MTFC/Goodlettsville Soccer

Rules of the Game

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GAME DURATION is two 15-minute halves separated by a two-minute halftime period. Games tied after those 15-minute halves shall end in a tie.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS Games are 3v3 unless both coaches agree to play 4v4.

Any time a team is behind their opponent by four or more goals, the referee should make that team aware that they may add an additional player on the field.SUBSTITUTIONS
may occur at any dead ball situation, but only with the referee’s permission. Players must enter and exit only at the halfway line.

KICK-OFFS may be taken in any direction. Home team kicks off the first half.

THROW-INS are used in U8 and above. KICK-INS are still used below U8.

FIVE-YARD RULE In all dead ball situations, defending players must stand at least five yards away from the ball. If the defensive team’s goal box is closer than five yards from the spot of an infraction, the ball shall be moved five yards from the goal box.

ALL KICKS ARE INDIRECT (kick-offs, kick-ins, free kicks) except corner kicks and penalty kicks which are direct.

GOAL KICKS shall be taken from any point on the goal line. Defending players must move back to the halfway line until the ball has been kicked in. However, the team taking the goal kick does not have to wait on the other team to reach the halfway line. They may take a quick kick at any time.

GOAL SCORING A ball kicked from the defensive half of the field may not score a goal unless it then touches a player (of either team) on the offensive half of the field.

THE GOAL BOX, ten feet wide by eight feet deep, is directly in front of the goal. No player may touch the ball within the goal box, however any player may move through the goal box. Any part of the ball touching the line is considered “in” the goal box. (e.g. If a player’s shoe is touching the outside of the line of the goal box, any other part of the body, no matter how far from the goal box, is considered to be “in” the goal box). If a defender touches the ball while in the goal box, a penalty kick is awarded to the offensive team. If an offensive player touches the ball while the ball is in the goal box, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team. Habitual touches in the goal box may result in a Yellow Card. If the ball comes to a complete stop in the goal box, regardless of which team touched it last, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team.

PENALTY KICKS shall be awarded if, in the referee’s opinion, an obvious goal-scoring opportunity was denied by an infraction. Penalty kicks are direct and are taken from the edge of the center circle closest to the goal being shot on with all other players behind the midfield line. Penalty kicks are not live balls. If a goal is not scored, the defense obtains possession with a goal kick.