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Indoor Soccer Rules & Regulations    

Mayor Ralph A. Infante Wellness Center

Indoor Soccer Rules & Regulations    

Effective October, 2018 

 

NOTE: All games shall be played in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game (LOTG) except as modified, superseded or supplemented by these “Indoor Soccer Rules and Regulations.”

Refere to Item 18 for modifications which apply to the U8 and U10 divisions.

1.        Law 1 – The Field of Play

A.   Field Size

1.    U10 matches and below shall be played on a “Half Field” as defined by the red markings and the curtain between the two halves of the field.

2.    U11 matches and above shall be played on the “Full Field” of play as defined by the white boundary lines.

B.   The Technical Area (Bench Area)

1.    Only participating players and a maximum of three coaches shall be permitted on the field or in the bench area during warm-ups and game time.

a.    An adult coach/manager MUST be present at ALL youth games including High School matches.

2.    The designated home team shall occupy the home bench and occupy the field end farthest from the basketball court for the first half. The home team is the first team listed in the game schedule.

 

2.        Law 2 – The Ball

A.   Ball Size

1.    U12 matches and below shall be played using a size 4 ball.

2.    U13 matches and above shall be played using a size 5 ball.

B.   The Home team, listed first on the schedule, shall supply the game ball.

 

3.        Law 3 – The Players

A.   Number of Players.

1.    Roster size shall not be unlimited.

2.    The number of players on the field shall be as follows:

a.    U7/U8                      6v6 with NO goalkeeper.

b.    U9/U10                   6v6 including a goalkeeper.

c.    U11/U12                 9v9 including a goalkeeper.

d.    U13/U14                 8v8 including a goalkeeper.

e.    High School           6v6 including a goalkeeper.

f.     Adult                        8v8 including a goalkeeper.

g.    Adult Co-ed            8v8 including a goalkeeper w/ Max. of 6 male players

3.    The minimum number of players required to start the game shall be two (2) less than the number of players listed above. A team shall not fall below the minimum required number of players during the game or it shall forfeit the match.

4.    Players may be added according to the following “5-8 Rule”. If a team trails by 5 or more goals they may add an additional player who may remain on the field until the scoring deficit is reduced to less than 5 goals. A second player may be added if the deficit reaches 8 goals and that player may remain on the field until the deficit is reduced to less than 8 goals.

a.    Exceptions:

                                          i.        Additional players may NOT be added at the High School level.

                                        ii.        When adding players in the Adult Co-ed divisions, the maximum number of male players may be exceeded.

B.   Guest Players

1.    Teams shall be limited to three (3) substitute guest players from other teams within the league provided they do not exceed the number of bench substitutes of their opponent.

2.    Facility staff reserves the right to adjust the participation of guest players during the game, in consideration of the spirit of the game and as follows:

a.    Guest players tip the balance of play or result in one team having more substitutes than their opponent.

b.    Regular team’s players arrive late resulting in that team having more substitutes than their opponent.

3.    Adding guest players from other teams after the game has started shall be at the discretion of the referee.

C.   Substitution Procedure

1.    Substitutions may occur on an unlimited basis and may be done “on the fly” while the ball is in play.

a.    Substitution must occur in front of the team’s own bench. When the full field is being used, this area is defined by the red lines in front of the bench that indicate the goal area for half field games.

b.    Participation in the game by a substitute prior to the player that they are replacing leaving the field of play is prohibited and may be punishable by yellow card.

2.    Guaranteed Substitutions

a.    If requested, the referee shall delay the restart until substitutions are completed after a goal has been scored or prior to a goal kick by either team. There shall be no guaranteed substitutions in the last two minutes of either half.

3.    Goalkeepers may change “on the fly” during the game provided that the new goalkeeper abides by the substitution laws and is properly attired. Changing places with a field player is shall be permitted only during a stoppage of play and with the referee’s permission.

4.    Violation of the substitution procedure may result in the issuance of a yellow a card and shall result in an indirect free kick (IFK) to the opposing team to be taken six feet from the violating team’s bench.


4.        Law 4 – The Players’ Equipment

A.   Safety

1.    A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous as determined by the referee

a.    All items of jewelry (necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, leather bands, rubber bands, etc.) are forbidden and must be removed. Using tape to cover jewelry is not permitted.

                                          i.        The players must be inspected before the start of the match and substitutes before they enter the field of play. If a player is wearing or using unauthorized/dangerous equipment or jewelry the referee must order the player to:

·         remove the item

·         leave the field of play at the next stoppage if the player is unable or unwilling to comply

o   A player who refuses to comply or wears the item again must be cautioned.

B.   Compulsory Equipment

1.    All players are required to wear age appropriate shin guards which are completely covered by the socks.

2.    Footwear shall be limited to indoor soccer shoes or gym shoes, as well as traditional turf shoes, with the following restrictions:

                                          i.        Flat bottom shoes include most athletic, court, cross training shoes.

                                        ii.        Turf shoes must be a minimum of 20 studs with a maximum depth of 5/16” (8mm). Questions must be directed to the facility management for approval.

C.   Colors

1.    Teams must wear jerseys or scrimmage vests which distinguish themselves from each other.

a.    In the event of a conflict, the home team must change to an alternate jersey or wear scrimmage vests which are available at the front desk if needed.

2.    All players MUST have the proper color jersey to participate.


5.        Law 5 – The Referee

A.   All referees shall be licensed through the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) or the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA).

B.   Number of Referees

1.    “Half Field” games shall employ a single referee.

2.    “Full Field” games shall utilize a two-referee system of control.

a.    In the event that only one referee is available, the game may be played with no obligation to pay for the services of a second referee.

C.   The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play are final.

D.   Referee Responsibilities

1.        Appearance

a.    Referees shall wear soccer style shoes consistent with those permitted for players. Black shorts shall be worn along with black three stripe socks or socks with emblems approved by U.S. Soccer. Jersey colors in contrast to the colors of both teams shall be worn whenever possible.

2.        Game Reports

a.    The referee shall obtain game reports from the front desk prior to each game. The game score and any information regarding cautions or ejections shall be documented prior to returning the report to the front desk immediately following each game.

b.    A written report shall also be submitted to the referee assignor documenting ejections.

3.        Game Fees

a.    The referee shall collect half of the game fees from each team prior to the start of the match.

b.    Fees for games involving a “house team” shall be paid by check within approximately two weeks of the game. Referees must sign-in at the front desk to request such payments. The same shall apply to teams who fail to appear for games or for games which are cancelled without notice.


6.        Law 6 – The Other Match Officials

A.   This law shall not apply.


7.        Law 7 – The Duration of the Match

A.   Periods of play

1.    The match duration shall be as follows:

a.    U7/U8                      Four (4) 12-minute quarters.

                                 2-minute half-time break / 1-minute at quarters

b.    U10  and above     Two (2) 25-minute halves

                                 2-minute half-time break.

B.   The referee will start the time clock the scheduled game time regardless of whether or not teams are prepared to play. No grace period shall be given.

C.   All games shall be played with a running clock and no added time.

1.    At the referee’s discretion, the clock may be stopped for severe injury, lost ball or in the last two (2) minutes of a game if the referee determines that a team is purposely wasting time. Referees are asked to keep any clock stoppages to a minimum and only if absolutely necessary.

2.    The game shall be extended only to allow for the taking of a penalty kick.

D.   Games may be shortened or ended due to injury, unfair play, or other circumstances beyond our control.

1.    If a game is ended as a result of unfair play, it will not be rescheduled and the non-offending team shall get the field for the remainder of the scheduled time.

E.   Only referees, designated timekeepers or facility employees shall be permitted to operate the time clock.


8.        Law 8 – The Start and Restart of Play

A.   Kick-off

1.    The home team shall kick-off at the start of the first half and the visiting team shall kick-off to start the second half.


9.        Law 9 – The Ball in and Out of Play

A.   The ball is out of play when:

1.    It has wholly crossed the goal line or touchline, whether on the ground or in the air.

2.    It touches the ceiling or any structure attached to the ceiling.

3.    It touches the curtain in between fields when playing “half field” format.

4.    Play has been stopped by the referee


10.     Law 10 – Determining the Outcome of a Match

A.   Referees shall report the final score of each game by completing and submitting the game report.

1.    Scoring shall not be displayed on the scoreboard for “half field” games.

2.    Scoring shall be displayed on the scoreboard for “full field” games with the following restrictions:

a.    If the goal differential reaches 5 goals, the losing team may choose to add a player per Rule 3.A.4 above. If they choose not to add a player, the referee shall continue to track scoring but shall not display more than a 5 goal differential on the scoreboard. If adding a player, the scoreboard shall continue to display the correct score up to a maximum goal differential of 8 goals at which time the losing team may add a second player. At no time shall the scoreboard display a goal differential beyond 8 goals.


11.     Law 11 – Offside

A.   Offside offenses shall apply to all divisions playing a “full field” format.

1.    Note: A player shall not be guilty of an offside offense if receiving the ball directly from a goal kick, a throw-in or a corner kick.


12.     Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct

A.   Direct Free Kick

1.    A Direct Free Kick (DFK) shall be assessed for any of the offenses outlined in the LOTG.

B.   Indirect Free Kick

1.    An Indirect Free Kick (IFK) shall be assessed for any of the offenses outlined in the LOTG or as follows:

a.    Sliding to play the ball, slides tackling or sliding at an opponent shall be considered dangerous play and shall result in an IFK to the opposing team.

                                          i.        Goalkeepers are permitted to slide tackle the ball within their own penalty area but must do so in a manner that does not endanger the opponent.

                                        ii.        Any player that makes contact with an opponent when sliding shall be assessed, at a minimum, a DFK. Referees are reminded to consider additional consequences as necessary if the tackle is reckless or endangers the safety of the opponent.

b.    Punting of the ball by the goalkeeper is not permitted and shall result in an IFK to the opposing team from spot if the infraction.

                                          i.        Goalkeepers are permitted to drop kick the ball. A drop kick is defined as a ball which is dropped down and kicked within one stride on the first bounce.

c.    Box to Box Violation.

                                          i.         The goalkeeper shall not drop kick the ball forward from penalty area to penalty area unless it has touched a player or the ground between the boxes. Any infringement shall result in an IFK to the opposing team at the center spot of the halfway line.

d.    Illegal Substitution.

                                          i.        Violation of the substitution procedure as defined in Law 3 above shall result in an IFK to the opposing team to be taken six feet from the violating team’s bench.

C.   Disciplinary Action

1.     Caution (Yellow Card). A player or coach will be shown the yellow card for any of the seven reasons outlined in the Laws of the Game. Player must leave the field of play temporarily and may be replaced with a substitute.

a.    DISSENT Verbal or Action: Any player or team participating in dissent, verbal or nonverbal (i.e. through gestures) to an official, opponents or staff (such as, but not limited to: questioning calls and/or objection to calls) may lead to an ejection.

b.    A goalkeeper intentionally handling the ball outside their penalty box.

2.    Ejection (Red Card)   A player or coach can be shown a red card and must immediately leave the playing area or the facility as determined by the referee. The team may not substitute and must play short-handed for the duration of the match. The player / coach will also be required to serve a minimum one game suspension before returning to play.

a.    Absolutely no spitting in the facility. Violators will be ejected from the game.

b.    Fighting or attempting to instigate a fight will not be tolerated. Players or teams participating in such activity will be ejected from the game and may face permanent expulsion from the facility. Failure to move immediately away from an opponent, after a play or stoppage of play in a hostile manner, may be construed as attempting to instigate a fight.  Trash talking shall include, but not be limited to intimidating, unwanted and/or aggressive speech, action or gestures toward an opponent, coach, spectator, official or staff member.

3.    Coaches /Players ejected from the game must leave the bench area immediately before the game will restart. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit of the game. Ejected players or coaches must report to the office and remain outside the screened area of the spectators’ side for the remainder of the game.

4.    A coach and/or player may be ejected before, during, or after a game for behavior inconsistent with our philosophy of sportsmanship and fair play.


13.     Law 13 – Free Kicks

A.   Free kicks, DFKs or IFKs, shall be assessed as outlined in Law 12 above.

B.   Procedure

1.    The opposing team must remain at least be 12 feet (4 yards) from any restart.

a.    Delays or infringements by the defending team may result in a caution and a retaking of the kick.

C.   Free kicks must be taken within 6 seconds of when the referee deems the free kick is ready to be taken. If, in the opinion of the referee, the kicker is intentionally delaying the restart of the game, a yellow card may be issued.


14.     Law 14 – The Penalty Kick

A.   A penalty kick shall be awarded for any direct free kick offense which occurs inside the penalty area and shall follow standard procedures with a kick taken from the penalty kick mark.

B.   Penalty kicks shall not apply to games in the U8/U10 divisions.


15.     Law 15 – The Throw-in

A.   A throw-in is awarded to the opponents of the player who last touched the ball when:

1.    The whole of the ball passes over the touchline, on the ground or in the air.

2.    The ball touches the ceiling or any structure attached to the ceiling.

3.    The ball touches the curtain in between fields when playing “half field” format.

B.   Throw-ins shall be taken from the point at which the ball left the field of play or from the touchline nearest where the ball touched the ceiling.

C.   Provisions for a legal throw-in shall follow the LOTG with opponents remaining a minimum of 2 yards from the point at which the throw-in is taken.

D.   If the throw-in touches the ground before entering the field of play AND all conditions of a legal throw-in been met, the throw-in shall be retaken by the same team from the same position.

E.   An improper throw-in shall result in the throw-in being awarded to the opposing team from the same position.

F.    For throw-ins along the center curtain during “half field” play, the player taking the throw-in shall be permitted to stand up to 3 feet inside the field.

G.   Must be taken within 6 seconds of when the referee deems the throw-in is ready to be taken. If, in the opinion of the referee, the kicker is intentionally delaying the restart of the game, a yellow card may be issued.


16.     Law 16 – The Goal Kick

A.   Must be taken within 6 seconds of when the referee deems the goal kick is ready to be taken. If, in the opinion of the referee, the kicker is intentionally delaying the restart of the game, a yellow card may be issued.


17.     Law 17 – The Corner Kick

A.   Opponents must remain at least 12 feet (4 yards) from the corner arc until the ball is in play.

B.   In situations where the perimeter netting or center curtain hinder the kicker from taking the kick, the ball may be moved up to 2 feet outside of the corner arc but shall remain on the goal line.

C.   Must be taken within 6 seconds of when the referee deems the corner kick is ready to be taken. If, in the opinion of the referee, the kicker is intentionally delaying the restart of the game, a yellow card may be issued.


18.     U8/U10 Modifications

A.   The following modifications shall apply to games in the U8 and U10 age divisions:

1.    Heading shall not be permitted. If, in the opinion of the referee, the player makes an intentional effort to head the ball, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team.

2.    Time and score shall be kept by the referee and are not required to be displayed on the score board. In the event that only one half field game is being played, the referee may opt to use the scoreboard. If simultaneous games are being played in the same age division, referees may coordinate their start times and use the scoreboard clock.

3.    All free kicks shall be indirect free kicks.

 

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