not limited to the following: player-suspensions, the docking of team points, the loss of priority registration for the team, and the removal of the team from the League. 

G. For each match, the League Commissioner shall depute the necessary people to uphold these responsibilities:

1. The field must be properly lined (which may include the laying out of cones rather than actual lines.)

2. A minimum of two regulation size number 5 balls must be provided per game.

3. Nets must be provided and attached to the goal frame.

4. Goals must be anchored to the ground or weighted (e.g., with sand bags).

5. If the League Commissioner is unable to be present at League games, then she or he will designate one or more League respresentatives to assume her or his role during said games. This role includes the reporting of any misconduct or foul play that the match official did not witness or not deal with if witnessed. [A League representative charged with reporting misconduct and foul play may not be a player registered on a given team or teams, but she or he may be a USASA-registered player who acts from time to time as a replacement player (i.e., sub) for one or more teams.] {The League Commissioner, if present at games, may also designate League representatives to assist with monitoring games for misconduct and foul play.}

H.   Any team may file a protest with the Commissioner, when it feels that a match or a part of a match has not been played in accordance with League Rules, provided that it informs the referee at the time it feels the rule has been violated and notifies the Commissioner within 48 hours of its intent to file a protest, and then subsequently files a written protest within one week of the date of the game.

I.    In addition to the standard match penalties, additional penalties shall be assessed based on the accumulation of demerits as explained below (Note: Four demerits will result in a fine of $25, to be payable by check to America SCORES):

1.  Yellow Cards count as 1 demerit when not on probation and 2 demerits when on probation. Two Yellow Cards in one game will count as one Red Card and will result in a one-game suspension.

2.   Red Cards count as 4 demerits when a player is not on probation and 6 demerits when on probation. When a player is not on probabtion, a red card offense carries a minimum of a one-game suspension. When a player is on probation, a red card offense carries a minimum of a three-game suspension. If the Red Card was issued for fighting, the following additional penalties will be assessed:

                  a. A Red Card for fighting, when the fighting is deemed by the Referee or other League representative to be self-defense, shall result in a one-game suspension. If the Referee (or other League representative) deems that a player had a safe opportunity to leave the situation, then the fighting will be considered retaliatory in nature; the penalty assessed will thus be the same as in 'b' (below).

                  b. A Red Card for fighting, when the fighting is deemed by the Referee or other League representative to not be in self-defense, shall result in a life-time ban from all WSP leagues.


3. Individual Player Suspensions

a. Four demerits in a season shall result in a minimum of a one-game suspension.

b. Eight demerits in a season shall result in a minimum of a three-game suspension.

c. Twelve demerits in a season shall result in a hearing before the Operating Committee, with a possible suspension of one-year or a lifetime ban.

d. Any suspension not fully served shall carry over and be served in the next season.

e. Suspensions shall apply to post-season play as well as regular-season play.

f. Demerits are not carried over into subsequent seasons; however, suspensions resulting from a previous season will carry over to a subsquesnt season.

4. Misconduct Toward Game Officials, Players and Spectators

a.  Misconduct against referees, players or spectators includes abuse or assault before, during and after the match, and during travel to and from the match and also at later times (such as when directly related to the duties of the game official as a referee). Abuse includes, but is not limited to, foul or abusive language, verbal statement (or physical act) that implies or threatens physical harm, or damage to ones’ property or equipment. Assault includes, but is not limited to, hitting, kicking, punching, choking, spitting at or on, grabbing, or bodily running into a referee, kicking or throwing any object at a referee, player or spectator that could inflict injury or damage a uniform or personal property (e.g., equipment, car, etc.).

b. Such acts as noted above, in 'a,' will result in strict suspensions, ranging from multiple games to one or more years, including a life-time ban. The League may also dock an offending player's team one or more points, especially if an offending player [players] has [have] been duly warned and/or suspended by the League for previous misconduct. Suspensions and the docking of points may result whether or not referees witness or act upon any misconduct during match play. If a Referee (or other League representative) observes misconduct that she or he thinks warrants review, the matter will be presented to the League Commissioner within 24 hours of the match's completion.

5. The League Commissioner shall notify the player of his or her suspension (and/or the player's team of any corresponding docking of points, loss of priority registration, or removal of the team from the League), in writing, within ten (10) days of receipt of the Referee's or the League representative's report. In cases of referee abuse or assault, the Commissioner may also notify the state association. The Operating Committee may increase the length of any suspension imposed by the Commissioner within one year from the incident.

6. The player or team captain may appeal to the Operating Committee, in writing, within seven (7) days of receipt of the notice of suspension, loss of priority registration, docking of points, or removal of the team from the league, using the procedure described in the League Bylaws. The above committee may reduce or extend the suspension after hearing the appeal.

J.   Any team that will not be able to compete in a match for any reason must notify the Commissioner a minimum of three (3) hours before the match in question. Failure to do so could result in team suspensions and/or team fines, in accordance with decisions made by the Operating Committee. 

K. The following conditions shall cause a team to forfeit a match (NOTE - forfeits will result in a team fine of $100, which will be payable in cash or check to the team that the forfeiting team was meant to play; the fine must be paid before the start of the forfeiting team's next game):

1. Failure to provide an appropriate uniform in accordance with Section IV(B).

2. Failure to have a minimum required number of players in accordance with Section V(D).

3. Use of a player in a match who does not meet the requirements of Section II(A), or who is not on the official team roster (which is maintained by a member of the Operating Committee) or who does not have a player pass as required in Section II(C).

L.   In the event of a forfeit, the forfeiting team shall be docked three standings points, and the winning team shall receive three (3) standing points. If the forfeiture results in a situation where referees show up and the minimum notice is not provided as per the above section, the forfeiting team shall, in addition to the aforementioned fine paid to the opposing team, pay the full amount of the referee fee for that game.

M. No alcoholic beverages are to be consumed during the game or at the field.

N.  A team shall be docked 3 points and will also be placed on probation by the League Commissioner when the total demerits amongst a given team's players reach 12 for a given season. The Commissioner shall inform a team that it has been placed on probation within one week after the Commissioner becomes aware that the probation status for that team is warranted. When team members accumulate 12 demerits, the team shall be placed on probation for at least the remainder of the season and possibly for a certain number of games - to be determined by the League Commissioner - in the subsequent season. When a team is on probation, any player receiving either a red or yellow card shall receive additional demerits pursuant to rule V(H). Additional demerits may result in a team losing its priority registration for the subsquent season, or in a team being banned for one or more seasons.

O.  Any game, which is postponed, must be rescheduled by mutual agreement of the two teams’ captains within two weeks of the postponement, or by the last day of regular season play, whichever comes first. The Commissioner must be informed of the date, time and location of the rescheduled game. If the captains are unable to reach an agreement concerning rescheduling, they shall ask the Commissioner to intervene; the Commissioner shall then the set a time, place and date for the game to be played, subject to field availability.

P.   In the event that a game, which has been started, is not able to be completed due to conditions beyond the control of either team, the game shall stand as a complete game if one half or more of the match has been played; otherwise, the match must be replayed in its entirety.

Q. The game outcome (score, forfeit, or game not played) must be reported to the appropriate recorder within 24 hours following the end of the match.

R. Replacement Players.

1. Definition: 'Replacement players' are those players that the League permits teams to bring in when teams cannot provide a full roster for a given game (i.e., they are players who are not registered members of the team for which they intend to play in a given game).

2. Replacement players may be used in a match in accordance with the following conditions:

  • All replacement players must be registered with USASA (through WSP) at least one business day prior to match day.
  • In 7v7 matches, a team must have at least 5 registered players available (or the match is foreited). With 5 regular players, that team is permitted to obtain as many as 4 replacement players. However, only 2 replacement players may be on the pitch at the same time. With 6 regular players, that team is permitted to obtain as many as 3 replacement players. However, only 2 replacement players may be on the pitch at the same time. With 7 regular players, the team may acquire 2 replacement players. However, only 1 replacement player may be on the pitch at a given time (unless two replacement players are making up the minimum number of female players required on the pitch and the team in question has no female players of its own available).
  • In 6v6 matches, a team must have at least 4 registered players available (or the match is foreited). With 4 regular players, that team is permitted to obtain as many as 3 replacement players. However, only 2 replacement players may be on the pitch at the same time. With 5 regular players, that team is permitted to obtain as many as 3 replacement players. However, only 2 replacement players may be on the pitch at the same time. With 6 regular players, the team may acquire 2 replacement players. However, only 1 replacement player may be on the pitch at a given time.
  • In 5v5 matches, a team must have at least 3 registered players available (or the match is foreited). With 3 regular players, that team is permitted to obtain as many as 4 replacement players (for a total of 7 players). However, no more than 3 replacement players may be on the pitch at the same time. With 4 regular players, a team is permitted to obtain as many as 3 replacement players. With 5 regular players, the team may acquire 2 replacement players.
  • Special exceptions to the above ratios: When a team does not have any female players (irrespective of the number of regular male players available), the team may obtain the minimum required number of female players as replacements and play these female players at the same time. A male replacement player may also be on the pitch at the same time as said female players.
  • Sanctions when the above ratios are not followed: Any goals scored when the above ratios are not followed will not be counted. The referee will issue one warning when the above ratios are not followed. The second warning will result in a yellow card to the team captain. A third notice will result in a red card to the team captain.
  • To play in a cup championship match or playoff game, a replacement player must have played a minimum of one regular season game for the team she or he is playing for in the cup or playoff game.
  • A given replacement player can play one regular season game for a given team. For any additional game played, said replacement player must pay a pro-rated fee of $10 per game. This fee shall apply whether or not the player is a member of a team in the league/location in which the player is acting as a replacement/sub.

3. Any team that fields a replacement player without having first gained (a) the League's approval, (b) the referee's acknowledgement, and (c) the opposing team captain's acknowledgement will forfeit the game in question (which will also result in a fine in accordance with the aforementioned rules on forfeits).

4. Extra considerations: While the following are not hard and fast rules, they are guidelines to follow so that a game with replacement players is played as fairly as possible:

  • Captains are encouraged to NOT solicit the best players from around the league to act as replacement players.
  • However, as the best players from around the league may be the only ones available, captains are encouraged to do the following:
    • Play an 'elite' player out of position (e.g., if she or he is normally a forward, play her/him at defense).
    • Limit said player's time on the pitch so that he or she plays less than any regular member of the team (and this should be the obective even if the replacement player is not an 'elite' player).
    • If replacement players are 'elite' players or if they play on the same team as each other, either prevent or significantly limit their time together on the pitch.
    • Please be cognizant of the fact that, while competitive, this is a recreational soccer league and that winning should not be the principal objective in the WSP. The above rules and guidelines are in place to help ensure that games are played fairly and under a general principle of friendly competition.

S. Team captains are the only team players who should address concerns to match officials. If non-captains seek answers from referees on the nature of calls, and especially if the questioning may be construed as complaining or as dissent, these players should expect to be warned the first time; cautioned (e.g., to receive a yellow card) the second time; and shown a red card for the third such approach.


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RULES and REGULATIONS GOVERNING LEAGUE ADMINISTRATION

Article I: League Governing Documents

 Section 1.      The League shall be governed by these bylaws, which may be amended by a majority of elected board members at any official League meeting.

 Section 2.      League play shall be governed by League Rules, which may be amended by a majority of elected board members at any official League meeting, or by the Operating Committee on a temporary basis as provided by the bylaws.

 Section 3.      The League shall be affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), and it shall be subject to their rules, bylaws, and procedures, unless otherwise superseded by the League’s rules and bylaws stated herein.

Article II: Membership

Membership in the League is available to any organized adult soccer team or individual, provided the following conditions are met.

 Section 1.        The team or individual is registered with the League and is in good standing according to these bylaws.

 Section 2.       The team does not contain any players who have been permanently banned from the League in past seasons or who have been permanently banned from any other soccer association or soccer league in the US.

Article III. Meetings

Meetings of the League shall be:

 Section 1.       Called and scheduled at the discretion of the League President. At least two meetings shall be held each year: the fall meeting, to be held between September 1 and December 22; and the spring meeting, to be held between January 3 and April 1.

 Section 2.       Attended by two players’ representatives, designated by vote amongst players of all teams. Each team-designated representative shall be allowed to cast a single vote in any matter requiring voting decisions.

 Section 3.       Announced at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting date. The Secretary shall cause such announcement in writing to the appropriate player-representatives.

 Section 4.       Constituted by a minimum of two members of the Executive Committee and those player-representatives present, and which shall be defined to be a quorum.

 Section 5.       Robert's Current Rules of Order shall regulate the conduct of all meetings where they do not conflict with these bylaws.

 Section 6.       On each even-numbered year, all members of the League Operating Committee shall be elected at the fall meeting. Terms will run for two years.

Article IV. Administration

 Section 1.       The business of the League shall be conducted by an Executive Committee, comprising a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and the Commissioner, and of an Operating Committee consisting of the above Executive Committee and up to five at-large members.

 Section 2.       Members of the Operating Committee are elected for terms of two years and may stand for re-election to succeed themselves. Vacancy for reasons of resignation or other cause shall be dealt with by the President in whatever manner deemed necessary until the next League meeting, at which the vacancy shall be filled.

 Section 3.       Duties of Executive Committee

A. President

1. Preside over all meetings and conduct them with neatness and dispatch.

2. Exercise general supervision of all League activities in accordance with the bylaws.

3. Call meetings when necessary.

4. Act as Chairperson of the Operating Committee.

5. Appoint Members and Chairpersons of any subcommittees created by the Operating Committee.

6.Sign pertinent League documents and agreements.

7.Oversee the development and expansion of the League within NYC and in other districts of NY State.

8.Oversee job creation so that employees can perform various League functions.

B. Vice-President

1. Act in absence of the President with all the authority and privileges residing in the President's Office.

2. Assist the President in the general supervision of all League activities.

C. Secretary

1. Keep and publish official minutes of all meetings.

2. Maintain a copy of all official documents and agreements pertaining to the League.

3. Sign pertinent documents and agreements.

D. Treasurer

1. Oversee receipt and distribution of all League funds.

2. Maintain control over the signing and distribution of all League checks and accounts.

3. Sign drafts, notes and other financial documents of the League.

4. Present a complete annual Treasurer's report at the fall meeting and periodic reports when requested by the President.

5. File all League tax documents by the required date including, but not limited to, federal and state returns and any and all 1099 forms.

E. League Commissioner

1. Approve all modifications of the League schedule, including changes of field locations and rescheduling of postponed games.

2. Approve of a player to play without a player pass on a single game basis for an extraordinary situation.

3. Rule on outcome of all scheduled games that are not played for any reason, and on games with premature terminations.

4. Rule on all disputes over league standings.

5. Impose standard disciplinary sanctions against players according to league rule V(H). Rule on all protests involving disciplinary matters. Impose suspensions against players for serious offenses. The Commissioner shall include a copy of the referee report and any other relevant written materials when notifying a player of a suspension that is beyond the standard rule V(H) penalties.

6. Rule on all protests regarding the outcome of games.

7. Oversee the administration of Referees and any other employees associated with match play.

8.  Ensure that games are provided with all necessary equipment and that field sizes, goal boxes and goals accord with FIFA standards.

9. Appoint an assistant commissioner to act with all powers of the Commissioner in the Commissioner's absence, or in matters wherein the commissioner has a conflict of interest, or to delegate some of the responsibilities of the Commissioner to the Assistant Commissioner. Appoint an Acting Commissioner when the Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner are unavailable.

10. Place teams on probation and impose penalties according to league rule V(H and M). Issue warnings to teams for team offenses. Suspend teams for up to two games in cases of serious and/or repeated offenses when individual player sanctions alone may not be adequate, or when the referee and the offending team are not able to identify the individual player or players responsible for the offense. Recommend team suspensions of more than two games to the Operating Committee.

11. Oversee the permit and permissions process related to field acquisitions.

12. Recommend formally (in a written report) at Operating Committee meetings, and informally as she or he may see fit, how the League should be developed within NYC and in other districts of NY State.

 Section 4. Duties of the Operating Committee

A. Powers

The Operating committee shall be responsible for matters of League policy. Specific powers include:

1. The power to assign teams to divisions as required by the League Rules.

2. The power to modify existing or to adopt new rules, subject to ratification by the general membership at the next League meeting.

3. The power to suspend or terminate a team, but only after a warning has been issued, for repeat violations of rules, for which suspension may be overturned by a majority vote at the next league meeting (provided that a majority of teams in the suspended team's division votes for the reinstatement).

B. Responsibilities

1. Prepare the League Schedule.

2. Arrange for League playoffs, if required by the Rules.

3. Establish fees and payment policies including referee fees, referee compensation for games not played, and fines.

4. Maintain a list of all registered players and team rosters. Develop procedures for handling disciplinary problems in a fair and consistent manner, in accordance with League Rules and Bylaws.

5. Oversee refereeing activities, and develop procedures for handling complaints about referees' performances in a fair and consistent manner.

6. Develop procedures for handling protests in a fair and consistent manner.

7. Develop a system for reporting, compiling, and disseminating scores and standings to all teams in a timely fashion.

8. Prepare recommendations to be presented at the fall meeting for persons to fill the Executive Committee Offices.

C. Protests

 1. Any decisions of the Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner, or an Acting Commissioner under article IV, section 3, paragraph E, items 3- 6 may be appealed to the Operating Committee. The appeal shall be accompanied by a letter stating the grounds for the appeal (including any points of dispute with the referee’s report), and explaining why the Commissioner’s decision should be reversed. It shall be filed with the league Secretary accompanied by the protest fee, within 7 days of the Commissioner’s decision. Any player appealing a suspension of four games or longer shall be entitled to an appearance before the Operating Committee, along with any witnesses to the incident. During the time that an appeal is pending, the Commissioner’s ruling shall remain in force.

 Section 5.       Officers may be removed for cause by a two-thirds vote of the League team representatives, or may resign by notifying the Secretary in writing. Cause for removal shall be stated at the meeting. At the subsequent meeting, the accused may be present and state her or his defense, where a secret vote shall be taken League representatives in attendance.