Rules of Soccer

Rules & Regulations

  1. Ball Size: 5
  2. Number of Players: Maximum 11, may be as few as 7 including goalkeeper.
  3. Equipment: Shin guards and socks are required. Shoes may not contain metal spikes. Goalkeeper must wear a different colored shirt.
    1. Co-ed Player Rules: A balanced ratio of gender must be maintained on the field. i.e. 5 Men and 6 Women, or 6 Men and 5 Women.  Did we want to add something like this for Coed?
  4. Center Referee: Has control of the game. All referee decisions are final.
  5. Side Referees:  Side referees assist center referee by indicating offsides, which team receives possession when ball is out of play, and which team is entitled to a corner kick.

    Referee Breakdown by Division

    Season

    Division

    Center Referee

    Side Referee

    Fall Women’s

    1

    1

    Co-ed

    1

    1

    Indoor Women’s

    1

    0

    Co-ed

    1

    0

    Summer Women’s Rec

    1

    1

    Women’s Comp

    1

    2

    Co-ed

    1

    2

  6. Duration of Game:
    1. Fall: Two 45 minute halfs. 10 minutes at halftime.  I just guessed on this…
    2. Indoor: 60 minute game, no halftime.  I just guessed on this…
    3. Summer: Two 45 minute halfs. 10 minutes at halftime.  I just guessed on this…
  7. Start of Play: Team captains flip a coin to decide which team will choose which goal to attack or to kickoff. Each team must be in its own half of the field during kickoff and defending players must be at least ten yards from the ball (outside of center circle) until it is kicked and moves forward. After a goal, the team scored upon kicks off. The Team that did not start the game with the kickoff takes the kickoff at the second half. A goal can be scored directly from a kickoff.
  8. Ball In and Out of Play:  The ball is only out of play when:
    1. When the whole ball has crossed the goal line or touchline on the ground or in the air (If part of the ball is touching part of the line it is still in play).
    2.  When the game is stopped by the referee.
  9. Scoring: A goal is scored when the whole ball has completely crossed the whole goal line between the goal posts and under the cross bar.
  10. Offsides: A player is offside when they are nearer the opponent’s goal line than the ball unless:
    1. The player is in their own half of the field.
    2. There are at least two opponents (including the goalkeeper) between them and the opposing team’s goal and involved in play. If a player is declared offside, the referee will award an indirect free kick (see Rule 13) to the opposing team at the point where the infraction occurred.
    3. A player that is not involved in play can be in the offside position. Once the player makes an attempt to play the ball then they are offsides.
    4. A player cannot be offsides on a throw-in or a corner kick if they receive the ball. Once the ball is in play then the offside rules apply.
  11. Fouls and Misconduct: A player who intentionally attempts to, or actually does one of the following: (considered the “ing” fouls, which means any foul ending in “ing” will get a direct free kick)
    1. kicks
    2. trips
    3. jumps at
    4. charges violently
    5. charges from behind
    6. strikes
    7. holds
    8. pushes
    9. intentionally touches the ball with their hands or arms

    Shall be penalized by the awarding of a direct free kick to the opposing team. Any one of these offenses committed in the penalty area will result in a penalty kick being awarded. Less flagrant offenses, such as offsides, dangerous play, obstruction, or unsportsmanlike conduct, will result in an indirect free kick.

  12. Free Kick: A Free kick is awarded for violations cited above. They are classified in two categories:
    1. Direct Free Kicks, from which a goal can be scored directly against the offending team. The offending team must be at least 10 yards from the ball on all free kicks.
    2. Indirect Free Kicks, from which the ball must touch another player other than the kicker before entering the goal. The offending team must be at least 10 yards from the ball on all free kicks.
  13. Penalty Kicks: A direct free kick is taken at the penalty mark in front of the goal. It is a one-on-one situation with the kick against the goalkeeper. Everyone else must stay outside the penalty area and at least 10 yards from the ball (the reason for the arc at the top of the penalty area) until it is kicked. The goalkeeper must remain on the goal line facing the kicker until the ball is touched, although the goalkeeper may move sideways along the goal line prior to the kick.
  14. Throw-ins:  When the whole ball has crossed the touchline either on the ground or in the air, it is put back into play at near the spot it crossed by a player from the opposite team that last touched the ball. The player throws the ball over their head, with equal force from both hands. The player must have both feet touching the ground, and be on or behind the touchline. When throwing the ball in, the thrower must loft the ball in the air (not spike it). A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw-in. There is no offsides on a throw-in.
  15. Goal Kicks: When the whole ball has crossed the goal line either on the ground or in the air, after last being touched by a player from the attacking team, it is put back into play by a kick from the goal area of the defending team. The attacking team must stay outside of the penalty area before the kick. The ball may not be touched by another player until it has exited the penalty area, or it will be rekicked.
  16. Corner Kicks: When the whole ball has crossed the goal line after last being touched by a player from the defending team, it is put back into play by a kick by the attacking team from the corner on the side that the ball went out. The ball is placed on the ground anywhere over or within the corner-arc, and the kick is taken by a member of the attacking team. The defending team must be at least 10 yards from the ball until it is kicked. There is no offside on a corner kick.