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Can I link a username to more than one person?
Who are the referees?
How can I become a referee?

How are players divided into teams? 

What are the rules? "17 Laws of Soccer" 

 

Can I link a username to more than one person?

Yes, Teamopolis usernames can support multiple profiles. The best way to do this is through an email invitation created for the player(s).

When players are entered on a roster, an invitation e-mail is sent with 2 links to choose from:

  • Register Now - When the register now link is clicked, the person can sign up for a New username & password.
    People should click on this link if they haven't created a username & password before.
  • Sign-In - Use this link if you have already created a username, or if you receive a message that a username already exists for your e-mail address if you try the register now link.

When parents are registering multiple children, they should click on the "Register Now" link in the e-mail to create a new username & password for the first child. Then for subsequent children, click on the "Sign-In" link in the e-mail to add their other children's profiles to their username.

If parent has created a username in a previous year, then they don't need to register a new username & password (since there is already one in the system), and they just need to click on the "Sign-In" link to create the new profile if they have added a child.

Who are the referees?

All of the referees are experienced youth soccer refs and/or certified by Florida State Referees. This program is supported by the Florida Youth Soccer Association.

How can I become a referee?

Go to the how-to page at www.fsr-inc.com for complete instructions.

  • You will first need to study and pass an online test.
  • Once you get your certificate for the online portion, you will need to find a site to do the classroom part.
    That usually takes a weekend and cost $104 at last check.
    When looking for a site, make sure they are teaching a class 8 first time class, not a recertification class

The league will be moving toward using only fully certified referees down the road so this is your best bet. Also, once certified, you can ref other leagues such as YSI in Gainesville.

Has registration ended and your player is on a different team than expected? Did you write the coach's name on the registration form and yet, your player was placed with a different coach? Have you watched a practice or game and feel like your player is on a lower skill level team? 

How are players divided into teams?
  • After registration closes and all late forms and fees have been collected, volunteer administrators total the number of players per division (age level). 
  • Volunteer coaches' children are placed on their team. 
  • Consideration is given to players whom have participated in multiple seasons with the same coach and have written this information on the registration form. This is done on behalf of players and coaches. *See below for more information.
  • Consideration is given to players whom turn in forms and fees by the deadline. Late registration may affect team placement. 
  • Consideration is given to the amount of players allocated per team/coach. **See below for more information. 
  • Consideration is given to families with multiple players participating at the same age level. 
  • Consideration is given to players' skill level. See below for more information. 

*Why are players who've participated in multiple seasons, "stacked" on the same team? It may appear that a team is "stacked" with skilled players, resulting in a higher win percentage, while another team is experiencing multiple losses due to a lower level of skill.

This is not done to boost a particular team's standings over another. Many of our players participate in multiple seasons, with some participating in both our Fall and Spring schedules. During this time players and coaches develop a team relationship, not only with each other, but with other team members. Soccer is if anything, a TEAM SPORT. It is beneficial to the players, coaches, as well as the teams to foster these bonds, not only to increase skill retention, but to make playing soccer competitive and fun!

For example: Alachua _ and Under team 1 has members whom have played together since the age of 4 and haven't lost a game. Members of this team have put in time to get to know their coaches, teammates, families, opponents, and have dedicated game and practices to refining their teamwork. It is apparent when they move together on the field, while the coach quietly watches from the sideline. Not long ago this team experienced a 0 and 6 season, as they too were just getting familiar with ball control and each other. It is only fair to these dedicated players and coaches to give them a competitive shot at winning that season ending championship trophy.

Likewise, the season ending tournament is divided into divisions based on team standings (tallied over the course of the season, based on goals for/against and wins/loses). This gives all teams the opportunity to play in the tournament against opponents within their same skill level, as well as giving multiple teams within that division level to win a championship trophy. It is not uncommon for a team with a losing season, to come out with the championship win during the tournament, because they were given the chance to play opponents only within their skill level and have had the benefit of a full season worth of games and practices to form a team flow and bond. I hope this information sheds some light into this frequently posed question. 

**Perhaps your player has been on the same team with the same coach for multiple seasons, but yet was placed on a new/different team. Season turnout is always up in the air. Some seasons we have the luxury of placing all players on the team of their choice, while other seasons we've have more players sign-up than volunteers to coach them. Meaning, one coach could potentially have 18 or more kids who've come back out to play on his/her team. Soccer rules designate the number of players allowed on the field during game play and with teams having more than 15 players, this limits the amount of playing time for each member. Oversized teams also decrease the opportunity for individualized coaching during practices as well as determine the effectiveness of skill training as it causes problems with attention/listening. Teams are therefore divided based on volunteer turnout as well as player registration. Please refer to the above considerations for more information on how teams are divided with high registration turnout. 

What are the rules?

The ACTFOR organization has adopted the "17 Laws of Soccer" as the guideline for competitive play. The rules are interpreted and enforced at referee discretion. Examples of discretion: foul occurs during advantage - stopping gameplay would void advantage - ruling = continuation of game/no foul; aggressive play (i.e. body checking, slide tackles, headers, high kicks, etc.) is being attempted by inexperienced player increasing potential of possible injury = foul; aggressive play is not appropriate for age level or majority player level of experience increasing potential of possible injury = foul; and many more scenarios follow.
 
ACTFOR has ruled slide tackling is not safe in 6U or 8U play. The "17 Laws of Soccer" have been modified by the ACTFOR organization to suit the needs of our recreational leagues. The community members comprising ACTFOR are working on a document that describes these (past and recent) modifications and once finalized, this information will be available via the Alachua Soccer League Website as well as community rec centers. The referees are aware of the rules. Game officials are to be respected, obeyed and never harassed.
 
In addition to the above scenarios, please also consider the ACTFOR community of leagues is comprised of players and volunteers of various skill levels, behavioral conditions, attention abilities, religions and financial backgrounds. As a recreational, purely volunteer based organization, competitive play and it's corresponding rules are meant to provide a safe and engaging atmosphere for all participants. 
 
With this is mind, we ask that coaches and parents alike, hold concern for a ruling until game close. At this point it is appropriate to approach the official and request an explanation of ruling. It is also appropriate to approach the official before game start to verify the guidelines he/she will be using for age level play.
 
We must also remember our surroundings and who is watching our reactions. Adrenaline is high for parents, players, coaches and officials. It is important to remind all participants to strive to promote good sportsmanship, respect of officials, and refrain from aggressive words or conduct. At the end of the day, we can all agree, we are here for the children and they are always watching.
 

If your question was not answered by any of the above information, please feel free to email us. 

Important reminders: The AYSL is purely volunteer based. Members have varying work/personal schedules. We are here to have FUN and learn the value of friendship and teamwork! Be aware of your surroundings, and promote positive energy. Volunteers are always welcome! Please contact us if you're interested!  

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