Please review the current Indoor League Guidelines for any adjustments to the rules.
The Game will be played using FIFA Laws of the Game with the following exceptions.
Law 1 - The Field of Play
Fields is 148 feet by70 feet.
1.2 Field Markings:
The field is marked like a normal soccer field with the dimensions reduced to be in proportion to the size of the field. In addition 2 lines equally spaced between the center line and the goal have been added.
Goals are 6.5 feet by 12 feet.
Law 2 - The Ball
Approved Ball Specifications:
Youth divisions U12 and younger will use a size 4 ball.
Law 3 - Number of Players
The game shall be played by two teams each consisting of 7 players (6 field players, 1 keeper) U8-U10
3.2 Unlimited Substitutions:
During the game, unlimited "on-the-fly" substitutions are permitted at any time for field players and the goalkeeper provided that both the following two conditions are satisfied:
The player(s) leaving the field must be within the touchline at the player's own bench area, or off the field in the bench area, before the substitution is made.
Neither players entering the field or players departing the field may participate in play when they are simultaneously on the field. An illegal substitution will be penalized by an indirect free kick from the location of the ball when play was stopped.
3.4 Guaranteed Substitution:
The restart of play will be delayed until the completion of substitutions by either team at any stoppage of play provided the referee has given permission.
There will be no guaranteed substitutions in the last 2 minutes of the game, only "on-the-fly" substitutions.
Law 4 - Players' Equipment
4.1 Required Equipment:
The equipment of a player is a shirt, short, socks, shinguards and indoor soccer footwear. Except for the goalkeeper, no long pants or sweats are permitted. Permanent numbers must be worn on the shirt, at least 4" in height. Each player on a team shall wear a number which is unique for that team.
A player's footwear must be flat-soled shoes or others designed for an artificial surface. (no cleats)
Law 5 - Referees
A system employing one Referee is used. Their authority begins when they enter the field of play. The Referee is responsible for the record of the game and the keeping of time.
Law 6 - Assistant Referee
Law 7 - Duration of the Game
All teams will play two (2) halves of twenty-five (25) minutes each for a total of fifty (50) minutes, subject to the following:
a) Ball in Play: The clock may be stopped for injuries at the discretion of the Referee.
b) Play Extension:
Play shall be extended to permit the taking of a penalty kick if an infraction occurred immediately prior to the expiration of time.
c) Clock Malfunction:
In case of clock malfunction, the Referee shall add or subtract time as deemed appropriate, and/or keep time on an alternate time piece.
7.2 Intervals Between Periods:
Normally, a two (2) minute half-time is provided. The Referee may shorten the half-time interval to one (1) minutes if the game is behind schedule.
Law 8 - The Start of Play
Drop Ball Restart:
When restarting the game after a stoppage of play for any cause not covered elsewhere in these Laws, the Referee shall drop the ball at the place where play was stopped. If in the penalty box, the ball shall be dropped at the nearest point outside the penalty box.
Law 9 - Ball In and Out of Play
9.1 Ball in Play:
9.2 Ball out of Play:
The ball is out of play:
When it has completely crossed the perimeter wall or hits the side netting.
When it hits any part of the building superstructure or net above the field of play. Play will be restarted with an indirect free kick for the opposing team at the nearest line where it hit the superstructure or net.
If the ball hits the superstructure or net in the penalty box area the ball will go the the nearest line.
Law 10 - Method Of Scoring
No Change to Law 10
Law 11- Off side and 3 line
a) There is no Offside
The ball cannot cross the 3 lines in the air. This applies to kick by Goalkeeper, from a free kick, kick-in or from the normal run of play. Violation of the 3-line rule will result in an indirect free kick from the line closest to where the kick was taken.
Law 12 - Fouls / Misconduct / Penalties
A player who intentionally commits any of the following offenses shall be penalized by the Referee awarding a free kick to the opposing team. The kick is taken from the point of the infraction (subject to the exclusions in Law 8,9,11,12).
(propelling an opponent into the perimeter wall) A direct free kick shall be awarded. Boarding will be considered a cautionable offense (yellow card) if it is done carelessly and recklessly, or a sending off offense (red card) if it is done carelessly, recklessly and with excessive force.
b) Sliding tackle:
An indirect free kick.