Guidelines

All officers in the GSSL are volunteers therefore may not be available all the times. The League President will be at the office when possible.

We will attempt to have a person available at our League's office who will be able to help you with clerical tasks.

This person will not be responsible to make any game changes or make decisions outside of his/her responsibility.

Be aware of the different jobs performed by each individual. Always try to contact those individuals first.

YOUR DIVISION COORDINATOR SHOULD BE YOUR FIRST POINT OF CONTACT FOR ANY QUESTION YOU HAVE REGARDING GAMES ISSUES.

We suggest you to ALWAYS CALL IN ADVANCE before coming to the office, to make sure someone will be there.

Office Hours DURING THE PLAYING SEASON, are Listed on the www.gssl.com website on the top bar under the title of OFFICE HOURS

DURING THE OFF-SEASON, please call first to make sure that someone is in the Office.

The Office phone will be answered ONLY during the listed office hours.

The Office's Phone number is: (609) 587-9265

OFFICERS FOR THE 17/18 SEASON

LEAGUE PRESIDENT:
PAT VARSALLONA      - (609) 587-9265 - president@gssl.com

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT and TREASURER:
JOHN ZANGRILLI         - (609) 298-8147 - jzripi@yahoo.com

SUPER DIVISION COORDINATOR:
OMER DEMIRCAN       - (973) 943-0596 - demircan888@gmail.com

SEMIPRO DIVISION COORDINATOR:
OMER DEMIRCAN       - (973) 943-0596 - demircan888@gmail.com

A DIVISION COORDINATOR:
SAL DIODATI               - (609) 581-0379 - sdiodati@hotmail.com

B DIVISION COORDINATOR:
FRANCO MITRANO     - (908) 757-3606 - luparoma@yahoo.com

WOMEN DIVISION COORDINATOR:
RICH BRAUN                - (732) 229-4668 - rbbigblue@yahoo.com

OVER-30 DIVISION COORDINATOR:
LEN ASSANTE             - (908) 209-2384 -  len_assante@hotmail.com

OVER-40 DIVISION COORDINATOR:
FRANCO MITRANO     - (908) 757-3606 - luparoma@yahoo.com

LEAGUE ARBITER:
PAUL CARROLL          - (215) 788-2258 - pcmcduo@verizon.net

LEAGUE REGISTRAR:
DERRICK VARSALLONA      - (732) 406-8587 – registrar@soccernjsa.com

OFFICERS RESPONSIBILITIES:

PRESIDENT: He will be your contact in case for complaints, suggestions, ideas, concerns and special needs. If you have any questions about how organized soccer works, or any question about any League procedure, please call.

DIVISION COORDINATORS: Also known as the Division Vice Presidents,
they will be the first point of contact for all the teams in that Division.

You will call your Division Coordinator to do the following:

1. Request any game changes as outlined in the GSSL policies.
The Coordinator will work out the changes and will notify the NJ State Referee Assignor as soon as possible.
He is the only one allowed to call for referees.

2. Report any game cancellation due to weather conditions.
The coordinator will notify the Referee Assignor immediately.

LEAGUE ARBITER: He shall be the person assigned to make the initial decision regarding all game results confirmation and player discipline.
He shall attend to all game reports as filed by the referees and shall have the power to act on issuing fines and suspensions based on such reports.
He shall handle all disciplinary cases arising from breach of the GSSL rules or policies.

LEAGUE REGISTRAR: This person shall be the only person allowed to register players and issue player cards for the GSSL. This person will be available to make passes on the days and times of the week as specified in these guidelines.

OTHER OFFICERS

There is number of Officers that are appointed annually. For information on their duties, please call the League Office.

GENERAL REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

Team Officer and the Player registrations CAN BE MADE by submitting the proper registration form, the required documents and the fee, as follows:

IN PERSON, at the LEAGUE's OFFICE:
In the day and hours specified under the OFFICE HOURS tab in the GSSL website. Please call in advance to make sure we are in the office.

BY MAIL by sending COPY of the completed form and the proper identification documents AND the correct fee to:

GSSL
P.O. BOX 9107
TRENTON, NJ 08650

DO NOT SEND ANY MAIL BY CERTIFIED MAIL OR BY FEDERAL EXPRESS.

DO NOT MAIL ANYTHING TO THE LEAGUE'S OFFICE ADDRESS: ALL MAIL MUST ALWAYS GO TO THE P.O. BOX ADDRESS ABOVE.

TEAM REGISTRATION

Any team (New and Returning) wishing to affiliate with the GSSL, must FILL OUT A TEAM APPLICATION for Each Season using the TEAM REGISTRATION link available under the REGISTRATION tab in the GSSL website Main page. The GSSL Executive committee has the right to accept or to reject a team application.

Upon acceptance by the League, a Team is also automatically registered with the NJSA.

Teams that want to register a Main Team and a Reserve Team, MUST REGISTER THE MAIN TEAM FIRST. Please call the office for assistance.

Teams are requested to fill out all the information to the best of their knowledge at the time of Registration. Changes to those team  information can be done afterwards at any time from the Members Only section of the GSSL website once the team is officially registered with the GSSL.

Upon acceptance by the League, a "Confirmation" e-mail will be sent to the Team Manager listed in the application. This confirmation will contain the TEAM USERNAME and TEAM PASSWORD that are needed to access the Members Only section of the GSSL website.

The League MUST APPROVE the team registration BEFORE such team is able to start registering the Team Officers and the Players or to access the Members Only function.

Upon Approval by the League, the Team Manager(s) and any other registered Team Officer(s) will be responsible to pay any Team or Player fees.

Different Divisions have different Team fees.

Team Fees are set by the League on an annual basis and they are available on the GSSL website in the FEES tab on the TOP BAR line in the GSSL website Main page.

New Teams will be assigned to the lowest division UNLESS they can prove that their skill level is higher.

Every attempt will be made to keep a team in the area where their Home filed is located.

The Executive Committee has the power to make the final decision of allocation of a team to a Division and/or to a Local Group.

All payments can be done ONLINE at the time of registration or later from the Members Only section of the GSSL website, using Credit Cards or PayPal accounts, or BY MAIL by using Check or Money Order (or Cash if done in person).

TEAM OFFICER REGISTRATION

Once the Team is APPROVED by the League, the next step for a team is to register up to 4 Team Officers. Even if a person is listed as the Team Manager during the Team registration, such person MUST be registered as a Team Officer.

All Team Officers are required to be properly registered in order for a Team Officer to be covered by the Officer & Directors Insurance.

A Team Officer registration can be done from the GSSL website by using the TEAM OFFICER REGISTRATION link in the REGISTRATION section of the GSSL website.

By using the GSSL website, every Team Officer is automatically registered with the NJSA.

In order to be able to register a Team Officer, a Team Manager MUST use the TEAM PASSWORD received at the time of the Team Registration.

During a Team Officer registration, each Team Officer must create a PLAYER REGISTRATION PASSWORD that will be used during the Player Registration Process. Each team Officer will have its own Player Registration Password.

If a team does not register at least one Team Officer, such team will NOT be able to register ANY player.

There is NO FEE to register a Team Officer.

Each Team Officer must be APPROVED before being considered as registered.

Approval is given only after the Officer submits all proper documentation and/or picture if necessary, as indicated during the Officer Registration process.

Upon receipt of the registration and documentation/picture, the Team Officer will be issued a Team Officer Card that MUST be presented to the Referee before each game is started if such Team Officer is present at the game.

As per Insurance policies, every team MUST have AT LEAST ONE Team Officer PRESENT at every game.

A fine will be levied if a team does NOT have a CARDED Team Officer PRESENT at a game.

Team Officers are subject to the GSSL discipline rules like any other player, as detailed in the GSSL Standing Rules.

PLAYER REGISTRATION

Once a TEAM is APPROVED and AT LEAST ONE TEAM OFFICER is also registered, teams can start registering Players.

All Players are required to be properly registered and Approved in order to be covered by the Medical Insurance Policy.

A Player Registration can be done from the GSSL website by using the PLAYER REGISTRATION link in the REGISTRATION section of the GSSL website.

By using the GSSL website, every player is automatically registered with the NJSA.

Players can be registered by any one of the Team Officers registered for the team.

In order to be able to register a Player, a Team Officer MUST use the PLAYER REGISTRATION PASSWORD that such person created when registering as a Team Officer.

There is a PLAYER REGISTRATION FEE associated with EACH player registration every year that a player is registered.

This fee INCLUDES the USSF, USASA and NJSA Registration fees and the Medical Insurance premium required to cover each player.

The Player Registration Fee is set by the League and is available for view on the GSSL website in the FEES tab in the GSSL website.

Each Player must be APPROVED by the NJSA before being considered as registered and eligible to play.

APPROVAL is given only after the Player or the Team Manager, submits an online Player Registration FORM and uploads ALL PROPER DOCUMENTATION and/or a COLOR PICTURE if necessary, and pays the Player Registration fee, as indicated during the Registration process.

Date of Birth Proof and the Color picture, MUST BE UPLOADED during the player registration process.

These Document/Picture MUST be accepted by the League registrar. Unreadable documents or unacceptable pictures will be rejected and the player will have to submit the correct documents before receiving approval to play.

The Player Registration Fee can be paid Online at the time of the player registration or by the Team manager from the Members.

Check payments are accepted, but approval of the player is not granted until payment is received.

As indicated while registering a player, one or more of the following MUST be UPLOADED online to complete the Player Registration process and to get the final Approval for the player:

  1. A document that shows the Player’s Date of Birth (you can use a Birth certificate, a passport, a driver’s License, or any other printed document, NO HANDWRITTEN notes)
  2. One COLOR face picture similar to a Passport picture where only the face is seen and the face measurement on the picture must be between 1” and 1 3/8” high

In the case of a MINOR AGE PLAYER that wishes to play with a GSSL team, such player MUST get permission to play by his/her Parent/Legal Guardian.

In case of a Minor, the registration system will REQUIRE the online submission of the Parent/Legal Guardian’s passport or SS number.

Upon receipt of the required documents, the Registrar will evaluate the validity of the submitted Document and Picture.

If the Documents are found to be acceptable, the Registrar will APPROVE the player and ISSUE a PLAYER CARD either by MAKING a NEW card or by RENEWING an EXISTING card for that player.

If the Documents are NON ACCEPTABLE, the Registrar will notify the Team Manager and the Player via e-mail and they will have to submit the proper documentation again before receiving approval.

Player Cards MUST be presented to the Referee together with the Game-Line-up form.

Every Player is subject to the GSSL discipline rules as detailed in the GSSL Standing Rules.

The GSSL shall operate the following competitive Divisions

SUPER DIVISION  -  Special policies apply to this Division, see Quick reference for this Division

SEMIPRO DIVISION -  Special policies apply to this Division, see Quick reference for this Division

MEN A DIVISION

There are no age restrictions in this division.

MEN B DIVISION

There are no age restrictions in this division.

MEN OVER-30 DIVISION

Over-30 divisions are limited to players that are 30 years old or older on the date of the game

MEN OVER-40 DIVISION

Over-40 Division is limited to players that are 38 years old or older on the date of the game

WOMEN  DIVISION

There are no age restrictions in this division.

In general, new teams are allocated to start at the lowest level of competition, unless a team is able to show that they can be competitive at the higher level that they desire to enter.

Each division may be broken down into localized Groups (i.e. North, Central or South) to reduce the amount of travelling to the teams.

Every attempt will be made to allocate teams to the division Group in the area where they play their home games.

The Executive Committee has the power to make the final decision of allocation of a team to a Division and/or to a Local Group.

17/18 season SEMIPRO Division Quick Reference

The Super Division is considered the top competitive level of soccer in NJ.
The Semipro Division is considered the lower division of the Super Division.
Promotion and relegation is active between these two divisions.

Teams in these two divisions, are expected to behave and perform professionally and seriously.
To accomplish this, rules covering the Super and Semipro Division are stricter than the other divisions, therefore not affordable to all teams.

Following are some quick guidelines for the SEMIPRO division

The SEMIPRO Division Coordinator is:   OMER DEMIRCAN
e-mail: demircan888@gmail.com ,   secoordinator@gssl.com
phone:  (973) 943-0596

. Two teams are relegated from the Super Division at the end of each season

. Depending on how many openings are in the Super Division, only the top finishing teams of the Semipro division are allowed to be promoted to the Super Division the following season.

. Any Team can enter the Semipro division
. We are going to allow a maximum of 10 teams in the Semipro Division if there is going to be only one group.
If we get enough teams, the Division may be expanded to have a NORTH and a SOUTH Group within the Semipro division.

. Teams in this division could be from anywhere in NJ.
. Travel throughout New Jersey must be expected

. Games can be played on Saturday or Sundays, according to the HOME team field requests, or otherwise agreed by BOTH teams (some teams have access to a field with lights).

. Game times can be 8:00 PM or AFTER for games on Mon thru Friday nights,
from 6:00 PM or AFTER on Saturdays
and from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM on SUNDAYS,
or otherwise agreed by BOTH teams. 

. If BOTH teams agree, the established time can be different.

. Make-up games must be rescheduled WITHIN 2 WEEKS from the postponement and PLAYED WITHIN 3 WEEKS DURING THE WEEK, so that there is no interference with the regular League schedule.

. No postponements are allowed after the schedule is published. Games CANNOT BE POSTPONED for any reason other than INCLEMENT WEATHER or State and National Cups conflicts. Teams must be ready to play when scheduled.
.Teams requesting to postpone a game, with approval of the opposing team, will be fined $50

. Referee fees for the current season are: $80 for Ref, $50 each Assistant: each team pays HALF at each game

. Referee TRAVEL fees (for games not played) are $40 (Referee) and $30 (each AR)

. Complete Team fees are shown on the GSSL website
. Out of the Team fees, $200 is allocated to the prizes for the Division.

. Prizes are CREDITS toward the following season. No money is distributed.

. Fines are $6 for yellow, $30 for Red

. Forfeit Fee is $200 per game PLUS the referee fees in case of "No Show"
. In addition to the forfeit fees above, a team that forfeits a game, shall be held responsible for ONE HALF of the documented FIELD RENTAL cost incurred by the opposing team up to a maximum of $75.

. After TWO forfeits for any reason during the season, the team is expelled from the Division and becomes not eligible to play in any playoffs or to receive any money prizes.

. Teams MUST have corner flags at your home games: there will be a fine of $10 for not having them

. Teams MUST be at the game at LEAST 15 minutes BEFORE kickoff: there will be a fine of $ 10 for being late (as reported by the referee)

. All games are posted on the GSSL Website: it is each the team's responsibility to check the website and notify the division coordinator about any incorrect or missing information for each game.

. A new policy for INCOMPLETE GAMES has become effective with the 15/16 season. This policy is included as standard rule for all teams in the GSSL.

. Unlimited substitution during the Regular season games. We are looking at restricting the substitutions during PLAYOFFS only. 

17/18 season SUPER Division Quick Reference

The Super Division is considered the top competitive level of soccer in NJ.
The Semipro Division is considered the lower division of the Super Division.
Promotion and Relegation is active between these two divisions.

Teams in these two divisions, are expected to behave and perform professionally and seriously.
To accomplish this, rules covering the Super and Semipro Division are stricter than the other GSSL divisions, therefore not affordable to all teams.


Following are some quick guidelines for the SUPER division

The SUPER Division Coordinator is:   OMER DEMIRCAN
e-mail: demircan888@gmail.com ,   sucoordinator@gssl.com
phone:  (973) 943-0596

. Two teams are relegated from the Super Division at the end of each season

. Depending on how many openings are left in the Super Division, only the top finishing teams of the Semipro division are allowed to be promoted to the Super Division the following season.

. Based on space availability, exceptions can be given by the Executive Committee to teams that performed well in the Semipro PLAYOFFS and to teams that have played in other top level leagues.

. We expect to have a maximum of 12 teams in the Super Division

. Travel throughout New Jersey must be expected

. Games can be scheduled for ANY NIGHT OF THE WEEK or on SUNDAYS

. Game times can be 8:00 PM or AFTER for games on Mon thru Friday nights,
 from 6:00 PM or AFTER on Saturdays
 and from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM on SUNDAYS.

 . If BOTH teams agree, the established time can be different.
 
. NO GAME CHANGE is allowed with less than 48 hours advance notification.

. Make-up games must be scheduled WITHIN 2 WEEKS from the postponement and must be played WITHIN 3 WEEKS DURING THE WEEK, so that there is no interference with the regular League schedule.
Once a game is rescheduled, it cannot be changed anymore except in case of bad weather.

. No postponements are allowed after the schedule is published. Games CANNOT BE POSTPONED for any reason other than INCLEMENT WEATHER or State and National Cups conflicts. Teams must be ready to play when scheduled.
 .Teams requesting to postpone a game, with approval of the opposing team, will be fined $50

. Referee fees for the current season are: $90 for Ref, $55 each Assistant: each team pays HALF at each game
. Referee TRAVEL fees (for games not played) are $40 (Referee) and $30 (each AR)

. Complete Team fees are shown on the GSSL website

. Out of the Division team fees, $300 is allocated to money prizes for this Division.
Prizes are determined by the GSSL Exec. Board, based on the competitions scheduled.

. Prizes are CREDITS toward the following season's fees: No money is issued.

. Fines are $6 for yellow, $30 for Red

. Forfeit Fee is $300 per game PLUS the referee fees in case of "No Show"
. Out of the Forfeit amount above, $100 will be credited to the team that received the forfeit win.

. After TWO forfeits for any reason during the season, the team is expelled from the Division and becomes not eligible to play in any playoffs or to receive any money prizes.

. Teams MUST have corner flags at your home games: there will be a fine of $10 for not having them

. Teams MUST be at the game at LEAST 15 minutes BEFORE kickoff: there will be a fine of $ 10 for being late (as reported by the referee)

. All games are posted on the GSSL Website: it is each the team's responsibility to check the website and notify the division coordinator about any incorrect or missing information for each game.

. A new policy for INCOMPLETE GAMES has become effective with the 15/16 season. This policy is included as a standard rule for all teams in the GSSL.

. Unlimited substitution during the Regular season games. We are looking at restricting the substitutions during PLAYOFFS only. 

The Home Teams determines the Time and Field location, for their Home games, within the guidelines given in these rules.

The League will attempt to accommodate any field DATE AVAILABILITY REQUEST made by a team so long that such requests are presented before the PRELIMINARY schedule is issued.

Once the teams are assigned to specific Divisions, the League will prepare a PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE with TENTATIVE GAME TIMES.

It is each team’s responsibility to review and confirm the Preliminary Schedule for their Home Game Time and to notify the League of any Game time changes based on their home field availability.

The OFFICIAL SCHEDULE is then issued with any game time changes received.
This Official Schedule will be published on the GSSL website and will be used to assign the Referees.

All teams MUST be prepared to play when scheduled.

Timely communication with the proper Division Coordinator is of the OUTMOST importance in this situation.

If a field becomes UNAVAILABLE for a given game UP TO 72 HOURS PRIOR (3 days before) to the scheduled game time and the scheduled HOME team cannot find a field replacement, the Home team MUST report this problem to the Division Coordinator IMMEDIATELY.

The Division Coordinator will contact the opposing team to find out about their field availability, for the same game time as originally scheduled and he will resolve the issue according to the GSSL Standing rules.

Once the field switch is approved by the Division Vice President, the game is considered officially scheduled.

If the field switch occurs during the first half of the season, the second half of the season will be adjusted to allow the team that forced the field switch, to be the home team, unless there was a different agreement between the two teams.

If the field switch occurs during the second half, the team that forced the switch will lose its right to play on their home field but will still be considered the Home team, in regards of field rental costs, payment of referee fees and responsibility of crowd control as defined in these rules.

The Home Teams determines the Time and Field location, for their Home games, within the guidelines given below.

Except for SUPER and SEMIPRO Division games, all games (not including make-ups) are scheduled for Sundays and teams must be prepared to play on a Sundays.
This requirement can be waived if BOTH teams involved in the game AGREE to play on a different day.

Super Division games can be scheduled on any night of the week or on Sundays afternoons.
Semipro Division games can be scheduled on Saturday evenings or Sundays, unless otherwise agreed by the two teams.

Teams in the Super and Semipro Divisions must be ready to play when scheduled.
 
Make-up games should be scheduled for week-nights or on Sundays so long that they do not interfere with the regularly scheduled League games

See more details in the Standings Rules

Game Changes or Postponements requests MUST be reported to the Division Coordinator.

The Division Coordinator will communicate by e-mail any decision made in reference to a Game change and Postponements.

ANY GAME CHANGE or POSTPONEMENT REPORTED TO THE DIVISION COORDINATOR WITHIN LESS THAN 48 HOURS FROM THE GAME, WILL BE FINED $20.00

GAME TIME CHANGES

Game Time Change requests made by the HOME TEAM, must be made to the Division Coordinator, at least 72 HOURS (3 days) BEFORE the game (i.e. Thursday 10:00 AM for a Sunday 10:00 AM game).

The Division Coordinator will resolve the issue according to the GSSL Standing Rules.

See details in the Standings Rules

FIELD CHANGES

Home teams requesting for a Field change, must abide by the FIELD AVAILABILITY rules.

Visiting teams CANNOT ask for a field change.

POSTPONEMENTS

Requests for postponements are NOT allowed. Team must be ready to play as scheduled.

League games will be postponed only in case of inclement weather or if they are in conflict with a State or National Cup game involving one of the teams.

See details in the Standings Rules

WEATHER CANCELLATIONS CAN ONLY BE DONE ON THE DAY OF THE GAME BY TELEPHONE.

In the day of the game, DO NOT E-MAIL ANY GAME CANCELLATIONS: YOU MUST REPORT TO THE DIVISION COORDINATOR or to the LEAGUE BY PHONE.

Teams MUST call the Division Coordinator if necessary to cancel a game in account of the weather.
If you cannot reach the Division Coordinator, call the League office.

Please see also "How To Handle Inclement Weather Conditions" instructions

All postponed and cancelled games must be made-up.

The Official MAKE-UP POLICY is posted in the GSSL Standing rules.

Postponements, cancelled games and games not played, FOR ALL DIVISIONS, must be rescheduled (whenever possible) within 2 weeks by mutual agreement of both teams.

Make-up games for any division, MAY be played according to the Official Make-up Policy, on any day or night that does not interfere with the regular programs of the GSSL.

Make-up games must be coordinated and must have the approval of the Division Coordinator.

The Division Coordinator has the power to schedule make-up games on days other than Sunday if he/she deems necessary in order to complete all games of the season.

Reporting a game score must be done using the Members Only section of the GSSL Website.

AFTER EACH GAME, BOTH TEAMS MUST report to the Division Coordinator  WITHIN 24 HOURS FROM THE END OF THE GAME (FINE FOR NOT REPORTING RESULT IS $10.00):

For process on "How To Report a Game Score" see the HOW TO instructions.

Upon completion and approval of a registration, the League Registrar will either issue a new player pass or renew an existing pass for the team's Team Officers and Players.

ALL passes belong to the NEW JERSEY SOCCER ASSOCIATION (NJSA) and MUST BE RETURNED TO THE GSSL LEAGUE AT THE END THE SEASON.
There is a fine of $5.00 for each pass not returned at the end of the season.

Team Managers are responsible to hold these passes until they are returned to the League Registrar.

Under no circumstance a Team Manager is allowed to give the player pass to a player.

If a player wants the pass in order to transfer to another team, such pass MUST be returned to the GSSL Registrar and it will be made available to the player upon registration with the other team.

GAME LINE-UPS

Each team shall be responsible to PRINT their Official GAME LINE-UP from the “Members Only” section of the GSSL Website for each game.
There is a fine of $25 for not using the official game Line-up.

Only one copy of the Line-up is required for all divisions.

For the Over-40 division, each team MUST print TWO COPIES of the Official Game Line-up for each game. One copy shall be given to the Referee, the second copy shall be given to the opposing team.

Each Team shall present the Official Game Line-Up to the referee TOGETHER WITH THE PLAYER PASSES of those players that will be playing in the game.

If a player is NOT going to show up at the game, a team MUST CROSS OFF his/her name from the Game Line-Up.
A TEAM CAN ONLY HAVE 18 PLAYERS ELIGIBLE IN ANY GIVEN GAME. Any name after the 18 eligible to play in a game, MUST be crossed off the list.

A Team has the right to make sure that all the players listed on the opposing team Game Line-up, have a valid pass.

Each Official Game Line-up must be COMPLETED with each participating player’s SHIRT NUMBER worn during the game.

All teams shall be allowed a maximum of 7 substitutes in addition to the starting eleven players at all games (maximum total of 18 players per game).

A player who has been substituted, shall be allowed to re-substitute another player during the same game.

No substitution shall be made for a player ejected from the field of play by the referee.

Substitutions can be made only at the times and manner allowed by FIFA rules and at the discretion of the referee.

REFEREES

Referees are assigned by the New Jersey Soccer Association (NJSA), not by the League.

The league submits a request for a referee assignment and referees are assigned by the NJ State Referee Assignor every Monday night based on the game scheduling as is published on the GSSL Website.

Referees are allowed up to 15 minutes after kickoff time to show up to the assigned game.

If a referee does not show up, call the League office.
If a referee is not present, the two teams can come with an agreed-upon person that will officiate the game. In such case the game will count as properly played.
If there is no agreement on a person, the game will have to be re-played as a make-up.

REFEREE FEES:

Referee Fees are set by the NEW JERSEY SOCCER ASSOCIATION.

Referee Fees are listed in the FEES TAB of the GSSL website Main page.

BOTH TEAMS will SPLIT the total cost of the referee and linesmen fees at ALL games.

If ONLY ONE TEAM SHOWS UP at a game, PAY ONLY YOUR HALF OF THE FEE: you will be refunded from the other team’s bond such fee.
The League will collect the full fee from the other team’s bond, and will pay the referee for the other half of the fee.

If the referee declares the field NON-PLAYABLE because of weather, he shall be refunded the TRAVEL EXPENSES ONLY as listed. Both teams split this cost.

REFEREES ARE PAID AFTER THE GAME IS COMPLETED, NOT BEFORE THE GAME STARTS.
If a referee asks to be paid before the game, call the League immediately: DO NOT PAY HIM

Medical Insurance is provided to all currently registered PLAYERS that are APPROVED to play.

The Medical Insurance premium is included in the Player Registration fee.
The Medical Insurance coverage is under the policy issued to the USASA.
The Medical Insurance covers accidents for ALL AFFILIATED GAMES, SUPERVISED PRACTICES AND TRAVEL TO AND FROM GAMES AND PRACTICES.

Limits, Deductibles and Exclusions as defined in the USASA Policy, are posted on the NJSA Website under the INSURANCE tab.

There is NO COVERAGE for injuries that occurred during a NON-AFFILIATED competition or against NON-AFFILIATED teams.

THIS INSURANCE IS SECONDARY: A PERSON MUST USE ITS PRIMARY INSURANCE FIRST. If the person has no other insurance, this insurance becomes PRIMARY up to the limits as per the Insurance Policy.

To report a Player Injury and to Request for Insurance Injury Claim form, the Team Manager must log in as a TEAM MANAGER in the "MEMBERS ONLY" tab of the GSSL website and fill out the information in the "Player Injury Report" link.

To file a claim for an injured Player, please refer to "How to File an Injury Claim" in the GSSL instructions.

Liability Insurance is provided to all currently AFFILIATED TEAMS that are APPROVED.

The Liability Insurance premium is included in the Team Registration fee.
The Liability Insurance coverage is under the policy issued to the USASA.
The Liability Insurance covers ALL AFFILIATED GAMES and SUPERVISED PRACTICES.
Limits, Deductibles and Exclusions are defined in the USASA Policy.

Liability Insurance Certificates are issued only to those teams that are AFFILIATED with the GSSL and the NJSA during the current season.

To obtain a Liability Insurance Certificate, the Team Manager must log in as a TEAM MANAGER in the "MEMBERS ONLY" tab of the GSSL website and fill out the form in the "Liability Insurance Request" link.

A team may request as many certificates as they need, but they MUST FILL OUT ONE REQUEST PER FIELD.

For the process on “How To Obtain a Certificate of Insurance” see the HOW TO instructions.

Directors and Officers Insurance is provided to all registered TEAM OFFICERS that are REGISTERED and APPROVED.

The Directors and Officers Insurance premium is included in the Team Registration fee.
The Directors and Officers coverage is under the policy issued to the USASA.
The Directors and Officers covers ALL AFFILIATED GAMES and SUPERVISED PRACTICES.

Limits, Deductibles and Exclusions are defined in the USASA Policy

The home club is responsible for any disorders which may arise from insufficient protection and supervision.

If any official or member of the visiting club causes or participates in a disturbance, the visiting club may also be held responsible.

After EVERY GAME, referees are supposed to file a Game report.
In this report the referee will identify all the players that have participated in the game, AND will report the RED and YELLOW cards issued during the game.

The GSSL Arbiter goes over EACH and EVERY game report, and based on the Referee information reported, he issues WARNINGS and SUSPENSIONS and FINES.

Each team involved in the game will receive a copy of the Arbitration report prepared by the League Arbiter for their records.

Warnings are accumulated during the season for all Regular Season and for the League Cup games.
A one game suspension is issued after the first 4 warnings accumulated by the player and when reaching 7 and 10 warnings in the season.

Suspensions have different lengths in number of games depending on the reason of the ejection during the game as reported by the referee.
Complete list and details about suspensions are listed in the GSSL Rules that are available to each team in Members Only.
 
Warnings and Suspensions accumulated during a season, are reset at the beginning of each new season EXCEPT for suspensions that involve an extended period of time.

FINES

Fines are issued against teams for various reasons. All these reasons and fines are listed in the GSSL Rules.

Fines are not issued for the purpose of accumulating money, but to force the teams to follow the procedures outlined by the League to have a smooth administration.

Money accumulated from fines is used to keep the League’s administrative costs as low as possible.

The amounts of Yellow and Red cards and Forfeits fines are double in the Super and Semipro division compared to all other divisions.

Fines are taken out of the Team Bond that each team must post at the beginning of each season.

Teams are suggested to review their Team Bond by logging in Members Only, and report any error or discrepancy.