2019 Emerald City 1A League Girls Soccer Guidelines

Season Beginning Date:                    August 26th
Season Ending Date:                           November 23rd
Minimum # of Practices:                  10
Regular Season Contest Limit:      16 plus 1 Jamboree

TWO DIVISIONS (home and away in your own division, playing once in the other division)
Division One:       Overlake, Seattle Academy, University Prep and Bush
Division Two:       Bear Creek, Northwest and Forest Ridge/EP


Tuesday, October 29th–  D2#2 vs. D1#3 and D2#1 vs. D2#4 – winners move on to bi-districts.

Bi-Districts will be played at Granite Falls High School – bracket TBA (Five schools will move on from District play to the State bracket)

State tournament starts on the 11/13 (default date) with the semis and finals on November 22th and 23rd at Shoreline Stadium

LEAGUE CHAMPION: The top ranked team at the end of the regular season shall be declared League Champion, and may have trophies and/or banners made declaring themselves as such. They are also the D2 #1 into the Bi-district bracket.


·       The league playoff games determine seeding to Bi-District Tournament.

  • The higher seed will be the Home team and will wear dark jerseys. The lower seed will be the away team and will wear light jerseys.

  • The home team shall supply three game balls (one behind each goal in addition to the ball in play)

  • The home team is responsible for the field and may host the game at their home site if the field is of regulation size and condition (determined with input from the District 2 Executive Director, both schools’ athletic directors, and league soccer coordinator)

  • The home team is responsible for booking officials (full three-person crews)



  • The duration of each game shall be two periods of 40 minutes.

·       10 minutes of grace period may be allowed for late starts. 7 players must be on the field to start the match.

  • If conditions make it impossible to finish any game, the head referee shall declare it a completed game if one complete half or more of the game has been played. The score at the time of the suspension of play will be the final score, ties included.

  • If less than one half of the game has been played it will be considered a suspended game. This game shall be resumed at the point of suspension on the next available date for both teams. The host athletic director will arrange the time for the resumption of the suspended game after consultation with the athletic director of the participating school. If the athletic directors are unable to reschedule the match, the league advisory to determine what action to take.

  • Yellow and/or red cards will carry over to the rescheduled match


Please confirm with each opponent: officials and game details (location and kick-off time) the week before each game, and if possible again on game day.


Standings are determined by a point system – 3 points for a win, 1 for a tie. 

Non-league games have no impact on the league standings.  This includes “friendly matches” between league schools that are played in addition to the official league schedule. 

Please keep the date the league provided to make up games at the end of the season clear. 

For the sake of determining a league champion, the head-to head record of teams that are tied in points at the end of league play are compared. 



For playoff purposes:

In the event of a tie within the league or a division going into the playoffs, final standings will be determined using, in order:

1.       Head-to-head record.

2.       If still tied, a comparison of records versus other teams in the league, from the top down.

3.       If still tied, a tiebreaker game will be played to determine seeding.

 RULES OF PLAY/OVERTIME:  A combination of NFHS and FIFA rules will apply. NFHS and WIAA rules will apply for game management; FIFA rules will apply during the contest.

For regular season games:

At the end of regulation time and there is a tie, the match is declared a tie – no overtime played.

For playoff games:

When a tie occurs at end of regulation, a two 5-minute sudden death overtime periods shall be used (golden goal – first team to score wins and the game ends)

If still tied at the end of two 5-minute periods, PK’s will be utilized to determine the winner.



  • Prior to each game, rosters shall be exchanged between the head coaches.

  • The rosters shall include:

  • Player names, numbers, position(s), and grade level.

  • Team’s league and overall records.

  • Coaches can then report accurate team records to media in post-game reports.



·       Coaches are required to report yellow/red cards to their respective athletic director.

·       Athletic director’s are responsible for updating the shared ECL Violations file to keep track of yellow/red cards and possible suspensions.

·       3/2/1 - Yellow Card Rule

o   If a player receives three yellow cards during the season, the player is ineligible to participate in the next scheduled match.  Following this, if a player receives two more yellow cards, the player is ineligible to participate in the next scheduled match.  For each additional yellow card received, the player is obligated to sit out the next scheduled match.  

o   When a player receives a yellow card in a game, and then a straight red card in the same game, that yellow card counts towards the cumulative total.  If this happens to be a yellow card that results in a game suspension, that player must then sit two consecutive games – one for the accumulative count of yellow cards and one for the red card (or more if the red is given for unsportsmanlike conduct).  

·       Double Yellow Card Rule

o   If a player receives two yellow cards in the same match, the referee shall dismiss the player from the field and the player will automatically be ineligible to participate in the next scheduled match.  

o   A player receiving two yellow cards in a single game will not have two yellow cards counted towards the player’s yellow card cumulative total.  

o   Because receiving two yellow cards in one game is considered an ejection, players receiving this penalty in the last scheduled regular season match are ineligible to participate in their first post-season game.

·       Red Card Rule:

o   Unless given for violent conduct and/or abusive language, a player receiving a straight red card is ineligible to participate in the next scheduled match.

·       Additional Rules for Yellow/Red Cards:

o   Suspensions carry over to the next school year’s season if they weren’t served at the conclusion of the season the suspension was received in.

o   All red card ejections will be reviewed by the ECL Soccer Coordinator and the League Executive Committee if necessary



  • The home team is responsible for reporting the game result to:

  • The ECL Website (through twitter)

  • Max Preps (contact your Athletic Director for details)



·   The home team is responsible for booking the officiating crews.

·   A minimum of one registered WSSRA official must officiate varsity games.  It is strongly encouraged to request a full 3-person crew.  No official = no match.

Lead Assigner - Dave Augustavo; dave.augustavo@gmail.com


See ECL website - All League Awards Page

All disputes that cannot be resolved between the two schools involved will be heard by the League Advisory Committee for resolution. This committee consists of League President, Sport Coordinator and Neutral Athletic Director.

Emerald City Soccer Coordinator: Cathy Schick – Seattle Academy

cschick@seattleacademy.org – 206-953-8533