Middle School Soccer
MERCY RULE: The clock shall run continuously except for heat time outs and injuries once a 5 goal differential has been established. The clock will continue to run for the remainder of the game if the goal differential falls below 5. If a 9 goal differential has been reached at halftime or at any time during the 2nd half, the game shall be terminated.
GAME TIME: All matches will start at 5:00pm. We will play (2) 30-minute halves with a 10-minute half.
INCLEMENT WEATHER: The home team is responsible for calling the MSCIAA office and the referee assigning agent no later than 11:00am. The referee will be in charge for making the call regarding lightning safety. They will follow TSSAA policy which is "See it flee it, hear it clear it". If any lightning is seen or thunder heard you should immediately clear the playing area and find a safe structure to wait.
OFFICIAL’S FEES: The referee shall be paid $70 each for a 2-man game, and $80 for a single referee. The home team that is listed on the schedule is responsible for paying the official/officials. The officials will call the home school to confirm all games by 11am on the day of the game.
OFFICIAL’S ASSIGNING AGENT: Email Mark Herrington at
PLAYING RULES: The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) rules will apply to all schools participating in Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association (TMSAA). Refer to www.TSSAA.org for more details.
NETS: It is the home team's responsibility to make sure that the goals have nets. If you are the home team and playing at Cordova, Kirby, Melrose, Crump or Whitehaven Stadium, the nets are provided. The home team is responsible for the game ball, which must be size 5.
AGE-RULE: No student-athlete shall be eligible to compete in the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association during any school year, if the student-athlete turns 15 years of age on or before August 1 of that calendar year.
UNIFORMS: The home team shall wear white or light color jersey. All players must wear age appropriate shin guards that are not tampered with and (NOCSAE) approved. This must be stamped on the shinguard itself, not a tag. Goalkeepers must wear a different color uniform.
Corner flags are required for all fields. Schools using turf fields can sign out corner flags for their games through the MSCIAA office. Schools will be responsible for replacement of these items if damaged or not returned.
A) Divisional winners will be determined by the following 4-point system. Only divisional game will used to determine divisional winners.
a) Win-3 points
b) Ties-1 point
c) Loss-0 points
B) Forfeit is scored as a 3-0 loss and the opposing team will be awarded 3-points.
C) If teams are tied, rule (2) will be used to break the tie.
D) To determine divisional winners and seed for the championship.
a) Winner of head-head competition.
b) Highest goal differential- goals for minus goals against with a (maximum 3 goals per game).
c) Least total goals allowed (maximum) 3 goals per game).
d) Most shutouts
e) Most goals scored
f) Penalty kicks
REPORTING SCORES: The winners of each match during the regular season are required to report the score via e-mail or sciaa.org no later noon the next day. This will help to keep track of standings, seed everyone prior to the championship meeting and to update the points system on a weekly basis. Every school will be a given a login to enter scores on the website.
Each team is responsible for rescheduling any missed divisional games due to inclement weather. These changes must be emailed to Kai Washington, Mark Herrington and Park Services if you use park fields. The home team is responsible for notifying the visiting school no later than 11:00am on game day. This will enable the visiting school to cancel their bus without penalty. The rescheduled game must be agreed upon by both schools. You must reschedule your divisional games within three days of the original date.
MSCIAA Soccer Coordinator: Kai Washington- 731-402-1375 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org
Assigning Agent: Mark Herrington-674-4478 (cell), email@example.com
Park Service: 636-5580 (Office)