IMPORTANT DATES & LOCATIONS
Games will be played indoor in the small McNeal Gym and outdoor on the football practice field.
Registration (4/2 - 4/13)
Projected start date (week of 4/16)
RULES AND GUIDELINES
The field of play is a regulation basketball court. The penalty area is defined by two 19 ft. radius arcs which intersect the end lines and free throw line. The goal area is defined by two 13 ft. radius arcs which intersect the goal line and a line 13 ft. from, and parallel to, the goal line, directly in front of the goal. The penalty kick restraining line is the half-court line.
The Ball used is an Indoor Soccer Ball. Player’s equipment must include non-cleated soft soled shoes. Black, carbon-soled running shoes are not allowed. Scrimmage vests will be given to players by the supervisor if needed.
The number of players used in a game will be four (4), one of which must be a uniformed goalie. Three (3) players are required to start and finish the game. Substitutions may be made “on the fly” (hockey style) and while playing defense.
The start of play will involve a kick-off administered by the officials. A ball which hits any part of the backboard or rim is out over the goal line. Balls which hit the roof or its supports are put in play with a free kick directly below the point of contact. Balls which hit the roof or its supports directly above the opponent’s penalty area shall result in a corner throw. Hands can be used by the goalie only if he/she is in the penalty box. Once the goalie steps outside of the box, they become a defensive player and can’t use their hands.
Free kicks are all direct, from which a goal may be scored directly. Any free kick awarded a team in its own penalty area may be taken anywhere in the area. If a free kick is awarded a team in its opponent’s penalty area, the penalty will be taken from one of two spots:
- If the free kick was awarded as a result of a technical foul, the free kick shall be taken from the nearest point outside the penalty area.
- If the free kick was awarded as a result of a penalty foul, a penalty kick shall be awarded.
Players must be at least 10 feet from an opponent’s free kick. All free kicks must be taken within 5 seconds of referee's signal.
Penalty kicks will be taken when the defense commits a penal offense within its own penalty area. The ball will be placed at the top of the basketball key, in front of the goal, and all players other than the kicker and the goalie must remain behind the restraining line until the kick is taken.
Throw-ins will be taken according to FIFA. Intentionally throwing a ball at an opponent in an effort to score by deflection is unsportsmanlike conduct. Players have 5 sec. to put the ball in play or it will result in a turnover. Players may not directly throw-in the ball to the goalie’s hands.
Goal Kicks will be taken from anywhere on or inside the line defining the goal area. Players have 5 sec. to put the ball in play or it will result in a turnover. Anytime a referee stops play for outside interference or any other unusual situation, play will restart with a goal kick for the team in possession of the ball at the stoppage of play. There will be no drop balls in Mini Soccer. A goal kick is an indirect restart.
Corner throws will be thrown in from within three feet of the corner, and are considered to be an indirect restart. Players have 5 sec. to put the ball in play or receive a turnover.
If a foul results in a penalty kick, the person taking the penalty kick must be of the same sex as the person who was fouled. If a shootout is required, males and females will alternate shots until all available roster players of each gender have taken a shot. Once all players of one gender have taken a shot, the players of that gender may take a second shot in a different order.
TIMING & WINNING THE GAME
The duration of the game shall be two (2) halves of 20 minutes with a five (5) minute halftime. Teams will switch sides after each half. Goals are scored the same as outdoor soccer, one (1) point per goal.
PENALTIES & FOULS
If one of the penalty fouls below is committed the opposing team gets a direct free kick. A “direct” kick means the opponent can try to score a goal directly.
- Kicking a player.
- Jumping up at a player.
- Charging a player in a rough way.
- Charging a player from behind.
- Tripping a player.
- Hitting or spitting at a player.
- Pushing a player.
- Holding a player.
- Handling the ball.
If one of the penalty fouls below is committed, the opposing team is awarded an “indirect” free kick. A goal cannot be scored directly from an indirect free kick. The ball must be played by a player other than the one taking the indirect kick, before a legal goal can be scored.
- Dangerous play.
- Fair charging, but with the ball out of playing distance.
- Illegal obstruction.
- Charging the goalkeeper in the goal area.
- Goalkeeper Infringements.
Once a goalkeeper has had hand possession, and then releases the ball into play, they may only handle the ball again if it touches an opponent, or becomes dead. For simplicity, dribbling the ball with the hands, throwing it in the air and catching it, or fumbling the ball and picking it up will not be violations of this rule. It is legal for a goalkeeper to throw a ball across the halfway line, but such a throw cannot score a goal against the opponent. If the goalie has played the ball with their hands, the goaltender may not kick the ball in the air across the half-court line without the ball first touching the floor or another player. Placing the ball on the ground does not remove this restriction. Penalty results in a free kick at the nearest spot of the violation outside the penalty area.
If any concerns, problems or questions arise don't hesitate to contact Marquis Malcom, the Recreation Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.