INDOOR SOCCER At
Twin Lakes Recreation Center
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It’s a credit to our players, referees,
coaches and spectators that In the 18 years of
indoor soccer at this facility there have been
no more than 6 critical incidents involving
player behavior and the need to review that player’s
future participation in our leagues. The sporting
conduct of all involved and their respect for
the game have made our facility the home for fun,
creative and attractive play in league soccer.
Top Line: Sliding to disposess an opponent is not permitted in any league. A slide is considered illegal if any part of the defending player's legs, other than the feet, touch the turf during the tackle.
Law 1 Field of Play
Corners (for corner kicks) marked on field with
white dots, penalty spot and box marked with
white (goal kicks taken from within box).
Team benches are behind respective team doors.
Doors are the responsibility of each team and
should remain closed unless a substitution is
Infringement = Verbal warning, 2nd = Indirect
kick, 3rd = Caution.
Law 2 The Ball
All leagues, beginning with 15U, will use a size 5 ball. The ball
shall be changed during a match only at the
discretion of the referee.
Law 3 Players
Teams are represented on the field by 5 field
players and 1 goalkeeper. Games shall be forfeited
if a team cannot field at least 4 players in
Field players may substitute at the half, stoppage
in play or on-the-fly.
Goalkeepers may only be
substituted during a stoppage in play and at
the discretion of the referee. Players may only
enter the field of play from their respective
team bench door as the player they are replacing
gets within 4 yards of the door and has withdrawn
him/herself from participation in the game (as
Infringement = Indirect kick
Law 4 Player’s Equipment
Compulsory equipment includes shirt, shorts/long-pant
active wear, stockings, footwear (no metal studs).
All youth players (19U and below) must wear shinguards.
Goalkeepers must wear a color distinguishing
him/her from field players/referees OR GK gloves. All
field players must wear a uniform color distinguishing
them from the opponent.
Players may not exchange jerseys/bibs/pinnies
on field while game is in progress.
Should any part of a player’s uniform become
blood stained, that part of the uniform must
be replaced before said player is permitted to
enter the field.
Infringement = Verbal warning and/or Indirect
Law 5 The Referee
The referee enforces the laws of the game; works
to protect players; may stop or suspend play
for Law infringement and outside interference;
stops play for injuries; ensures that any player
bleeding from a wound leaves the field of play;
allows play to continue if in his/her opinion
the team against which an offense has been committed,
benefits from such an advantage; punishes the
more serious offense; may expel team officials
not conducting themselves responsibly; provides
Twin Lakes Rec Center staff with game report
and information on disciplinary action taken
during the match which is forwarded to Chris
Law 6 Assistant Referees
In some games, the two-man officiating system
will be employed. During tournament play, two
referees will be assigned in some leagues with
one referee providing scoring and bench management
The second official - at the scorer's bench - may provide assistance to field referee, as necessary.
Law 7 Match Duration
Matches consist of 20-minute halves. Half-time
intervals will not exceed two minutes. Field
clock may be stopped or reset by referee, at her/his discretion, but normally limited to injury, discipline or lost ball. Additional
time is allowed for a penalty kick when time
expires. The ball is not considered “in
play” once the field clock horn begins
Overtime is played only to determine winners
in tournament games. Overtime is a “Golden
Goal,” 3-v-3 game featuring 2 field players
and a goalkeeper from each team. Substitutions
are permitted as in regular time.
Law 8 Start and Restart of Play
FIFA rules apply at the kick-off, however the
ball need not move forward. Dropped ball restarts
may be used to restart play after an official
has had to stop play for any reason. Opponents
shall position themselves no less than 8 feet
from the point of a restart.
Law 9 The Ball In and Out of Play
The ball is out of play when it touches stadium
netting, any part of the facility structure
or a person (excluding referees) not involved
in the match. Kick-ins are awarded to the appropriate
team within an arm’s distance of where
ball went out of play, if the ball touches the netting between the tops of the penalty boxes. If the ball touches any
part of the overhead structure between the tops of the penalty boxes, an indirect
kick is awarded immediately beneath the point
However, when the attacking team knocks ball
to netting or structure out of bounds on defending team’s side – beyond
the plane of the top of the penalty box, a goal
kick is awarded. When the defending team knocks
ball out of bounds on their own side a corner
kick is awarded.
Law 10 Method of Scoring
A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes
over the goal line, between the goal posts and
under the crossbar, provided no infringement
of the Laws has occurred by the scoring team.
Law 11 Offside
There is no offside rule in these leagues.
Law 12 Fouls and Misconduct
Indirect kicks are awarded for ALL fouls (as
outlined by FIFA) and for slide tackles committed
outside the penalty area. If a goalkeeper handles
the ball when a teammate deliberately kicks
it to him/her, and indirect kick is awarded
but the ball is placed on the penalty box nearest
to where the goalkeeper handled the ball.
When a player 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, slide tackles an opponent and makes
contact, holds an opponent, spits at an opponent
or referee, or handles the ball deliberately
(except the goalkeeper inside the penalty box)
inside the penalty box, a penalty kick is awarded.
Upon taking a penalty kick, the attacking player
may not strike the ball a second time until it’s
been touched by another player.
Yellow Card (Caution) and Red Card (Ejection)
A team will play a man down and a player shall
serve a 2:00 penalty and receive a yellow card
for unsporting behavior, dissent, persistent
Laws infringement and delay of play. The player or a substitute,
may re-enter game upon receiving permission from
the referee. Penalty is imposed for a full 2:00
A team will play a man-down for 4:00 and a player
shall receive a red card (and be expelled from
the match and facility) for serious foul play,
violent conduct, spitting at an opponent, denying
an obvious goal-scoring opportunity, using offensive
language or gestures or receiving a second caution
in the same match. The offending player will
also serve a one-game suspension for the team’s
next match or tournament game. Penalty is imposed
for a full 4:00 duration.
Situations not addressed by rules covered
above shall be decided in accordance with FIFA
rules and the referee’s discretion.