Co-Ed Indoor Soccer Rules

Updated:

  • September 23, 2019 (with parts copied directly from OSA rules)

Team:

A maximum of 6 players (minimum of 2 females) are allowed on the field at one time (5 players & a goalie).  A female goalkeeper does not count toward the minimum number of females on the field.  Males can only substitute for males & females can only substitute for females during any contest. 

  • A maximum of 14 players may participate in each game for any one team.  No more than 14 players may be on the team’s tournament roster.  The tournament roster must be submitted prior to the team’s first game.  No players may be added to the team roster after the first game.  (If you have a player coming to a later game, make sure that their name appears on the roster before your team’s first game.)
  • A player must have played in one round robin game to be eligible to play in a playoff game.
  • Tournament officials may request ID from any player at any time.  Players should be able to provide proper student ID if asked.  Any team using an ineligible player (non-student/non-full-time athletics staff, or not listed on the original roster prior to the team’s first game) will forfeit that game.

Coaches:

  • A maximum of 2 people (non-players) are permitted on the players’ bench (including coaches & coordinators, but not spectators).  If the team has a qualified trainer/therapist (registered with the team), he/she may also be on the team’s bench providing that there is room.  Players under suspension are not permitted to act as a coach, or be on the bench with the team and are asked to keep clear of the playing area.

 Officials: 

  • Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce these playing rules.  The authority & exercise of the powers granted to the referee by these playing rules commence as soon as the referee enter the field of play. The referee's decision on points of fact connected with the play shall be final, so far as the result of the game is concerned.
  • Officials may caution & show a yellow card to any player guilty of misconduct or unsporting behaviour. In such cases the referee shall send the name of the offender to the competent authority.
  • Officials may stop the game when of the opinion that a player has been seriously injured; have the player removed as soon as possible from the field of play, and immediately resume the game. If a player is slightly injured, the game must not be stopped until the ball has ceased to be in play. A player who is able to leave the field of play for attention of any kind, shall not be treated on the field of play.
  • Officials may send off the field of play & show a red card to any player who is guilty of violent conduct, serious foul play, or the use of offensive, insulting, abusive language and/or gestures, or is guilty of a second cautionable offence.

 Timekeeper: 

  • Timekeepers shall start & stop the time-clock when signaled to do so by the referee; keep the score & record the name & the number of those who score; record the name & number of any player who is cautioned or sent-off from the playing area or its vicinity; & control time penalties.

 The Field of Play: 

  • The field of play shall be rectangular in shape (64m x 30m) & shall be clearly marked with appropriate lines & boundaries. 
  • The penalty area shall serve as the goal area & will be communicated to players & staff if not obviously marked on the field.
  • The ball is out of play when it has wholly crossed the goal-line &/or the perimeter lines whether on the ground or in the air; when the game has been stopped by the referee; or when the ball makes contact with any part of the ceiling above the playing area.
  • For such contact, a free kick shall be awarded to the opposing team, below the point at which contact was made. When a player is taking a free kick, all of the opposing players shall be at least 5 metres from the ball.

 Game Time: 

  • A 5-minute warm up will be granted to the next teams on the floor following the previous game, but only where time permits.  (If games are running late, warm up time will be cut.)
  • 2 12-minute run time halves will be played, with a 3 minute half-time break.  The last 2 minutes of the game will be stop time if the goal differential is 2 goals or less.  There are no time outs. 
  • Allowance for time lost (due to injury) is at the discretion of the referee where time permits in the schedule
  • No overtime will be played in the preliminary round (a tie is a tie).  In the event of a tie game at the end of regulation in the elimination rounds there will be a 3 player shoot out from the Golden Goal Line. 
  • In the event of a tie game at the end of regulation in the final game, a one 5- minute Golden Goal period will take place. If the score is not altered, a 3 player shoot-out will commence, followed by a sudden victory shoot-out. The 3 person shoot-out shall consist of 2 males & 1 female per team.  In the event of a sudden victory shoot-out, a female will kick first, followed by a male, followed by a female, etc.  All players must make an attempt before any player can kick twice in the shoot-out.  (If a team has more players, or more players of a single gender, teams may equal out their rosters before the shoot-out begins to eliminate some players from ever being required to kick.

 Defaults: 

  • A team must have a minimum of 4 players (no more than 3 of a single gender) & a goalkeeper dressed & ready to play no later than 5 minutes past the designated start time or default the contest.  The default score will be 4-0 victory for the non-offending team. 
  • Should a team lose a player to injury or technical ejection, which puts them below the default number, the team can continue to play shorthanded without defaulting within the recognized rules of the sport.

 Equipment: 

  • Players shall not wear anything which is dangerous to themselves or another player.
  • All members of a team must wear the same colour shirt with a jersey number.  Shirts must be tucked in.  Teams wear contrasting colours & are asked to provide 2 sets of jerseys.  In the event of a colour conflict, the visiting team will be asked to change their uniform.
  • Soccer stockings, shin guards & appropriate footwear (for the playing surface) are highly recommended.
  • Goalkeepers shall wear colours which distinguish them from each other, from other players & from the referee.
  • For any infringement of this playing rule, the player at fault shall be instructed to leave the field of play by the referee, when the ball next ceases to be in play, unless by then there is no longer an infringement. Play shall not be stopped immediately for an infringement of this playing rule.
  • A player who is instructed to leave the field to adjust equipment or obtain missing equipment shall not return without first reporting to the referee, who must ensure that the player's equipment is in order. The player shall only re-enter the game at a moment when the ball has ceased to be in play.

 General Playing Rules: 

  • Team representatives &/or captains are responsible for the conduct of his/her players.  For all matters not discussed in the rules below, the current OSA Futsal rules shall apply.

 Starting the game: 

  • Kick-Off: A kick-off is the way of starting or restarting play at the start of the game; after a goal has been scored; at the start of the second half of the game; & at the start of each period of extra time.  A goal may not be scored directly from a kick-off.
  • The home team shall kick-off first.
  • The game shall be started by a player taking a place kick in any direction on the field of play. All players shall be in their own half of the field & every player of the team opposing that of the kicker shall remain not less than five metres from the ball until it is kicked-off. The ball is in play when it is kicked & moves. The kicker shall not play the ball a second time until it has been touched or played by another player.
  • For any infringement of this playing rule, the kick-off shall be retaken, except in the case of the kicker playing the ball again before it has been touched or played by another player; for this offence, a free kick shall be taken by a player of the opposing team from the place where the infringement occurred.

 Play & Scoring: 

  • There shall be no offside offence in indoor soccer.
  • All free kicks shall be classified as "indirect" (ie., a goal cannot be scored unless the ball has been played or touched by a player other than the kicker before passing through the goal).  The ball must be stationary when a free kick is taken, & the kicker shall not play the ball a second time until it has been touched or played by another player.  The defending team must remain 3 yards away from the kicker.
  • A penalty-kick shall be taken from the penalty-mark &, when it is being taken, all players with the exception of the player taking the kick & the opposing goalkeeper, shall be within the field of play but outside the penalty-area.  The player taking the penalty kick must kick the ball forward; it shall not be played a second time until it has been touched or played by another player. The ball shall be deemed in play directly after it is kicked & moves. A goal may be scored directly from a penalty-kick. If a penalty kick is awarded prior to time expiring, the kick must be taken even if time expires while the kick is in progress.
  • A kick-in takes place when the whole of the ball passes over the touch-line, either on the ground or in the air. A kick-in shall be awarded the team opposing that of the player who last touched or played the ball. The kick-in shall be taken from the point that the ball crossed the line.  Players of the team opposing that of the player taking the kick-in shall not approach within five metres of the ball until it is in play, nor shall the kicker play the ball a second time until it has been touched or played by another player. A goal may not be scored directly from a kick-in.
  • A goal kick takes place when the whole of the ball passes over the goal-line &/or the end-line excluding that portion between the goal-posts, either in the air or on the ground, having last been played by one of the attacking team, it shall be kicked from a point within the goal-area, by a player of the defending team. A goalkeeper shall not handle the ball from a goal-kick in order to kick it into play. If the ball is not kicked beyond the penalty area, the kick shall be retaken. The kicker shall not play the ball a second time until it has touched or been played by another player.  A goal may not be scored directly from a goal-kick.
  • A corner kick takes place when the whole of the ball passes over the goal-line &/or end-line excluding that portion between the goal-posts, either in the air or on the ground, having last been played by one of the defending team, a member of the attacking team shall take a corner-kick.  The ball will be placed on the corner-mark & it shall be kicked from that position. Players of the team opposing that of the player taking the corner-kick shall not approach within five metres of the ball until it is in play, nor shall the kicker play the ball a second time until it has been touched or played by another player. A goal shall not be scored directly from a corner-kick.
  • A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts & under the crossbar, provided that no infringement of the rules has been committed previously by the team scoring the goal. 

 Player Substitution: 

  • Substitutes may be used in any match in accordance with the rules of the competition, & must be done within 5 feet of the team’s bench area.  The game shall not be delayed to allow substitution, except for the substitution of the goalkeeper.  Unlimited substitution shall be allowed.
  • Any of the other players may change places with the goalkeeper, provided that the referee is informed before the change is made, & provided also, that the change is made during a stoppage of the game.
  • For any infringement of this playing rule the offending team's coach shall designate a player from the field of play to serve a 2 minute penalty & if the referee stopped the game because of the infringement.

 Goalkeeper Rules: 

  • Goalkeepers may only make contact with the ball using their hands while they are within the goal crease.  They cannot use their hands to contact the ball if the previous possession was someone on their own team (ie. no “pass-backs”).
  • Goalkeepers must put the ball back into play within 5 seconds of taking possession of the ball.  Repeated delay may result in a yellow card.

 Fouls & Misconduct: 

  • All regulation fouls & misconducts (ie. hand balls, tripping rough play, dangerous kicks, obstruction, etc.), yellow cards (2 minutes), red cards (4 minutes) & other penalties for indoor soccer can & may be assessed.  Penalties will be served by a non-ejected player in the area closest to the scorer’s table.
  • Slide tackling, or sliding at any point to play the ball, is prohibited & will result in a yellow or be escalated to a red card.
  • The offending team shall be penalized by the award of a free kick to be taken by the opposing team from the place where the offense occurred.
  • Should a player of the defending team commit one of the eleven offences within the penalty area, the player shall be penalized by a penalty kick.  A penalty kick can be awarded irrespective of the position of the ball, if in play, at the time an offence within the penalty area is committed.

 Tie-Breaking and Overtime Rules: 

  • Games will be scored: Three (2) points for a win, one (1) point for a tie, zero (0) points for a loss & minus 2 (-2) for a default.
  • The tie breaking procedure will be used to begin placing teams as follows:

                         a. The team with the best win/loss record in the games between the teams involved shall be awarded the higher position in the standings.

b. If a tie still persists, the team with the greatest positive point spread (goals for, minus goals against) in the games played between the teams involved in the tie shall be awarded the higher position in the standings.

c.  If a tie still persists, the team with more goals for will be awarded the higher position in the standings

d. If a tie still persists, the team with fewer goals against will be awarded the higher position in the standings 

  • In the event of three or more teams/competitors being tied for an event place, the highest position will be determined by the above procedures. Applying the above tie breaking procedure from the beginning will break the tie for the next position.

 Abuse of Officials, Staff & Opponents: 

  • Verbal abuse of other players will result in a yellow card or a red card.  Players ejected from a contest for being assessed 2 yellow cards will be suspended from their team’s next game.  Players ejected from a contest for being assessed 1 red card will be suspended from the remainder of the tournament. 
  • Officials & staff will implement a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY on unsportsmanlike behaviour.  Verbal abuse of officials (including timekeepers, convenors & event staff) may result in further discipline Physical abuse of an official or staff member during this event will, at minimum, result in life suspension from all Campus Recreation Activities hosted by Humber College.  Fighting, racial slurs & excessive verbal abuse will not be tolerated.

 Policies Regarding Alcohol, Smoking, Chewing Tobacco and/or Drugs: 

  • No team member (player, coach, or team representative), shall display or consume alcoholic beverages/illegal drugs while in attendance at the game site, including parking lots.
  • Any player who appears to be “under the influence”, before or during a game will be ejected from the tournament.  Players at fault may be subject to further discipline.
  • Smoking & other tobacco products are not permitted at the game site.  Please use designated areas & proper disposal practices if you need to use tobacco.

 Supplementary Discipline: 

  • In addition to the suspensions imposed under these rules, the OCR may suspend the offending person for any or all extramural activities. As well, all information will be sent to the players’ athletic director for further discipline.