Indoor Soccer Rules

Indoor Soccer Rules – Niagara Rec Sports

Niagara Rec Sports Coed Indoor Soccer Rules

General Rules:

  • Shin pads MUST be worn by all players on the field.
  • Duration of the games will be 43 minutes (straight time); teams will be given a two minute warm up.
  • After the previous game is over the referee will put 45min on the clock when the clock reached 43min the game will begin, the clock will not stop so be organized and ready to play before the previous game is over.
    If one team is ready to play and the other team is not, a goal will be awarded against the team that is not ready after each 5min interval that has elapsed.
  • There is NO OFFSIDE in indoor soccer!!
  • No slide tackling by outfield players, Goalkeepers are not permitted to slide tackle outside of their penalty area.  A free kick will be awarded to the opposing team and potentially a foul awarded to the sliding player (at the referees discretion)
  • Players can slide to stop a goal, to stop a ball from going out of bounds, to score a goal, a long as there is no other player in the vicinity of the player sliding.  If any other player is in the vicinity of the sliding player it will be deemed a slide tackle.  This call is 100% up to the referees discretion.
  • Cleats can be warn

Slide Tackles in the box will result in a penalty shot.

Players

  • Only registered players can play, all players must fill out a the online team member registration form and sign the waiver at that time before they can step on the field.
  • A player can only be registered for one team in their respective division.
  • Any player not registered and/ or has not signed the waiver is illegal and if playing their team will take an automatic loss for that game.
  • Teams will consist of 5 outfield players and a goalkeeper
  • The outfield players are typically made up of three men and two women
  • The goalkeeper can be either male or female; the gender of the goalkeeper will not affect the make-up of the outfield players.
  • Teams must have a minimum of 3 outfield players on the field one of whom has to be a female.
  • Maximum of 3 Male outfield players on the field at one time
  • Minimum of 1 Female outfield player must be on the field at all times or they will forfeit
  • Teams can have up to 5 Female outfield players on the field at one time
  • Goalie can be Male or Female and does NOT count as a player on the field for the above qualifications.
  • If during a game one of the teams fails to meet the minimum player requirement, the game will be stopped by the referee. The league will award the opposing team 3 points for a win, the winning team will be awarded a minimum of 3 goals (if more goals were scored during the game that number of goals will stand).
  • Teams must wear the same coloured and numbered uniform, shin pads must be worn. Teams are asked to bring a home and away set of jerseys.
  • If teams are short they can borrow players from another team ONLY if the opposing team captain agrees to it BEFORE the game begins.  Borrowed players must be registered with another team in the NRS league.  Outside players are not allowed and must fully register with the team before playing
  • The facility will adhere to the playing rules of FIFA if not covered in this document.

General Rules for Substitutions:

  • Substitutions are ongoing (on the fly), the only time play will stop for a substitution will be on a Goalkeeper change.
  • The player substituting on the field and the player substituting off the field must both be within 5′ of the center line (and at the side line by their bench)
  • They must touch each other upon making the substitution ( give 5 much like tag team wrestling).  This ensures the player entering the field and leaving the field are in the same spot on the field and when the substitution takes place.  This ensures no advantage is given to the team making the change.
  • The player leaving the field must immediately leave the field and not impede play while doing so.

General Rules for Time Clock:

  • Games are 43min in duration.
  • At the end of the game 45min will be put on the clock, time will continue counting the game will start at 43min, time will not stop.
  • If one team is ready and the other team is not, 1 goal will be awarded against the team that is not ready after each 5min interval.

    Injuries
    Please keep in mind that this is a coed Soccer league, we all have to work the next day.  Play safe and fair.
  • We are on a very tight time schedule, if a player is injured on the field please try and make your way off the field as quickly as possible so play can resume (time will not stop).
  • To keep things fair if a player is injured on the field and unable to make their way off the field a goal will be awarded to the the opposing team every 4min.
  • If the game is not able to be completed due to an injury a 2-0 win will be given to the opposing team.
  • This is to prevent teams from taking advantage of this rule and holding onto a lead.
  • Games may be shortened by the referee for the following reasons; serious injury, a team or both teams are not ready to start at their scheduled time or any other unforeseen event.

General Rules for Slide Tackling:

  • No slide tackling by outfield players, Goalkeepers are not permitted to slide  outside of their penalty area.
  • Goalkeepers are allowed to slide for the ball if they have the ball inside of their penalty area as long as they do not go in feet first or with an intent to injure.

General Rules at Restarts:

  • When the play is starting from the initial kick off or after a goal is scored, all players must be on their own side of the field, and play will restart on the referees whistle.
  • All other restarts must be taken within 6 seconds unless informed by the referee to wait for his whistle, failure to do so will result in loss of possession.
  • Time wasting will result in a two minute penalty and a yellow card.
  • All opposing players must remain 5 yards from the ball at corner kicks, kick-ins and free kicks. (Players must ask for the 5 yards if they want it)
  • All free kicks are indirect
  • No goals can be scored directly from a kick off, free kick, goal kick, kick-in or corner kick.

Free Kicks

All free kicks are indirect, players may ask for 5 yards but can take the kick right away if they choose to.

Non Players / Spectators

  • Only players will be permitted on the players bench side of the field.  All non players  (parents and fans) watching the game MUST be on the opposite side where the bleachers are.
  • If any non player steps on the field of play during the game especially in an aggressive or argumentative manner the non player and the player they are there to watch will be removed form the game.   The player may also face further suspension and the non player may be banned from the facility for the remainder for the season.

Rules for Fouls and Misconduct

  • Any physical altercations = immediate ejection from the game and most likely the league.
  • Teams may receive penalties during the game at the referee’s discretion.
  • Penalties will be either two or five minutes depending on the severity of the offense.
  • All referees will carry 2 discipline cards; yellow and red.
  • Depending on the severity of the foul or misconduct the referee will decide the severity of the penalty.
  • A player receiving a second yellow card will be ejected from the remainder of the game and must leave the field of play. The player’s team must put another player from the playing roster into the penalty box and serve a full five minute penalty.
  • A red card will result in a sending off, the player must leave the facility immediately.
  • Any player ejected from a game will be forced to sit out a min of one game potentially more at the referee and convener’s discretion.
  • All players, coaches and team representatives ejected from play must leave the entire facility.
  • 2 and 5 minute penalties can be given with or without a yellow card at the referees discretion.

Injuries

  • Please keep in mind that this is a coed Soccer league, we all have to work the next day.  Keep play safe and fair.
  • We are on a very tight time schedule, if a player is injured on the field please try and make your way off the field as quickly as possible so play can resume (time will not stop).
  • To keep things fair if a player is injured on the field and unable to make their way off the field a goal will be awarded to the the opposing team every 3min.
  • If the game is not able to be completed a 2-0 win will be given to the opposing team.
  • This is to prevent teams from taking advantage of this rule and holding onto a lead.

General Rules for Discipline:

  • Any player ejected from a game will be forced to sit out a min of one game potentially more at the referee and convener’s discretion.

Structure
Tie breakers in the regular standings are based on the following

  1. Total Most Points (3 points for a win, 1 for a tie)
  2. Plus minus
  3. Goals for
  4. Goals against
  5. Head to Head (if applicable)
  6. If everything is equal a coin toss.

Playoffs

If games are tied at the end of regulation time in the playoffs we will go right to penalty shots.

League finals
Finals will have 5min over time followed by penalty shots.

Over time (only in playoffs)

  • 4 vs 4 consisting of
    Goalie
    MIn 1 Female
    Max 2 Males

Penalty Shots 

  • Best of 5 rounds will alternate Guy, Girl, until there is a winner.
  • If still tied after 5 rounds they will continue one round at a time until there is a winner.
  • Everyone (of their specific gender) must shoot on the team before starting the order over goalies included
  • This is the only time where goalies gender counts as a Male or Female and to follow the above penalty shot rules.
  • Players do not have to be on the field at the end of regulation time to take a penalty shot.