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This rules summary is provided to the referees as a service. These are not the official rules of the competition. NO warranty is made that this summary is up to date.

Last Updated 4/2/2021


Masks on all participants all the time.   No food/drink.   Limited spectators.

Weather Hot Line / Game Day Hot Line

Questions? Talk to field marshal first. No field marshal? Call 415-794-2974

Match Reports

Submit match reports online at the Pensra website-> Must logon.


Printed on a game day photo roster.
Applies to Players, Coaches and Guest Players.
Guest coaches can use ANY team game day photo roster.
Not on the roster = no play. No handwritten names.


Only 2 coaches in the Technical Area ("Coaches' Box"). People not on a game day roster are not allowed in the technical area. Guest coach from same registration league permitted as long as they are on a game day roster (any game).


Referee and two ARs.   STAR referees as backup.  Get their names for your report.
Games that start late must be shortened equally in each half to end on time.
No coach? No game day roster? No team? - do not wait more than 5 minutes.

Send offs

Click here-> for procedure.

Ball Size

Size 5

Number of Players

9 v 9  Minimum 7 Maximum 18

Match Length

 2 X 35 minute
5 minute half time all levels

Mercy Rule

No Mercy rule in Varsity.

Age specific

Legal slide tackling is permitted 
PK and DFK all ages.
Direct Kicks allowed all ages: the wall should be set at 10 yards!
Penalty Kicks allowed all ages.  The penalty kick should be taken at 10 yard
Heading permitted


Unlimited substitutions at any stoppage with Referee's permission.

Add time for time lost for substitutions.


  • Each half reduced by 5 minutes
  • If tied - straight to KFTPM
  • KFTPM for 7v7 is best of 3 then sudden death - from 8 yds.
  • KFTPM for 9v9 is best of 3 then sudden death- from 10 yds
  • KFPTM for 11v11 is best of 5 then sudden death.
  • Only 10 minutes allotted for KFTPM - keep it moving!
  • No guest players

More Information

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How to get games->

Rules of the Competition

Rules Spring 2021


  • Referees are encouraged to explain infractions.
  • Prepare a Match Report on the Pensra website.
    >> No report = no pay
    >> Report rainouts. You are paid if the game started. Otherwise no pay.
    >> Report forfeits. . You are paid.
    >> You must have a W9 form on file with Pensra or SFYS.
    >> Note the names of the STAR referees in your report