Game Rules

7v7 soccer

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  • We don’t like drama – fun is our number one priority during Footy competitions.
  • Teams must pay their fees before their second game of the season. So make sure you hit up your friends right away when signing up a team. 
  • To prevent injuries shin pads are strongly recommended.
  • A team consists of 6 outfield players and a goal keeper. You must have 5 players to start the game. 
  • Matches are two 25 minute halves with a 5 minute break between them.
  • Let’s skip cardio. Matches are played on a half-sized soccer field. 
  • With a goal area of 8m x 20m (8.7 x 21.9 yards), the keeper has more than enough space to work his magic. If lines are not included, it’s the referee who has the final say. 
  • The penalty spot is at 8m (8.7 yards) from the goal.
  • Keep your distance: players must be 7m (7.7 yards) from a free-kick.
  • Goals are typically 16 ft x 6.5 ft.
Rules

7v7 rules

Roster Information

  • Since we’re an adult soccer league, players under the age of 18 are ineligible to play in the league.
  • Teams can have a maximum of 13 players.
  • If there is a suspicion of an illegal player, the Footy staff has the right to take appropriate action. At minimum, the illegal player(s) must be removed for the duration of the match. A violation may result in the game being forfeited. Let’s not go there, okay?

 

Most important rules

  • Let’s not break each other’s arms or legs, play nice.
  • Sometimes it’s OK to follow the rules – so yeah, follow the general soccer rules unless noted here. 
  • There are no slide tackles allowed. If you slide with another player around it is punished by an indirect free kick and a yellow card.
  • Goalkeepers are the exception to this rule. They are free to slide as long as it’s not dangerous.
  • A back pass to the keeper may not be handled by the goalkeeper.
  • Speaking of the keeper, they cannot punt the ball more past the half-way line. If there’s no line, it will be the referee’s discretion. 
  • There are no throw in’s, instead we’re keeping it on the ground. Out of bounds will result in a kick. 
  • All free kicks are indirect.
  • Free kicks may be taken immediately unless the referee says otherwise.
  • There’s no offsides. So, defenders – be on your toes. 
  • Be on time: A team that is 10 minutes late begins 1-0 behind, a team that is 15 minutes late loses the game 3-0. Show up early to stretch and catch up with your team so you can avoid penalties.
  • Teams must bring a ball to the match. If you don’t have one, the opposing team will receive a goal. 
  • No one likes a one-sided game, the winning team cannot win by more than 10 goals. 
 

Man of the Match

  • The referee chooses a Man of the Match. This hero receives a coin that can be exchanged at a bar for a discount or something similar. They also receive bragging rights, which is almost better than a free drink.  
  • And that’s not all. The player that wins the most ‘Man of the Match’ awards at the end of the season, will receive a trophy and the coveted title; ‘Player of the Season’. So be sure to bring your A-game.

Discipline

  • Believe us when we say: you don’t want a yellow card. A player who receives a yellow card will be sent from the field for 3 minutes and the team must continue minus one player. Say goodbye to those beers your teammates promised to get you after the match. Ouch. 
  • Didn’t learn your lesson? A second yellow card results in a red card and the team has to play the rest of the game minus one player. Well done, bro.
  • Red cards have consequences. You’ll be suspended for one game, at a minimum, depending on the type of offense.
  • If your team really goes crazy and receives 2 red cards, the match is ceased and the game is forfeited 
  • Violence is not our thing. Punishments range from long term suspensions to permanent exclusion, depending on the offense. So, keep the brawling for your kick boxing classes.  
  • Remember that what the referee calls is final – regardless if you agree or not. Treat them with respect.
  • Any trash talking, threatening remarks, or disrespectful comments towards a Footy staff member, referee, or opponent is unacceptable. All players are responsible for their behavior and the behavior of their spectators on the sidelines. Any one found responsible for inappropriate behavior will get first get a warning. If the behavior continues, then the opposing team will be awarded a goal. If it happens a third time, the game will be forfeited and the opposing team will be given the win. 
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