Welcome to the Maryland League, where organization and adherence to match regulations are key to promoting the best matchday experience.

Match Day Regulations

Our comprehensive matchday regulations ensure that every aspect of the game is carefully managed, from uniform design to venue preparations. Teams will coordinate kit information a week before each match, allowing ample time for compliance with league standards. Our uniform guidelines prioritize the club’s identity while promoting a cohesive and professional appearance on the field. Additionally, matchday procedures outline deadlines for roster submissions, venue details, and equipment requirements, ensuring smooth logistics and fair play. With provisions for communication between teams, player safety with mandatory shin guards, and meticulous attention to detail in every aspect of the matchday experience, the Maryland League sets the standard for professionalism and excellence for local soccer.

Venue Regulations

All matches will take place in Maryland with Montgomery County  as the primary region. Clubs are given the opportunity to play games at a preferred home venue that must meet the league regulation standards 

  • Regulation sized soccer pitch
  • Regulation sized goals  
  • Corner Flags 
  • Benches for both home and away sides 
  • Spectator bleachers 
  • Access to restrooms
  • Accessible to public transportation 
  •  Secure parking 

Field Directory

  1. Ridge Road Recreational Park
    21500 Ridge Rd, Germantown, MD 20876

Field Dimensions

Touchline Length

  • Minimum 100 m (110 yds)
  • Maximum 110 m (120 yds)

 

Goal Line Length

  • Minimum 64 m (70 yds)
  • Maximum 75 m (80 yds)

Goal

A goal with unripped nets must be placed on the center of each goal line.

  • The distance between the inside of the posts is 7.32 m (8 yds)
  • The distance from the lower edge of the crossbar to the ground is 2.44 m (8 ft).

Corner Flag

Matches will include corner flag posts

  • A flagpost, at least 1.5 m (5 ft) high, with a non-pointed top and a flag must be placed at each corner.
  • Flagposts may be placed at each end of the halfway line, at least 1 m (1 yd) outside the touchline.

Restricted Pitch-side Access

On matchdays, the Maryland League imposes restrictions on pitch-side access, prioritizing safety and efficiency within a controlled environment. Each team is allowed a total of 30 individuals per team. Pitch side access is exclusively reserved for essential personnel, comprising 20 players, 5 technical personnel, and medical staff, with an additional 5 designated for essential staff, particularly reserved for Media personnel who must check in before every match. This selective allocation ensures that only individuals directly involved in match operations and player welfare are present, minimizing distractions and preserving focus on the game. Through meticulous management of pitch-side access, the Maryland League maintains the highest standards of professionalism and security on matchdays.

Match Balls

Each team must provide three (3) Fifa Quality Pro size-5 match balls.

Match Kit Coordination

Information about the kit for players and goalkeepers must be submitted a week before the match. This allows sufficient time for coordination and preparation, ensuring compliance with Maryland League regulations

Match Day Roster

Teams must submit Match Day Roster at midnight the day prior to kick-off.

Referee must check players in players an hour before the match kick-off time.

Player Equipment Requirements

Teams must adhere to specific equipment requirements to ensure a smooth and fair game. Each team is required to have uniforms consisting of jerseys, shorts, socks, and appropriate footwear, usually cleats. Goalkeepers need specialized attire, such as gloves and distinct jersey colors for easy identification. Compliance with equipment regulations ensures that matches proceed smoothly and safely for all involved.

  • Jerseys
  • Goalkeepers MUST have gloves
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Shin Guards
  • Cleats/Boots

Match Day Procedure

1 Hour Before Kick Off

  1. Managers submit matchday roster 1-hour prior to kick-off
  2. Referees check-in players
  3. Teams warm-up on the field

10 Minutes to Kick Off

  1. Starting players are expected to line up for a walk-on 10 minutes before kick-off, promoting sportsmanship among participants and spectators

Kick Off Time

The first half begins – forty-five minutes plus stoppage.

Half Time

Halftime is a 15-minute break for both teams.

Second Half

Approximately an hour after kick-off, the 2nd half begins – another 45 minutes plus stoppages.

Final Whistle and Post-Match

Referee Pre-Match Guidelines

Venue Inspection

Arrive at the venue early to inspect the field conditions, goalposts, and other facilities to ensure they meet safety standards.

Preparation

Referees should thoroughly review match details, including team lineups, any relevant history between the teams, and recent rule changes or directives from league authorities.

Equipment Check

Ensure that all necessary equipment, including referee uniform, whistle, cards, communication devices, and match documentation, is in proper working order and readily accessible.

Pre-Match Meeting 

Meet with assistant referees, fourth officials, and any other match officials to discuss roles, communication protocols, and any specific instructions or concerns.

Warm-up and Briefing

Engage in a physical warm-up routine to prepare for the demands of officiating. Briefly review key points with fellow officials and confirm understanding of responsibilities.

Referee Match Guidelines

Pregame Rituals

 Participate in pregame ceremonies and rituals as required by league or competition rules.

Player Check

Verify player equipment, including uniforms, footwear, and any protective gear, to ensure compliance with regulations.

Captains Meeting

 Conduct a pre-match meeting with team captains to review expectations for fair play, respect for officials, and adherence to the Laws of the Game.

Match Management

 Officiate the match according to the Laws of the Game, maintaining control, making fair and accurate decisions, and managing player conduct effectively.

Communication

Maintain clear and concise communication with players, coaches, and fellow officials throughout the match, using appropriate signals and language.

Injury Management

Ensure prompt and appropriate response to injuries, including stopping play if necessary and facilitating medical attention.

Timekeeping

Manage match time accurately, including stoppages, injury time, and any additional time awarded by the referee.

Referee Post-Match Guidelines

Post-Match Procedures 

Complete any required post-match paperwork or documentation, including disciplinary reports, and submit them to relevant league or competition authorities.

Debriefing

Participate in a post-match debriefing with fellow officials to review key incidents, discuss areas for improvement, and provide feedback.

Availability

Be available for any post-match inquiries or discussions with players, coaches, or league officials, maintaining professionalism and integrity.