NYC Social Soccer Rules

RULES

  • Remember, this is a social league. Keep a relaxed attitude, meet some new people, and have a good time.
  • There should be equal playing time for all players, regardless of gender.
  • You always need your team T-Shirts. They are our only way of identifying you and not having them hurts your team’s ranking!
  • Our Referees are not professionals. They are people just like you, so please treat them with respect.
  • Any aggressive behavior will not be tolerated and may result in suspension or expulsion from our leagues; let’s avoid that.
  • Please be on time. We recommend showing up at least 15 minutes early to avoid any confusion and the chance of Forfeiting.

Number of Players (6v6 – Chelsea)

A team consists of a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 14 players. A team will field 5 players (5 and a goalie), at least 2 of which must be women.

A minimum of 4 players from your roster and/or pre-registered substitutes is needed to start or continue a game. If a team is short of the required number of women, they must play down one male player. Teams may also invite Substitute Players to join them as per below:

Number of Players (7v7 – Baruch, Nike)

A team consists of a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 14 players. A team will field 7 players (6 and a goalie), at least 2 of which must be women.

A minimum of 4 players from your roster and/or pre-registered substitutes is needed to start or continue a game. If a team is short of the required number of women, they must play down one male player. Teams may also invite Substitute Players to join them as per below:

Number of Players (9v9 – Pier 5)

A team consists of a minimum of 14 and a maximum of 18 players. A team will field 9 players (8 and a goalie), at least 3 of which must be women.

A minimum of 5 players from your roster and/or pre-registered substitutes is needed to start or continue a game. If a team is short of the required number of women, they must play down one male player. Teams may also invite Substitute Players to join them as per below:

Number of Players (Indoor Soccer)

A team consists of a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 12 players. A team will field 5 players (4 and a goalie), at least 2 of which must be women.

A minimum of 4 players from your roster and/or pre-registered substitutes is needed to start or continue a game. If a team is short of the required number of women, they must play down one male player. Teams may also invite Substitute Players to join them as per below:

Substitutions

If a team is short the required number of players in a regular season game, they may invite players from other Teams within the division. Subs from within the division are subject to the Referee’s discretion. Teams can only invite enough Subs from within the division to meet the maximum number of players allowed on field plus one additional player to rotate in. Substitute players from within the division should be the last one to cycle into the game (barring gender requirements). If players from a team’s roster arrive late, the Subs from within the division must rotate out.

Substitutions from outside the division are allowed. Substitutions during the Playoffs are not permitted. Teams using pre-registered substitutes may not exceed the headcount of their original roster and individuals may not serve as a pre-registered substitute player more than 3 times during a Season.

Game Length and Structure

Indoor Soccer:

Games consist of two 18-minute halves with a 2-minute intermission. Game time is kept by the Referee. There will be no overtime during the regular season.

Scores will be capped with an 8 goal differential. Play will continue, but no team will be awarded more than 8 more points than their opponent in the official scores / standings.

Outdoor Soccer:

Games consist of two 21-minute halves with a 2-minute intermission. Game time is kept by the Referee. There will be no overtime during the regular season.

Scores will be capped with an 8 goal differential. Play will continue, but no team will be awarded more than 8 more points than their opponent in the official scores / standings.

Equipment

The game ball will be provided by NYC Social for all matches. Shin guards are recommended for all players and are the responsibility of each individual player. They will not be provided by the league. All players must wear rubber-soled shoes. No cleats are allowed.

Mid-Game Substitutions

Both teams may Substitute an unlimited number of players at anytime during play. The exiting player must be off the court prior to the Substitute entering the court. If the Referee stops the game for an injury, the injured player must be replaced by another player until the injured player recovers, or for a period of 5 minutes.

Goalkeeper

The goalkeepers can only use their hands in the goal box, but may not touch the ball with their hands if a player on their own team has deliberately kicked it to them. Goalkeepers cannot drop-kick or punt the ball. They can only roll the ball underhand or set it down and kick it. Once the ball is set down, it cannot be picked up again. If the ball is picked up again, the opposing team receives an indirect kick from the spot of the retouch.

Goalkeeper throwing infractions result in kick-ins for the opposing team from the touch-line (sideline) at mid-court.

Goal Kicks and Corner Kicks

Goal kicks occur when the ball lands on the net behind the goal after being touched last by the offensive team, at which point play is stopped. Goal kicks are indirect kicks and are taken from anywhere inside the penalty area.

Corner kicks occur when the ball lands on the net behind the goal after being touched last by the defensive team, at which point play is stopped. Corner kicks are indirect.

Out of Bounds

All four walls of the gym are part of the field of play. The ball is considered out of bounds if it comes to rest on the bleachers or in a designated dead ball zone. Dead ball zones are gym-specific and will be explained by the Gamestaff. If a ball goes out of bounds, the opposing team receives a kick-in from the touch line. If the ball hits the ceiling while in play, the game will be restarted with an indirect kick taken by the opponents of the team that last touched the ball. The kick is taken from the point on the ground above which the ball hit the ceiling.
If a player is pinned against the wall or bleachers, play is stopped and the team with the ball receives a kick-in from that spot.

Throw-Ins – Outdoor Soccer Only

To be out of bounds the entire ball must pass completely across the plane of the sideline. A legal throw-in must include both feet planted ont he gorund, ball must be thrown with two hands, and it must pass overhead.  If deemed an illegal throw, the thrower will have one more opportunity to complete the throw-in.  If they do not succeed on thier second try, the ball will switch possesion to the opposing team. All illegal throws will be called at the Ref’s discretion.

Kick-Ins (No Throw-Ins) – Indoor Soccer Only

Kick-ins are taken from the touch line. All kick-ins are indirect kicks. The ball will be placed on the line and players from the opposing team must be at least 5 feet away from the ball.

Offsides

No offsides rules are in place for this division.

Handballs

Handballs are called at Ref’s discretion. The handballs that affect the flow or outcome of a play will be called. Many inadvertent incidents of contact between the ball and arm/hand area will go uncalled. Players may protect vital body parts from the ball with their hands as long as such movements are reactive in nature and close to the body. If the handball is intentional or impacts the flow or outcome of a play, the opposing team will receive an indirect kick at the placement of the infraction.

Penalty Cards

WHITE: White cards serve as a warning to players that they are exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct. There is no formal penalty for receiving a white card. Any player that continues to exhibit such behavior will be awarded a yellow or red card, and removed from the game.

YELLOW: Yellow cards are issued to players exhibiting any of the following behavior:

  • Unsportsmanlike conduct
  • Dissent by word or action to the Referee
  • Delaying the restart of play (corner kick, free kick, goal kick, throw in, etc.)
  • Failure to respect the required distance when play is restarted on a corner kick, free kick, goal kick, throw in, etc.
  • Persistent fouling and physical play

Any player receiving a yellow card must be Substituted for, and may not return until the next legal Substitution opportunity. If the Referee stops the game for an injury, the injured player must be Substituted for and must sit out for 5 minutes of game time.

RED: Red cards are notifications that a player has been sent off/ejected from the game. Red cards are issued to players exhibiting any of the following behavior:

  • Serious fouls and dangerous play
  • Violent conduct
  • Spitting at an opponent, teammate and/or Referee
  • Denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity with a deliberate handball (does not apply to the goalkeeper within his/her goal box)