U16/U19 Substitution Procedure




Coach:  fill out the form tab on the time monitor sheet with the appropriate team name, coach name, and players.  This will populate the time record tab.  Print out 4 copies and bring them with you to each game to record the time played for each of the opponents. Read and understand the guidelines presented below.

The Timesheet is attached.  Download it and enter the information into the first page before printing.
Process for Player Substitution
For U-16 and U-19 divisions free substitution is permitted throughout the game using the following procedures:
  • All substitutions must be approved and recognized by the referee. 
  • Substitutions may be made for injured players.
  • Substitution for a player receiving a yellow card is permitted.
  • Coach signals the Referee for substitutions
  • AR signals CR for a substitution by the team in possession on a throw-in, or by either team at a goal kick or kick-off. The team not in possession may substitute on a throw-in if the team in possession substitutes AND the players are standing at the halfway line, waiting to substitute.
  • All substitutes must be standing at the halfway line ready to enter the field at the Referee's indication.  If the players are not ready, the referee may decide not to acknowledge the substitution request, and play on.
  • Substitution is performed by the substituting player at the touchline calling the name of the player to be substituted, the substituted player runs off field, and the substituting player is invited onto the field.
Time Monitoring
The coach will appoint a parent or the assistant coach to monitor and record the playing time of the opposing team’s players during the match.  Every 5 minutes the monitor records the player’s that are out.  All players must play half of the game if they are present.  Keep in mind that it may be difficult to get players into the game in a timely manner so do not cut minimal playing time too close. 

After the match, the Field Marshal must turn over the timesheet to the Referee. The Referee reviews the time monitor records for completeness, signs them and returns them to the coach, along with the game card.

Filling out Time Records / Lineup Cards
In each column (time interval) and each row (team roster member), there is a blank. This blank should be filled at the start of that time interval as follows:
A – If team member is absent and not present at or near the field
X – If team member is in the touch area/technical area (off the field), available and awaiting assignment as an active player on the field (Normally termed a Substitute).
I – If team member is in the touch area (off the field) but not able to play due to injury, sickness, exhaustion or similar reason preventing them from being a player on the field.
Blank – If team member is an active player who is playing on the field

For the time record, a line can be drawn from the previous column to indicate ditto or carry forward of same status from an earlier column. This should NOT be done if the previous status is blank and thus indicating they are playing.
If a player’s status of absent or injured at the start of the match is expected to remain the same for the whole match, writing ABS or INJ next to the name is sufficient. If the player’s status changes during the match, the first and subsequent columns where they were absent or injured should be marked accordingly. Otherwise, the whole row can be left blank and totaled according to the notation next to the name at the end of the match.
Stoppage time (the few minutes a referee may add to the running clock time to account for non-playing stoppages in play during the half) are not recorded in the time record. These periods of time are not expected to last more than five minutes and thus are not material to the record.


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Regional Commissioner,
Apr 24, 2014, 6:59 AM
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