(OUTDOOR RULES ARE BELOW)
League games are 40 minutes long, running time. The clock does not stop for injuries, lost balls, etc.
Teams play five field players and a goalie. Substitutions are made on the fly. Teams may have an unlimited number of players. Youth teams must have an adult present on the bench.
Each team must supply at least one game ball. Each team must have a jersey color different from the opposing team. Goalies must wear a jersey that is a different color than the field players.
Players must wear shin guards.
Kickoffs may go backwards.
The top netting is out of play. Side netting, walls and the netting above the goals are all in play. A ball that goes out of play is restarted with a free kick from the point where the ball went out of play. The ball may be moved three feet away from the wall if the kick is to be taken from the side of the field.
No slide tackling and no boarding. Referees may access a two minute penalty if desired.
All restarts are direct. Opponents must be 10 feet away from the ball on a restart.
Goalkeepers have six seconds to release the ball from their hands. A goalie punt or throw may not cross the midfield line in the air. The ball must first hit the ground, the wall, netting or a player. The goalie may play the ball beyond the midfield line if he / she first puts the ball on the ground or lets the ball bounce at least twice before kicking the ball. Once the ball is bounced however, the ball is considered to be in play and may be blocked or stolen by an opponent.
Referees may call a two-minute penalty for excessive rough play, intentional foul, dissent, foul language, etc. The referee may also remove a player or coach from the game if necessary. The referee may terminate the game if a fight breaks out.
Penalty kicks are taken from two yards outside of the penalty area.
Standard outdoor goalkeeper rules apply with regard to passes played back to him / her. Goalkeepers must play the ball within six seconds of receiving the ball. Goalies may dribble the ball from outside the penalty area into the penalty area and pick up the ball.
There is no offsides rule. Goalkeeper obstruction of movement however will be strictly enforced
PLAYOFF GAMES - If a game ends in a tie that requires a winner to be determined, teams will play sudden victory, 4v4 with no goalkeepers. Play will start with a drop ball at midfield. In the event of a penalty shot in sudden victory, a goalkeeper may use his / her hands on the initial shot only.
For playoffs, a player may only play for one team. Once a player has played for a team in the playoffs, that player may not play for another team in the playoffs.
YOUTH HOUSE LEAGUE RULES - Teams play with six field players for grades K - 8. The high school co-ed league plays with five field players and a goalie. If a team is losing by four or more goals, the team that is losing may add an extra field player.
ADULT CO-ED LEAGUE RULES - Each team must have a minimum of two females on the field at all times. If a team does not have two females, they must play shorthanded. If a playoff game ends in a tie, teams will play 4v4 overtime. Each team must have a minimum of one female on the field during overtime.
TOURNAMENT RULES - Tournaments will use the same rules as described above, except penalties will only be one minute in duration.
These rules apply to all 7 vs. 7 half field games.
Field 1 is the field immediately behind the indoor fields. Field 2 is the field closest to the tennis courts. The white dotted lines are the sidelines in the middle of the large field. All other out of bounds lines are the solid yellow lines.
Each team will play with six field players and a goalie. Substitutions may be made on the fly, but the player coming off the field must be off before the player coming on the field may enter. That player must enter from the same point of the field as the player exiting the field.
Games are 40 minutes long. If a team requests it, the teams will switch sides at the first stoppage in play after the 20 minute mark. This will only be done if there is an advantage to be playing in a particular direction (i.e., wind or the sun is in the goalieâ€™s eyes). Games that start late will be cut in time so that the next game starts on time. It is the responsibility of the teams to be ready to play right away. If both teams are ready to play right away, they may ask the referee to start the game right away in order to get more than 40 minutes of playing time.
All teams are to supply two game balls each week.
For balls that go into the woods, the player SHOOTING the ball must go and get the ball, not the goalie or the defensive team. A different ball may be put into play right away and the player retrieving the ball may be substituted for, but the ball must be retrieved before that player is allowed to return to the game.
There are no slide tackles. Slide tackles are considered dangerous play. The other team will be awarded an indirect kick.
Goalkeeper distributions are the same as the indoor leagues: the goalie may not throw, punt or drop kick the ball in the air past the middle of the field. The ball must first hit a player or the ground. The goalie may place the ball on the ground and play it as a field player would. In this case, the goalie may play it beyond the midfield line.
There is no offsides rule. Goalkeeper obstruction however will be strictly enforced.
Standard throw in, corner kick and goal kick rules apply.
For fouls and other restarts, standard outdoor rules will apply with regard to direct kicks vs. indirect kicks. Opponents must be at least 8 yards away on all restarts.
Penalty kicks will be taken from 12 yards away. All other field players must be behind the ball on a penalty kick.
Kickoffs may go in any direction.
Yellow and red cards will be issued as necessary. A player issued a yellow card will be required to leave the field for two minutes. That player may be substituted for. Referees have the right to give players a "time out" for bad behavior. A player receiving two yellow cards (or a red card) will be removed from the game and may not be substituted for. That player will not be allowed to play in the team's following game.
ADULT CO-ED LEAGUES: Teams must have a minimum of two females on the field at all times. If a team does not have two females, they must play shorthanded.
PLAYOFF GAMES: Playoff games will be 18 minutes long. In the event that a game is still tied at the end of regulation, there will be a 4v4 golden goal playoff. Teams may not have a goalie during the extra time. The first team to score wins. For the adult co-ed league, teams must have a minum of one female on the field during overtime. If a penalty kick is called during extra time, the defending team may have a player stand in goal. The player in goal may use his hands to shot on the initial shot only. Play starts with a drop ball.