Rule 1: Don’t be an ass.
- This league exists to build community through the playing of soccer in an inclusive, fun, and friendly environment.
- Unnecessary aggression has no place in our league. This includes excessive physicality, blasting the ball, and anything else within that realm of taking things a little too serious.
- Trash talking and taunting is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
- Players are expected to be courteous, appreciate the recreational nature of the game, and officiate themselves to the best of their ability.
- A player can be prohibited from future play for continuous or excessive physical play by Parliamentary Decree.
Law 1 – The Field of Play
- Fields should be generally between 65-75 yards in length, and 45-55 yards in width. (Think ½ of a normal size soccer or football field, sideways.)
- Fields should maximize the available park space, without being too large that play is hindered.
Law 2 – The Ball
- Each team is asked to supply a size 5 game ball to be approved by each team’s captains.
- ‘You kick it you get it.’ The player/team that kicks the ball past a goal line is responsible for its retrieval.
Law 3 – The Players
- Unlimited substitutions can be made at will from midfield (e.g. like hockey). There does not need to be a stoppage of play for a substitution to take place.
- The substitutee must leave the field before being replaced by the substitutor.
Law 4 – The Players’ Equipment
- Cleats and shin guards are encouraged but not mandatory.
- If a player is wearing shinguards, socks must cover the shinguards completely.
Law 5 – The Referee
- We are all the referee.
- Practice integrity in calling fouls and respect in the foul calls of other players.
Law 6 – The Match Officials
- Captains are designated as “Match Officials”, and must come to a mutual agreement on any situations that take place within the match.
Law 7 – The Duration of the Match
- Games will consist of two equal halves of 30 minutes with a five-minute intermission.
- Captains will have the responsibility of keeping time and score
- Length of games may be increased or decreased if captains from both teams agree prior to kick-off.
- Teams should be at the field 15 minutes prior to the start of their game.
Law 8 – The Start and Restart of Play
- Put the ball down and play.
- On all restarts of play, the defending team should provide a minimum of three paces of space from the spot of the restart of play.
Law 9 – The Ball In and Out of Play
- If the ball goes out of bounds on a sideline, a throw-in will take place.
- If the ball goes out of bounds on the endline and was:
- Last touched by the defensive team, it is a corner kick.
- Last touched by the offensive team, it is a goal kick.
Law 10 – Determining the Outcome of a Match
- Teams will receive three (3) points for a victory, one (1) point for a tie. There shall be no overtime periods.
- At the conclusion of each game the two captains will note the game result, the score, and relay this to the Prime Minister.
Law 11 – Offside
- There is no offside; but cherry-picking is discouraged. (Help your teammates on defense!)
Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct
- Slide tackling or going to the ground to play a ball is not allowed.
- Players are not allowed to play the ball if they are on the ground.
- Players are not allowed to raise their foot to play a ball that is higher than their waist, or the waist of a nearby opponent.
- Pushing, pulling, shoving or excessive use of arms against another player is not allowed.
- The first violation of the above infractions will result in a verbal warning by the captains. The second violation will result in an immediate substitution for a cool-down period.
Law 13 – Free Kicks
- All free kicks shall be indirect kicks.
- Before an attempt on goal can be made, two players from the offensive team must control the ball.
- The defending team should provide a minimum of three paces from the spot of the restart of play.
Law 14 – The Penalty Kick
- For a penalty kick to be taken, captains from both teams must agree that a clear goal-scoring opportunity was obstructed via an intentional infraction from by the defending team.
- A penalty kick will be taken by the offended-against player, as a completely undefended shot on goal, kicked 15 paces from the goal line.
- Once the shot has been taken, play restarts from the center line (in the event of a goal) or from a goal kick (in the event of a miss). If the ball strikes a post and does not go into the goal, play restarts from a goal kick.
Law 15 – The Goalkeeper
- The goalkeeper must wear a shirt color that differentiates them from the two competing teams’ colors.
- Goalkeepers are not permitted to punt or drop kick the ball.
- A player cannot challenge the goalkeeper once they have obtained possession of the ball in their hands.
- In a 50:50 interaction with the goalkeeper, the goalkeeper always gets precedent.
Law 16 – The Goal Kick
- Goal kicks are taken by the defending team if the ball crosses the goal line and the offensive team was the last to touch it.
- Goal kicks are to be taken a reasonable distance from the end line.
Law 17 – The Corner Kick
- Corner kicks are taken by the offensive team, if the ball is last touched by the defensive team before crossing the goal line.
- A corner kick that goes into the goal without any players touching the ball is awarded as a goal.