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indoor soccer rules and regulations
Indoor Soccer Rules


The Team

Mens, Ladies & Juniors between U/8’s & U/14’s
Teams consists of five (5) players, one of who shall be the goalkeeper, with a maximum of three (3) substitutes. No team can start a game with less than three (3) registered team players.

Mixed
Teams consists of five (5) players, two (2) ladies and three (3) men, one of who shall be the goalkeeper, with a maximum of three (3) substitutes. No team can start a game with less than three (3) players.
Ladies can not be a Goalkeeper.

Juniors U/6’s,U/7’s, U/16’s & U/18’s
Teams consists of Six (6) players, one of who shall be the goalkeeper, with a maximum of three (3) substitutes. No team can start a game with less than three (3) players.

Player Registration
Player registrations are compulsory. Every player must be registered.
Registrations have an Insurance cost incorporated in the fee, although there is some coverage for injuries we recommend you have private insurance to help cover costs.

New teams
All player registration fee's must be paid prior to or at the first competition game. Any team not complying with this rule will not be entered into the competition.

Existing Teams
All Silver card registrations must be paid before rd 3 of the new competition.

Fill in players
Fill in players do not need to be registered if they play 1 game but must register once they have played 2 games.

Times
The game is played in two x twelve (12) minute halves with no break at half time.

Officials
The Center shall provide the referee who shall control the game, operate the scoreboard and act as a timekeeper. The referee’s interpretation of the rules shall be final and teams have no choice in referees.

Uniforms
All team members must have matching shirts by the start of the third competition game. Whilst styles may vary colours must be the same.
Shirts must be predominantly the same colour i.e. a blue shirt with some white does not match a white shirt with some blue.

Game fees
It is the captain’s responsibility to ensure that full game fees are paid before the game, otherwise the game cannot commence. The correct procedure is for the captain (or representative) to pay the game fee, fill out the players sheet with the players that are participating in the game only and hand the paid token to the referee. It is recommended that this be done five minutes before the start of your game so that all games start on time.

Competition Points
The position of each team in the competition shall be determined by the accumulated points awarded, based on the results of games. The competition points shall be awarded as follows:
3 points for a win
2 points for a draw
1 point for a loss
In the event of a forfeit, the non-forfeiting team shall receive 3 points and a 3-0 score. The forfeiting team will receive 0 points and a 0-3 score.
In the event of a team entering late into a competition they shall be awarded average points for those games missed.

Forfeits
Forfeiting a game will cost your team the normal match payment.
Forfeiting a game on the day will cost your team double match payments.
Any team that forfeits a second time will be replaced in the competition.
Sportsworld is obliged to supply teams to play games, so if the other team you are playing against forfeits and the centre provides another team to play against you, your team must pay full match fees.

Behaviour
For the enjoyment of all, games are expected to be played in a sportsmanlike manner. Management reserves the right to dismiss any team or member. The team shall be held responsible for the action of its members and spectators both on and off the court.

Finals
At the end of the competition there will be a final series for the top four (4) teams in each grade. To qualify for the finals each player must have played at least five (5) games in that competition and must be registered.

2 Rules of Indoor Soccer

General
No player is to enter the soccer court until all players from the preceding game have left, as a match is not completed until all players have left the court.
Any spectator entering or attempting to enter the soccer court while play is in progress, including the half time break will cause the match to be abandoned. Any team reserve entering the court while play is in progress, without the referee's permission, will cause the match to be abandoned and the player to be suspended.

Starting the game
At kick off all players of the side taking the kick must be behind the halfway line and all players from the opposing team shall be behind the yellow third line.
The ball may be kicked backwards or forward from the kick off. A goal can be scored directly from a kick off.

Ball in and out of play

Mens, Juniors U/16’s & U/18’s
If a ball is kicked, thrown or deflected into the roof net, there will be an indirect free kick taken from where it was last touched but no closer to a defenders goal than the yellow third line except on a deflected save from the goalkeeper within his own goal area.
If a ball touches the side nets a direct free kick will be taken by the opposing side no more than one (1) metre from where the ball touched the net.
If the ball last touches a defending player and touches the back net a corner will be awarded to the attacking side no more than one (1) metre from the corner. All defending players must be at least five (5) metres from the ball before the kick is taken.
If the ball last touches an attacking player and touches the back net a goal kick will be awarded to the defending side.
The goalkeeper can kick or throw the ball into play for a goal kick.

Ladies, Mixed
All nets, except for the roof net, are live.
If a ball is kicked, thrown or deflected into the roof net, there will be an indirect free kick taken from where it was last touched but no closer to a defenders goal than the yellow third line except on a deflected save from the goalkeeper within his own goal area.
If the ball last touches an attacking player and touches the back net inside the goal area, a goal kick will be awarded to the defending side, unless it was last touched by a defending player then it will be play on.
The goalkeeper can kick or throw the ball into play for a goal kick.

Juniors U/6’s – U/14’s
All nets, except for the roof net, are live.
If a ball is kicked, thrown or deflected into the roof net, there will be an indirect free kick taken from where it was last touched but no closer to a defenders goal than the yellow third line except on a deflected save from the goalkeeper within his own goal area.

Goal Area
The Goal area will be the area inside the red ‘D’, on a double court or the yellow ‘D’ on a single court situated at each end of the court.
A field player may not play a ball on the ground or in the air inside the red goal area. An offence committed by an attacker will result in a direct free kick to the defending team.
An attacker who makes no attempt to stop himself/herself from entering the red goal area after scoring a goal will have the goal disallowed.
Persistently running into the goal area by an attacker will result in a yellow card and direct free kick.
An offence committed by a defender will result in a penalty kick to the opposing team, this includes a defender who having played the ball outside the goal area continues on into the goal area without making an attempt to stop him or herself.
Players will not be penalised for accidentally being inside the Goal area provided they do not obstruct the keeper and do not come into contact with the ball.

The Goalkeeper
The goalkeeper may not play the ball on the ground or in the air outside the red goal area. Unless normal momentum occurs a Goalkeeper may not leave the goal area after making a save. A Goalkeeper may not step out of the area after releasing the ball by throwing, punching or kicking. Any infringement of this rule will incur a penalty kick to the opposing team.

The goalkeeper must release the ball within 5 seconds of having it under their control; failure to do so will result in an indirect free kick.
After releasing the ball into play the goalkeeper may not again touch the ball until it has been played by at least 2 members of his/her own team, or by an opposing player. Failure to comply with this rule will result in an indirect free kick to the opposing team. If a defender plays the ball, back to his/her keeper before it has been played by a second team member, or touched by an opposing player and remains in the goal area longer than 5 seconds, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the attacking team. The goalkeeper will be deemed to have had the ball under his/her control for more than 5 seconds.

Free Kicks
All free kicks, including penalty kicks, opposing players must be at least 5 metres from the ball. The 5 seconds in which a player has to take the kick does not commence until all opposing players are 5 metres from the ball.

Indirect free kicks
An Indirect Free kick is awarded for minor breaches of the rules and a goal cannot be scored unless a player from either side has touched it, before entering the goals.
All indirect free kicks shall be taken within 5 seconds. Failure to do so will result in the kick being awarded to the opposing team.
The referee will signal an indirect free kick by putting one arm straight up into the air. His arm will remain up until a second player has touched the ball.
An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player, in the opinion of the referee:

  • Obstructing
  • Time wasting
  • Holding the nets
  • Playing the ball whilst on the ground
  • Lifting the foot above hip height
  • Kicking, throwing or deflecting the ball into the roof net
  • Plays in a dangerous manner
  • Impedes the progress of an opponent
  • While controlling the ball in any 4 corners of the field, by either placing his/her foot on the ball or shielding it with their body, having their back to the field of play, and makes no attempt to play the ball out of the corner
  • If a player is in a corner all other players must stay a distance of no less than 1 meter away from that player in order to let him/her get out of the corner

An indirect free kick is taken from where the offence occurred, but no closer to the defenders goals than the yellow third lines.

Mixed Games only
A male player, when tackling a female player, is only allowed to tackle the ball, if he touches the female player in any way it will result in an indirect free kick.

Direct free kicks
A Direct free kick is awarded for major breaches of the rules and a goal can be scored directly from the kick.
All direct free kicks shall be taken within 5 seconds. Failure to do so will result in the kick being awarded to the opposing team.
A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offences in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:

  • Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent.
  • Trips or attempts to trip an opponent.
  • Jumps at an opponent.
  • Charges an opponent.
  • Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent.
  • Pushes an opponent.
  • Tackles an opponent to gain possession of the ball, making contact with the opponent before touching the ball.
  • Holds an opponent.
  • Spits at an opponent.
  • Handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area).
  • A defending player entering or playing at the ball inside his own goal area.
  • A goalkeeper leaving his own goal area or playing at a ball outside of his goal area.
  • Slide tackling
  • A direct free kick is taken from where the offence occurred.

Penalty kicks
A penalty kick is awarded if any of the above thirteen offences is committed by a player inside his own penalty area, irrespective of the position of the ball, provided it is in play.
When taking a penalty kick the goalkeeper must stand level with the goal posts and cannot move forward until the ball is kicked. If the goalkeeper moves forward before the ball is kicked and a goal is not scored, the kick is to be retaken. All other players must remain outside the penalty area and at least 2 metres from the ball until the ball is kicked.

Penalty area
The Penalty area shall be defined as the green area between the 2 red cricket pitches, the yellow third line and the red goal area.

Off side
There is no off side except for a kick off.

3 Misconduct/Suspensions

Yellow Card
A Yellow card is a caution and does not necessarily have to precede a Red card. If the referee feels that the incident is severe he can give an immediate red card. Two yellow card offences in one game will result in a red card.
Any player receiving 2 yellow cards during a competition will automatically be suspended for 1 week commencing from the 2nd yellow card he /she received.

Blue Card
A blue-carded player means the player is required to leave the court for a 2-minute “cooling off” period. It is then at the discretion of the referee or Duty Manager to decide whether the player in question should be allowed to take the court.

Red Card
A Red carded player means the player has been sent off and is required to leave the court immediately and will take no further part in the game.
Any player sent off (red card) will receive an automatic, minimum of 1 game suspension (see attached list). If a player is sent off a 2nd time during the same competition, the player will be suspended for the remainder of that competition, including semi finals, finals and grand finals. Any player sent from the field during any semi final, final or grand final will not be entitled to any trophies or prizes awarded to his team.

A suspended player may not play for any other team during the period of the suspension. Suspension from 1 team is suspension from all soccer teams.
Byes and Forfeits are not counted as suspension games.

Blood Rule
It is the responsibility of the referee to send off any player that is bleeding, including goalkeepers. Players will not be allowed to treat themselves on court. Players will not be allowed back on until the referee or Duty Manager is satisfied that the bleeding has stopped. This rule will be strictly adhered to for health and safety reasons.
The wound must be securely covered and any blood stained clothing replaced to the satisfaction of the referee or Duty Manager.

Racism
Racial abuse is a most serious offence under our rules and will subsequently be dealt with extreme severity. Any player heard racially abusing an opponent will be banned from playing or being a spectator in the centre.

Short of players
In normal round games, if a team is short of players, a registered player from another team can fill in, but only to make up 5 players for the team. A fill in player may not be used as a substitute. Under no circumstances are fill in players allowed to play in Semi finals, Finals or Grand finals.
Teams may also use outside players such as friends to fill in if short but must register once they have played 2 games.

4 The Final Word

The referee's decision is final in all matters relating to the game. At no time during the game should a player question a referee. The referee is not obliged to explain his/her decision. This applies to even the team Captain who has no special rights or authority other than over his/her own team.

Always remember a good game is a clean game, if you are not here to enjoy yourself and play soccer, then don't play!!

SEND OFF AND SUSPENSION INFRINGEMENTS

1 Foul and abusive language to the referee 4 Games
2 Foul and abusive language to others 3 Games
3 Persistent misconduct after previously being cautioned 3 Games
4 Attempting to strike or kick a player 3 Games
5 Deliberately striking a player Banned
6 Deliberately kicking or kneeing a player Banned
7 Deliberately head butting a player Banned
8 Spitting on a player Banned
9 Deliberate foul or late tackle on a player 3 Games
10 Deliberately wrestling an opponent to the ground 3 Games
11 Deliberately throwing a ball at a player 3 Games


or such other offences as the referee shall deem to be dangerous or ungentlemanly.

At all times, management of Sportsworld reserve the right to ban any player(s) or team(s) from further participation in
any competition.

Any Player Sent Off with a red card Will Automatically Be Suspended For One (1) Week.

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