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DIVISION RULES

NOTE: The Commissioners may change the number of players on the field at the beginning of the season.

 

AS OF 2017: BUILD OUT LINES on Goal Kicks and GK possessions and NO PUNTING or HEADING ALLOWED IN DIVISIONS A, B, C and D.



DIVISION A  

  • 60 minutes total. Games are 4 quarters at 5 minutes each
  • Size 3 ball
  • 4 v 4 (x 2 in side-by-side format); no goalkeeper
  • Kick-ins, not throw-ins, on all out-of-bound restarts
  • On a goal kick, opponents must drop behind the midfield line until the ball is put in play
  • No sliding tackles
  • No offside
  • A goal cannot be scored directly off a kick-off, a goal kick, a kick-in, or any other restart except the corner kick (if a goal is scored, no goal is awarded and the opposing team is given a goal kick)
  • Cannot score a goal against yourself directly from any restart
  • Clock runs continuously, however time will stop while attending to an injured player, for substitutions, and following a goal.  Time starts again with a drop ball, with the restart after subs, or with the kick-off
  • No headers are allowed.  An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if the referee sees an intentional header.
  • Coaches may instruct from behind the goal line; spectators and players may not
  • Unlimited substitutions may be made during any stoppage of play, with the referee's permission
  • All fouls, major and minor, restart with an indirect free kick (no penalty kicks)
  • The first ejected player may be replaced (A second ejected player is not replaced)
 

DIVISION B

  • 70 minutes total. Games are 4 quarters at 8 minutes each
  • Size 3 ball 
  • 4 v 4 (x 2 in side-by-side format); no goalkeeper
  • Kick-ins, not throw-ins, on all out-of-bound restarts
  • On a goal kick, opponents must drop behind the midfield line until the ball is put in play
  • No sliding tackles
  • No offside
  • A goal cannot be scored directly off a kick-off, a goal kick, a throw-in, or any other restart except the corner kick (if a goal is scored, no goal is awarded and the opposing team is given a goal kick)
  • Cannot score a goal against yourself directly from any restart 
  • Clock runs continuously, however time will stop while attending to an injured player, for substitutions, and following a goal. Time starts again with a drop ball, with the restart after subs, or with the kick-off 
  • No headers are allowed.  An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if the referee sees an intentional header.
  • Coaches may instruct from behind the goal line; spectators and players may not 
  • Unlimited substitutions may be made during any stoppage of play, with the referee’s permission 
  • All fouls, major and minor, restart with an indirect free kick (no penalty kicks) 
  • The first ejected player may be replaced (A second ejected player is not replaced

DIVISION C

  • 80 minutes total. Games are 4 quarters at 10 minutes each 
  • Size 3 ball 
  • 7 v 7; goalkeeper; no penalty kicks
  • On a goal kick or GK ball in hands, opponents must drop behind the midfield line until the ball is put in play
  • No sliding tackles 
  • Goalkeeper. A goalkeeper with one hand on the ball is considered in control of the ball
  • Blatant offside will be called (as part of the goalkeeper protection rules) 
  • A goalkeeper has 10 seconds to put the ball back in play. Keepers may not be charged, with or without the ball. An opposing player may not kick the ball out of the keeper’s hands even if the control is tenuous. Keeper cannot pick up a ball deliberately kicked to them by a teammate
  • No punting is allowed (to align with Build Out line and No Heading rules)
  • Keeper cannot pick up a throw-in from a teammate 
  • Cannot score a goal against yourself directly from any restart 
  • Clock runs continuously, however time will stop while attending to an injured player, for substitutions, and following a goal. Time starts again with a drop ball, with the restart after subs, or with the kick-off 
  • No headers are allowed.  An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if the referee sees an intentional header.
  • Coaches spectators and players may not instruct from behind the goal line 
  • Unlimited substitutions may be made during any stoppage of play, with the referee’s permission 
  • All fouls, major and minor, restart with an indirect free kick (no penalty kicks) 
  • The first ejected player may be replaced (A second ejected player is not replaced)
 

DIVISION D

  • 90 minutes total. Games are 2 halves at 25 minutes each 
  • Size 4 ball; 9 v 9; goalkeeper
  • On a goal kick or GK ball in hands, opponents must drop behind the Build Out line (bottom edge of center circle) until the ball is put in play
  • No punting is allowed (to align with Build Out line and No Heading rules) 
  • Keepers may not be charged, with or without the ball. An opposing player may not kick the ball out of the keeper’s hands even if the control is tenuous.  Keeper cannot pick up a ball deliberately kicked to them by a teammate. Keeper cannot pick up a throw-in from a teammate 
  • Offside will be enforced 
  • No headers are allowed.  An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if the referee sees an intentional header.
  • No sliding tackles; Major Fouls result in a direct free kick. Penalty kicks apply 
  • A kick-off, a goal kick, and a corner are direct free kick restarts. (Goals can be scored) 
  • Cannot score a goal against yourself directly from any restart 
  • Clock runs continuously. Time will be added for injuries, for time wasting or for long substitutions 
  • Coaches, spectators and players may not observe or instruct from behind the goal line 
  • Unlimited substitutions may be made during stoppage of play, with the referee’s permission 
  • An ejected player may not be replaced
 

DIVISION E 

  • 100 minutes total. Games are 2 halves at 30 minutes each 
  • Size 4 ball; 8 v 8; goalkeeper 
  • A goalkeeper has 6 seconds to put the ball back in play. Keepers may not be charged, with or without the ball. An opposing player may not kick the ball out of the keeper’s hands even if the control is tenuous. Keeper cannot pick up a ball deliberately kicked to them by a teammate. Keeper cannot pick up a throw-in from a teammate 
  • Offside will be enforced
  • Headers and punting are allowed.
  • No sliding tackles; Major Fouls result in a direct free kick. Penalty kicks apply 
  • A kick-off, a goal kick, and a corner are direct free kick restarts. (Goals can be scored) 
  • Cannot score a goal against yourself directly from any restart 
  • Clock runs continuously. Time will be added for injuries, for time wasting or for long substitutions 
  • Coaches, spectators and players may not observe or instruct from behind the goal line 
  • Unlimited substitutions may be made during stoppage of play, with the referee’s permission 
  • An ejected player may not be replaced
 

DIVISION F 

  • 100 minutes total. Games are 2 halves at 35 minutes each 
  • Size 5 ball; 7 v 7 (including the goalkeeper )
  • A goalkeeper has 6 seconds to put the ball back in play. Keepers may not be charged, with or without the ball. An opposing player may not kick the ball out of the keeper’s hands even if the control is tenuous. Keeper cannot pick up a ball deliberately kicked to them by a teammate. Keeper cannot pick up a throw-in from a teammate 
  • Offside will be enforced 
  • Headers are allowed
  • No sliding tackles; Major Fouls result in a direct free kick. Penalty kicks apply 
  • A kick-off, a goal kick, and a corner are direct free kick restarts. (Goals can be scored) 
  • Cannot score a goal against yourself directly from any restart 
  • Clock runs continuously. Time will be added for injuries, for time wasting or for long substitutions 
  • Coaches, spectators and players may not observe or instruct from behind the goal line 
  • Unlimited substitutions may be made during stoppage of play, with the referee’s permission 
  • An ejected player may not be replaced
 

DIVISION G 

  • 120 minutes total. Games are 2 halves at 40 minutes each 
  • Size 5 ball; 11 v 11; goalkeeper 
  • A goalkeeper has 6 seconds to put the ball back in play. Keepers may not be charged, with or without the ball. An opposing player may not kick the ball out of the keeper’s hands even if the control is tenuous. Keeper cannot pick up a ball deliberately kicked to them by a teammate. Keeper cannot pick up a throw-in from a teammate 
  • Offside will be enforced
  • Headers are allowed
  • No sliding tackles; Major Fouls result in a direct free kick. Penalty kicks apply 
  • A kick-off, a goal kick, and a corner are direct free kick restarts. (Goals can be scored) 
  • Cannot score a goal against yourself directly from any restart 
  • Clock runs continuously. Time will be added for injuries, for time wasting or for long substitutions 
  • Coaches, spectators and players may not observe or instruct from behind the goal line 
  • Unlimited substitutions may be made during stoppage of play, with the referee’s permission 
  • An ejected player may not be replaced

 


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