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   THUNDER BEACH • SOCCER RULES 

 

  Thunder Beach Laws of the game: 

   ( Sand Soccer Rules )

 

The Soccer field

 

Dimensions of the fields: Two field sizes will be in use – 25 x 35 yards Perimeters will be marked with roping affixed to the sand. Substitutes, team delegates, and other spectators shall remain off a minimum of 3 feet off the touchlines.

 

            

 

The Penalty Area

 

The Penalty Areas will be delineated by colored discs in the sand 8 yards) from, and paralleling, the goal lines joining both touch lines at each end of the field. The position of a Penalty Kick mark shall be the center of this imaginary line.

 

Corner Area and Center o the Field

 

Corners will be marked with a standard corner flag. A 1‑yard quadrant from the corner forms the Corner Area. A colored disc or flag will be placed on each touch line at midfield.

 

Substitution Zone 

 

The Substitution Zone is the area on the touch line where the players enter and leave the pitch. It measures a total of 5 yards, with 2.5 yards on either side of the point where the halfway line joins the touch line. The teams’ are placed behind and along the touch lines in such a way that the substitution zone is kept clear.

 

Ball:  

 

All divisions and age groups shall play with a size 5 ball; inflation pressure is 7 lbs. The referee shall stop the game and the clock, and replace any ball showing signs of deformity. After replacement, a Dropped Ball at the imaginary point in the middle of the halfway line restarts the game and clock. A goal CANNOT be scored directly from this restart.

 

 

Forfeits

Teams should report to the field at least 15 minutes before their scheduled starting time of the match. A game will be ruled a forfeit if any of the following occur:

• No one from one of the teams is present at game time
• The minimum number of players are not present (3)
• Not enough female players are present for coed (2)
• Improper conduct by one or more players on any team



Teams will forfeit the first game of the match if they have not shown up by their scheduled time. 

 

After 10 minutes from start time, if the team still cannot meet the minimum requirement, the entire match will be called a forfeit. Exceptions can be made if a team is waiting on a couple of players (e.g. transit issues) with the understanding that the delay will cut time from the end of their match, and that the final decision is subject to the Referee’s discretion.

 

Season Abandonment

Registered teams that miss two weeks of play will be considered to have abandoned their place in the league. Teams in this category will be contacted by a Thunder Beach staff member to confirm their status. Teams failing to respond within two business days will be removed from the Season schedule and will forfeit their registration fees.

 

 Teams that do respond will be required to supply reasoning for lack of attendance and petition the league for reinstatement.

 

Season abandonment and reactivation decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of Thunder Beach and must be resolved before returning to play in the current Season or in subsequent Seasons.

 

Start of the Game: 

 

The referee shall conduct a coin toss, with the winner given the choice of kickoff/field side options. The Kickoff shall be taken at the imaginary point in the middle of the halfway line on the referee’s whistle. Opposing players must remain at least 5 yards away from the ball. The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves forward or if played backwards in the air, then played forward before it touches the sand. A goal CANNOT be scored directly from the kickoff. After a goal, the game restarts with a Kickoff.

 

Duration of the Game:  may change to 2 15 minute halfs with 10 minute break between halfs

 

 All games shall employ three (3) 11‑minute periods, (exception: Adult Division shall employ three (3) 12‑minute periods), separated by a 3‑minute intermission to exchange ends.

 

 A referee’s whistle ends each period. After the second period, the referee shall conduct a coin toss with same options as for the Start of the Game. The referee shall add extra time at the end of a period to allow a Penalty or Direct Free Kick to be taken. The referee may add extra time at the end of a period for injury or if a team is wasting time.

 

Scoring a Goal:

 

 A goal shall be scored when the ball entirely crosses over the goal line in the air or on the ground between the goal posts and under the crossbar provided no infringement of the Laws of the Game has been committed by the team scoring the goal.

 

 

Out Of Play: The Ball Is Considered 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 referee.

 

The Pass-Back Rule: 

 

The goalkeeper shall not touch the ball with their hands or arms when the ball is returned to them twice consecutively by a teammate without touching an opponent. 

 

This includes heading the ball to the goalkeeper or playing the ball from an inbounds pass to the goalkeeper without the ball having touched an opponent. 

 

An infringement of the Pass-Back Rule results in the opposing team being awarded a Direct Free Kick from the imaginary point in the middle of the halfway line. A goal can be scored directly from this restart. The same restart applies if the goalkeeper:

 

  1.     1.Re-handles the ball after having released it from their hands.

 

2. Kicks the ball before touching the sand
  (i.e. No Punting the ball)

3. After playing the ball outside their penalty area, returns to their penalty area
  and touches or plays the ball with any part of their body.

 

 Offside: 

 

There is NO offside.

 

Team Formation

 

 Number of Players: 

 

The game is played by 2 teams consisting of a maximum of 5 players on each team (exception: Youth U8 and U10 divisions will play with 6 players per side)

  

 One of the players on the field for each team shall be the goalkeeper.

 

Minimum Players to start the game.

 

 Both teams must have a minimum of 4 players on the field to start the game. 

 

 

Participation In The Match

 

All registered and paid players  or their legal guardians  who have  gone on line completely filled out all the requested information, agreed to the Thunder Beach code of conduct and the rules o participation and who have signed signed the roster Thunder Beach waiver of responsibility may compete in each game unless sitting out due to red card from previous game.

 

Coed players

 

All Coed Division teams shall have a minimum of three (3) female players registered and paid included on each team roster. Two (2)  female players shall be on the field at all times during the match. One of those players may be a goalie.

 

If only one female is available due to injury, the team must play down a player. 

 

If there are no females available, the team must play down two (2) players with the opposing team agreeing to continue play. If the other team does not agree to continue play for a legal game, it is a forfeit by the team who does not have the right number of women playing required by the Thunder Beach rules. 

 

All Coed Division teams shall have a maximum of 3 male players on the field at any time.

 

 Substitutions: 

 

Substitutions are “on‑the‑fly”. There are no limits on substitutions. The substitute shall only enter the field after the player being substituted for has left the field via the Substitution Zone located on the team side of the field.

 

 Substitute Infringement:

 

 If a substitute enters the field before the player has left, they shall receive a caution (yellow card) and must leave the field of play. 

A substitution infringement results in the opposing team being awarded a Direct Free Kick from the imaginary point in the middle of the halfway line if the ball is in play at the time of the infringement.

 

Anyone from the opposing team on the field may take this kick. 

 

A goal CAN be scored directly from this restart.

 

 

Minimum Number of Players: 

 

The minimum number of players on the field is 3.

 

 The team that has less than 3 eligible players shall be declared the loser of that game, regardless of the score at the time that the game was stopped. 

 

In this case, the score of the game, for goal average effect, shall be 4 ‑ 0 for the winning team.

 

 Goalkeeper Restart of Game (Goal Clearance and Saves with Ball in Play)

 

 Restart:

 

A Goal Clearance is awarded when the ball wholly crosses the goal line whether on the ground or in the air, last touched by a player of the attacking team, and a goal is not scored in accordance with Rule 3.3. The goalkeeper shall restart play from anywhere in the penalty area by distributing the ball by their hands only and has 4 seconds to do so, from the moment they have control of the ball. The ball is in play when it is thrown directly out of the penalty area by the goalkeeper of the defending team. A goal CAN NOT be scored directly from a Goal Clearance

 

 Goalkeeper exceeds their 4 seconds to get the ball back into play

 

If the goalkeeper exceeds their 4 seconds, the opposing team will be awarded a Direct Free Kick from the imaginary point in the middle of the halfway line. A goal CAN be scored directly from this restart.

 

Goalkeeper Scoring from a Save when the Ball is in Play:

 

 When the goalkeeper makes a save or otherwise receives the ball from an in-play situation, they can distribute the ball by use of the feet or by rolling the ball underhand, side armed, or overhand. A goalkeeper cannot score directly from throwing the ball with their hands into the goal of the opposing team. The opposing team is awarded a Goal Clearance restart. The goalkeeper can score directly if they put the ball on the ground and control it with their feet during the normal course of play (but not during a Goal Clearance restart. 

 

Goal Keeper time that ball must be redistributed

 

The goalkeeper has 4 seconds to distribute the ball from the moment they stand and have control of the ball with their hands. If the goalkeeper exceeds 4 seconds, the opposing team will be awarded a Direct Free Kick from the imaginary point in the middle of the halfway line. A goal can be scored directly from this restart.

 

Goalkeeper Change:

 

 A goalkeeper may change with a field player after a shirt change. Such changes shall only be made during breaks between periods or during a stoppage in play, and after the referee has been notified. 

 

If an infringement occurs, the referee shall allow play to continue until the next stoppage in play and then caution both players.

 

 Referees

 

The game shall be officiated by a referee, whose decisions are final. 

 

The referee will serve as timekeeper and scorekeeper, including controlling the 2‑minute player-down penalty for a red-carded player.

 

 The Thunder ?Beach Program Director  shall determine, before the game, or during play, if conditions are suitable for safe play.

 

Advantage:

 

 Unlike 11-a-side soccer, whenever a foul occurs, the referee shall blow the whistle and stop the game unless there is a clear goal-scoring opportunity (the ball going into the goal or an attacker has the ball with no defenders between him and the goal).

 

Player Equipment:

 

Balls.

Players should btring their own soccer balls to practice when practice time is available.

 

Game Balls

 

Thunder Beach will provide game balls

 

 Footwear:

 

 Authorized footwear includes bare feet, cotton socks taped to ankles, elastic ankle and/or foot wraps, and commercially manufactured sand socks. 

 

Other commercial beach socks with soft soles are authorized.

 

 The referees shall require removal of any footwear which is deemed unsafe for competition. (The critical safety issue is the stiffness of the soles which may harm opponent legs and feet.)

 

 Uniforms:

 

Uniforms shall consist of shirts and shorts .  Visible identification , FRONT OF SHIRT,  KANSAS YOUTH SOCCER  & THUNDER BEACH NAMES WITH YEAR INSIDE THE CIRCLE. ON THE BACK OF THE SHIRT WILL BE THE TEAM NAME ON THE  SHOULDER COWL AND A LARGE NUMBER  

 

Playing vests shall be supplied to a team member if required.  

 

Goalkeepers shall wear a pinnie or a shirt of a different color 

 

Use of plastic goggles for eye protection is allowed. 

 

 Fouls And Misconduct:

 

 Direct Free Kick:

 

 A Direct Free Kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits ANY of the following offenses in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force

:

  • Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent;
  •  
  • Tackles or attempts to tackle an opponent, either by sliding or by bending down in front of or behind him;
  •  
  • Jumps at an opponent;
  •  
  • Charges an opponent;
  •  
  • Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent;
  • Pushes an opponent.
  •  
  • Slides AT an opponent (See Rule 16.1)

 

A Direct Free Kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits ANY of the following offenses:

 

  • Holds an opponent;
  •  
  • Spits at an opponent;
  •  
  • Handles the ball, i.e. deliberately carries, propels or throws it with a hand or arm (except for the goalkeeper in their own penalty area);
  •  
  • Holds the ball deliberately with their legs so as to waste time;
  •  
  • Plays in a dangerous manner;
  •  
  • Deliberately obstructs an opponent;
  •  
  • Prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from their hands;
  •  
  • Tackles an opponent before the ball when attempting to win possession;
  •  
  • Infringement of a Scissors Kick (see Rule 13).

 

 Positioning of Players During Free Kicks: 

 

 

 

All players except the kicker must remain at least 5 yards away from the ball until it is in play.

 

If an infringement is committed in the kicking team’s DEFENSIVE half of the field (Diagram A), a “CLEAR ZONE” shall be established from the point of the infringement to each of opponent’s corner flags.

 

 

 This requirement also applies to direct free kicks taken from the center of the midfield line. 

 

Players of both teams, except for the defending goalkeeper, will remain outside of the Clear Zone until the ball is in play and cannot play the ball until one of the following occurs after the kick, which releases all restrictions, and any player may touch or play the ball:

 

  • The defending goalkeeper touches the ball (Only player to touch ball while it is in the air within the Clear Zone);

 

  • The ball leaves the Clear Zone;

 

  • The ball touches the sand.

 

• The ball touches the crossbar or goal posts

 

Diagram A: Defensive Half and Direct Free Kicks taken from the center of the midfield line

 

If an infringement is committed in the kicking team’s OFFENSIVE half of the field, (Diagram B), players of both teams, except for the defending goalkeeper, must be positioned behind or even with the ball placed at the point where the infringement was committed.

Diagram B: Offensive Half

 

 

 

4 Second Rule:

 

 A team cannot have possession inside their own penalty area for more than 4 seconds on any situation except for if the opposing team has possession.

 

 A 4 Second Rule infringement results in the opposing team being awarded a Direct Free Kick from the imaginary point in the middle of the halfway line. 

 

A goal CAN be scored directly from this restart.

 

EXAMPLE: A player or goalkeeper wins the ball from their opponent in their own penalty area. The opponent does not challenge for the ball, but moves up field. The player or goalkeeper must distribute the ball out of the penalty area within 4 seconds or the opposing team will be awarded a Direct Free Kick from the imaginary point in the middle of the halfway line. 

 

A goal CAN be scored directly from this restart.

 

The referee shall only allow play to continue unless there is a clear goal-scoring opportunity (the ball going into the goal or an attacker has the ball with no defenders between him and the goal).

 

 

Team Conduct 

 

Discipline 

The Team Captain assumes the responsibility regarding team leadership and maintenance of order and discipline. 

 

Captains: 

Thunder Beach expects each Captain to set a positive example for their players in promoting good sportsmanship and self- control.

 

Sideline Control 

 The Captain is responsible for the behavior of his/her bench area. After being verbally warned or cautioned (yellow card) by the referee for unsportsmanlike behavior from his/her bench area, the Captain will receive a red card if the situation persists.

 

Referee


The referee also has the power to eject any spectator at any time at his or her discretion.

 

Foul Language :


 Use of Foul Language is not appreciated in any circumstances and can result in a warning or in extreme circumstances can result in ejection from a game.

 

Misconduct and Fouls

Yellow Cards: 

 

A player is cautioned (shown a yellow card) if they commit any of the following offences:

 

Is guilty of unsporting behavior;

 

Shows dissent by word or action;

 

Persistently infringes the Laws of the Game;

 

Delays the restart of play;

 

Fails to respect the required distance during a kick-off, corner kick, ball inbound, or direct free kick;

 

Enters or re-enters the field without the referees’ permission or infringes the substitution procedure;

 

Deliberately leaves the field without the referees’ permission.


 Red Card – A player receiving a red card, or two yellow cards in the same match, must leave the field premises, sight and sound, within one minute without substitution.

• Multiple red cards in one season will be grounds for suspension -without refund- from the league.

 

•  There is to be no contact or over aggression with the goalie or any field player:

A first offense will result in a warning.

•  Second offense will be result in a player being taken off the field for a time period determined by the referee dependent on severity.

•  a Third offense will result in a player being taken out of the game and possibly suspended for the following game. Calls are at the discretion of the referee.

•  Fouls are at the discretion of the referee and all penalties assessed for said fouls are the referee’s decision.

 

Substitutions

 

Referees are responsible for managing substitutions and shall be made upon his/her consent.

 

Unlimited Substitutions may be made with the consent of the referee at the following times: Throw In – either team.

 

Goal kick – either team

 

Goal – either team

 

Injury when the referee stops play that team is allowed to substitute for the 

injured player. The opposing team is then allowed to substitute a single player.

 

Yellow Card – Referee may choose for an immediate substitution of carded player. Carded players will remain on the sideline for at least 2 minutes.

 

A substitute is cautioned if they commit any of the following offenses:

 

Is guilty of unsporting behavior;
 

Shows dissent by word or action;
 

Delays the restart of play.
 

Entering the field NOT in accordance with the substitution procedure.

 

Red Cards: 

 

A player, substitute, coach, or team delegate is sent off (shown a red card) if they commit any of the following offences:

 

Is guilty of serious foul play;

 

Is guilty of violent conduct;

 

Deliberately throws sand at anyone in a violent manner;

 

Spits at an opponent or anyone else;

 

Denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (except for the goalkeeper in their own penalty area);

 

Denies an opponent moving towards the player‘s goal an obvious goal scoring opportunity by committing an offence punishable by a Direct Free Kick or a Penalty Kick;

 

Uses offensive, insulting, or abusive language or gestures;

 

Receives a second caution (yellow card) in the same game;

 

Enters the field of play without referee authorization;

 

The player must leave the vicinity of the field (sight and sound) and shall also be denied participation in that team’s subsequent game, including the final round of competition (quarters, semis or finals). 

 

Referee will report the reason why the player was sent off to the Thunder Beach Program Director for possible additional sanctions. 

 

Any team found to have played with an ineligible player shall have the game(s) that the ineligible player participated in subject to forfeiture.

 

2 Minute Player Ejection follows from period to period. 

 

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 has the authorization of the timekeeper or the third referee (assistant referees), 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 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

 

Unsportsmanlike Behavior off the Field: 

 

If a player, substitute, coach, or team delegate commits serious aggression, or offends any spectator or participant of the game (i.e., the referee, players, or members of Thunder Beach program ) the referee shall display a red card and send them out of the competition area.

 

 The individual’s name and reason for the suspension will be reported to Terry Henderson or Tim McCormack for possible additional sanctions.

 

 When play is stopped for unsportsmanlike behavior off the field, the opposing team will be awarded a Direct Free Kick from the imaginary point in the middle of the halfway line. A goal CAN be scored directly from this restart.

 

 Misconduct Without A Foul:

 

 The opposing team will be awarded a Direct Free Kick from the imaginary point in the middle of the halfway line. A goal CAN be scored directly from this restart.

 

Player Suspension

 

Thunder Beach will refuse registration to any player currently on suspension from any Thunder Beach program. 

 

Thunder Beach also reserves the right to suspend players from Thunder Beach programs.  and cannot be appealed. Participation fees will not be refunded to suspended players. 

 

Free Kick:

 

Direct Free Kick:

 
The opposing team shall be awarded a Direct Free Kick from where a foul occurred unless it was committed by the defending team in their own penalty area in which case a Penalty Kick shall be awarded.

 

 The player who has been fouled shall take the kick unless the player is seriously injured in which case their substitute shall take the kick. 

 

If no substitute is available, then one of the remaining players will take the kick.

 

The ball is in play when it is kicked or touched. 

 

The kicker may not touch the ball again until the ball has touched another player.

 

For kicks in a team’s own penalty area 

 

– the ball is in play when it leaves the penalty area. 

 

NOTE: the defensive team may NOT form a wall.

 

Positioning of Players During Free Kicks: 

 

All players except the kicker must remain at least 5 yards away from the ball until it is in play.

 

If an infringement is committed in the kicking team’s DEFENSIVE half of the field (Diagram A), a “CLEAR ZONE” shall be established from the point of the infringement to each opponent’s corner flags.

 

 This requirement also applies to direct free kicks taken from the center of the midfield line. 

 

 

Players positioning for direct fee kicks

 

Players of both teams, except for the defending goalkeeper, will remain outside of the Clear Zone until the ball is in play and cannot play the ball until one of the following occurs after the kick, which releases all restrictions, and any player may touch or play the ball:

 

The defending goalkeeper touches the ball (Only player to touch ball while it is in the air within the Clear Zone);

The ball leaves the Clear Zone;

 

The ball touches the sand.

The ball touches the crossbar or goalposts

 

If an infringement is committed in the kicking team’s OFFENSIVE half of the field, (Diagram B), players of both teams, except for the defending goalkeeper, must be positioned behind or even with the ball placed at the point where the infringement was committed.

Diagram A Defensive Half Diagram B Offensive Half

When taking a Direct Free Kick, Corner Kick, or In-Bounds Kick, a player may make a small mound to elevate the ball’s position using a foot or ball. Once the ball is set and the referee whistles to start the kick, the kicker has 4 seconds to take the kick.

 

Free Kick Start

If, after the ball is in play, the kicker touches the ball again before it has touched another player, the opposing team will be awarded a Direct Free Kick from the imaginary point in the middle of the halfway line. 

 

A goal CAN be scored directly from this restart.

 

Infringement During Free Kicks:

 

  • If an infringement is committed by the attacking team in their half of the field, the opposing team will be awarded a Direct Free Kick from the imaginary point in the middle of the halfway line.
  • If in the opposing teams half of the field, the opposing team will be awarded a Direct Free Kick from the location of the touch. A goal can be scored directly from this restart.
  • If an infringement is committed by the defending team and a goal is scored, the goal stands and the restart is a Kickoff.
  • If an infringement is committed by the defending team and a goal is not scored, the opposing team will be awarded a Direct Free Kick from where the offence occurred, unless it occurred within the offending team’s penalty area, in which case a Penalty Kick will be awarded. A goal can be scored directly from this restart.
  • If an infringement is committed by both teams, the Direct Free Kick shall be retaken

 Injury, Outside Interference, Defective Goal or Defective Ball Restart:

 If the game is stopped for any of pre-mentioned reasons while the ball was in play, the restart will be a Dropped Ball at the imaginary point in the middle of the halfway line.

 A goal CANNOT be scored directly from this restart.

| If the game is stopped for any of pre-mentioned reasons while the ball was out of play, the restart will be the applicable restart for how the ball went out of play, i.e. corner kick, goal clearance, etc.

 

 Dropped Balls:

 

 At no time can a goal be scored directly from a dropped ball restart.

 If this occurs the goal is disallowed and the restart will be a Goalkeeper 

 

Restart:  

Goalkeeper Restart Of Game

 (Goal Clearance And Saves With Ball In Play)

 A Goal Clearance is awarded when the ball wholly crosses the goal line whether on the ground or in the air, last touched by a player of the attacking team, and a goal is not scored in accordance with Rule 3.3. The goalkeeper shall restart play from anywhere in the penalty area by distributing the ball by their hands only and has 4 seconds to do so, from the moment they have control of the ball. The ball is in play when it is thrown directly out of the penalty area by the goalkeeper of the defending team. A goal CAN NOT be scored directly from a Goal Clearance restart. If the goalkeeper exceeds their 4 seconds, the opposing team will be awarded a Direct Free Kick from the imaginary point in the middle of the halfway line. A goal CAN be scored directly from this restart.

 

Goalkeeper Scoring from a Save when the Ball is in Play: 

 

When the goalkeeper makes a save or otherwise receives the ball from an in-play situation, they can distribute the ball by use of the feet or by rolling the ball underhand, side-armed, or overhand. A goalkeeper cannot score directly from throwing the ball with their hands into the goal of the opposing team. The opposing team is awarded a Goal Clearance restart. The goalkeeper can score directly if they put the ball on the ground and control it with their feet during the normal course of play (but not during a Goal Clearance restart, as stated in Rule 10.1). The goalkeeper has 4 seconds to distribute the ball from the moment they stand and have control of the ball with their hands. If the goalkeeper exceeds 4 seconds, the opposing team will be awarded a Direct Free Kick from the imaginary point in the middle of the halfway line. A goal can be scored directly from this restart.

 

 

Penalty Kicks

 

 A Penalty Kick is awarded if any of the offenses in Rule 7.1 is committed by a player inside their own penalty area, irrespective of the position of the ball, provided it is in play. 

List below:

  • Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent;
     
  • Tackles or attempts to tackle an opponent, either by sliding or by bending down in front of or behind him;
     
  • Jumps at an opponent;
     
  • Charges an opponent;
     
  • Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent;
     
  • Pushes an opponent.
     
  • Slides AT an opponent

 

 

A Direct Free Kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits ANY of the following offences:
 

  • Holds an opponent;
     
  • Spits at an opponent;
     
  • Handles the ball, i.e. deliberately carries, propels or throws it with a hand or arm (except for the goalkeeper in their own penalty area);
     
  • Holds the ball deliberately with their legs so as to waste time;
     
  • Plays in a dangerous manner;
     
  • Deliberately obstructs an opponent;
     
  • Prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from their hands;
     
  • Tackles an opponent before the ball when attempting to win possession;
     
  • Infringement of a Scissors Kick

 

 In accordance with the player who was fouled shall take the Penalty Kick and the ball is placed on the penalty area line directly opposite the center of the goal.

 

The opposing team shall be awarded a Direct Free Kick from where a foul occurred unless it was committed by the defending team in their own penalty area in which case a Penalty Kick shall be awarded. The player who has been fouled shall take the kick unless the player is seriously injured in which case their substitute shall take the kick. If no substitute is available, then one of the remaining players will take the kick. The ball is in play when it is kicked or touched. The kicker may not touch the ball again until the ball has touched another player. For kicks in a team’s own penalty area – the ball is in play when it leaves the penalty area. NOTE: the defensive team may NOT form a wall.
 

Restart:

The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves forward. The player shall take the Penalty Kick in a continuous movement.

 

Goalkeeper Position:
 

The goalkeeper shall remain on their goal line, no movement along the line, facing the kicker, between the goalposts until the ball has been kicked.
 

 Infringements During Penalty Kicks:

The Kicker or Teammate of the Kicker Infringes: The referee allows the kick to be taken. If the ball enters the goal, the Penalty Kick will be retaken. If the ball does not enter the goal, the referee will stop play and award the opposing team a Direct Free Kick from where the infringement occurred.

 The Goalkeeper or Teammate of the Goalkeeper Infringes
 

  • The referee allows the kick to be taken. If the ball enters the goal, a goal is awarded. If the ball does not enter the goal, the Penalty Kick will be retaken.

 

Players of both Teams Infringe: 

 

The Penalty Kick will be retaken.
 

 A Player Other Than The Designated Kicker Takes The Penalty Kick:

The opposing team will be awarded a Direct Free Kick from the center of the field.
 

Goalkeeper Restart Of Game (Goal Clearance And Saves With Ball In Play)
 

 Restart: 

 

A Goal Clearance is awarded when the ball wholly crosses the goal line whether on the ground or in the air, last touched by a player of the attacking team, and a goal is not scored in accordance with Scoring a Goal: A goal shall be scored when the ball entirely crosses over the goal line in the air or on the ground between the goalposts and under the crossbar provided no infringement of the Laws of the Game has been committed by the team scoring the goal.

 

 The goalkeeper shall restart play from anywhere in the penalty area by distributing the ball by their hands only and has 4 seconds to do so, from the moment they have control of the ball. The ball is in play when it is thrown directly out of the penalty area by the goalkeeper of the defending team. A goal CAN NOT be scored directly from a Goal Clearance restart.

 

 If the goalkeeper exceeds their 4 seconds, the opposing team will be awarded a Direct Free Kick from the imaginary point in the middle of the halfway line. A goal CAN be scored directly from this restart.

 

Goalkeeper Scoring from a Save when the Ball is in Play:

 

 When the goalkeeper makes a save or otherwise receives the ball from an in-play situation, they can distribute the ball by use of the feet or by rolling the ball underhand, side-armed, or overhand. 

 

• A goalkeeper cannot score directly from throwing the ball with their hands into the goal of the opposing team. 

 

• The opposing team is awarded a Goal Clearance restart. 

 

• The goalkeeper can score directly if they put the ball on the ground and control it with their feet during the normal course of play (but not during a Goal Clearance restart. 

 

• A Goal Clearance is awarded when the ball wholly crosses the goal line whether on the ground or in the air, last touched by a player of the attacking team, and a goal is not scored.  

 

• The goalkeeper shall restart play from anywhere in the penalty area by distributing the ball by their hands only and has 4 seconds to do so, from the moment they have control of the ball. 

 

• The ball is in play when it is thrown directly out of the penalty area by the goalkeeper of the defending team.

 

• A goal CAN NOT be scored directly from a Goal Clearance restart. 

 

• If the goalkeeper exceeds their 4 seconds, the opposing team will be awarded a Direct Free Kick from the imaginary point in the middle of the halfway line. A goal CAN be scored directly from this restart. 

 

 4 Seconds RULE
 

The goalkeeper has 4 seconds to distribute the ball from the moment they stand and have control of the ball with their hands. 

 

If the goalkeeper exceeds 4 seconds, the opposing team will be awarded a Direct Free Kick from the imaginary point in the middle of the halfway line. A goal can be scored directly from this restart.
 

 Corner Kick
 

 A Corner Kick is awarded when the ball wholly crosses the goal line whether on the ground or in the air, last touched by a player of the defensive team; and a goal is not scored in accordance with Rule 3.3.

 

 The Corner Kick shall be taken from within 1yard of the corner nearest to where the ball left the field. All opposing players shall remain at least 5 yards from the corner arc. The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves in any direction. A goal CAN be scored directly from a Corner Kick.

 

 The player taking the Corner Kick has 4 seconds to do so after positioning the ball for the Corner Kick. If the player exceeds 4 seconds, the opposing goalkeeper shall restart play with a Goal Clearance.

 

Ball In/Out Of Play (Touch Lines):

Out of Play:

The ball is considered out of play when the ball wholly crosses the touch line whether on the ground or in the air. A standard Throw-In or Kick-In restart will be awarded from the point where the ball left the field. All opposing players shall remain at least 5 yards from the point where the restart is taken. 

 

The ball is in play when:
 

The ball is in play when it enters the field. 

 

A goal CAN NOT be scored directly from a Throw-In or Kick-In. The player shall have 4 seconds to inbound the ball. Any infringements of these requirements shall result in a Throw-In or Kick-In restart for the opposing team.

 

Scissors Kick

 

 Scissors Kick: Scissor kicks are permitted, provided that no opponent is struck in the process. 

 

If a player interferes with an opponent attempting to carry out a scissors kick that has been set up by the kicker, they shall be punished with a Direct Free Kick from where the infringement occurred.

 

 If a player preventing the scissors kick is struck in the process, the infringement is deemed to have been committed by the defender.

 

 Heading

 Heading the ball is not allowed in U8 and U11 leagues. Leagues U12 and older, heading the ball is allowed.

 

Slide Tackling
 

Slide tackling is NOT permitted. Performing a slide tackle may be grounds for a yellow card on the part of the referee. Players may slide when not creating a dangerous play, i.e. sliding to keep a ball in play.

 

Sliding: Players may slide to block a pass, shot, etc. as long as the slide/action is IN FRONT of the ball. 

 

Sliding AT the ball or attacker will result in a Direct Free Kick

 

 

Forfeits

 

  • Teams must be ready to play their game within 5 minutes of the scheduled game time.

    Substitutes
     
  •  Teams may pick up players from another team to start a game to avoid forfeiting.
     
  •  Any team that picks up players should not add more players than can play on the field at any given time- meaning that team should not have any substitutes.


• Players who have been picked up from another team should leave the game if and when other team members from the team having picked up the subs arrive.