SPACE IS LIMTED. SIGN UP EARLY!
Registration will close on Friday, September 23rd at 11:59pm. With first games on Oct. 5th, FYSA needs enough time to determine the # of teams, form rosters and create schedules. Late registration may be open for any known players on communicated rosters OR to fill any additional spots left for individual, aka 'free-agent' registrants. Division enrollment caps will be place and if a division fills up, a Waitlist status may be activated.
The minimum age for participating in adult leagues with FYSA, per our parent-organization and insurance requirements, is 14 as of the start of the season (i.e. min. age 14 by 10/5/22). The max age for participation is 93.5 years old, exceptions may be made based on individual skill :)
All players register individually and will be considered a 'free-agent' unless they indicate a specific team on which they are registering to play. Those without a full team can still indicate during registration any requested teammates to be paired with. FYSA will create teams with those individuals and keep together any requested teammates. These FYSA-formed teams will typically be capped at rosters of 10. Pre-formed teams must have at least 8 registered players to be considered an independent team, otherwise FYSA reserves the right to place individual players on a team to reach that minimum threshold. Our costs for gyms, referees, etc. are based on expectations of minimum team sizes to cover program expenses.
Those signing up as a Team Captain can do so within the registration form and additional notes will be provided there.
All adult games will be played 5v5, on a hardcourt surface, with a futsal (low-bounce) ball.
Games will be played with boundary lines, and the courts are painted/sized as official, regulation futsal courts. (We'd love to eventually organize a legit futsal tournament in Fairbanks and get teams from out of town to come play. Buuuut we're getting ahead of ourselves!)
The rules for indoor soccer vary from typical, outdoor soccer. We will follow the 'Futsal Laws of the Game' as published by IFAB/FIFA, with some modifications, aka 'local rules of competition', as often referred to in official publications regarding Laws of the Game. A more concise list of gameplay parameters will be communicated prior to the start of the season and reiterated on the first night of games.
There are 3 divisions to choose from for the season:
To allow as many members of our community as possible to participate this season, and due to limitations in court time, players may only register for ONE division.
Regarding 'Co-ed' parameters: Teams in these divisions must have at least 2 players of each gender on the court at all times during a match. If not, a team will be expected to play down a player, unless both the referee and opposing team (unanimously) agrees otherwise. Changes to this may occur per FYSA's discretion, based on final registration/participant demographics. Any variance will be communicated to the teams in the applicable division. Note: the 'Men's Competitive' division IS open to all players, but no co-ed expectations for gameplay are in effect.
Games will be played on the new futsal courts inside the Carlson Center, managed by FYSA. These courts are similar in width to Ryan Middle School, but a bit longer. Game slots will be 75 minutes, broken down as follows: 10 min. warmup/buffer, two 30 min. halves, 5 min. halftime. Games must end by their designated times. Situations where previous events run late will be dealt with on case-by-case basis. Teams showing up late or being slow to get started may have their halves shortened in order to end on time. Captains should take the lead on getting their squads ready to go no later than 10 minutes after the start of the time slot. At this time, games are expected to be scheduled with the following time slots: 6:15pm-7:30pm, 7:30pm-8:45pm, and 8:45pm-10:00pm. FYSA has the capacity for 18 total teams this season, between the Co-ed Recreational, Co-ed Competitive and Men's Competitive divisions. We have 3 courts with 3 time slots, thus 9 games and 18 teams. We anticipate 6 teams in each of these 3 divisions, however if one division only has 4, another division may increase to 8 or even 10 teams. IF there are fewer than 18 teams total, the time slots that will likely be vacated shall be the earlier ones, to allow for additional youth soccer or other activities. In other words, adult soccer game nights, similar to adult hockey leagues in town, will be scheduled from the later hours first, and down.
All teams will play 9 matches, according to the following schedule:
No games the week of 10/9 (UAF Hockey in CC this week)
Thursday 11/3 (Note: double header, 2 games this week)
No games the week of 11/7 (Holiday Marketplace in CC this week)
Thursday 11/17 (Note: double header, 2 games this week)
No games the week of 11/21 (Thanksgiving)
Thursday 12/1 (Note: double header, 2 games this week)
Options for pick-up nights will occur the week of 12/12 and 12/19, TBD
All players on the same team need to wear the same colored jersey. FYSA has a standard reversible maroon/white jersey that is meant to be used for all players, unless the entire team has their own matching set of jerseys. During registration, you will be asked about jersey size and purchase needs. New players or those that need a new jersey can add one to their order for $17 which can be used for future seasons as well. Teams that are NOT utilizing the FYSA maroon/silver reversible jerseys just need to have both a dark and light option. Home team wears dark, away wears light. For the 'dark' jersey/shirt, every player needs to have the same color. Shades should not vary too widely. For 'light' jersey/shirt, white or light grey is the most practical. This should also not vary too widely (i.e. a 'light' team jersey situation with a whole mix of white, yellow, light blue, and grey, is not acceptable). FYSA can provide colored mesh pinnies for games if needed.
Shorts and socks are also available for purchase through FYSA ($5 each) as well as shinguards ($9). Futsal balls ($24) are available through. All players should be wearing shinguards during league games. Choosing not to do so is at your own risk.
No jewelry of any kind, including watches, shall be worn while playing soccer. This includes rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other piercings. Simply putting a piece of tape over a piece of metal does not prevent possible injury, for you or someone else you may come in contact with. There are plenty of horrific images available (which we're inclined to not post here!) which illustrate potential, preventable, damage, from jewelry during soccer activities. While some may argue that a new piercing can't be taken out without the tissue closing up. This is not the case for the short period of time a player is on the court. We get it, its just not pleasant to remove/replace. However, just like other preventable injuries, no one who has had this happen to themselves would have thought it would happen to themselves... until it did. It might be uncomfortable, taking piercings in/out, but the potential for serious injury is of far more concern. Referees who prevent a player wearing jewelry from playing in a match are applying this policy correctly. Note: across most sports, including soccer, medical alert bracelets/necklaces are considered exempt from such policies, with the expectation that they are securely wrapped, taped down or otherwise covered.
FYSA intends to schedule referees for all adult matches at this time. When present and acting in their role as an official, referees are to be shown respect, even if a call is not in a team's favor. Any player dismissed (red card) from a match is to leave the facility promptly. Refusal to do so may result in the match being terminated. If a game has been terminated by a referee for such an incident, teams may NOT continue to play. Additionally, teams/players that do not abide by the authority of referees, league officials/administrators or facility staff, may be removed from participation, either temporarily or for the remainder of the season without refund of registration payments. The need for more adults to step up and serve as referees in the Fairbanks soccer community is as urgent as ever. For FYSA to continue to provide adult soccer programming, individuals are needed to answer the call. If you are interested in becoming a referee, please contact us for more information. Referees are not volunteers and are paid by the league for their time and effort. Training is provided at no cost and individuals can serve in whatever capacity they are comfortable with flexible scheduling.
During registration, every player is required to accept a waiver that includes a commitment to good sportsmanship, in addition to standard language for participation in sports leagues such as release of liability for risk of injury, privacy policies, etc. All players are expected to abide by principles of good sportsmanship, at all times, even if they feel wronged or disagree with a call by a referee or actions of an opponent. This applies to interactions with opponents, referees, spectators, league administrators, facility staff as well as their own teammates. Failure to follow sportsmanship commitments may result in a player or entire team’s disciplinary action by the league. Those playing in more than one division (including youth) may have disciplinary actions that result from misconduct carry over into their other division. There are no rankings being kept or trophies to be awarded at the end of each season. We are all part of the same soccer community in one way or other and our goal is to keep that spirit of the game present in all our activities.
Feel free to contact FYSA with any questions or registration assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-456-3972 (office) or 907-987-6334 (cell, text ok)