Running up the Score

Updated July, 2016

AC BREA believes that it is not good for the game of soccer when a Recreational team deliberately runs up the score. AC BREA recognizes that at any given game the losing team may be unable to stop their opponents from scoring.  Nonetheless, no game should end with one team having more than five goals over the other team, and coaches are expected to control their own attack by changing players or tactics when ahead by five goals.

When there is more than a five goal difference the following will occur:  Any goals which exceed the allowed difference of five will NOT count and will be removed from that game’s total at the end of the game.

Team A – 3 goals Team B – 8 goals Difference – 5 goals
The score will be recorded as:
Team A – 3 goals Team B – 7 goals

Excessive goals will NOT be counted at year-end, which may impact on standings in the event of a tie.

The first time it happens, the Head Coach and his coaching staff will at a minimum be cautioned regarding running up the score.

The Director of Coaching has the option to request a timely investigation, which may include speaking with the Head Coaches of the involved teams and the Referee of the game in question. If it is determined the Head Coach intended to run up the score, the Head Coach may be subject to disciplinary action.

Failure of the Head Coach to control or modify the attack will be seen as the intent to run up the score.

After one caution, Coaches who run up the score are subject to disciplinary action.

Disciplinary action can include the suspension and the barring from the sidelines of the Head Coach or the removal of the Head Coach from the team if the conduct is considered malicious or egregious.