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The Naughty List: Unsportsmanlike Conduct

From festive lights to candy canes as far as the eye can see, the holiday season is in full swing and it’s a magical time of the year. It’s also a time for self-reflection, and perhaps our last chance to make sure we don’t end up with a lump of coal in our stockings.


North Puget Sound League (NPSL) players, coaches and parents are passionate about the sport of soccer, and it’s no surprise that emotions run high during matches. But sometimes those emotions go a little too far, present in the form of unsportsmanlike conduct, and can land you on the naughty list.


Examples of enforceable league misconduct include (but are not limited to):

  • Derogatory remarks or gestures

  • Profanity

  • Inciting or engaging in disruptive behavior

Non-compliance with NPSL operating procedures may result in Disciplinary Committee action and/or removal from the playing area. Remember – the North Puget Sound League enforces a strict, zero-tolerance policy for violence.


Incidents of unsportsmanlike conduct at matches and events ruin things for everyone and can be difficult to navigate. Follow these tips to ensure they are resolved safely and appropriately:

  • Keep your cool and don’t engage with those involved.

  • If the misconduct is happening on the field, let game officials take care of it.

  • If the misconduct is happening on the sidelines, make sure game officials are aware of incidents so they can intervene, if needed.

  • Report incidents of misconduct to the NPSL, following its Disciplinary Committee process.

We all come from different backgrounds and life experiences and have unique family and team dynamics. One thing we all have in common in the North Puget Sound League is a passion and love for soccer and for our kids who play in it.


A good rule of thumb to follow at each and every NPSL event – a little respect goes a long way and ensures we’re all winners both on and off the soccer field. And when all else fails, keep calm and jingle all the way.


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