FAQs


How do I reschedule a game
 
1)  If a Coach needs to reschedule a game due to :
      A) weather related ( please see below and follow Weather related game changes)
      B)  Any other reason please follow below.
 
          a)  Contact LCSL president to get an approval or not. www.pgrabo1212@aol.com  cell 216-402-5580
                
            b)  Game change request need to be emailed 7 days prior to game in question. No exceptions!!!!
                 1) Under 7 days,  Coach   {Team}   requesting  the reschedule will have to take the forfeit if game is not played as scheduled.
       C) Weather related game cancellations DO NOT FOLLOW stirict guidlines made by the LCSL Board, only NON weather related games do.
 
Can't Login / I Lost My Password 
If you cannot login, contact the LCSL Webmaster (loraincountysoccer2014@gmail.com). Please include your full name, email, and the team number that you coach.
 
 Coaches - Logging In:
Coaches should recieve an email with the subject line "Register as a coach of "AA######"" the email contains the directions to setting up your login and password. If you need a new login and password, click the forgot email/password link on the login screen or email the LCSL Webmaster and you will be sent a new email.
 
How Do I Report Game Scores? 
Coaches - Entering Scores
1. Click the login button on the top right of the page.
2. Use the coaches login information that the coach set up using the email sent to them (the "youre invited to register for"AA######"" email)
3. On the left side of the screen it says post scores, click it.
4. In the center of the screen you see the games that are available for score entering. They do not become available until the game is played according to the scheduled time on the website, and they are only available for two weeks for score entering, as according to the LCSL rules. 

How Do I Cancel Games Due To Weather? 
After the 8:00 AM (Saturday) or 4:00 PM (weekday) deadline only the referee can cancel a game. (Not the coaches)

If you choose to cancel before the deadline, the home team is responsible for notifying:

  • The LCSL Referee Assigner
  • Coaches for the visiting teams
  • The LCSL Webmaster (so an announcement can be placed on the website)

Below are the Official LCSL Rules on this subject.

Q. FIELD UNPLAYABLE

1. The Referee is the sole judge at game time of whether a field is playable.

2. If a local organization does not want its fields used due to conditions it deems unplayable, it must so advise the League Manager BEFORE 8:00 a.m. on Saturdays, and BEFORE 4 p.m. on weekdays. To make sure that the League Manager receives this information, it is strongly recommended the LM be contacted by email and by phone to assure receipt of this information.

3. After 8:00 a.m. on Saturdays and 4 p.m. on weekdays, only the Referee may declare the field unplayable.
 
What If The Game Is Called Due To Weather During The Game?
If less than half has been played, the game should be restarted from the beginning with a 0-0 score on another date and re-played in it's entirety.
If half or more has been played, the game shall count as a complete game, with the score when the game was called standing as the final score.

How Do I Contact An Opposing Coach? 
Your local LCSL Representative has a copy of the commitment forms that lists the contact information (email and phone) for each team.

I Coach a U7 Team. Why Should I Report Scores? 
Although there is no tournament for the U7 Division, Coaches are still required to report their scores.  These scores are used to assign teams to A or B divisions so that teams will be more evenly matched and games will be more competitive.

How Do I Join A Team? 
If you want to play soccer in the LCSL, you must register with your local community. For more information, check the Contacts Page to find the representative from your community.

I Registered. How Do I Find Out What Team I'm On? 
Team assignments are handled by each local community. For more information, check the Contacts Page to find the representative from your community.

Can I Bring My Dog To The Game? 
No!

With the kids running and yelling and balls flying through the air, it’s really tempting for a dog to go join in the action.

LCSL Rules

Rule N – 7.

7. NO ANIMALS are permitted on or near the field.

Is There A Mercy Rule? 
LCSL Games should be played in their entirety and are not ended early simply because one team is ahead by a certain number of goals.

  • When a team has a 5 goal lead, the winning team must remove a player or the losing team may add a player.  The coaches should discuss and agree prior to the game whether to add or remove based on roster sizes.  Full sided games (11 v 11) should remove (not add) players.
  • If the losing team scores a goal to bring the lead down to 4, the removed player may be replaced (or the added player must be removed).
  • When a team has a 7 goal lead, the winning team must remove a 2nd player or the losing team may add a 2nd player.
  • If the losing team scores a goal to bring the lead down to 6, the 2nd removed player may be replaced (or 2nd added player must be removed).

Please use common sense here.  Add players to the losing team whenever possible, especially at the younger ages.  This rule is not intended to have U7 or U8 players playing 4v2 at the end of games!

If your team is winning easily, you can always pull a player and play shorthanded. Other strategies would be to instruct your players to only play with their weaker (left or right) foot, or to instruct them to use only 2 touches on the ball (no dribbling).

Blowout games are no fun. Consider the players on the other team and show them some respect.
 
What Does Coed Mean? 
In the LCSL, Coed means the team may have boys or girls or both.  There is no minimum number of girls that must be on the roster or on the field.  Some communities will roster coed teams that are all boys and this is well within the LCSL rules.  Other teams that don't have enough girls to form separate teams may have a mix of boys and girls on their coed teams.

The Referee Didn't Show Up. What Should We Do? 
Find someone to referee the game. Both coaches should agree. If the coaches can’t agree, use one volunteer for the 1st half and a different volunteer for the 2nd half.

From the LCSL Rules , L) 5.

Should a referee not arrive and more than 15 minutes have passed since scheduled game time, the opposing coaches shall appoint a mutually agreeable person to referee that match and play counting it as an Official Game. The coaches should also notify the Vice President of the Referee’s failure to be there.

It's Cold / Raining. Can I Wear A Coat? 
You may wear a sweatshirt and / or sweatpants under the uniform. Hoods should be tucked in OR tied tight. Loose hoods can be accidentally yanked, this is very dangerous so loose hoods are not allowed.

From the LCSL Rules , J) 4.

In the event of extreme weather; players may wear sweats UNDER their uniform. The sweats should be the same color as the uniform, or similar so as not to confuse the referee or other players. Hooded sweatshirts are not permitted. Headbands and hats in inclement weather are up to the discretion of the referee.

Why Doesn't The 1st Seed Play The 4th Seed In The Tournament?
This bracketing system was implemented several years ago and the intent is to create closer games and fewer lopsided scores by avoiding the 1 vs 4 match-up.
 
Why didn't the referee call "handball"?
There is no foul in the FIFA Laws called "handball".  The foul is for handling.  Directly from the document, "Interpretation of the Laws of the Game and Guideline for Referees": 
Handling the ball involves a deliberate act of a player making contact with the ball with his hand or arm. The referee must take the following into consideration:
  • the movement of the hand towards the ball (not the ball towards the hand)
  • the distance between the opponent and the ball (unexpected ball)
  • the position of the hand does not necessarily mean that there is an infringement
  • touching the ball with an object held in the hand (clothing, shinguard, etc.) counts as an infringement
hitting the ball with a thrown object (boot, shinguard, etc.) counts as an infringement
 
 
What do the letters and numbers in the team mean and what do they determine?
AANNNNNN = 2 Alpha characters and 6 Number characters
The 2 Alphas and the first 3 Numbers stand for the community.  We used to just have the 2 Alphas but the OYSAN software (League One) requires the 3 Numbers (and they assign the numbers).  We could use just the numbers but the Alphas make it more readable.
The 4th number is the last digit of the year for the oldest players on that age.  Example a correctly named U14 team should have players that are Under 14 as of 8/1/2012.  The oldest player would turn 14 on 8/1/12 so would have been born on 8/1/1998.  So the 4th digit would be 8.
For U13 it would be 9, U12 would be 0, ...
The 5th number is 0 for boys (coed), 6 for girls.
The 6th number starts at 1 and goes up for each team of that age, in that community.