Kilgore Soccer Association
Kilgore Soccer Association

Constitution and Bylaws

KSA Rules and Bylaws - 2017
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Section 1



Article I.            The name of this organization shall be the Kilgore Soccer Association and it will be known as the “Association” or “KSA” for all purposes here in after set forth.


Article II.           Its purpose shall be to foster and advance the cause of player development and soccer within the territory under the jurisdiction of this Association and to guard the interests of its members.  The program shall promote the idea of good sportsmanship, citizenship, honesty and loyalty through balanced and organized athletic competition.


Article III.           The headquarters of this Association shall be located in the city of Kilgore, Texas.


Article IV.          This Association shall represent all members falling within the boundary lines of the Independent School Districts of Kilgore, Sabine, Leverett’s Chapel, West Rusk, Overton, Arp and Carlisle and may accept voluntary membership applications from outside this area.


Article V.           This Association shall be comprised of players, parents and/or legal guardians, coaches and any person who has an interest in Kilgore Soccer Association and their adherence to its Constitution and By-Laws.


Article VI.          The Association shall be governed by the Board of Directors.

A.    The Board of Directors shall be composed of twelve (12) members elected by KSA voting membership.  (Team coaches, sponsors, and parents/legal guardians) Directors shall serve for the term of three years.  A called public meeting shall be announced by means of local newspaper and the KSA website at least two (2) days prior to its schedules occurrence, sometime between the close of regular season and September 1 of the same year.

B.    If a vacancy shall occur on the Board of Directors due to the death, resignation or removal of residency from the community of a Board member, the unexpired term of such vacated member shall be filled by appointment by the President with approval of the Board of Directors.

C.    All matters concerning the policy of KSA shall be decided by a vote of the Board of Directors at a duly called meeting, and no motion shall be carried without a favorable vote of a majority of the members present. Constitutional By-Laws, changes and election of Board of Directors shall remain the responsibility of the KSA voting membership.  A Board of Directors member may be removed from the Board by a 75% vote of the full Board membership or 75% of the KSA voting membership at an open meeting, publicized one week in advance of such meeting.

Article VII.         A meeting of the Board of Directors shall be conducted within two weeks after the election of Board members each year for the purpose of reading reports and election of officers.  Officers to be elected from the members of the Board are President, 1st Vice-President, and 2nd Vice-President.  The Secretary, Treasurer, and Head Referee positions shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Board.  If any of the positions are filled with non-Board members, they become voting members of the board for their term of office.

A.    Officers of the Board shall hold office of one (1) year, but are eligible for re-appointment.  Additional meetings may be called by the President, or upon written request of at least three (3) members of the Board of Directors.

B.    Board members shall be notified of forth coming meetings no later than two (2) days prior to such duly called meetings.  A majority of members present and voting shall govern such meetings.

C.    Any Board member who is absent from three (3) consecutive Board meetings may have his/her office declared vacant at the discretion of the Board.  His/her position shall then be filled in accordance with these By-Laws.

D.    Any member of the Board will be required to resign following a vote of no confidence. A vote of no confidence may take either of the following forms:

1.     Any four Board members may initiate in writing a request for a vote or thirty percent (30%) of the Delegates may sign such a request and present it to the Board.  Within 30 days of receipt of such a request, a General Meeting shall be held to take a vote. All Delegates must receive both written notice of the meeting and a copy of the request for a vote of no confidence at least seven days prior to the meeting.  A two-thirds majority of those present at the meeting and a minimum of forty percent (40%) of the total number of Delegates must vote no confidence in order for the officer in question to receive a vote of no confidence.

2.     If the President is the Board Member in question, the 1st Vice-President will preside over the meeting until the vote is taken.  If at that time the President receives a vote of no confidence, the 1st Vice-President will preside over the meeting until its close.

3.     Any Board member who receives votes of no confidence cast by seventy-five percent (75%) of his/her fellow Board members shall have his/her Board position declared vacant.


Article VIII.        Roberts Rules of Order shall govern the proceedings of all meetings except where same

                        Conflicts with By-Laws of the Association.


Article IX.          NTSSA AFFILIATION: This Association is affiliated with the North Texas State Soccer Association.  Ultimate affiliation is with the United States Soccer Federation.  This Association will abide by the Rules and Regulations set forth by those parent organizations unless in direct conflict with Association policy.  The By-Laws and Constitution may be amended at any regular meeting of the Association by a majority vote of the voting membership present provided that notice of the proposed amendment shall have been given at the previous meeting.  Any proposed amendment must be submitted to the Association in writing.


Article X.           Financial Policy

A.    The Board of Directors shall decide all matters pertaining to the finances of the Association and it shall be a permanent policy to place all income in a common treasury, directing the expenditure of same in such manner as will give no individual or team an advantage over others as to equipment, etc.

B.    The Board of Directors shall discourage the contribution of funds to individuals or teams and shall solicit same for the common treasury of the association.

C.    All accounts payable shall be approved for payment by an Executive committee composed of the Officers of the Board of Directors.


Article XI.          NONPROFIT STATUS: No part of the net earnings of the Association shall inure to the benefit of, or distribution of its members, officers, or other private persons except that the Association shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Section Three hereof.  This organization is exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501 © (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.

A.    The Association shall indemnity any person who was or is a party or is threatened, pending, or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of the Association by reason of the fact that he/she is or was a director or officer of the Association, or is or wins serving at the request of the Association as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, against expenses (including attorney’s fees), judgements, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by him/her in connection with such action, suit or proceedings if he/she acted in good faith and in a manner he/she reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the Association, and with respect to any criminal action or proceedings, had no reasonable cause to believe his/her conduct was unlawful.


Article XII.         Upon the dissolution of the Association, the Executive Committee shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all the liabilities of the Association, dispose of all the assets of the Association exclusively for the organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational humanitarian, religious, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501 © (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Rule or Regulations), as the Executive Committee shall determine. Any of such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the District Court in which the principal office of the Association is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.




Section II




Article I.            Secretary/ Treasurer/ Head Referee/ Registrar: These positions are appointed by the President for a term of 1 year (2 seasons). Each of these offices are filled from the membership of the Association; yet should be qualified for the position appointed.


                        The officers of the Kilgore Soccer Association and their duties are as follows:


                        President: The president shall appoint all committees.  He can, whenever he thinks that an Officer needs to be replaced, call a Board of Directors meeting and present the case for a blind vote.  There should not be any Officer who cannot fully do their duty assigned. The President should preside over all meetings and call the meetings to order.  The President will cosign with the Treasurer all checks for payment.  He shall have the power to call a meeting at any time.  He may cast the deciding vote in the event of a tie.  The President is an ex-officio member of all committees.


                        1st Vice-President: The 1st Vice-President shall preside over all meetings and call the meetings order whenever the President is unable to attend.  The 1st Vice-President shall represent this Association and report the proceedings of the North Texas State Soccer Association to the Board of Directors.  In the absence of the President, the 1st Vice-President will have the power to co-sign along with the Treasurer on financial matters. The 1st Vice-President will supervise and coordinate the activities of the Commissioners of each division.  Duties will include coordinating all scheduling with Division Commissioners and the Kilgore Soccer Referees Association, as well as serve as a member of the A&D Committee.


                        Secretary: The Secretary shall be responsible for having a record taken of the minutes of all Board of Directors meetings and all regular meetings in accordance with the By-Laws. The Secretary shall have available copies of the minutes of previous meetings and shall also act as historian.


                        Treasurer: The Treasurer shall supervise and have the responsibility for the financial operations of the Kilgore Soccer Association.  The Treasurer shall prepare and submit a monthly financial statement to the Board of Directors at each regularly scheduled meeting.  The Treasurer shall be chairman of the budget committee and shall be responsible for the preparation of and submission of a budget and audit to the voting membership at the annual meeting.  The approval of the budget is reserved for the Board of Directors.  No monies may be drawn from any account unless allocated by the Board of Directors.





                        The President may appoint other committees/ positions which may include:


                        Field Manager: The General Manager will be in charge of the nets, flags, and other property of the KSA.  He/she shall also have the responsibility for the upkeep and scheduling of all KSA playing fields.  They may appoint and/or solicit help from any member in fulfilling their duties as defined herein.


                        Tournament Committee:  Shall have the charge of matters pertaining to North Texas or Kilgore Tournaments.


                        Nominating Committee:  The Nominating Committee shall present a slate of Association officers for the upcoming year.  The slate will be presented at the meeting prior to the annual General Meeting.  The Nominating Committee shall consist of the Association President, 1st Vice President, plus two members-at-large approved by the Executive Board.  Should any of the Association members be unable to serve on this committee, The Executive Board shall elect a member-at-large to fill the vacancy.


                        Concession Committee:  Shall procure all items necessary for the concessions and shall be in charge of arrangement of people to maintain the concessions during times of use.


                        Registration Committee:  Shall be in charge of making arrangements for people to help during hours of registration.


                        Draft Committee:  This committee will oversee the draft and vote on issues that may arise at the draft.  The decisions will be based on KSA By-Laws and made in the best interest of individual players and fairness.  It will consist of five (5) members. 


                        Referee’s Coordinator:  Shall act as a liaison between the Board of Directors and the Referees in the Association.


                        Publicity Committee:  Shall promote and publicize the KSA.


                        A&D Committee:  Has the authority to handle violations of league rules, violations of Coaches Code of Ethics, and appeals of Commissioner’s decisions.


Article II.           Commissioner:  Commissioners are to be appointed by the Board.  Commissioners may be removed by the President with the agreement of the Board of Director’s majority.  The coaches in each age division shall be under a Commissioner who shall not be a coach or parent in the division if possible.  If a parent or coach is a member of that division, it will require the approval of the Board of Directors.  The Commissioners, with approval of the 1st Vice President, will organize teams and reschedule games by scheduling a date or by accepting the date proposed by the affected coaches, keep coaches informed and represent their divisions at all meetings.  Copies of rules will be kept current and passed on to the coaches.  The Commissioners shall enforce the “Laws of the Game”.  They shall also rule on matters pertaining to teams and player’s assignments, Team disbandment, or mergers and suspected unfair practices.


Article III.           A member of the Board of Directors may be a member of any team, club, or division but in the event of any grievance involving said organization, he may not act in its behalf nor be entitled to vote on the grievance.  The A&D Committee has the authority to handle the grievance.  If the grievance involves a member of the A&D Committee, then that member shall abstain from the committee’s decision process.


Article IV.          The Board of Directors shall transact all business of the Association and shall have the power to enforce the “Laws of the Game”, the rules of the United States Soccer Federation, the North Texas State Soccer Association and the Constitution and By-Laws of the Association.  It shall have the power to settle all disputes, appeals or protests subject to rehearing by this Association.  Its meetings may be held at the discretion of the President at the time and place appointed by the President.


                        Order:   The order of business shall be:

1.     Roll call and Delegate Accreditation

2.     Approval of minutes of previous meeting

3.     Communications

4.     Unfinished Business

5.     Reports by Chairmen of Standing Committees

6.     Reports by Officers

7.     Amendments to By-Laws

8.     Election of Officers

9.     New Business

10.  Adjournment


                        General Meetings:  General Provisions


Parliamentary Procedure:  Parliamentary Procedure, as specified by Robert’s Rules of Order, shall govern Association meetings.  The President is responsible for order at all meetings.


Succession Order:  The succession order for Presiding Officer at any Association meeting will be as follows: President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President.


Open Meetings:  Association meetings are open to everyone.  All affiliated members are invited to attend and discuss any matter.  To do so, you shall contact and ask to be put on the agenda.  You will be notified of the date of the meeting.  All delegations should have one spokesman.  The Presiding Officer may place a time limit on discussions.


Closure:  Any officer presiding over a meeting may close to the general membership any portion of the meeting at the officer’s discretion.


Binding Resolution:  Resolutions and decisions passed by a majority vote of the members at any General Meeting will be binding upon all affiliated members.


Article V.           The Board of Directors shall have the final decision regarding rules governing the divisions, competitions, tournaments, and special competitions within its own structure.


Article VI.          Each director shall take an active position on the board.  Its direction shall be positive and growth oriented.  Should a director miss three (3) consecutive meetings with unexcused absences, he/she may be relieved of his/her obligation to the association and have his/her position filled by interim appointment by the President until KSA can elect a board member to fill the unexpired term.


Article VII.         A majority of the voting membership shall constitute a quorum at the Board of Directors meetings, and a majority of votes represented shall decide all questions except for removal of Board of Directors as contained in Article VI Section I of these By-Laws.


Article VIII.        All Board Members, coaches, managers, referees, Association officials or anyone in direct contact with players must fill out and pass a Risk Assessment.


Article IX.          Age brackets for juvenile division play shall be:

                                    Under 6                        Under 14

                                    Under 8                        Under 16

                                    Under 10                       Under 19

                                    Under 12


Article X.           Players must register prior to each season.  Unregistered players shall not be permitted to play.  A registration fee will be established by the Board of Directors at the time of Registration.  Player registration after the closing of registration may be placed on the team with the fewest players subject to the approval of the Draft Committee.


Article XI.          Players may be only registered with one team at any given time.


                        Repool Policy: 

Once a player is placed on a team, the player will remain a member of that team, unless repooled, for the period that he is legally in that age group.  The repool is granted by the President.  Repool is only allowed if number of players on each team allows it to happen.

Repool is allowed only once per year, per player.  When the repool request is granted, the player goes into an open draft.


The player pays regular registration fee, the transfer fee required by NTSSA, and the fee for the uniform matching his/her new team.


Article XII.         Players petition to play up in older age groups subject to approval by the Draft Committee.  Except where prohibited by USSF Law, players who participate in older divisions may return to younger division play the following season; provided that they do not violate age requirements of that division.


Article XIII.        The Soccer year commences June 30th and ends July 1st.

            Recommended playing seasons shall be divided as follows:

                                                September 1 – December 15                  Fall Season

                                                February 1 – May 15                              Spring Season


Article XIV.        Any player who does not depart the playing field within sixty (60) seconds after having been required to do so by a referee, shall automatically be suspended for two (2) games.  More severe penalties may be imposed by the proper division of the Association concerned.  Suspensions shall carry over to the next season where sufficient play during the current seasons is not possible.  In such cases, the State Association shall make this information available to all concerned associations.





Kilgore Soccer Association


Rules and Regulations



Article I.            Except as otherwise provided herein, the F.I.F.A. “Laws of the Game” shall apply to any and all competition sponsored by the Association.


Article II.           Except as otherwise provided herein, the Association shall use these guidelines unless they conflict with the following:

                                    F.I.F.A. “Laws of the Game”

                                    North Texas State Soccer Assoc. Rules & Regulations

                                    North Texas State Soccer Assoc. Rules for Registration of Youth Players

                                    Rules of the United States Youth Soccer Association

                                    In which case the above rules will supersede KSA Rules & Regulations.


Article III.           Player and Team Selections:

A.    Under 6 and Under 8: The players registration slips will be mixed with those of his/her age level and drawn until each player has been placed on a team.

1.     Members of the same household can be placed on the same team for Under 6 and Under 8 only.

B.    Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, Under 16, and Under 19:

1.     Players will be selected in rotation by commissioner in a blind draft beginning with the team who has the lowest number of players.

2.     If a coach’s child is not yet a member of the team, he/she will automatically be placed on their team.


Article IV.          Once a player is placed on a team, his/her registration slip will be considered his/her contract to that team.  The contract will be to that team as long as the player’s age complies with that team.  The player can only be released from that contract through means provided by the Association’s Constitution, By-Laws or Rules.


                        Playing Time: All players registered in the KSA are guaranteed to play a minimum of ½ of each game whether it is a league or tournament game.


Article V.           There will be no recruiting – It is assumed that a team has recruited if:

1.     A player who resides outside the teams authorized boundary has been added to that team’s roster.

2.     It can be established that any representative of the team in question has actively solicited or enticed a player under contract with another team to join his/her team.

3.     Absolutely no outside recruiting on KSA property.

NOTE:        Any violation of the preceding rules will constitute the following:

(a)   The coach shall appear before the KSA Board.

(b)   The coach may be suspended from participating in the KSA for one year.


Article VI.          Eligibility Requirements:

A.    Each team must submit a roster for each team in the KSA prior to the first game the team participates in.  Only players eligible for participation in the last two regular scheduled games with a team will be eligible for participation with that team in playoff and/or championship competition

B.    Proof of age is required on each new player before he/she is allowed to play in a game (either a copy of each player’s birth certificate or a roster from the school).  Once a player’s age has been verified, it should not be necessary to do so again.

C.    Every organized team from outside the KSA who wishes to participate in the KSA program shall be required to pay all applicable fees before they will be scheduled for any games in the KSA.


Article VII.         Season Standings:

A.    The following point system will be used to determine League standings:

WIN    = 3 points

TIE     = 1 point

LOSS = 0 points

B.    On the same day that a game is played the coach of the winning team (the home team in case of a tie) of each game must notify this League Commissioner and report the score of the game.  The standings will be maintained by the League Commissioner.

C.    In the event of a tie in season standings, there shall be a play-off.


Article VIII.        Game Procedures:

A.    Shin guards are mandatory for all players belonging to the KSA.  Players must wear shin guards in all scheduled games and tournament participation (regardless of where the tournament is played).  It is preferred that players wear their shin guards in practice sessions.

B.    Players, parents and spectators must remain opposite from the coach’s side of the field and behind the spectators line.  No spectators behind goal lines on either side of the field.  No more than two (2) coaches may be on the coach’s side at one time.


Article IX.          Foul Weather Procedure:

A.    The referee, commissioner, or president has the authority to postpone a game because of weather conditions.  This decision will be based on the conditions of the playing field, player’s safety, and well-being.

B.    Teams must report to the playing fields ready to play unless previously officially notified.  A five (5) minute grace period will be allowed after start time, after which a forfeiture attendance will be declared.  If both teams do not arrive within their five minute grace period, a double forfeiture will be declared.  A forfeiture is equivalent to a loss.



            Article X.           Rescheduling Games:

If circumstances necessitate the rescheduling of a game, that game will be rescheduled by the League Commissioner.


Article XI.          If a championship game ends in a tie, overtime periods will be utilized, and if necessary, kicks from the penalty spot will be used to determine the winner.  Over time periods will be used as follows:

                                    Under 19…………………… two 15 minute halves.

                                    Under 16 – Under 10…...... two 10 minute halves.

                        Overtime Penalty Kicks will be conducted as follows:

A.    Each team shall take five penalty kicks.  The kicks shall be taken alternately.

B.    The referee shall choose the goal at which all of the kicks shall be taken.

C.    The referee shall toss a coin, and the team whose captain wins the toss decides whether to take the kick or defer.

D.    The team which scores the greater number of goals shall be declared the winner.

E.    If, after each team has taken five kicks, the game is still tied, each team will take alternate single penalty kicks until one is missed and the tie is broken.

F.    Each kick shall be taken by a different player. All players of a team on the field must have taken a kick before a player of the same team can take a second kick.

G.    Any player on the team may change places with his goal keeper at any time during the taking of the penalty kicks.

H.    Other than the player taking a kick and the opposing goalkeeper, all the participating players shall remain within the center circle while the taking of the penalty kick is in progress.  Any players, who were on the sideline at the conclusion of the overtime periods, must remain on the sidelines.

I.      Only players participating at the conclusion of the overtime periods may take penalty kicks.


Article XII.         Procedure for Protest and Appeals within the KSA:

A.    When a KSA member wishes to file a protest, such protest shall be made in writing to the appropriate league commissioner or board member.  The Board Officers shall make a decision.

B.    Any player who continually disrupts his/her team’s soccer sessions may be suspended from the team upon written request from the head coach to the respective League Commissioner and with the approval of one of the following:  President, 1st Vice-President, or 2nd Vice-President.  Such suspension will be effective pending approval by the Board at the next Board meeting.

C.    Should either party involved in a protest wish to appeal the League Commissioner’s decision, an appeal may be made to the A&D Committee of the KSA in writing.

D.    Time Limits:

1.     Protests filed involving the Referee must be made within 30 minutes of the game being protested.

Note:  Judgement calls by Referees may not be protested.

2.     A written signed protest by the head coach of the protesting team is to be given to the highest ranking official (Board Member/Referee) on the fields.

3.     Protests of any other type may be made within 72 hours to the appropriate League Commissioner, who will take whatever action is necessary.

4.     All protests received by the Commissioner must be resolved within 5 days.

5.     All appeals of a Commissioner’s decision of a protest must be filed within 24 hours of the Commissioner’s decision.

6.     Appeals of a Commissioner’s decision are to be submitted to the A&D Committee.



Article XIII.        Violation of League Rules:

It is the League Commissioner’s duty to follow up on any reported violations of the league rules.  The commissioner has the authority to investigate and take the necessary action required to enforce these rules.


            Article XIV.        Coach’s Code of Ethics:

Coaches are reminded that there is a responsibility which must be met not only to their players, but also to the league.  The following actions by the coaching staff are strictly forbidden in all related soccer activities.

A.    Foul or abusive language

B.    Harassment of players

C.    Harassment of League Officials, Referees, or spectators

D.    Acts of aggression to players, League Officials, Referees, or spectators

E.    Conduct contrary to the goals of the Kilgore Soccer Association

F.    No Tobacco Rule: During the course of a game, no coach, assistant coach, Referee, Team manager, or Board member will use tobacco in any form, including electronic cigarettes, and vaping devices.  The purpose of this rule is to try to better set an example to the children of the Association

Note:  Any violation of the above will necessitate the appearance before the appropriate disciplinary board.  Parents and interested spectators will be expected to display good sportsmanship at all times, for our youth.  Failure to comply with the above may result in warning or ejection of your players, coach, or possible forfeiture or abandonment of the game.


            Article XV.        League Structure:

A.    Age brackets Under 10 – Under 19 boys and girls will determine a division champion and in case of a tie, a playoff game will be held to determine a champion.

B.    Individual Fund Raisers:  All fund raising efforts by any individual member(s) of the Association; including but not limited to corporate sponsorship; other than initial team sponsorship, is prohibited without prior approval of the Board of Directors.


Article XVI.        Fields:

A.    Provision of Field Equipment:

1.     Flags, corner flags, and assistant Referee’s flags are supplied by and are the property of the Association.

2.     Game Balls:  Game balls are provided by the coaches or the Association.  Each coach will present a ball to the Referee prior to the game.  The Referee will judge if the balls are acceptable and, if so, will then select one for use as the game ball.

3.     Setting up Flags:  Referees for the first game of the day on each field are responsible for putting up the corner flags.  Referees for the last game of the day are responsible for taking the corner flags down and returning them to the concession stand.

B.    Clean up:  The coaches are responsible for helping to keep the fields clean by having their team pick up around the area after each game.

C.    Practice Games:  Individual team practice is not allowed on any game field.  One practice game per season is allowed, however, and must be scheduled through the Association by notifying both the Commissioner, and the President.  Further practice games would be allowed at the discretion of the Board.

Note:    Game Fields being used for practice is not allowed by the Association.  Should a coach use the game fields for practice, a verbal warning will be given by his/her age groups Commissioner.  Should the coach fail to heed this warning, then the coach will appear before the A&D Committee for appropriate action.


Article XVII.       Returning coaches and assistant coaches staying with the same team and moving into coaches position, has the first priority over anyone else.

                                    No one except the Board can bump

                                    Assistant coaches moving up to older age bracket cannot bump the above positions.

Assistant coaches may be picked after team assignments, by the head coach.  Head coach also has the authority to dismiss his assistant.

Parents with coaching grievances need to go through their Commissioner, Board member, or A&D Committee.

Practice time should not be more than three (3) hours per week.  This time frame includes scrimmages and/or practice time.





Kilgore Soccer Association


Laws of the Game



General:            The official playing rules of this Association shall be the “Laws of the Game” and Universal Guide for Referees with Supplement:  printed by the USSF with permission of FIFA.  These Laws and International Board decisions shall govern Association play, except as revised by NTSSA and the Association.  The following is a brief summary of the FIFA Laws and the Association exceptions to the Laws.  This summary is for general information and should not be used as a document of fact to resolve disputes.


Law 1               The Field of Play         


Collyville By-Law


Law 2               The Ball                      



The #5 ball is the official size.



                                                The following ball sizes will be used:

                                                            A. Under 6 – Under 8…………. #3 ball.

                                                            B. Under 10 – Under 12………. #4 ball.

                                                            C. Under 14 – and older………. #5 ball.


Law 3               Number of Players      



The following number of players will be assigned for each team:

                                                            Under 6 – 8……………….4 players.

                                                            Under 10…………………..7 players.

                                                            Under 12…………………..9 players.

                                                            Under 14 – 19……………11 players.

Goalie is included in the number of player count for all age brackets except Under 6 and Under 8.


Substitutions:    There will be free substitutions, with consent of the Referee, at the following times:

1.     At a throw-in by the team in possession.

2.     By either team before a goal kick, after a goal has been scored, at half time, and when the Referee stops play for an injured player.

3.     A player may be substituted for when he/she is given a caution (yellow card).

4.     A player for whom a substitution has been made can return to the same game.





Law 4               Player’s Equipment    



A player shall not wear anything that is dangerous to him/herself or to another player.  The usual equipment consists of shirt, shorts, stockings, shin guards, and shoes.  Players on each team must wear shirts of the same color, which distinguishes them from the other team.  The goalkeepers must wear colors which distinguish them from the other players and the Referee.  There shall be no metal objects of any kind on any player during the game.

Each team is required to be in complete uniform before stepping onto the field of play.  Each player should be matching 100% in uniform to other team mates.



1.     Color conflicts: If both sides have similar uniform colors, the home team is responsible for resolving color conflicts.

2.     Numbers:          A number at least 4 inches high is required on the back of each player’s shirt.

3.     Uniforms should portray the qualities of integrity and citizenship.  Any non-KSA supplied uniforms must be approved by the Board.


Law 5               Referees          



One Referee will be appointed for each game and his judgmental decisions are final.  The Referee’s authority begins when he enters the field of play and extends until he leaves the area.  The Referee shall enforce the Laws of the Game, but shall refrain from stopping the game for an infraction when he is satisfied that by doing so he would be giving the advantage to the offending team.  The Referee is responsible for the game and he/she can suspend or terminate a game whenever he/she deems necessary, for example, foul weather or spectator interference.  The Referee keeps a record of the game and is the official timekeeper.  The Referee can caution or eject a player for violation of the rules.  The Referee is required to file a Misconduct Report with the Association on any violation of rules by either team or team official for whom a caution was administered; a player, coach, or spectator was sent off the field; or a game was forfeited.



1.     No Referees:  If the assigned Referee fails to appear within 5 minutes after the scheduled game time, or if he/she becomes incapacitated during the game, any qualified individual agreeable to both coaches may conduct the game to its conclusion, making note of his/her substitution on the official report to the Association.  If the coaches cannot agree on an individual to conduct the game, the game shall be abandoned and replayed at the earliest possible date.

2.     Coaches as Referees:  In U-6, and U-8, each coach or his representative may be required to referee one-half of the game.


Law 6               Assistant Referee



Two Assistant Referees will be appointed to assist the Referee.



If there are no assigned Assistant Referees, at the Referee’s option, each team will supply a club Assistant Referee.


Law 7               Duration of the Game



The game will have two equal periods of 45 minutes.  Time will be extended only to permit a penalty-kick to be taken at, or after, the expiration of time in either half.  The half-time interval will not exceed five minutes.  There are no time-outs, except for stoppage ordered by the Referee.



1.     Game Length:   The duration of the game shall be:

Under 6…………………………. ..four 8 minutes periods.

Under 8………………………..... four 10 minutes periods.

Under 10…………………..……. two 25 minutes periods.

Under 12…………………..……. two 30 minutes periods.

Under 14…………………..……. two 35 minutes periods.

Under 16…………………..……. two 40 minutes periods.

Under 19…………………..……. two 45 minutes periods.

2.     Playoff and Championship Games:         During playoff and championship games, if these games end in a tied score, the game shall be extended with two 10 minute halves.  The Referee shall toss a coin to determine which goal the winner will attack.  The other team gets to kick-off to start the overtime period; at the end of the first period, without a halftime break, the teams change ends and the kickoff is by the team opposite to that of the first half.  If the game is still tied after the overtime, FIFA “kicks form the penalty spot” will be used to determine the winner.

3.     Suspended Game:         If a game is suspended because of foul weather before the second half has begun, that game shall be replayed.  If a game is suspended after the second half has been started, that game shall be considered a full game, and the existing score shall be the final and official score.


Law 8               The Start of Play



The Referee will toss a coin.  The team winning the toss decides which goal it will attack in the first half of the match.  Each team must stay on its own half of the field and the defending players must be at least 10 yards from the ball until it is touched.  After a goal, the team scored upon will kick off.  After halftime, the teams change ends and the kickoff will be taken by the team opposite to that which started the game.



1.     Coin Toss:        The visiting team shall call the coin toss.

2.     Game Time:      Game time is the scheduled starting time.


Law 9               Ball In and Out of Play



Once in play, the ball remains in play unless it has completely crossed the goal line or touch line, whether on the ground or in the air, or unless, the game is stopped by the Referee.





Law 10             Method of Scoring



A goal is scored when the whole ball has passed completely over the goal line, between the goal posts and under the crossbar.








Kilgore Soccer Association


Draft Rules



                        Under 6 – Under 19

1.     All new teams will be formed by blind draft.

2.     All existing teams will fill their rosters through a blind draft.  This blind draft will be conducted by a method determined by the Draft Committee.

3.     No coach will be allowed to look at any player application.

4.     Any exiting team will be allowed to stay together regardless of age division.

5.     Any new team will draw for players until they have the same number of players as the team with the next fewest players.  They will alternate drawing until the next team with fewest players.  The teams will continue to be picked alternately until all players are drafted.

6.     The only player that is automatically rostered to a team is a child of the coach.

7.     No requests shall be honored to be placed with specific coaches or teams.

8.     Only request to be repooled will be honored upon approval by the Board.

9.     Only hardship cases (transportation, etc.) will be considered by the Draft Committee.  These cases must be made in writing to the Committee.  The coach and parent/guardian must be willing to appear before the Committee.  All judgements by the Committee are final.  Any expenses incurred as a result (uniforms, etc.) of the judgement will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian.



1.     A head coach can continue to coach in the next age division provided there are enough players to complete his/her team and they have a child whose age qualifies them for that age division.

2.     If there are not enough players for the number of coaches in the age division, seniority will determine the coach.

3.     Assistant coach will be considered next for a vacated coaching position.

4.     The Board can determine who coaches the team.





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Ø  It is the responsibility of KSA to order uniforms for all players.  ALL uniforms bought outside the Association must be submitted for approval by the Board.


Ø  No child in the Under 6, Under 8, Under 10, or Under 12 age bracket is allowed to have their name anywhere on their jersey.


Ø  Any person that has coached for four (4) or more consecutive seasons is allowed half off one child during registration.


Ø  No more than two (2) United States Club players per team.  In the event of the team having more than two players, the first two players that were registered are accepted on that team.


Ø  No two (2) teams are allowed to have the same name and/or uniform as another team in the Association.

Important Dates

Coaches Draft - August 11

Coaches Meeting - August 18

Team Contact Deadline - August 20

Season Start - September 8

Season End - November 10

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Kilgore Soccer Association
PO Box 3311
Kilgore, TX  75663

Phone: 903-431-4224