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Intramurals : Rules & Policies : Soccer

Duration of the game

Two 20 minute halves

If in a tie, go to a shoot out.

7 players on the field for each team.


Start of game

The game is started with a place kick from the center of the field. Until the ball is kicked, the opponents may not be closer than 10 yards, nor may any players of the kicking team pass the halfway line before the kick. The ball must travel forward, not less than its circumference to be legally kicked. The player taking the kick may not touch the ball again until another person plays it. After a goal is made, the game is again started with a kick off by the scored-upon team.


Fouls

Intentional touching of the ball with any part of the hands or arms by any player other than the goalkeeper.

Unnecessary roughness against other players such as charging an opponent from behind, pushing, holding, tripping, or jumping at an opponent.

Technical evasion of rules by players, which include

Playing the ball a second time before it has been contacted by another player following a throw in or free kick.

Not facing field of play, and not keeping both feet on the ground when taking a throw in

Failure to kick the ball forward when awarded a penalty kick

Improperly charging a goalkeeper


Violations and Awards Fouls and Penalties

Direct free kick A direct free kick is a place kick from which a goal can be scored. The kicker must not play it again until it has been played by another player. All opponents must be at least 10 yards away. A direct free kick is made for the following fouls

Holding the ball with hands in play

Pushing, holding, tripping, jumping, kicking or striking an opponent

Charging an opponent from behind

Handling by the goalkeeper outside the goalie box.

Charging goalie in penalty area roughly.

Indirect free kick: An indirect free kick is a place kick from which a goal cannot be scored until it has been played by another player. An indirect free kick is give for the following fouls

Charging the goalkeeper when he does not have the ball

Playing the ball a second time before it has touched another player, after a throw in, free kick, corner kick, or penalty kick

Dangerous play

Slid tackling

Unsportsmanlike conduct

Penalty kick

A penalty kick is awarded to the opponents when a player of the defending team within its own penalty area commits a foul by tripping, kicking, striking, holding or pushing an opponent, or controlling the ball by use of hands or arms. (Goalkeepers within their own penalty area may use their hands). All direct kicks awarded in the penalty area are penalty kicks. A penalty kick is taken from the penalty kick line and only the goalie may defend.

Corner kick

A corner kick is awarded to the attacking team if a member of the defending team kicks the ball over a goal line. The ball is placed on the ground within the corner circle, nearest the point where the ball left the field of play. Members of the defending team may be no nearer than 10 yards until the ball is kicked. The kicker may not touch the ball until another person has played it. A goal may be scored from a corner kick.

Goal kick

A goal kick is awarded to a member of the defending team when a member of the attacking team kicks the ball over a goal line. The kick must be made from the 6 yard line, nearest to where it passed over the goal line. No opponent may be within 10 yards of the ball until it is kicked. The kicker may not touch the ball again until a second player has touched it.

Throw in

When the whole of the ball passes over the side line, either on the ground or in the air, there shall be a throw in from the point where the ball crossed the line by a player of the team opposite to that of the player who last touched it. The thrower shall not play the ball a second time until it has been touched or played by another player. A throw in must be a two handed overhead pass, with the thrower's feet remaining in contact with the ground during the throw.


Scoring

Each time the ball crosses the goal line between the uprights and beneath the cross bar, one point is recorded.