NISL 2017 Fall Outdoor Official Opening Day

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    The Northern Illinois Soccer League kicks off its 2017 Fall season this weekend with over 4000 games to be played. Over a 100 soccer clubs participate in the N.I.S.L. having a footprint in most of the neighborhoods of Chicago.

    The clubs, teams are organized into divisions, allowing about 10,000 players to share time in the field enjoying the best game in the world.With over 40 years of experience the N.I.S.L. is the Best league to play.

    Good luck to all our members...

    N.I.S.L. Important League Reminders


    The Northern Illinois Soccer Leagues’ 2017-2018 Rules and Regulations have been revised.
    All NISL league policies, procedures and fines have been adjusted and updated.


    Points shall determine the standings of teams in the respective divisions.
    (3) Three points for a win
    (1) One point for a tie
    (0) Zero points for a regular loss


    Teams not meeting game schedule obligations and fail to play a scheduled game will be fined $200.00 plus a deduction of 3 points from their league standings for every offense. The team could be withdrawn from future NISL league play and a $1,000.00 performance bond maybe charged to the club.
    It is imperative that teams are fully aware of their team commitment for the upcoming season and are prepared to make all schedule changes at the schedule meeting.


    Scores are recorded online and updated instantaneously. The scores can be entered online by the referee and or both home or away team administrators. Scores not reported are considered a forfiet, and zero points will be awarded to both teams along with the appropriate fine.


    It is the responsibility of each team to print off (2) TWO copies of the OFFICIAL GAME ROSTER and bring to every NISL scheduled game. (1) One Copy will be handed to the referee and (1) One Copy will be given to the opposing teams coach15 minutes prior to kick-off . All players and coaches should be listed on an NISL official game card.

    If the players name and photo is NOT present on the game roster, the coach or administrator can write that registered player as a “Write In” and present his or her current NISL player pass to the game official at that game. (Red Carded players cannot be written on the game roster)

    No guest players. All players must be registered with ONE (1) NISL Club and NISL League and appear on an official NISL game roster.


    All players showing up after the original game check in will be considered tardy. Tardy players must report to the referee with his/herplayer pass when entering the game of play.
    Tardy Players that arrive after halftime are not allowed to participate or play in that NISL scheduled game.


    If a player is suspected to have a head injury the referee is instructed to stop the play to allow for treatment and or evaluation as needed. If the player leaves the field of play for additional evaluation, a substitution can be made at that moment. The player with the suspected head injury may not return to that game unless a health care professional or certified athletic trainer has cleared that
    player to participate.

    The coach or the suspected player’s parents cannot give clearance for that player to re-enter the game


    Deliberate Heading the Ball
    If a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot where that player headed the ball. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred. (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, & 2007)

    Heading is currently allowed in 12U games without limitations

    Build Out Line
    The build out line was developed to promote playing the ball out of the back in a less pressured setting. When a goalkeeper has the ball either during regular play (from the opponent) or from a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play. Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball into play. After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play can resume as normal.

    Markings - Please check NISL 2017-2018 Rulebook Section 600. for all field markings and the build out line layout.

    No Punting or Drop Kicks
    If a goalkeeper punts the ball, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the punt occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred. (2011, 2010, 2009, & 2008)

    The build out line will also be used to denote where an offsides can be called. Players cannot be penalized for an offside offense between the halfway line and the build out line. Players can be penalized for an offside offense between the build out line and the opposing teams goal line.


    Following US Soccer’s playing initiatives and the NISL/US Club’s attempt to alleviate the referee shortage. The NISL WILL NOT require Clubs/Teams to provide assistant referees and or linespeople for ALL small-sided games. (9v9, 7v7, 5v5, 4v4 = 12U and Below)

    Changes to the schedule must be made at the scheduling meeting, and have no penalty attached. Changes there after must be done with agreements from both home and away coaches and submitted in to the League with our online reschedule form for approval. All changes must be submitted in to the league 120 hours (5 Days) prior to the originally scheduled time. Any changes submitted with less than 120 hours notice will result in a $60 fine for the team requesting the change and are subject to the approval of the Home Team’s Referee Assignor. If the Referee Assignor is unable to provide a referee due to the late rescheduling, the game will result in a forfeit for the team requesting the change and a $100.00 fine will be issued to the offending team.

    If the Home & Away coaches cannot come to an agreement on a game date & time, the two teams must submit at least 3 possible game dates & times in to the League office that are available at their field location and the NISL will determine the final game date & time. Whichever team fails to show for the final game time will forfeit the game and a $100.00 fine will be issued.


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