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1. Equipment/Score Sheets:
- Team captains are responsible for helping setup and taking down the goal nets provided. Balls will be stored in the equipment room
- It is recommended that players wear shin-guards.
- NON-MARKING SOLES MUST BE USED. This will be strictly enforced
- Please do not wear jewelry to avoid injury.
- Each player must sign a waiver before the first game.
- It is the responsibility of both team captains to submit the score of the game and spirit score by the following day at the latest to the web site.
- A first aid kit is available in the equipment room.
2. Game Time/Default:
- Please arrive 15 minutes early to start your games on time. Games will start on time regardless of when you show up.
- Visiting team kicks off, home team picks the end they wish to start with.
- Games are comprised of 60 minutes – warm-up (maximum of 5 minutes). Each team will play one game per night.
- Teams can call one (1) minute time-out per game if needed except during the last 5 minutes of play. Your team MUST be in possession of the ball to call a time-out.
- A default will occur if any team cannot field a squad 10 minutes after the official start time. If a team lends another team some players in order to have a game, a decision MUST be made as to whether or not it counts for league standings before the start of play. The league hopes that all games count as it is only for fun!!
- Teams are comprised of 5 players and no goalie.
- A minimum of 1 female and 1 male must be on the court for each team at all times.
- A team can play with a minimum of 4 people.
- The captains may agree to waive the rules regarding minimum people but this should be decided BEFORE the game begins. IF IT IS SPECIFICALLY AGREED THAT THE GAME COUNTS, IT COUNTS!
- The games end at the scheduled time.
- If teams have the same number of points at the end of the season, the tiebreaker will be awarded to the team with
a) the highest Spirit Score,
b) Head to head. If the two teams tied played each other, the winner of the game places higher.
c) Point differentials, counting only games against common opponents
d) Points scored, counting games against all common opponents.
e) Points against, counting games against all common opponents.
f) Flip a coin
3. Start of Play:
- The kickoff starts with all players on their own side of the field. The ball is stationary at the center point of the field and the opponents of the team taking the kickoff should be at least 5 paces away from the ball – until it is put into play.
- The ball is put into play when it is kicked forward or backwards. The initial kicker cannot touch it again until another player has contacted it. If the initial kicker touches the ball before it has touched by another player, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team (indirect free kick means you cannot score from the kick unless it touches another player first).
- You cannot score a goal directly from the kick off.
- The ball has to completely cross the goal line between the goal posts and under the crossbar to count as a goal.
- Games in the regular season can end in a tie. In the playoffs, if a game is tied at the end of regulation time then teams will play 4 0n 4 sudden-death.
- Goals can be scored from corner kicks.
- Goals cannot be scored from your own end of the court unless it makes contact with someone on the opposite team. You can score on your own net from anywhere.
- Goals cannot be scored from free kicks (all free kicks are indirect) or kick-ins (throwins).
- Substitution on any player can happen at any time but the player must be on the sideline before the new player enters the field. The player substituting must cross the out of bounds line within 10 feet from where the player came off and the change can not disrupt the flow of the game. If the substitution disrupts the play, an indirect free kick will result for the opposing team. If a team has more than a maximum number of players on the field an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team on the location of the ball on the field.
- There are no offsides in indoor soccer.
- All players will call their own fouls. If there are any concerns over unsportsmanlike behavior, all attempts should first be made by the captains to deal with it at that time. Please captains…speak up. If there is a dispute and an agreement cannot be reached, don’t waste time arguing the play – a kick-in from the sideline will be awarded to the team last having possession of the ball.
- If a player breaks a rule or fouls, the opposing team is awarded an indirect free kick from the location of the foul. All free kicks are indirect. The player taking the free kick may not touch it again until another player has touched it. Opposing players must be 5 paces away from all free kicks. For an indirect free kick, the ball must be stationary when the kick is taken and all opposing players must be at least 5 paces away from the kicker (except when the ball is being kicked from a point closer than 5 paces from the goal. In this case the defending player may stand on their goal line. The kicker must not touch the ball a second time until another player has touched it. A goal cannot be scored directly from an indirect free kick.
AN INDIRECT FREE KICK is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offenses:
- Plays in a dangerous manner (charging, checking or pushing)
- Impedes the progress of an opponent(trips, kicks, holds etc.)
- Slide tackling
- High kicking (dangerous kick)
- Handball: A handball infraction occurs when the ball hits a player’s arm from the ELBOW down (as opposed to the shoulder). Exceptions: Players may use their arms to block the ball from hitting their groin area and women can also use their arms to block the ball from hitting their chest.
8. Slide Tackles:
- Slide tackling/blocking is not allowed under any circumstances even if contact is made with the ball first.
- A kick-in is awarded when the whole ball passes over the sideline, either on the ground or in the air and is taken from the point where it crossed the sideline, by the opponents of the player who last touched the ball, before it crossed the sideline. The kicker must not touch the ball a second time before it has been touched by another player, or an indirect kick will be awarded to the opposing team. A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick–in.
10. Goal Kicks:
- A goal kick is awarded if the ball crosses the goal line (end line) if the ball was last touched by the team attacking the goal. The goal kick can be taken by any defending team member on the side of the goal where the ball went out of bounds placed anywhere on the goal area line. Players must be outside the goal box. The person kicking the ball can not touch the ball a second time before it has touched another player outside the goal box or an indirect kick will be awarded to the opposing team at the place where the infraction happened. You can score directly from a goal kick.
11. Corner Kicks:
- A corner kick is awarded if the ball crosses the goal line if the ball was last touched by the team defending the goal (defense).
- The corner kick is taken from the closest corner to where the ball went out of bounds.
- The ball is in play the moment it has been kicked. If the person taking the corner kick touches the ball a second time before another player touches it, an indirect kick shall be awarded to the opposing team. A goal can be scored directly from a corner kick.
- There are no goalkeepers in indoor soccer.
13. Field of Play:
- Nets will be placed centre, at the red baselines. Sidelines are the red outer perimeter lines (there are breaks in these lines, so please be sportsmanlike if it goes out).
- Ceiling is out of bounds. A free kick will be taken laterally from the nearest sideline.
- Basketball nets and gym dividers are also out of play. A free kick will be taken laterally from the nearest sideline.
14. Playoff Eligibility:
- Each player must play at least half of the regular season games, in order to be able to play in the playoffs, unless it is cleared with the league executive. This discourages “ringers”.Note; this does not include registered players injured during the season.
- All games are self officiated (no referees), so teams are required to call their OWN violations, and are expected to be honest and keep a high level of sportsmanship and safety at all times. If you feel your opponent is not being accountable, your team captain may politely intervene to discuss rules called or uncalled. We rely on your spirit of sportsmanship and honesty to keep the matches fun and enjoyable for all. If there is a dispute and an agreement cannot be reached, don’t waste time arguing the play – a kickin from the sideline will be awarded to the team last having possession of the ball.
- Any abuse, whether it be physical, sexual or mental is not acceptable in any manner. If this kind of abuse is reported, the player or team will be asked to leave. If a second incident occurs the team will be asked to leave the league or tournament without refund.
Teams are responsible for other teammates actions, as a teammate, please encourage good sportsmanship at all times. Kincardine Adult Soccer Executive reserve the right to eject a player or team without a warning and without a refund. Kincardine Adult Soccer is a coed-friendly league for everyone to have a great night out, lets keep it that way. Alcohol is not permitted at any game or event, offenders will be asked to leave the league without refund.