SOCCER INDOOR TURF
1. Equipment/Set-Up: Team captains are responsible for bringing a soccer ball to all of their game sites. All teams should bring both a light and dark colored shirt to all games.
2. Game Time/Default: Games are 55 minutes in length. There is no stoppage for halftime and teams do not switch sides. The clock inside the sports bubble (if applicable) will be the official game clock - games CANNOT finish late (even if your game starts late!). If there is a buzzer, the game is over when the buzzer starts to go off. A default will occur if any team cannot field a squad by 10 minutes past the official start time. A team can play with a minimum of 5 people, as long as two (2) of the players are women and two (2) are men. Women may play any position on the field. Captains may agree to waive the rules regarding minimum players but this should be decided before the game starts. IF IT IS AGREED THAT THE GAME COUNTS, IT COUNTS!
3. General Rules: In general, standard soccer rules apply to all Sport and Social Club games. Notable exceptions are listed below:
- There are 6 players on the field at one time, including the goalie. Teams must always play with a minimum of 2 of each gender on the court.
- The game begins with one team initiating play by making a pass from the centre of the court (forward or backward).
- Substitutions can be made at anytime, either while there is a stoppage in play, or "on the fly". However, (a) subsitutions should take place as close as possible to the centre of the field, (b) the player coming off must completely entered the team area before the new player joins the action and (c) the change cannot disrupt the flow of the game or give your team an advantage through substitution.
- A handball infraction occurs when the ball hits any part of the player's arm, from the SHOULDER down. (revised: May, 2007) Players may use their arms to block the ball from hitting their groin area, and women can also use their arms to block the ball from hitting their chest without a handball being called. This rule will reduce the number of stoppages in play. Please don't abuse this rule.
- All free kicks (including corner kicks, fouls and handballs) are indirect. To score off an indirect kick, the ball must first be touched by another player (offense or defense, but not the goalie). This is a modification of the original rule to deter players from blasting the ball at the goal in an attempt to hit the ball off the goalie and into the net. Defensive players cannot be within 3 feet of the ball when an indirect kick is being taken (in cases where an infraction occurs within 3 feet of the goal line, defenders can stand on the goal line, even if it means they are closer than 3 feet to the ball).
- If a ball is kicked out of bounds along the sidelines, a kick-in is awarded to the opposite team. There will be NO throw-ins at any time.
- If a ball is kicked out of bounds along the goal line by the offence, a goal kick is awarded to the defending team.
- If a ball is kicked out of bounds along the goal line by the defense, a corner kick is awarded to the attacking team.
- The offending player should call their own infractions, however any players involved with the incident can also make a call. Players not on the field at the time of any incident cannot make a call at any time
- Teams may call a one (1) minute time-out if needed, except in the final 10 minutes of play.
- If a ball hits the top or sides of the Bubble, an indirect kick is awarded to the opposite team. The ball should be placed at the spot on the field that is closest to where the ball made contact with the Bubble. i.e. directly underneath the point at which the ball hit the ceiling and on the sidelines for balls that hit the side of the Bubble.
- A game can end in a tie during the regular season. (Updated July 2013) In the playoffs, a game that is tied at the end of regulation time is decided by a shoot-out; three players on each team (minimum of 1 female for co-ed leagues) take one shot at a distance of eight paces. Anyone can shoot, including the goalie. The goalie that finished the game remains the goalie for the shoot-out. After three shots, if still tied, teams continue taking single shots with the SAME players until one team has scored (and the other team does not). The order of shooters must be maintained. Please note that playoff games should only be 50 minutes in length in anticipation of needing the extra time to settle a tie.
4. Sliding: Even if contact is made with the ball first, sliding (whether on defence to stop an attacker or on offence to strike the ball) is not allowed under ANY circumstances. Exception: goalies can slide to make a save or block a loose ball. This can only be done within the goalie crease area, and should be done with the safety of all players in mind.
5. Scoring: To score a goal, the ENTIRE ball must pass over the goal line and into the net. If a discrepancy arises as to whether the ball was in or not, the person deemed to have the "best perspective" will ultimately make the call. Please remember that you are playing in a self-officiated, co-ed, social league, so any arguments or disputes should be kept to a minimum.
6. Off-sides: There are NO off-sides. However, a strategy of consistently "cherry-picking" is considered to be unsportsmanlike.
- The player acting as goalie (as well as substitute goalies throughout the game) must wear a shirt different in colour than his/her teammates and opponents.
- Goalies can use their hands ONLY when they are inside the lined goalie crease.
- When inside the goal crease, a goalie CANNOT pick up a ball with his/her hands if the ball has been played back on purpose to the goalie by a player on his/her team. This includes all forms of passing and kick-ins. The only exception is if the player directs the ball back to the goalie with their head - in this case the goalie CAN pick the ball up with his/her hands. A violation of this rule results in an indirect free kick for the other team at the spot where the goalie inappropriately used their hands.
- A goalie can "roam" as far from their goal as they want, but once outside their lined crease, the goalie CANNOT use their hands at any time.
- If a goalie makes a save by catching the ball with their hands, they can do one of three things; (a) throw the ball out, (b) kick the ball (out of their hands), or (c) put the ball down on the ground (at which point it becomes a live ball). Please note that if a goalie elects to put the ball on the ground, the goalie cannot choose to immediately pick the ball up again.
8. Rough Play: ANY ROUGH OR PHYSICAL PLAY WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE EXPULSION FROM FURTHER LEAGUE PLAY AND MAY RESULT IN LIFETIME LEAGUE EXPULSION. PLEASE SEE THE SPORT AND SOCIAL CLUB POLICY SHEET FOR OUR OFFICIAL POLICY ON THIS SUBJECT. It is recognized that incidental contact between players is inevitable; however, all players should go out of their way to avoid creating an unsafe play. This rule supersedes all others.