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Rules of Play

GCFYSL Rules Of Play

Key Rules for Game Day Check-In

Players MUST appear on the Match Card AND have a signed laminated pass.

Coaches MUST show a signed laminated pass to be at the bench. The pass can be for any team of the same club as the team they are coaching. 

Players MAY NOT be written  onto the Match Card. (This protects from players who should be serving a red card being added to another team.)

While a full roster may appear on a match card the maximum players eligible to play are as below. Players in excess of the maximum  must be crossed off the match card and remain at the bench.

13U-19U: Total roster size, including club pass players, is capped at twenty-two.  The Match Card shall list up to 22 players however only 18 are eligible to play.  All others listed on the Match Card shall be crossed out by the referee.  A minimum of 7 players must be listed to start the game.

11U-12U: Total roster size, including club pass players, is capped at 16. Game Card shall list up to 16 players however 9 are eligible to play. Players in excess must be crossed off prior to check-in. A minimum of 5 players must be listed to start the game. 


Rules updates in 2023a:

4.4 Clarification again on the amount of players allowed to play regardless of how  many are allowed to appear on the match card.

14.0 DISCIPLINE - New, information  on serving a red card was pulled from the Fines section and reference to FYSA rule 504.1 was added.

15.1.2 - 15.1.3 - clarification on fines when a game is canceled close to game day.

Rules updates from 2022a to 2022b:

4.4 (clarified). A maximum of 18 players and a minimum of 7 (age appropriate roster numbers apply) shall appear on the Match Card. Players in excess must be crossed off prior to check-in. The maximum number of players listed on a Match Card must follow FYSA rule 205.3: 13U-19U shall name 18 eligible players, 11U-12U shall name 16 eligible players. Players in excess must be crossed off prior to check-in. A minimum of 7 players must be listed.

4.8.4. Club Pass players may play 2 games in a day with 2 different teams. Club Pass players may play more than one (1) game per day with the same team, but not with two different teams in the same day.

4.11 (New). Secondary Rostering. A player may be rostered to multiple teams across two different affiliates at one time during a seasonal year pursuant to FYSA regulations. Secondary players must appear on the Match Card.



Please review section 4.0 Match Cards, Rosters and Passes. At check-in, the Home team shall present one copy of the Match report. Players may not be written onto the Match Report. 

4.1.    The GotSport generated Match Card shall be the official game day roster of eligible players. NO PLAYERS MAY BE HANDWRITTEN ONTO THE MATCH CARD. Coaches may be added in writing by the referee upon presentation of a valid, laminated FYSA pass. Players not attending must be deactivated in GotSport or struck through on the printed Match Card. 
4.2.    The Match Card should be printed 24 hours prior to the scheduled match. If the opposing team players do not show on the card, your POC should contact their club to have this resolved. If a late addition is made by the AWAY team, it is their responsibility to present the Match Card at team check in and indicate which player has been added.
4.3.    Players serving a Red Card will appear with a strikethrough (example) on the Match Card. The player is ineligible until the Red Card is served and the fine paid. Players serving red cards are also allowed to be on the bench, but not in uniform

Please review section 7.0 Rescheduling Games. There is a $25 fee for rescheduling games not due to weather or FYSA state tournaments. 

7.3.    Starting from the day a season's schedule is released by the GCFYSL, there shall be a seven (7) day grace period for clubs to make reschedule requests to the opposing club. Every effort to oblige these requests should be made by all clubs. After the grace period, a $25 fee will be charged for each non-weather-related game reschedule (excluding those related to an FYSA Cup). The fee is paid by the requesting club and collected through the GCF Reschedule Request Form. When a valid reason arises to void this fee, contact for a voucher code.

Procedure Updates


Red Card Fines are now paid through GotSport. See the Red Card links on the home page.

Reschedules are requested through the Reschedule Request Form with the fee to be paid upon submittal (link on home page).


Main Contact:

Reschedule questions:

Scheduling at neutral sites: Diego Herrera,

Disciplinary (red cards): Matt Hutchinson,


GCF Season Playoffs

GCF next Season Playoffs information to come.

Important Note: GCFYSL playoff games are treated as a part of the GCF season and the same rules apply. This includes no-show fines, rostering rules (NO guest players), proper coach and supporter behavior, playing time (U12 and below), etc. Also, dual rostered players MUST have played during the season with the playoff team. Players that are "primary rostered" to Premier & League I teams may NOT be added for this event. In the interest of fair play, please respect the integrity of this event. All current rosters and the teams' roster history for the Spring season will be reviewed for compliance. Violations discovered prior to the event may result in disqualification. Violations discovered after the fact will result in forfeits and substantial fines.