Dealing with the coach ejections and having games terminated due to poor coaching behavior, we feel a need to address this issue. We would like to ensure everyone that we are dealing with these events and will be imposing suspensions and fines in accordance to rules set by ENSA, by Nebraska State Soccer, and by United States Soccer. A plea of ignorance to the policies of ENSA or Nebraska State Soccer, or the Laws of the Game are not sufficient in defending a grievance or grounds for a protest or appeal.
Coaches responsibilities are defined in the ENSA Coach’s Handbook.
The most important responsibilities of a youth soccer coach are to provide a SAFE, HEALTHY environment for the practice and play of soccer, and to provide MATURE, ADULT supervision for young athletes.
During games, you share these responsibilities with the referees and opposing coaches. They must at all times supersede any other concern.
During games, the actions and comments of the sidelines have a tremendous impact on the game environment. THE COACH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS SIDELINES. He is to ensure that all comments directed onto the field of play are positive and provide encouragement.
No disrespectful or degrading comments are directed at any participant. Any participant includes the referees, players on the other team, players on one's own team, or even parents to their own children. All participants must treat each other with respect and dignity. Negative comments like "push 'em back", "get your head in the game", etc. do not show respect for others or the spirit and laws of the game. Statements of this nature interfere with the game in an emotional sense just as throwing objects on the field would in a physical sense.
No negative comments about the referee, the accuracy of his decisions, etc. are made. Any concerns about the qualification or performance of a referee are to be directed to your league via the referee assessment section of the game card you are provided, NOT TO EACH OTHER OR THE REFEREE, and NEVER in the presence of young athletes. Coaches do NOT have a right to challenge calls. Remember, dissent with the referee's decisions can cause one's removal from the game and, if necessary, termination of the game.
REFEREES HAVE BEEN TOLD TO DEAL WITH COACHES WHOSE CONDUCT DOES
NOT MEET THESE STANDARDS. AN EJECTION WILL RESULT IN SUSPENSION.
Anyone assaulting a referee will be subject to the penalties and suspensions as stated in the Nebraska State Soccer Association (NSSA) Rules and Regulations. Verbal harassment or intimidation of any referee under the age of eighteen years of age by any person over the age of seventeen shall constitute an assault.
In addition, each team should have received a document in their game packets along with their game cards called BE A ROLE MODEL FOR YOUR PLAYER. This is similar to the Alliance For All that each coach and player must review and sign before participating in any NSSA tournament, Rec Cup, Kohls Cup or State Championships.
Please review all of the information listed below and contact your ENSA representative if you have any questions.
NEBRASKA STATE SOCCER ASSOCIATION
RULES AND REGULATIONS
I. PLAYING RULES
4. Responsibility for Conduct. Unsportsmanlike conduct by any person registered with Nebraska State Soccer or assisting in any soccer activity of any member of Nebraska State Soccer shall be subject to discipline, including fines or suspension, by the Board of Directors of Nebraska State Soccer in such manner as the Board determines.
5. Compliance with Rules and Regulations. Compliance with Rules and Regulations.
a. Clubs shall be responsible for informing and insuring that all of their members (players, parents, coaches, assistant coaches, Board Members, Administrators and etc.) have read, understand and adhere to all policies of Nebraska State Soccer and the rules of the leagues their teams will participate in during the season. A plea of ignorance to the policies of Nebraska State Soccer is not sufficient in defending a grievance or grounds for a protest or appeal.
IX. EXPULSIONS FROM GAMES AND SUSPENSION
1. Penalties automatically incurred. A player or team official who has been ordered from the field of play or from the sidelines by the referee shall automatically incur the penalty or penalties for the given offense or offenses as stipulated in these rules. The referee’s game report automatically initiates the action against the ejected individual.
9. Misconduct by Coaches, Team Officials and Spectators
First Second Subsequent
Offense Offense Offense
Foul and Abusive Language 1 Game 2 Games 4 Games
Persistent Misconduct 1 2 4
10. Conduct Detrimental to the Good and Welfare. Any player, team official or club officer whose conduct is considered to be detrimental to the good and welfare of soccer shall be suspended for one (1) game for the first offense and for a minimum if two (2) games for the second offense or more within a two year period. Such misconduct shall include but shall not be limited to misbehavior while a spectator; the frequenting, while in uniform or warm-up suit, of an area or a club house where alcoholic beverages are being served; and the consumption of alcoholic beverages in the vicinity of the playing field before, during or after a soccer game.
Excerpts from FIFA Laws of the Game
LAW 5 - THE REFEREE
The authority of the referee
Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game in connection with the match to which he has been appointed.
Powers and duties
- enforces the Laws of the Game
- controls the match in cooperation with the assistant referees and, where applicable, with the fourth official
- stops, suspends or abandons the match, at his discretion, for any infringements of the Laws
- takes action against team officials who fail to conduct themselves in a responsible manner and may, at his discretion, expel them from the field of play and its immediate surrounds
- provides the appropriate authorities with a match report, which includes information on any disciplinary action taken against players and/or team officials and any other incidents that occurred before, during or after the match
LAW 12 - FOULS AND MISCONDUCT
Direct free kick
A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following seven offences in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:
- kicks or attempts to kick an opponent
- trips or attempts to trip an opponent
- jumps at an opponent
- charges an opponent
- strikes or attempts to strike an opponent
- pushes an opponent
- tackles an opponent
A direct free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following three offenses:
- holds an opponent
- spits at an opponent
- handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)
A direct free kick is taken from the place where the offence occurred (see Law 13 - Position of free kick).
A penalty kick is awarded if any of the above ten offences is committed by a player inside his own penalty area, irrespective of the position of the ball, provided it is in play.
Indirect free kick
An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper, inside his own penalty area, commits any of the following four offences:
- controls the ball with his hands for more than six seconds before releasing it from his possession
- touches the ball again with his hands after he has released it from his possession and before it has touched another player
- touches the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a team-mate
- touches the ball with his hands after he has received it directly from a throw-in taken by a team-mate
An indirect free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if, in the opinion of the referee, a player:
- plays in a dangerous manner
- impedes the progress of an opponent
- prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands
- commits any other offence, not previously mentioned in Law 12, for which play is stopped to caution or send off a player
The indirect free kick is taken from the place where the offence occurred (see Law 13 - Position of free kick).
The yellow card is used to communicate that a player, substitute or substituted player has been cautioned.
The red card is used to communicate that a player, substitute or substituted player has been sent off.
Only a player, substitute or substituted player may be shown the red or yellow card.
The referee has the authority to take disciplinary sanctions from the moment he enters the field of play until he leaves the field of play after the final whistle.
A player who commits a cautionable or sending-off offense, either on or off the field of play, whether directed towards an opponent, a team-mate, the referee, an assistant referee or any other person, is disciplined according to the nature of the offense committed.