All Middle School and Private High School League Rules

2019 CSOA Public Middle Schools / Private High Schools and Private Middle Soccer League Rules 

Public Middle Schools (NFHS rules are always used for public school games)

Arlington Middle School Program: There are  six schools, Gunston, Hamm, Jefferson, Kendall, Swanson and Williamsburg. Games are 25-minute halves, no OT. Start time is 3:15pm. Intentional heading is not allowed. Restart is an IDFK for the other team. Genders play sequential and alternate each year. These games are all done using the one-man system.

Prince William Middle School Program: There are 18 schools. Boys play in the fall, girls in the spring. Games are 30-minute halves with 2x5 full time OT periods if tied after regulation. Start time is 5pm, but is flexible because of bus travel issues in PW County. Be prepared to start at 4:45 if both teams are ready. Some schools opt for two officials. Default coverage is one official. Here is the new grouping of schools as of last year.

East: Fred Lynn, Graham Park, Potomac, Rippon, Woodbridge

Central: Beville, Benton, Hampton, Lake Ridge, Saunders

West: Bull Run, Gainesville, Marsteller, Reagan

North: Manassas Park, Metz (Manassas City) Parkside, Stonewall

Private Schools: Schools play a mix of NFHS and Modified FIFA rules. Always get coaches agreement before starting as to the rules of the competition.   VISAA is the umbrella organization for most private schools in Virginia. VISAA, state-wide, is structured for girls competition in the spring and boys in the fall.  Also, Girl’s competitions in the spring at St. John Paul, Trinity Christian, Highland, Wakefield and Seton leads to potential seeding for end-of-season tournaments.

Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC): The WCAC uses NHSF rules, no overtime. Bishop Ireton (Alexandria), Bishop O’Connell (Arlington) and St John’s (DC) play at 4 and 5:45, varsity first. Paul VI (Fairfax) plays at 5 and 6:45, JV first. Paul VI is the only school that plays evening games. All other schools in all leagues play afternoon games.

WCAC Sports Link: (provides WCAC standings)

Metropolitan Athletic Conference (MAC): This is a boys’ conference. CSOA provides officials for just two schools, Flint Hill and Potomac School (Langley). The MAC also uses modified FIFA rules with two 10-minute OT, if needed, golden goal. Both Flint Hill and Potomac have robust middle school programs with multiple teams. (See ISL below for Middle School info)

Independent Soccer League (ISL): This is a girls’ conference. CSOA provides officials for Episcopal, Flint Hill, Madeira, Potomac and SSSA. The ISL uses modified FIFA rules with two 5-minute OT, if needed, not sudden victory.  Flint Hill, Potomac, and SSSA have middle school programs. Game time for middle school games, girls and boys, is 3:15pm. All three schools, as well as Episcopal, decide field usage schedules each week. So the field assigned to your game in Arbiter may not be the right field. The assigner will make changes in Arbiter when it makes sense to do so or will use the Arbiter home page to list venue changes. There is no OT in any of these middle school games.

Potomac Valley Athletic Conference (PVAC). This is a Maryland-based girls’ conference. However, there is one Virginia school, Oakcrest, which we assign.  Oakcrest fields middle school, JV and Varsity teams. All play NFHS rules. There is no OT. Game times vary.

Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC): This is a long-established conference and plays boys in the fall and girls in the spring. CSOA provides officials for four schools, Highland (Warrenton), Seton Manassas (plays at Valley View), Trinity Christian (on Braddock Road just west of GMU), and Wakefield (the Plains). The DAC plays modified FIFA with no OT during the season. All four schools also have middle school teams. Game times vary from 3:30 at Valley View to 4:15 at Trinity.

Independent Schools: CSOA provides officials for two large private schools without league affiliation, Saint John Paul (Dumfries) and King Abdullah Academy. Both schools play modified FIFA with no OT. King Abdullah also has a middle school program, boys play in the fall, girls in the spring. Game times vary. Saint John Paul has lights and may play some evening games. The school also uses the new Ali Kreiger complex near the school.

NVIAC (Northern Virginia Independent Athletic Conference): The NVIAC plays NFHS rules, with no OT. CSOA contracted schools are Christ Chapel Academy (plays at Howison), County Christian School (Ashburn), Dominion Christian School (Reston), Dominion (Chantilly/Arrowhead), and Fairfax Home School (Herndon/Arrowbrook).  Christ Chapel Academy includes high school and middle school. Game times are 3:30 for varsity and 3:45 for middle school; County Christian School includes high school and middle school.  HEARTS homeschool and Fairfax Christian School have combined with County Christian for athletics. Game times vary. Dominion Christian School includes high school and middle school. Dominion plays at Arrowbrook in Herndon. Game times vary. Fairfax Home School (plays at Arrowhead) includes high school and middle school. Game times are 3:30 for both.


Holy Family Academy (HFA): HFA is located in PW County and plays all its games, high school and middle school, at Valley View. Start time is 3:30, modified FIFA. Given that Seton also uses Valley View we may have as many as 7 officials there at one time. Field allocations vary, so look around and make sure you have the right team/level at hand.

Temple Baptist School:  Located in Ashburn, this high school is boys only and uses modified-FIFA, no OT,  and start time vary. This is a different school than Fairfax Temple Baptist which RSRA assigns.

Virginia Catholic Athletic Conference: This is a collection of small private schools that play middle school only. CSOA provides officials for Aquinas (plays at Veteran’s Park), Holy Family Catholic School (plays at Chinn), Linton Hall (Linton Hall Road) and St. William of York (Stafford). Conference plays boys in fall, girls in spring. Start time is typically 4pm.

Langley School (McLean): Plays both boys and girls in the fall. Game times are typically 3:30 or 3:45. Usual schedule is two games, could be both boys, both girls, or a combination. Langley fields 7/8 grade teams and 5/6 grade teams. Former play 30-minute halves no OT. Latter play 25-minute halves, no OT.