Rules and Regulations Greenfield Arena Leagues
HOUSE RULES OF THE GAME:
No chewing gum or spitting on the field!!! If one does, that person will get a yellow card. No Children inside the field space or player boxes during time of play.
Shin guards are required for play in GreenField Arena leagues. All teams must wear same colored jerseys (or shirts) with numbers. Shoes with cleats must be soccer shoes. Football shoes or other shoes with a front cleat are not permitted. All teams should bring a game ball to play with.
Each game will consist of two 23 (adult) or 20 (youth) minute halves with a running clock. Halftime is 3-5 minutes long. The clock may be stopped for injuries and other situations under the discretion of the referee. If the referee determines that a team is intentionally delaying the game, he/she may stop the clock and/or award a free kick to the other team. However, facility time requirements will sometimes dictate that shortened halves and/or a constantly running clock be used.
Kickoffs are taken from the center spot and may be kicked directly backwards. A player other than the one who takes the kickoff (from either team) must touch the ball before the kicker can touch it a second time. A violation of this rule will result in a re-kick. Kickoffs are direct kicks and a goal can be scored directly.
Any player, coach, or manager ejected from the game must leave the playing area and its immediate surrounding areas.
Any coach or manager receiving a combined total of 2 red cards during one session can be suspended for the remainder of that session.
Any violent action, verbal or physical abuse towards a referee, coach, player or spectator can result suspension from Greenfield Indoor Soccer Arena.
TWO MINUTE PENALTY (Yellow Card)
If, in the referee's judgment, a player exhibits particularly dangerous or aggressive behavior, or repeatedly commits fouls that threaten the safety of other players (persistent infringement), that player may be given a yellow card and a two minute penalty. A yellow card for anything is an automatic 2 minute penalty for the player shown the card except the goalkeeper. Another field player may serve the 2 minute penalty on behalf of the keeper. During this penalty, his/her team will play one player short. If a goal is scored against the short-handed team during the penalty, the penalty is over and the penalized player may return to the game. If a two minute penalty is called against the same amount of players on both teams at the same time, each team may replace the penalized players for at least two minutes and play at full strength.
FIVE MINUTE PENALTY (Red Card)
If in the event of a second yellow card to the same player or a serious penalty or offense, deemed so by the referee, that player will be red carded and the team is given a five minute penalty. During this penalty, his/her team will play one player short for 5 minutes. If a goal is scored against the short-handed team during the penalty, the penalty will continue until the 5 minutes get completed. The player who receives a red card is out for the remainder of the game and is automatically out for his/her team's next game. Extended suspensions are possible for fighting or severe conduct as well. If a five minute penalty is called against the same amount of players on both teams at the same time, each team may replace the penalized players and play at full strength.
RED CARD SUSPENSION:
There is no tolerance for fighting. If you are involved in a fight you will be suspended permanently from GreenField Arena.
Any player under the influence of alcohol or any illegal substances cannot play.
“See table of suspension in the last page of the rules book”.
Fighting will absolutely not be tolerated. Any player who instigates/participates in fighting or aggressive behavior will be removed from the game with no warning and will miss at least the remainder of that game and the next game. Additional game suspensions will be enforced by the GreenField Arena management.
FOULS - PENALTIES
A foul may be called and a direct free kick may be awarded when a player commits or attempts to commit any of the following:
- Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent
- Trips or attempts to trip an opponent
- Jumps at an opponent
- Charges an opponent
- Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent
- Pushes an opponent
- Tackles an opponent to gain possession of the ball, making contact with the opponent before touching the ball
- Holds an opponent
- Spits at an opponent
- Handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)
- The goalkeeper takes more than six seconds while controlling the ball with his hands, before releasing it from his possession (restart from top of the arc)
- The goalkeeper touches the ball again with his hands after it has been released from his possession and has not touched any other player or left the penalty area (restart from top of the arc)
- The goalkeeper touches the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a teammate (restart from top of the arc)
- Plays in a dangerous manner (includes high kick)
- Impedes the progress of an opponent
- Prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands
- Slide tackling an opponent
- Checking along the wall
- Excessive use of hands on the wall
- When the free kick is taken, the penalized team shall give the kicker at least 5 yards clearance. If the spot of the infraction is within 5 steps of the goal, the penalized team may stand on the goal line. Players may not step directly (within about 3 yards) in front of the ball to prevent a team from taking a free kick. Doing so may result in a yellow card. However, a full 5 yards does not have to be granted unless the team taking the kick asks the referee for it. By asking the ref to walk off 5 paces, the kicking team must wait for the whistle to put the ball in play.
SLIDE TACKLE CLARIFICATION
Slide tackles by field players ARE NOT ALLOWED. However, a player may touch a knee to the ground in an attempt to block a shot/pass, as long as it is a controlled movement and he/she immediately returns to a standing position. Repeated slide tackles may result in a yellow or red card. Goalkeepers may slide tackle within their own penalty area only.
There is no offsides.
All kicks (free kicks, corner kicks, goal kicks, kickoffs, kick-ins) are direct. However non-penal fouls that occur within the penalty area will bring the ball out to the top of the box for a direct kick (not a penalty kick).
OBVIOUS SCORING OPPORTUNITY
If a player commits a foul to take away an obvious scoring opportunity, the player should be cautioned or sent off. If in the opinion of the referee that the foul was not intentional, he may yellow card the player. If a player commits an intentional foul to prevent an obvious goal scoring opportunity he may be sent off.
At the end of the regular season teams will be seeded for a single elimination tournament. During the season, wins are worth 3 points, ties are worth 1 point, and a loss is 0 points. Teams with the same amount of points are separated by the following criteria:
- Goal differential
- Goals against- Goals for
- Most winning games
- If there is a tie involving 3 or more teams and one of them has a forfeit, that team loses the tiebreaker and the tie breaking criteria starts over with head to head result for the remaining two (or more) teams.
During the regular season, tie games will stand. In the playoffs, games that end in a tie will NOT PLAY AN OVERTIME PERIOD. Instead, games will go into a shootout.
DEFINE A WINNER AFTER A TIE GAME:
Each team will choose 3 players (minimum 1 female for coed leagues) to shoot in the first round. Any player is eligible to participate in the shootout regardless of whether they were on the field at the end of the game or not. Teams will take turns shooting. At the end of the first 3 shooters, the team with the most goals wins. If the score is tied after 3 shooters, the shootout turns into sudden death. There is no guy/girl requirement at this point. Once a team is done using all of their players, both teams may start over and use players for a second time.
- Teams must show up no later than five minutes after the games scheduled start time.
- Time will start running at the scheduled time.
- Forfeits are recorded as 4-0 game.
- If your team forfeits a match during the season, the following rules apply:
- First Offense:game recorded as loss and warning issued.
- Second Offense:game recorded as loss and GreenField Arena management reserves the right to remove team from league and playoffs with no refund for games not played.
- Third Offense:Removal from the league and playoffs with no refund for games not played.
If you know in advance that your team is going to forfeit a game, we encourage you to call our office at (901) 474-3544 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 48 hours before the game, so we can let your opponent know. However, this does not mean that your team will not receive the loss as a forfeit.
All protests must be within 30 minutes of the game, in writing, to the Greenfield Arena Indoor Management along with $50.00 (refundable if protest is upheld). No protest will be allowed on judgment calls of the referees’ decisions. Decisions by Greenfield Arena management are final.
FIFA rules are used in the instance that a specific law is not listed. Any specified rules listed herein supersede the FIFA laws of the game.
MINIMUM NUMBER OF PLAYERS
For coed leagues, each team shall field 6 players, with a minimum of 2 females. If a team does not have 2 females, it may play with 1 female and 4 males. The minimum number of players needed to play a game is 4 (minimum 1 female). Men’s teams may play with a minimum of 4 players for an official game.
Teams may substitute "on the fly" at any point during the game. A player entering the game may not step onto the field until the player he/she is replacing is IMMEDIATELY in front of them and away from the ball. Players must enter and exit from their own bench only.
OUT OF BOUNDS - BALL IN PLAY
When the ball leaves the field of play by hitting the net, a kick-in is awarded to the other team. The ball must be kicked in at the point that the ball left the field no further than 1 yard from the boards. Corner kicks are taken at the corner of the field that was closest to where the ball left the field (there is a white dot to designate the restart spot). Goal kicks may be taken from anywhere in a team’s own penalty area and must leave the area completely before touching another player.If the ball touches the top net, a direct free kick is awarded at the spot directly below where it hit. If the ball hits the ceiling inside the attacking 1/3 for either team (inside the yellow lines), the ball is brought back to the first yellow line and should be restarted at the white dot.
When the goalkeeper is throwing the ball, the ball may not travel forward completely over the defending team's yellow line and the opponent's yellow line in the air without touching another player from either team, the ceiling, or the walls. This rule only includes throws by the goalkeeper. A direct free kick is awarded for a "three lines" call and should be placed in the middle of the offending team's yellow line. Players may pass the ball backwards over three lines without penalty.
Goalies may not pick up a pass directly passed to them by a teammate from outside the yellow line. Deflections and passes not intended (in the opinion of the referee) for the goalkeeper by the same team may be picked up. Goalkeepers have a maximum of 6 seconds to release the ball from their hands. Once the ball is released from the goalkeeper’s hands the ball must leave the penalty area and touch at least one other player before the keeper may pick it up again. The restart for either of the above infractions results in a direct kick at the top of the arc. Defenders may be inside the penalty area as long as they are 5 yards away from the ball.Goalkeepers are the only player that may slide tackle (within their own penalty area only).
A penalty kick is awarded for any penal foul (infractions involving a goalie illegally using his/her hands in his/her penalty area or for taking more than 6 seconds or other non-penal fouls are not included) in the penalty area. All players besides the goalkeeper must stand behind the ball and may not enter the penalty area until the ball is touched. A missed penalty shot is a live ball.
Accumulative 6 fouls per team will result in a shoot out for the opposing team, teams fouls are clear to zero after each shootout. There is no limit to the number of shootout per game. For a Shootout:
- Any player may take the Shootout
- All players of the attacking team stand behind the Halfway Line and outside of the center circle.
- Players of the defending team stand behind the Halfway Line and inside of the center circle
- The ball is placed at the Restart Mark nearer the attacking Goal
- The Goalkeeper has at least one foot on his Goal Line and may not move off of it until after the Referee whistles the Shootout to begin
- Once the Referee whistles the Shootout to begin, the ball is "in play" and the player taking the Shootout plays the ball. The player only has 6 seconds to shoot the ball after the whistles.
- If the ball is shoot after the 6 seconds the referee will stop the play and will call free kick on favor of the opponent team.
COED EXTRA RULES
- At all times, players must maintain physical control of their own body. There is no sliding allowed. Play with caution and concern for the physical safety of others.
- No shooting allowed outside the yellow line.
- No shooting with another player directly in front of you, unless on a free kick where players are to be at least 5 steps from the ball.
- Players defending free kicks must be at least 5 steps from the ball and may not move until ball is touched.
Goal keeping rules:
- No punting
- Ball can be played from the ground (drop kick is acceptable), but once the ball hits the ground, it is in play. Ball can also be thrown into play, but cannot cross 3 lines.
- Team can play back to goalkeeper’s hands IF that team has possession of the ball behind the yellow line unless that team carried the ball over the yellow line into their defensive area and then played back to the goal keeper.
- Normal play is 4 men 2 women on the field. If a team is short players, that team may play with no less than 4 players. Those 4 players can be all men, or of course, any combination of men and women players. No more than 4 men can play at one time.
- At all times, players must show respect for the referee’s position and decisions. Although a player may express disagreement with the referee’s decision, the referee is not required to explain his/her position and at his/her discretion may issue yellow cards to unruly or disrespectful players. Players may appeal referee decisions after the match in writing to Greenfield Management (email@example.com). Management will review the Match report and video recording as well as the player feedback to make a ruling.
- General Greenfield Indoor Soccer Rules are available at front desk or at
www.greenfieldarena.com. These rules are in addition to the General Rules and are specifically set forth for the Coed league.
- A player’s initial failure to follow rules will result in a warning from the referee. A player’s second failure to follow the rules will result in a yellow card and 2 minutes in the penalty box. Three fouls in one match equals a yellow card. Three yellow cards in one match equals a red card. All red cards will result in at least a 1-match suspension. Additional penalty may apply depending on the severity of the case.
TABLE OF PENALTIES
Accumulation of 3 yellow cards
Expulsion for dangerous play
Expulsion for dangerous play with intent
2 to 4 games
Expulsion for violent play with intent
3 to 5 games
Expulsion for aggressive physical threats (ex. Pushing, or other aggression after the whistle)
5 to 8 games
Expulsion for aggressive physical actions (ex. Punching, kicking), starting or responding
3 to 5 months
Expulsion for insulting or mistreating a referee, player, or facility employee
3 to 10 games
Expulsion for threatening a referee
Expulsion for aggressive physical actions against a referee or facility employee
2 years to forever
Expulsion for protesting referee decisions
Expulsion for spitting in reaction to referee decisions
Fighting on the field between two teams
1 year both teams
Misusing or fabricating player identification
Playing on 2 teams in the same division
Second offenses for playing on 2 teams in the same division