Coaches' Corner

Small-Sided Playing Rules

Based on updated recommendations from the U.S. Soccer Federation, U.S. Youth Soccer and the New Mexico Youth Soccer Association, NWRGSL is continually revising its small-sided playing rules. The small-sided playing rules are liable to change between seasons, so coaches should always check here at the beginning of each season for the rules that are currently in effect.

Please click here for the current small-sided playing rules.

Following is a summary of the most recent rule changes at each age group and when the rule went into effect:

U6 Rules

  • All free kicks (including kick-ins) are indirect (previously all were direct) (Spring 2017)
  • No heading (Fall 2016)
  • No slide tackling (Fall 2016)
  • Unlimited substitution at any stoppage (previously only at quarter breaks or following injury) (Fall 2016)

U8 Rules

  • All free kicks (including kick-ins) are indirect (previously all were direct) (Spring 2017)
  • Kick-Ins replace Throw-Ins (Spring 2017)
  • No heading (Fall 2016)
  • No slide tackling (Fall 2016)
  • Unlimited substitution at any stoppage (previously only at quarter breaks or following injury) (Fall 2016)

U10 Rules

  • No heading (Fall 2016)
  • Goalkeeper may not punt the ball (Fall 2016)
  • Addition of Build-Out Lines (Fall 2016)
  • Unlimited substitution at any stoppage (previously only at kickoffs, goal kicks, throw-ins for own team, or following injury) (Fall 2016)

U12 Rules

  • No heading for U11 (Fall 2016)
  • Unlimited substitution at any stoppage (previously only at kickoffs, goal kicks, throw-ins for own team, or following injury) (Fall 2016)

Required Training

All NWRGSL coaches are required to take the CDC's Online Concussion Training Course. Once the course has been completed you will receive a Concussion Certificate that is valid for 5 years. This certificate must to be sent to your league/club registrar or to the NMYSA office at nmsoccer@nmysa.net. Coaches are further required to be familiar with and follow the NMYSA concussion protocol which is summarized on the Concussion Initiative page.

All coaches must also obtain the appropriate Youth Module Certificate or USSF License and ensure that their team has a USSF Certified Referee by the end of their first year of coaching. Youth Module Clinics are offered periodically throughout the year by the New Mexico Youth Soccer Association (NMYSA). For more information about coaching clinics, including schedules, contact your club administrator, or visit the coaching resource page at the the NMYSA website. Some clubs may reimburse approved coaching and referee certification fees.

Which Coaching Clinic Should I Attend?

The following table provides a brief overview of the coach education courses currently offered by NMYSA, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

Age Group NMYSA Courses NSCAA Courses National Courses (USSF)
U6-U8 Youth Module 1 (Online)   National Youth License
U10-U12 Youth Module 2
USSF E License
GK Level 1
Level 3 Diploma
Level 4 Diploma
Level 5 Diploma
Level 6 Diploma
U12-U15 USSF D License
GK Level 2
National Diploma
Advanced National Diplomna
 

Match Cancellation and Rescheduling Process

EFFECTIVE SPRING 2017

Match cancellations must be received by the league no later than 11:59 PM on the Monday before the scheduled match. Late cancellations will result in a $25 fine for the first offense and a $50 fine for each subsequent offense.

If you need to cancel a scheduled match (conflicting schedules, playing in a tournament, etc.), please follow this process at least 5 days in advance:

  1. Contact the League Office at 505-898-1411 or nwrgsl@mwrgsl.org to obtain contact information for the opposing team.
  2. Contact the opposing team to notify them of the cancellation and to schedule a make-up (if desired).
  3. Contact the League Referee Scheduler to ensure that a referee does not show up to the cancelled game and for help arranging a referee for a make-up game.

Teams are responsible for arranging their own referee for rescheduled games. If the League is not notified at least 5 days in advance, the coach(es) will be responsible for paying the referee for any rescheduled game.

Contacting the League Office and League Referee Scheduler is not necessary for cancellations due to inclement weather.

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