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HEARTLAND FUTSAL LEAGUE

 2017-18 Heartland Futsal League Information

Venues
Heartland will use New Century Fieldhouse, Roeland Park Sports Dome, Mid America West Complex, JCCC, Concord Cultural Center and SportPlex Olathe.
To keep the playing surfaces clean and dry, please instruct your players not to wear dirty or wet game shoes into the facilities.

Referees
Heartland is the only US Soccer affiliated futsal league in Kansas City. We use only US Soccer futsal - certified officials to call our games, assuring the game is played the way it should. In addition,  Heartland is the only kansas league that uses 2 experienced officials for U14 and older age groups.

Participating Teams
Heartland Futsal league is the largest youth futsal league in the United States. The 2016 - 17 season had 422 teams and over 4300 players.

Age Divisions/Groups
Boys & Girls U8 - U19 Heartland Futsal reserves the right to drop or combine divisions or age groups.

Team Registration
Registration Is now Open and will close 10/2/2017.

Season Play
Games begin November 17 and the season ends in February, 2018. Heartland plays its games on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays.  Due to the combined league size and composition the customary schedule could affect the target plans. The schedule is dictated by the court times we secure from the facilities.

Teams will be scheduled to play 8 games

Conflicts
When you register your teams, you will be allowed 6 conflicts.  No games December 18 - January 4.    

IMPORTANT COACH INFORMATION
There is no coaching license to coach a team. Any adult who is registered with the team as a coach or manager can sit the bench.  This is a great option for teams with outdoor coaches who want to take a break, but still want their teams to have fun and play.  There is no cost to register a coach.

Coaches with multiple teams
Heartland will try to accommodate coaches with multiple teams by scheduling them with back-to-back games at the same facility as much as possible.  We encourage you to split your outdoor teams into two futsal teams.

Game Scorecards
Before each game, a pre-printed game card will be available from the referees. The cards will be populated with player names and numbers. Please check the cards for accuracy and then hand them back to the referees before the game begins. The scores on the signed cards are official and will be entered into the standings.

Competition Format & Rules
Official futsal FIFA Rules and Regulations as stated under the Laws of The Game will be enforced. Exceptions are noted below under House Rules. You may print up a copy of the Laws of the Game at the Gateway website.
 

Important Changes to House Rules from previous years
The goalie pass back rule will be played at all age groups. Once the keeper touches the ball, they can not play the ball again until ball is touched by an opponent.

League Fees
$725 per team.

Player Registration Fee - All players must be registered with USYF and releases signed by player/parent/guardian (P/P/G).  The fee is $8.50 per player and is completed on line only.  When the team manager inputs a player into the roster, an e-mail is sent to P/P/G with instructions as to how to complete player registration.  There is no fee for managers, coaches, or assistant coaches, unless they are also players.

Player Cards
Heartland will institute the issuance of player cards if required. To be eligible to play, each player must have a valid card. Player cards are issued only after full payment of fees, signed Medical / Media Release forms have been received and all players have been registered online. 

Players/Sister Teams/Double Rostering

  1. A sister team is created from an outdoor team that split into two or more futsal teams. If you have a sister team in the league, you may borrow 4 players from the sister team for each game. 

Pre-game Check-In
Player cards and rosters may be checked before games.  This is to assure that all players are registered and the league remains sanctioned by US Soccer.  Team managers are to carry the game cards with them for inspection before games.

Game Balls
The home team is responsible for providing the game ball. 
Size ball used by each age group
Under U12 - size 3 
U13 and older – size 4 

To order balls visit our website at FutsalStoreUSA.com.  Include team name, gender and age, number of balls needed and size ball and contact info of the person ordering. 

Do not bring outdoor balls into the facilities. They are not allowed for warm-up. Only futsal balls are allowed. Home team is responsible for providing a game quality ball.

Equipment
The wearing of shin guards will be mandatory for all players. Indoor, flat soled soccer shoes also must be worn.
  
Time Outs / Home Team Colors
Each team can call one 30 second time out per half
Home team is to wear white or lighter colors. If Home team complies and there is a conflict, the visiting team must change jerseys. If home team does not wear light/white and there is a conflict, home team must change jerseys. Visiting teams centers off first.
 
Forfeited Games
If a team fails to show for a scheduled match, the referee shall allow a 5 minute grace period. After the 5 minutes, if the team has not yet arrived or does not have enough players to field a team (4), the game will be forfeited. The game will be tallied as a 3 to 0 loss for the forfeiting team and a 3 to 0 win for their opponent.

If the referee terminates a match for reasons other than an act of God or field conditions, the Heartland Futsal Competition Committee will decide the result of the match after hearing the official reason from the referee, and both coaches.

Teams forfeiting a match will not receive a refund on their registration fee.
Forfeited games are recorded as a 3 - 0 loss.

Heartland Futsal Point System and Tiebreakers
Please note, Heartland Futsal does not publish division standings.  However, the scheduling system allows teams to track progress if desired.

The determination within the group standings is as follows:  

  • 3 points for a win
  • 1 point for a tie
  • 0 points for a loss

Forfeited games are recorded as a 3 - 0 loss

Tiebreakers

  1. Total Points
  2. Goal Difference (max 7 per game)
  3. Goals For
  4. Head-To-Head

There are no awards given for winners of divisions

Ejections - Red Cards
If a player is ejected from a match, the player’s pass together with a referee’s report of the incident shall be turned over to the Heartland Futsal administrator by the referee.

The minimum penalty for an ejection is that the player shall not be permitted to play in the immediate next match.

The maximum penalty, after review by the Heartland Futsal Competition Committee, may result in the individual player's or team's expulsion from the competition.

If a player is ejected from a match the referee will hold onto the player pass, document red card on the back of the score sheet and present it to the Heartland Futsal League administrator. The player will have his/her pass returned after a one game suspension.

Coach Ejections

  • If a coach is ejected from any match, a referee’s report of the incident shall be turned over to the Heartland Futsal administrator by the referee.
  • The minimum penalty for an ejection is that the coach shall not be permitted to coach or remain on the player’s bench in the immediate next match.
  • The maximum penalty, after review by Heartland Futsal  Competition Committee, may result in the individual coach or  team’s expulsion from the League.

Games Cancelled by opponents
If an opponent cancels a game or does not show for the game, the other team may use the scheduled game time for their use. There are no refunds for games cancelled by opponents. If a team must cancel, call the Heartland Futsal administrator as soon as possible so we can notify the referees and give the other team a chance to plan accordingly. Cancelling a game not only short-changes your team, but your scheduled opponent. Games cancelled by teams will not be rescheduled until the $75 reschedule fee is received by Heartland Futsal. 

Reschedules
At time of registration, each team is allowed multiple conflicts if entered into registration system before registration deadline. If manager does not enter conflicts, no reschedules will be made unless a $75 rescheduling fee is received by Heartland Futsal. Heartland Futsal will schedule 8 games for each team.  

Since 1997, we have been able to reschedule games that have been cancelled due weather, such as snow, ice or due to the facilities cancelling games.  While we will try to reschedule those games, we cannot guarantee that those games can be rescheduled.  We can only reschedule games if the facilities have available times to reschedule them.  If we reschedule games due to above, you will not be asked ahead of the rescheduling process if you are available for the make up game.  Your team will be given a makeup game time and if you cannot make that, we will not reschedule.

Games cancelled by Facilities / Heartland
We reserve the right to postpone or cancel games at any time for any reason such as bad weather or facility problems. Heartland plays games in all weather and only cancels games if the facility cancels.  Cancellations are very rare events, so teams should plan on playing.  If there are games cancelled, reschedules are not guaranteed and refunds for cancelled games will not be provided.

Referees 
If you have an interest in joining the Heartland Futsal referee pool, please email us at referee@usyouthfutsal.com. To be eligible for consideration, you must be licensed with US Soccer as an outdoor referee.

Additional Questions
If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the Heartland Futsal, please feel free to contact us at sjohnson@usyouthfutsal.com