Co-rec Indoor Soccer Rules



Each team consists of 3 men and 3 women on the field with a goalie of either gender. To start a game, the team must have 5 members present ÷ a minimum of 2 females and 2 males with a goalie. If the team drops below 5 on the field for any reason, the game shall be terminated.


At least one official will be present for each game, and should be supplied from a team not playing on the field. Officials will stop the game for any rule violation. If a player is removed from the game for improper conduct, they may not be replaced. Only the captain may approach the official and question a call.


Substituting may occur during a teamÔs throw/kick-in, on either teamÔs goal kick, and after a goal is scored. A female must be replaced by a female, and so on; except the goalie may be replaced by either sex. Substitutes will need to go to the middle line and wait to be waved on the field by the official. Penalty: Yellow card and sub must leave the field of play. During an injury, both teams may sub only if the injured player is removed. Any player may change places with the goalkeeper, provided that the officials are informed before the change is made and the change is made during a stoppage in play. Penalty: Yellow card.

Duration of Game

Duration of the game shall be two equal halves of 18 minutes. Halftime shall not exceed 3 minutes. The addition of time will be at the discretion of the officials. Time shall be extended to permit the taking if a penalty kick awarded before the sounding of the final whistle to end each half. A game shall become official at the completion of the first half.

Start and Restart of Play

Before play begins, a coin is tossed and the team that wins the toss will have the choice of kicking off or deciding which goal to defend. The second half of play will begin with a kickoff by the team that did not kickoff to start the game. After the referee has given a signal, the game shall be started. The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves forward. If the ball is not properly touched, the ball will again be placed on the kickoff mark the kickoff retaken. A dropped ball is a way of restarting the match after a temporary stoppage. Play may also be restarted with an indirect free kick if in the opinion of the Officials one team had clear possession of the ball when stoppage occurred.

Ball In and Out of Play

1. The ball is out of play when:

a. It has completely crossed the goal line or touch line whether on the ground or in the air

b. The official sounds his/her whistle

2. The ball is in play at all other times, including when:

a. It rebounds from a goalpost, crossbar, or corner flag post and remains in the field of play

b. It rebounds off either official when they are on the field of play

3. There will be no whistle to restart play except:

a. When a team asks the official for 10 yards

b. When a play had been stopped to caution of eject a player

c. For a penalty kick

d. When a goal is scored

Method of Scoring

A goal is scored when the whole ball has passed over the goal line, between the goal posts and under the crossbar, provided that no infringement of the rules has been committed previously by the team scoring the goal, the goal shall not be allowed.

a. A goal may be scored directly from a goal kick, but only against the opposing team

b. A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick, but only against the opposing team

c. A goal may be scored if a goal keeper throws, punts, or dropkicks a ball into either goal

During Co-rec ONLY ÷ a goal scored by a man is 1points, but a goal scored by a woman is 2 points. The last offensive person to touch the ball will be credited with the score. The mercy rule will apply if a team is ahead by 5 or more goals with 2 minutes remaining to end the game.

Fouls and Misconduct ÷ FREE KICKS

1. Free kicks shall be classified under two types:

a. DIRECT ÷ from which a goal can be scored directly against the offending side. All direct kicks awarded in the penalty area must merit a penalty kick

b. INDIRECT ÷ from which a goal cannot be scored unless the ball has been touched by a player other than the kicker before passing into the goal

2. Offenses for which a DIRECT kick shall be taken:

a. Kicking or attempting to kick an opponent

b. Tripping or attempting to trip and opponent

c. Jumping at an opponent

d. Charging an opponent (a fair charge is one in which a player makes non-violent shoulder to shoulder contact with an opponent, with the arms and elbows close to their own body, at least one foot is on the ground, and the ball within playing distance.)

e. Striking of attempting to strike an opponent

f. Pushing an opponent

g. Holding an opponent

h. Spitting at an opponent

i. Slide tackling an opponent

j. Intentionally handing, carrying, striking, or propelling the ball with a hand or arm

k. Using foul and abusive language towards ANYONE involved in the game

l. Handling by the goalkeeper outside the penalty area

3. Offenses for which an INDIRECT kick shall be given are:

a. Playing the ball a second time before it has been touched by another player at the kick-off, a throw-in/kick-in, a drop kick, a free kick, a corner kick, or a goal kick

b. Obstructing the progress of an opponent

c. Playing in a dangerous manner

d. If the goalkeeper takes more than 6 seconds while controlling the ball with their hands before releasing it into play

e. If the goalkeeper touches the ball with their hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him or her by another teammate

f. A player prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands

g. A player commits any offense for which play is stopped to caution or dismiss a player

4. When a DIRECT OR INDIRECT free kick is being taken, all opposing players shall be at least 10 yards from the ball until it is kicked unless they are standing on their own goal line.

5. If a DIRECT OR INDIRECT free kick is kicked directly into a teamÔs own goal, a corner kick is awarded to the opposing team

6. Treat all free kicks to be taken in the goal area by the defense as a goal kick.

7. An INDIRECT kick to be taken in the goal area by the offense shall be taken from the top of the goal area line.

Fouls and Misconduct ÷ Disciplinary Sanctions

1. Yellow Card Offenses

a. Unsporting behavior

b. Dissent by word or action

c. Persistent infringement of the rules of the game

d. Delaying the restart of play

e. Failing to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner or free kick

f. Entering the field of play without the officialÔs permission

g. Deliberately leaving the field of play without the OfficialÔs permission

2. Red Card Offenses

a. Serious foul play

b. Violent Conduct

c. Spitting on or at any other person

d. Denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball

e. Denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the goal by an offense Punishable by a free kick and penalty kick

f. Using offensive, insulting, or abusive language and/or gestures

g. Receiving a second yellow card caution in the same match

Penalty Kick

1. Awarded for ant infringement of the rules, within the penalty area, that would require a direct free kick

2. A penalty kick shall be taken from the penalty mark, which is 12 yards from the goal line. While the kick is being taken, all players with the exception of the player taking the kick and the opposing goalkeeper, shall be within the field of play but outside the penalty area and at least 10 yards from the penalty mark.

3. The opposing goalkeeper may ONLY move laterally on his/her own goal line between the goalposts, until the ball is kicked.

4. The player taking the kick must kick the ball forward.

5. Should the ball hit the goalposts or crossbar and rebound into play. The player who kicked the ball must not play it again until it has been touched by another player. Penalty: Indirect free kick

6. The ball shall be deemed in play directly after it is kicked.

The Kick-in / Throw-in

1. When the ball asses COMPLETELY over a sideline, it shall be thrown or kicked in from the point where it crossed the line by a player of the team opposite to that of the player who it last touched.

2. A player shall either:

a. Throw a ball into play with two feet on the ground, using both hands to deliver the ball from behind the head

b. Place the ball on the ground on or behind the sideline and proceed to take the kick following the rules of an indirect free kick. The ball shall be in play immediately after it has crossed over the line, and may be played by any player except the one who executes the kick-in. Ten yards shall be given, the same as all free kick situations.

c. If the ball fails to enter the field of play, it shall be thrown/kicked again.

3. If the ball is improperly thrown/kicked into play, the restart shall be taken by a player of the opposing team.

4. If the ball fails to enter the field of play, it shall be thrown/kicked again.

5. If an opponent interferes with or in anyway impedes the action of the thrower/kicker while the throw-in/kick-in is being taken, the official will administer a yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct.

6. Goalkeepers cannot handle a ball that is thrown-in / kicked-in directly to them by their own team.

Drop Ball

1. Drop ball occurs:

a. When the ball is caused to go out-of-bounds by two opponents simultaneously.

b. Following a suspension of play for an injury or other situation in which no team has clear possession of the ball.

c. A foul by both teams occurs simultaneously.

2. The spot of the dop ball is where the ball becomes dead unless this is in the goal area, in which case the spot is the nearest point on the goal line in the field of play.



Goal Kick

A goal kick shall be awarded to the defending team when the ball crosses the goal line, having last been touched by the attacking team. Players opposing the kicker shall remain outside the penalty area until the ball moves out of the penalty area. A player of the defending team shall kick the ball from the ground at any point within the goal area. A goal kick must clear the penalty area, any player except the one who executed the goal kick may play the ball. Goal kicks are direct free kicks.

Corner Kick

When the ball is last touched by the defending team and goes over the goal line, a member of the attacking team shall take a kick from within the quarter-circle at the nearest corner flag. Players of the team shall take a kick from within the quarter-circle at the nearest corner flag. Players of the team opposing that of the player taking the corner kick shall not approach within 10 yards of the ball until it is in play. After the corner kick is first touched, any player except the one who executes the corner kick may play the ball. Corner kicks are direct free kicks.




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