Massachusetts Futsal 

Massachusetts Futsal Association

Policies

Please see our policies by scrolling down.

  • discipline
  • forfeits
  • guests & borrowed players
  • lost and found
  • parking & facilities
  • protests
  • refunds
  • rosters & age groups
  • scheduling
  • weather



I. discipline

A player shown three single yellow cards during a session will serve a one-game suspension in the first match immediately following the third yellow card. The player's yellow card count resets upon his return. For players on multiple teams/rosters, the accumulation applies to all rosters, and the suspension applies to all rosters.

A player or coach shown two red cards (or dismissed twice) during a session is suspended for the remainder of the season, including friendlies and playoffs and may be required to meet with the league's disciplinary board.

A player or coach shown a red card for violent conduct is suspended for three matches.

A player or coach shown a red card (or observed to commit) violent conduct against a match or league official is suspended for three matches and must meet with the league's disciplinary board in addition to requirements of United States Soccer Federation protocol.


A red card suspension or dismissal pertains to all teams/rosters. A suspended player or coach may not enter a league facility on the suspended date.


II. forfeits & no-shows


If your team is unable to field a team and notifies us at least 48 hours in advance, the team loses by forfeit (7-0 loss).


If your team forfeits without minimum 48-hour notice (no-show), the team loses by no-show forfeit (7-0 loss and -1 league pt) and is subject to paying a $75 fine. The fine must be paid by the following Thursday at 8 am or the subsequent and potentially all remaining matches will be forfeited.


III. guests & borrowed players

No guest players are allowed. Only players on the team roster are eligible to play.

Sibling teams may swing up to three players per game, provided the number of active players does not exceed 14. The sibling players must be on the sibling roster. Sibling teams must be identified during registration, prior to the start of the season. Sibling teams may not swing players during the postseason.

If a team is playing a friendly match it may in good faith add an eligible player from another team, but only with the consent of the referee and the opposing coach.

No players - guest or borrowed - are eligible to participate in league matches at any time. However, if a league match is deemed a forfeit (must be declared in advance) and the match becomes a friendly, borrowed players are welcome to play pending the aforementioned consent of the referee and opposing coach.

Violation of any of the above regulations will result in forfeiture of applicable games.
 

IV. lost and found

Massachusetts Futsal and facilities are not responsible for lost items. Items lost at Fessenden, Park and other schools can be claimed during weekend opening hours or during the week after school. Please do not visit or call the school offices.
 

V. parking/facilities

Please park only in marked spaces. At the Park School and at Fessenden it is especially imperative not to leave vehicles in the driveway or along the side of the building.

No child should be unattended in our facilities. Young spectators must remain with a parent or guardian at all times.

Please do not go, or allow players or spectators to go, into any area of a facility not futsal-related ... eg, stay out of classrooms, unrelated hallways and stairwells, etc. Remain in the gym, lobby or their immediate corridors. There is no ball playing in the hallways.


VI. protests

No protests are allowed. All decisions by referees, league directors and tournament directors are final.
 

VII. refunds

Academy: Prior to the start of the session, a 75% refund may be given until the first date. Once the session has started, no refunds will be granted.


Free Agents: No refunds will be given.


League: For Session One, a 75% refund may be given until Nov. 5. No refunds will be given for Session One thereafter. For Session Two a 75% refund may be given until Jan. 5. No refunds will be given for Session Two thereafter.


Tournaments: Up until two months prior to the event, a 75% refund may be given. No refunds will be given thereafter.
 

VIII. rosters

Players must be rostered to participate in games. Waiver and insurance columns must be indicated by green check marks for each player. Coaches must provide a paper copy of their roster to the referee during check-in prior to the match. Additional roster instructions will be provided to each coach/manager prior to the start of league play. Only players who are on rosters and cleared waivers and insurance are eligible to participate.

Players may be dual rostered, but any player on multiple rosters in the same division is beholden for playoffs to the team s/he played on in the teams' league match. If the player did not play in the league match s/he may choose either team. S/he is restricted to that roster only for the duration of the playoffs.

Rosters may include up to 14 players.

Split teams may add up to three players from their sibling team per game.

Teams can add to their roster up to the second week of play.

Single year age grouping for 2016-17 Season:


Note - players may always play in an "older" age group, but never a younger one. Due to the recent change of age groups by U.S. Soccer and U.S. Youth Futsal, all age groups are expected to be more younger than older, and for league play on Sundays, sensible overlap will occur within high school and U14 divisions.

ADULT
Born on or before DEC. 4, 1998 & Older
OVER 40
Born on or before DEC. 4, 1976 & Older
UNDER 19
Born in 1998 & Younger
UNDER 18
Born in 1999 & Younger
UNDER 17
Born in 2000 & Younger
UNDER 16
Born in 2001 & Younger
UNDER 15
Born in 2002 & Younger
UNDER 14
Born in 2003 & Younger
UNDER 13
Born in 2004 & Younger
UNDER 12
Born in 2005 & Younger
UNDER 11
Born in 2006 & Younger
UNDER 10
Born in 2007 & Younger
UNDER 9
Born in 2008 & Younger
UNDER 8
Born in 2009 & Younger




IX. scheduling

Scheduling for the first week occurs as early as possible. We normally reserve the remainder of the schedule until the conclusion of the first or second week. This is to confirm the level of play in all divisions and make any changes necessary before posting the rest of the schedule.

We are often able to fulfill one or two minor scheduling requests, but these must be submitted at the time of registration.

For the 2016-17 season, it is expected that Saturday league games will take place at Park (3 courts), Fessenden (2 courts), Brighton (1 court), Rashi (1 court) and either Minuteman (1 court) or Belmont Hill (1 court) as needed. Sunday games will take place at Park (3 courts), Fessenden (2 courts) and both Nashoba and Belmont Hill as necessary.

Games are booked into anticipated time ranges but may slide over such ranges depending on the number of teams and the availability of facilities. Expected dates and times are guides only and are subject to change.
 

X. weather

In the event that inclement weather causes cancellation of games, every effort will be made to make up the games. However, there are no guarantees and no refunds will be issued.

Generally speaking, a couple inches and games are on as scheduled. More than 2-3 inches and there will likely be an adjusted schedule (delayed start/early closure) or complete postponement/cancellation. Facility closure decisions are at the discretion of the facility.

Announcements will be posted on the MFA and HTG web sites and via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Coaches and managers will receive email only in the event of changes to the schedule. All are advised to check the web site up to one hour before departing for games.