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Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

What are NCYSA State Office Hours and physical address?

Monday - 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday - 9:30 a.m.  - 4:30 p.m.

136 Manley Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27407

NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Office is physically closed, but staff is working from home and can reached via email.

Where Can I Find a List of NCYSA Members?

You may our current members under ABOUT in the main menu, or you may click here, enter a zip code of the area you are interested.

When Do the Board of Directors Hold Their Meetings?

NCYSA Board of Directors Meetings are held twice a year. 

You may also view minutes and agendas from the past two years by clicking the link above and using the right-hand menu on that page.

Registration

How Is My Son/Daughter Registered as a Part of NCYSA?

Each local association registers its players with NCYSA.  NCYSA produces the player passes and rosters and sends them to the local association.  As part of a player’s registration, supplemental insurance is provided should a player incur an injury in a NCYSA/USYS sanctioned event.

What is the Validation of a Pass?

NCYSA issues new player passes to the association registrar each seasonal year.  The registrar meets with each player - confirming the player’s name, photo, date of birth, and jersey number are accurate on the pass. Once that process is completed, the player is bound to that team for the seasonal year. 

How Can a Player Leave a Team? We are Moving Across the State.

Any time a player needs to leave a team during the seasonal year, the parent needs to contact the coach first and then contact the registrar to obtain a release form. The release form must be signed by the parent and returned to the registrar.  The registrar then sends the release to NCYSA for processing.  Once processed, the parents will receive a copy of the release and cover letter.  The player and parent may not talk with/participate with a new NCYSA association until parents receive a copy of the processed release. The player may subject to a 2-game sit out and additional fees if the player was a classic player moving to a classic team in another association.  Parents should contact the local registrar for information.

Can a Player Play on More Than One Team?

Yes, but there are restrictions as to the gender, age group and level of play and dependent on the local association’s rules for dual rostering.  A player on two teams may not play for more than one team on a given day. Example:  player is dual registered on a 14U team and a 15U team.  Both teams have a game on a Saturday.  Player and coaches must choose on which team he/she may play.

My Son/Daughter was Born Outside of the US and I have Been Asked to Complete Additional Paperwork. Why?

FIFA, the  international governing body for soccer, requires that any foreign-born player, must complete paperwork.  This paperwork   is sent ONLY to US Soccer Federation and FIFA. Contact your local registrar for the proper forms to complete.

We Live on the Border of NC and Another State and My Son/Daughter Wishes to Play in the Other State for League Play.

Players who wish to play league play in another state must complete an Interstate Permission Form and pay the fee of $10.  The form may be obtained on the NCYSA website. Once parent completes the form and makes the payment, NCYSA will then send the form to the other state for its approval.

*Beginning with the 2020-21 season payment may be made by credit card, but parents will need to contact NCYSA for the link for payment.

**Players wishing to play in another state for the fall but wishes to return to NC in the spring must complete the Interstate Permission form to return to NC.  If the player was a rostered player on an NCS Cup team in the other state, the player may not participate in NCYSA NCS State Cup.

My Son/Daughter Wants to Guest Play for a Team From Another NCYSA Association in a Tournament.

The guest coach should contact the player’s regular coach first to ensure that the player’s team does not have a prior commitment. The guest team will use the NCYSA Guest Player Form for Out of Association Players and have both coaches sign and the home association registrar stamp and sign form. The team on which the player will play must be a registered team with a USYS member.

My Son/Daughter Who is on an NCYSA Team has been Asked to Guest Play for a Team Outside of NC in a Tournament.

Parent must complete the Interstate Permission Form and submit it to NCYSA.  NCYSA will send the form to the guest team’s state association for its approval. Note:  Parents must make sure that the guest team is a US Youth Soccer team and not registered through another youth organization.

Risk Management

Who Must Complete a Risk Management Application?

Every coach, volunteer, team manager, administrator, director, officers, tournament director volunteer, and employee of each member association and of NCYSA.   Referees are required to register with NCSRA.

Only risk management approved individuals may participate with a member association or the referee association. Only approved individuals may be present on the team’s side of the field.

Individuals under the age of 18 involved with youth soccer players must register with the risk management program.

*NOTE- only individuals 18 and older will be subject to a background check.

Who Must Complete SafeSport Training?

Everyone that completes a Risk Management application is also required to complete the Sexual Abuse Prevention Training as required by federal law.

Minors will complete the age appropriate training module instead of the full adult training.

When Do I Complete a Risk Management Application?

EVERY year you intend to participate with a NCYSA soccer program. This informs your organization and NCYSA of your desire to volunteer or serve.

PLEASE NOTE: Registering in the system DOES NOT grant immediate approval. A background check must be performed, and the resulting report reviewed (if there is a reviewable matter) before approval is granted. Background checks are performed every other seasonal year.

Your risk management liaison will know when it is time to conduct a background check once you have registered in the system.

Registration for the next seasonal year begins in April of each year for the following fall and spring seasons.

When Do I Complete SafeSport Training?

Every year.  The link to the US Center for SafeSport will be included within your Risk Management application, including the appropriate link for minor aged participants.  The initial course can take 60-90 minutes to complete.  Refresher courses will then be required each following year.  Refresher courses take 15-30 minutes to complete.

You will upload your SafeSport certificate of completion to your Risk Management application each year. 

What Information Do I Provide When Registering for Risk Management?

The following information is REQUIRED:

First and Last Name, Date of Birth, Social Security, Green Card, or Visa number, Gender, Address, City and County of Residence, State, Zip Code, Home phone number, and email address.

Previous addresses are required if you have lived less than 5 years at your current address.

You must answer all questions truthfully.  FAILURE TO PROVIDE TRUTHFUL, ACCURATE, ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS ON YOUR RISK MANAGEMENT APPLICATION AND ON ANY SUPPORTING INFORMATION PROVIDED ON YOUR RISK MANAGEMENT APPLICATION COULD RESULT IN THE IMMEDIATE DENIAL OF YOUR RISK MANAGEMENT APPLICATION.

YOU MUST ASSIGN YOURSELF TO THE MEMBER ASSOCIATION YOU WILL BE PARTICIPATING WITH EACH YEAR.

Other information:

Only the NCYSA Risk Management Coordinators and NCYSA Risk Management Administrators have access to SS, Green Card or Visa #’s. The local associations DO NOT have access to this information nor does the remainder of the NCYSA staff.

Minors (Under Age 18) Registering with Risk Management

Anyone under the age of 18 who wishes to volunteer or to assist with a team must register with the risk management program.

The registration form requires a parent or guardian to submit information.

A background check is not performed until an individual turns 18 years of age. It is the responsibility of the Association’s Risk Management Coordinator to submit individuals for a background check when their 18th birthday occurs.

Minors must complete Youth Athlete Abuse Prevention Training provided by the US Center for SafeSport that is appropriate for the age of the minor volunteer, not the age of the players the minor will be working with at that association.

What is Safe Sport?

NCYSA and all amateur sports organization are required by law to provide training to volunteers and minors regarding Sexual Abuse Training and Safe Sport provides that training.

What is Sport Gait?

NCYSA and all youth sports organizations are required by law to educate its membership regarding concussions, and to monitor potential TBI when participating on municipal and county properties.

Sport Gait will assist in helping you monitor your players and keep them and their families notified of potential injuries.

Discipline and Appeals

How are Sanctions Determined for an Ejection?

The D&A Chairman (Larry Taylor) and D&A Administrator (Mark Moore) will receive an electronic copy of all ejections, via the Official Report (Match Report/Referee Supplemental Form) in the State Office as they are entered online by the Referee.

The Chairman will make a determine of Sanctions based on the information contained in the Official Report. In some cases, additional information is gathered in order to determine a fair sanction.

After, the D&A Administrator will contact the family of the ejected player (or the coach), as well as the local association staff with the ejection information, and the determining sanction.

There are additional documents detailing this in the EDUCATION links on the right hand side of this page.

The Wrong Player was Ejected from a Match. What Can We Do?

Thankfully, this does not happen very often, but sometimes, a mis-typed report, keyboard error, etc., and it may show up incorrectly.

It is important that everyone remain calm! 

This document will explain the process in correcting this issue, should it arise.

NOTE: This pertains to REPORTING the wrong player ejected. For example, if #2 was ejected, but the referee noted on the Match Report #22, we have a procedure to address. 

However if #22 commits a incident on the field and the Referee ejects #2, this will be problematic as it's the opinion of the Referee at that time #2 be ejected.  ONCE PLAY HAS BEEN RESTARTED, THAT EJECTION WILL STAND. (The Referee has the option of reversing their decision BEFORE allowing play to restart.)

What is Recruiting?

Recruiting is any enticement to have a registered player with one association, move to a different association, outside the open recruiting period.

Whether it is an Association Officer, Coach, Parent or Player . . . by word, email or written document . . . on the field, at home watching TV with friends or at the beach . . . the enticement to have a player from one association move to another association is forbidden.

The "Open Recruiting Period" is:

  • Girls 15U-19U - January 1st - July 31st.
  • Boys 15U-19U - The Monday after State Cup Finals - July 31st.
  • Boys and Girls 14U-and younger - There is NO open recruiting.

There are documents linked at right under the EDUCATION link giving detailed information on recruiting.

We Don't Agree With an Ejection. What Can We Do?

Ejections are given when, in the opinion of the Referee, a player or coach has demonstrated misconduct that deserves that ejection. Decisions of the Referee are not a protestable action.

However, if a Referee has misapplied The Laws of the Game in your match, your Director of Coaching may file a report with the State Office (D&A Administrator, Mark Moore) and we will send that information, along with any investigative materials to the NCSRA (the Referee Association). It will be that body who may enact sanctions on a Referee.

We Don't Agree With a Referee's Decision on an Ejection.

An ejection is "in the opinion of the referee" that the individual was involved in misconduct that warranted the ejection. It is not a protestable act.

However, your Coach and/or Director of Coaching can be proactive. Send an email to the Discipline and Appeals Administrator - Mark Moore - immediately after your match with details of the ejection and any statements from individuals who WITNESSED the ejection and the act of misconduct.

That information "could" play a part in the sanctioning decision by the D&A Chairman.

Soccer Symposium

When is the 2021 NCYSA Soccer Symposium?

The Symposium is generally held the weekend AFTER the United Soccer Coaches/USYS National Conventions, and the weekend BEFORE the Super Bowl (providing those dates remain steady).

The 2021 NCYSA Soccer Symposium will be held at the Charlotte Airport Hotel on January 22-24, 2021.

Who Attends the Symposium?

The Symposium consists of workshops in the following areas:

  • Administrative (Presidents, Risk Management, D&A, Registration)
  • NCSRA Referees and Assignors
  • NCASA Adult Soccer
  • Coaching Education

The topics are generally attended by invitation from their respective organizations.

Is There a Charge for the Symposium?

Most workshops and sessions are free to the attendees/invitees. However, there could be a charge for some coaching education sessions. Please check Symposium page for details.

What Topics are Offered at the Symposium?

Please check the current Symposium Event List for the latest information.

Generally, Friday night has special meetings, Council Meetings, DOC Meeting and a light social event afterward.

Saturday will have the meetings for the Presidents, Risk Management Liaisons, Discipline Appeals Liaisons, Head Registrars and other Registration personnel, Coaching Education Topics, NCSRA Referee and Assignor Topics, and NCASA Adult Soccer Meetings.

Saturday night will have the NC Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Reception.

Sunday will have the NCYSA Annual General Meeting, NCASA Annual General Meeting, the NCYSA/NCASA/NCSRA Awards Luncheon.

Renew Your Membership

When is Our Association Renewal Due?

Renewals are due June 1 each year.

Please email Wendy Burns with questions.

How Can We Pay for Our Renewal?

You may pay online via credit card, or you may mail a check to NCYSA.

NC Youth Soccer
PO Box 18229
Greensboro, NC 27419

Please include the name of your association on your check!

Association Fee:  $100

Scheduling League Fee:  $250

 

Recreation

What is a Publix Road Show?

North Carolina Youth Soccer is committed to providing soccer coaches with up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge, so coaches across NC can ensure that players develop to their full potential by creating the ideal environment for all youth to grow and excel through soccer.

The hope of this opportunity is to reach into all our soccer communities and make connections that will be long lasting.

Please visit the Publix Road Show page. You may email Jamie McLeod for more information.

What are Recreation Meetings?

We will host Recreation specific meetings and webinars, both in person and virtually  each season to discuss topics of interest, share ideas and keep in touch with each other.

Please visit the Meeting page at right and email Keri Jones for more information.

What is TOPSoccer?

The Outreach Program for Soccer is a community based program for players with special needs and disabilities. 

Please view the TOPSoccer page at right and email Keri Jones for more information.

Where Can I Find the Field Dimensions for Small Sided Games?

NCYSA encourages the use of US Soccer Player Initiatives guidelines for Small-Sided games.

 

How Much are Referee Fees for Games?

You may find the Referee Fees linked here.

Classic

How Can We Place Our Team Into the Classic League?

If your team is currently playing for a member NCYSA Association, contact your President and/or Director of Coaching. They will provide the path for your team to enter the Classic League.

The Classic League is for NCYSA member teams only.  For questions, please email Colby Morton.

Where Can We Find Our Standings and Schedules?

NCYSA uses Sinc Sports for our scheduling and standing program. You may use the link at right or click here for their website. (www.ncysaclassic.com) 

My Team Information is Wrong in Sinc Sports. How Can We Fix it?

Please email Colby Morton. She will assist you in updating your information.

Our Score Was Entered Incorrectly in Sinc Sports . . .

Please email Colby Morton. She will assist you in verifying or correcting the score.

We had an Issue of Misconduct at our Match.

Please send an email to both Colby Morton and the Discipline Appeals Administrator, Mark Moore. They will get in touch to follow up.

Inquiries should be by the Coach or the Director of Coaching of your local Association.

Note: Not every situation is a true act of misconduct or D&A issue, but NCYSA will help you to sort it out.

 

How Much are Referee Fees?

You may find the Referee Fees linked here. 

Challenge

How Much are Referee Fees?

You may find the Referee Fees linked here. 

NCYSA Youth Academy

How Can I Enter Teams into the Youth Academy?

First, your local Association must become a Youth Academy Association. Please email Bill Furjanic for details on how your association can be a part of the Youth Academy.

What Ages Play in the Youth Academy?

The NCYSA Youth Academy is offered for players ages 7-12. Please email Bill Furjanic with any questions.

What is the NCYSA Youth Academy?

The NCYSA Youth Academy offers age-appropriate training concentrating on development over winning. Please see the Benefits page in the right hand links or click here.

What is the Academy Showcase?

The Academy Showcase is held twice per year, at the end of the Fall and Spring seasons. The Showcase is for any Youth Academy team to attend. Scores are not kept and teams have the opportunity to play other Youth Academy teams they may not have seen in regular season.

TOPSoccer

How Do I Enroll My Child in TOPSoccer?

Players will need to enroll with a local TOPSoccer Program. For a list of ones in our state, please click here.

What Age Groups can Participate in TOPSoccer?

TOPSoccer is designed to meet the needs of individuals from ages 5 to 21 with physical and/or mental disabilities.

Email Keri Jones if you have questions.

How Many Times Per Week Will My Child Play in TOPSoccer?

TOPSoccer activities are generally once per week during the TOPSoccer season, but will be up to the local, individual program.

ODP - Registration

2020-21 ODP Age Groups

The 2020-21 ODP program is for players born in the years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009. *Players born in 2010 may register to be evaluated with the 2009 age group.*  Players must be registered with NC Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) in order to register for evaluations. If your child is not registered currently with NCYSA or their name is not found when registering, there could be several reasons:

  • Your child plays on a team that is not registered with NCYSA (contact your local association's registrar)
  • Your child's team plays in the spring ONLY (contact your local association's registrar)
  • Your child's info is entered incorrectly in the NC Youth Soccer database (contact your local association's registrar)
  • Your Child is playing in a youth club that is not a NCYSA Member Association (contact ODP Administrator Keri Jones at odp@ncsoccer.org)

NOTE: FIFA now requires International Clearance for all players born in a foreign country, including US citizens born abroad. Please read the USSF Minimum ITC Requirement document attached here for more information. If you have additional questions, please contact the NCYSA Registration department.

When does Early Bird Registration end?

The deadline for early bird registration ends on October 31, 2020. This is a firm deadline. You can still register online after the October 31st deadline for ODP evaluations however the price will increase. Online registration will be accepted until 11:59pm on the Wednesday prior to your childs' age group’s first evaluation session date. The online registration link for NC ODP will be available on our website once registration is open. Walk-up registration is not encouraged but will be accepted through the evaluation training phase only for each specific age group.

What is included in ODP Registration?

The ODP Registration fee includes attendance to three (3) ODP Evaluations, Two (2) Dri-fit numbered ODP Shirts which players will use for the ODP Evaluations and throughout the year at trainings and events as well as secondary player insurance.

What are ODP Evaluations?

After registration, a player will attend their Age Groups three (3) ODP Evaluations to train, compete and be observed by the Age Group Director & ODP Staff. During the evaluation process, ODP Staff has access to the players name and jersey number ONLY. Club information is not provided to the Age Group Director or the ODP Staff during Evaluations.  Following the final ODP Evaluation session for an age group, players are either selected to continue or are released from the ODP Program for the year.

When are ODP Evaluations?

Evaluation dates and locations can be found by viewing the ODP calendar located under the Calendar tab on both the Boys and Girls ODP pages. Exact locations will be posted once the sites are confirmed. The 2009 age group will be divided into Regions (East and West) throughout the state. During the registration process, 2009 players will select which Region they wish to participate in and will then attend evaluations/trainings at that Region's location. All other age groups (2004-2008) will attend evaluations/trainings at a central location.

What if my child is unable to attend one of the ODP Evaluations?

Players are expected to attend all three (3) evaluation sessions. If a player is unable to attend one (1) or two (2) evaluation sessions, they can still participate in the ODP process. All players who desire to be considered for the ODP program must be pre-registered for evaluations and will be evaluated based on their performance at the evaluation session(s) they attend. 

If your child would like to participate in the ODP program but has conflicts for all three (3) evaluation sessions in their age group, please contact ODP Director John Trice at john@ncsoccer.org prior to registering.

How do I change my child's attendance status for an ODP Evaluation?

If you filled out your child's attendance during registration and need to update/change your attendance status for evaluations, please do so online by logging back into  your account. This feature is available until the following date (TBA). After this date, please email ODP Administrator Keri Jones at odp@ncsoccer.org.

ODP - FAQ

What is the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program?

The US Youth Soccer ODP Philosophy
To identify players of the highest caliber on a continuing and consistent basis, which will lead to increased success for the U.S. National Teams in the international arena.

Purpose
The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team will be selected for international competition; to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels; and, through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.

What are the Benefits of Participating in US Youth Soccer ODP?

1. Development as a player. The opportunity to train and play with the best player's in one's age group.
2. Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches.
3. Quality competition. Games against other state association ODP teams.
4. Exposure to regional and national team coaches.
5. The opportunity to represent one's state, region, or country in competition.
6. Exposure to college coaches.

How are Players Selected?

Players are selected on the basis of open tryouts. These tryouts are conducted by state association coaches who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with superior skills. Some state associations combine scouting techniques and invitations to certain players with the open tryouts. Players are evaluated on the four components that make up a soccer player:

1. Technique
2. Tactics
3. Fitness and Athletic Ability
4. Psychological Component (attitude)

Who can participate in ODP?

The 2020-21 ODP program is for players born in the years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009. *Players born in 2010, may register to be evaluated with the 2009 age group.*  Players must be registered with NC Youth Soccer Association in order to register for ODP Evaluations. 

What are ODP Evaluations?

After Registration, a player will attend their Age Groups three (3) ODP Evaluations to train, compete and be observed for by the Age Group Director & ODP Staff. During the ODP process, ODP Staff has access to the players name and jersey number ONLY. Club information is not provided to the Age Group Director or ODP Staff during evaluations.  Following the final ODP Evaluation, players are either selected to continue or are released from the ODP Program for the year.

Is Financial Assistance Available?

Financial assistance is available for those that demonstrate a need. Families that need to apply for financial assistance can request an application by contacting Keri Jones, ODP Administrator, at odp@ncsoccer.org. *Please note that all players – regardless of their need for financial assistance - may be required to pay a portion of their registration fees. Applications that are not complete will not be submitted to the ODP Scholarship Committee; they will be returned to you for completion and re-submission prior to being considered.

Financial assistance is accepted on a rolling basis as we understand that people’s situations can change unexpectedly, however we strongly suggest completed applications be received by our staff ASAP. Financial assistance is not retroactive and will only apply to fees accrued after your application has been approved. Please apply early as funds are limited.

How much does it cost to play ODP?

2019-20 ODP Fee Structure

Registration
Early Bird Registration - $150.00 (deadline is October 31st)
Registration - $175.00 (Online Registration closes Wednesday prior to each Age Group's first Evaluation)
Late Registration - $200.00 (Walk-up Registration)

Training Sessions (upon selection)
$50.00 per session

Subregional Events (upon selection)
$200.00 - $240.00 per event
 

South Region ODP Camp (upon selection)
$600.00 **this fee is paid directly to US Youth Soccer South Region ODP**

Is there Goalkeeper Training?

Yes, Goalkeeper specific training is a part of the ODP Evaluations and Training Sessions.

If I am released from North Carolina ODP, can I participate in ODP in another state?

No.  Players can tryout/participate in one state only for each ODP season.

ODP - Attendance/Payment

Attendance Standards

Players are expected to attend all evaluations, trainings, and events they are invited to; however, our staff realizes that conflicts may arise. Not attending an ODP date is never held against a player; it simply limits their observation opportunities.

Payment Policy

Payment for ODP Training sessions is required regardless of whether a player is in attendance or not (unless training session is listed as optional on the ODP Calendar). Failure to adhere to this policy can result in being released from the ODP program for the current season.

Payment for Subregional Events is due ONLY upon acceptance of invitation.

Helpful Payment Tips

  • Please complete from a computer (system errors may occur when attempted from a phone or tablet).
  • Please use all lower case letters for first and last name.
  • Payment is due no later than 9 AM the Monday prior to training.  Attendance is notated during the payment process.
  • Payment can be made online, over the phone by CC or by mailing in a check. PLEASE DO NOT PAY AT THE FIELD.
  • Once you have confirmed attendance, you are unable to login again until a new event have been created for your child. If attendance status changes after you have completed payment, please email Keri Jones, ODP Administrator at odp@ncsoccer.org
  • Payment for training sessions is required, whether a player is in attendance or not, to stay in the ODP Program. *Similar to Club dues, ODP fees are required regardless of attendance as budgeting plans for field usage, staff and equipment are pre-determined.

Piedmont Conference

What is the Piedmont Conference?

The US Youth Soccer Piedmont Conference is one of 13 Conferences under the US Youth Soccer Leagues Program in the Multi-State Tier. The Piedmont Conference consists of teams primarily from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The top teams in the Conference will earn advancement to the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, as well as a chance to earn a coveted spot in the National Tier of the Leagues Program, the US Youth Soccer National League.

How Does a Team Qualify for the Piedmont Conference?

Tournament Administration

How Can I Host a Tournament?

NCYSA will sanction events and tournaments that are hosted and sponsored by their local Association. There are several criteria that must be met. Please email Joette Kivett with details.

Why Do I Need a Notification to Travel?

A Notification to Travel is needed by USYS teams when traveling out-of-state to other Sanctioned Events and Tournaments. This assures that you're playing other USYS members, that you and your opponents have the proper insurance, and the event itself is properly covered. 

You do NOT need a Notification to Travel for:

  • State Cup Games
  • In-State Tournaments
  • USYS Regionals/Nationals
  • Presidents Cup Regionals/Nationals

 

Become A Member

How Can My Soccer Organization Become A Member of NCYSA?

Level I applications (Recreation level of play with NC Youth Academy & TOPSoccer programs) are accepted at any time throughout the seasonal year.  The initial application for New Membership shall be for only membership at the Recreation level of play. These applications will be evaluated and approved by the staff of NCYSA.

Level II/III (Competitive level of play) applications are voted on twice a year at NCYSA’s Annual General Meeting and Mid-Year Board of Director's Meetings.

Please view the pages on the link above for information and email Joette Kivett with questions.

What are the Benefits of Joining NCYSA?

NCYSA offers three levels of play - Classic (competitive), Challenge (a competitive step above Recreation), and Recreation.

As well, we offer access to the Olympic Development Program (ODP), TOPSoccer (a special needs soccer program), Soccer Across America, and the NCYSA Youth Academy (a structured learning environment for ages 8-12, with an emphasis on development). 

NCYSA also offers association visits by State Staff and Administrators to help and meet with you and your membership.

Please see the BENEFITS page, linked at the right.

Does our Organization Need to be an Official Non-Profit?

Yes, you must have a Determination Letter from the IRS, like a 501(c)(3).

When Do We Have to Get Documentation to NCYSA?

Level I applications (Recreation level of play with NC Youth Academy & TOPSoccer programs) are accepted at any time throughout the seasonal year.  Paperwork needs to be sent to the NCYSA Office, PO Box 18229, Greensboro, NC  27419.  

Level II/III (Competitive level of play) applications are voted on twice a year at NCYSA’s Annual General Meeting and Mid-Year Board of Directors Meetings Upcoming deadlines are below.  Paperwork needs to be sent to the NCYSA Office, PO Box 18229, Greensboro, NC  27419.  

NCYSA Annual General Meeting – Sunday, January 24, 2021

Level II/III (Competitive) applications - November 25, 2020 = 60 days prior
Mergers & Development of Umbrella Groups - November 25, 2020 = 60 days prior

  NCYSA Mid-Year Board of Director’s Meeting – Saturday, June 5, 2021

Level II/III (Competitive) applications - April 6, 2021 = 60 days prior
Mergers & Development of Umbrella Groups - April 6, 2021 = 60 days prior

 

What Documents Are Needed to Apply?

Those documents can be found here.

NCYSA Has Your Application - What’s Next?

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS MUST BE RETURNED TO NCYSA
PO Box 18229 - Greensboro, NC 27419

  • New Member Application, with Fee
  • New Member Questionnaire
  • Officers Commitment Form
  • Articles of Incorporation and ByLaws
  • Association Rules
  • 501 (c)3 Determination Letter

What if We Wish to Become a Conduit Member?

You will find documents with those details here. You should email Joette Kivett for details on how to become a Conduit Member.

Medical, Health and Safety

Health and Safety. If there is no thunder present, can I get struck by lightning?

From the website: How Stuff Works:

https://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/climate-weather/storms/safe-from-lightning-if-not-thundering.htm 

"And the deal really is that simple: If you do hear thunder, you're absolutely at risk for a lightning strike. That is, you're as at risk for a lightning strike as one ever is."

"A lightning bolt can travel a great distance. Strikes have even been known to occur 25 miles from the bolt's cloud of origin."

So the short answer is YES. If you don't hear thunder, it's because it's too far away to hear.

Health and Safety. What's the big deal if a kid hangs on a goal?

Between 1979 and 2017, there have been 42 deaths and 59 injuries involving soccer goals. 

Please read the materials on Goal Safety using the links at right.

Health and Safety. How much water should I drink when it's hot outside?

If you took a lean, 180-pound body and drained all of the water from it, you'd be left with about 55-pounds (USYS Document on Hydration).

This document, as well as others are on the Heat Related Links at right, and have good information on how to treat Heat Related training and injuries.

Referee Findings

Referee Misconduct - March 2013

Referee Misconduct – March, 2013

During a tournament but not during a match, referee A made unwanted physical contact with referee B’s midsection. Referee B was unexpectedly pulled away from the person they were speaking with and referee A, who initiated the contact, continued to walk to the game referee A had to officiate.  A complaint of misconduct by a referee toward another match official was filed by referee B.

Findings of the Panel

  • Referee A acknowledged the accuracy and veracity of the events as described in the complainant’s report, which led to a violation of USSF Policy 531-10 (Misconduct of Game Officials), Section 2(A) Misconduct at a Match.

  • The panel considered this incident to be the equivalent of assault against a match official.

 

Sanctions

  • Referee A is suspended from officiating within the USSF for 3 months from the date of the incident. This is consistent with the sanction for referee assault outlined under USSF Policy 531-9 Misconduct Toward a Match Official.

  • Referee A must prepare a short speech/presentation for delivery at the 2015 NCYSA Annual General Meeting. The presentation must recap the assault and how it has affected their position as a referee.

  • Referee A cannot officiate in this geographic area for any competition within USSF jurisdiction for a period of 2 years from the date of the sanction letter. 

Misconduct of Game Officials - November 2013

Misconduct of Game Officials – November, 2013

After a high school match, a USSF referee had threatened the referee crew by saying “You're the worst (paraphrasing). You be real careful driving home.  We wouldn't want you to die in a car crash. Yeah, you might not even make it out of the parking lot."  

Note: NCYSA is acting as an affiliate of the USSF and not as NCYSA in this case.

Findings of the Panel:

  • The referee in question did not provide any proof of inaccuracy of the Match Official’s report, did not attend the hearing, and did not provide any witnesses. An initial response was requested to be used as defense via text message to a Panel member over an hour into the hearing
  • Under USSF Policy 531-10 (Misconduct of Game Officials), Section 2(B) Misconduct Away from a Match a violation had occurred
  • Under Policy 531-11, Part III – Standards of Conduct, Subpart C – Code of Ethics for Referees a violation had also occurred

Sanctions:

  • The referee in question is banned from all USSF activities in any role, be it spectator, coach, player or match official until December 31, 2016. 

Referee Abuse - March 2012

Referee Abuse - March, 2012

A referee (a minor) ejected a coach from a match. After being told to leave the field, the coach responded, "F*** you man, Did you get this S*** from a cereal box?” Coach then threw his whistle and said "I’m going to see you after the game.” As the referee was signing the match report, he approached him again. An Association Official had to physically step in to intervene. The referee was then escorted to the concession stand area under instruction by an Association Official. The referee waited for about 10 minutes before the Official said it was fine for him to leave. The referee was walking towards his car when the coach pulled up in a truck and provoked the referee and his mother. Coach made hand gestures and revved his engine, then sped off. The referee and his mother was unsure if he had left due to buses in the parking lot. The referee and his mother was escorted out by the Association Official.

Findings of the Panel:

  • After being sent off from a match, the coach returned.
  • Coach approached the referee at the conclusion of the match

Sanctions:

  • Coach was suspended from being a team official in any capacity with an NCYSA team until May 31st, 2013. He may only participate as a spectator.
  • Coach was placed on probation until May 31st, 2013. Any further report of misconduct will result in being issued a stadium band, and would prevent him from being present at any NCYSA matches for the remainder of the probationary period, even as a spectator.

Referee Abuse - May 2012

Referee Abuse - May 2012

Findings of the Panel:

  • Player spoke to the referee at the conclusion of the match in a way that is socially unacceptable
  • Players actions did not rise to the level of referee abuse as defined in USSF 531-9
  • Player violated NCYSA’s Code of Conduct which states that debasement of referees by anyone is unacceptable conduct

Sanctions:

  • Player was suspended for one match for violating NCYSA’s Code of Conduct
  • Player was required to complete eight (8) hours of community service within LYSA before October 31st, 2012.

Referee Assault - March 2012

Referee Assault - March, 2012
Team official pushed referee in the chest after not receiving a call.

Findings of the Panel:

  • Person initiated contact with the referee by stepping into his path and placing his hands on his chest after not receiving the desired call for a foul.
  • Actions were a violation of the USSF Policy 531-9, Referee Assault

Sanctions:

  • Person was suspended from all NCYSA events for three (3) months from the time of the incident
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Referee Assault - February 2012

Referee Assault - February, 2012

Player initiated contact with the referee

Findings of the Panel:

  • Player initiated contact with the referee by approaching the referee and grabbing his jersey
  • Actions were in violation of USSF Policy 531-9, Referee Assault

Sanctions:

  • 3 Month suspension from all NCYSA events from the time of the incident.

Falsification of Records - November 2012

Falsification of Records - November, 2012

Allegations were filed against an Association Official for violating NCYSA Bylaw 204, Section 6, Falsification of Records, as well as NCYSA Code of Conduct.

Findings of the Panel:

  • Documents were created with the unauthorized us of the NCSRA logo
  • Falsely charged Association for "Assignor fees/charges”
  • Endorsed and cashed checks made out by Association to NCYSA, USYS, and a false entity named NCSF (NC Soccer Federation), without any authorization from these organizations and kept the funds.
  • Created fictitious email strings outlining a "referee grading program” allegedly established by NCSRA in order to support claims for funds from Association. No such program was ever established by NCSRA
  • Created fictitious email strings purported to be between yourself and NCSRA in order to support your claims for funds from Association

Sanctions:

  • Suspended for five (5) years from all NCYSA activities, including holding a position within an Association, as a coach, team official, and/or spectator.
  • Must make restitution to the Association, to the satisfaction and approval of the Association Board (or its successor organization)
  • After the five (5) year suspension concludes, and the Association indicates to NCYSA that person has made satisfactory restitution, person may reapply for membership to NCYSA. Reinstatement is contingent upon you successfully satisfying the NCYSA Risk Management process.

Referee Assault - 2011

Referee Assault, 2011
Referee Assault Supplemental was filed against Spectator. Spectator allegedly came onto the field after the game and pushed the referee from behind as he was still directing the players to their benches. Spectator then started to yell at the referee. Spectator then continued to approach him.

Findings of the Panel:

  • Contact between Spectator and the referee occurred.
  • Spectator entered the field of play and deliberately approached the referee in an aggressive manner.
  • After the physical contact took place, Spectator proceeded to verbally abuse the referee.
  • Spectator’s actions were a violation of the USSF Policy 531-9.
  • The panel determined that Spectator’s action intended to bring about a result which would invade the interest of the referee in a way that is socially unacceptable. Unintended consequences of the act are irrelevant.

Sanctions:

  • Spectator was suspended from all NCYSA events for eighteen (18) months.
  • Club must document to NCYSA how it will educate the coaches, players, and spectators in order to mitigate the potential for situations similar to Spectator’s. Failure to submit the documentation by that date will result in Club being assessed a fine of $1,000. (This is in accordance with NCYSA Bylaw 204, Section 2, which makes associations responsible for the conduct of their members.)

Referee Assault - 2011a

Referee Assault, 2011
Player pushed an opponent in the back, the referee got in between Player and opponent so as to calm the situation and talk with Player. Player was alleged to have then pushed the center referee with both hands in the chest.

Findings of the Panel:

  • Contact between Player and the referee occurred.
  • Player raised his hands as the referee approached, but it was unclear if Player initiated contact or if the referee initiated contact.
  • Player’s actions were a violation of the USSF Policy 531-9.The panel determined the contact between Palyer and the referee was unintentional. As a result, the panel determined Player’s action of raising his hands as the referee came forward was a physical act not resulting in bodily contact initiated by Player, as described under the referee abuse standard of USSF Policy 531-9 rather than the referee assault standard.

Sanctions:

  • Player was suspended for one match for the initial red card, and three additional matches for Referee Abuse.

Spectator Findings

Spectator Misconduct - 2011

Spectator Misconduct, 2011
NCYSA received a report stating that Spectator came onto the field during an altercation between two players, put a player in a headlock and began swinging at the player.

Findings of the Panel:

  • Spectator entered the field of play without the permission from the referee.
  • Contact between Spectator and a player from the other team occurred.
  • Spectator’s actions were a violation of NCYSA’s Code of Conduct policy.
  • The panel determined that the contact between Spectator and the player from the opposing team was intentional, regardless of its intended nature.

Sanctions:

  • Spectator was immediately suspended from all NCYSA sanctioned events for the remainder of the 2011 season through the 2012 spring season.

Spectator Misconduct 2006

Spectator Misconduct, 2006
4 Spectators were involved in a fight on the sidelines at a match. A stadium ban was initiated immediately following the incident at the next match, in which only one adult associated with each team (that being the team’s coach listed on the official roster) is allowed at the match. Other adults were allowed in the Complex parking lot only. A hearing was scheduled to address specific spectator’s actions.

Sanctions:

Spectator #1:
Spectator was suspended for four matches. He must also serve a two-year probationary period, during which he may attend his son’s matches. During the probationary period, any violation of NCYSA rules or Code of Conduct will result in double (8 matches) the original four-match sanction in addition to any new penalties stemming from the violation that broke the probation.
Spectator must also write a letter of apology to the children on both teams.

Specator #2:

Spectator was suspended for two matches. Spectator must also serve a six-month probationary period, during which he may attend his son’s matches. During the probationary period, any violation of NCYSA rules or Code of Conduct will result in double (4 matches) the original two-match sanction in addition to any new penalties stemming from the violation that broke the probation.
Spectator must also write a letter of apology to the children on both teams.

Spectator #3:

Spectator was suspended for two matches. Spectator must also serve a six-month probationary period, during which she may attend her son’s matches. During the probationary period, any violation of NCYSA rules or Code of Conduct will result in double (4 matches) the original two-match sanction in addition to any new penalties stemming from the violation that broke the probation.
Spectator must also write a letter of apology to the children on both teams.

Spectator #4:

Spectator was suspended for two matches. Spectator must also serve a six-month probationary period, during which she may attend her son’s matches. During the probationary period, any violation of NCYSA rules or Code of Conduct will result in double (4 matches) the original two-match sanction in addition to any new penalties stemming from the violation that broke the probation.
Spectator must also write a letter of apology to the children on both teams.
Son of Spectator #1 and Spectator #3:
Must write a letter to NCYSA explaining what he has learned from the incident.

Son of Spectator #2 and Spectator #4
Must write a letter to NCYSA explaining what he has learned from the incident.

Spectator Misconduct - 2011a

Spectator Misconduct, 2011
Supplemental match reports filed by the referee and assistant referee contain allegations of referee abuse and referee assault.The report stated that after being sent off, the coach said, "I hope you die” to the referee. At that point, the referee terminated the game. Parents from the club continued to harass the referee by saying things such as, "I hope you get killed”, "you suck ref”, and "you are a horrible ref”. Separately, the assistant referee alleged that the coach ran up and placed his hands on the AR’s chest, and continued his verbal complaints.

Findings of the Panel:

  • The allegation of you touching the Assistant Referee after the match was terminated was inconclusive, and determined to be unintentional if such action occurred.
  • Your verbally abusive demeanor towards the referee encouraged your spectators to behave inappropriately.
  • Your actions were a violation of the USSF Policy 531-9.
  • The panel determined that your actions of loudly yelling at the referee and confronting the referees after you were supposed to leave the complex following your ejection were in violation of the referee abuse standard of USSF Policy 531-9.
  • An unidentified spectator from the club was determined to have said to the referee "I hope you die in a car crash on the way home,” which is grounds for an NCYSA disciplinary hearing.

Sanctions

  • The coach was suspended for one match for the initial send off, and three additional matches for Referee Abuse.
  • Coachmust make a brief presentation at the annual NCYSA Southern Soccer Show in January, explaining Referee Abuse and the coach’s role in controlling the conduct of their players and spectators.
  • A stadium ban was enforced at the following match, in which no parents or spectators from the team will be able to attend.
  • A stadium ban will remain in effect for the remainder of the fall season for all parents and spectators from the team until the parent/spectator that made the comment to the referee, "I hope you die in a car crash on the way home” is brought forward. This parent will be subject to a hearing held at the NCYSA Offices in Greensboro at a future date.
  • Your association must document to NCYSA how it will educate the coaches, players, and spectators in order to mitigate the potential for similar situations. Failure to submit the documentation will result in the club being assessed a fine of $1,500. (This is in accordance with NCYSA Bylaw 204, Section 2, which makes associations responsible for the conduct of their members.)
  • The Club chose to appeal the stadium ban sanction for the remainder of the season based on the aspect that the sanction imposed by NCYSA was excessive to the point of being arbitrary and capricious
  • The appeal panel concluded that the stadium ban imposed for the remainder of the season was excessive, and lifted the sanction. However, they recommended that a board member from the club be present at the remainder of the seasonal games.

Ineligible Player Findings

Ineligible Player - Mulitple

Ineligible Player – November, 2013

A club’s head registrar reported that a Challenge level player had been participating with a Classic team for 3 matches. The player was registered to play Challenge with NCYSA but not Classic. The club was found in violation of NCYSA Rules Section 3, Rule 1, Part 3. Allowing ineligible players to participate in a match is not only a competition issue, but a risk management issue. The risk management aspect is that using an ineligible player potentially voids the insurance coverage provided to all players, coaches and match officials. The club was given two options: to pay a fine of $1,020 or to attend a hearing. The club chose to pay the fine.

Ineligible Player – November, 2013

A report was received that a player who was unregistered with NCYSA and ineligible by age played in 6 matches with a U10 girls’ Recreation team. The club was found in violation of NCYSA Rules Section 3, Rule 1, Part 1. Allowing ineligible players to participate in a match is not only a competition issue, but a risk management issue. The risk management aspect is that using an ineligible player potentially voids the insurance coverage provided to all players, coaches and match officials. The club was given two options: to pay a fine of $1,200 or attend a hearing. The club chose to pay the fine.

Ineligible Player – November, 2013

A club’s head registrar reported that an ineligible player had been participating with a U14 Recreation team. The player in question was not registered with NCYSA and ineligible to participate. The club was found in violation of NCYSA Rules Section 3, Rule 1, Part 1. Allowing ineligible players to participate in a match is not only a competition issue, but a risk management issue. The risk management aspect is that using an ineligible player potentially voids the insurance coverage provided to all players, coaches and match officials. The club was given two options: to pay a fine of $450 or to attend a hearing. The club chose to pay the fine.

Illegal Player, 2011
Club brought forth details regarding one of their coaches that provided false birth certificates for players in order to have them play on his team. The panel found that these allegations were true. Based on the statements provided by the club President, and his summary of events, the panel determined that the actions were sufficient to find violations.

Findings of the Panel:

  • When an illegal player plays in a match, the insurance for every player in the match is voided. The decision to allow the player to play put all the players at risk and is unacceptable.
  • The panel did, however, recognize that the club reported their own internal error. This reassured the panel that the club recognized the seriousness of the situation, and that the club will attempt to avoid similar situations in the future.

Sanctions:

  • The Club was issued a $900 fine. $225 of this finewas payable immediately. However, the remaining $675 is suspended, provided that all Club players are registered legitimately with NCYSA through December 31st, 2012.
  • The coach is suspended through June 30th, 2013. He will not be able to hold a coaching, team official, or club official position within NCYSA until after this suspension is lifted.
  • The coach must complete the E-License course through NCYSA in order to return to coaching after June 30th, 2013. If this course is not taken, he will not be eligible to coach within NCYSA.

Recruiting Findings

Recruiting - 2013

Recruitment – September, 2013

A parent had sent texting solicitations to parents of their former association regarding tryouts at their current association.

The current association in question was believed to have guaranteed a coach to families from the coach’s former association.

Findings of the Panel:

  • According to NCYSA rules regarding recruiting, a violation by the parent occurred. The association in question did not commit a recruiting violation.
  • Texting solicitations concerning tryouts at the association in question by the parent had been sent to some families of their former association.  

Sanctions:

  • The parent needed to submit a sincere, contrite apology letter to their current association for putting them in the position of possibly facing a recruiting violation. In addition, they had to submit a sincere, contrite apology letter to their former association for texting other members about joining another association. Both letters had to also demonstrate a review and understanding of NCYSA’s rules and policies. These letters had to be sent by October 18, 2013 with NCYSA copied on them.
  • Failure to complete this sanction, as well as any other violation of NCYSA’s rules, bylaws or policies would result in a suspension for the parent from all NCYSA activities for a season. If this violation occurs during a season, they will be suspended for the remainder of the season as well as the following season. 

Recruiting - 2013a

Recruitment – July, 2013

Mass email was sent out through an association’s database regarding tryouts; some recipients were members of another association.

Findings of the Panel:

  • According to NCYSA rules regarding recruiting, a violation occurred.
  • Email solicitations and announcements about programs and tryouts of the association in question had been sent to some families of another association that were not affiliated with the association in question through their database. 

Sanctions:

  • The association in question had to clean up its email database that was used by removing all recipients that are were not current members. This was done by September 15, 2013 with a final list of who remained in the database and their email sent in to NCYSA. This information was then compared to what NCYSA had on file (i.e. rosters, office staff, coaches) to ensure that both databases were comparable. If there was more than one e-mail address associated with a member (e.g., player, mother, father, etc), there needed to be an indication of the affiliation.
  • Failure to complete this sanction within the specified timeframe would result in a fine to the association in the amount of $800.

Appeal of Recruitment from July 2013 – October, 2013

Association in question appealed the panel’s decision.

Findings of the Panel:

  • The appeal panel affirmed the Panel decision for the violation and confirmed that NCYSA Rule VI Part 3 (shown as section 8.2 in the Discipline & Appeals manual) was applied correctly. They, like the Panel, agreed that there was “an effort” to recruit, regardless of the result. Therefore, nothing was remanded back to the Panel. 

Recruiting - 2013b

Recruitment – July, 2013

A parent, whose child participated on an indoor soccer team comprised of players from multiple associations, was asked by other parents of the team about their association’s program. The parent proceeded by sending out an e-mail regarding U14 tryouts to them.

Findings of the Panel:

  • According to NCYSA rules regarding recruiting a violation occurred.
  • The parent in question had sent an e-mail to a number of players on their child’s indoor team after receiving a request from the coach for additional information about the association’s use of Premier UK soccer instructors.

Sanctions:

  • The association had to prepare and distribute to all club members by e-mail (coaches, parents and players) information about recruiting – what can be done and what can’t be done. They then had all club members submit a signed acknowledgement of the materials to the club. When the e-mail was sent to club members, NCYSA Discipline and Appeals was copied along with all recipients. This information was prepared and distributed by September 30, 2013. Signed forms were returned by October 15, 2013.
  • Failure to complete this sanction within the specified timeframe would result in a fine to the association in the amount of $700. 

Recruiting - 2009

Recruiting, 2009

A Club accused a Recreation Coach of illegally recruiting NCYSA carded players by means of a mass email. In Coach’s email, he stated that the individuals should consider signing up with his association when many of them were registered with other associations.

Sanctions:

  • Having stated that Coach was not briefed on recruiting rules (or any NCYSA rules) before assuming his coaching duties, the panel believed that he was perfectly positioned to help assure that recreation coaches are made aware of the rules. Therefore, Coach’s sanction was to create a presentation (PowerPoint?) which discusses his case and the importance of knowing recruiting rules (especially parents, players and individuals that deal with NCYSA carded players). This presentation must be submitted to the hearing panel members for their approval before it is presented. Once the presentation is approved, he must coordinate with NCYSA to convene 10 local recreation programs and give his presentation to either the President or an appointed individual from the association. Each individual will then report to NCYSA stating that they were in attendance. This presentation may be given in either a group session or in multiple individual sessions, based on the convenience of the associations to which he will be presenting.
    • This must be completed by October 31, 2009 or you will be in direct violation of this sanction. 
  • ​Coach will also have to give this presentation at the NCYSA AGM – D&A meeting – . This will help get the message across to associations around the state about the importance of keeping their recreation programs compliant.

Unfulfilled Sanctions Findings

Unfulfilled Sanctions - 2011

Unfulfilled Sit-Out Requirement, 2011
Coach failed to follow the requirements set forth by NCYSA following his ejection from a match, in which he was required to fulfill a sit out at the next scheduled match. Coach allegedly coached his team’s next match on Sunday. Coach arbitrarily decided to sit out his team’s match on the following Sunday instead.

Findings of the Panel:

  • Regardless of Coach’s intentions and reasons, he knowingly violated the rule requiring a next match sit out after having been sent off at a match.
  • The panel believed that while Coach looked into alternatives, he failed to exhaust all options within his Club in finding an alternate coach for his team’s next match. The panel members appreciated his desire to find his own solution to a problem of his making, but ultimately the club has a responsibility to see that teams have qualified club officials (e.g., those who have been through the NCYSA risk management process successfully) at each match.

Sanctions:

  • Coach was suspended from his next regular season match in which he was the head coach of an NCYSA team.
  • Club was issued a fine. This fine was 100% suspended as long as no member of Club (player, coach, team or club official, spectator) is found in violation of NCYSA rules or code of conduct regarding failure to abide by any automatic or NCYSA imposed sanctions through May 31, 2012. If any violation is found, this fine would be payable immediately.

Code of Conduct Findings

Code of Conduct - 2012

Code of Conduct - October, 2012

A coach came onto the field to tend to an injured player and began berating a 14 year old referee about not making a call. A spectator from the opposing team came onto the field to confront the coach’s behavior, and allegedly threatened the coach.

Sanctions:

  • 3 Match suspension for both the coach, as well as the spectator.
  • Both the coach and spectator are required to attend an NCYSA meeting and describe to attendees in detail their actions at this match and why they were inappropriate both from an NCYSA Rules and policy perspective and also as adults responsible for the development of youth.

Discrimination Findings

Racism - 2010

Racism, 2010

Player addresses an opponent as "A Dirty Sanchez” as noted in the referee’s supplemental report.

Findings of the Panel: 

  • The panel members felt the player used the comment as a direct racial slur towards his opponent.


Sanctions:

  • Must issue two separate letters of apology (one to the player and one to the team).
  • The club was issued a fine, which would be suspended as long as no member of the club (player, coach, team or club official, spectator) was found in violation of NCYSA rules or code of conduct regarding any racial issues through the end of the following season.
  • Club must create a policy for all their members to address racism and other forms of abuse. This policy must be approved by the panel members and sent out to all members of your association. FIFA Law states that the player is required to sit out a penalty of five games.
  • The panel decided to impose a mandatory one game sit out. The remaining four games were suspended as long as the player wasn’t found to have made any racial remarks or gestures through the end of the following season. If the player was found to have made any racial remarks or gestures in that time, the remaining four game suspension would be in place immediately.

Ejection Findings

Violent Conduct with Intent to Injure - 2013

Violent Conduct with Intent to Injure – May, 2013

A referee noted on the match report: “Player jumped into the defender’s back from approximately 4 yards away with his knees drawn up to his waist and hit the defender in the middle of his back. The defender had his back turned to the attacker when the contact happened. The defender was defenseless to protect himself. Giving the seriousness of the foul, it warranted a red card for violent conduct. I was 7 yards from the play when the foul took place.” NCYSA gave the player the choice of accepting a 6 game suspension for Violent Conduct with Intent to Injure or attend a hearing.

Findings of the Panel

  • Contact between players occurred.
  • The player in question went into the tackle, taking the other player down without the ball but it was unclear as to whether the player in question had intent to injure.
  • The panel determined the contact between the player in question and the other player was not intent to injure, but included an aggravating condition. As a result, the panel determined the player in question’s action was worthy of a sanction greater than the minimum for violent conduct, but less than the sanction called for under Rule 6, Section 6 and written in the Discipline & Appeals Manual.

Sanctions

  • The player in question was suspended for one match for the initial red card, and two additional matches for Violent Conduct, for a total of 3 matches. Any matches the player in question already sat out counted toward satisfying this sanction. 

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