Official Soccer Rules
Last Updated August 19, 2014
*Rules may be updated at any time
Each team must have at least 8 full time players on their roster. Teams must have at least 2 female players. Teams may have up to 15 full time players on a roster. Teams must be fully paid by the week the league shirts are available, or they will be removed from the league schedule until paid. Teams may play shorthanded in a given week but must have at least have their players (4) and at least half their girls (1). Teams may not play with extra male players if they are short female players. Players are not allowed to play on multiple teams. Once a player plays for a team, they are on that team (this includes substitute players).
Teams will have a 5-minute grace period from the scheduled start time to have enough players to play.
Teams may use substitute players in a given week during the regular season. Subs must play at least once during the regular season to be eligible to play in the playoffs. All subs must sign the waiver before playing.
Field size and lines will be determined based on the venue of play. Outdoor leagues will use a 70ydx30yd field with yellow tape used as out of bounds markers. Indoor league field sizes will be determined based on the venue, and so will out of bounds markers.
The start of the game will be determined by the captains playing Rock, Paper, Scissors. The winner will have choice to either kick-off or choose a goal to defend.
Each half will be a 20-minute running clock. The clock will only stop for injuries or time outs. Each team is given 1 time-out per game. There is no overtime during the regular season. Regular season games may end in a tie. During playoffs, there will be a 5-minute sudden death overtime period followed by a shoot out.
Lehigh Valley Sport and Social will provide a referee for each game. Referees have final say on all calls. There are no arguing calls with referees. Continuous arguing will be deemed unsportsmanlike and will be dealt with using the sportsmanship guidelines. Any player receiving a red card will be ineligible to play the following week.
GOALKEEPER – Teams will be able to have a designated goalkeeper for the game.
GOAL BOX – A goal box will be marked off in front of each goal. All goal kicks will be taken from the goal box.
PENALTY ARCH – A penalty arch will be marked off in front of the goal. This will be the area where the goalkeeper will be allowed to play the ball with his/her hands.
DIRECT KICKS - A direct kick will occur for any penalty unless the penalty has been specified as an indirect kick by the referee. The ball is to be placed at the point of the infraction. The ball will be put in play by any player on the affected team. No opposing player is allowed to be within 10 paces/yards of ball prior to kick. Goals may be scored on direct kicks. A direct kick is to follow these infractions: (1) Charging (2) Roughness (3) Handball (4) Dangerous play/kick (5) Slide-tackle. Penalties incurred inside the goal box by the defense will result in a penalty kick 15 paces/yards out. Penalties incurred outside but within close proximity to the goal box will be kicked from the point of infraction. The defense must stand 5 paces/yards away from the point of infraction (where the ball is being kicked from).
FREE KICK - A team receives a Free Kick after stoppages other than when a Dropped Ball or Goalkeeper Throw-In is required. Before the team takes the Free Kick, the ball must be stationary. All opposing players are at least 15 feet from the spot of the Free Kick (or, if within 15 feet of the opponent's Goal, along the Goal Line). The spot of the Free Kick is that provided above, except: (a) Within Own Penalty Arch: from any spot therein. (b) Within Opponent's Penalty Arch: at the Free Kick Mark ("Top of the Arch"). (c) Delayed Penalty: (i) according to the ensuing stoppage, as normally administered, or (ii) in case the defending team obtains possession of the ball during play, at the spot of the original offense. (d) Kick-In: from the point on the Touch Line nearest where the ball crossed over the Perimeter Wall. (e) Three-Line Violation: from the offending team's Restart Mark. (f) Superstructure Violation: from the nearer Restart Mark.
INDIRECT KICKS - Indirect kicks will occur when the goalkeeper touches the ball with his/her hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him/her by a teammate.
SLIDE TACKLING - Slide tackling will not be allowed. Intentional slide tackles will result in a direct kick being awarded to the opposing team at the point of the infraction. Multiple violations will result in yellow card to the offending player and possible ejection from the game (red card.)
Shoot Out Specifics
Teams will select 5 players (3 males, 2 females) to shoot. Shots will be taken with the ball in a placed position. There is no dribbling. The referee will decide which goal will be used for the shoot out. Teams will play Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine who will shoot first.
A sudden death shoot out will occur if the teams are still tied at the end of the 5 kicks. The first team to make a goal with the other team missing in the same turn will win the game. Teams must use their other players during the sudden death shoot out before recycling players. Once the first team starts recycling players for the shoot out, the other team may as well.
1. Any team, who forfeits their game/match for the week, must contact Lehigh Valley Sport and Social by 2PM the day of the games to avoid a fine.
2. Once a forfeit has been announced, Lehigh Valley Sport and Social will contact the captain of the other team by 3PM the day of the game to have them inform their team.
3. Any team forfeiting their game after the 2pm deadline will be charged the referee fees for both teams from the forfeited game, to be paid the following week.
Sportsmanship - *Sportsmanship to be determined at the discretion of the league official or Lehigh Valley Sport and Social Representative on site.
- All players on all teams MUST adhere to good sportsmanship.
- There will be escalating penalties for any player/team not using good sportsmanship.
- First offense - asked to sit out for a few plays
- Second (2) time being removed from a game, player will be finished for the game.
- Any player ejected from the game/match, will be ineligible to play the following week.(In days where more than (1) game is played by a team, player will have to sit for game immediately following ejection).
- Any player ejected twice (2) in a single season will be removed from the league and no longer eligible to play for the rest of the season.
- Any player ejected in multiple leagues may be ruled no longer welcome in Lehigh Valley Sport and Social.
Lehigh Valley Sport and Social supports and follows all rules at venues where games are played. There are NO GLASS CONTAINERS allowed at any venue which allows for the consumption of alcohol. Teams are expected to clean up after themselves each week and throw out any garbage.
Venues Locations –
Lehigh Valley Sport and Social will make every attempt to maintain dates, times, and locations of all games in a given league. There may be events outside of Lehigh Valley Sport and Social’s control that will affect the league scheduling and result in a change in date, time, location, and number of games played in a given week.