By Laws and Rules

Soccer in Northern West Virginia will be known as a sporting activity where courtesy, common sense, and good sportsmanship prevail. The Youth Board of Directors issue these Rules and Regulations to supplement the current FIFA Laws of the Game and US Youth Soccer rules and are to be followed uniformly. The purpose of these Rules and Procedures is to encourage the playing of youth soccer by providing a uniform and organized standard.

Sportsmanship and fair play is the standard in all instances whether enumerated in a written rule or not. Harassment, abuse, or assault of referees is not to be tolerated; the right of each player, coach, team/club official, parent and spectator to attend games is a privilege that can be lost by inappropriate conduct.

These rules govern all play. Clubs have the right to retain house rules for their In-House providing such rules are consistent and in accord with PA West Soccer and US Youth Soccer rules. All Districts and Divisions have the right to augment the Rules with the approval of the PA West Soccer Youth Board.

PA West Game Rules and Procedures

1. Game Formats and Field Dimensions

U13-U18  11 v 11       50-90 yards wide            35 minutes        5              8’ x 24’

100-120 yards long


U11-U12   8 v 8          50 yards wide                  30 minutes       4              7’ x 21’

70-80 yards long


U9-U10     6 v 6       40-45 yards wide             25 minutes      4               6’ x 18’

55-60 yards long


2. Player Equipment

(a) All players on the field must be attired in matching color uniforms consisting of shorts, jersey (with non conflicting number), socks, shin guards, and legal soccer shoes. The uniform must consist of the club’s official color and name. In case of a color clash, the home team will change. Coaches must wear the apparel of the team they are coaching or a neutral shirt with no identification of another PA West or US Club affiliate.

(b) All or any member(s) of any team are permitted to wear extra protective clothing including gloves or garment protruding beyond the uniform without dangerous, protruding or hard objects, provided that:

- The proper team uniform is worn outermost;

- Referee discretion may be used to determine if any item of protective clothing is considered to go beyond the purpose of providing protection.


3. Pre-Game Requirements

(a) Prior to the Start of the Game, Coaches/Managers will provide the following items to the referee:

1. Original validated roster.

2. Player passes for all players who are present and for up to three (3) coaches/managers. Players/coaches arriving late must give their passes to the referee/assistant referee before they can enter the game/technical area.

3. Two (2) properly completed game day rosters.

4. No official league game shall be played without presentation of the above items.


4. Home/Visiting Team Responsibilities

(a)  Home team is to provide a properly marked playing field of regulation size.

(b)  The fans from both teams are to be on the opposite side from the players and coaches. No one is permitted in the first two yards of the out-of-bounds area which is designated for the assistant referee.

(c) Home team is to provide at least three (3) game balls of proper size, properly inflated.

(d) Home team is to provide regulation size goals, nets and corner flags as required by USYSA Rules.

(e) All games are played using a three-man referee team. The Center Referee must be a currently certified USSF referee. Failure to provide a certified referee for a game is a violation and will be handled by the Disciplinary Committee at the District/Division level. Visiting Coach should file the report within 48 hours to the State Office and Divisional/District.

(f) Make-up: If teams are unable to decide upon a make up date, the Age Group Commissioner or District/Division Director will set the date and place if necessary.

(g)  Sunday travel games shall start no earlier than Noon.

(h)  The home team is to contact visiting team no later than the Tuesday evening before the game with time, place, directions, etc. for the upcoming game. Visiting team should contact the home coach if not contacted by the home coach by Wednesday prior to the scheduled game. Should a color conflict arise, at the start of the game, the home team will change.

(i)  Games should be started within 30 minutes of the scheduled starting time. The home team shall notify the Scheduling Commissioner that a game has not been played within the allotted time period minutes of the scheduled starting time.

(k) The visiting team should arrive at least thirty (30) minutes prior to the scheduled start of the game to allow time for check in and instructions from the referees.

(l) Notify the visiting team by phone at least two (2) hours plus travel time prior to the starting time for a cancelled game.

(m)  Both coaches report the game result to the AGC.