League Rules

 1. GENERAL INFORMATION

The Soccer Center is a privately-owned facility. Management is sometimes required to make decisions based on sound business principles. These may not be based on any league rules, or procedures, but rather a decision of management. We appreciate the input of our coaches, players, and parents, and will maintain an open mind in receiving it.  

A. The following point system will be used to determine standings:

3 points-win

3 points -bye

1 point-tie

0 points- loss

Minus 1 point for each red card received

B. The following criteria will determine final standings

Total Game Points

Goal Differential (Goals for minus Goals against)

Head to Head Competition

No more than 5 Goal Differential will be counted for Youth Leagues. 

2. REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

A. The Soccer League Registration can be filled out online or in person at the Indoor Center

B. Team Manager agreement must be turned in with team registration

C. $100 deposit is required for all NEW teams and is due 1 week prior to first game and this can be paid online or at field by credit card or cash.

D. New players must complete Waiver prior to first game. If a player plays without completing waiver team will forfeit game.

E. An alternate jersey is required. If both teams are wearing the same color jersey, teams will decide who changes jersey color.

3. MISCELLANEOUS REGULATIONS

A. In league with age restrictions any team playing with underage players will forfeit the game, unless opposing team approves player prior to start of game. Players must be ready to supply proof of age, with a valid driver’s license or government issued ID, upon request.  Players meet age requirements if turning age limitation in current calendar year.  Example- For 40+ 39 year old playing in February turning 40 years in December is allowed to play.  Request for proof of age may be requested at any time during the game by the team manager.

B.  In league with age restrictions teams may have two (2) players, including goal keeper, no more than two years younger than age limit.  In this situation players age is based off age at current time.  Example- Team in 40+ may have two players that are 38 years of age.

C. In youth leagues players must be under designated age determined by birth year.  In the event a proof of players age is requested coach/team manager will be notified and will have until the next scheduled game to provide birth certificate or state issued player pass.

D. All protests must be received by the soccer office, in writing, within 24 hrs. after the game. Protests must be accompanied by a $25 deposit which is not refundable.

E. The $100 league deposit is applied to the total league fee and is not refundable if the team can be placed in a league.

F. The balance of the league fee is due by the 2nd game of the session. If total team fee is not paid by 3rd game team will incur $50 additional fee bi-weekly until remaining balance is paid in full.

G. Intoxicated persons WILL NOT be allowed to take part in any activity, whether it be a game or practice, and are subject to ejection from the building and premises, which includes the parking lot. This policy also applies to spectators.

H. Fighting WILL NOT be tolerated anywhere on the premises.

I. No spitting, smoking, gum or tobacco chewing, or profanity allowed in the field area. If a player is found to be spitting on the field they will be given a 2 min penalty for first offense. If they spit on the field a second time during same game they will be given a Red Card and team will have 1 point taken from their total and play short a player for remainder of the game. Player receiving red card will follow red card procedure stated below. NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS

J. Children may not be left unattended in the facility. Children may not be left in the lobby, lounge, or restroom unattended.

K. Warm up cages are provided as well as area behind west goal; observe the warning sign on wall under lounge windows.

L. No slide tackles of any kind or playing ball while on the ground. The referee will determine what a slide tackle is, and it is the referee’s decision if play will continue or foul be called.  Please note there is a difference between a lunge, a slide and a slide tackle.

M. A coach is responsible for the words and actions of his/her players and spectators. Verbal abuse, threats, derogatory or racist comments of the opponents or referees by players, coaches or spectators will not be tolerated. The offender will be given a RED card and required to leave facility and team will receive 1 point. Violations may result in forfeiture of the game and/or expulsion from The Soccer Center for an extended period.

N. Players may play on more than one team within the same league.

O. Only the team manager is allowed to discuss with the referee the rules/calls made by the referee during game times.  In the event the team manager is not present, the team may designate a specific player by notifying the referee prior to game time.  In the event a player other than the manager discusses/argues a call and deemed abusive (Dissent) in the view of the referee a blue card will be awarded to the player and then a yellow card if it continues or occurs a second time.  The referee may grant a verbal warning if he/she feels fit.  Any stoppage for dissent will restart with a free kick for the team in possession of the ball before play was stopped.

P. Game time conflicts must be addressed no later than one week prior to game.  Game schedule will not be altered one week prior to game time.

4. HANDBALL CLARIFICATION

A. “Handling” was a revision FIFA made in the late 1990’s that affected the old “hand ball rule”. The “Handling Rule” can be reviewed by going to the FIFA web site or by Googling “FIFA Hand Ball Rule”.

B. In this rule it is stated, that it is illegal for players, other than the goal keeper in the "box" to DELIBERATELY HANDLE the ball with his/her hand, arm or any portion of the outside of the shoulder.

C. It is extremely important to note that ADVANTAGE is not referenced in this revision. Where the ball goes, who gets the ball and whether a goal scores as a result have no bearing on the call of "Handling."

D. The important point is that the act must be deliberate as seen by the referee.

E. This goes back to the old reference of "ball to hand" or "hand ball". Players can be called for "handling" when, in the view of the referee, there was adequate time to move the hand, thus resulting in a hand to ball move. Arms and hands in unnatural position (other than at one’s side) can be called for handling in instances when no attempt is made to avoid contact.

F.  Protection of sexually sensitive area is generally not called for handling. Protecting the head/face can be called if the referee felt that there was adequate time to avoid the ball by moving the head. If, in the view of the referee, a player has NO time to react to the ball and the ball contacts the player's hand, arm or outside of the shoulder, even if the player is in the box area, there will be NO FOUL.

5. MAKE UP GAMES AND SCHEDULES

A. Makeup games are NOT rescheduled or refundable due to conflicts. Conflict dates may be given at time of registering or before league schedules are finalized, and adjustments will try to be made within scheduled league time.

B. Teams not able to attend scheduled game must call a week in advance. Soccer Center staff will notify opponent. Teams not attending scheduled game will receive an automatic forfeit.

C. Makeup games are scheduled at Soccer Coordinator’s discretion but are NOT mandatory. If a makeup game occurs, the league will be extended at the end of the session.

D. Schedules are posted on www.omahaindoorsoccerccenter.com web site, at minimum one week, prior to the scheduled league start and should be checked before each game for any changes. ISC will attempt to send out notifications to all coaches via email, but not receiving or reading a notification is not reason for not showing up for scheduled game day and times. The schedule posted on the website is the OFFICIAL Schedule of record and game sheets will be made accordingly.

6. FIELD OF PLAY

A. The center circle and penalty arc are ten (10) feet in diameter, which is also the distance an opponent must be from the ball on free kicks.

B. The perimeter wall is part of the playing surface.

C. There is a center white line, and two other white lines, which are thirty (30) feet from, and running parallel to, the center line. All balls hitting any part of the ceiling or lights will be placed on the nearest white line in the center of the playing field where a free kick to the other team will be taken.

7. NUMBER OF PLAYERS

A. All non-Coed leagues will have 5 field players plus a goalie (6 players) on field at any one time.

B. Coed Leagues will have 6 field players (3 men + 3 women) plus a goalie (either man or women) on field at any one time. 

C.  U8 and U9 Youth Leagues will play with 6 field players and a goalie.  U10 and above will play with 5 field players and a goalie.  Mixed teams (boys and girls) are allowed.  Youth teams will not play by any Coed rules to include field players numbers, Live rule or goal line rule.

D. Coed Leagues- There can never be more than 3 men field players on the field at any time.

E. Coed Leagues- A woman can sub for a man to make 3 men players but must be designated with penny, notify the referee and all touches will be counted as if man.

F. If a team shows up and is short players and unable to recruit other players the team will play the game short and other team will play full team unless the full team agrees to play short.

G. If during the game a player from one team is injured or otherwise unable to continue to play (not just tired) and there is NOT a substitute for them the affected team can continue to play short and the opposing team will be required to play short as well by the same (man or woman). If the referee determines that the player needing to be out is falsifying an injury or sickness to rest the opposing team will NOT be required to play down a player. If the opposing team is required to play down a player, the player causing the shortage will NOT be allowed to return to the game. If a substitute player is found to bring the team back to full strength, then the opposing team will also play full strength.

H. Coed- A game shall not be started unless a team has at least 5 players present on the playing surface by the designated forfeit time, (2 women and 3 men or 3 women and 2 men) on the field for the team to play and not forfeit the game. (5 minutes past scheduled starting time or 5 minutes past clock start time, whichever is later.)

I. Non-Coed- A game shall not be started unless a team has at least 4 players present on the playing surface by the designated forfeit time. (5 minutes past scheduled starting time or 5 minutes pas clock start time, whichever is later.)

8. SUBSTITUTIONS

A. Substitutions are allowed at all times, "on the fly", except when a non-penalty time foul has been called. A new player coming off is at the perimeter wall in front of his/her team bench. During the following four “Guaranteed Substitutions", players will be allowed to substitute as soon as the ball is dead by gaining the attention of the referee, suggested verbiage would be "Ref sub" or "Sub Ref":

1. A goal

2. A time penalty is awarded

3. An injury timeout

4. The ball goes out of bounds; except on corner kicks and free kicks in teams attacking third.

B. Any of the other players may change places with the goalkeeper provided the referee is informed before the change is made and the change is made during a stoppage in the game.

C. For any infringement of this Law, the offending player(s) shall serve a 2-minute penalty and the play shall be restarted with free kick.

D. A player must exit field before new player enters. Too many players on the field results in automatic 2-minute penalty.  It is in the referee's perspective when it is considered too many players on the field.  If during the substitution both players are on the field and no clear advantage is gained, this infraction is generally not called.

9. DURATION OF GAME

A. The game shall be two periods of 25 minutes each, running time. There will be 30 seconds between periods.

B. Teams have one minute to both exit and enter the field between games. It is the responsibility of the coaches/mgrs. to have their teams ready to play and on the field within that minute. The clock will begin to run at the scheduled game time one minute after the last game ends.

C. No Time Outs. Injuries will be addressed off the field. The clock will stop for serious injuries only and at the discretion of the referee.

D. Time shall be extended at the end of any period for a penalty kick.

E. The clock will be stopped in the last 2 minutes of play if the referee determines one team is deliberately delaying the game by kicking the ball over the perimeter wall or to the far end of the field resulting in a delay to get ball back into play.

F. The referee has the discretion to stop the clock if a game is tied (in the last 2 minutes of the game) or within a one-point differential during the game. The clock will start when the ball is back in play.

10. START OF PLAY

A. The first team listed on schedule is the home team. Teams are to sit at correct bench. Referees keep score according to home and guest. If a team sits in the wrong place, it could result in the recording of an inaccurate score, which will affect the playoff standings.

B. Guests kick off to start 1st half (team facing score board). Home team kicks to start 2nd half.

11. BALL IN AND OUT OF PLAY

A. The ball is out of play:

1. When it completely crosses over the perimeter wall or touches the net above the boards.

2. For an unintentional ceiling ball, a direct kick for the opposing team, taken at the center of the white line nearest the point of contact with the ceiling.

3. When it hits the netting above the glass or boards at either end of the field.

B. The ball is in play at all other times including:

1. Rebounds from the goal posts, crossbar or perimeter wall.

2. Rebounds from the referee when he/she is in the field of play.

12. GOALKEEPING RESTRICTIONS

The following infractions shall cause the referee to stop play and award a direct free kick to the opponents at the top of the restraining arc:

A. Hand to Hand: A goalkeeper, having had control of the ball in his/her hand and having released it from his/her hand to be played either by himself or a teammate, shall not handle the ball again until it has been touched or played by an opponent, unless a stoppage of play occurs. 

B. Pass back: If a defender passes the ball back, regardless of pass type, to his/her goalkeeper from any other zone of the playing field except the passer’s own defensive zone (between his/her white line and goal line), the goalkeeper shall not handle the ball. This includes instances where a team makes a series of passes or a player dribbles the ball back to the goalkeeper across the white line into the defensive zone.

C. 5 Second Distribution: A goalkeeper, with possession of the ball within the penalty area, must distribute the ball outside of the penalty area, or to another player within five (5) seconds of having received the ball within the penalty area. Possession shall be defined as control with hand. A goalkeeper may not play the ball outside the penalty area with his/her feet and bring it into the penalty area and take control of the ball with his/her hands.

D. Handball Outside Area: Intentional handballs committed by the goalkeeper outside the penalty area shall be interpreted to be “severe in nature”, and a time penalty will be awarded against the goalkeeper who, in the opinion of the referee, intentionally handles the ball in a deliberate attempt to break up a play or save a shot at goal outside the penalty area, regardless of the position of his/her body. Situations whereby the goalkeeper first handles the ball legally within the penalty area, but momentum of his/her actions carries him/ her outside the penalty area while handling the ball shall not be deemed “severe in nature” and a time penalty shall not be awarded.  Play will restart with a direct free kick to the opponents at the top of the restraining arc

F. Goalkeeper Striking: If, during a play, the goalkeeper either intentionally strikes an opponent by throwing the ball violently at him/her or pushes him/her with the ball while holding it, the referee shall caution or eject as appropriate and award a penalty kick if the offense was initiated from within the penalty area.

G. The ball is considered to be in the penalty area when the entire ball has crossed the outermost part of the  penalty box line. If the ball remains inside the penalty area the goalie can pick up the ball in his/her hand even if the goalie is standing outside the penalty area and no infraction will be called.

13. SCORING

A goal is scored when the whole of the ball has passed over the goal line, between the goal posts and under the crossbar, provided it has not been thrown, carried, or intentionally propelled by hand or arm by an attacking player, except in the case of a goalkeeper who was within his own penalty area when he legally propelled the ball.  The ball must cross over the goal line in its entirety before the horn sounds to be considered a goal and is determined by referee if ball and horn are close.

14. REFEREES

A. A referee’s authority commences as soon as he/she enters the soccer area. He/she shall enforce the rules of the soccer game.

B. Duties of the Bench Referee if one is being used:

1. Assist the field referee in the control of the game in accordance with the Laws. This is a dual system of control.

2. Be responsible for indicating illegal substitutions.

3. Keep the official time and operate scoreboard.

4. Control the bench and the penalty box area.

5. Keep game statistics.

C. Violations seen by the bench referee shall be signaled by a whistle, which stops play.

D. Advantage can be called on any part of the field at referee’s discretion.

E. Penal offenses should be whistled. 

15. FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

A. A player who intentionally commits any of the following penal offenses shall be penalized by the award of a direct free kick to be taken by the opposing team from the place where the offense occurred, unless the offense is committed by a player in his/her opponent’s goal area. In this case, the free kick shall be taken from a point anywhere within that half of the goal area in which the offense occurred. In addition, a 2-minute penalty may be assessed against the offending player at the discretion of the referee.

B. Should a player of the defending team intentionally commit one of the below offenses within his/her own penalty area, he/she shall be penalized by a penalty kick and be assessed no less than a 2 minute penalty. The scoring of the penalty kick does not allow penalized player to return, a goal outside of the penalty kick must be scored.  If any of the offenses are deemed by the referee to be of a serious nature, he/she shall caution the offender, assess a 2-minute penalty and award a free kick:

1. Kicking

2. Tripping

3. Pushing

4. Charging

5. Charging from behind

6. Striking from behind

7. Holding

8. Boarding

9. Handballs 

C. Dangerous play and obstruction (including holding onto the boards to obstruct) shall be penalized by a direct free kick.

D. No off sides rule.

E.  All free kicks, including kick-off, are considered direct kicks.

16. BLUE, YELLOW AND RED CARDS

A. Any red card (ejection) will result in a suspension (minimum of one game, longer suspension is at the discretion of the manager) along with any additional games of the same day.  Suspension for dissent is at the discretion of the referee.

B. A team receives a 1-point deduction for each red card received.

C. Fighting WILL NOT be tolerated anywhere on the premises. Any fighting on or off the field will mean a total suspension from The Soccer Center for minimum of 1 year from date of infraction. This may also include a team suspension. (There are no refunds). Admittance to future league play will be at the management’s discretion.

D. If altercation takes place on field, any player or coach entering the field and participating in altercation will be ejected from the game. Any spectator entering the field to participate in altercation will be ejected from facility. Police will be called if altercation continues on or off field to ensure safety of everyone.

E. Blue card is 2 minutes for offending player and they must leave field. If the other team scores, the penalized team can bring out the penalized player or substitute for a full side.  The only exception to this is if a penalty kick is scored at the time of the infraction.

F. Yellow card is 4 minutes for the offending player and they must leave field. If during the last 2 minutes of the 4 minute penalty the other team scores a goal the penalized team can bring out the penalized player or substitute for a full side.

G. Red card is 5 minutes for the offending player's team.  If during the last 2 minutes of the 5 minute penalty the other team scores a goal the penalized team can bring on a player for a full side.

F. Players who in an attempt to clear the ball intentionally (in referee’s opinion) uses excessive force that causes the ball to hit the ceiling and go above the insulation, hits another player or hits any equipment can be given a 2-minute penalty that will be served by the offending player.

17. CORNER KICK

When the ball is last played by a defender and goes out of bounds in the prescribed area (between the corner spots) the ball shall be put in play by the attacking team by a kick from the corner spot nearest to where the ball went out of play. The kick may only be taken after the ball is placed on the spot.

18. LAWS OF THE GAME

For all rules, descriptions, definitions and interpretations not specifically covered in these rules, please consult the USSF Laws of the Game and the MASL Rules of the Game.

https://ussoccer.app.box.com/s/xx3byxqgodqtl1h15865/file/296741999141

https://majorarenasoccerleague.app.box.com/s/jzxznoguq9feaym6wns6qdkar5cloeku

19. PLAYERS' EQUIPMENT

A. Shoes with molded or removable studs are not permitted. “Turf Shoes” are allowed.

B. Shoes worn during the game must be cleaned of mud/dirt before entrance to the field will be allowed.

C. All jerseys on a team must be similar in color or agreed upon by both teams prior to start of the game.

D. Goalkeepers must wear colors which distinguish them from players of both teams, unless agreed upon by both teams. Goalie pants or sweats, long sleeved jerseys, knee and elbow pads, and gloves are strongly recommended for all goalkeepers.

E. Knee pads are recommended for younger goal keepers.

F. No apparel that may be dangerous to another player may be worn. Note: plaster casts may be approved by the referees, if properly wrapped and cushioned. It is up to the decision of parents, coaches, referees, and soccer management to give joint approval. Any infringement of this rule will result in the player being sent off the field to make adjustments and shall not return without first reporting to the referee. A 2-minute penalty shall be assessed to the offender who reenters the game having failed to carry out the equipment adjustment as ordered.

G. Shoes must be worn at all times while on the premises.

H. All soccer players must wear shin guards, no exceptions.  A player not wearing shin guards while playing will be given a 2-minute penalty.  The wearing of pants does not remove the requirement of shin guards.  At the discretion of the referee, he/she may issue a verbal warning that shin guards are required.

I. Each team must provide their own warm up balls

20.  Additional Coed League Rules

A. “Live” Ball

1. The ball is considered “Live” when a Female player touches the ball on the attacking half.

2.  Male players may not score until the ball becomes “Live”.  In the event a male player kicks the ball in the opposing goal and the ball is not “Live”, a goal kick is awarded to the opposing team.  If a team kicks the ball in their own goal and the ball is not “Live”, a goal will be awarded to the opposing team. 

3.  The ball stops being "Live" when it goes out of bounds, crosses over the half line or when the goalie has possession of the ball in his/her hands (a deflection/save from the goalie does not count).

4. An own goal will not be awarded if the ball is deflected off the GK when the ball is not live.  An own goal will be awarded if the GK intentionally plays the ball and then enters his/her own goal when the ball is not live.

B. CORNER KICK / FREE KICK ON ATTACKING HALF

1. If a free kick is awarded on the attacking half of the field for any reason any player may take the kick and the ball is considered “Live” as soon as a Female player touches the ball.

2. Any penalty kick will need to be taken by a woman and ball becomes “Live” as soon as a Female player touches the ball and if shot is blocked by goalie or goes wide of the goal a Male player is able to shoot and score.

C. 2' GOAL SCORING LINE

 

1. In the event of a Female Goalie; Men may only score goals on shots by feet only in the lowest two foot (2’) area of the opponent’s goal, area is marked by a black indicator line on each side of the goal box.

2. The majority of the ball must be at or below the 2’ indicator line. Determination of a goal will be at the perspective of the referee.

3. Exceptions:  1. The ball bounces or otherwise hits the ground prior to entering the goal. 2. Shots propelled or redirected by a male player’s head or upper torso, leg other than the foot. 3. 

21. Relegation and Promotion

A.  For leagues with more then one division, relegation and promotion will be applied after championship game.

1.  Relegation- Bottom two teams of the division will be moved down one division.  

2. Promotion- Top two teams, prior to championship game, of the division will be moved up one division.

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