ODSL Laws of the Game

Revised Fall 2017

ODSL Laws of the Game  Except as noted below, ODSL abides by the FIFA Laws of the Game


 Law I  Players and coaches for both teams are to be together on one side of the field.  The home team decides which side.  All spectators must go to the opposite side.  All coaches must stay in the technical area. All spectators must stay between the tops of the penalty boxes.


Law II  U12 age groups and younger play with a size 4 ball.


Law III  Player passes must be checked prior to the start of the match.  The only exception to this rule is if a team forgets to bring their passes. Under this condition the team may have until the end of the match to produce the player passes or be subject to a forfeit based upon a Board decision. The minimum number of players required to begin or continue  a match is seven when playing eleven a side.  The minimum number of players is six when playing seven or nine a side.  A team may have a fifteen-minute grace period to meet the player minimum.  U13 through U19 matches will be played with 11 players per side. U11-12 matches will be played with 9 players per side. U9 and 10 matches will be played with 7 players per side.

Substitutes must be standing at midfield when a substitution is requested. Substitutions may be made with the consent of the referee: Unlimited, prior to a throw-in by the team in possession (both teams may substitute players if the team in possession is substituting); Unlimited by both teams, prior to a goal kick, after a goal is scored, and at halftime; for an injured player (1 for 1); After a player receives a yellow card, at the request of the coach.

Club Pass:  ODSL allows teams to utilize age appropriate guest players who have a valid player pass from the identical club.  Teams may use up to 3 guest players.  Teams may not exceed the legal number of players on their game day roster.


LAW IV  Cast or splints are allowed with the consent of the referee. When there is a color conflict, the home team must change jerseys.


LAW V  If the referees do not arrive, the game may be started using volunteers, if both teams agree. The referee is not required to show a yellow or red card to a coach, manager or spectator, but these individuals must immediately comply with any verbal instructions given to them by a referee.  The referee may banish a coach for misbehavior on the part of a team spectator who has been previously warned.  The referee may terminate a match if a banished individual does not comply immediately and completely with the referee’s instructions.  Any banished individual may not return to the field for any reason.  A team associated with the offender of either of the last two conditions will be subject to a forfeit.

Referees are responsible for the safety of the field and goals.  Home team has a grace period of 15 minutes to make corrections to the field to meet the referee’s requirements.  Failure to meet this requirement may result in forfeit of the match.

No matches will be played on a field where the goals are not securely anchored or weighted.  Home team may be subject to forfeit.


LAW VII  Duration of the game. 

Small-sided High School Games (6v6)  - 70 minutes

U17-U19  (11v11) -  90 minutes           

U15-U16  (11v11) -  80 minutes

U13-U14  (11v11) -  70 minutes

U11-U12  (9v9) -  70 minutes

U9-U10    (7v7)  -  60 minutes

Referee should conduct two halves of equal length in time.  Matches may not be shortened to keep schedules on time. No additional periods will be played in tie matches.  A match that makes it to at least halftime but is unable to be continued due to weather is considered to be an official match and should be reported as such.


Only the ODSL Board of Directors can declare a forfeit.  Except in the case of unsafe conditions or failure to meet the player minimum, matches should be played and referees should report any incidents online or on the report card.


The Home team is responsible for making the referee aware of all ODSL exceptions to FIFA Laws. 


ODSL Administrator cell phone#:  703-851-6046


The ODSL Approves a New Club Pass for Matches

Players from Same Club May Guest Under Specific Conditions

Club Pass Rules and Procedures Effective July 2011


Clubs will roster teams in accordance to ODSL and State Association Rules and policies.  All players rostered to travel teams within the same club are “club pass - guest player” eligible. There will be no secondary rostering of Maryland players.


Club Pass Players must:


· Be registered to a travel team with the same club they are guest playing for.

·  A guest player may play up in age, but not down in age. Guest players are allowed to play up no more than two age groups in the U9-U13 age group.

·   Possess a properly validated USYS Travel Player Pass.


Number of guest players allowed:


· Up to three guest players are allowed.

·  The number of players on the game day roster may not exceed the maximum number of players allowed on the roster of a specific age group. 


Number of Games Per Day:


·  No player may play more than one ODSL league match per day as a guest player. This allows players to play one game with the team they are normally rostered to and one match with another ODSL team as a guest player..


Game Day Procedures:


·  On game day the guest players must have their official current year USYS player pass and this is to be presented to the referee prior to the game at the time of the standard player pass/roster check. All guest players are to be displayed on the ODSL Referee Report Card and clearly noted as guest players.


Yellow and Red Cards: 


·  All yellow and red cards issued to a guest player count towards the team total they are playing for at the time the card is issued. Any player with an un-served sit-out(s) in any league is not eligible to play in an ODSL match until the sit-out(s) have been served.

·  Any ODSL players, playing as a guest for another team in a league match, and ejected from the match, must serve a sit-out in their next ODSL match.


Note to team officials: Teams will forfeit any match in which they play an ineligible player, and team officials are subject to additional sanctions imposed by the Rules and Discipline Committee.