Rules

Regional Qualifier Rules

All rules will be in accordance with NCAA standards unless otherwise noted.

  1. Regional Qualifying games will consist of 2 -20 minute running time halves.  Games will begin promptly.
  2. Each team will receive one timeout each half. Timeouts will not carry over to the next half.  The clock will stop for timeouts.
  3. Stop time in last 2 minutes of game when there is a goal differential of 2 goals or less. 
  4. All ties will be decided by a sudden victory overtime period.  Teams will start at the opposite end of the field from where they finished the game.  If the game remains tied after 8 minutes a one minute break will be called by the officials at which time teams will change ends.
  5. Each team will have a one timeout per 8 minute overtime period.
  6. Sticks must meet NCAA or NFHS standards.
  7. There will be no mandatory stick checks by officials.  Stick checks can be requested at any time by a coach. If the stick is found to be illegal the appropriate penalty will be assessed.  If it is legal, the team requesting the stick check will forfeit a timeout.  If no timeouts remain they will be assessed a 30 second technical foul.
  8. Any player, fan or coach ejected from a game will be prohibited from competing in/coaching/watching his/her team’s next game.  If a player/coach/fan is ejected for a second time he/she will be disqualified from the tournament.
  9. Fighting is an automatic ejection from the game.
  10. No noise makers will be allowed at any field (horns, whistles, sirens, cowbells, etc.).  Offenders will be asked to leave the field.
  11. Forfeits will be considered a 4-2 victory for the team that is prepared to play.
  12. Any team that forfeits a game during the tournament will be ineligible to advance to the playoffs.

Championship Event Rules (Denver, Colorado)

All rules will be in accordance with NCAA standards unless otherwise noted.

  1. All games in the Championship series will consist of 4 - 12 minute running time periods.  Games will begin promptly.
  2. Each team will receive one timeout each half. Timeouts will not carry over to the next half. The clock will stop for timeouts.
  3. Stop time in last 2 minutes of game when there is a goal differential of 2 goals or less.
  4. All ties will be decided by a sudden victory overtime period.  Teams will start at the opposite end of the field from where they finished the game.  If the game remains tied after 8 minutes a one minute break will be called by the officials at which time teams will change ends.
  5. Each team will have a one timeout per 8 minute overtime period.
  6. Sticks must meet NCAA or NFHS standards.
  7. Any player, fan or coach ejected from a game will be prohibited from competing in/coaching/watching his/her team’s next game.  If a player/coach/fan is ejected for a second time he/she will be disqualified from the tournament.
  8. Fighting is an automatic ejection from the game.
  9. No noise makers will be allowed at any field (horns, whistles, sirens, cowbells, etc.).  Offenders will be asked to leave the field.
  10. Each team will be allowed a maximum of three coaches to stand in the team bench area during all Championship Series games in Denver.  If you have more coaches actively involved with your team, they are more than welcome to attend the games and be present for warm-ups, but once gameplay starts, they must be cleared from the team bench area and stand with the other spectators. 

Eligibility Rules - United States Teams

  1. All players must be born on or after 9/1/2003. Each player will be required to submit a copy of their birth certificate.
  2. All players must compete with their team or program on a regular basis. Minimum requirements are that players must compete with their team/program for at least two tournaments (outside of a WSYL event), or in a seasonal league. These events do not need to precede the qualifier but must precede the Championship event. WSYL reserves the right to require proof of participation in these tournaments or leagues. Players cannot be added only to participate in the World Series.  
  3. All players must reside within 100 miles of the home field of their program. Players will be required to submit a report card, school identification card, or comparable proof of residency.
  4. No player may compete, or be rostered, on more than one team during the tournament.
  5. All teams must carry between 18-23 field players and a minimum of 2 goalies at all times.  Both goalies do not have to physically participate in the Regional Qualifier, but both need to regularly play within your club or organization and will be held to the same roster eligibility standards as other players.  Total roster size can not exceed 25 players.
  6. The only permitted roster modification after submission of the final roster will be the replacement of an injured goalie with another goalie pending a written request and WSYL approval.
  7. Copies of birth certificates, proof of residency (report card from '16/'17 academic year & valid parent Driver's License), verification of health insurance accepted in the United States, and waiver forms, are all due:
    • West/Central Regional Qualifier: January 13, 2017
    • North/East/South Regional Qualifier: March 3, 2017
  8. Any team in violation of the above roster rules will forfeit all games in which the ineligible player has participated, forfeit any opportunity to advance to the playoffs and forfeit any accolades or titles received by the team.
  9. Any team that forfeits a game during the tournament will be ineligible to advance to the playoffs.

Eligibility Rules - Canadian Teams

  1. All players must be born on or after 9/1/2003.
  2. No player may compete, or be rostered, on more than one team during the tournament.
  3. All players must reside within 200 miles of the home field of their program.
  4. All players must compete with their team on a regular basis.  Players can not be added only to participate in the World Series.
  5. All teams must carry between 18-23 field players and a minimum of 2 goalies at all times. Total roster size can not exceed 25 players.
  6. The only permitted roster modification after submission of the final roster will be the replacement of an injured goalie with another goalie pending a written request and WSYL approval.
  7. All players will be required to provide a copy of their birth certificate and/or passport, proof of residency/citizenship (report card, school identification card, passport) and verification of health insurance that is accepted in the United States.
  8. All players must participate with their team/program on a regular basis.  Players are not to be added only for the World Series.
  9. Any team in violation of the above roster rules will forfeit all games in which the ineligible player has participated, forfeit any opportunity to advance to the playoffs and forfeit any accolades or titles received by the team.
  10. Any team that forfeits a game during the tournament will be ineligible to advance to the playoffs.

Eligibility Rules - International Teams (other than Canada)

  1. All players must be born on or after 9/1/2003.
  2. No player may compete, or be rostered, on more than one team during the tournament.
  3. All players must hold passports from their home country or be passport eligible in that country (per FIL rules).
  4. All teams must carry between 18-23 field players and a minimum of 2 goalies at all times. Total roster size can not exceed 25 players.
  5. The only permitted roster modification after submission of the final roster will be the replacement of an injured goalie with another goalie pending a written request and WSYL approval.
  6. All players will be required to provide a copy of their birth certificate and/or passport, proof of residency/citizenship (report card, school identification card, passport) and verification of health insurance that is accepted in the United States.
  7. Any team in violation of the above roster rules will forfeit all games in which the ineligible player has participated, forfeit any opportunity to advance to the playoffs and forfeit any accolades or titles received by the team.
  8. Any team that forfeits a game during the tournament will be ineligible to advance to the playoffs.

Divisional ties will be broken in the following manner and sequence: 

  1. Head to head play
  2. Most wins
  3. Fewest goals allowed
  4. Total point differential in first five games (not to exceed +3 or -3 per game)
  5. Coin Toss (Team coming in second in the alphabet will call)