2019 Rules

Format
  • Matches will consist of two 25 minute halves.
  • Players are to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their scheduled kickoff.
  • Matches will begin no later than 5 minutes past scheduled kickoff time. If they do, the result is a 3-0 forfeit.
  • Captains will meet just prior to the start of the match to flip a coin to determine side of field and first possession.
Teams
  • Team captains will be assigned to each team and are responsible for coordinating their players and disseminating messages from league leadership. Should a day of play or any match be cancelled for any reason, the team captain(s) will be notified by leadership and will be held responsible for forwarding onto all of their team members.
  • If a captain is not able to be present for a match, the team must nominate a replacement.
  • Each team is allowed to have a maximum of 8 players on the field at one time, including a goalkeeper.
  • Each team is required to have a minimum of 6 players present to play each match.
  • If a team has fewer than 8 players for any given match, that team may recruit a player from another team to play the position of goalkeeper. It must be a registered league player.
  • A maximum of 7 men may be on the field at one time.
  • If no female players are present for a team, the match will be considered a forfeit.
Play
  • If the leading team is ahead by 5 or more goals at any given time, the trailing team is permitted to add a player onto the field until the deficit is reduced to 4.
  • At the end of regulation, if the score is tied, the match will be declared a draw.
  • If the ball exits the field on the sidelines, the other team will bring the ball back in play by performing a throw-in.
  • Should a foul by the defensive team occur within the 18-yard box, an indirect free kick will be awarded. A team cannot score a goal off of the free kick itself. The spot of the free kick is to be moved back to the edge of the 18-yard box
  • No penalty kicks
  • Slide tackling and playing the ball while on the ground is not permitted. Any player who is not a goalkeeper must be on their feet to be permitted to play the ball.
  • If the ball is kicked excessively out of bounds, the team kicking the ball must retrieve it.
  • The team's goalkeeper will need to wear either a penny or a shirt of a different color than the teams competing to identify who can pick up the ball. The league will provide a penny to the team prior to the start of the match and it must be returned at the conclusion of play.
  • Should the ball be kicked off of the property, the player who kicked it must substitute out to retrieve it.
  • Most of all, have a fun time out there!
Tournament
  • Each team will participate in the post-season tournament, which will take place one week after the conclusion of the regular season (Saturday, August 10, 2019).
  • The tournament will be a single-elimination format. Teams will be seeded based on season ranking, but seeds may be slightly adjusted at the discretion of leadership to promote matchups that did not occur during the regular season.
  • Matches will consist of one 25-minute session.
  • At the end of regulation, if the score is tied, the match will be decided by a penalty kick shootout.
Penalty Kick Shootout (If Nec.)(If Necessary)
  • Captains will meet to flip a coin to decide which team will shoot first.
  • A penalty kick may only take place once a whistle has been blown (or another signal signifying the start of play).
  • Each team will alternate penalty kicks and have five penalty kickers. The match will end once a lead becomes insurmountable (i.e. 4-2 after four rounds).
  • If the penalty kick shootout is tied after five rounds, the shootout will continue in a sudden death format, and will end after one team leads at the end of a round.
  • Only an official player of the team may play goalie.
  • Each player on a team must have an opportunity to take a penalty kick before any player is allowed to shoot a second time. Of the first five players to kick, two must be female.