All players must wear shin guards that are covered by socks; numbered jersey (no taped numbers); no cleated soles; goalkeeper must wear different colored jersey; no watches or jewelry; casts and braces at the referee’s discretion.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS
U-8 & U-10 = 1 goalkeeper and 7 field players U-12 – U-18 = 1 goalkeeper and 6 field players
Men’s = 1 goalkeeper and 5 field players
Women’s & Coed = 1 goalkeeper and 6 field players
The minimum number of players required to start a game is 3 field players and 1 goalkeeper for a total of 4 players.
Major and minor infractions are penalized by a direct free kick. A time penalty can also be given depending on the severity of the foul. All dead ball free kicks are direct.
Time penalties are issued for serious fouls, delay of game, unsportsmanlike conduct, and violent fouls. Infractions are to follow USSF Indoor Playing Rules, section 12.10 (please find link below).
DELAY OF GAME
Delay of game is called when 1) a player deliberately puts the ball out of play in an attempt to delay the game 2) the defending player lines up closer than 15 feet for free kicks and encroachment is called 3) a player takes longer than 5 seconds to put a free kick in play after having been signaled to do so by the referee 4) the goalkeeper does not distribute the ball outside the box within 5 seconds of possession with either hands or feet.
A shootout is taken from the open dot between the top of the box and the red line. The goalie must have one foot on the goal line and all other players, with the exception of the shooter, must be at midfield when the whistle is blown. Once the whistle is blown to start the shootout, the ball is in play and the other players at midfield may chase down the shooter and try to stop him/her from scoring. Shootouts are awarded when, the last defender deliberately fouls an opposing team member, a foul is committed to prevent a sure goal, or for a sixth foul is committed.
RED LINE VIOLATIONS
A red line violation occurs when the ball crosses all three lines in the air without being touched by another player of either team, the net, the wall, or the referee. Change possession and a direct kick from the first crossed red line restarts the play.
When a team accumulates six fouls in a half, a shootout is awarded. Red line violations, two touch fouls, and time penalties do not count toward team fouls. A shootout will be given every sixth foul incurred in each half. Illegal substitution and bench penalties are not considered team fouls.
All players playing indoor soccer or coaches coaching at any sanctioned facility in North Texas must have valid indoor I.D. cards approved through N.T.S.S.A. office in Frisco (972)323-1323. Cards are valid for one year from August 31st – August 31st the following year. Adult cards are $25 and youth cards are $18. The price of the card remains the same regardless of when it was purchased. A picture I.D. is required for all age groups U6 to adults. Soccer Spectrum will take your photo and produce the I.D. You must have a valid I.D. to play. NO CARD, NO PLAY, NO EXCEPTIONS! Players and coaches are the only people allowed in the players’ box. Should you have any questions regarding I.D. cards contact Soccer Spectrum or the N.T.S.S.A. office.
All league games are 40 minutes long with 2 twenty-minute halves. Halftime is 1 minute long. Regular season games that end in a tie are considered ties. Only in a championship game or third-place game is overtime played. Over time consists of a 3 minute sudden death period. If still tied, the game will go to a shootout. Before each game, each player must give his or her I.D. card to the referee. If a team is short the minimum number of players required to begin, they will be given a 10-minute grace period before the game is considered a forfeit. During this grace period, the game clock will be running, and in the event that the minimum number of players required arrive, the clock will not be reset. In the event of a forfeit, the teams involved will have access to the field during the scheduled game time for a scrimmage or practice.
The game clock on the scoreboard runs continuously throughout the game. Teams are to be on the field ready to play at their scheduled time. The clock will stop for injuries. The clock will be stopped for all whistles in the last 2 minutes of the second half of a championship game. In all other instances, the clock can only be stopped at the referee’s discretion.
All Soccer Spectrum referees are certified by N.T.S.S.A. for indoor soccer. The number of referees required in each age division and their compensation is as follows:
Referee Fees are including as part of your league fee
Standings are determined by wins, losses, and ties. The best overall team record determines playoff positioning. 1 v 2 for the championship, 3 v 4 for third place. In the event of a tie in records, the following tie-breaking system will be used:
A) head-to-head play B) Goals differential C) Goals for D) Goals Against
Individuals may play on as many different teams as desired provided; 1) they are on the same team roster, 2) they are not competing on two teams within the same league. In an effort to provide the most fun and competitive environment for all teams, Soccer Spectrum reserves the right, if necessary, to place teams in the appropriate division based on the level of play and /or ability of the players.
*Note Co-ed division requirements.
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