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Soccer

Competition

Soccer is a Tier 2 event.

Roster

Desired roster size is ten (10) players, one of whom is identified as a goalkeeper. Five (5) players are required to avoid a forfeit. One player from each team is designated as the team captain prior to start of play.

Rules

Start time is forfeit time: there is no grace period for players to arrive late. Two (2) game forfeits disqualify a team from futher play.

It is strongly recommended that a mouthpiece be worn. Slide tackling will trigger one warning followed by an ejection from the game.

Games are played in two (2) 15-minute halves with a 5-minute break between halves. Games may be shortened at discretion of the officials for darkness, inclement weather, or formation. Twenty minutes of play will constitute a complete game. The clock runs continuously except for officials' time-outs. There are no team time-outs.

In the event of a tie at the end of regulation play, teams will go to penalty kicks. Teams alternate kickers. Following five (5) kicks for each team, the team scoring the most goals is the winner. If the game remains tied, kicks will continue until one team scores and the other does not. Each team must use goalie who was in the game when regulation play ended; goalies may kick. Players who were on the field at the end of regulation must kick penalty kicks before any sideline player.

Substitution of players may be made when the ball is not in play. Players may not switch positions with the goalie while the ball is in play. A substitute goalie must notify the official upon entering game.

If a female scores a goal, the point value is two (2).

There is no offsides rule. All players may go anywhere in the field of play.

Violation of any of following rules results in a direct free kick by opposing team:

  • intentionally handling the ball
  • deliberately kicking an opponent
  • tripping an opponent
  • charging, rushing or holding an opponent
  • other dangerous play as judged by officials

When a direct free kick violation occurs within the penalty area, an opposing player takes a penalty kick from the 12-yard line. Any player charged with two (2) fouls is disqualified from the game.

The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association governs all other rules.