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MRFC Spring 2021 Recreational Leagues

FIFA Rules of the Game will be applied except where modified as follows:

  • 7 v 7 - including goalkeepers

  • Game Duration – 2 x 25 min halves, 5 min break

  • Build out line / Off-side line will be used (equidistant from Penalty Area to Halfway line)

    • Goal Keepers will not “punt” or ‘drop kick’ the ball. They may distribute via throw, pass or roll on the ground after opponents retreat behind the build out line.  If they choose to play prior to players retreating behind the line there is no infraction of the rule. After the ball is put into play, the opposing team can then cross the build out line and play can resume as normal. Goal Kicks require players to retreat behind the build out line prior to the kick being taken.
      Note:  The ball is “in play” once it is kicked. If the opposition team crosses the build out line prior to this the kick is retaken.
      Off-sides will be called.  The build out line will be used in determination of off-sides vs using the center line. Players between centerline and build out line are not to be considered as off-side.

  • Direct free kicks will be called except penalty kicks

  • No intentional heading (indirect free kick if determined to be intentional)

  • Goal sizes- 6.5’ x 18.5’ (6’ x 18’ allowed)

  • Ball is size 4

  • See generic rules including substitution below
     

  • Note: Build out line is equidistant from Half to Penalty

 

2009/2010

FIFA Rules of the Game will be applied except where modified as follows:

  • 9 v 9 - including goalkeepers

  • Game Duration – 2 x 30 min halves, 5 min break

  • Direct free kicks will be called

  • Goal sizes - 6.5’ x 18.5’ (6’ x 18’ allowed)

  • Ball is size 4

  • See generic rules including substitution below

 

 

2008 and older

FIFA Rules of the Game will be applied except where modified as follows:

  • 11v11 - including goalkeepers

  • Game Duration – 2 x 40 min halves, 5 min break

  • Direct free kicks will be called

  • Goal sizes - 8’ x 24’

  • Ball is size 5

  • See generic rules including substitution below

 

 

Generic Rules

Substitutions

  1. Substitutions may be made, with consent of the referee:

    1. Prior to a throw-in; by either team

    2. Prior to a goal kick, by either team;

    3. After a goal, by either team;

    4. After an injury, when the referee stops play, by either team;

    5. At half time;

    6. When the referee stops play to caution a player, only the cautioned player may be substituted, prior to the restart of the game.

  2. The number of substitutes shall be unlimited. Each player should play a minimum of 50% of the total playing time. Substitutions will be allowed in order to give an opportunity for all players to get equal playing time and to balance rather than to run up the score.

 

Player Equipment

  1. ALL PLAYERS SHALL WEAR SHINGUARDS. Socks must be worn up and over the shin guards.
     

  2. All players shall be in uniform to play. A minimum “official” uniform is a shirt. Goalkeepers shall wear shirt/vest colors that distinguish them from field players.
     

  3. Standard approved soccer shoes or gym shoes must be worn by all players.
     

  4. A player shall not wear anything that may be dangerous to other players or to themselves.
     

  5. A player may wear extra protective clothing against the cold, including gloves without dangerous, protruding or hard objects, provided that:

    The proper team uniform is worn outermost; and any hat should be without peak, bill or dangling or protruding object of any kind; however, the goalkeeper may wear a soft-billed hat; and Referee discretion may be used to determine if an item of protective clothing is considered to go beyond the purpose of providing a means of retaining body heat.

     

  6. A player wearing a cast or splint may be permitted to play with doctor’s note approving and the cast or splint is completely covered by a thick layer of soft material.
     

  7. No player shall be allowed to play with an injury or a known medical condition, which can be aggravated by playing.
     

  8. Protective orthopedic devices, prosthetic devices and any equipment, gear, appliance or apparatus that is protective for a known medical condition may be provided that:

    The equipment, gear, device appliance or apparatus has been approved by a licensed physician, prosthetics, therapist or other practitioner trained or licensed to prescribe, design, select and/or fit such devices; A letter is on file with home club officials and team coach from a licensed physician, prosthetics, therapist or other practitioner trained or licensed to prescribe, design, select and/or fit such devices, stating

  1. that he or she is licensed to prescribe, design, select and/or fit such devices; that the device is properly fitted; and

  2. that the device is suitable for use in youth soccer competition; and the referee determines that the device conforms to Law 4 of the Laws of the Game.

Officiating for RecPlus League
The home team will be responsible for providing referees. In the event that a referee is not present, both coaches will mutually agree upon one. If one cannot be agreed upon, each coach will referee one-half.  Assistant Referees may be used whenever possible to assist the referee.

Charging the Goalkeeper
No player shall make physical contact with the goalkeeper, harass the goalkeeper or attempt to play the ball once the goalkeeper has control of the ball in any manner and to any degree whatsoever.
Note: Also included in “having control of the ball” is the goalkeeper holding the ball on the ground with one or both hands. 

Coaching

  1. The coach is responsible for his own behavior as well as that of his players and spectators. Discuss what you expect of parents during games. Remember this is just for fun.
     

  2. Every player must play in each game at least 50% of the playing time unless they are not able to play due to illness or injury.
     

  3. Coaching must be done in a civil manner and the tone of voice will be informational and encouraging, not demanding or critical.
     

  4. The home will supply a game ball, properly inflated before the game starts.
     

  5. The home team Head Coach is responsible for field preparation (check with your club officials).

Lance Williams

Recreational Director