If a player, coach, or team official were to be sent off from a game for either receiving a red card or two yellow cards the following provides the standard and procedures that will be adhered to:
- The ASA Referee Send-Off Report (paper form) or the online Got Soccer Send-Off reporting will be utilized for all red cards.
- Any player sent off from a match with a red card must leave the technical area. It is recommended that the player retreat to the parking area of the complex or an area designated by the field director (player must have adult supervision) unless the field director grants an exception and allows the player to remain on the bench due to safety concerns.
- Any team official dismissed from participating in a match must leave the field area and retreat to the parking area of the complex or an area designated by the field director. The Match Officials and/or ASA staff on site are authorized to prohibit the use of any communication devices at the team bench areas.
Rules for Serving a Red Card Suspension
- A player or team official who received a red card is required to fill out the ASA Suspension Fulfillment Form and have it signed by the referee. CLICK HERE
- All ASA Suspension Fulfillment Forms must be turned into ASA at firstname.lastname@example.org within 48hrs of completion of the game in which the player served the suspension. Failure to turn in this form within the 48hr time frame may result in additional suspensions for the player/team official.
- A player serving a red card may NOT dress in uniform.
- The player does not need to be present at the game to serve their red card. A team official must get the ASA Suspension Fulfillment Form signed by the referee.
- If you receive a red card as a club pass player, you must serve your suspension on your primary team.
- A team official serving a red card may NOT be in the technical area.
- If you receive a red card as a coach you will be redlined for your next number of games regardless of league or team. (For example: Coach John is the coach for team A, B and C. Coach John receives a red card with team A, but coaches team B later in the day. He is redlined for team B’s game and any game after that for the remaining number of games for his suspension.)
- Coaches who are red carded may not be put on to a new team roster after they are suspended.
- Team managers must serve their suspension with the team they received the red card with.
- Forfeitures, cancelled games, unscheduled games, bye games, and friendlies do not count towards fulfillment of suspension. Non-US Youth (USYS) sanctioned tournament games do not count towards the fulfillment of suspension. The list of ASA sanctioned tournaments is on the ASA website under “Club Tournaments”
Desert Conference: Suspensions for red cards received in Desert Conference can only be served in Desert Conference games.
Arizona Advanced Leagues: Suspensions for red cards received in Arizona Advanced Leagues will only be served in Arizona Advanced League games. A player or coach/team official who receives a red card during an Advanced League game will be redlined in Got Soccer on the next game card after the referee send-off report is submitted. If a player, coach/team official receives a red card, an email notification will be sent to the coach, team manager and club registrar from email@example.com. Players must serve their suspension with their primary team, including club pass players. If Arizona Advanced League games have finished, the suspension will be served in Presidents Cup or State Cup. If a team does not participate in either Presidents Cup or State Cup, the suspension will carry over to the next season’s league game played.
Arizona Open League: Suspensions for red cards received in Open League games will only be served in Open League games. A player or coach/team official who receives a red card during an Open League game will be redlined in Got Soccer on the next game card after the referee send-off report is submitted. If a player/coach/team official receives a red card, and email notification will be sent to the coach, team manager and club registrar from firstname.lastname@example.org. Players must serve their suspension with their primary team, including club pass players. If Open League is finished, the suspension will be served in Presidents Cup. If the team does not participate in Presidents Cup, the suspension will carry over to the next season’s league game played.
League Academy: Suspensions for red cards received in Open League Academy games will only be served in Open League Academy games. A player or coach/team official who receives a red card during an Open League Academy game will be redlined in Got Soccer on the next game card after the referee send-off report is submitted. If a player/team official receives a red card, and email notification will be sent to the coach, team manager and club registrar from email@example.com. Players must serve their suspension with their primary team, including club pass players. If Open League Academy is finished, the suspension will carry over to the next season’s league game played.
Tournaments: Each tournament will have procedures listed in their rules for dealing with players /coaches ejected from contests. The tournament red card sanctions will mirror the ASA Red Card Suspension Standards. The tournament will use the ASA Referee Send-Off Report. For players/team officials who are ejected from their game, the tournament is required to send the referee write up of the player/team official to firstname.lastname@example.org (All player passes can be returned to team except those that have a suspected head injury). The ASA office will record the penalty and notify the coach, team manager and club registrar of record. Any tournament found to have not mirrored the ASA Red Card Standards for game suspensions may be fined and could risk not having their tournament sanctioned by ASA in the following years. If red cards have not been fulfilled by the end of the sanctioned tournament, they must be served in the players next game played with their primary team regardless of the league.
State/Presidents Cups: Suspensions for red cards received in State Cup games must be served in State Cup games. Suspensions for red cards received in Presidents Cup games must be served in Presidents Cup games. If the player/team official receives a red card during the last game of the Cup series, the suspension will carry over to Regionals (only if the team qualifies for either FWR or Presidents Cup Regionals) otherwise the red card will carry over to the subsequent year’s State/Presidents Cup series. (i.e., If a player or team official receive a red card during this year’s Presidents Cup, but the team plays in the State Cup the following year, the suspension will be served during the State Cup series).
Regionals: The US Youth Soccer Region IV Tournament Committee has established procedures for dealing with player/team official ejections. Team Officials should be familiar with these procedures. If not please refer to the FWR Championship Rules & Policies for the entire ruling:
Rule 225. Team and Player Breaches of Rules
Section 3. A player who is sent-off from any championship game is prohibited from participation in the next immediately following championship game played by the player’s team. A player may receive more than a one-game suspension.
Section 4. Coaches and other team officials shall be subject to all rules pertaining to misconduct contained in this policy, including cautions, ejections, and standard suspension. Any other individuals who may be reasonably construed as being associated with a team, such as relatives and spectators, are also subject to the jurisdiction and authority of US Youth Soccer. Any coach or team official shall be held responsible for the actions of any individual at any game that, in the opinion of the referee, is a supporter of that team.
Nationals: Procedures are consistent with the Championship Series. Refer to the procedures listed for Regionals in the previous section.
Non-ASA managed – Examples include PCJSL, FBSL, “In-House” Leagues, etc.
League Play: Each league will have established procedures for their misconduct policy. Each league will handle their own individual red cards. The league’s misconduct sanctions will mirror the ASA Red Card Suspension Standards. Team Officials are responsible for the information and guidelines provided in their league procedures. All suspensions will be handled within the league. Any red cards issued for referee abuse or assault should be send to ASA D&R committee email@example.com
As a Team Manager you should be familiar with the ASA Bylaws and Policies. For a list of all current Bylaws and Policies can be found on the ASA website at About => Bylaws/Policies/Meeting Minutes or click here.
The following policies are very specific to player registration and player movement that Team Manager’s should be familiar with:
November 1st Transfer Policy
Players who transfer from one club to another club after November 1st will be ineligible for participation in both Arizona Presidents Cup and the National Championship series (known as Arizona State Cup) for that seasonal year. A transfer is defined as the process by which a player changes club affiliation, moving from one club and re-registering to a team within a different club within the same seasonal year. A team that transfers clubs is defined as individual players transferring and is also included in this policy and therefore any player transferring after November 1 is ineligible as indicated above.
• This policy is in effect for Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and Academy players.
• The November 1 Transfer deadline does not apply to players registered as In-House/Tier 4.
• The November 1 Transfer deadline does not apply to the 19U age group for State and Presidents Cup. For example, a U17 player may transfer after November 1 and play for a U19 Age group team in either State Cup or Presidents Cup.
• A maximum of five transfers are allowed for teams which participate in the National Championship Series, known as Arizona State Cup.
Link to ASA November 1st Policy: https://www.azsoccerassociation.org/assets/77/6/november_1st_transfer_policy_revision_2020_approved_to_post.pdf
May 1st (Policy 5171)
A registered player of any member association of ASA may not participate in any practices, games, tournaments, tryouts/evaluations of another club without the home club’s permission, if outside the defined tryout window.
- Home club’s permission is an ASA Player Loan Form signed by the home club’s President or DOC. Violations of this policy will be governed through Bylaw 812, Section 6, Part F.
- ASA will not recognize any registrations, registration contracts, registration fees and/or deposit received between the dates of May 1-June 15. A player shall be released with a full refund upon request during this time.
Link to ASA May 1st Player Movement Policy: https://www.azsoccerassociation.org/assets/77/6/asa_policy_5171.pdf
Financial Bad Standing
Financial Bad Standing is a period where specific membership benefits are removed due to the member’s refusal to meet financial obligations of the affiliated authority.
- Initiation of the financial bad standing process requires administrative actions by the member club. This includes a hearing between the club and the offending party as well as detailed documentation of parent/club financial agreement, non-payment history and attempts to collect.
Link for detailed Financial Bad Standing information and requirements: https://www.azsoccerassociation.org/assets/77/6/asa_financial_bad_standing_policy.pdf