Atlanta Silverbacks Park is a privately owned and operated facility. We reserve the right to enforce our rules and regulations as follows:
No Smoking: No smoking except in designated areas.
No Drugs: There will be no tolerance for illegal drugs. Anyone caught possessing, consuming or distributing illegal drugs on ASP property will be prosecuted by State, County or City Law Enforcement.
No Outside Alcohol: No outside alcohol is allowed. You must be 21 years of age to purchase or consume alcohol at ASP. If you are caught consuming alcohol and you are underage, you will be escorted off the property by ASP staff and released to the State, County, or City Law Enforcement.
No Outside Food or Beverages
No Glass Bottles/Containers
No Seeds with Shells
No Hanging on Crossbars
Searches: We reserve the right to randomly search backpacks, purses and other bags.
No Gum: Upon arrival, please discard into a trash can, not onto field turf, grass, or parking lot.
No Weapons of Any Sort: This includes: knives and sharp objects that can cause severe injuries or possible death. Any weapons discovered will be confiscated by ASP staff or State, County or City Law Enforcement.
No Firearms: Any illegal firearms discovered will be confiscated by ASP staff or State, County or City Law Enforcement.
Management assumes no liability for injuries or accidents that may occur. Players/Spectators are responsible for their own personal items.
ATLANTA SILVERBACKS PARK 7V7 LEAGUE RULES
Atlanta Silverbacks Park soccer league rules follow FIFA Laws of the Game, with the exceptions of the following in-house league rule modifications:
Field: 7v7 field size is modified to 70 X 50 yards.
Number of Games: All seasons are nine (9) games in nine (9) weeks, unless otherwise stated in the league format.
Playoffs: Divisions with 6 or 10 teams will not have a playoff tournament. The regular season will be 9 games total. Divisions with 8 teams will have a playoff tournament at the end of the regular 7 week season. The regular season standings will determine team seeding for the tournament. The tournament bracket outline is as follows:
|Playoff Week 1:||Playoff Week 2:|
|Game 1: Top Bracket, Seed 1 vs. Seed 4||Champ Game: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2|
|Game 2: Top Bracket: Seed 2 vs. Seed 3||3rd and 4th place: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2|
|Game 3: Bottom Bracket: Seed 5 vs. Seed 8||5th and 6th place: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4|
|Game 4: Bottom Bracket: Seed 6 vs. Seed 7||7th and 8th place: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4|
**Please Note: Tournament results will not affect the regular season league standings, however playoffs are used for promotion/relegation (see the Promotion/Relegation Rules).
Champion T-Shirts: Atlanta Silverbacks Park will provide championship T-shirts to division winners! The top team in divisions of 6 or 10 teams will receive T-shirts, the winner of the Championship game of playoffs in a division of 8 teams is the division winner and will receive Champ T-shirts.
League Fees: Full payment must be received by the third game of the season. If full payment is not received by the start of third game, the team will receive a $30 late fee and will begin to forfeit games.
GAME DURATION, FORFIETS, RESCHEDULING
7v7 Leagues – Two 24-minute halves, plus 2-3 minute halftime.
Halftimes may be shortened in the interest of time constraints at the discretion of referee when trying to stay on time for the next match. Games not starting as scheduled as a result of team delay will still end at the scheduled time (minutes deducted from match) in order that the next game starts as scheduled.
Weather Related – We seldom if ever have rainouts at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. For extremely heavy torrential downpours, we may delay games to wait for it to subside. We also will honor lightning delays when lightning is in the area. Players should seek shelter in cars if necessary. Players may call the Park Weather Hotline for updated information at 678-608-0651. Players may also sign up for text message cancellation updates through their MySam account.
Abandoned Match – If a game in progress is cancelled, the game will be considered a completed match if at least one half of time has been played. If one half has not been played, the game will be rescheduled and start with the remaining time and score from when the match was called.
If a team does not show for their game, the result will be a 3-0 loss on the team’s record. The team that shows may still use the field for their game duration. With 7v7 team rosters capable of carrying 14 players, teams should rarely if ever be unable to field at least the minimum number of 5 players, so teams must have minimum player representation at each game in order to avoid a forfeit. A team will forfeit if they do not have the minimum number of players.
If there are not enough players at the scheduled kick off time, the team has up to 10 minutes to wait for more players to show. If after those 10 minutes a team still cannot be formed, the opponent may decide to earn the forfeit win 3-0, or wait until more players show. As stated in the Game Duration section, the game will end on time. Both team captains and the referee must agree that the match will take place if 10 minutes have passed.
Also see Number of Players rules.
Atlanta Silverbacks Park will attempt to fulfill requests for a game reschedule so long as we receive notice at least three days prior to the scheduled date and the change does not adversely affect other teams in the league. Once the request is received, as long as the other team agrees to the newly proposed date and time, the game can be rescheduled. Should the opposing team not agree to the change, the game will say at its’ originally scheduled day and time. To reschedule a game, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROSTERS, NUMBER OF PLAYERS, SUBSTITUTIONS
Team managers are responsible for roster management and have the ability to request players to join their team, and drop players from their roster through the MySam software. All players must join their team roster through the MySam software. For questions/assistance with roster management, please email email@example.com.
Minimum and Maximum # of Players on a Roster: Minimum 10 Players / Maximum 14 Players.
Rosters should be complete by the first game of the season with the minimum 10 players. If the roster has only 10 players by the second game, then the 11-14 players may be added up to the start of fourth game. At start of fourth game, the roster is locked through remainder of season (and tournament if applicable). In the event a player is injured during the season, that player may be replaced by a new player at any time throughout the season.
** Picking Up of Non-Roster Players by Teams:
In order to count as an official game teams must start with 5 players. Four of these 5 must be on the team roster.
Non-roster players may be picked up from a lower or same division. The referee must be notified the player’s first and last name, and the team he/she is on the roster for.
Non-roster players may not be used if your team has 8 or more roster players available. If non-roster players are picked up, the team can only add players up to the number of players on the opposing team. In coed games a non-roster player may be picked up if your team has more than 8 players only if the make up of those 8 players does not allow you to field 4 males or 3 females at any given point in time.
O-30 Age Rules:
Over-30 teams may carry a maximum of three (3) players under the age of thirty; one of these three players must already be 29 by first game date of season, two others must be at least 28 by first game date of season. All players must be able to present ID with age verification upon request by the referee or staff. If the player does not have ID upon request they will not be able to participate.
- 2 players 28 or older
- 1 player 29 or older
- Rest of roster 30 or older
O-40 Age Rules:
Over-40 teams may carry a maximum of three (3) players under the age of forty; one of these three players must already be 39 by first game date of season, two others must be at least 38 by first game date of season. All players must be able to present ID with age verification upon request by the referee or staff. If the player does not have ID upon request they will not be able to participate.
- 2 players 38 or older
- 1 player 39 or older
- Rest of roster 40 or older
The team captain may request, at any time, for the referee to check the ID of an opposing player. Teams are encouraged to bring their ID’s for all games.
If a team requests to check a players ID after the match is complete, the game will count as an official game even if a player that has participated in the match has played in the match.
Consistent infringement of age rules by a squad may result in being kicked out of that age specific league.
Three (3) females are required in field of play at all times in a COED division of play. The goalkeeper may count as one of these three. In the event three females are not available for a team at any given time of match, the team may play less that player position, as long as there is the required minimum of two (2) roster females available and as long as total number of players for a team does not drop below the required minimum of 5 total players for game to continue (5 to start, 5 to finish).
Five (5) players are required for each team for a match to start and finish. In a COED division, two (2) of the minimum five must be female. If ever the female number for a team is one or zero, then if at start of match, the game will be awarded as a forfeit victory to opposing team. If during play, then referee may continue game if it appears the female player(s) will return to match before its completion. The female player spot(s) may not be filled by a male player. If female player(s) return does not occur, then forfeit victory will be awarded to opposing team, even in the instance of the short-sided team having more goals at the time.
In a coed match, if either a female or a male receives a red card, the remaining 6 players on the field cannot exceed 4 males.
Players may substitute on dead ball situations once acknowledged by referee. This includes – either team kickoff or restart of game; either team goal kick; either team throw-in; at time of injury subs for either team; at time of a yellow card for carded player of either team (yellow carded player MUST be subbed for, and may return after two minutes at first eligible sub time; other times at the discretion of referee; corner kick subs are allowed for either team.
SCORING, STANDINGS, PROMOTION & RELEGATION
In all COED games, female non-PK goals scored are awarded 2 goals. If a female scores an own goal, the opposing team is awarded only one point. On a penalty kick, if a male is fouled which results in a PK, the team does not get two goals for having a girl shoot and score the PK. It will be counted as one goal. If a girl is fouled which results in a PK, a girl scoring that PK would be worth 2 goals. A female must be a part in both to be awarded the two goals. A hand ball (committed by a male or female) PK that results in a goal is awarded 1 goal (scored by a male or female).
A goal that is scored by a female that is headed toward the goal and gets deflected by the opposing team will be scored as two goals. If a female kicks the ball and it is not headed toward the goal and gets deflected into the goal by the opposing team the goal will be awarded only one point. In order for a goal to be counted as two points, it must be intentionally played by a female on the attacking team. If the ball that is kicked by a male is deflected off a female offensive player with no intent to play the ball, the goal will only count as one point. The referee has the final decision to decide if a team is awarded two points or one point.
- WINS = 3 points
- TIES = 1 points
- LOSSES = 0 points
In the event of a tie in the standings, the tie-breaker for final league standings are followed in this order:
- Head-to-head result
- Goal differential
- Goals for
In a division of 6 or 10 teams, the top two teams with the most number of points and the bottom two teams with the least number of points after the regular 9 week season will be promoted and relegated. In the event of a tie, see the tie-breaker rule.
In a division with a playoff bracket (division of 8 teams), the two teams that will be promoted are the winner of the regular season (most number of points), and the winner of the top playoff bracket. If these two teams are the same, the team who placed second in the regular season will be promoted. The two teams that relegate are the 7th and 8th place teams after the regular season.
ASP may decide to place teams in appropriate divisions based on skill level.
Jerseys: Teams should wear like jerseys with numbers (number policy relaxed, but encouraged). Training bibs/Pinnies are not avaiable to teams. ASP encourages teams to bring a second color in case of a conflict. Team listed as VISITOR on game schedule is responsible to wear the vests or change colors. Email us firstname.lastname@example.org if your jersey color is not updated on your team name, or if your team changes your jersey color.
Shin Guards: Shin guards must be covered by socks are REQUIRED and MANDATORY for ALL players.
Footwear: Players may play in flats, turfs, or molded plastic or rubber cleats (NO screw-in studs or metal cleats)
NO JEWELRY allowed except flat wedding bands and medical/alert bracelet, necklace, anklet.
Casts: No hard casts allowed in games.
Hats: No caps with bills on field players (keeper may wear a referee approved head covering if desired, like bandana or ball cap).
Match Soccer Balls: League will provide match balls.
FOULS AND MISCONDUCT, FIGHTING POLICY
Players are subject to cautions and send offs according FIFA’s Law 12.
Yellow Cards: Players who are issued a caution (yellow card) must sit for two minutes before re-entering the match. This player may be replaced by a substitute while exiting the field. A goalkeeper who is issued a yellow card must be replaced by either a field player or substitute, but may re enter the field after his/her 2 minute suspension.
Red Cards: Players who are issued a send-off (red card) must leave the field of play immediately and may not return to the field of play for the remainder of that match. The player may not participate in any other league games that same day. The player’s suspension only lasts one day and the player may participate in his/her next scheduled game unless further disciplinary action is taken by Atlanta Silverbacks Park (case specific). The team must play one less player for the remainder of that match. A goalkeeper who is issued a red card is also subject to this same rule.
Straight Red Cards (Coed League): Any straight red card given to a male player for contact or tackles on a female player will require him to sit out the remainder of the current season on suspension with no refund. After the current season is completed, the player may rejoin the co-ed division, however, if a second incident occurs at any point in the future the player will be banned from any future co-ed play at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.
Consistent infringement or a serious incident(s) committed by a player or team may result in suspension or being kicked out of Atlanta Silverbacks Park Leagues.
Slide Tackle Rule:
Allowed in non-age specific (open) leagues and same gender leagues (men’s or women’s)
NOT Allowed in Over-30, Over-40 (age specific) or Coed leagues.**
**A slide tackle that is illegal in an age specific or coed league is when the slide is engaging an opponent or close to a “50/50” ball. A slide of the ball not directly involving an opponent (for example – sliding a free ball to keep it in bounds, sliding a free ball into the goal), are not slide-tackles and are allowed. All calls by the referee are final.
A slide tackle call results in an indirect free kick from area of the violation if the call was for an illegal slide (in an age specific or coed league). A restart may be deemed direct by the referee if the slide also resulted in an illegal foul against the player’s body.
For slides in age specific leagues and coed leagues, the offending player may be verbally warned on the initial instance which serves as a warning to both teams, or, based upon severity of initial instance, may be given a yellow or red card at the referee’s discretion.
Play-on advantage may be awarded by the referee in the instance of a failed attempted slide tackle or foul.
Goalkeeper sliding: The goalkeeper is allowed to slide in open, age specific and coed leagues. The slide may only be towards an opponent who is controlling the ball or in a “50/50” play area of an opponent. A referee may decide to issue a send off to a goalkeeper if the goalkeeper slide tackles and fouls an opponent for denying a goal scoring opportunity.
Profanity is not tolerated in Atlanta Silverbacks Park Leagues. Players using profanity are subject to automatic cautions. Consistent infringement may result in suspensions.
3 Game Automatic Suspension Policy:
Any player who is guilty of striking, punching, slapping, spitting, intentionally kicking, or any other vicious or intentional act (even if it is reactive), will be issued an automatic three game suspension, no questions asked. Referee reports will be given to ASP Management. Guilty players will recieve no refunds for suspensions. ASP holds the right to issue a harsher suspension depending on the incident.
Atlanta Silverbacks Park takes fighting and aggressive behavior from teams, players, and fans very seriously.
Should a player be involved in a fight or serious incident they will be held to the following:
- 1st Violation- expulsion from all Atlanta Silverbacks Park leagues for the remainder of the current season and the entirety of the following season with no refunds.
- 2nd Violation- a one year expulsion from all Atlanta Silverbacks Park leagues with no refunds.
- 3rd Violation- ban from all Atlanta Silverbacks Park leagues.
Teams that are involved in two incidents in the same season will be suspended for the remainder of the season with no refunds. All games will be forfeited and the team will be relegated one division the following season should they decide to return. Teams that are suspended for a second time will not be allowed to return under the same team name or same manager.
Fans causing problems will be escorted off the premises immediately and be refused entry to Atlanta Silverbacks Park in the future.
All other disputes, fights, incidents etc. can be reviewed by the League and are punishable at the League’s discretion depending on the situation. All decisions are final and non-disputable.
OTHER PLAY RULES – 7V7
HOME team listed on schedule will kick off first half; AWAY team kicks off second half.
7v7 – Goalkeeper may NOT punt or drop-kick ball. May kick ball from ground and may throw ball. Otherwise, no limits on distance of a played ball.
7v7 – Keeper must release ball within referee’s 6-second count, or result is indirect kick for opposing team at top-center of 10 yard box.
7v7 – Players must be 5 yards from the spot of a free kick anywhere on field, and outside of 10-yard box on a PK.
7v7 – If an indirect free kick is called within 5 yards of the goal, the ball will be spotted 5 yards away from the goal line of where the infringement took place.
7v7 – NO Offside calls in 7v7 matches.
7v7 – Goal kicks may be taken anywhere inside the goal area.
7v7 – Goal may not be scored directly from kickoff, the kickoff is indirect (if another player touches it, the goal will count). Kickoff touch may be played forward or backwards.
Super 7 Leagues follow the same 7v7 Rules except for these differences:
-Goalies may punt
-Playoff brackets qualify 8 teams and last 3 weeks