Playing Leagues

What league will my team play in?

After teams are formed, they are usually placed into a playing league.  The playing league is governed by the officials that run that specific league.  The rules of play and administrative requirements may vary, as will the locations the games are played.  Crowley Independent Soccer Association teams participate in the following playing leagues:

CISA U4-U8 Recreational League
This league consist of Crowley and Burleson U4-U8 teams.  Typically, U4 and U6 age levels only play Crowley & Burleson Teams. 

Metroplex Soccer Alliance Recreational League 
This league consist of U9 and above teams. This is the default league that teams are assigned to. The Metroplex Soccer Alliance is made up of recreational soccer teams from Brownwood, Burleson, Cleburne, Crowley, Glen Rose, Granbury, Mineral Wells, Stephenville, and Weatherford.  Teams will play half their games at home and half of their games at an opponent's location. For more info, visit http://www.metroplexsoccer.org

Arlington Soccer Unlimited Recreational League
This league consist of U11 and above teams. Any U11 and above team may opt to play in this league instead of the Metroplex Soccer Alliance League as listed above.  The games are played in Cleburne as well as many areas in and surrounding Arlington. Teams will play half their games at home and half of their games at an opponent's location. For more info, visit http://arlingtonsoccer.org/asa/leagues/recreational/.  Coaches must notify the Registrar that they wish to play in this league before teams are made. 

Arlington Premier Invitational League (Competitive)
This league consist of U11 and above competitive teams. Any U11 and above team may opt to play in this league instead of the recreational leagues as listed above. The games are played in Arlington. There are several requirements to be met for a team to play competitive soccer, so it is imperative that coaches get with the Registrar in June or sooner to discuss the requirements and get the paperwork in order.  This is a full year commitment starting in July of each year.

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When and where are practices or games?

The coach chooses the practice night(s) that best fits his/her schedule.  CISA does not dictate when or where a coach practices his/her team.  Because of the number of teams we have, CISA also does not have a master schedule of practices or locations teams practice at.

Coaches set the practices times, but generally begin between 5:30-6:30pm depending on the time of the year. They tend to last around 1-2 hours depending on the age group (practices are shorter for younger age groups, longer for older age groups).

Each coach sets the practice schedule with a suggestion of two nights per week for children U8 and above. One night per week for U4, U5 and U6. The first week available for practice is mid to late March for the Spring season, and early to mid August for the Fall season for youth recreational teams.  Academy and Select teams may practice year round.

Game times depend on the age group. Regular season Saturday games start around 9:00 am and are slotted all day long. Each game last roughly 45 - 90 minutes (younger ages play shorter games). Weeknight evening games start after 6:00 pm.

During tournaments, games may start as early as 8:00 am and last until after dark depending on light availability at the field being played on. Sunday tournament games may occur in the morning in order to get all the game completed.

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Do we play on holidays?

We are mindful of the holidays and try to respect everyone's ability to celebrate, however we must get the required number of games in during the season.

  • Easter Weekend: No games (but there are games in the proceeding week).
  • Mother's Day: Yes, games may be scheduled on this day, but not ususally for the younger teams.  Your team might also choose to participate in tournaments, so confirm with your coach.
  • Memorial Day: The recreational season is typically over at this time. Your team might also choose to participate in tournaments, so confirm with your coach.
  • Father's Day: The recreational season is typically over at this time. Your team might also choose to participate in tournaments, so confirm with your coach.
  • Labor Day: No regular season game are scheduled during this weekend. However, your team might choose to participate in tournaments, so confirm with your coach.
  • Halloween: Yes, although late afternoon games might be rescheduled.
  • Thanksgiving: There are many tournaments that happen the weekend after Thanskgiving if your team chooses to participate.  Invite the family to come out and watch.
  • Christmas & New Years: There are many tournaments that happen around this time if your team chooses to participate. Invite the family to come out and watch.
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What should I do if the referee makes a bad call?

You should respect the difficult job that referees have and recognize that the referee, according to the FIFA Laws of the Game, is the ultimate authority on the field. Whether a coach, spectator, player or parent, you should not vocally dispute a referee call (or even call out for an explanation) during the game.

The coach may speak privately with an adult referee at halftime or after the game to seek an explanation. Youth referees should NOT be approached at half time or after the game to discuss calls. If you have a question, it may be directed to the youth referee through the Referee Assignor or Director of Referees.

At no point in time, in the history or future of soccer, will a referee's decision be reversed.  You must consider this when deciding if you want to "argue" with the referee about a call or seek "clarification" as to why a call was made.  In the end, you still may not agree with the call, but you will at least know why the referee made the call.

Many of our referees are young.  They are some of the best kids around and have played soccer and respect adults.  Do not take advantage of that respect by "bullying" them after they have made a call.  It teaches your players bad sportsmanship and may get you removed from the game and/or coaching.

Many of our referees are also coaches.  This means they have been subjected to "bad calls" from other referees.  Understand that the referee cannot see everything and what they do see, they may see differently than you.  This is a part of the game and you must teach your players to adapt and overcome any obstacles to perceive are out there.

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Where are games played?

For U4 and U8 age divisions, all games are played at Crowley or Burleson.  

For U9-U12 teams, you will participate in the Metroplex Soccer Alliance and will play half (or more) your games in Crowley and other games in other cities that participate.  

For U13 teams and up, you may participate in either the Metroplex Soccer Alliance or the Arlington Soccer Association league.  Coaches must notify the registrar if they wish to play in Arlington, otherwise they will be placed in Metroplex if that age division is available.