|Northport Soccer Rules and Regulations
|16. Laws of the Game
All games shall be conducted under the cur rent Laws of Soccer
as recognized by the United States Soccer Federation unless
otherwise stated herein.
1601 - Law 1 - The Field of Play
field shall be laid out as shown in figure 1. For field dimensions,
see figure 1
1601.1 Center Circle
from the defending team must stay outside this circle in their
own half of the field until the ball is in play.
1601.2 Halfway Line
On a kick-off,
each team must stay in their own half of the field until the
ball is in play. A player cannot be off-side in his own half
of the field
the whole of the ball passes over these lines, while on the
ground or in the air, the ball is out of play and a throw-in
is taken by a player of the team that did not touch the ball
last. The home team (white team) will have the choice of sidelines.
Once chosen, no opposing coach, player, or spectator will
be permitted on the opposite side of the field. Spectators
shall stand no closer than two (2) yards from the sidelines.
1601.4 Goal Lines
whole ball passes over these lines, unless it is a goal, the
ball is out of play and the game is restarted by:
1. A goal-kick when the ball has last been played by an attacking
2. A corner-kick when the ball has last been played by a defending
Neither the spectators, coaches, nor the players are permitted
behind the Goal Lines during play.
1601.5 Penalty Area
It is the area in which the following offenses call for a
penalty-kick if committed intentionally by a defending player
- (a) charging opponent violently or dangerously; (b) charging
opponent from behind; (c) handling the ball; (d) striking
an opponent; (e) holding an opponent; (f) pushing an opponent;
(g) tripping an opponent; (h) kicking an opponent; (i) jumping
at an opponent; (j) spits at an opponent; (k) tackles making
contact with opponent before contacting ball.
2. Limits part of the field where the goalkeeper can handle
3. Indicates the distance the ball must travel when a goal-kick
is taken before it can be touched by another player. All opposing
players must be out-side this area when the goal-kick is being
4. Indicates area outside of which players must stand during
a penalty-kick. Only kicker and goalkeeper can be in penalty
area during the penalty-kick.
1601.6 Goal Area
is to limit the area from which a goal-kick is taken, with
exception of Shrimp Pre-K, Shrimp K, and Shrimp Divisions.
1602 - Law II - The Ball
shall play with a number three (3) ball. Shrimp-K, Shrimp, Bantam,
and Midget shall play with a number four (4) ball. Juvenile
and Senior shall play with a number five (5) ball.
1603 - Law III - Number of Players
Minimum Number of Players
Shrimp Pre-K, Shrimp-K, and Shrimp Division games may not be started
with fewer than five (5) players on each team. After the game
has started, it may not continue if either team has fewer
than five (5) players on the field. In all other Divisions,
a game may not be started with fewer than seven (7) players
on each team. After the game has started, it may not continue
if a team has fewer than seven (7) players on the field. Any
team failing to field the minimum number of players at the
start of the game will forfeit the game. Each team must play
with a goalkeeper.
Shrimp Divisions - Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade
1. 7 v 7 (6 on field 1 in goal per team)*
Bantam Divisions - 3rd Grade
1. 9 v 9 (8 on field 1 in goal per team)*
Midget Divisions - 4th and 5th Grade
1. 9 v 9 (8 on field 1 in goal per team)*
Juvenille Divisions - 6th, 7th and 8th Grade
1. 10 v 10 (9 on field 1 in goal per team)*
Senior (Co-Ed) Divisions
1. 11 v 11 (10 on field 1 in goal per team)
2. Ratio of male to female players permitted each season on
the field will be determined by the Executive Board.
*If need be an addendum will be issued to coaches if the number of players on the field need to be adjusted as determined by the Executive Board, due to registration numbers.
are allowed at any time during stoppage of play at the discretion
of the referee. A player ordered from the field (REDCARDED)
by the referee cannot be substituted. The Coach MUST have
the referee's approval before a substitution is made.
1604 - Law IV - Players' Equipment
league jersey, black shorts, solid red socks, and
shin guards must be worn by each player. The shin guards must
be fully covered by the socks. Failure to wear the approved
uniform will result in ejection until the equipment is corrected.
Goalies must wear an approved helmet, a shirt which will distinguish
him/her from the other players and the referee, and may wear
long pants. Soccer shoes are recommended; street shoes will
not be allowed, although sneakers are permitted. Long pants
may be worn in cold weather with black shorts worn over the
A player may NOT wear anything which is dangerous to himself/herself
or another player (including, but not limited to, any kind
of jewelry or a hard cast).
1605 - Law V - The Referee
referee will be used per game. The referee is in complete
control of the game and respective teams, coaches, spectators
from his/her arrival at the field, throughout the game and
until his/her departure from the field. All decisions made
by the referee are final. The referee must call the Division
Chairperson with final scores of the game between 7:00 and
9:00 pm within 48 hours after played. All referees must mail
the "Team Evaluation Cards" to Evaluation Chairperson. Failure
to comply will result in loss of pay for the specific game.
1606 - Law VI - The Assistant Referee / "Club" Linesman (Parent)
|Two (2) ADULT
linesmen will be used per game. Each team is responsible for
providing one (1) linesman each. The Assistant Referee or "Club"
Linesman is responsible for awarding throw-ins, corner-kicks,
and goal-kicks. The decision of the linesman may be overruled
by the referee.
1607 - Law VII - Duration of the Game
Practice and play on each scheduled day. The teams shall
practice for 25 minutes and then play a game made up of
four 6- minute quarters, 2-minute rest between quarters,
5-minute rest at half time.
Four 7-minute quarters, 2-minute rest between quarters,
5-minute rest at half time.
Shrimp (1st Grade)
Four 8-minute quarters, 2-minute rest between quarter,
5-minute rest at half time.
Shrimp (2nd Grade)
Four 10-minute quarters, 2-minute rest between quarter,
5-minute rest at half time.
Four 12-minute quarters, 2 minute rest between quarters,
5 minute rest at half time.
Two 25-minute halves,5 minute rest at half time.
Two 30-minute halves, 5 minute rest at half time.
Two 35-minute halves, 5 minute rest at half time.
Official playing time is kept by the referees. Running time
will not be grounds for a protest providing both halves are
equal. Allowance may be made in total time to account for
injuries, deliberate delays in play by a team, or for any
other reason the referee feels it is warranted.
1608 - Law VIII - The Start of Play
|Up to seventeen
(17) players will be assigned to each team except Shrimp Division
teams which will be limited to thirteen (13) players and Senior
co-ed teams to be determined by the Board according to enrollment.
1608.1 Starting Time
start promptly. Teams more than five (5) minutes late will forfeit.
It is recommended that teams be at the field one-half hour before
the flip of the coin decides which goal it will attack in the
first half of the match. The other team takes the kick-off to
start the match. All defensive players must be outside the center
circle in their own half of the field before the ball is kicked.
The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves forward. Incorrect
kick-off's must be replayed. Teams switch goals each half. Ball
possession changes at the start of each period. A goal may be
scored directly on a kick-off.
is put back in play after an unexpected stoppage of play by
a drop-ball. In an injury, the ball is dropped where play is
stopped, not where the injury occurs. It is also used after
a double foul or the ball going out off a member of both teams
simultaneously. The ball is dropped between a member of each
team and has to hit the ground before it can be kicked. A goal
can be scored from this kick. There is no off-side on a drop-ball.
1609 Law IX - Ball In and Out of Play
is out of play when it has completely crossed the goal line
or touch-line or the game has been stopped by the referee.
The ball is in play at all other times including if it rebounds
from any part of the goal-post into the field. If it rebounds
off the referee while he/she is on the field or in the event
of a violation of the Rule until a decision is given by the
1610 Law X - Method of Scoring
|A goal is
scored when the entire ball has passed over the goal-line between
the goal-posts and under the crossbar.
1610.1 Excessive Scoring
strongly discourages "running-up" of a score during any game.
If one team is winning by a goal differential of four, the
coach of that team is directed to take the necessary action
to prevent the goal differential from increasing. If a team
scores another goal, that goal will be disallowed and a direct
penalty kick will be awarded against the team in violation
of the scoring rule. The penalty and direct kick will
continue with each differential greater than 4 goals.
VIOLATION OF THIS RULE BY EITHER COACH MAY RESULT IN FORFEITURE
OF THE GAME AND/OR REMOVAL OF THE COACH.
1611 Law XI - Off-Side
player is in an off-side position when he/she is nearer his
opponent's goal-line than both the ball and the second last
opponent the moment the ball is played unless (a) he/she is
in his/her own half of the field of play; (b) he/she is level
with the second last opponent; (c) he/she is level with the
last two opponents; (d) he/she receives the ball direct from
goal-kick, a corner-kick, a throw-in or when it was dropped
by the referee. A player in an off-side position shall be
penalized only if, in the opinion of the referee, he/she is
interfering with the play or with an opponent, or is seeking
to gain an advantage by being in an off-side position. For
a violation of the rule, an indirect free-kick shall be taken
by a player of the opposing team from the place where the
Law XI is a simple law. Please do not complicate it.
Law XII - Fouls and Misconducts
is called and an indirect free-kick awarded any time a player:
1. Displays unsportsmanlike conduct;
2. Repeatedly breaks the rules;
3. Shows displeasure with any decision, either by words or
4. Enters the field after the game has begun or resumed without
signaling the referee and receiving permission;
5. Delays the restart of the play;
6. Fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted;
7. Deliberately leaves the field of play without the referee's
Cautions are signified by the referee holding up a yellow
card. Any player receiving two yellow cards is sent-off for
balance of game. Players sent-off may not be substituted.
is ejected or "sent-off" by the referee when he/she:
1. is guilty of serious foul play;
2. is guilty of violent conduct;
3. spits at an opponent or any other person;
4. denies an opponent a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity
by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to
a goalkeeper within his own penalty area);
5. denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent
moving towards the player's goal by an offense punishable
by a free-kick or a penalty-kick;
6. uses offensive, insulting or abusive language;
7. receives a second caution in the same match.
Any player receiving a red card is sent-off for the balance
of that game and is prohibited from playing in the next two
(2) consecutively played games within the NYCSL schedule.
If the player is a league referee he/she is also prohibited
from refereeing their next two (2) scheduled games. A player
sent-off the field cannot be substituted. The team does not
play short in the next two (2) games.
CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS MAY BE APPLIED TO COACHES AND SPECTATORS
AS WELL AS PLAYERS. ANY PERSON RECEIVING A RED CARD MUST LEAVE
THE COMPLEX IMMEDIATELY AND CANNOT RETURN FOR TWO (2) GAMES.
AN UNSUPERVISED CHILD MAY REMAIN IN THE COMPLEX UNTIL A PARENT
OR GUARDIAN ARRIVES. THE CHILD MUST REMAIN TWENTY (20) YARDS
FROM THE FIELD.
If a referee presents a red card, the referee shall submit
a written report of the incident to the Vice President of
Personnel and to the Division Chairperson within 48 hours.
This report shall be forwarded to the Executive Board for
review. The Executive Board will then review the case for
any possible further action under Article I, Section of the
League By-Laws. The referee who issued the red card and the
recipient may be present at the hearing. The hearing is strictly
to determine further action. The red card is not revocable.
Handling the Ball
commonly called "HANDS". The hands and arms are not allowed
to be used to intentionally control the progress or impede
the flight of the ball. Whether or not the player gains an
advantage makes no difference; the intent is sole criterion.
This is a judgment call on the part of the referee. For a
violation of this rule, the opposing team shall be awarded
a direct kick from the point of infraction. Repeated violations
can be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and can lead to
Girls will be permitted to protect their chest while blocking
the ball. This shall be accomplished by placing the hands
and arms tightly against the chest just prior to and until
the playing of the ball is completed. If the hands and/or
arms are used to attempt to propel the ball, it will constitute
Goalkeeper Possession Rules
must release the ball into play within six (6) seconds of
picking it up. He/she may kick or throw the ball to another
player. After releasing the ball, the goalkeeper may not touch
the ball until it has been touched by another player. Bouncing
or tossing the ball by the goalkeeper to himself shall not
be considered putting the ball into play.
However, if the goalkeeper waits more than 6 seconds without
releasing the ball into play he/she shall be warned and/or
an indirect kick will take place as follows:
1. Divisions up to Bantam (inclusive) - the goalkeeper will
be warned for the first occurrence. An indirect free-kick
will be awarded for the second occurrence.
2. Midgets Division and up - an indirect free-kick will be
awarded on the first occurrence.
Players may not charge the goalkeeper when he/she is in possession
of the ball. Goalkeepers cannot use their hands outside the
penalty area or a direct free-kick will be awarded to the
opposing team. Shrimp Pre-K, Shrimp K, and Shrimp goalies
may carry the ball to the edge of the penalty area before
putting the ball back into play. All other goalies are allowed
to wait no more than 6 seconds before putting the ball back
THE GOALKEEPER IS NOT PERMITTED TO HANDLE THE BALL AFTER
A THROW-IN BY A TEAMMATE OR KICKED TO HIM BY A TEAMMATE.
Law XIII - Free-Kicks
1613.1 Direct Free-Kicks
free-kick is awarded to the opposing team from the spot of
any serious personal foul. These fouls include a violent or
dangerous charge, charging from behind, pushing, jumping at,
holding, striking, tripping, kicking, spitting, and handling
of the ball intentionally. No opposing player may be closer
than ten (10) yards from the ball until it has been kicked.
A goal may be scored directly from the kick without touching
another player first. A legal charge consists of bodily contact
between the side of the upper arm and shoulders of two (2)
players equally playing the ball.
which is awarded to the opposition for technical violations
of the rules. The difference between this and a direct free-kick
is that no goal can be scored directly from this kick. The
ball is put into play the same as for a direct kick, except
it must touch another player before a goal can be scored.
Players on the opposing team must be at least ten (10) yards
from the ball when it is kicked. Indirect free kicks within
the penalty area are not penalty shots. If the indirect kick
is to be taken less than ten (10) yards from the goal, opposing
players must stand on the goal line or at least ten (10) yards
from the ball.
An indirect free-kick is awarded if any of the following
offenses are committed: dangerous play, impeding the progress
of an opponent, and preventing goalkeeper from releasing the
An indirect free-kick is also awarded to the opposing team
if a goalkeeper, inside his own penalty area, commits any
of the following five offenses:
1. takes more than four (4) steps while controlling the ball
with his hands, before releasing it from his possession;
2. touches the ball again with his hands after it has been
released from his possession and has not touched any player;
3. touches the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately
kicked to him by a teammate;
4. touches the ball with his hands after it has received
it directly from a throw-in taken by a teammate;
5. wastes time.
If a free-kick is awarded to a team within its own goal area,
it may be taken from the goal area line parallel to the goal
line and nearest the infringement. The goal area for the Shrimps
is out to the edge of the penalty area.
Law XIV - Penalty-Kick
a direct free-kick from the penalty mark (8-yard for Shrimp
Division) awarded to the offense for any of the ten(10) direct
free-kick fouls by the defense inside their own penalty area.
The Goalie's feet have to be somewhere on the goal line and
no player on either team, except the kicker may be closer
than ten (10) yards from the ball. This means the other players
take positions outside the penalty area and semi-circle. The
ball is in play after it is kicked and moves forward. Whistle
starts play. A direct free-kick violation within the penalty
area is automatically a penalty-kick. A player can be in an
off-side position on a penalty-kick.
Law XV- Throw-In
entire ball passes over the sidelines, it is put back in play
by a throw-in. The throw has to occur within five (5) yards
of where the ball went out and has to be thrown-in from behind
and over the head with both hands. Both feet have to remain
on the ground. They can be dragged along the ground, but must
remain in constant contact with the ground. The ball can't be
dropped. Part of each foot must be on or outside the side-line.
There is no off-side violation on a throw-in. A goal cannot
be scored directly on a throw-in. The thrower may not touch
the ball again until it has touched another player.
1616 Law XVI- Goal-Kick
is awarded to the defensive team if the offensive team causes
the ball to go over the goal-line. The kicker cannot play
the ball a second time until it has been played or touched
by another player. The kick is taken from either side of the
goal-post and within the six (6) yards line and the ball may
not be touched by either team until it goes out of the penalty
area. If the ball doesn't clear the penalty area, the kick
is taken again. All opposing players must be outside the penalty
Shrimp Pre-K, Shrimp K, and Shrimp players shall take goal-kicks
from the edge of the penalty area. Opposing players must remain
at least ten (10) yards away. A goal may be scored directly
from a goal kick. The kicking team cannot score directly against
1617 Law XVII - Corner-Kick
the defense causes the ball to go over its own goal-line,
the offense puts the ball back into play from the corner of
the field nearest to where the ball went out. A goal may be
scored directly from a corner-kick. The kicker cannot play
the ball a second time until it has been played or touched
by another player. Players on the defending team must be at
least ten (10) yards from the ball when it is kicked.
Shrimp Pre-K, Shrimp K, and Shrimp Division players shall
take corner-kicks from the intersection of the penalty area
and the goal-line.
There is not off-side on corner kicks. A goal may be scored
directly from a corner kick. The kicking team cannotscore
directly against itself.
NO ONE IS TO TOUCH OR MOVE THE CORNER FLAG DURING A CORNER