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RULES & Procedures

Special Rules:

  • If one team gains a 5-goal advantage over the opposing team, the opposing team may add an additional player on the field until the goal difference is less than 5.



  • 6v6 (5 + keeper)

  • For co-ed leagues, at least 2 of the 6 players on the field must be females. 

  • **NO sliding, with or without the ball; NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • **Clarification: A slide will be called when any part of a player’s arm, hand or knee makes contact with the ground and he or she attempts to play the ball.

  • Throw-ins enforced when out of bounds.


  • All kicks are DIRECT



  • For safety reasons, only players and coaches are allowed inside of the field. Teams may receive a loss of playing time by violating this rule. Failure to cooperate with management will lead to a delayed start and risk of cancellation.



  • The Referee allows play to continue when the fouled team will benefit from an existing offensive advantage

Time Out Structure & Arrival:


  • ALL GAMES CONSIST OF (48) MINUTES TOTAL - (2) 24-min halves.

  • For games running every 50 minutes - No timeouts are allotted.

  • For games running every 55-minutes - No timeouts are allotted.

  • For games running every 60-minutes - One timeout per team per half.


  • *NO time-out permitted within the final minute of play.

  • *NO time-out permitted once the delay count has started.


  • Timeouts may only be given if the team is in possession of the ball during stoppage of play, ex: throw-in, goal kick, free kick, etc.


  • Teams are expected to arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled game time to ensure full 48-minute game is played and avoid delays or loss of game time.


Delay Of Game:

  • A player has 5 seconds to put the ball in play. A card may be issued for delay of game. Referees will use their discretion to decide when to begin the count due to intentional delay tactics.


Dead Ball:

  • Players must bring the ball to a complete stop before restarting a play (goal-kick, free-kick, corner-kick, etc.) They may restart the play without the referee’s whistle unless a penalty is involved. 




  • Offense may play the ball immediately after spotting the ball; PLAYER(S) ON THE FIELD MUST ASK FOR DISTANCE IF THEY WANT IT. If offense asks for space, they must wait until the whistle to the play ball (3 yards will be given when asking for distance).  


  • **Scooping the ball is considered a double touch and is not allowed.


  • Defense must always give a minimum of 1-2 steps as the offense has the right to play out.

  • Any discretion regarding game day rosters should be handled when discretion is observed.  If complaint is made after the game, staff will assess the alleged discretion, however, game results may stand.




  • The ball is placed on the penalty spot outside of the box. Players must stand behind the ball. The goalie cannot come off of his line until the ball is kicked. 

    • Clarification:

      • Per FIFA rules, in a pk shoot out, one single shot is awarded per player.

      • Also per FIFA rules, in a single awarded pk, if the pk shot comes off the goal frame, the shooter is not eligible to be the first to touch the ball again. Such would award a free-kick going the other way. However, if the shot is saved by the keeper, any player can touch the ball including the pk shooter. 




  • Teams are responsible for bringing their own game ball. Each team should have 1 game ball.




  • Turf or flat-soled shoes are required (NO cleats will be permitted, no exceptions).

  • All players must wear shin guards, and long socks.

  • Teams must be dressed in matching colored shirts.

  • Numbers are suggested, but not required. Teams must have an alternate set of matching shirts in case of a color conflict.

  • The away team must change colors in the event of a conflict.




Substitutions are on the fly: 

  • There is no stoppage of play for substitutions [except goalie (no stoppage of clock)]. Enter/Exit should be from the middle of the field.  Failure to substitute appropriately may result in blue card.



A FOUL occurs if a player commits any play/action that the referee sees as dangerous, reckless. See examples of fouls below:


(a) Holding an opponent

(b) Handling the ball (exception of goalie within box/boundaries)

(c) Playing in a dangerous manner

(d) Impeding the progress of an opponent (obstruction)

(f) Preventing the Goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands

(g) Kicking an opponent

(h) Tripping an opponent

(i) Jumping at an opponent

(j) Charging an opponent

(k) Striking or elbowing an opponent

(l) Pushing an opponent

(m) Encroachment: Entering protected area of an opposing player taking a free kick (warning may be given)

(n) Other: Behavior in which (REFS DISCRETION) does not warrant another category of penalty (ex. foul language or taunting)




  • In instances where the referee would issue a blue card, but does not immediately, the offense is recorded and assessed as customary once the play is stopped.

  • *If a player is under a yellow card (2 min. suspension without substitution) and opposing team scores a goal, the team under offense is no longer under time penalty and may resubmit a player.



  • Player receiving BLUE card must sit out for 2 minutes; team may sub on a different player (blue card is issued to penalize the player)


  • Player receiving YELLOW card must sit out for 2 minutes; team must play down a player for the entire 2 minutes (yellow card is issued to penalize the player and the team)



  • Any player or coach that receives a red card must leave the team area; management may request that the coach or player leave the premise.

  • Any player that receives a red card must serve a one-week suspension from play. If person plays in multiple leagues, they may or may not be allowed to play in separate leagues; it is the player’s responsibility to confirm with desk staff the severity of the suspension. 

  • Management always determines the severity of a red card suspension. If players have any questions pertaining to suspension it is their responsibility to reach out to appropriate league coordinator.

  • Management may banish a player or coach for longer periods of time due to the severity of infraction (at management’s discretion).

  • If a player attempts to play in a game illegally, (they're under suspension) the protocol is typically that the game will not be a forfeit. However, the player will typically be issued a 2 game suspension (not including the game the player is found illegally playing in). If found playing in game illegally, staff may or may not allow the player to finish out the game that is discretion of staff working but they extra 2 game suspension will be issues regardless. 


  • The team forfeiting their game will receive a 3-0 loss.

  • Teams may allow opposition to pick up a non-rostered player(s) instead of taking the forfeit. In this instance, the final score will be noted as a regular game.

  • For hour long game slots, the clock may start as late as 10 minutes after the original posted game time. For 50 minute game slots, the clock must start promptly at the posted game time. Teams must have minimum number of eligible players to begin game (4 players). The team has until minute 16:00 of the first half (16:00 out of 24:00) to field the minimum numbers of players to avoid potential forfeit. At this time (15:59) the opposing team may request forfeit (game will not be played if this is the case) or alternatively, the team can allow the team more time or allow the team to borrow players if they simply wish to play. 


ROSTER/WAIVER FORM: – No individual is allowed to play until necessary information and signatures are properly completed. Failure to comply may result in forfeiture of all the games played.



  • Team rosters must be signed, completed and turned in prior to the FIRST league game. For ADULT leagues players may be added to the roster at anytime during the first 4 games. Each player must play at least 3 regular-season-games (3 out of 7 regular-season-games) to be eligible to play in playoffs).

  • Players may play on one team per division.


  • A player is officially a member of the team that he/she first signed for. In order to switch teams (after already playing one game with original team) you must add yourself to the new roster as well as sit out for one game in between transition of teams. You may only switch rosters up until the third game as you must sit out one game and play at least 3 regular season games to be eligible for playoffs. 



  • If a team has the minimum number of legal players to start the game (4 for adult) but wishes to have a substitute, they may borrow one player from another team, or pick up a non-roster player who is acceptable to the opposing team. 

  • If a team is short on female players, they may borrow a female from another team as long as it's in the regular season.  Females may only play with their original team (one team per division) during playoffs.


  • It is the referee's responsibility to keep the games on schedule. Shortened halves or reduced intermissions can be utilized at the discretion of the referee and/or the facility duty manager in order to maintain the game schedules.

  • All decisions made by the referee will be in reference to the interpretation and implementation of the rules of the game and are considered final. Protests regarding the incorrect application of the laws of the game must be submitted via email to Protests regarding a player's eligibility should be noted before you start the game.

  • Players cannot be under the influence of any drugs or alcohol while playing. Soccerdome referees & management have the authority to disallow any players from participating. The discretion is up to Soccerdome referees & management. This may be ruled for suspicion alone. The severity of your suspension/ban will be up to Soccerdome management. 



Players may be required to show proof of age or identity before or at any time during a season.

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