Gameday Procedures

HOME & AWAY TEAM STAFF

  • Arrive at field at least 1 hour before kickoff
  • Home team welcome the visiting team and guide them through the facilities and where their area(s) will be for the event

GAME SET-UP

  1. Home team provides 4 game balls
  2. Home team provides 4 corner flags
  3. Home team changes kit or wears pennies in case of color conflict
  4. BOTH teams pay referee fees

REFEREE FEES

SOCAL:

  1. SoCal:
    1. Men’s and Women’s Open: 3 officials - $100 per team
    2. U23: 3 officials - $120 per team. 4 officials - $145 per team
    3. Over30: 3 officials - $90 per team
  2. ARIZONA: 4 officials - $140 per team
  3. NEVADA: 4 officials - $143 per team
  4. PACIFIC: 4 officials - $140 per team

REFEREES

  • Arrive at field at least 30 minutes before kickoff
  • Perform Field Check
  • Request official "Match-day Roster" from both teams
    • This will have the SWPL logo on it and will be specific to the game with both teams, date, time, location.
    • Write all officials names on the report in space provided
  • *Check-in all players 15 minutes before kickoff -
    • SoCal
      • U23 - 20 players
      • Women, Men’s 1st Division - 18 players
      • 2nd, 3rd, Over30 divisions - 22 players can check-in
    • Arizona – 18 players
    • Nevada – 18 players
    • Pacific – 18 players
  • *NOTE - Team Managers may question the Identity (ID) of any opposing player before the game begins, during half-time, within 15 minutes of a games conclusion. If proper ID of a questioned player is not presented to the requesting Team Manager, the player cannot continue to play in that game. If it is determined that a Team has violated this rule after the game, the opposing team shall be awarded a win with a score of 3:0 and will pay a fine of $75 for use of an unregistered/illegal player.
  • UNIFORM Conflict - in case of conflicting colors the HOME team will change. If neither team has a change then one team can wear colored vests.
  • Official match day roster - MUST BE PRESENT. If teams don’t present the official match roster they cannot play. BOTH teams should bring one, if only one form is present it is acceptable.

  • Any games with "limited subs"

    • Official SWPL Substitution Pass  must be used - teams should bring their own, recommend that referees have some on hand as well.

PLAYER & STAFF CHECK-IN PROCEDURES

  1. USE ONLY 1 Match report if possible. If names on roster differ then use one for each team.
    1. Both teams are required to bring an official match report
  2. Collect ref fees
  3. Verify both teams Coach/Managers
    1. One staff member must PRINT their name on the match report (they will sign after the game)
  4. Verify name and DOB of every player as follows
    1. SWPL does NOT use player ID cards
    2. Player will give their DOB verbally to confirm what is on roster
    3. Manager will bring up team page on official website:
      1. SOCAL: https://socal.southwestpremier.org/teams
      2. ARIZONA: https://arizona.southwestpremier.org/teams
      3. NEVADA: https://nevada.southwestpremier.org/teams 
      4. PACIFIC: https://pacific.southwestpremier.org/teams
    4. View and match each player’s name & photo on the team page
    5. If you cannot see player photo clearly or there is no photo the player is required to present PHOTO ID
    6. In the column "ChkIn" mark the box for all checked-in players
      1. Cross out the names of players who are not checked in 
    7. Write in players are allowed, verify their name and photo ID
    8. Check them in - we will validate these players after the game to determine eligibility - our managers know the rules

GAME PROCEDURES: SUBSTITUTIONS

  • SoCal
    • Open & Over30 – Unlimited
    • U23 – same as NCAA rules
      • Once a player comes out in a half, they cannot re-enter in the same half
      • Coach must fill out a sub card prior to subbing a player
      • All 20 players may play
  • Arizona – 7 subs in 5 stoppages, no re-entry. Half-time does not count towards a stoppage
  • Nevada – 7 subs in 5 stoppages, no re-entry. Half-time does not count towards a stoppage
  • Pacific – 7 subs in 5 stoppages, no re-entry. Half-time does not count towards a stoppage
    • Use of official SWPL Substitution Cards is mandatory (provided by each team - if applicable) - Only in games with limited substitution.

REFEREES: POST-GAME PROCEDURES

  1. Mark final score at top of match report (on both reports if two were used to check in players)
  2. Mark goals scored next to names on roster
  3. Mark yellow and red cards next to names on roster
  4. Present the completed match report to both managers to SIGN
  5. Managers may ask to take a photo of the completed and signed match report to hold for their records.
  6. FINAL STEP for REFEREE
    1. Within 24 hours - Send a copy of the COMPLETED match report to: matchreport@socalpremier.org
    2. If there are any red cards or other issues causing a disruption in the game please provide a supplemental report within 24 hours and submit to the same email address above.

LEAGUE OPERATIONS & MINIMUM STANDARDS:

  • For more information not included here please refer to each region’s minimum standards and format page.
  • Team staff can also refer to the SWPL Operations Manual linked here and also located in the “Document Library”
PO Box 550
La Mirada CA 90637
714-296-5888