12. Responsibility for Teams

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At each game, each team must have a qualified responsible person present who can be a coach, or someone designated to substitute for them, and whose responsibilities shall include maintaining control and discipline over the team and its spectators. The responsible person must present his/her passcard to the referee before the game commences.


If at any time during the game the team does not have a person with a valid coach’s passcard able to be responsible for the team, the game shall be abandoned and the team shall forfeit the game. In all cases the person responsible for the team must be older than the qualifying age for the team.


It shall be the sponsoring soccer organization’s responsibility to ensure that it selects coaches who are not only qualified to coach, but who are also able to promote the highest levels of good sportsmanship and are able to maintain proper control and discipline of the team and its spectators.