2010 Summer Soccer Rules (super important rules in red)
1: Have fun
2: Don't play so that others are forced to break rule 1
3: Games will be at 8:30 am Saturdays and game play lasts until 10 am. Please be on time. Warm up, play
for 30-40 minutes, call half time, then play some more till
everyone starts reaching for the Icy/Hot or 10 am is reached.
4: Each team must field at least 2 women at all times. If you have no women show up for a game, play 9 men maximum unless the other team says otherwise. This keeps the game more fun and true to the co-ed nature of play. (This rule used to be at least 3 women but due to the shortage of females signing up, I reduced it to 2 if that's all you have. In general you should play 3 women if you have them present).
5. Players who score more than 3 goals should not score any more points and subsequent goals do not count. They should either move back or support other players to help them score.
6: Captains should manage the team. Run subs fairly so "best" players don't hog all the time. If you have a player being aggressive knocking people, talk to them immediately and ask them to settle down and if they don't, take them out of the game. If an opposing team player is playing rough and the captain hasn't asked them to settle down, have your captain ask them to settle down. We don't want injuries and we want this to be fun for everyone. I will kick people out of the league who are hotheads and play dangerously.
7: Free substitutions. If a player wants to sub out,
just leave the field and let another enter.
8: Share players if your opponent's team is short players
and you have extras to even up the game.
9: Each team should call offside against their own team. Ignore all calls from the defense that you were offside. Never call offside on a newbie unless that newbie is just waiting by the goal for the ball to arrive way behind the defense.
10: RAIN GAMES: If it's raining
hard, check your email and I'll send out notification if games are cancelled. This has only happened once in 9 years.
11: Newbie Rule: If a player is wearing the orange arm band to signify they are a new player, if you are an experienced player, give them a chance to play the ball for a little bit. I'm not putting a time limit here, but we're trying to grow the sport and give non-soccer players a chance to participate. They will have a much better transition if they get a chance to actually try and dribble and shoot.
12: Dangerous play calls: No slide tackling or knocking players to the ground. Play controlled and recreational. I know accidents will happen but dangerous play is an immediate sub-out. Captains should take the high-road on every call. If a player slide tackles, it's immediate benching. If a male player knocks a female to the ground, sub him out. If there's an injury, sub out the player that caused it.
13: Non-registered players may not play unless you are below 11 players or one of your players wants to sit out. As soon as your player is ready to return into the game he/she may call out the extra non-registered player.
14: Be sure and clean up after yourselves. Captains are responsible to clean up the field (this may mean assigning someone to bring a garbage bag and physically clean the field). If items are left after the game, contact me and I'll send out a "lost & found" email.
15: Outside Subs: If you will have less than 11 players for a game and know you need a couple extra players for substitutions, you may invite others to play on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/182145202909/). Subs play as backups to regular players. Team players always get on the field as soon as they are ready and subs should realize that they are only in till a regular player wants back on the field. Captains should make sure subs understand this. Subs never go on the field when there are 14 regular players unless it's a female and the team is short of playing 3 women.
16. The nature of this league caters to newbies. As such we don't play FIFA rules where pass backs are only on headers. Players can pass back to their own goalie and the goalie can pick up the ball.
17. Oftentimes children come to the games to watch their parents play and families expect the environment to be safe and family friendly. This means a profanity free zone. Captains should make sure you talk with your team members and any subs about this so they keep the atmosphere fun, friendly and safe for children. Captains, if a player is getting out of hand with their mouth, sub them out.