SANCTIONING GUIDELINES FOR PLAYER MISCONDUCT

Level 1 Sanctions

One-game minimum suspension with no monetary fine.

  1. Commits serious foul play (for violent conduct; see Level 2 Sanctions).
  2. Denies the opposing team a goal or obvious goal-scoring opportunity by handling the ball or other offense punishable by a free kick or penalty kick.
  3. Uses non-directed offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.
  4. Receives a second caution (two yellow cards) within the same game.
  5. Receives a third caution (three yellow cards) within the same season.

Level 2 Sanctions

Two-game minimum suspension with possible monetary fine.

  1. Commits violent conduct (for fighting, see Level 3 Sanctions).  Suspension plus $0 to $25 fine.
  2. Uses offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures directed at opponents, teammates or spectators (if toward referees; see Level 3 Sanctions).  Suspension plus $0 to $25 fine.
  3. Plays an illegal player.  Suspension plus $0 to $25 fine assessed against both the team rep and player involved.

Level 3 Sanctions

Three-game minimum suspension (up to a lifetime ban) plus mandatory monetary fine.

  1. Any fighting incident.  Suspension plus $25 to $75 fine.
  2. Uses offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures directed at the referee, assistant referee, and/or fourth official.  Suspension plus $25 to $50 fine.
  3. Spits at an opponent, teammate, referee or any other person.  Suspension plus $25 to $50 fine.
  4. Any referee physical assault.  Suspension plus $50 to $150 fine.