RULES – 5on5 w/ Goalies

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The following rules and regulations will be enforced to create a safe environment for all players taking part in the Indoor 5-on-5 Co-ed Soccer League and any 5-on-5 Co-ed Soccer Indoor Tournaments.

A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to her/himself or another player (including any kind of jewellery).

Basic Equipment
The basic compulsory equipment of a player comprises the following separate items:

  • A jersey or shirt with their team’s colour. Goalkeepers must wear colours that distinguish him/her from the other players and the referees.
  • Shinguards
  • Footwear – ensure shoes are of Non-Marking Soles

Decisions of the Referee
The decisions of the referees regarding facts connected with play, including whether or not a goal is scored and the result of the match, are final.
The referees may only change a decision on realizing that it is incorrect or, at their discretion provided that they have not restarted play or terminated the match.
All rules unless otherwise specified in this document will follow the latest official FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game.

A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than five players, one of whom is the goalkeeper. There must be a minimum of 1 female and 1 male on the pitch at all times of play. Goalies can be either male or female. The only exception to this rule is as follows:

  • Either team shows up with only one female/male
  • Team shows up with no female players

In either one of these circumstances team captains are to come to a mutual agreement regarding players in play and notify referee prior to the game start.

A match may not start if either team consists of fewer than three players. The match is forfeited by the team(s) that does not meet the player requirement and will result in a 1-0 final score. If both of the teams have fewer than three players on the pitch then the match will be considered a friendly resulting in a 1-1 final score.

A substitution may be made at any time, whether the ball is in play or not. To replace a player with a substitute, the following conditions must be observed:

  • The substitute only enters the pitch after the player being replaced has left
  • From that moment, the substitute becomes a player and the player he has replaced becomes a substituted player
  • The substituted player may take further part in the match
  • All substitutes are subject to the authority and jurisdiction of the referees, whether called upon to play or not
  • If a period is extended to allow a penalty kick only the goalkeeper of the defending team may be substituted

The number of substitutions that may be made during a match is unlimited.

Infringements and Sanctions
If a substitute enters the pitch before the player being replaced has left

  • The referees stop play (although not immediately if they can apply the advantage)
  • The referees caution him for infringing the substitution procedure and order him/her to leave the pitch

If the referees have stopped play, it is restarted with an indirect free kick to the opposing team from the position of the ball at the time of the stoppage.

Changing the Goalkeeper

  • Any player may change places with the goalkeeper
  • The player changing places with the goalkeeper must do so during a stoppage in the match and must inform the referees before the change is made
  • A player or substitute replacing the goalkeeper must wear a goalkeeper’s jersey/pinnie

Periods of Play
The match lasts two equal periods of 25 minutes with 2 minute allowed at halftime, unless otherwise mutually agreed between the referee and the two teams. Any agreement to alter the duration of the periods of play must be made before the start of play and must comply with the competition rules.
Please note that periods of play are subject to change for tournaments depending on the format of the tournament.
A coin is tossed and the team that wins the toss decides which goal it will attack in the first half of the match. The other team takes the kick-off to start the match. The team that wins the toss takes the kick-off to start the second half of the match.
In the second half of the match, the teams change ends and attack the opposite goals.

A kick-off is a way of starting or restarting play:

  • At the start of the match
  • After a goal has been scored
  • At the start of the second half of the match
  • All players must be in their own half of the pitch
  • The opponents of the team taking the kick-off are at least 3 m from the ball until it is in play
  • The ball must be stationary on the center mark
  • The referee gives a signal
  • The ball is in play when it is kicked
  • After a team scores a goal, provided that the period has not ended, the kickoff is taken by the other team.

Ball Out of Play
The ball is out of play when:

  • It has wholly crossed the goal line or touch line whether on the ground or in the air
  • Play has been stopped by the referees
  • It hits the ceiling, or kick up into the stands/walking track – In this case the game is restarted with a kick-in taken by the opponents of the team that last touched the ball. The kick-in is taken from the point on the touchline nearest to the place on the ground above which the ball hit the ceiling.

Ball in Play
The ball is in play at all other times, including when:

  • It rebounds off a goalpost or crossbar and remains on the pitch
  • It rebounds off the referees when they are on the pitch
  • If referee does not blow the whistle

Goal Scored
A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar.
If, after a goal is scored, the referees realize, before play restarts, that the team that scored the goal was playing with an extra player or had carried out a substitution incorrectly, they must disallow the goal and restart play with an indirect free kick to be taken by the opponents of the offending player from any point inside the penalty area.
There is NO offside in Indoor Soccer.

Fouls are penalized with a free kick or penalty kick.

Fouls Awarded Free Kick
Free kicks will be awarded for the following:

  • Handling the ball: when a player carries, strikes or propels the ball with hand or arm
  • Charging fairly, but clearly the player is not going for the ball
  • Delaying play by trapping the ball or imposing the progress of an opposing player with your body.
  • Charging the goal keeper
  • Unsportsmanlike Behavior
  • Goalkeepers handle the ball longer than 5 seconds after controlling it with his/her hands
  • When a goalkeeper touches the ball with his/her hands after it has been passed to them by a teammate
  • Scoring a goal from a free kick can only be done in-directly

Fouls Awarded Penalty Kick
A penalty kick is awarded if any of the above ten offences is committed by a player inside his own penalty area, irrespective of the position of the ball, provided it is in play.

Cautionable Offences
Following will result in a yellow card (at referees’ discretion) upon which receiving team has to play with the player down for two minutes:

  • Sliding! Whether to tackle another player, or keep the ball from going out of bounds.
  • Intentional hand balls.
  • Committing an aggressive foul (deemed by referee).
  • Unsporting behavior
  • Intentionally delaying the restart of play
  • Dissent by word or action

Sending-off Offences
Following will result in a red card (at referees’ discretion) and expulsion from the match and could be subject to hearing with the League Disciplinary Committee:

  • Serious foul play Violent conduct
  • Spitting at an opponent or any other person
  • Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures
  • Receiving a second caution in the same match.

This will result in the subject’s team to play a player down for the entirety of the remaining game.

Players and Substitutes Sent Off
A substitute may replace a sent-off player and enter the pitch after two minutes of playing time have elapsed since the sending-off, provided that he/she has the authorization of the referee unless a goal is scored before the two minutes have elapsed, in which case the following conditions apply:

  • If there are five players against four and the team with the greater number of players scores a goal, the team with only four players may be completed with a fifth player
  • If both teams are playing with three or four players and a goal is scored, both teams remain with the same number of players
  • If there are five players playing against three, or four against three, and the team with the greater number of players scores a goal, the team with three players may be increased by one player only
  • If the team that scores the goal is the one with fewer players, the game continues without changing the number of players

Winning Team
The team scoring the greater number of goals during a match is the winner. If both teams score an equal number of goals, or if no goals are scored, the match is drawn. There is no extra time during the regular season games of league and tournament play.
Please note that extra time is subject to change for league playoffs and tournaments depending on the format of the league playoff and tournament.

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