Soccer Rules


• Must be submitted on by deadline.
• Teams have one week after the first game of the season to adjust their roster.
• Teams may have a max of 2 free agents (players not from the team’s dorm affiliation).
• Gordon-Conwell as well as Staff teams may sign up but will be ineligible for playoffs.
• Seminary students, grad students, teachers and staff members count as free agents (RDs and their spouses are an exception).
• No player can play for more than one team, even if they are in separate leagues.

• Only team captain can bring issues to the referee.
• Teams will receive a score of 1-5 (5 best, 1 worst) for their sportsmanship each game.
• A score of 2 will be reported to the staff and they will speak with the captain (a second score of 2 results in removal from the league).
• A score of 1 will be reported to the staff and Greg Scruton and the captain must meet with them in person (a 1 could result in removal from the league).
• In order to qualify for playoffs, teams must have a 4.5 sportsmanship average.
• Teams with a 4.75 or higher average at the end of the season will receive All-Hall points.

Forfeit Policy:
• Teams are allowed 2 forfeits before being removed from the league and stripped of their All-Hall points
• Please notify Rec-IM through email if you know your team will forfeit ahead of time
Playoff Eligibility:
• Players must play in half of the regular season games to be eligible for playoffs
• Make sure players sign in with their name and ID number so that it will count

• One game at a time on two basketball courts
• Extra players must stay out of bounds, out of the way of play, and the referees
• The ball is out of bounds if it crosses the outside of the blue line or hits the curtain. The front of the goal should be placed on the outside of the line except the goal by the curtain
• The goalie box goes up to an imaginary line tangent to the front of the circle; the sides are the dotted lines extended to that imaginary line (there is some leeway if it is close)


• Teams may start the game with 5 players and may have no more than 6 on the court at a time
• There are goalies. Anytime the goalie is subbed, it must be made known to the refs and opponents
• Two girls must be on the court at all times
• Each team must have a captain. The captain is responsible for addressing the referees on issues the team has during the game. Any player may call a timeout or request a substitution at any stoppage of play
• Players should wear their hall colors to distinguish teams.

• Subs must report to the official and on the next dead ball they may come in with the referee’s approval. It does not have to be their team’s possession
• Players may not sub in for the player taking a penalty kick
• Subs must result in two girls still being on the court at all times

The Game:
United States Soccer Federation rules will be observed with the following exceptions, additions, and clarifications:
• Game will begin with rock paper scissors. The winning team may choose either to:
   o Take the kickoff
   o Pick a side to defend
• Teams change sides after the 1st half
• The game consists of two 16 minute halves
• The clock will run continuously until the last 2 minutes of the game
   o From here the clock will stop on any dead ball
• Halftime will be 3 minutes
• Each team has two 1-minute timeouts per game

• If the score is tied, a 5-minute overtime period will be played, first goal wins, sudden death/golden goal rules
• Teams will get one timeout each and they do not carry over from regular game play
• If the score is tied after one overtime, the game will be a tie. When it is the playoffs, overtime is played until 5 minutes before the next game, at this point go into penalty kicks from the farthest edge of the circle nearest the goal. Best out of 5 kicks or next goal wins if tied after 5.

• Each goal is 1 point
• Teams must be in the blue half-court line or up to score. They may not score from their defending half
• Teams may keep track of stats (goals, assists, and saves) on the game sheet provided by the refs


• When the ref signals with a whistle, kickoff shall initiate play at the start of each half and after goals
• All players must start on their half of the court to begin a kickoff
• Opponents must start 5 yards away from the ball when it has not been kicked yet
• After the kickoff, anyone may take the 2nd touch on the ball except the player who initially kicked it

Ball in and out of play:

• The ball is out of play when it completely crosses over the blue outline of the court or goes off the bleachers/curtain
• The ball is in play:
   o When it touches an official in the field of play
   o Until the whistle sounds
   o After a free kick or kickoff
   o When the drop ball touches the ground
   o If the player touching the ball is out of bounds but the ball is not over the line


• Touch-ins occur when the ball has gone out of bounds
• The ball is placed where it went out of bounds and the team that did not kick it out of bounds will pass it in by foot

Drop Ball:
• A drop ball occurs:

  • If the ball is deflated
  • Following suspension of play for injury or unusual circumstance and no team had clear possession
  • When there are simultaneous fouls by two opposing players to the same degree

• The spot of the drop ball is where the dead ball occurred, 5 yards in bounds if the ball went out of play or on the goalie box line tangent to the circle if the dead ball occurred in the box
• The ball is dropped by an official from the waist level to the ground between two opposing players. Other plays may stand wherever as long as they do not interfere with play
• The ball must touch the ground before it is played

• Goals may be scored during play directly from a:

  • Direct free kick
  • Penalty kick Drop ball

• Goals may not be scored during play directly from a/an:

  • Kickoff
  • Indirect free kick
  • Touch-ins
  • Free kick for an own goal


• Players may not kick, strike, trip, or jump at an opponent—penalty is a direct free kick
• Penalization for handling, carrying, or striking the ball with a hand or arm—penalty is a direct free kick
• Player may not hold, push, or place a hand on an opponent—penalty is a direct free kick
• A player may not charge an opponent in a dangerous or reckless manner—penalty is a direct free kick
• Obstruction of player not in possession and not attempting to play the ball—penalty is indirect free kick
• Yellow card may be given for:

  • Entering or leaving without permission
  • Persistent infringement of the rules
  • Objecting to an official
  • Vulgar or profane language
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct (delays, holding clothes, deliberate verbal, or physical fouls)—penalty here is an indirect free kick

• A player will be disqualified with a red card for:

  • Violent or serious fouls
  • Using foul or abusive language
  • Joining in a fight or argument they were not initially involved in

Two yellow cards or one red card will disqualify a player from the next game. Two red cards in a season disqualifies that player from playing the rest of the season and playoffs.