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Coed 8v8 Soccer Rules

Basic Rules:
-Teams have a total of 8 players on the field at a time including goalie (6 men and 2 women for coed leagues). –Teams can have more women than two as long as a team does not have more than six men on the field. Teams -Teams need a total of 6 players (and at least one woman) for an official game.
– There will be two 22 minute halves for Intermediate OR 25 minute halves for Competitive with a running clock. Each game will consist of a 1-2 minute halftime.
– Shin guards strongly recommended.
– Kicking the ball backwards is allowed for the kick-off.
– The offside rule is enforced for all instances. Goal Kicks, out of bounds on the sidelines and free kicks.
– Out of bounds if it goes on the concrete or behind the goal line/cones. When in doubt keep playing until referee blows the whistle for out of bounds.
– All out of bounds Kick-In’s and NOT Throw-In’s. These are indirect kicks.
– Cannot score from a Goal Kick, sideline, or corner kick without touching another player either opposite team or your own.
– A goal kick should be taken no more than 5 yards from the goal line.
– NO goal can be scored directly from the kick-off, goal kick or out of bounds without touching another player.
– NO goal can be scored from your own side of the half without touching another player either on your team or opposing player.
– Teams may sub on the fly at any time. The player leaving the field must be off the field before a new player enters the field. Players must sub from about the middle line. Both teams should keep their gear and sub on the same side of the field. Please no offensive or defensive advantage subbing.
– Goalie can use hands up to the first cone (12 yards away) and the entire width of the area across.
– If tied after regulation it will be tie game. (Playoffs will be a 5 minute golden goal then shootout).
– All free kicks are indirect UNLESS on a foul in the box area. The box area is 5 yards from the goal post on both sides and 12 yards out. All indirect free kicks are 6 yards away from the ball. The indirect free kicks will be on the whistle by the referee if the player asks for 6 yards.
– There is 100% NO SLIDE TACKLING, violation is a free kick and the player is out for Two Minutes. The next offense the player is out for the rest of the game and subs are allowed.
– A foul in the box, meaning the first cone on both sides that is determined intentional will be a penalty kick.

Rules Cont…

Each team shall field 8 players on the field at one time (no more than 6 men). LTS Chicago allows a team to play a legal game shorthanded with a minimum of 6 players, with at least 1 female. Teams may have as many players on their roster as they want. There is no maximum limit on the amount of females on the field at one time. All rosters must be finalized by the third week of the regular season. No players that aren’t on the roster can play in the playoffs.

EQUIPMENT:
Shin-guards are strongly recommended. We also require matching colored shirts. We can supply them, but if you have jerseys let us know. Referees will check for dangerous equipment, referee’s opinion is final. Players will not be allowed to enter play until correction has been made.

FORFEITS:
Teams will have until 7 minutes past the designated start time to field a legal team. Shorthanded teams may play a legal game with a minimum of 6 players, with at least 1 of them being female. Teams fielding less than 6 players or without at least 1 women will receive a forfeit. Exception: Teams may play a “legal game” with less than 6 players or less than 1 female with the opposing teams consent. Teams who agree to play under these conditions will loose the option of receiving a forfeit win. Teams may pick up players during the regular season in order to field a full team. Substitutes will not be allowed during playoffs.

If your team forfeits a match during the season, the following rules apply:

First Offense: Game recorded as loss and warning issued.
Second Offense: Game recorded as loss and LTS Chicago staff reserves the right to remove team from league and playoffs with no refund for games not played.
Third Offense: Removal from the league and playoffs with no refund for games not played.
If you know in advance that your team is going to forfeit a game, we encourage you to call our office so as to help us schedule your opponent a game. However, this does not mean that your team will not receive the loss as a forfeit.

ROCK/PAPER/SCISSOR FOR BALL:
The beginning of the game will start with the LTS Chicago Referee and both captains playing one game of Rock/Paper/Scissor for ball. The winning team will choose kick-off or side.

KICKOFF:
Consists of the ball being placed at midfield on the center spot. The ball is in play once it is touched backward or forward by any player.

SUBSTITUTIONS:
Teams are allowed to substitute on the fly.

TIME:
Play will be divided into two (2) 25 or 22 minute halves with a very brief halftime. There will be a running clock maintained by the referee. The clock will stop only during serious injury time-outs. Any delay tactics, (kicking the ball far out of bounds) will allow the referee (at his/her discretion) to stop the clock. If time wasting is being employed by a team, the offending player may be cautioned (yellow card), at referee’s discretion. A game will be considered played in full when second half starts. No games will be rescheduled for weather or for any other reasons once the second half starts in any game during the regular season. Playoffs are exception to the rule for postponement.

INDIRECT FREE KICKS:
All fouls during play are indirect. The ball is to be placed at the point of the infraction and put in play by any player on the affected team. No opposing player is allowed to be within 6 paces/yards of ball prior to kick. A player stepping unnecessarily close in front of an opposing free kick may be cautioned, however, 6 paces/yards will only be granted if asked for by a member of the team with the free kick. An indirect free kick must be touched by a player (of either team) other than the person who takes the kick before a goal is scored.

Goalkeeper (Indirects):

– Takes more than 10 seconds to release the ball from his/her hands
– Touches the ball again with his/her hands after it has been released by his/her possession without touching another player
– Touches the ball with his/her hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him/her by a teammate
– Touches the ball with his/her hands after he/she has received the ball directly from a kick in by a teammate

Player (Indirects):

– Plays in a dangerous manner
– Impedes the progress of an opponent (obstruction)
– Prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his/her hands
– A player is called offsides