Soccer Rules


Equipment

Shoes must be worn. NO metal cleats or spikes, or screw-in spikes of any type shall be allowed. A player may NOT wear anything that is potentially too dangerous to him/herself or another player. At their discretion, officials may disallow any item that they deem inappropriate. Failure to heed the official’s warning shall result in disqualification of the individual, or the team.


The Players

The game shall be started by two teams of not more than nine players each, one that shall be designated as goalkeeper. Each team is responsible for wearing shirts of similar colors, and different from their opponents. The goalkeepers shall wear colors that distinguish them from all other players. A team must have a minimum of seven eligible players on the field at all times or the contest shall be declared a forfeit.


Substitutions

Either team may substitute under the following conditions:

  • On a goal kick.

  • On a corner kick.

  • After a goal has been scored.

  • On a throw-in by your own team.

  • Between periods.

  • In the event of injury.

  • When a player has been warned or dismissed from the game.

In the event of an injury, only the injured player(s) may be replaced. The opposition may replace an equal number of players at that time. All substitutions must have the permission of the Referee before entering the field of play. The Referee also must be notified for any change on the goalkeeper.

Penalty: Indirect free kick against the offending side from the location of the ball at the time the infraction is discovered.


Time

The duration of the game shall be two periods of twenty-five minutes each. Half-time shall not exceed five minutes. Time will be kept by the Referee. Time will be stopped ONLY when an injury has occurred.


Start of Play

Prior to the beginning of each game the Referee shall hold a coin toss with captains representing each team. The winner of the coin toss may choose:

  • Which goal his/her team wishes to defend; or

  • To kick-off.

To begin the second half of play, teams shall change ends, and the team that did not kick-off to begin the game shall do so to begin the second half.

Kick-off: At the Referee’s signal, the game shall be started by a player taking a place kick (a kick at the ball while it is stationary on the ground in the center of the field) into the opponent’s half of the field of play. All players shall be in their half of the field, and all players on the team opposing the kicker shall remain at least ten yards from the ball until it is touched. The kicker may not play the ball again following the kick-off until it has been touched by another player.


Following a Goal

After a goal is scored, the ball shall be taken to the center of the field and the team scored upon shall initiate a kick-off.


Ball In and Out of Play

The ball is out of play ONLY when it has completely crossed a boundary line, either on the ground or in the air, or when action is stopped by the referee. The ball is in play at all other times.


Throw In

After crossing a side boundary line the ball shall be put back into play using a throw-in taken from the point where it crossed the line, and throw in any direction by a player on the team opposite to the team who last touched the ball.


The thrower, at the moment of delivering the ball, must face the field of play and part of each foot must be in contact with the ground either on or outside of the sideline. The thrower shall use both hands equally and deliver the ball from behind and over his/her head. A goal may not be scored directly from the throw. The thrower may not play the ball a second time before it has been touched by another player.  The goalie may not pick up a ball that has been intentionally thrown to him.

Penalty: Improper throw-in: Throw-in is awarded to opposition; Thrower touching the ball before another player has the opportunity to do so: Direct free kick awarded to opposition.


Goal Kick 

A goal kick shall be awarded to the defending team when the entire ball crosses the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, outside of the goalposts, having last been touched by a member of the attacking team. The ball shall be kicked from the ground within the goal area. The kick shall clear the penalty area and enter the field of play. If it fails to do so it shall be repeated.

Players opposing the kicker shall remain outside the penalty or until the ball has moved outside of the area. After the goal kick leaves the penalty area, the ball may be played by any player except the one who executes the kick. The kicker may not play the ball until it has been touched by another player.


Corner Kick 

A corner kick shall be awarded to the attacking team when the entire ball passes over the goal line, outside of the goal posts, either in the air or on the ground, having last been touched by the defensive team. The ball shall be kicked from the ground within the quarter circle nearest where the ball left the field of play. Players of the defending team shall be at least ten yards from the ball until it has been kicked. After the corner kick, the ball may be played by any player except the one who executed the kick. The kicker may not play the ball until it has been touched by another player.


Scoring

A goal is scored when the ball has COMPLETELY crossed over the goal line between the goalposts and under the crossbar, provided it has not been thrown or carried by the hand or arm of a member of the attacking team. If the defensive team uses their hand or arm to deflect a ball that is headed for the goal it shall be counted as a goal if it goes in.


Winning/ Ties

The team scoring the greater number of goals in a game shall be declared the winner. A tie shall be declared if an equal number of goals are scored.

Play-offs

If the game is tied at the end of regulation in play-offs, then a 10 minute overtime period will be played.  Golden Goal Rules apply, therefore if a goal is scored during the over-time the game is immediately over.  If after the over-time period no goal has been scored, then kicks will be taking from the penalty spot.  Each team will select 5 members to take the kicks.  A coin flip will determine the order of kicks.  If after each team has taken 5 kicks, the score remains tied, then kicks will be taken be the remaining members of the team; each round of 1 is sudden death.  Kicks continue in the same order until a winner is determined.


Offside

A player is in an offside position when nearer the opposing team’s goal line than the ball unless:

  • That player is in his/her own half of the field of play.

  • There are two opposing players nearer their own goal line.

A player shall only be penalized for offside position if, at the moment the ball is played by a teammate, that player is, in the opinion of the officials:

  • Interfering with play or an opponent; or

  • Seeking to gain an advantage by being in that position.

Penalty: Indirect free kick awarded to opponents at the spot of the infraction.

A player shall NOT be penalized for offside position if he/she receives the ball directly from a:

  • Goal kick.

  • Corner kick.

  • Throw-in.

  • Drop by an official.


Goalkeeper Privileges 

Within his/her own penalty area the goalkeeper has certain privileges:

  • Carrying the ball or striking it with the arms.

  • He/She may not be charged or interfered with in any manner by an opponent while in possession of the ball. Possession includes the act of dribbling and dropping the ball for a kick.

Outside of the penalty area the goalkeeper has no more privileges than any other player.

When in possession of the ball in their hands, the goalkeeper has six seconds in which to release the ball.


Violations 

The following violations will result in a DIRECT FREE KICK by the offended team (if committed within the penalty area a penalty kick is given):

  • Kicking, striking, jumping at, or tripping an opponent.

  • Handling the ball with the hands or arms.

  • Holding or pushing an opponent.

  • Charging an opponent in a violent or dangerous manner.

  • Charging a goalkeeper who has possession of the ball.

  • Goalkeeper striking an opponent with the ball.

The following violations will result in an INDIRECT FREE KICK by the offended team:

  • A player trying to kick a ball in the possession of the goalkeeper.

  • Obstruction: coming between the ball and an opponent so as to form an obstruction without intent of playing the ball.

  • Any dangerous play.

Free Kicks 

The kick is taken by a member of the team against which the offense is committed, from the point where the infraction occurred. All opponents shall be at least ten yards away from the ball until it is kicked. The ball must be stationary when it is kicked.

  • A DIRECT FREE KICK is one from which a goal can be scored directly on the kick.

  • An INDIRECT FREE KICK is one from which a goal cannot be scored unless the ball has been touched by a player other than the kicker before passing through the goal.

When a free kick is awarded to the defending team in the penalty area, the ball must be kicked out of the penalty area. All opponents must be outside of the penalty area and at least ten yards from the ball.


Penalty Kicks
A penalty kick is given when a violation receiving a DIRECT free kick occurs in the penalty area. The kick shall be made by a member of the offended team from the penalty spot. All players except the kicker and goalkeeper must be outside the penalty area. The goalkeeper may move side to side on their goal line, but cannot move forward or backward until the ball is kicked. The kicker may not play the ball a second time until it has been touched by another player.

  • For any infringement by the defending team the kick shall be retaken if a goal has not resulted.

  • For any infringement by the attacking team other than the player taking the kick the kick shall be retaken if a goal has resulted.

  • For any infringement by the player taking the kick a goal may not be scored and an indirect free kick is given to the other team.

If necessary, time of play shall be extended to allow a penalty kick to be taken, and only the kicker may play the ball, and he may do so only once.


Linesmen

Each team is required to provide one linesman to call out-of-bounds plays and off-sides on their defensive end. The linesman may be overruled by the referee.


Sweepstakes:

  • Every team will earn 20 points for participation.

  • Play-off points. Determined by the final standings, each team that qualifies for the play-offs will receive 10 points.  

  • Championship points. Following post-season play the championship team will receive an additional 25 points, and the runner-up will receive 10.  

  • Forfeit points. 15 points will be deducted from a team’s point total for any scheduled contest they forfeit.

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