11v11 League Rules

Orange County Soccer Association (OCSA) Adult Soccer Leagues is committed to providing an exemplary soccer experience. This is accomplished by the enforcement of the following rules:


Players are required to register before playing in a season game. Players are not allowed to register after the season’s seventh game. Player registration fee is nonrefundable. Players are required to have played at least 3 season match games for the privilege of participating in playoffs.  Teams are permitted to register up to 23 players in a season. Guest players are allowed to play season games with a $3 temporary permit. Permits are nonrefundable and expire on the issuing date. Any team found playing an unregistered player without a permit will result in a forfeit.  ALL PLAYERS MUST SIGN ORANGE COUNTY SA’S OFFICIAL WAIVER (17 & YOUNGER PLAYERS MUST ALSO RECEIVE A PARENT OR GUARDIAN SIGNATURE) AND BECOME ORANGE COUNTY SA VERIFIED © BEFORE BEING ALLOWED TO PLAY – NO EXCEPTIONS.

* Players are allowed to switch teams by paying a $25 transfer fee.

* Players are allowed to play in different divisions during the same season.


Players will receive a red card and a 1 game suspension for any verbal abuse made to a referee (including but not limited to offensive, insulting, or abusive language.), charging or pushing an opponent with both hands, or threatening to hurt another player. Players will receive a red card, a $20 fine, and a 2 game suspension for touching a referee in a threatening way (including but not limited to finger pointing anywhere on body, pushing, arm grabbing, or slapping a card from a referee’s hand.), and any abusive language made to a Orange County SA staff member. Players will receive a red card, a $50 fine, and a 3 game suspension for any racial abuse or a deliberate foul play. Players will receive a 6-month suspension and a $100 fine for any retaliation fighting (including but not limited to kicking, punching, or spiting), and touching a referee in a violent manner, making violent threats, accumulating 3 Red Cards within the same season. Players will receive a 1 year suspension and a $200 fine for violent conduct (including but not limited to fighting, kicking, punching, or attempts to hurt another individual), spitting on another individual, hitting a referee. Any team found having played any suspended player will result in a forfeit.

*NO FIGHTING. No warnings will be given. All offenders will receive a 1-year suspension.


Season schedule will be published on the first week of the season (however, the schedule may be adjusted throughout the season). Each season is 10 weeks long, followed by 2 weeks of playoffs. The top four teams of the season will advance to playoffs. The lower ranked team in the top four will compete with the highest ranked team. Season point tiebreakers will be broken in the following order (1) goal difference, (2) goals for, (3) goals against, or (4) LIVE drawing. A penalty shootout will directly take place if a semi-final game is finished with a draw. A 20 minutes extra time (two 10 minute extra halves) will be played if a final ends with a draw. A penalty shootout will take place if extra time ends in a draw.


Teams must have no less than 7 players on the field at all times during the match period. Any failure to have at least 7 players to show-up will result in a forfeit. Each team is privileged a 10 minute grace period from the scheduled time to field the field with at least 7 players.  The team that wins by default will add 3 points to their season standing and 3 goals to their season goal count.


All decisions made by the referee are final. All players entering the field must receive permission by the game’s assigned referee.


A team is required to have their players wear matching uniforms. Matching jerseys (no t-shirts allowed) are required and must be numbered. All teams must fulfill this requirement no later than game 3. Shorts and socks must at least be of similar color. The visiting side team will wear pennies/bibs if opposing team has a similar or same colored jersey.


OCSA Adult Soccer League’s game laws follow those prescribed in FIFA. While this may be true, the following laws have been altered:

  1. The Number of Substitutions – Unlimited substitutions are permitted during a match. Players subbed out are allowed to renter the field.
  2. Duration of the Match – Duration of match may be shortened due to uncontrollable reasons including but not limited to poor weather conditions or if aggressive game activity becomes dangerous.
  3. Field Size – Field size may at times be slightly different from a FIFA sanctioned field.

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