The Southern California National Premier League (“SCNPL”) is a player development platform for the elite boys and girls youth soccer clubs in Southern California. These Rules and Regulations (the “Regulations”) provide the requirements and rules for SCNPL Competition (as defined below). Clubs/teams shall consult US Club Soccer’s bylaws, policies and player rules documents, as necessary. These documents can be found at the members-only section of


1. Definitions

  • 1.1 “SCNPL” means the Southern California National Premier League.

  • 1.2 “SCNPL Advisory Committee” means a committee consisting of the Director of Coaching from each SCNPL Club, or another individual appointed by the Director of Coaching, to provide feedback and advice regarding the structure of the SCNPL.

  • 1.3 “SCNPL Club” means a member club of the SCNPL as provided in by these Regulations.

  • 1.4 “SCNPL Competition” means a SCNPL game played during the SCNPL Regular-Season.

  • 1.5 “SCNPL Game Report” means the official game report that must be completed for all SCNPL Competitions as provided in Section 4 of these Regulations.

  • 1.6 “SCNPL Registered Player” means a player on a SCNPL Team’s SCNPL Roster. SCNPL Registered Players must be registered with US Club Soccer.

  • 1.7 “SCNPL Roster” means the roster of a SCNPL Team during the SCNPL Season when playing in a SCNPL Competition. A SCNPL Roster shall only be used for SCNPL Competitions. SCNPL Rosters apply to the 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, & 2002/2001 age groups.

  • 1.8 “SCNPL Season” means the competitive season beginning August 1 of each year and ending July 31 of the following year.

  • 1.9 “SCNPL Team” is the team of a SCNPL Club that participates in SCNPL Competition in the  2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 & 2003/2002 age groups.

  • 1.10 “Incident Report” is a form for reporting disciplinary incidents during SCNPL Competitions.

  • 1.11 “CSL” means Coast Soccer League.

  • 1.12 “SCNPL Administrator” is an administrator hired and supervised by Coast Soccer League.


2. SCNPL Roster Rules

  • 2.1 SCNPL Roster Maximums. For the 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, & 2003/2002 age groups, a maximum of twenty-six (26) players may be rostered on any SCNPL Team’s SCNPL Roster.

  • 2.2 Full-Time Players. Each SCNPL Team must have a minimum of sixteen (16) “Full-Time SCNPL Players.” Full-Time Players must train with the SCNPL Team a minimum of two (2) times per week.

  • 2.3 Part-Time Players. Each SCNPL Team may have a maximum of ten (10) “Part-Time SCNPL Players.” Part-Time Players are not required to train with the SCNPL Team.

  • 2.4 Player Registration. All players on a SCNPL Roster must be SCNPL Registered Players.

  • 2.5 SCNPL Game Day Roster. A maximum of eighteen (18) SCNPL Registered Players from a SCNPL Team’s SCNPL Roster will be eligible for each game in SCNPL Competition (the “SCNPL Game Day Roster”). If more than eighteen (18) SCNPL Registered Players appear on a SCNPL Roster, the “active” players for the SCNPL Competition must be identified on the SCNPL Game Report.

  • 2.6 No Drops. No Full-Time SCNPL Registered Players may be dropped from a SCNPL Roster during an SCNPL Season, except pursuant to the Transfer Regulations below, or unless approved by the SCNPL administrator. Part-Time SCNPL Players may be dropped at any time.

  • 2.7 Player / Club Tie. A player may only be rostered to one (1) SCNPL Club each SCNPL Season, except pursuant to the Transfer Regulations provided below.

  • 2.8 Initial Roster Submission Date; Roster Add Periods. An initial SCNPL Roster with a minimum of sixteen (16) Full-Time SCNPL Registered Players must be provided by each SCNPL Team 60 days prior to the start of each SCNPL Season. No SCNPL Roster will be accepted prior to July 1 of each SCNPL Season. Additional players may be added to the SCNPL Roster of each SCNPL Team as provided in the attached Exhibit B.

  • 2.9 Younger Players Playing Up. A SCNPL Registered Player may play for any SCNPL Team in the SCNPL Club for which the player is age eligible. Younger players on a SCNPL Team may play on the older SCNPL teams within their SCNPL Club, and shall not count toward the roster limit for such older SCNPL team. Age eligibility is determined by Exhibit A of these Regulations.
    Notwithstanding the foregoing, every SCNPL Registered Player may only play on one (1) SCNPL Team per day. A SCNPL Registered Player may play on different SCNPL Teams within her SCNPL Club from game-to-game during the SCNPL Regular Season.

    • 2.9.1 An SCNPL Registered Player that will “play-up” on an older SCNPL Team in his SCNPL Club for a SCNPL Competition must be handwritten onto the Game Report for that SCNPL Competition.

    • 2.9.2 For purposes of clarification, no player may be handwritten onto the SCNPL Game Report at the 2008 age group. In order to participate in the 2008 age group SCNPL Competition, the player must be on the 2008s SCNPL Roster and must be a SCNPL Registered Player.

  • 2.10 National Premier League Finals Roster Tie. A SCNPL Registered Player may play for only one SCNPL Team within his Club at the National Premier League Finals (if more than one SCNPL Team from the SCNPL Club qualifies for the National Premier League Finals).

  • 2.11 Restriction on Outside Players.

    • 2.11.1 Rule 2.11 applies to all SCNPL Registered Players except for the enumerated exceptions provided in Rule 2.11.3. After being registered as a SCNPL Registered Player for a SCNPL Season, a SCNPL Registered Player may not appear on any roster in any competition for any other club except for rosters of the SCNPL Club on which the player is rostered as a SCNPL Registered Player. (The SCNPL Registered Player may appear on any number of rosters, in any competition, of the SCNPL Club to which the player is registered as a SCNPL Registered Player.) If a SCNPL Registered Player appears on a roster for a different club besides the SCNPL Club to which the player is registered as a SCNPL Registered Player after the date the player became rostered as a SCNPL Registered Player (“Multiple Club Rostering”), the eligibility of the SCNPL Registered Player will be reviewed by the SCNPL Advisory Committee. If it is determined by the SCNPL Advisory Committee, at its sole discretion, that the SCNPL Club to which the SCNPL Registered Player is registered was aware of the Multiple Club Rostering, the SCNPL Advisory Committee may recommend the following actions to US Club Soccer: (i) declaring the SCNPL Registered Player ineligible for the remainder of that SCNPL Season; (ii) declaring all games in which the SCNPL Registered Player appeared on the SCNPL Roster as forfeits by the SCNPL Team on which such player was rostered; and / or (iii) recommending immediate revocation of the SCNPL Club’s membership in the SCNPL.

    • 2.11.2 Rule 2.11.1 applies to any SCNPL Club with franchises in multiple states, affiliates in multiple states, or with agreements licensing use of the trademarks of the SCNPL Club to youth soccer clubs in multiple states (such SCNPL Club a “Franchise Club”). Each franchisee of the Franchise Club, affiliate of the Franchise Club, or licensee of the Franchise Club, shall be considered a separate and independent club for purposes of Rule 2.11.1. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Part-Time Players may be from an in-state affiliate of a Franchise Club.

    • 2.11.3 Rule 2.11.1 does not apply to SCNPL Registered Players that participate in a tournament as a guest player with another club, provided that: (i) the Director of Coaching of the SCNPL club approves the player for participation in the event; and (ii) the tournament takes place over no more than four (4) days.

  • 2.12 Recruiting; Try-Outs; Registration.

    • 2.12.1 Recruiting; No-Tampering. SCNPL Clubs may recruit players for participation on SCNPL Teams from any geographic region at any time during the year (subject to these Regulations). Notwithstanding the foregoing, SCNPL Clubs may not train or tryout a player from a SCNPL Team of another SCNPL Club during the SCNPL Season until all games of that SCNPL Club for the SCNPL Season have been completed, except pursuant to Rule 2.12.2 below. Note: SCNPL coaches and administrators may be subject to the rules of other U.S. Soccer organization members regarding recruiting.

    • 2.12.2 Try-Outs; Registration. The month of June shall be considered an “open” month for player movement between SCNPL Clubs. During this month, players from one SCNPL Team may train or try-out with teams of another SCNPL Club. No roster for any SCNPL Team for the upcoming SCNPL Season will be accepted by US Club Soccer prior to July 1.


3. Competition Rules

  • 3.1 General. Unless otherwise provided in these Regulations, all SCNPL Competitions shall be played in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game in force at the time of competition as provided by the International Football Association Board.

  • 3.2 Scheduling Competitions. The SCNPL shall identify the dates and locations of all SCNPL Competitions for each SCNPL Season with US Club Soccer approval.

  • 3.3 Number of Competitions. The SCNPL shall determine the total number of SCNPL Competitions during the SCNPL Season.

  • 3.4 Cancelled Competitions. If a SCNPL Competition is suspended by weather and at least the first half was played, the game will be considered a full game. If any SCNPL Competition is cancelled, SCNPL shall attempt to reschedule the SCNPL Competition. If the SCNPL finds that it is impossible to reschedule such cancelled SCNPL Competition, the SCNPL Competition shall be considered a non-played game, and neither team shall be awarded any points. In the event that any games are cancelled pursuant to this Rule 3.4, US Club Soccer shall alter the method by which SCNPL standings are determined for impacted age groups (for example to change to a point-per-games basis).

  • 3.5 Competition Scheduling. SCNPL Clubs will be able to review all schedules prior to the start of the season. No changes to SCNPL Competitions may be made within 72 hours of kick-off, except due to bad weather or as permitted by the SCNPL Administrator.

  • 3.6 Competition Referee Fees. Each SCNPL Team shall be responsible for payment of the referee costs for each SCNPL Competition based on the pay scale set forth in Exhibit C.

  • 3.7 Deadline for Regional Competitions. All SCNPL Competitions must be played by June 1 of the SCNPL Season. The SCNPL Administrator may extend this date under extreme circumstances at the CSL Administrator’s sole discretion.

  • 3.8 Substitutions. Once a SCNPL Registered Player is substituted in one half of any SCNPL Competition, such SCNPL Registered Player may not re-enter the game for the duration of the half. Once a SCNPL Registered Player is substituted in one period of overtime of any SCNPL Competition, such SCNPL Registered Player may not re-enter the game for the duration of such overtime period. There shall be a maximum of seven (7) substitutions in any half or in any overtime period of any SCNPL Competition. Any player suspected of suffering a head injury may be substituted for evaluation without the substitution counting against the team's total number of allowed substitutions during the game.

  • 3.9 Yellow and Red Cards (Players). Any SCNPL Registered Player receiving a red card in a SCNPL Competition will be suspended for the remainder of that SCNPL Competition and also for the next SCNPL Competition played by the SCNPL Club at all age groups. Any player receiving a red card for violent conduct will be suspended for the remainder of that SCNPL competition and for at least an additional two games. For purposes of clarification, if a SCNPL Registered Player receives a red card in a SCNPL Competition, the SCNPL Registered Player will not be eligible to participate in the next SCNPL Competition for any team within the SCNPL Registered Player’s SCNPL Club.

  • 3.10 Yellow and Red Cards (Coaches). Any coach receiving a red card in a SCNPL Competition will be suspended for the remainder of the SCNPL Competition and for that SCNPL Team’s next SCNPL Competition.

  • 3.11 Yellow and Red Card Carryover. Red card suspensions will carry over into subsequent SCNPL Seasons if the red card is received in the final SCNPL Competition of the current SCNPL Season.

  • 3.12 Accumulation. There shall be no yellow card accumulation policy for SCNPL Competitions.

  • 3.13 Player Transfers. A SCNPL Registered Player may not play for more than one SCNPL Club during the SCNPL Season, unless the following conditions are satisfied: (i) the SCNPL Registered Player’s family moves to a new geographic area; (ii) the Director of Coaching of both the prior SCNPL Club and the proposed new SCNPL Club consent to the transfer in writing; (iii) the new SCNPL Club has an available spot on a SCNPL Roster; and (iv) the SCNPL Administrator consents to such transfer in writing (such player referred to as a “Transferred Player”). A Transferred Player shall be removed from the SCNPL Roster(s) of the “old” SCNPL Club.

  • 3.14 Points. In each SCNPL Competition during the SCNPL Regular Season, teams shall be awarded three (3) points for a win, one (1) point for a tie, and zero (0) points for a loss. A forfeit shall be considered a 1-0 loss for the forfeiting team and a 1-0 win for the non-forfeiting team. The forfeiting team will be responsible for the total amount of referee fees for the forfeited game.

  • 3.15 Standings. The standings in each age group shall be determined at the end of the SCNPL Regular Season (the “Regular Season Standings”).

  • 3.16 Tie-Breakers. The following tie-breakers will be used for resolving ties between SCNPL Teams in determining the Regular Season Standings, in the following order:

    There shall be no cap on goal difference in any SCNPL Competition.

    • 1. Most Points

    • 2. Head to head. 

    • 3. Goal Against

    • 4. Goals For

    • 5. Coin Toss

  • 3.17 Game Length. SCNPL Competitions shall be played with the following game lengths:

    • 2008: 2 x 35 minutes

    • 2007: 2 x 35 minutes

    • 2006: 2 x 40 minutes

    • 2005: 2 x 40 minutes

    • 2004: 2 x 45 minutes

    • 2003/2002: 2 x 45 minutes

  • 3.18 Playoffs. If playoffs are needed to determine the age group bracket winner, teams will be notified. 

    • Semifinal games - if tied after regulation, will go directly to PK's.​

    • Championship games - if tied after regulation, will go to two 10 minute overtime periods (no golden goal). If still tied, then Pk's.


4. Game Day Procedures

  • 4.1 An official SCNPL Game Report must be completed for each SCNPL competition. Teams are required to print out their match reports. To be safe, please bring 3 copies to each game. For all games played at IE Surf Complex, San Bernardino Soccer Complex and OC Great Park, the referees will turn in the match reports to our field staff. For games being played elsewhere, the home team must provide the SCNPL Game Report and email a signed copy to within 24 hours. For each game, the game report must be completed in full and signed by both teams and the referees.

  • 4.2 Forfeits. Teams will be billed for forfeited game(s). The forfeiting team will be responsible for referee fees for both teams.

  • 4.3 Field Etiquette. All players, parents, administrators and spectators of each team must, where possible, stay on their respective side of the field (at least five yards off the sideline) during all games. Respective side shall be determined by the Home Team. The Home Team shall select its side of the field and the Visiting Team shall go to the opposite side of the field. SCNPL personnel shall have the right to request the referee to enforce this rule during the game.


5. Miscellaneous

  • 5.1 Disciplinary Matters. Any disciplinary matters brought before the SCNPL through submission of an Incident Report shall be addressed and responded to at the discretion of the SCNPL. SCNPL reserves the right to determine and impose any further suspensions.

  • 5.2 Protests and Appeals. There will be no protests or appeals of decisions made in SCNPL Competitions or by the SCNPL. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any decision by the SCNPL that results in a suspension of a player or coach that is not due to a red card is appealable to US Club Soccer, and then to the US Soccer Federation. Any hearing for such appeal shall be conducted pursuant to US Club Soccer and US Soccer Federation policies and procedures, available at

  • 5.3 Refunds. Once a team has been accepted and paid, no refunds will be given.

  • 5.4 Matters Not Provided For. Any matter not provided for in these Regulations shall be decided by the CSL Board of Directors. All such decisions are final.

Exhibit A: SCNPL Age Group Eligibility


Age groups for the 2020 SCNPL Season are provided below:


  • 2008 Age Group: Players born on or after January 1, 2008

  • 2007 Age Group: Players born on or after January 1, 2007

  • 2006 Age Group: Players born on or after January 1, 2006

  • 2005 Age Group: Players born on or after January 1, 2005

  • 2004 Age Group: Players born on or after January 1, 2004

  • 2003/2002 Age Group: Players born on or after January 1, 2002


Players may play for their own age group and for “older” age groups, however can only play for one team per day.


Exhibit B: Registration, Player and Staff Passes; Roster Add Process


Types of Player and Staff Passcards for SCNPL Clubs and SCNPL Competition US Club Passcards are passcards validated by US Club Soccer on the US Club Soccer website, and then printed and laminated by the SCNPL Club for use in SCNPL Competition and other US Club Soccer competition.

Initial Roster Submission Date
March 18, 2021: Every SCNPL Team must have a minimum of 16 SCNPL Registered Players.

Player Add Process
SCNPL Competition: SCNPL Registered Players may be added to a SCNPL Roster for SCNPL Competition at any time, provided that they appear on the official SCNPL Roster prior to the game. No player may participate in SCNPL Regional Competition without a pass.

2021 Player and Staff Fees and Expiration Dates
Player Passes: For the SCNPL Season ending July 31, 2021, individual player fees for players registered to SCNPL Clubs (at any age group) shall be as follows: 2008 and older: $24 per player

Staff Passes: Staff Passcards for any staff member in a SCNPL Club shall be issued for a two- year period. For staff registration purposes, all coaches who will coach a SCNPL Team, as well as the SCNPL Team manager, shall be required to have a staff passcard. All staff shall submit to a background check every two years. Staff passcard fees for the two-year period shall be $25 per person.

Exhibit C  SCNPL Competition Referee Pay Scale

The pay scale for SCNPL Competitions for the 2020 SCNPL Season is as follows:

  • 70 min games (2008-2007): $67 per team

  • 80 min games (2006-2005): $76 per team

  • 90 min games (2004-2003/2002): $85 per team

Fees for referee assignors for SCNPL Competition will be paid by CSL. Fees for referees are paid by the SCNPL teams as specified above.