Six-a-side Soccer League Rules

  • The field of play shall be rectangular with dimensions of 55 meters in length by 45.7 meters in width, i.e. one half of a synthetic hockey pitch.
  • Half Hockey pitch markings will be used.
  • There shall be an exclusion area of a minimum of 2 meters on each side of the fields for all officials, players and supporters to stand behind.
  • The size of the Goal Areas shall be 14.63 meters in radius from the goal line.
  • The penalty mark is 11 meters from the halfway point between the goal posts.
  • There is no corner area to be marked for 6 a side soccer. Corners shall be taken from the point where goal line and sideline meet.
  • The height and width for the goals shall be 2.14 meters and 3.66 meters.
  • For 6 a side soccer, the ball size to be used is official FIFA match size 5.
  • The number of players shall be:
    • 6 players including the goalkeeper on the field
    • 2 interchange substitutes
  • Each participating team shall wear the color assigned to their team.
  • The goalkeeper shall wear colors that distinguish him from other players and officials.
  • Prior to kick off both teams should agree on the number of players if both teams are short of players.
  • Unlimited interchange of players is permitted. The interchange can be conducted while there is a stop in play.
  • The goalkeeper can also be alternated at any stoppage in play. The referee must be notified of any change in goalkeeper.
  • The off side rule is NOT to be used. However deliberately placing a player or players in an off side position is contrary to the spirit of the game and is discouraged.
  • A player taking the field of play should not wear anything that is dangerous to another player. Shin pads are encouraged to be worn.
  • All decisions of the referee regarding the game are final.
  • The referee will be the timekeeper.
  • At the end of play both teams and the referees should acknowledge each other either by shaking hands, as a show of sportsmanship.
  • The recommended times for 6 a side soccer are:
    • 2 halves of 15 minutes each a halftime interval of 5 minutes
  • Recommended times have been set with the interchange of players in mind. There is no stoppage of play for interchange.
  • A game is started by a kickoff in a forward direction from the center mark.
  • The team winning the toss of a coin shall have the option of choosing ends or taking the kickoff.
  • All players must be in their own half before the kickoff can be taken. The opposition must be 4 meters from the ball when the kickoff begins.
  • After a goal has been scored the game is restarted from the center mark with the side conceding the goal taking the kick.
  • Following halftime the game is restarted with teams changing ends and the kickoff being taken by the side that did not start the game.
  • A goal cannot be scored directly from the kickoff
  • The ball is out of play when the ball has wholly crossed the goal line or sideline. These lines are part of the field of play.
  • A goal is scored when the ball has wholly crossed the goal line between the goal posts and the cross bar.
  • A player may not intentionally kick, trip, jump at, strike, hold, push, charge from behind or violently charge an opponent.
  • Players should not swear, gesture, or argue with the Referee or any player. Fouls can be awarded against the player for this behavior.
  • Only the goalkeeper may touch the ball with their arms or hands, and only within the goal area.
  • Referees will explain to a player why the foul was awarded against them.
  • The ‘indirect’ free kick is one where a goal can not be scored unless another player other than the kicker has touched it.
  • All of the opposing players should be at least 4 meters from the ball when a free kick is taken.
  • The free kick is to be taken from the spot where the free kick was awarded.
  • A indirect free kick is awarded for the following penalties:
    • Dangerous manner of play
    • Impeding the progress of an opposition player
    • Prevents the goal keeper from releasing the ball
    • Causes unnecessary delays in play
  • A direct free kick is one where a goal can be scored without another player touching the ball.
  • All of the opposing players should be at least 4 meters from the ball when a free kick is taken.
  • The free kick is to be taken from the spot where the free kick was awarded.
  • A direct free kick is awarded for the following penalties:
    • Kicking or attempting to kick an opponent
    • Tripping or attempting to trip an opponent
    • Jumping at an opponent
    • Charging an opponent
    • Striking or attempting to strike an opponent
    • Pushing or holding an opponent
    • Making contact with an opponent before the ball whilst making a tackle to gain possession of the ball
    • Handling the ball
  • If any of these offenses occur within the goal area, the free kick shall be taken from the penalty line and all players other than the goal keeper must stand outside the goal area whilst the kick is taken.
  • A player will be cautioned and shown the yellow card for the following offences:
    • If guilty of unsporting behavior
    • Showing dissent by word or behavior
    • Persistently infringing on the laws of the game
  • A player is sent off and shown the red card for the following offences:
    • Guilty of serious foul play
    • Guilty of violent conduct
    • Spits at another player or official
    • Use of offensive, insulting or abusive language
    • Two cautions in a match
  • A player is sent for a red card offence cannot be replaced by an interchange player.
  • When the whole of the ball passes out of the field of play along the sideline a throw-in is awarded to the opposing side to that of the player who has last played or touched the ball.
  • The ball is thrown in from the spot where the ball left the field of play.
  • The player throwing in the ball must have both feet on the ground outside the field of play, and deliver the ball with both hands from behind and over their head into the field of play.
  • If there is a foul throw, possession will be passed to the opposing team.
  • Goal kicks may be taken from anywhere in the goal area.
  • Goal kicks are awarded when the whole of the ball has crossed the goal line (except for the scoring of a goal) and last touched by one of the attacking team. Opponents must be clear on the goal area.
  • Goal kicks must land before the halfway line of the pitch. A free kick shall be taken from the center of the pitch for goal kicks that exceed this point.
  • Back passes are allowed and the goal keeper may pick up the ball.
  • When the ball passes wholly over the goal line (as above) and was last touched by a player from the defending team then a corner kick is awarded.
  • Opposing players should be 4 meters from the ball.
  • For all restarts of the game, the opposing player should be 4 meters from the ball, other than the throw in.
  • The winner is the team with the greater number of goals at the end of the game.
  • A draw will be awarded if both teams have an equal amount of goals.
  • The winning team receives 3 points, 1 point each for drawn game and no points for a loss.
  • For finals only. In the even of a draw, two halve of 5 minutes will be played with golden goal rule applying. If scores are still equal a penalty shootout will occur.

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