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Rules

Play

 

  1. The Field: The field is a rectangular shaped field that is clearly defined with white spray. Fields will be approximately 15m x 25m.

  2. Duration: Teams will be given 5 minutes to warm up before the beginning of the game. The game shall be split into two equal periods of 15 minutes. There will be a 1 minute halftime break between the two playing periods. The duration of the match may only be extended if a penalty kick is awarded at the end of a half or match.

  3. The Team: The game will be played with 4 active players per team, including the goalie, on the field at a time. A team roster must be made up of at least 4 players.

  4. Substitutions: Player substitutions are allowed to be made at any time during the game (On the fly), as long as a maximum of 3 players plus the goalie are on the field of play at once. The goalkeeper cannot be substituted unless there is a stoppage of play. The substitutions must be made within a 5 yard distance from the substituting team's bench.

  5. Contact Rules: Standard contact rules generally apply (i.e. ball contact must be made during a play on the ball, no charging with hands or elbows, no charging from behind, no holding the opponent etc.). There is no slide tackling allowed

  6. Offside: There will be no offside rule enforced.

  7. Equipment: Players shall not wear anything that is dangerous to themselves or to another player. No loose jewellery is permitted. Each team must wear a colour that is consistent between each player, and must distinguish them from the other team as well as the referee. Goalkeepers must wear a jersey that is distinguishable from the players on both teams, as well as the referee.

  8. Start and Restart of Play:

    • Kick-off: Before the start of a game, the home team will decide which goal they want to defend in the first half. The visiting team will take the first kick-of on their respective side. At the beginning of the second half, the teams will switch sides and the home team will start with possession.

      • A kick-off is when the ball is placed in a stationary position in the center of the field. A player on the attacking team stands beside the ball. All players must be positioned in the half that they are defending. Once the referee blows his whistle, the player beside the ball may pass the ball forwards, sideways, or backwards. The player who begins the kick-off may not touch the ball again until another player on the field touches the ball.

      • A kick-off is the way of starting play at the beginning of the game, after a goal, at the beginning of the second half, and at the beginning of extra time if necessary

    • Free Kick: If a foul or a hand ball is committed by a player, the opposing team will be awarded a free kick. When a free kick is awarded, the ball is placed on the ground at the point of the infringement. The player will restart play once he touches the ball with their foot. Just like a kick-off, the same player cannot touch the ball twice, and can only touch the ball again when another player on the field touches the ball.

  9. The Referee: Every match is controlled by a referee who has the authority to enforce the rules of the match that he has been scheduled. All decisions that a referee makes regarding play, including whether a goal is scored is not, are final. The duties of the referee include:

    • Enforcing the rules of the match

    • Ensuring the ball is if the correct size

    • Stops or suspends the match due to outside interference of any kind

    • Stops the match if, in his opinion, a player is seriously injured and ensures that the player is removed from the field

    • Allows play to continue until the ball is out of play, if in his opinion, a player is only slightly injured

    • Ensures that a player that is bleeding or has an open wound is removed from the field until the bleeding has stopped and the wound is covered

    • Caution a player with a yellow card to any player guilty of a misconduct or unsporting behaviour

    • Send off the field and show a red card to any player that is guilty of violent play, commits a serious foul, or the use of offensive language/gestures, or receives a second yellow card

    • Restart the game after a stoppage

    • Determine if a ball goes out of bounds, and when it does, decide which team retains possession of the ball

    • Determine when an illegal substitution is made

    • Acts as a timekeeper for the game as well as keeping track of the score

  10. Ball in and out of Play:

    • Ball out of Play:

      • A ball is deemed as out of play when it has completely crossed the goal line, in the air or on the ground, when a referee stops play, and when the ball has completely crossed the touch-line and/or sideline, in the air or on the ground

    • Ball in play:

      • A ball is still considered in play if it is kicked off the goal post, cross bar, or corner flag post

      • If a ball is kicked out of play on the side lines, the attacking team will place the ball on the sideline and will pass the ball back into play with their feet

      • If a ball is played out of bounds at the touch-line by the attacking team, the defending goalie places the ball in the keeper area and kicks the ball into play with their feet

      • If a ball is played out of bounds at the touch-line by the defending team, the attacking team will place the ball at the corner of the field and will kick the ball back into play with their feet

  11. Scoring:

    • A goal occurs when the entire ball crosses the goal line, between the two goal posts and below the crossbar, on the ground or in the air. The winner of the game is determined by which team scores more goals.

    • If the two teams score the same amount of goals, the game is deemed a draw

    • If the tournament is in the knockout stages, the game will be decided in penalty kicks. Penalty kicks will consist of 3 players from each team.

  12. Free Kicks: A free kick will be awarded to the opposite team if any of the following offenses is committed. The free kick will be taken from the spot where the offense is committed.

    • Kicks an opponent

    • Trips an opponent

    • Holds an opponent

    • Strikes, attempts to strike, or pushes an opponent

    • Charges, jumps on, or tackles an opponent

    • A player touches the ball with their hand

    • A player prevents the goalttender from playing the ball from their hands

    • A goaltender holds onto the ball for longer than 6 seconds before releasing it from his possession

    • A goaltender touches the ball with their hands after it has been released from their possession and before it has touched another player

    • A goaltender touches the ball with their hands after a player intentionally passes the ball back to them with their feet

  13. Penalty Kicks: A penalty kick is rewarded to the opposite team if any of the following offenses is committed by a player inside their own penalty area.

    • Offenses

      • Kicks an opponent

      • Trips an opponent

      • Holds an opponent

      • Strikes, attempts to strike, or pushes an opponent

      • Charges, jumps on, or tackles an opponent

      • A player touches the ball with their hand

    • A goal may be scored directly from a penalty kick. Additional time is allowed if a penalty is rewarded at the end of the first half or end of the game

    • Procedure

      • The ball must be placed at the penalty spot

      • All players other than the penalty kick taker and the goaltender are not allowed to enter the penalty area. Only once the ball is touched by the player are the other players on the field allowed to enter the penalty area

      • The goaltender must remain on the goal line until the ball is touched by the penalty kick taker

      • Once the referee signals that the player may take the penalty kick he can than shoot the ball towards the net

      • A player must kick the ball forward, and may not touch the ball again until the goalie or another player touches the ball

      • If an infringement is is made by the goaltender or a player on their team, the referee can decide to allow the penalty kick to be retaken if there is no goal. If goaltender or player on their team commits an infringement but the penalty kick taker scores, then the goal will stand

      • If an infringement is made by the penalty kick taker or a player on their team, the referee can decide to have the penalty kick to be retaken if there is a goal. If the penalty kick taker or player on their team commits an infringement and does not score, there will not be a penalty kick retake