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Fouls, Misconducts and Disciplinary Actions

 

 

A.  DEFINITIONS:

 

            1.  Fouls shall be defined and determined as per the "Laws of the Game". 

 

            2.  Misconduct shall be defined and determined as per the "Laws of the Game".

 

            3.  The phrase "during the course of a game" shall be defined as that period of time before, during or after the playing of a game. This shall include that period of time under jurisdiction of the Referee as granted to the Referee under Law V of the "Laws of the Game".

 

            4.  A "caution" shall be defined as an instance in which a player, coach or assistant coach is officially cautioned or yellow-carded by the Referee.

 

            5.  An "ejection" shall be defined as an instance in which a player, coach or assistant coach has been officially ejected, sent off the field of play or red-carded by the Referee. 

 

            NOTE:   Normally, a referee shall show either the yellow or red card when issuing a caution or ejection to a player. However, if the referee believes that by showing a card to a player that action may result in a personal attack, he may elect not to show that card.  He must inform the coaches of both teams that a player has been ejected if a red card is not shown.  If a head coach or assistant coach is cautioned or ejected, he/she shall only be informed by the referee that they have been cautioned or ejected (i.e., no yellow or red card needs to be shown) and the reason for it. 

 

            6.  An "offense" shall be defined as an instance in which a player, coach or assistant coach, team official or official of C.C.O. Soccer is found to be guilty of one or more of the items stated in the above subsections.  An individual shall be declared guilty of multiple offenses (more than one) whether these offenses took place during the course of one event or over the course of several events. 

 

B.  CONDUCT:

 

            1.  It is the responsibility of each player, coach and assistant coach to conduct themselves in a proper manner at all times, on or off the field.  There may be times, however, when a player, coach or assistant coach may be guilty of a foul or misconduct and will be penalized according to the seriousness of the infraction.

 

            2.  C.C.O. Soccer Policies on Fouls, Misconducts and Disciplinary Actions are set forth in tabular form as "Exhibit A", at the end of this section and are incorporated herein by reference.  Outlined below are some specific misconduct and the associated disciplinary actions.  In the case of any discrepancy between the items below and the tabular form, the tabular form shall govern:

                       

                        a. Coaches and assistant coaches who accumulate a total of two cautions during a game shall receive a one-game suspension. 

 

                        b. Misconduct:  Players, coaches and assistant coaches who are ejected during the course of the game because of persistent misconduct after having received a caution, shall receive a one-game suspension.  

                       

                        c.  Foul and/or abusive language:  Players, coaches and assistant coaches who are found guilty of or are ejected during the course of a game for use of foul and/or abusive language, either by word or action against other players, coaches, referees, spectators or any club official, shall receive a one-game suspension. 

 

                       d. Unsportsmanlike Behavior: Players, coaches and assistant coaches who are found guilty of or are ejected during the course of a game for unsportsmanlike behavior shall receive a one-game suspension. These offenses include using abusive, threatening or foul language towards or spitting on an opponent or referee. Verbal or physical dissent towards the match referee can also result in a red card in accordance with soccer laws. This includes, but is not limited to, disrespectful or foul language towards a match referee and any form of physical confrontation against a match referee.

In addition, there shall be no unsportsmanlike conduct or any act that interferes with orderly game administration on the part of players, substitutes, coaches, or any other persons subject to the rules, before the game, during the game or between periods. Infractions for these acts by players are administered as either live-ball or dead-ball fouls depending on when they occur. Player(s) will receive a caution (yellow card). Persistent unsportsmanlike behavior after having received a caution, shall receive a one-game suspension.

Specifically prohibited acts and conduct include:

(1) Pointing the finger(s), hand(s), arm(s) or ball at an opponent, or imitating the slashing of the throat.

(2) Taunting, baiting or ridiculing an opponent.

(3) Inciting an opponent or spectators in any other way, such as simulating the firing of a weapon or placing a hand by the ear to request recognition.

(4) Any delayed, excessive celebration, prolonged or choreographed act by which a player (or players) attempts to focus attention upon himself (or themselves).

(5) Not shaking hands after the game with other team.

(6) Slice tackling and making contact with a player.
 
These decisions are made at the discretion of the match referee.

 
e. Violent Conduct or Serious Foul Play:

 

                                    i.  Players who are ejected during the course of a game (and are found guilty by the Soccer Board after reviewing the game reports) for making threatening remarks and/or gestures against other players, coaches, spectators or any club official shall receive a two-game suspension. 

 

                                    ii.  Players who are ejected during the course of a game (and are found guilty by the Soccer Board after reviewing the game reports) for violent conduct or serious foul play against a player or coach shall receive a two-game suspension. 

 

                                    iii.  Players who are ejected during the course of a game (and are found guilty by the Soccer Board after reviewing the game reports) for fighting shall receive a four-game suspension.

 

                                    iv.  Players who are ejected during the course of a game (and are found guilty by the Soccer Board after reviewing the game reports) for violent conduct and/or serious foul play in retaliation, shall receive a minimum of a two-game suspension.

                                               

v. Players who are found guilty of pushing or striking any coach or C.C.O. Soccer Official shall receive a two-year suspension and a two-year probation. 

 

                                    vi. Coaches or assistant coaches who are found guilty of, or who are ejected during the course of a game for fighting shall be suspended for a number of seasons as determined by the Soccer Board.  The Board may elect to make the suspension permanent.

 

                                    vii. Coaches or assistant coaches who are found guilty of violent conduct or pushing or striking any opposing coach, player, spectator or C.C.O. Soccer Official shall be suspended for a number of seasons as determined by the Soccer Board.  The Board may elect to make the suspension permanent.

 

                                    viii. Coaches or assistant coaches who are found guilty of making threatening remarks and/or gestures shall receive a one-season or-greater suspension. 

 

                        NOTE:  ALL seasonal suspensions are subject to carry over into the next seasonal year, if not fulfilled in the current seasonal year, subject to review by the Soccer Board.   

 

C.  FURTHER DISCIPLINARY RULINGS

 

            1.  The Soccer Commissioner shall have the authority to take further disciplinary measures against any player or coach including and not limited to suspension for the remainder of the season.

 

            2.  Written notification shall be sent to the appropriate head coach when any player, coach or assistant coach is found guilty of any offense warranting a suspension. 

 

            3.  Any offender guilty of a previous offense(s) culminating in a season's suspension and who has re-established membership in C.C.O. Soccer under the terms of probation and is subsequently found guilty of an offense(s) punishable by a term of suspension of not less than a season, shall be recommended for permanent suspension, subject to review by the Soccer Board prior to enforcement.  In this instance, written notification shall be made to the appropriate parties

 

D.  PROBATION

 

            1.  In such cases where it is determined that the degree of the offense is such that a suspension is not  appropriate, the offender may be placed on probation, under the conditions specified by the Soccer Board.  Probation shall be defined as that period of time during which any player, coach, assistant coach, team official or official of C.C.O. Soccer program is no longer a member in good standing. 

 

E.  REFEREES

 

            1.  A referee, who is also a player will not be allowed to referee games while under suspension.

            2.  As suspensions are calculated in terms of games, the time that a referee may not be allowed to serve as a C.C.O. Soccer referee is calculated as follows:

 

a.       A one (1) game suspension from playing shall mean the referee may not referee for one Saturday/Sunday combination or one full week of evening games, whichever is appropriate to the referee’s normal game assignments.

b.      A two (2) game suspension from playing shall mean the referee shall not be allowed to referee games for a period of one calendar week.

 

            3.  The referee will be responsible for informing the Soccer Board of any suspensions.

 

F.    COACHES.

 

            1.  A coach, who is also a player will not be allowed to coach or play games while under suspension for receiving a red card, as stipulated in Section VIII B, paragraphs 1 and 2.

 

            2.  A coach of one team, who is also a coach of another team will not be allowed to coach any games while under suspension for receiving a red card.  

 

"EXHIBIT A" 

 

             FOUL OR MISCONDUCT                                                            PENALTY (Minimum)

ENTER OR LEAVE FIELD WITHOUT PERMISSION

CAUTIONED & SHOWN YELLOW CARD

PERSISTENT INFRINGEMENT OF LAWS OF THE GAME

CAUTIONED & SHOWN YELLOW CARD

 

DISSENT BY WORD OR GESTURE

CAUTIONED & SHOWN YELLOW CARD

UNGENTLEMANLY CONDUCT

CAUTIONED & SHOWN YELLOW CARD

FOUL AND/OR ABUSIVE LANGUAGE

SENT OFF & SHOWN RED CARD + 1 GAME SUSPENSION

UNSPORTSMAN LIKE BEHAVIOR

CAUTIONED & SHOWN YELLOW CARD OR
SENT OFF & SHOWN RED CARD + 1 GAME SUSPENSION

CONTINUED MISCONDUCT AFTER CAUTION

SENT OFF & SHOWN SECOND YELLOW CARD THEN RED CARD + 1 GAME SUSPENSION

VIOLENT CONDUCT

SENT OFF & SHOWN RED CARD + 2 GAME SUSPENSION

SERIOUS FOUL PLAY

SENT OFF & SHOWN RED CARD + 2 GAME SUSPENSION

SLIDE TACKLE - NOT ALLOWED CONTACT WITH A PLAYER-SENT OFF & SHOWN RED CARD + 1 GAME SUSPENSION
NON CONTACT- CAUTIONED & SHOWN YELLOW CARD
SLIDE TACKLE - FROM BEHIND IS CONSIDERED SERIOUS FOUL PLAY AND IS SUBJECT TO SENT OFF & SHOWN RED CARD + 2 GAME SUSPENSION

HANDBALL IN PENALTY AREA TO PREVENT A GOAL SCORING OPPORTUNITY

SENT OFF & SHOWN RED CARD  + 1 GAME SUSPENSION

 

If a player receives a yellow card, we recommend the player to immediately leave the field and be substituted for.  The player may return to the field at the next regular substitution.

 

A red card will result in immediate ejection from game with no replacement permitted.

 

Two red cards during a season may result in suspension for the remainder of the current season.  The decision of the Soccer Commissioner and appointed arbitrator is final.

 

In addition to the above game-related disciplines, certain incidents of unacceptable conduct and behavior by coaches and/or players will carry the following more severe penalties:

 

                            OFFENSE                                                                            MINIMUM DISCIPLINE+

THREATENING REMARKS AND/OR GESTURES TO ANOTHER PLAYER, COACH OR SPECTATOR 

2 GAMES SUSPENSION

VIOLENT CONDUCT AND/OR SERIOUS FOUL PLAY by a PLAYER

2 GAMES SUSPENSION

FIGHTING by a PLAYER

4 GAMES SUSPENSION

PUSHING/STRIKING COACH OR CCO OFFICIAL by a PLAYER

Up to PERMANENT SUSPENSION as determined by the Soccer Board.

THREATENING REMARKS AND/OR GESTURES TO A PLAYER, COACH OR SPECTATOR by a COACH

1 YEAR SUSPENSION + 1 YEAR PROBATION

 

VIOLENT CONDUCT by a COACH

2 YEARS SUSPENSION + 2 YEARS PROBATION

FIGHTING by a COACH

Up to PERMANENT SUSPENSION as determined by the Soccer Board.

PUSHING/STRIKING COACH OR CCO OFFICIAL by a COACH

Up to PERMANENT SUSPENSION as determined by the Soccer Board.

ASSAULT AGAINST REFEREE by PLAYER OR COACH

PERMANENT  SUSPENSION

BATTERY AGAINST REFEREE by PLAYER OR COACH

PERMANENT  SUSPENSION

ASSAULT AGAINST A REFEREE by a SPECTATOR***

BARRED FROM CCO, and COACH GET 2 GAME SUSPENSION

 

 

**   ALL PENALTIES APPLY IF THE SPECTATOR IS A PARENT, RELATIVE, GUARDIAN, AND SIBLING TO ANY PLAYER OR COACH.