11-on-11 Outdoor Rules

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  1. All players must be 18 years old or older on the day the season starts.
  2. All players must have signed the wavier/registration form and paid all fees before starting play.


  1. A team that wins a game will be granted 3 points
  2. A team that looses a match will be granted no points
  3. Teams that tie a match will be each granted 1 point


  1. Each team shall have an official contact person. The contact must make certain that all team members receive all information distributed by Kincardine Adult Soccer and are aware of the league rules.
  2. The Team Contact (Captain) is the spokesman for the team during the matches.


All rules will be governed by FIFA rules except for the local rules stated here.

A. Team/Roster :

  1. All players must have signed the wavier/registration form and paid all fees before starting play.
  2. Players may be added to your team at the Kincardine Adult Soccer Board members’ discretion.

B. Game Rules:

  1. Teams must field eleven players (10 fielders and 1 keeper). Two of these players must be women. A minimum of 9 players are allowed to start the match.
  2. If a team has no women to start, they may with 2 PLAYERS down. This means 9 male players will be on the field.
  3. A team that doesn’t have enough players by game time can request another player that is registered with Kincardine Adult Soccer to play with them. They are only permitted at the discretion of the Team Captains.
  4. A team that cannot field at least 9 players by game time will forfeit the game. GAME TIME IS FORFEIT TIME.
  5. Teams may not hold out players or substitute players in order to play with less than 11.
  6. Games will consist of two 45 minute halves with a 5 minute break half.
  7. Free substitutions (on the fly), can be made throughout the game.

C. Slide Tackling:

  1. Slide tackling is not allowed. The penalty will be a yellow card for the first offence and a red card and a minimum of one game suspension for the second offence.
  2. Every slide tackle shall result in a direct kick or penalty kick if inside the penalty box.

NOTE : a slide tackle is generally an intentional slide within your horizontal body length of an opposing player. Whether the opposing player was touched in any way is irrelevant; a “clean” slide tackle shall still result in a card and free kick.The gender of the person slide tackled makes no difference, all slide tackles are illegal. Please remember that this rule is put into place for safety.


All referees shall be approved by Kincardine Adult Soccer. The referee will have authority over the game and his / her decisions over goals scored, rules, etc shall be final. Please respect their rights and work with them and the captains to ensure a well played game.

  1. There will be 1 officials for all games (1 referee).
  2. Officials shall:
    i) Make all decisions for infringement of the rules committed within or outside the boundary lines from the beginning of the game to the end.
    ii) See that all kickoffs, free kicks and penalty kicks are taken properly.
    iii) Act as timekeeper and allow the full or agreed time, adding any time lost through injury or other causes at their discretion.
    iv) Will show a caution or yellow card to any player / coach guilty of misconduct or unsportsmanlike like conduct.
    v) In such a case the referee shall give the name of the offender to the captains who in turn will give a report of the incident to the Department.
    vi) Will send off the field of play and show a red card to any player / coach who is guilty of violent conduct, serious foul play, the use abusive language, or is guilty of a second cautionable offense.


  1. The only personnel permitted on the sidelines are: Players and a coach
  2. All sidelines should be cleaned by the team that occupied them at the end of the game. This is the responsibility of the Team Captain.
  3. No pets.


  1. No coach or player shall belittle or berate the players or coaches of another team. This type of action will NOT be tolerated.
    i) First offense: Warning
    ii) Second offense: Ejection from game of offending person.
    PENALTY: Any coach or player ejected from a game will be suspended for a minimum of 1 game up to a maximum of the remainder of the season. When a player is ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct that team will play a player short for the rest of the game. Any coach or player ejected from a game will be required to meet in person with Kincardine Adult Soccer Board members before coaching another game. The Captain is responsible to set up this meeting himself.
  2. Harassment of officials will not be tolerated. Questions should be asked by the TEAM CAPTAIN ONLY and done in an ORDERLY HUMANE fashion about rule interpretations only. Judgement calls are not to be argued. Failure to comply with this rule will result in immediate ejection of the guilty party and possibly forfeiture of the game.NO WARNINGS WILL BE GIVEN!!
  3. Captains are accountable for the behaviour of their players and related supporters. Game officials may penalize the coach per above for any unsportsmanlike conduct.
    REMINDER: The purpose of this program is to have fun. We’re all human, and as such we ALL make mistakes.
  4. Fighting will get a player a minimum, one-year suspension from time of infraction.


The following procedure shall be used for all protests involving Kincardine Adult Soccer – 11 Aside Soccer League.

  1. Protests will be allowed for rule misapplication only. No discussion will be permitted concerning judgment calls or the Referee’s integrity.
  2. Protest must be noted by the captain before the referee leaves the field.
  3. All protests must be submitted in writing to Kincardine Adult Soccer website (http://www.kincardineadultsoccer.com) by 12:00 (noon) the next working day. All protests should include:
    i) A brief description of the play involved and the ruling that was made.
    ii) A rule reference (page and statement) detailing what ruling should have been made.
    iii) Protests will be ruled on by the Kincardine Adult Soccer Board members.
    iv) Notification of protest ruling will be given within one week after submission.
    v) Kincardine Adult Soccer Board members reserves the right to deny completion of protested game if it has no bearing on league standings or is not in the best interest of the league.


  1. Each team must wear matching shirts given to them by the league. Matching is defined by same color shirt and same color ink for lettering and numbers.
    No made up shirts using taped numbers will be allowed unless approved by the Kincardine Adult Soccer Board, i.e., player is a XXL size and the shirt available /given to him/her is a L.
  2. Each team must have matching shirts by the first game.
  3. If a player does not have matching shirts at game time he/she can still play if:
    i) Their shirt is the same color as the team, i.e. navy and navy.
    NOTE: whether or not a player’s jersey matches the rest of the team is solely at the discretion of the Referee.
    2. Players must wear and provide themselves, shin guards, socks, shorts, and shoes. No player will be allowed to participate in a game without shin guards.
    If you have no shin guards, you CANNOT PLAY!


  1. No jewelry allowed once play has begun. Referees may ask that a player take off all jewelry. Also by rule, they may ask a player with glasses to wear a protective strap while they are playing. Players with earrings will have to either take the earrings out or wear tape over them to be able to play.
  2. The Referee shall not permit any player to wear equipment in his or her judgment, is dangerous or confusing to other players. This includes, but not limited to, items such as:
    i) A guard, cast or brace made of hard and unyielding leather, plaster, pliable (soft) plastic, metal or any other hard substance – even though covered with soft padding – when worn on the elbow, hand, finger, wrist or forearm.
    ii) Head decorations, head wear and jewelry:
    EXCEPTION: Head bands no wider than 2 inches and made of nonabrasive unadorned single-colored cloth, fiber, soft leather or rubber may be worn.
    Rubber (elastic) bands may be used to control hair.
    iii) Equipment which, is unnatural and designed to increase a player’s height or reach or to gain an advantage.


  1. Games are played rain or shine (but no lightning), cancelled games are not rescheduled. Always show to the game even if it’s raining as the weather can change very quickly. At the start of the game the Referee is to make the decision if the games are to be cancelled.

LIGHTNING POLICY: If thunder is heard within 30 seconds of seeing lightning, games will be postponed. All participants must leave the playing area and seek shelter in a building or an automobile. Never stand under trees, in an open field or under an umbrella. Games will resume 15 minutes later if the thunder and lightning have moved away. If thunder and lightning are still present 15 minutes after, the game will be cancelled and the score counts as it was when the game was stopped. Halfway point of the game must be reached in order for the game to count towards the league standings.