Playing by the Rules.
- The game is played with two teams of 7 players. No goalies.
- Size 4 for 2004 and below. Size 5 for above 2004.
- 2 x 25 minute halves with 5 minutes for half time.
- There is no offside.
The usual player equipment such as a uniform, shin guards & soccer shoes are required.
The Goal Area
A goal box will be marked off in front of each goal. It will extend 5 yards onto the field perpendicular to the goal line and 3 paces/yards to each side of the goal posts along the goal line.
During play, all players (offensive and defensive) must remain outside this area unless the ball is inside the goal box.
If the defense or offensive player is clearly in the goal box area before any shot on goal takes place, then the following will occur:
- A defensive penalty will result in a penalty shot on an open goal 25 yards out.
- An offensive penalty will result in a free kick for the defensive team.
Substitutions are made “on the fly.” The substitution must be made via a team’s substitution zone. The player being substituted must completely leave the pitch through the substitution zone before the substitute replacing him may enter the pitch through the substitution zone. Failure to do so will result in a caution and an indirect free kick taken from the place where the ball was located when the game was stopped to caution the player.
All opponents must be at least 3 meters from the kick at the taking of the kick off. The ball must be kicked forward. A goal may not be scored directly from kick-off.
BALL OUT OF PLAY
When the ball completed crosses one of the touchlines a kick is awarded to the opposing team of the one whole touched the ball last. All opponents must be 5 yards away from the ball, the player performing the kick in must have one foot either on the line or off the field, the ball must be stationary, the ball must be played either on the line or off the pitch no more than 10 inches from the line, and the ball must be put into play within 4 seconds. If the ball is not put into play within 4 seconds a kick in is awarded to the opposing team. A goal may not be scored directly from a kick in.
If the ball hits the ceiling or any other structural feature over the pitch, a kick is awarded to the opposing team of the team who touched the ball last. The kick in is taken from the spot on the touchline closest to the place where the ball struck the ceiling.
A goal kick is awarded when the ball completed crosses the goal line last touched by the attacking team. The ball must be put into play within 4 seconds. A goal cannot be scored directly from a goal kick.
A corner kick is awarded when the ball has completely crosses the goal line and last touched by the defending team. The ball must be placed on the corner and the must kick the ball into play within 4 seconds. If the ball is not kicked into play within 4 seconds a goal kick shall be awarded to the opposing team.
FOULS AND MISCONDUCT
Small-Sided Soccer is a game more about skill than physical play. There is always contact. However, all contact will be judges as nothing or careless, reckless or excessive force by the referees. Direct Free kicks will be awarded to the team that was fouled.
Players receiving yellow cards must leave the game for 2 minutes and the team plays down a player until the two minutes are expired or the opposing team scores.
Players receiving red cards will be required to leave the game and will sit out at least the following game. The team will also play a man down for the remainder of the game.