The following is a comprehensive list of rules and regulations relating to 5-a-side soccer at Sofive
Must be submitted before the start of the season.
Players can only play for one team in each league night. Playing on different nights is permitted.
There will be a maximum of 5 players per team on the field at any one time
Substitutions are unlimited during the game and may be made ‘on the fly’
Substitutes must stand outside the pitch perimeter and spectators must not enter the field of play under any circumstance
The match will consist of two equal halves (2×20). The first half will begin with one team taking a center; the second half will begin with the other team taking a center
Half-time will be a straight change around (as time permits, referees may grant a 2-3 min break)
Lateness to a scheduled match will result in a penalty against the offending team:
There are two marked goal/penalty areas on the pitch
GK can throw over the half way line (no drop kicks)
There are no offsides
A goal may be scored from any point within the field of play
The goalkeeper must return the ball into play by throwing or kicking it out of his/her area
If theball goes out of play over the end line / board:
If the ball goes out of play over the side-board (& hits the net) a kick-in will be awarded depending on which team had the final touch
Opposition players must be at least seven feet (2 steps) from where any free kick is taken
Infringement of these rules will result in a Direct Free Kick:
A foul occurs if a player (in addition to the previously mentioned situations):
And a foul occurs when a player commits the following in a manner that the Referee considers careless, serious, reckless, or involving excessive force:
Verbal Warnings will becontinuously given by the referee:
Wearing any form of jewelry (including watches) is not permitted during play
Sofive strongly recommends that all players wear shin guards, but this is only compulsory in regards to youth participants
Sofive recognizes the US Soccer’s mandate pertaining to headers for age groupsU-11 and younger; these age groups shall not engage in heading in games – free kick will be awarded
**All coaches and players must read and sign Sofive’sliability waiver prior to playing**
The purpose ofthe rules of Sofive Soccer Centers is to provide a guideline to describe theway the game is played.
No one may intentionally violate the rules.
A player who receives a bluecard must leave the field of play for 2 minutes
Unless otherwise providedabove and below, the Refereeissues a Blue Card for serious fouls andunsportsmanlike behaviour (by the player) as well as for the following actions:
Cautionable Offenses: theReferee issues a Yellow Card for reckless fouls and for
Ejectionable Offenses:A player receivesa Red Card for fouls,which the Refereeconsiders violent or committed with excessive force, and for:
The Referee’s decision on all on-field matters is final and discussion will not be entertained either on or off the field. Further, there is not an appeals orprotest process.