These are the general league rules. i.e. For some seasons, they change. With this said, for every season, our rules are consistent for all teams and players from Game One through the Championship Final.
Field Size – Field dimensions are approximately 50 x 40 yards. Players: All league games will have 7 players (6 players and a goalie) on the field with a maximum of 10 players per roster. The league with less players will have the same format, but may be scaled down due to a lower number of players. i.e., 5 players (4 players and a goalie) on the field with a maximum of 8 players per roster.
Duration – All games are 50 minute games with 25 minute halves. The referee keeps the time. Time is running time with compensation for stoppage in play. There will be a five-minute break for halftime.
Substitutions – All children should play equally. Substitutions can be made during any break in play. e.g., the ball going out of bounds, a goal, a free-kick, etc.
Penalties – All free kicks are direct free kicks. (i.e., another player does not need to touch the ball before a player can shoot.) The defensive team needs to be 8 yards from the ball.
Role of the Coaches – The head coaches from each team should be off the field during the games and must remain on one sideline on their half of the field. i.e., Coaches can not stand behind a goal and or run up and down the entire sideline.
Scores and Player Honors – Score and who scored the goals should be kept by the referee with extensive assistance by the two coaches. The referee needs to send the league commissioner the final score of the game and who scored and assisted on each goal. Each coach is responsible for suggesting which players deserve special mention. i.e., the Play Hard, Play Smart, and the Mensch Players of the Week. The referees and the two coaches should be as helpful as possible in supporting the others to accomplish these tasks.
Referee – Referees will be allocated for each game. When a referee is not present, a replacement deemed appropriate by the opposing coaches will serve as the replacement. When there isn’t a replacement as an option, one coach will referee the first half and the other will referee the second half. Which coach will referee which half can be decided by a coin flip. The referee will keep time for the game
Ball Size – Size 5. i.e., regulation size.
Goals – The leagues with a sufficient number of players plan to use the large goals (10 x 5 feet) for all games. Goalies can use their hands in the penalty area. The leagues with less players will use the smaller (6 x 3.5 feet) goals and goalies will not be allowed to use their hands.
Sportsmanship – All players and coaches should shake hands at the conclusion of the match.
Controversies – All referee calls are final and the commissioner has the final word on any and all points of controversy.
Choosing sides/ball – A flip of a coin or other random method will be used to decide who gets the ball first and who gets to pick the side of the field that they want to defend. The winner of the coin toss gets to pick which they prefer. i.e., whether they want the ball or a specific goal to defend first. For the second half, both the team starting with the ball and the goal the teams defend is switched.
Starting Play – All play at the start of the first half, the second half, and after goals begin at the midfield restart.
Offsides – There are no Offsides.
Uniforms – All boys and girls are required to wear the complete team uniform: the team shirt, team black shorts (or black/dark pants if the weather dictates, black/dark dresses, etc.), and the team socks.
Out-of Bounds – When the ball goes out of bounds over the sidelines, it is a throw-in for the opposing team. All throw-in’s must be done with two hands, over-the-head, and two feet on the ground. When the ball goes out of bounds over the end-line it is a goal- or corner-kick depending on who touched the ball last. Not knowing who touched the ball last will result in a drop-ball. The ball must completely cross a side- or end-line for the ball to be called out-of-bounds.
Goal Kicks – The ball must leave the goal box before a player on either team may touch the ball. If the ball does not clear the box, there will be a re-kick. Also, no players may be in the goal box from the opposing team.
Goals – The ball must completely cross the goal-line for the play to be called a goal.
Penalties – All kicks, trips, pushes, hand-balls and other inappropriate contact with the other team or the ball will result in an direct kick from the point of contact of the penalty. Any of the above-mentioned penalties that occur in the penalty box will result in a penalty kick. The penalty box is approximately 6 yards by 14 yards and the penalty spot (where the penalty kick is taken) is approximately 8 yards from the end-line. [As instructed by the commissioner, referees will show extreme tentativeness in awarding a penalty kick. Proper judgment will be adhered to.]
Slide Tackles – Slide tackles are allowed in the league, yet this defensive tactic, if done improperly, can be reckless and risky. If a player does a slide tackle, trips the opposing player, and does not get the ball, he will automatically get a yellow card. If this occurs a second time, he will receive a red card (will be ejected from the game).
Red and Yellow Cards – A show of consistent misconduct or an act of larger misconduct will result in a yellow card. This is a merely a warning. An act of gross misconduct (e.g., spitting on a player, blatantly fouling a player with the intent to injure, etc.) will result in a red card. Two yellow cards results in a red card. Players that receive a red card in a game must sit out the following game as well. The team of the player that receives a red card can not substitute that player for the remainder of the current game. Multi-game suspensions can only be overridden by the league’s commissioner.