League Rules

2021 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, Kenmore, 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.  Please refer to school website to confirm game times.

Prince William Middle School Program: There are 19 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, Potomac Shores, Rippon, Woodbridge

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

West: Bull Run, Gainesville, Marsteller, Reagan

North: Manassas Park, Metz (Manassas City) Parkside, Unity Braxton(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. Varisty plays 40 min halves, JV plays 35 min halves.  Bishop Ireton (Alexandria) and Bishop O’Connell (Arlington)  play at 4 and 5:30, Varsity first. Paul VI (Loudoun) plays at 5:45 and 7:30, JV first. Paul VI is the only school that plays evening games becasue they have a lighted field. All other schools in all leagues play afternoon games.     Note: This year Ireton will be bplayig JV and Varisty at 4:00 at Witter Park--Varisty on #2, JV on #1.

WCAC Sports Link: http://www.wcacsports.com/landing/index (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. There is no OT in any of these middle school games.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.

Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC): The Delaney Conference has disbanded and two new conferences have formed(starting fall 2021):

        Greater Peidmonte Athletic Conference (GPAC):  We provide referees for two schools in this conference, Highland School (Warrenton) and The Wakefield School (The Plains).  Both schools have a Varsity and Middle School programs--boys in the fall and girls in the spring.  The "A" group plays 30 min halves, "B" group plays 25 min halves.  The GPAC plays modified FIFA with no OT during the season.  

        Virginia Christian Athletic Conference (VCAC):   CSOA provides officials for three schools:  Seton Manassas (plays at Valley View), Trinity Christian (on Braddock Road just west of GMU), and John Paul the Great (Dumfries, fields at the school but sometimes uses Ali Kreiger park right in front of the school). The VCAC plays modified FIFA with no OT during the season. Varsity games are 40 min halves, JV 35 min halves.  All three schools also have middle school teams.  Middle school plays 30 min halves.  Game times vary from 3:30 at Valley View to 4:15 at Trinity.

NVIAC (Northern Virginia Independent Athletic Conference): The NVIAC plays NFHS rules, with no OT.  CSOA contracted schools are Christ Chapel Academy (plays at Howison), Covenent Chrisitan (plays at Fauquier Psorts plex), Dominion Christian School (Reston/Lake Fairfax, Fairfax Christian (Chantilly/),  Fairfax Home School (Chantilly--Arrowhead/Southrun), Immanual Chrisitan (Springfield/Loisdale Park), and Virginia Academy (Ashburn).  Game times vary depending on the park/site.  Middle school plays 30 min halves, Varsity plays 40 min halves.

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

Independent Schools:

King Abdullah Academy (Chantilly):  Plays modified FIFA with no OT.  King Abdullah also has a middle school program, boys play in the fall, girls in the spring. 

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.

Oakcrest (Vienna):   Oakcrest fields middle school, JV and Varsity teams. All play NFHS rules. There is no OT. Game times vary.

Temple Baptist School:  Located in Ashburn, this high school is boys only and uses modified-FIFA, no OT,  and start time vary.

Fairfax Baptist Temple Academy:  Located in Springfield, they will play both JV an Varsity with boys in the fall and girls int he spring.  This is our first season with FBT.  They will use NFHS rules.  They are part of the ODSCS conference (Old Dominion Assoc of Church Schools).

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.

Loudoun Country Day School (Leesburg):  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.