South Bay Peninsula Soccer League (SBPSL) is a recreational soccer league with age restrictions for each of their Divisions.

This league is not affiliated with USSF: Wear your SBSRA badge.

South Bay Peninsula Soccer League has a policy against both Foul Language and Dissent. SBSRA is committed to help SBPSL improve the quality of their league by enforcing the league’s policies on these two issues.

SBPSL has a policy that the use of foul language will result in a Yellow card and the related 5 minute sit out by the offending player. SBPSL does not want the use of foul language to impact its ability to get field permits and has requested SBSRA to enforce the foul language policy in a consistent manner. There should not be any “first time” pass for foul language. SBSRA Referees should remind the players and managers during the check-in and the Captains at the coin toss that foul language will result in a yellow card if either the Referee or the Assistant Referees hear foul language. SBSRA and SBPSL is asking the referees to use their best judgment when it comes to this policy as a “public scream” of foul language can not be over looked, but a “private under the breath comment” could be addressed with some type of “I heard you” please control that language. Referees are reminded that “any foul language in any language” is unacceptable and needs to be addressed in the same manner.  

SBPSL also has a policy that Dissent is not acceptable and Dissent will result in a Yellow card and the related 5 minute sit out by the offending player(s). SBSRA referees need to address Dissent and Yellow card offenders as appropriate. If the players react positively and immediately to the referee’s direction the referee without a card the referee may not need to issue the card, but any repeat occurrences of Dissent should result in a Yellow card.


Contact Information:

  • SBPSL rain hotline (424-337-0409) will answer after 4 rings
  • League’s web site:


  • SBPSL utilizes the latest version of the IFAB LOTG as modified by the SBPSL Operating Rules and this “Rules” section and the “Notes” section listed below.
  • 2019-2020 Law changes: During the first few weeks in the season, the referee’s will take the time to explain the new laws, if circumstances dictate that requirement.
  • Technical Area: Both team’s benches must be in the technical area at the half way line (approx. 15 yards on either side of halfway line). Managers must stay in the technical area during the match. While the league prefers that the teams sit on opposite sides of the pitch, the referee may allow them to sit on the same side based on the specific situation. Everyone in the technical area must have a SBPSL Player or Manager ID card and must be checked in on the roster. While the referee shall remove any non-carded person from the technical area, the referee should use his/her judgement and utilize this policy to maintain a fun, safe, and fair environment. Kicking a player’s grandmother out of the technical area just because she does not have a card may not be the best for game management.
  • Substitutions: The maximum number of substitutes is limited to the eligible players on the Line-Up Card. With the referee’s permission, either team may substitute at any restart. Substituted players may return to play.
  • Any player receiving a caution (yellow card) shall leave the field and cannot reenter for at least five (5) minutes. The player may be substituted for and can later return at any normal substitution, as deemed appropriate with the referee’s permission after five (5) minutes. This provision shall not apply to goalkeepers.
  • D50 and D60 – No slide-tackling or sliding to play the ball when another player is within 5 yards. Any player violating this rule (except the goal keeper) will result in the stoppage of play and an IFK for the other team unless the sliding resulted in a foul. In that case, the restart would be a IFK or DFK depending on the foul. Repeated violation of the No Sliding rule may result in a Yellow card for Persistent Offenses.
  • Play Off Rules – No overtime.  Kicks From The Mark with only the 11 players on the pitch at end of game being able to participate in the KFTM.


Suspension List : Check SBPSL website at for player suspensions.

Field Arrival: At least 30 minutes before match.

Line-Up Cards/Fees: Obtain Line-Up Cards and Referee Fees, in cash, from team managers.

Field Conditions: Home team is responsible. Check conditions; note deviations on the home team’s Line-Up Card and have team manager initial. Play despite technical deficiencies.

Player and Manager Check-In:

  1. Referees must make sure that each player listed on Line-Up Card has a new SBPSL photo ID card (see this sample) for the team and division. NO ID = NO PLAY– There are No Player Check-in Exceptions No guest players, no substituting drivers licenses for SBPSL ID cards, etc.
  2. Each Player shall present his SBPSL ID card to the Referee and the referee will check off each player one at a time after verifying the player’s ID and jersey number.
  3. All Managers shall present his SBPSL Manager (or Player) ID card to the referee and the referee will check off each manager one at a time after verifying the manager’s ID card. Note: Player-managers will only have a player’s ID card and they can manage and play in the match. Managers with manager’s ID card cannot play, they can only manage.
  4. Retain ID cards and return after match. If you check in a player whose name appears on the suspension list, notify both managers. If the manager claims that the player is eligible, allow play and note on the Line-Up Card.
  5. Equipment Check: Use common sense. Not all player uniforms will match. As to jewelry etc., the prime criteria is the safety of others – watches, hard bracelets or protruding rings are not OK. These are grown men and each makes decisions about what is dangerous to himself. They are often seen wearing necklaces, ear rings and soft bracelets.
  • The Match

Match Length: Two 45 minute halves in a 110 minute window. No overtime.

Referee Crew: Premier and D50: 3 person Crew, D60: 2 person Crew (Dual Referee system)

Start Time: As close to scheduled start time as possible. If a match must start more than 15 minutes late, inform both sides and shorten both halves equally.

Late Arriving Players: Ensure that AR collects the SBPSL ID cards and notes player numbers. The Referee should  allow immediate entry if team is playing short. Update the Line-Up Card at the end of the half.

Cautions: Substitution is allowed, minimum 5 minute sit-out required. Note: The 5 minute sit-out does not apply to the Goalkeeper.

  • Post Match

Match Report: Complete the Line-Up Cards with match result, misconduct, and all other information requested there. Make clear the name and jersey number of carded players. Retain the SBPSL ID card of all players and Managers sent off.

Return ID Cards: Return the balance of the SBPSL ID cards to team managers.

Line-Up Cards:
    1. For all matches: Within 24hrs of the match scan in or attach a photo of both sides of both team’s line up cards into an email and send the email to Photos must be clear so all information on the card is legible.
    2. For matches with Red Cards including Double Yellows (players, coaches, spectators etc.): When a red card is issued you need to complete the following two steps:

a) In addition to completing step 1 from above, scan or attached a photo of the retained SBPSL ID card(s) along with the both team’s line up cards into an email and send the email to within 24hrs of the match.

b) All red cards must by recorded on a match report. Send a copy of the match report to the SBSRA Member-at-Large. Once the MAL approves the match report, mail Line-Up Cards, retained SBPSL ID cards and the approved match report to the SBPSL address shown on the Line-Up Cards: SBPSL, P.O. Box 1070, Torrance, CA 90505.

  • Forfeit Procedures
If the game is a forfeit and the players present with valid SBPSL ID’s they may, with everyone’s consent, mix players to form up teams and play a scrimmage game. This is a sanctioned SBPSL event that SBSRA referees can officiate, after collecting the usual game fees, and with the usual SBSRA insurance in effect. If the game is not a forfeit, but one team is short-handed, the players present with valid SBPSL ID’s can, with everyone’s consent, mix players to form up teams and play the game. This is a sanctioned SBPSL event that SBSRA referees can officiate, after collecting the usual game fees, and with the usual SBSRA insurance in effect. This is based on our receipt of a SBPSL directive that such games, where registered SBPSL players play for a team other than their own in these two limited cases, are sanctioned SBPSL games/events and all rules and coverage should apply. Per this directive from Andy Strasner, players may NOT switch sides once the match has begun. If there is a sendoff of one of the players, be sure to report it to THE TEAM TO WHICH HE IS REGISTERED.