Indoor Adult
Soccer Rules




Rules of the Game
Playmakers Indoor Sports Rules

Playmakers Sports has zero tolerance for the consumption of drugs or alcohol by any person prior to playing or participating in any activities in the arena. Violation of this rule will result in indefinite suspension.

Smoking or chewing of tobacco is not allowed inside Playmakers Indoor Sports facilities. Sunflower seeds or similar products are also forbidden.

No food, drinks, or chewing gum permitted on playing surface.

Home teams must change jerseys in the event of a color conflict.

Spitting on the playing surface or in the team box will result in a blue card penalty. Continued violation will result in a red card. Please use the garbage cans in the team boxes.

The game clock will begin at the scheduled start time regardless of the readiness of the teams to play. The referee will then start the game when the teams are ready. A forfeit will be declared if a team is not ready 5 minutes after the referee has started a game clock. Playmakers Indoor Sports places importance in starting games at their designated start times. Please help us in this effort by being ready at game time.

Standing will be determined by points. Two points for a win, one for a tie and 0 for a loss. Playoff standings will be determined by head-to-head followed by goal differential. Please note that head-to-head can ONLY be considered for seeding in the playoffs if each team in the division has played one another at least once throughout the regular season. This applies only to divisions/leagues that only consist of 7 or less teams for the season!

Games time consists of two running 20-minute halves

Goalies are not permitted to punt or drop-kick the ball. The goalie must either throw the ball or place it on the ground before kicking the ball.

Games ending in a tie will be decided by a golden goal shootout. This means each team will have a chance to shoot on the goal. If one team scores a pk, and the other team does not, the game is over. If both players miss, two new players, one from each team, will be given a chance to score. EVERY PLAYER MUST CYCLE THROUGH A SHOOTOUT SESSION BEFORE A PLAYER CAN REPEAT THEIR TRY.

Verbal abuse of the referee, the other team, spectators or teammates will not be tolerated. Violators will be barred from further participation.

Players receiving three penalties in one game will be ejected from the game.

When the goal differential of a game reaches 4 or more the losing team has the option to put another player on the field. They may keep the player on the field as long as the goal differential remains 4 or more. If the goal differential falls below 4 goals then the team must remove the extra player.

Playmakers Indoor Sports has no toleration for fighting. The Facility and League Director will determine suspensions based upon the intent and facts of each incident. BE FOREWARNED, severe suspensions will be imposed for fighting. I.e. Throwing punches will result in a minimum one-year arena suspension.

Ball Size

U-13 through adult - Size #5 ball.

U-10 through U-12 - Size #4 ball

U-9 and under - Size #3 ball

Number of Players

All Divisions: 6 players, one of whom is a goalkeeper. 9 and under play with 7 on the field. Adult Coed must have 2 girls on the field at ALL times. If there is only 1 girl on the field that team must play a man down.

Equipment

Only shoes with soles containing aluminum, leather, rubber, nylon or plastic cleats are legal. No aluminum studs or bars, whether molded as part of the sole or detachable, no metal cleats, no spikes, and no front toe studs are to be used during play. Any cleat determined unsafe by the referee will have to be removed. Small rubber studded or indoor cleats are the most preferred indoor shoes.

The goalkeeper must wear colors to distinguish him/her from all other players.

All team members must wear the same colors jerseys to distinguish them from the opposing team and the referees. Players are asked to bring alternate color shirts (dark & light) in the event both teams are the same color. HOME team must change.

Each player is required to have Shinguards covered by socks.

Goalies or other players wearing any kind of protective gear (i.e. knee pads) must wear the softly cushioned type. No hard plastic protective equipment is allowed.

Knee braces are allowed on the condition that any potentially harmful edges or protrusions are adequately padded. The referee has the right to disallow any potentially harmful knee braces.

Players with casts must have them wrapped in a foam wrap to the satisfaction of the referee and present them to the referee for inspection before the game. By allowing them to play, Playmakers Sports in no way accepts responsibility for any aggravation of the injury that may occur while playing.

Rings and/or pierced jewelry must be covered by tape per referee's instructions for safety and welfare of all players.

All other equipment the referee deems dangerous to that players or opponent will not be allowed.

Game Clock

The game shall be two 20 minute halves.

The Scoreboard is the official game time. The game is over when the scoreboard sounds. (If the ball is not in the goal the moment the scoreboard sounds, it’s not a goal).

The half-time interval will be 1.0 minute. In the interest of time constraints, the half-time may be shortened to catch up on lost time due to injuries or other stoppages in play.

Time between games shall be five minutes and teams are required to be ready to play. This time may be shortened in order to catch up on lost time due to injuries or other stoppages in play.

Clock may be stopped for serious injuries.

When time is stopped for an injury, the injured player must leave the game for a substitute and, if able to resume play, may not re-enter the game for a minimum of 2 minutes following the resumption of play.

Any player who suffers a head injury will not be allowed to re-enter the game.

If it is the goalkeeper whose injuries require the clock to be stopped and the keeper is able to continue play they may forego substitution and continue to play.

After the time between games or after the half-time has expired, the game clock will be started regardless if the teams are on the field prepared to play. The referee will start the game when both teams are ready. Please Note: Starting the "clock" and starting the "game" are two different things.

The referee may start play before one or both teams are ready if the referee thinks the team is not adequately preparing themselves for the game or simply stalling. Any goals scored after the referee's whistle count regardless of the team's readiness.

If the clock starts at the game time, and the opposing team still does not have enough players, or is not ready to start, they will be penalized by 1 goal per every 2 minutes that pass. After 5 minutes, if the team is still not ready, the game will be declared a 3-0 forfeit.

Start and End of Play

The minimum amount of players for the start of a game is 4 players, one of which is a goalkeeper.

Each team must designate a team captain to the referee before each game.

A forfeit is declared when a team is unable to put the minimum number of players on the filed within 5 minutes after the game start time. The game clock will continue to run while the team is attempting to field their players and the time elapsed will not be reinstated.

No players may "guest play" on a team unless a forfeit has been declared.

Visitors kick off to begin the game every game.

A goal cannot be scored directly from a kickoff.

Kickoff must be played within 5 seconds of the referee's whistle or the opposing team is awarded the ball.

Team Boxes

Home Team is the first team listed on the schedule. Teams must take the bench designated for the Home of visitors.

Teams will switch sides but not benches at halftime.

No one except coaches and players currently playing is allowed in the team boxes with a maximum of 2 coaches per team.

No children other than those playing the present game are allowed in the boxes.

Glass containers are prohibited in the players’ box.

Players are asked to exit the players’ box immediately after the game and hold player conferences, discussions, etc. in another part of the facility.

Players are asked to pick up all their belonging and trash immediately concluding their game.

Ball out of Play

During Indoor Play:

The ball is NOT out of play when it touches the net or superstructure unless the referee deems that carrying on the play would be unsafe to players or the facility.

The ball is out of play when it makes contact with any player or spectator outside the arena walls.

When the ball is ruled out of play, a free kick is awarded to the opposing team. The ball shall be placed approximately two feet out from the wall at the spot where the ball went out or play

If the ball is ruled out of play after it hits the superstructure, lights or ceiling netting the opposing team is awarded a free kick at the closest white line from where the ball was kicked. The opposing team may set the ball anywhere on the white line they wish.

Players have 5 seconds to put a free kick into play once the ball has been placed in the designated spot or the opposing team will be awarded the ball.

During Outdoor Play:

An Out of Bounds will be marked approximately 1 yard from the fence outlining the field of play. If the ball (not the player) penetrates the line it will be ruled out of play.

The fence itself is considered out of play. Therefore, in the event that the ball hits a portion of the fence then rebounds back into field of play it will still be considered ball out of play.

When the ball is ruled out of play, a free kick is awarded to the opposing team. The ball shall be placed on the out of play line where it penetrated the line by an opposing team player (with guidance from the referee).

Players have 5 seconds to put a free kick into play once the ball has been placed in the designated spot or the opposing team will be awarded the ball. THROW IN’S FROM OUT OF BOUNDS ARE CONSIDERED ILLEGAL. ONLY KICK IN’S WILL BE ALLOWED FROM OUT OF BOUNDS.

Three-Line Violations

A three-line violation is defined as the ball having crossed, in the air, over all three white lines without touching the perimeter wall or another player between the three lines.

Passing the ball three lines toward your own goal is allowed.

A three-line violation will result in the opposing team being awarded a free kick from anywhere on the white line closest to the violators goal.

Any team playing with two (2) players less than the opposing team shall not be penalized for violating the three-line rule.

Fouls

A free kick shall be awarded to the opposing team from the point of infraction, for a player who commits any of the following offenses:

(a) Inadvertently kicks or attempts to kick an opponent while attempting to strike the ball.

(b) Inadvertently trips an opponent while attempting to play the ball.

(c) Inadvertently charges an opponent from behind while attempting to play the ball.

(d) Intentionally obstructing an opponent when not in possession of the ball. This includes standing between the opponent and the ball so as to form an obstacle. Obstruction is not called when a player has a ball and is shielding so as to prevent an opposing player from stealing the ball or if the ball is kicked downfield and a player attempts to run through an opponent who has established position.

(e) Inadvertently pushes a player into the boards.

(f) Pushes a player in an attempt to prevent them from getting to the ball.

(g) Playing in such a manner so as to be deemed out of control.

(h) Charging the goalkeeper.

(i) Playing the ball while laying on the ground or while having a knee on the ground.

(j) Intentionally playing the ball with the hands.

(k) If a player holds an opponent in an effort to prevent them from going to the ball.

Advantage will be only allowed when the player with the ball is beyond the center line nearest the goal the player is attacking.

The referee will not whistle to restart play unless a player requests the referee measure the opposing team's wall distance.

All foul calls are at the referee’s discretion.

All of the above calls may result in a time penalty (blue, yellow or red card) depending upon the intent or degree of the violating player.

No Contact League Fouls

No contact leagues are designed to emphasize the finesse of the game while making sure nobody gets hurt. This includes all divisions in our JFK and Women’s leagues. Players are asked to be conscious of slowing down for 50/50 balls, and making sure no bodily contact is made while making a play on the ball. In leagues where there is no contact allowed, "Contact" is as simple as if you initiate any contact whatsoever with another player, it’s a foul. Incidental contact will also be whistled at the refs discretion. In the event the ref calls an incidental contact foul. He will kick or throw the ball off the wall and into play.

Restarts top of the arc

The following goalkeeping restrictions shall cause the referees to stop the play and award a free kick to the opponents at the top of the restraining arc:

NOTE: Restarts at the top of the arc are NOT direct penalty kicks between attacker and keeper only. The defense may stand within 10 feet of the ball.

1. If goalkeepers use their hands when the ball is passed or deflected directly off the foot of a teammate (exception to rule: the goalie may pick up a pass if the ball is played off the wall).

2. The goalie may not reach outside the box and use their hands even if they are standing in the box when the ball is on the GROUND. When the ball is in the air, the goalie may reach outside the box and us their hands, AS LONG AS both feet are still within the restraining arc.

3. The goalkeeper with the ball in their hands has five seconds to distribute the ball outside of the box. Dropping the ball to their feet inside the box does not stop the count.

4. The goalkeeper may not go outside of the box and play the ball into the box to themselves.

5. If the goalkeeper begins a slide inside the box (allowed) and as a result of their slide goes outside the box.

Time Penalties

Time penalties result in the violating player having to remove themselves from play for the designated time. The violating player's team may not replace that player on the field until the full-time penalty has been served. Time penalties are broken into the following categories:

·Bench time penalties 2 minutes

·Penal times penalties 2 minutes

·Unsportsmanlike conduct 2 minutes

·Cautionary time penalties 4 minutes

·Ejectable time penalties 5 minutes

·Incidental foul language 2 minutes

BLUE CARDS: Bench, Penal and Unsportsmanlike conduct time penalties shall be indicated by the referees showing a blue card and announcing to the player that they will be serving a two-minute penalty and the nature of the penalty. A player receiving two blue cards in the same game will be issued a yellow card. Any player receiving three blue cards in the same game will be issued a red card.

YELLOW CARD: Cautionary time penalties shall be indicated by the referee showing a yellow card and announcing to the player that they will be serving a four-minute penalty and the nature of the penalty. A player who has received a yellow card as a result of having received two blue cards will not be required to serve two additional minutes in the penalty box. A player receiving any other penalties after a yellow card will be issued a red card and ejected from the game.

RED CARD: Ejections shall be indicated by the referee showing a red card and announcing to the player that they are ejected from the game and the reason for the ejection. In addition, a red card results in a five-minute penalty to be served by the alternate player. The full five-minute penalty will be served regardless of scores. Players receiving a red card are suspended from all activities at Playmakers Indoor Sports until their case is ruled upon by the judiciary committee. The violator's team captain must call the facility the next day to get the judiciary committee's ruling or time table of the judiciary committee's ruling before the violating player may play at Playmakers Indoor Sports again. Incidental foul language or spitting on the field will result in a two-minute penalty for the player but the team will be able to substitute for that player while they are in the penalty box.

Serving Penalties

All players, including the goalkeeper, must serve their own penalties.

If a goal is scored against the team that is playing shorthanded then that team may return to full strength but the player who was penalized (including the goalkeeper) must continue to serve their two-minute penalty.

When a team has two players in the penalty box and a goal is scored by the opposing team, only the first player penalized can be replaced. If another goal is scored, the second player may be replaced even though both players must serve out their penalties in the box.

A maximum of two penalties against one team shall be served simultaneously. If a player is penalized while two players on the same team are serving penalties then the penalty time of the third, fourth, etc. player shall not commerce when the first penalty time of the two players in the box expires.

In all cases where a two-minute penalty is issued the team will play shorthanded (except for incidental foul language and spitting).

Blue Card Penalties

A player who commits any of the following offenses shall be penalized by the referee issuing a blue card which will result in the player serving a two-minute penalty. Once a blue card has been issued the penalty time will not begin until the player has entered the penalty box. Calls are at the referee's discretion.

Blue Card Penalties include:

(a) Intentionally trips an opponent.

(b) Charges an opponent in a violent or dangerous manner.

(c) Intentionally uses their hand to play the ball. If this occurs in the penalty area a penalty kick will be awarded.

(d) Holds an opponent in an attempt to prevent them from playing the ball.

(e)Intentionally pushes a player to knock them off the ball or after they have been fouled.

(f) Propels an opponent into the boards in a violent manner. A trip which inadvertently causes a player to make contact with the boards would not result in a boarding call.

(g) Any slide whether offensive or defensive, where a player slides towards the ball or another player in an effort to steal or kick the ball is not allowed. If the goalkeeper, who is allowed to slide, begins their slide outside the goalie box they will be given a two-minute penalty for slide tackling. A slide could be considered to reach for the ball by having to go to one knee.

(h) Kicks or strikes the goalkeeper in a possession of the ball while attempting to play the ball. (It doesn't matter if the attempt is on the ball. If the goal keeper is kicked, pushed, hit, etc., it will be a blue card, even if unintentional contact is made).

(i) Fails to stand 10 feet from the ball after it is spotted and then struck by the ball. If after giving 10 feet, the opposing player moves toward the ball and is struck with the ball they will serve a penalty. The opposing player must have a reasonable amount of time to yield the 10 feet before there is an infraction.

(j) Once issued a blue card, a player does not immediately proceed to the penalty box. The delay will result in a second blue card which will be accompanied by a yellow card. If a player continues to refuse or delays the game they will be issued a third blue card accompanied by a red card and an ejection from the game.

(k) A team with too many players on the field of play will be penalized with a two-minute penalty not designated to any one specific player.

(l) Unsportsmanlike conduct will result in a time penalty where unsportsmanlike conduct includes but is not limited to the following:

·Persistent disregard for the rules.

·Any dissent by word or action a referee's decision.

·Taunting another team in a manner so as to cause confrontations.

·Encouraging players by word or action to foul, harm or retaliate against the opposing team.

·Obstructing the goalie in any manner, as they attempt to distribute the ball with their hands. Making a loud noise or action intended to distract a player on a free kick or a penalty kick.

·A team committing five fouls in a GAME will be assessed a BLUE CARD (two-minute penalty) and a player from that team must enter the penalty box. Once five fouls have been committed in the game, for every 3 ADDITIONAL fouls the process previously stated will take place once again.

Yellow Card Penalties:

A Yellow card or Cautionary penalty shall be issued for the following infractions:

1. A player persistently infringes on the rules.

2. A player persistently dissents by word or action any referee's decisions.

3. A player is guilty of persistent unsportsmanlike conduct.

Red Card Penalties:

(a) Red Cards are issued for the following infractions followed by ejection from the game. A player issued a red card for fighting or abuse of a referee will be required to leave the building. Any player refusing to leave after being asked by the person in charge, whether it is a referee or office personnel, will result in the police called and a complaint filed.

Note: Referees are a protected class. Striking a referee is a federal offense resulting in prison time.

(b) Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent in a violent manner, when not attempting to play the ball, or in retaliation for a perceived foul.

(c) Spits at an opponent.

(d) Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent whether as the aggressor or in retaliation for a perceived foul.

(e) Is guilty of violent conduct or serious foul play.

(f) Uses foul or abusive language in a confrontational manner.

(g) Fighting regardless of the reason.

(h) Any abuse of the referee whether it is verbal or physical. Verbal abuse may be defined, but is not limited to, swearing at or threatening a referee, or disputing a call in an overly aggressive manner, in an attempt to intimidate the referee.

(i) Any player who leaves the bench to become involved in a fight.

If more than one player from a team leaves the bench, the players leaving the bench will be assessed red cards. The game will be stopped and the team who's players left the bench will be assessed a forfeit for that game.

In the event that players from both teams leave the bench, the players who left the bench will be issued red cards, the game will be stopped and both teams issued forfeits for that game.

Ejections and Suspensions

A person receiving a red card will be ejected from the game and will receive at least a one-game league suspension. The judiciary committee will assess further suspensions based upon the degree of the violation. The penalty will vary from three-game league suspensions to permanent Arena Sports expulsion.

A person receiving two red cards in one session will receive Playmakers Indoor Sports expulsion for at least 8 weeks.

A person who makes an attempt to intimidate the referee by the threat of physical abuse, pushing or attempting to make contact with the referee will be suspended from all play at the facility for a period of at least one year.

A person who strikes or attempts to strike a referee (or any employee) shall receive a permanent Playmakers Indoor Sports expulsion.

Restarts:

The following applies to all restarts:

Free Kicks

(a) Opposing players shall quickly yield 10 feet from the ball. Dissent upon a request from the official shall result in a twi-minute penalty.

(b) The player taking kick cannot play the ball again until someone else touches the ball.

(c) If a player taking the kick delays longer than 5 seconds after having been signaled to do so by the referee, the ball shall be turned over to the opposing team to take the restart.

(d) All free kicks will be direct except the kickoff which must be indirect.

(e) In a Coed league, the women’s team will be awarded a free kick in the event of a 50/50 ball possession foul. 

Penalty Kicks

(a) Penalty kicks shall be taken from the top of the arc.

(b) If the clock stops for half-time, the penalty kick shall be taken at the start of the second half.

(c) If the clock stops for the end of the game, prior to the penalty kick, then the penalty kick will immediately be taken by one of the players on the field at the time.

(d) Once the ball is spotted and the goalkeeper has stated that they are ready the player kicking the ball has five seconds to play the ball.

KickOffs

(a) On a kickoff, the ball may be kicked in any direction. A goal may not be scored from a kickoff.

(b) All players must be on their own side of the field at the start. if not they must go to their side before becoming involved in the play already started.

(c) Whistle by the referee is necessary for taking a penalty kick and kick off.

Out of Bounds

During Indoor play:

(a) Kick-in: When the whole of the ball passes over the perimeter wall along the touchline, it shall be kicked in from the point on the touchline where it crossed the perimeter wall before exiting the field. The ball may be kicked in any direction by a player of the team opposite to that of the player who has last touched it. The ball shall be in play immediately after it has traveled half of its circumference. A goal may be scored directly from such a kick.

(b) Throw-in: When the whole of the ball passes over the end perimeter wall between the corner marks (excluding that portion between the goal posts and under the crossbar) having last been played by a player of the attacking team, play shall be restarted with a throw in. The throw-in is taken by the keeper on the opposing team from any point within the penalty area. The ball is not in play until it has left the penalty area and has been distributed to another player outside the penalty box.

(c) Injury stoppage: Play will restart with team the in possession at the moment the injury occurs. If neither team has a clear possession the game will be restarted with a drop ball.

(d) Violations/kicker: If a player taking a goal kick plays the ball a second time after it has passed outside the penalty area but before it has been touched by another player, a free kick shall be awarded to the opposing team at the top of the arc. When the whole of the ball having last been played by one of the defending team passes over the end perimeter wall between the corner flag posts, excluding when a legal goal is scored, a member of the attacking team shall take a corner kick. A goal may be scored directly from such a kick.

Placement: The whole of the ball shall be placed on the corner mark at nearest corner flagons, and it shall be kicked from the position.

(e) Goalie change during the game: No time shall be given, changes will be made the same way as a field player.

During Outdoor Play:

(a) An Out of Bounds will be marked approximately 1 yard from the fence outlining the field of play. If the ball (not the player) penetrates the line it will be ruled out of play.

(b) The fence itself is considered out of play. Therefore, in the event that the ball hits a portion of the fence then rebounds back into the field of play it will still be considered ball out of play.

(c) When the ball is ruled out of play, a free kick is awarded to the opposing team. The ball shall be placed on the out of play line where it penetrated the line by an opposing team player (with guidance from the referee).

(d) Players have 5 seconds to put a free kick into play once the ball has been placed in the designated spot or the opposing team will be awarded the ball. THROW IN’S FROM OUT OF BOUNDS ARE CONSIDERED ILLEGAL. ONLY KICK IN’S WILL BE ALLOWED FROM OUT OF BOUNDS.

 Drop Ball Restart

May be used by the referee to restart play that has been delayed by two players trapped with the ball along the border.