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Intramural Sports Outdoor Soccer Rules Session Spring 2009 Intramural Soccer Rules Any rules not covered by Rowan Intramurals will follow NFHS guidelines Teams consist of 7 players Need at least 5 to start Teams may play with less than 5 if a player is injured

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intramural soccer rules
Intramural Soccer Rules
  • Any rules not covered by Rowan Intramurals will follow NFHS guidelines
  • Teams consist of 7 players
    • Need at least 5 to start
    • Teams may play with less than 5 if a player is injured
    • In order to win by forfeit, one team must have 5 players signed in by game time
    • Games cancelled due to weather will either be rescheduled or result in ties
  • Equipment
    • Teams need the same shade of color for shirts
      • Goalkeepers must have different color from everyone
    • All players must wear shoes w/ rubber sole
    • No dangerous equipment
      • Caps, casts, knee braces w/ out covers
      • No JEWELRY!!!
players and substitutes
Players and Substitutes
  • Player and Substitutes
    • Disqualified players (ejected or red card), are not allowed replacements
    • Team must notify referee on all subs, cannot just run on field without permission
    • Teams can substitute on:
      • Any Goal kicks, after goals, own throw-ins, or own corner kicks
    • A player that receives a caution (yellow card), must be substituted and cannot sub in til next substitution opportunity
      • Any Goal kicks, own throw-ins, or own corner kicks
the game
The Game
  • The Game
    • Two 20-minute halves
      • Running clock the whole game except for officials time-outs
        • Officials may control the clock at their discretion for actions that violate the spirit of the game
        • Time may be added at the end of game for injuries and referee discretion
      • Halftime will be 5 minutes (can be shortened)
  • No Time-outs
  • Mercy Rule: At any point when a team is up by 10 goals or more at halftime or 7 or more goals with 5 minutes remaining
  • Regular season games can end in a tie in regulation
  • Playoffs will have sudden death overtimes
starting the game
Starting the Game
  • Starting the Game
    • Whistle by referee to indicate
    • Kickoff from center, and teams must be at each half
    • Defensive team outside circle (or 10 yds if no circle)
    • Ball must roll forward
    • Kicker cannot touch ball after 1st touch
    • Kickoffs are indirect kicks
      • Cannot kick directly into the goal
    • Teams change ends at half
goal scoring
Goal Scoring
  • Goal Scoring
    • May be scored directly from play from direct free kick, penalty kick, corner kick, goal kick, or drop ball
    • Cannot score directly from throw-in, indirect kick
    • Ball must completely cross goal line
game situation
Game Situation
  • Game Situations
    • Referee blowing whistle warrants dead ball
    • Restart play by
      • Throw-in (ball crosses line)
      • Goal Kick (ball crosses endline and offense touched last)
      • Corner Kick (ball crosses endline and defense touched last)
    • Drop Ball Situations
      • After injury, inadvertant whistle, or not clear who ball went out on
  • Offside
    • A player is offsides when nearer to the opponent’s goal line than the ball, unless:
      • The player is in his/her own half of field of play
      • The player is not nearer to the opponent’s goal line than at least 2 opponents
      • The player is level with last 2 defenders (including goalie)
      • Offsides is penalized at the moment ball is played by teammate and is:
        • Interfering with play or opponent
        • Gaining advantage by being in that position
          • Indirect Free kick for opposing team at spot of foul
administrative duties
Administrative Duties
  • Teams that kick the ball out of bounds are responsible for retrieving ball
    • Long delays may result in a yellow card
fouls misconduct
Fouls & Misconduct
    • Sliding may result in a yellow card or red card if deemed to cause a dangerous situation
  • Kicking, Striking, Tripping, Jumping
      • Player cannot intentionally kick, strike, or jump at opponent
        • Direct Free Kick
      • Goalkeeper cannot intentionally strike or attempt to strike an opponent by throwing the ball at the opponent
        • Direct Free Kick
      • A player cannot intentionally trip opponent: Direct Free Kick
        • Possible Yellow or Red Card and ejection
      • A player cannot intentionally handle, carry, strike, or propel ball with hand or arm: Direct Free Kick
      • If player handles ball on obvious goal score (defense)
        • Goal counts and player gets red card
fouls misconduct cont d
Fouls & Misconduct cont’d
  • Fouls & Misconduct
    • Unintentional Handling is allowed (unless advantage is gained)
    • Players shall not hold, push, or impede and opponent with hands/arms extended from body: Direct Free Kick
    • Players may not charge opponents intentionally (not using shoulder to shoulder contact)
      • Does not have elbows close to body: Direct Free Kick
    • Player having one or both feet on ground shall not charge into opponent that has not feet on ground: Direct Free Kick
    • Cannot charge goalkeeper in penalty area
      • Disqualify players that intentionally/flagrantly charge goalkeeper
      • Outside goal box, goalkeeper has no more privileges than any other player
dangerous play
Dangerous Play
  • Dangerous Play
    • High kicks above waist in dangerous manner: Indirect Free Kick
    • Obstruction: intentional act of player not in possession of ball, not attempting to play ball, or running between an opponent and ball, or using body as obstacle: Indirect Free Kick
    • Goalkeeper w/ possession of ball shall not be interfered or impeded in any manner by opponent
goalkeeper restrictions
Goalkeeper Restrictions
  • Goalkeeper restrictions
      • Pinnies may be provided
    • Control of ball: has 5 seconds to kick, throw, or dribble ball
    • Cannot touch ball with hands if received a throw-in or deliberate pass by teammate
    • A goalkeeper who obtains possession outside goal box may not dribble into goal box and handle ball: Indirect Free Kick
  • Misconduct
    • Cautioned (yellow card)
      • Guilty of unsporting behavior
      • Shows dissent by word or action
      • Persistently infringes on laws of game
      • Delay start of game
      • Fails to respect required distance when play restarted on kicks
      • Enters/re-enters field without referee permission
      • Deliberately leaves field of play w/ out permission
    • Ejection (red card) or two yellows
      • Guilty of serious foul play or violent conduct
      • Spits at opponent or official
      • Uses offensive, insulting, abusive language
      • Flagrantly fouling goalkeeper in possession of ball
team caution
Team Caution
  • Team Caution
    • Disciplinary action facing an entire team as a result of violation by a player of that team
    • Team cautions can include:
      • Encroachment on free kicks
      • Intentional handballs by defense
      • Unnecessary delay
  • A second team caution for same offense will be a player ejection for that person that offended
penalty kicks
Penalty Kicks
  • Penalty Kicks
    • Awarded for any infringement of rules by defending team within penalty area: foul must be deliberate
      • Regardless of position of ball if infraction is committed in penalty area
      • Goal can be scored directly from penalty kick
  • All player must be outside penalty mark line (10 yds from penalty mark)
    • Hits off goalpost, kicker may not play ball until touched by other players
    • Goalkeeper can be substituted for penalty kick
    • Encroachments by defending team, or forward movement is not penalized if goal is scored
    • Infringement by attacking team, and ball enters goal, goal does not count.
coed soccer rules
Coed Soccer Rules
  • 8 players per team (one is goalkeeper)
  • Team may play w/ this combination
    • 4m/4w, 3m/4w, 4m/3w, 3m/3w, 2m/3w, 3m/2w
  • Female must touch ball in offensive team zone, after the last time the ball crossed the mid-line, before team can score
  • In case of penalty kick: person taking kick must be of the same gender as the person originally fouled
  • Female goals are 2 points, including penalty kick and goals which deflect off offensive team female
    • If official is unsure, is a male goal (1 point)
free agents
Free Agents
  • If you do not have a team, please meet down front.
  • There is a free agent men’s and coed teams
  • Team captains needing additional players, please come down front to pick up free agents
thank you for attending
Thank you for attending!

Enjoy the season!

If you have any other questions contact Intramural Supervisor Chris Gottlick at X4959 or

Feel free to come by the Rowan Rec Center Offices for additional information