2020+ 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.
4: Each team must field at least 2 women at all times (preferably 3 if you can). 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.
5: Captains must manage their team. Run subs fairly so some players don't hog all the time. Settle down aggressive players or sub them out. I will kick people out of the league who are hotheads and play dangerously.
6: All free kicks resulting from fouls are indirect, even inside the goal area. They should be taken from the spot of the foul, but if inside the goal area, move it where players agree it's outside the goal area.
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 colored 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. Players that slide tackle get benched. If it's accidental due to slipping, it's a free kick (see rule 6).
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. If you know someone that wants to play, have them join the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/182145202909/
14: Be sure and clean up the field after your game.
15. Players can pass back to their own goalie and the goalie can pick up the ball. IE. Not FIFA rules.
16. 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.
17. To try and help control the hotheads on the field a little better, I ask every captain to email me after every Saturday game and send me a short note if the game went well or if there were any incidents.
If there was an incident, I will ask for help in tracking down the player causing it.
On a first incident, a warning will be issue to that player. If it happens again, they are out of the league.
IF I see a pattern develop on that team with more than 1 player warned and ejected, the team is at risk of being dropped from the league. Sorry it has to be this way, but this is a friendly league with no refs and I have better things to do on Saturdays than figure out who started an incident and how to handle it.
Warning --> Booted
18. 3 goal rule. To keep one all-star from dominating a game, the maximum goals a player can score and count is 3. After that they should focus their efforts on supporting teammates.