The NWSL exists to promote Adult Intercity soccer in Northeast Wisconsin for the betterment of soccer in our communities and contribute to the development of the sport of soccer in our region through coaching and league play.
NWSL League Rules
New teams must post a $500 bond in addition to affiliation fees.
This bond may be paid in four $125.00 payments due with all league affiliation payments.
League Affiliation Fees ($300 once a year) and Referee Coordinator fees ($75 twice a year in Green Bay and $125 in Neenah) are given out at the spring and fall meetings and are due by the deadline given at these meetings.
These fees are used for the following:
- League advertisement
- League officials' stipends
- Miscellaneous league expenses
Fields and Equipment
- Fields should be lined
- Corner flags installed
- (3) identical game balls
Nets should be secure. Home team managers should carry some duct tape or ties to fix net problems. In many cities a club or city maintains the fields and it may be difficult for you to push them to fix problems, but you should be prepared to make minor repairs to nets.
Every game should have (1) Center Referee and (2) Linesman
Fees to be paid:
$70 for the Center Referee
$50 for each Linesman
If there are only (2) officials at a given match, the league policy is to have the (2) officials referee the game in tandem (with no linesmen) and pay each one $70.
If there is just (1) referee for a game then the (1) managers are to decide between having the referee act as a center with (2) unofficial linesmen or re-scheduling the game to a later date.
Notification to the league president of any games that will be forfeited must come by noon on the Thursday prior to the Sunday match otherwise the forfeiting team will be responsible for paying the referees. Please contact the opposing manager first to discuss a re-schedule date (if desired) then contact the league president.
If any team forfeits a game they are still required to pay the $100 fine even if they give prior notice. In the event of prior notice, $50 will go to the team and $50 to the league. This rule change was decided by team managers at the spring 2011 meeting.
Please note that if the forfeiting club fails to contact both the opposing manager and the league president of the forfeit before the weekend then they will also be responsible for the referee fees.
It is entirely the referee’s decision to call the game at any time if he or she feels that the weather conditions are unsafe for the players: this is standard procedure in any soccer league.
A game is considered complete if the entire first half is played. When thunder and lightning occur most referees will wait a full 30 minutes from each occurrence to try to get the game in but still can call the match at their discretion.
Referees are paid from the moment they begin the match even if it is cancelled.
Every player's jersey and socks must match completely. Shorts must be of the same color but need not be identical. Shin guards must always be worn. All equipment must pass a check by the referees.
The HOME team is required to have their alternate uniforms available in the event that their regular uniform is too similar to the AWAY team and needs to be changed.
Both teams must include player name, player ID number, and jersey number on a printed roster for all players in a given game. This must be given to the referee prior to game time.
Yellow and Red Cards
A player receiving two yellow cards or one red card shall be ejected from the game with no substitution. The player will be suspended for one game. The player must send $20.00 to the league P.O. Box and his card will be returned.
Players failing to pay the fee will not be reinstated until the fee is paid.
The referee must collect the card and return with the game report.
Cumulative yellow cards will be counted and a team will be notified when a player reaches 4 yellows. A 5th yellow will result in a red card incurring the penalties associated with a red card.
Cumulative yellow cards end with the season and will not carry into the playoffs.
Post Game Duties
Both team managers should call in their game score to the league. This is to prevent any score discrepancies.
Please check the scores posted on this website to make sure that they are correct.
Player Eligibility and Registration Rules
Players should be registered and passes completed by the deadlines set at the spring and fall meeting. During the season the player registration form must be filled out by 11:59 pm on Thursdays during the season. Registration will not be available again until Sunday evening.
Players must be 18 at time of signing the registration form
Players returning for the fall session who were registered in the spring session do not have to register again. All players must fill out a new registration form at the beginning of the next spring season.
Roster size has a 40 player cap and rosters must contain a minimum of 11 players.
No adds or drops during the final two weeks of the regular season.
Switching Teams: Players who wish to switch teams may do so freely at times when the league is not in session. This would include the off-season (November-April) and also during the break between summer and fall session (Approx. August 1 - August 14). However, players who wish to switch teams when the league is in session must obtain a release from their current manager and are subject to a 30 day wait period prior to registering with another team. This measure is in place to prevent teams from "stealing" players or from players themselves hopping from team to team based on the success of the teams. A player may have the 30 day wait period waived under certain circumstances and both managers, as well as the league president approve the player switching teams. Players who wish to switch teams during the season are encouraged to contact the league president with their request.
Adoption of rules
Managers will vote on new rules and or modifications of the rules at league meetings and will be in effect from that point forward.
NWSL League Officers:
- Vice President
- Games Commissioner
Disciplinary committees will be set at the beginning of each season.
Premier Division committees will be filled by Division I personnel and Division I committees will be filled by Premier Division personnel to ensure impartiality and fairness.
When a referee or manager has a complaint about the player it is to be communicated to the President and Games Commissioner.
The Games Commissioner will gather the appropriate information and communicate it to the appropriate disciplinary committee and they will decide the fate of that player.
We are continually try to improve the website and any suggestions are welcome.
We are striving to build a site for players to find teams, to track scores, standings, goals and red or yellow cards.
Promotion and Relegation
The top two finishers during the regular season in Division I are eligible for promotion into the Premier Division. This applies only to the regular season standings, not the playoffs.
Only one team per season may be promoted. If the top team in Division I defers promotion then the second place finisher will be offered promotion. If both the first and second place finishers defer no teams will be promoted. If the top finisher accepts they will be promoted to the Premier Division and the second place finisher will remain in Division I. If a team in Division I finishes in first place in two consecutive years they will automatically be promoted to the Premier Division. This is assuming they deferred promotion the first year.
Only the last place team in the Premier Division will be subject to regulation based on the above language.
If a team disbands mid season that team is not counted for relegation. The teams that complete the entire season are the ones counted for movement from Division to Division.
If new teams are added they will begin in Division I at the start of a new season. However, if a new team desires to enter the league in the Premier Division they will have to submit, in writing, support for their request to the league president. The information will be reviewed and must be approved by both the league president and a majority of the Board of Directors.
If there are an odd number of teams in the league, the Premier Division will be awarded the extra team.
New teams must begin at the start of the season.
Contact the League President in a timely manner and you will be informed of the appropriate costs and procedures to start a new team in the NWSL.
Please note that this cannot be accomplished in a couple of weeks, so please submit new team information at least two months (by first week of March) in advance of a new season.
There will be a $50 fine for a team that does not send at least one delegate to the League Meetings. There are only (2) per year and the managers are given ample notice by phone, web site and e-mail.
- (3) points for a win
- (1) point for a tie
- (0) points for a loss.
A forfeit is counted as a 1-0 decision.
- Head to Head (Win, Loss, Tie)
- Goal Differential