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Soccer rules
from Fed. Internationale de Football Assoc. (FIFA).


    a. Seven players per team--minimum of six to start and continue play
    b. Co-Ed: minimum of three women (a woman goalie doesn't count towards
    minimum of three)
    c. Co-Ed: women receive 1.5 points per goal (round down at game's end)
    d. two 20 minute running halves with 5 minute break
    e. 10 minute leeway before forfeit is declared
    f. No ties--see tie-breaker format below


    a. Regular season ties are directly followed by a round of five penalty
    kicks and then sudden death kicks (minimum of 5 different shooters) if
    b. Playoff ties are followed by ten minutes of overtime, a round of five
    PKs, and then sudden death kicks (minimum of 5 different shooters) if
    c. In Co-ED PKs, at least 2 of 5 shooters must be women.


    100 yds. x 50 yds.


    a. If, at the time the ball is PASSED forward, a player is both past
    mid-field and there's only one opponent between him and the goal, then
    he's offsides.
    b. He must be moving forward in an attempt to play the pass & he must gain
    an advantage (pose a threat) by being offsides before drawing a whistle.
    c. No offsides on a corner kick or a throw-in.
    d. Offsides results in an indirect free kick for the offended team.
    e. YOU MUST KNOW THIS RULE WELL!!! If you*re unfamiliar or it’s unclear
    please ask.


    a. Give goalies protection because they are most likely to get injured. Even
    if a goalie has just one hand on the ball, let no one interfere with him.
    If a player continues to go for the ball, call a direct free kick. Give a
    YELLOW CARD for a second offense.
    b. Goalies may touch the ball with their hands only inside the penalty
    area. Outside this area it's a handball resulting in a direct free kick.
    c. Once a goalie has picked up the ball, he may only take four steps--this
    includes steps taken while bouncing or rolling the ball. Inform goalies
    of this policy before the game. Warn them for their first violation.
    Repeated violations result in indirect free kicks.


    a. To be out of bounds the ball must completely cross the plane of the
    sideline, irregardless of where players who touch the ball are located.
    b. For OOB along sidelines teams are awarded throw-ins (both feet on
    ground outside line, both hands behind head, no spin on ball).
    c. On end-lines the offensive team is awarded a corner kick (direct) and
    the defensive team a goal kick (from within goal box, must leave penalty
    d. To be a goal the ball must completely cross the plane of the end-line
    within the goal-posts.


    a. Only intentional handballs that results from a deliberate extension of
    the arm in an attempt to play the ball will be called direct kicks. Many
    inadvertent incidents of contact between the ball and arm/hand area will
    go uncalled.
    b. Players may protect vital body parts from the ball with their hands as
    long as such movements are reactive in nature and close to the body.

8. INDIRECT FREE KICKS (whistle & signal with arm raised):

    a. An indirect kick is awarded for offsides, goalie steps, charging
    goalie, obstruction, high kick, and playing the ball while on the ground.
    b. The defense must stand ten yards away for the spot of the kick. The
    referee must enforce this distance upon the request of the kicking team.
    c. The ball must be touched twice before it can count as a goal. The
    first touch must cause the ball to roll one complete revolution.
    d. All free kicks (indirect, direct, penalty, goal, corner, etc.) may be
    taken by any team member--the offended player need not take the shot.

9. DIRECT FREE KICKS (whistle & signal with arm extended):

    a. A direct free kick is awarded for kicking, tripping, jumping at/on,
    charging at, striking, holding, pushing, or doing anything else malicious
    to an opponent. Handballs (ball touching an extended arm from the
    shoulder downward) is also direct.
    b. The defense must stand ten yards away for the spot of the kick. The
    referee must enforce this distance upon the request of the kicking team.
    c. Direct kicks can score without touching another player first.
    d. Direct kick infractions committed inside the penalty area result in
    penalty kicks.


    a. The ball is placed at the 12 yard spot and all players except the
    goalie and the kicker must clear the penalty area until the ball is
    b. The goalie must stand still with both feet on the goal line until the
    ball it kicked. The kicker must wait for the referees whistle that goalie
    is set.
    c. Kicks that ricochet back into the field of play are live balls, except
    during tie-breaker format.

11. YELLOW CARDS (Caution or Warning Preceding Ejection):

    a. Automatically given for single acts of violent play, especially if it
    might lead to retaliation or escalation of violent play.
    b. Yellow cards can be given for a single flagrant rule violation (e.g..
    flagrant handball)
    c. They can also be given for excessive taunting or bating of an opponent.
    d. Repeated failure to comply with an official’s instructions will most
    certainly draw a yellow card.
    In other words, TAKE NO FLAKE--yellows cards are used to maintain your
    control of the game and curtail any situation that might get out of hand.

12. RED CARDS (Ejection w/o replacement):

    a. Two yellow card offenses automatically result in a red card ejection.
    b. A player can be given a red card immediately for fighting, excessive
    violence, or abusive language towards an opponent or official.
    c. Red cards are used to send hot-headed players home who came with the
    intention of venting their frustrations on the IM fields in the form of
    d. A red card is automatically given to a non-goalie who blocks a shot on
    goal with his hand(s).