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Soccer Rules

Soccer Rules
Players and Substitutions
  • Teams will consist of seven players (6 field players and a goal keeper). A minimum of five players is required to start play.
  • All leagues are Co-Rec. You must field two female players at all times.
  • Substitutions are only allowed in the following situations:
  • When a ball goes out on the end lines or sidelines (goal kicks, corner kicks, or throw-ins)
  • When a player is injured and needs to come out of the game
  • When a goal is scored

Start of Game and Game Time
  • Choice of sides and the kickoff will be decided by a coin toss. The team winning the toss will have the choice of side or kickoff. The second half will begin with kickoff by the team that did not have it in the first half. 
  • At the referee's whistle, a player taking a place kick from the center of the field into the opponent's half of the field will start the game. Prior to the kick, players shall be on their respective sides of the field. A goal may not be scored directly from kickoff. The player who kicked off may not play the ball again until another player has touched the ball. An indirect kick is awarded if this occurs.
  • Two 18-minute halves will be played with a 2-minute halftime period.
  • Game time is running time with the clock being stopped only on injuries, when a goal is scored, when a penalty kick is awarded, and when a player is carded.
  • One 30-second timeout is allowed for each time during each half.
  • Ties will not be broken in regular season play. In playoffs, ties will be broken by a 5-minute sudden death overtime period (first goal scored wins). If the score remains tied, a 3-minute sudden death period will be played without goalkeepers.

  • There will be no offsides.
  • The goalkeeper can distribute the ball by throwing or placekicking only to half point of field.
  • A goalkeeper cannot handle a ball played back to him/her by his/her teammate. An indirect kick is awarded if a goalkeeper plays the ball with his/her hands on a pass back from his/her teammate. The goalkeeper can catch a headed air ball.
  • Direct and indirect kicks will be awarded in accordance with referee judgments.
  • If a player is ejected from the game, he must leave the field and may not stay in the area of play. If a player refuses to leave, his/her team will forfeit the game.
Direct kicks:
  • Hand balls
  • Holding or pushing opponent
  • Striking or kicking opponent
  • Charging opponent/goalkeeper
  • Goalkeeper intentionally striking an opponent with the ball
Indirect kicks:
  • Goalie delays in release of ball
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct
  • Dangerous play
  • Interfering with goalkeeper
  • Obstruction

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