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LIVINGSTON SOCCER CLUB
INDOOR PROGRAM RULES AND REGULATIONS
TEAMS and SUBSTITUTIONS
Each team shall field players as follows.
7v7 (INCLUDING GOALIE)
The goalkeeper must wear a shirt of a different color.
NOTE: The number of field players can be increased by one by mutual agreement among the coaches if each team will still have at least two subs
There are free substitutions on the fly. However, a substitute may not enter the field until the player he is subbing for has reached the sideline. A goalkeeper substitution must be done with the attention of the referee.
A minimum of four players must be fielded by each team in order for a game to be played. A coach may borrow one or more players from another team within its own division or from a team from a younger division so that a team can play with a full side plus one substitute.
Each game shall consist of two twenty-five minute halves separated by one two minute break. Please note that games shall always end at five minutes prior to the hour – no exceptions. The clock is not to be stopped for any reason including injuries.
TIME-OUTS, MANDATORY PLAYING TIME AND POSITION RULES
No time-outs are permitted.
Teams are required to abide by the following playing time and position rules:
No player may play in excess of one quarter (12 ½ minutes) greater than any other
player on the team. No player may ever play less than half the game during any single game. Every player must play at least 1/4 of game on offense.
V. STARTING THE GAME
The team kicking off shall be determined by the referee without a coin toss. Teams will change goals at the end of the first half.
VI. FREE KICKS
The penalty for any of the following fouls is a DIRECT KICK:
1). Kicking or attempting to kick an opponent
3). Jumping at an opponent
4). Charging from behind (except if obstruction)
5). Charging in a violent or dangerous manner
6). Striking or attempting to strike an opponent
7). Spitting at anyone or using foul or abusive language
10). Hand ball – Hand ball is defined as deliberate (in the opinion of the referee). On a
goalkeeper hand ball, the position of the ball shall determine whether it is a hand
ball, not the position of the goalkeeper.
11). Dangerous play, obstruction and any other physical behavior deemed inappropriate by the referee.
SHOULD THE REFEREE JUDGE THAT THE FOUL WAS INTENTIONAL AND FLAGRANT, HE WILL EXPEL THE PLAYER FROM THE GAME.
IF A PLAYER IS EXPELLED FROM THE GAME, HE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO PLAY THE FOLLOWING GAME. A COACH EXPELLED FROM A GAME WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ATTEND THE FOLLOWING GAME AND THE SITUATION WILL BE REVIWED BY THE ENFORCEMENT COMMITTEE FOR POSSIBLE FURTHER ACTION. THE REFEREE MUST COMPLETE AND FILE AN INCIDENT REPORT.
DECISIONS MAY NOT BE APPEALED OR OVERRULED.
All direct kicks will be taken from the point of the foul, no closer than 10 yards from the goal.
The penalty for any of the following fouls is an INDIRECT KICK:
1). The same player playing the ball twice on a kick off (even on a rebound) unless it first
touches another player. The same holds true on a free kick.
2). Centerline foul (see * below)
3). Delay of game.
4). Improper substitution (see ** below)
5). Dissent by player or coach, arguing against a call or lack of call.
Fouls #1 is to be taken from the point of the infraction.
Foul #2 is to be taken from any point along the Centerline.
Fouls #3, #4 and #5 are to be taken from the location of the ball when the infraction is called.
Foul #5 is to result in an indirect kick only if called while play is in progress. Otherwise,
applicable restart applies.
No penalty kicks are to be awarded in the indoor program. Free kicks will take place no closer
than ten yards from the goal. Defending team may line up along goal line.
* CENTERLINE FOUL
The player taking a goal kick or a goalkeeper releasing the ball into play by either throwing, punting or drop kicking the ball shall not send the ball in the air over the Centerline without the ball having first touched either another player or the floor before the Centerline.
*** GOALSt be scored off the kickoff or off the centerline foul kick – unless having first touched another player.
VII. BALL OUT OF PLAY
If the ball goes over the sideline, restart with an indirect kick – ref will determine possession. Kick can occur as soon as ref determines possession - ref does not have to place ball or blow whistle. No drop balls - no throw-ins.
If the offensive team kicks the ball over the other team’s endline, the result is a goal kick. If the defending team kicks the ball over their own endline, the result is a cornerkick.