Indoor Soccer Rules

SSC Policies

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Indoor Soccer Rules

SOCCERZONE SOUTH AUSTIN:

Alcohol may not be consumed prior to or during the participation in any activities.

Food, drinks, gum, sunflower seeds, etc. are not permitted on the fields of play.  Spitting is not permitted.

All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

WESTLAKE ATHLETIC COMMUNITY CENTER:

Outside food and beverages are not permitted.

Alcohol, glass, and Styrofoam are not permitted in or around City of Round Rock Recreation Centers.  Ask your official or gameday coordinator about great happy hours following every game!

Only reclosable containers containing water are permitted inside the gym.

All SSC participants, spectators, officials, and gameday coordinators share the responsibility to leave venues in a clean, trash-free condition.

PLAYING AREA:

Fields used for SSC Indoor Soccer are approximately 50 feet wide and 70 feet long.

OFFICIALS:

The SSC will provide an Official for all games.  Arguing with SSC Officials will not be tolerated.

EQUIPMENT:

The SSC will provide a regulation size five game ball for each field.  An alternate game ball may be used if agreed to by both team captains.

Shin guards are required for all players.

The following items are not permitted:

  • Shoes with metal or ceramic cleats
  • Athletic braces or casts made from hard, unyielding material (unless covered on all sides and edges with at least ½ inch of closed cell slow recovery rubber or similar material)
  • Headgear containing hard, unyielding, or stiff material (including billed hats)
  • Jewelry (except for smooth wedding bands)

Special event wristbands must be covered by a sweatband or with athletic tape.

PLAYING ROSTER:

The maximum number of players on the field is four.  The minimum number of players is three.  The maximum number of males is two.  The minimum number of females is one.

The minimum number of players to play an officiated exhibition game, and avoid the forfeit fine, is three.

If one team is ahead by five or more goals, they must play short one player.

Substitutions may be made at any time.  The exiting player must be completely off the playing area before the substituting player enters.

Teams lose the ability to challenge a player’s eligibility at halftime, except in the case of a late-arriving player.

FORMAT:

Each game consists of two 17 minute halves.  The halftime intermission shall be a maximum of four minutes.  Regular season games may end in a tie.

Once the second half is underway, the game shall be considered final if cancelled for any reason.

START OF PLAY:

Kickoff and direction shall be determined by Rock, Paper, Scissors at the beginning of the game.  Teams will switch goals in the second half.

A goal cannot be scored directly from a kickoff.

OUT OF PLAY:

The ball is considered out of play when the ball touches any netting around or above the playing area, touches any substitute player or spectator, or when play is stopped by the Referee.  The opponent shall have five seconds to put the ball back into play.

If, after five seconds, a team has failed to put the ball back into play, a free kick shall be awarded to the opponent.

FEMALE TOUCHES:

There is no female touch rule for indoor soccer.

SCORING:

A goal is scored when the ball entirely crosses the goal line.

Goals scored by male players count as one point.  Goals scored by females count as two points.  A female goal is one where the initial shot or deflection is by a female and causes the ball to cross the goal line. Whether a goal is scored by a male or female shall be at the sole discretion of the Referee.

All own goals count as one point.

OFFSIDE:

Offside offenses do not apply in SSC Indoor Soccer.

FOULS AND MISCONDUCT:

Yellow cards shall be issued as a warning to players who are considered to be either engaging in dangerous play or dissention towards Officials.  A player who has been issued a yellow card must leave the playing area, with the team continuing a player short, for a period of not less than two minutes.  A goal scored by either team does not shorten this period.

Red cards shall be issued in the event of player’s repeated misconduct, serious foul play, violent conduct, or any wholly unsporting acts.  A player who has been issued a red card must immediately leave the field of play, with the team continuing a player short for the remainder of the game.  The player may also be subject to additional disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the league, at the discretion of the league office.

SLIDE TACKLING:

Slide tackling is not permitted in any SSC league.  A player sliding near another player shall result in a foul, whether or not it was intentional.  A yellow card may be issued depending on the severity of the act.

FREE KICKS:

All free kicks are indirect.  The defending team must maintain a position five feet from the ball until it is kicked.

GOALKEEPERS:

Goalkeepers are not used in SSC Indoor Soccer.

GOAL BOX:

All players must stay out of the white box surrounding the goal. If a defender touches the ball while the ball or the defender is touching the white line around the goal area, a goal is awarded to the attacking team. If an attacking player touches the ball while the ball is on the white line around the goal area, a goal kick is awarded to the defending team.

If a defender commits a foul near the box that clearly prevents a goal, the attacking team will be awarded a goal.

Any rules not specifically mentioned here follow The Official Rules of Indoor Soccer set forth by the US Indoor Soccer Association.

STANDINGS:

Teams earn three points for a win, one point for a tie, and zero points for a loss.  Teams are ranked in order based on the following criteria:

  • Total Standings Points
  • Head to Head
  • Total Points Allowed
  • Total Point Differential

DYNASTY RULE:

Everyone loves a little competition, but one team dominating a league season after season can spoil the fun for everybody.

If a team retaining more than four players has won three championships in consecutive seasons for which they have been registered, the SSC will have the option to, in its discretion, request that team to form two or more separate teams to promote parity in the league or withdraw their registration. That team will then have the opportunity to form two separate teams with each subsequent roster approved by the SSC.