MCC Sport Rules - Soccer

Overview:

  • Two 20-minute halves with a 5-minute halftime, running clock will be used and will only stop for injuries or time-outs. There will be no stoppage time added. If the game is tied at the end of regulation, there will be a 5-minute sudden-death overtime period. If the game is tied at the end of that period, the game ends in a tie.
  • Rock-paper-scissors to see who starts with the ball. The other team will start with it in the second half.
  • 7 players on the field at a time.
  • Substitutions may be made at any stoppage of play.
  • No slide tackling or sliding near another player
    • Slide Tackle Definition: When a defender slides on the ground and attempts to kick the
      ball away from the ball handler. Anything considered to be a slide tackle or sliding near another player by the referees will result in a verbal warning for the first infraction, followed by suspension from the game for the second infraction. Any dangerous play will result in immediate ejection.

Gameplay

  • All players must use their feet, head, or chest to play the ball. A player may not use their hands to play the ball. If the contact is deemed incidental and does not directly lead to a goal/goal scoring opportunity, then play will be allowed to continue.
  • No goalies are allowed - players will not be allowed within a 6’ radius of the goal without guarding an opposing player. We don’t want people sitting in front of the small goal.
  • A corner kick or goal kick is taken when the ball leaves the field across the goal line – the end of the field. If the offensive team kicks it out, play is restarted with a goal kick. If the defensive team kicks it out, play is restarted with a corner kick.
    • Corner Kicks & Goal Kicks
      • The goal kick is taken from anywhere inside the “Goalie box”. It can be taken by any player.
      • The corner kick is taken from the corner nearest to where the ball left the field.
  • From the start of play after a goal or at the beginning of the half, at least two players (can include the scorer) must touch the ball before the offense can score.
  • A player cannot touch the ball twice in a row when putting the ball in play. This includes from throw-ins, goal kicks, corner kicks, or freekicks.

Fouls

  • The common rule of thumb on fouls is “If it looks like a foul, it probably is.”
  • A player cannot kick, trip, jump at, charge, strike, push, hold, or spit at an opponent.
  • Bumping, leaning or going shoulder-to-shoulder while competing for a ball is not a foul until the hands or elbows come up.

Free kicks

  • All free kicks (awarded if there is a foul or infraction called on the field) will be indirect free kicks.
  • On an indirect free kick, you cannot score.