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Framingham United Soccer Club

Player Guidlines

The Player

As members of F.U.S.C., players have responsibilities not only to the Club, but also to the coach and to their teammates.  The Player Code of Conduct can be found here.


The player is expected to be at practice promptly. Practices are as important as games. This is the time when existing techniques are enhanced and new ones introduced and developed. It is also the time that is used by the coach to teach and practice team tactics. Players are expected to attend practice with a positive, enthusiastic attitude and a willingness to learn from the coach. It is important that players attend as many practices as possible since frequent absence limits the individual player's development and may inhibit team performance. It should be remembered that challenging practices, taken seriously by the players, lead to success in actual matches. If a player consistently misses practice, this issue is to be discussed by the coach, the player and parent(s) and could result in reduced match playing time. When attending practice, players are required to be dressed appropriately; i.e. soccer shoes, shin pads, etc. In addition, each player should bring water or alternative liquid refreshment and a clearly labeled ball which is the correct size for the player's age.


It is the player's responsibility to know the place and time of scheduled games. If the player does not have the information by the day before the game, the player should contact the coach. Players are required to dress in the uniform provided through the Club. Soccer shoes are required, and a player must wear shin pads or they will not be allowed to play. Due to the risk of self injury, and the potential for injury to other players, the wearing of earrings and other jewelry is not allowed. The Club expects players to dress in a neat manner; i.e. shirts tucked in and socks covering shin pads, both of which are BAYS league rules.

Referee Relationship

Players must realize that, during games, the referee is the authority. Referee calls and decisions are to be accepted as right, even when they are technically wrong. Players should concentrate on what is going to happen next in the game, rather than give the advantage to the opposition by disputing a referee's decision and not focusing on play. In addition, players are expected to abide by the spirit as well as the laws of the game.


Most coaches will spend time preparing for practices and for matches. If a player is unable to attend either, the coach should be notified as soon as it is known that the player will be absent.


Should a player be injured during a game or practice, the coach should be notified immediately. Players should not continue to play or practice if doing so will aggravate the injury. Except for cases of emergency care on the field, treatment of injuries is not the responsibility of the coach. Outside of emergency situations, treatment of injuries is the responsibility of the player/parent(s) and should be implemented under the direction of a physician.

Other Sports & Teams

The Club recognizes and encourages players to participate in other sports. However, by joining FUSC, the player is making a commitment to the Club. It is expected that the player will make soccer matches a priority over other sports commitments, and will give soccer practices priority over practices of other sports as often as possible.

Players' Motto

The Club expects each player, irrespective of playing ability, to adopt the following motto as their own for both games and practices - "Play Hard, Play Fair".

Nominate Your Coach!

FUSC's Peter Timoney Award is presented annually to a coach who best exemplifies the sportsmanship traits of Peter Timoney, who passed away in October of 1999. If you or your child think that their coach has the enthusiasm and sportsmanship values of Peter Timoney, please nominate them for the award!  More information about the award and nomination form can be found here.

Zero Tolerance

All individuals responsible for a team and all spectators shall support the referee. Failure to do so will undermine the referee’s authority and has the potential of creating a hostile environment for the players, the referee, and all the other participants and spectators.
  1. No one, except the players, is to speak to the referee during or after the game. Exceptions: Coaches may ask questions before the game, call for substitutions and point out emergencies during the game, or respond to the referee if addressed.
  2. Absolutely no disputing calls, during or after the game, no remarks to the referee to watch certain players or attend to rough play. NO YELLING at the referee, EVER, and no criticism, sarcasm, harassment, intimidation, or feedback of any kind during or after the game.
  3.  Violators may be ejected and are subject to disciplinary action.
  4. If coaches or spectators have questions regarding particular calls, rules, or a referee, or wish to give feedback regarding a referee, please contact the FUSC referee’s director for the game in question.

Contact Us

Framingham United Soccer Club

1257 Worcester Rd, #135
Framingham, Massachusetts 01701

Email Us: [email protected]
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