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Intramural Soccer Rules

Table of Contents
Field of Play
Game Play


Number of Players: Seven is the maximum number of players on a team: four field players and three substitutes. Four players are on the field at a time. Minimum number of players on the field is three. There are no goalkeepers.

Player Substitutions: Substitutions may be made at any dead-ball situation, regardless of possession. There are no substitutions on the fly (hockey style).

Field of Play:

Penalty Box: Arc Rule: There is no ball contact allowed within the goal box, however, any player may pass through the goal box. If the ball comes to rest in the goal box, a goal kick is awarded regardless of who touched the ball last. Any part of the ball or player's body on the line is considered in the goal box and is an extension of such. If a defender touches the ball in the goal box, a penalty kick is awarded to the offensive team. If an offensive player touches the ball within the goal box, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team.

Game Play:

Timing: The game will consist of 2-20 minute halves with continuously running clock. Halftime will be 3 minutes.

Goal Scoring: A goal may be scored from anywhere on the field. The ball changes possession after a goal is scored.

Restarts: All restarts are indirect kicks (including the kickoff to start each half). This does not include Penalty Kicks, which will be direct.

Kickoff: Is an indirect kick and may be taken in any direction.

Three (3) Yard Rule In all dead ball situations, restarts, including game start and halftime start, defending players must stand at least three (3) yards away from the ball. If the defensive player's goal area is closer than three (3) yards, the ball shall be placed three (3) yards from the goal area in line with the place of the penalty.

Kick-Ins: The ball shall be kicked into play from the sideline instead of thrown in. The defending player must be at least three yards from ball on all kick-ins.

Offsides: There are no off-sides.

Goal Kicks: May be taken from any point on the defensive touchline.

Throw-Ins: There are no throw-ins. All out of bounds balls will be taken as "kick-ins."

Penalty Kicks: A penalty kick will be taken from midfield in front of an open goal. Per the Arc Rule, there will be no defending player/goalie contesting the penalty kick. All non-kicking players must be behind midfield. This is a dead-ball kick. If a goal is not scored, the defense obtains possession with a goal kick.