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Only NISL Player Passes and NISL Coach Passes are valid

Any NISL registered player from your NISL Club/Organization is allowed to play on the age appropriate team providing he is in good standing and not under suspension.

Game Roster

  • 11 v 11 is limited to a maximum of 18 and a minimum of 14 players dressed in uniform per game.
  • 9 v 9 is limited to a maximum of 16 and a minimum of 12 players dressed in uniform per game.
  • Failure to have minimum number will result in a $100.00 fine per player.
  • Teams will forfeit games due to insufficient numbers of players and will be fined $300.00 per game.
  • Uniform NUMBERS must match the player’s name on the game card.

Per NISL/US Club Soccer rules players are only permitted to play a total of ONE U.S. Club Soccer NPL game per day.

No guest players. All players must be registered with a NISL Club and NISL League and in possession of a NISL sanctioned ID card. (NO Card, NO Play)


  • No coaching other than the conveying of tactical instruction is permitted during the game.
  • The head coach is responsible for the actions of all persons associated with the team. The head coach shall ensure that no such person violates the coaching restriction. Violations by any person including spectators associated with the team will be deemed the action of the head coach.
  • The Technical Area extends one yard on either side of the designated seated area and extends forward up to a distance of one yard from the touchline.
  • A maximum of 3 Coaches/Managers Must have (US Club/NISL passes) are permitted in the technical area/team side of the field.
  • Only 1 person at a time is authorized to convey tactical instructions, and must return to their position after giving such instructions. The coach and other officials must remain within the confines of the technical area except in special circumstances.

If a player, coach or bench personnel are involved in a fight they shall be ejected and suspended for two games and pay subsequent fines. If the individual is involved in a second fight during the season they be suspended for the remainder of the season, including post season.

  • If bench players leave the technical area to become involved in a fight, that team forfeits the match and losses 3 points in the table.
  • I.S.L. will investigate for other possible sanctions.
    1. Ex. Team removal from NISL

Red Cards

Players receiving a red card for fighting

1st offense - $70 fine + 2 game suspension

2nd offense - $100 fine + 5 game suspension

Players receiving a red card

1st offense - $50 fine + 1 game suspension

2nd offense - $75 fine + 3 game suspension

Coach being dismissed from the game

1st offense - $200 fine + 1-game suspension

2nd offense - $300 fine + 2-game suspension


There is no postponement of games by teams. The only person permitting a reschedule will be for weather or ground condition and will be determined by the Schaumburg Park District. Teams that NO SHOW - will a forfeit the game, the club will be fined $300, All games must be played even rescheduled games.

All games are scheduled to begin on time. There is no coin toss. The home team is listed first on the schedule and will determine direction. The visiting team is listed second on the schedule and will kick off. Games are U12 2 x 35 minutes & U13 thru U18 2 x 40 with a running clock. Halves will finish on time. If there is a significant stoppage time (injury or force of nature) time can be added to the game. There is no warm-up on the field. The starting line-up is to be ready by game time


There is no substitution by the winning team in the last 5 minutes of the game.

If teams attempt to fake injury to permit substitution, the player will receive a yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Teams are permitted to have unlimited substitution

All participating clubs/teams/organizations are expected to “Honor the Game”

Respect the Rules of Competition and the Game.

Respect the officials

Respect your opponents

Respect your teammates and the other team

No coach, player, parent or team representative other then the team captain shall approach or speak to the center referee before the game, at the interval between periods, or after the game unless summoned by the center referee.

  • PENALTY- Upon the first occurrence, the referee shall instruct the coach to return to the technical area. If the coach persists, or upon a second infraction, a caution shall be issued. On a third occurrence, an ejection shall be issue

Team Uninform conflict

  • Home team are to wear their light kit
  • Away team is to wear their dark kit
  • If uniform colors conflict (Home and Away) clubs are responsible for working towards a reasonable



101. In order to emphasize that fair play and respect are an essential component of soccer and vital to its successful promotion and development, these regulations aim to foster sporting attitudes and conduct among players, team officials, and spectators, thereby increasing the enjoyment of all those involved in the game.


201. In context of these regulations, the following definitions apply:

a. Fair play: means acting according to ethical principles which, in particular, oppose the concept of sporting success at any price, promote integrity and equal opportunities for all competitors, and emphasize respect of the personality and worth of everyone involved in a sporting event.
b. Team official: coach, assistant coach, or other team staff.
c. Referee team: referee, assistant referees, additional assistant referees (if any) and fourth official.

202. In these regulations, the use of the masculine form refers equally to the feminine.



301. In its efforts to promote fair play, each season NISL assesses the fair play shown at NISL competition matches played during the Fall and Spring seasons.




401. The NISL match official assesses the fair play of the players, team officials, and spectators against the following five “ROOFS” criteria as set out in Articles 6 to 10:

a. Respect for the Rules;
b. Respect for Opponents;
c. Respect for the Officials;
d. Behavior of the Fans;
e. Behavior of Staff (coaches, team managers, etc.)

402. The NISL match official completes his fair play


501. Each team has 10 points deducted for each yellow card its players are shown and 20 points for each red card.


601. Each team is awarded points from a minimum of 0 to a maximum of 20 in five point intervals for showing respect to the rules of the game.
602. The following behavior in negative respect to the rules is taken into consideration (non-exhaustive list):

a. Time-wasting;
b. Tactics based on foul play;
c. Play-acting and simulation of injury;
d. Insulting opponents;


701. Each team is awarded points from a minimum of 0 to a maximum of 20 in five point intervals for showing respect to the opponents.
702. Players are expected to respect their opponents and ensure that their team mates all and all other members of the team act in their spirit of fair play.
703. Negative conduct otherwise punished by means of a yellow or red card may be taken into consideration depending on the seriousness of the offense.
704. The following positive attitudes are taken into consideration (non-exhaustive list):

a. Efforts to gain time (e.g. bringing the ball quickly back into play, even when in a winning
b. Helping an opponent to stand up;
c. Helping an injured opponent;
d. Shaking hands with opponents at the end of the match;
e. Congratulating opponents;
f. Extraordinary gestures of fair play (e.g. informing the referee if a corner or throw-in should
have gone to the other team).

705. The following negative attitudes are taken into consideration (non-exhaustive list):

a. Provoking a mass confrontation;
b. Serious fouls against opponents.
c. Spitting at an opponent;
d. Physical aggression towards an opponent (e.g. head butt, punch);
e. Racism and other discrimination.


801. Each team is awarded points from a minimum of 0 to a maximum of 20 in five point intervals for showing respect to the officials.
802. Players are expected to respect the referee team as people, as well as the decisions they take.
803. The following positive attitudes are taken into consideration (non-exhaustive list):

a. Accepting the referee’s decisions without discussion;
b. Shaking hands with the referee team at the end of the match;
c. Respecting distances imposed for free-kicks;
d. Respecting timings (e.g. countdown to kick-off).

804. The following negative attitudes are taken into consideration (non-exhaustive list):

a. Arguing with a member of the referee team;
b. Ironically applauding a member of the referee team;
c. Encircling a member of the referee team;
d. Verbal abuse of offensive gesture towards a member of the referee team;
e. Physical abuse of a member of the referee team.

900. BEHAVIOR OF TEAM FANS (Parents, Relatives, Friends, Spectators, etc.)

901. Each team is awarded points from a minimum of 0 to a maximum of 20 in five point intervals for the behavior of their team’s spectators. This criterion can only be assessed if a substantial number of fans of the team concerned are presents.
902. Spectators are expected to encourage their teams by creating a positive atmosphere in the spirit of fair play. They must respect each other, the players and team officials and the referee team. The spectators should acknowledge the other team’s performance, even in defeat, and must in no way intimidate or frighten the opposing team, the referee team or opposing supporters.
903. The following positive attitudes are taken into consideration (non-exhaustive list):

a. Applauding the opposition;
b. Ovation for an opponent (e.g. when substituted).

904. The following negative attitudes are taken into consideration (non-exhaustive list):

a. One of more spectators running onto the pitch;
b. Insulting chants;
c. Using or throwing pyrotechnics;
d. Using laser pointers;
e. Violence inside or in the immediate vicinity of the playing field location (e.g. against
opposition fans, facility managers, or police);
f. Racism and discrimination.




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