FIFA rules apply unless modified below
FIFA Laws of the Game

All referee’s calls are final. No arguing with the referee.
This applies to players, coaches and parents.

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6 v 6 High School, Coed & Men’s Leagues

7 v 7 Youth Leagues


Each half will be 25 minutes (running time) long with a 3 to 5 minute halftime, no time-outs

Tournament times will be set in the tournament rules


U12 and under – Size 4

U14 and over – Size 5

Head Balls

U8, U10 & U12 cannot head the ball

Shin Guards

All Youth and High School players must wear shin guards. Highly recommended for all Adult leagues.

Start of Game

Kick-off is indirect and can be played backwards

On the Fly Substitutions

Player must be 7 feet from their team’s bench area, before sub enters field

NO Sliding

Goalkeeper can slide in Goalbox only, in effort to make a save.

No slide tackling or sliding. “Knee-down” is now allowed.

It will be the referee’s discretion in making calls in regard to player safety.

Any and all attempts to slide tackle a player from behind will result in a card

Last-Man Tackle will result in a Penalty Kick (Direct).

All Kicks & Re-starts are Indirect

This refers to fouls, corner kicks and kick-ins, not Penalty Kicks.

Five yards, not ten, is the distance away that the defense must attempt to allow, if the kicking team asks for “5” the official will count out the five yards, play will re-start with a whistle.

Half Field Line

Once the Goalkeeper handles the ball with hands, the ball cannot be thrown, punted, kicked over the line in the air.

Goalkeeper may not dribble the ball over half field, unless ball is passed to them and they are now acting as a field player.

A Goal Kick may not travel over line in the air.

For all of the above—-Ball must touch a field player or the turf before crossing the line.

Sideline Kick-ins & Corner Kicks

Throw-ins are not used.

Indirect Kicks are awarded at the spot the ball crossed over the sideline. A request can be made, to the official, by the Kicker if she/he feels the Defender is too close.

8 Goal Mercy Rule

If a team is up by 8 or more goals, they must start on their own half on opponent’s goal kicks.  Cannot play ball until it crosses half field

Yellow Card

2 minutes off field for that player, team plays short

Player can return after 2 minutes, not before.

If a goal is scored the team then plays at full-strength.

Second Yellow Card in the same game, results in a Soft-Red.

Soft Red Card

Player is disqualified for the game and team plays short (man-down) for 2 minutes.

Red Card

Disqualified for the remainder of the game.

Team plays short (man-down) for 2 minutes.

Player must meet with Soccer Director before playing next game.

Second Red Card in a Calendar Year equals a 1 Year ban from Facility.

Any Team with a total of two Red Cards in a Tournament will not qualify for the play-offs.


No Jewelry of any kind can be worn when playing.  Jewelry cannot be taped.


Banned indefinitely from ALL IAS Events, Leagues and Tournaments.

No Offside

Although, please do not jeopardize the integrity of the game by playing offside intentionally.

Miscellaneous Reminders & New Rules

  • U8 & U10: On goal kicks, players on the defending team must be at half field. Once the ball is passed to a member (and touched) of the offensive team, the defending team may cross half field.
  • Goalkeepers must wear a neutral color
  • Teams must wear the same color uniforms
  • NO jewelry. Players cannot play with jewelry.
  • Youth and High School: On goal kicks, players on the defending team must remain outside of the arc (which is a field hockey line) until the ball re-enters play. Players on offensive team may remain inside the circle to be available for a short pass.
  • Sliding rule has been modified.



Players must play in at least 50% of games during the session to participate in the playoffs.

25-minute games

If tied, 3-minute golden goal overtime, 4 v 4. If still tied, Penalty Kicks

Tie-breakers for seeding is listed on the team schedule page on the website.