HSSC rules for Soccer- Co-ed Indoor Turf 3s


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Indoor Turf 3s

1. Equipment/Set-Up: Net and size 5, regulation balll will be provided on-site. A personal ball may be used if teams agree. All players must bring both a light and dark-colored shirt to all games. Flat soled or indoor soccer shoes including Turf Shoes permitted. (no outdoor cleats permitted). Shin guards and knee pads not mandatory but recommended.

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 2. Game Time: Please arrive at least 10 minutes early so that games will start on time.  One 55 minute game will be played, with a 5-minute halftime. No clock stoppages, injury time, or halftimes -- games CANNOT finish late (even if your game starts late!). Since this is a self-officiated pickup league, players are responsible for mixing up and balancing teams based on skill and gender. 

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 3. Specific Rules:

  1. There are 2 players per side on the field at one time plus a goalie who can play as a full player but may only use hands when in goal. (3 total).
  2. When the ball is kicked out of bounds. Kick ins will occur. Corner kicks & Goalie kicks included. 
  3. The goalkeeper MAY attempt to score on the opposing goal- they may NOT throw the ball into the opposing goal.
  4. The ball may not be bounced off of walls or ceiling. The outermost gym lines are considered out and a kick is awarded. If the ball makes contact with the ceiling, an indirect kick is awarded to the opposing team directly underneath where the ball made contact with the ceiling.
  5. There will be no time stoppages.
  6. Indirect free-kicks will occur for all Self-officiated infractions called, with a 3 FT space required from the defending team.

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4. General Soccer Rules: In general, standard soccer rules apply to all Sport and Social Club games. Notable exceptions are listed below:

  1. The game begins with one team initiating play by making a pass from the centre of the court (forward or backwards).
  2. Substitutions can be made at any time, either while there is a stoppage in play, or "on the fly". However, (a) substitutions should take place as close as possible to the centre of the field, (b) the player coming off must completely enter the team area before the new player joins the action and (c) the change cannot disrupt the flow of the game or give the team an advantage through substitution.
  3. A handball infraction occurs when the ball hits any part of the player's arm, from the SHOULDER down. Players may use their arms to block the ball from hitting their groin area and face, and women can also use their arms to block the ball from hitting their chest without a handball being called. This rule will reduce the number of stoppages in play. Please don't abuse this rule.
  4. All free kicks (including corner kicks, fouls and handballs) are indirect. To score off an indirect kick, the ball must first be touched by another player (offence or defence, but not the goalie). This is a modification of the original rule to deter players from blasting the ball at the goal in an attempt to hit the ball off the goalie and into the net.  Defensive players cannot be within 5 feet of the ball when an indirect kick is being taken (in cases where an infraction occurs within 3 feet of the goal line, defenders can stand on the goal line, even if it means they are closer than 3 feet to the ball).
  5. If a ball is kicked out of bounds along the sidelines, a kick-in is awarded to the opposite team.
  6. If a ball is kicked out of bounds along the goal line by the defence, a corner kick is awarded to the attacking team.
  7. The offending player should call their own infractions, however, any players involved with the incident can also make a call. Players not on the field at the time of any incident cannot make a call at any time
  8. Teams may call a one (1) minute time-out if needed each half, except in the final 10 minutes of play.(2 total)
  9. If a ball hits the top or walls of the gym, an indirect kick is awarded to the opposite team. The ball should be placed at the spot on the field directly underneath the point at which the ball hit the ceiling.

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 4. Sliding: Even if contact is made with the ball first, sliding (whether on defence to stop an attacker or on offence to strike the ball) is not allowed under ANY circumstances. Exception: goalies can slide to make a save or block a loose ball. This can only be done within the goalie crease area and should be done with the safety of all players in mind.

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 5. Scoring: To score a goal, the ENTIRE ball must pass over the goal line and into the net. If a discrepancy arises as to whether the ball was in or not, the person deemed to have the "best perspective" will ultimately make the call. Please remember that you are playing in a self-officiated, co-ed, social league, so any arguments or disputes should be kept to a minimum.

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6. Off-sides: There are NO off-sides. However, a strategy of consistently "cherry-picking" is considered to be unsportsmanlike.

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7. Goalies:

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 8. Rough Play: ANY ROUGH OR PHYSICAL PLAY WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE EXPULSION FROM FURTHER LEAGUE PLAY AND MAY RESULT IN LIFETIME LEAGUE EXPULSION. PLEASE SEE THE SPORT AND SOCIAL CLUB POLICY SHEET FOR OUR OFFICIAL POLICY ON THIS SUBJECT. It is recognized that incidental contact between players is inevitable; however, all players should go out of their way to avoid creating an unsafe play. This rule supersedes all others. 

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9. Tie Breaks: In the playoffs, a game that is tied at the end of regulation time is decided by a shoot-out.  Three players on each team (minimum of one male and one female) take one shot at a distance of seven paces. Only the players on the field at the end of the game can participate and the goalie that finished the game remains the goalie for the shoot-out. After three shots, if still tied, teams continue taking single shots until one team has scored (and the other team does not). The order of shooters must be maintained, but any player can shoot. (Please note that playoff games should 5 minutes shorter than regular-season games in anticipation of needing the extra time to settle a tie).