Frequently Asked Questions

Is Soccer A Contact Sport?

Yes. it is.

Is slide tackling allowed?

Yes. Safe slide tackling is allowed. Slide tackling from behind is also allowed because it does not say in any rule book that it is not “allowed”.  It will be up to the referee’s discretion as to whether a tackle was overly excessive or dangerous to consider additional penalties against the offending player.

Are metal cleats allowed?

Under no circumstances are metal allowed to be worn in league play or on the facility fields. It is actual facility policy not to wear metal cleats. Offenders will be asked to change or not play.

I have never played soccer before but would like to join your league, what is your recommendation?

First, congratulations for choosing soccer as a sport that you would like to play however if it is your first time playing or touch the ball, we are suggesting that you may want to get some basic skills training before you join our league. The majority of our players have some experience or level of play and have some expectation that their team mates and opponents will have the same. We would not want to place any player in an uncomfortable situation where they feel inferior and may not want to participate and the game is no longer enjoyable for themselves or for their team mates. This is a team sport. The the division 2 level will have players of mixed skill levels and therefore the expectation of players with many different levels of playing ability, but in the higher Div 1 level, the scrutiny of playing level is greater by team mates and opponents. We give players the opportunity to rate themselves when they sign up so in the case of a new player that would like to be placed on a team, we can assess where we can properly place the player on a team where the would best fit.  We never want to discourage a person from wanting to try out a new sport but we want all players to consider their safety and comfort.

What is the difference between Div1 Level & Div2 Level?

In the division 2 level will have players of mixed skill levels and therefore the expectation of players with many different levels of playing ability, but in the higher Div 1 level, the scrutiny of playing level is greater by team mates and opponents.  When a player or team captain signs up they rate their playing ability from a scale of A,B,C,D. A being the highest level player which could be a professional to college level skills.

Div 1 Teams are mostly made up of A rated players with a few B here and there ..  A Div 2 Team will or could have many B rated players with a mix of C, D and could have a few A players as well.  As long as a Div 2 team has less 25% A players it will be ranked as a Div2 team.

A=former professional, college player, still plays, in shape, plays all the time, club player, high degree of skills, highly competitive

B=could still be a college level player but may have not played for a while, previous high school player, may not play as much, has good skills, not as advanced as an A player.  very competitive

C=Has soccer experience, maybe coming back to play, maybe not the greatest skills, maybe getting older, not in shape

D=has some experience, may not have extensive  formal training, may not have been playing for a while

 

I played in another Maryland State Soccer Association Affiliated League this year and just moved into the area, do I have to pay the membership dues again to join your league?

Welcome to Baltimore! And thank you for choosing Baltimore Adult Soccer League.  Your league fees include a  $10 USASA insurance fee that is paid via the Maryland State Soccer Association. Depending on the time of the year that you are joining our league will depend on when we can waive that fee. We will need to know what league you are coming from in the state of Maryland. If it is Maryland Majors, we can do a simple cross check.  The other associated leagues are below: