Soccer Rules

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All games are to be played at the time, date and
place specified on the schedule.

Each team can have as many players as they
choose.

Game time is forfeit time.
a. If you know you may not be able to field a full team, please
call an MITB Sports representative at least 48 hours in advance if
you would like to explore a rescheduling option. If it is
within 48 hours of your scheduled game time, and you
discover that you cannot field a team, please let us know so
that we can notify your opponent! Although your team may
end up forfeiting the match, there may still be an
opportunity to use the space for practice or pick up games.
● Call: 470-432-4408
● Email: customerservice@mitbsports.com
b. Teams forfeiting more than two league games will not be
eligible for the playoffs. Teams forfeiting three or more
 

Teams have a choice to self-officiate or mutually agree upon an official, a team member or spectator will be fine in the event that officials do not show up. Games will not be rescheduled. Game will count as official game.

All MITB Sports are intended to be recreational. Any player who is considered to be excessively competitive and/or overly aggressive may be removed from competition at the discretion of an MITB Sports staff member.

Equipment
Cleats and shin guards are allowed, but not required. No metal and screw in cleats.

1. Timing
MITB Sports Soccer games will be played in 2, 25-minute halves
separated by a very brief half time. (5 minutes max.)
There will be a running clocked maintained by a
referee/league ambassador. The clock will not stop for
any reason.
2. Equipment
Cleats and shin guards are allowed, but not
required.  No metal or screw ins cleats. 
3. In-game rules
Handballs
● A handball is defined as being from the shoulder
down, with the hand or arm located away from the
body and causes the ball to change course.
● A handball should not be awarded if a player is ruled
to have handled the ball accidentally.
● This refers to a player either attempting to protect
himself from injury, for example by placing the
hands in front of the face and then being hit by the
ball, or a player being hit on the arm by the ball
without moving towards the ball and without being
able to move out of the way.
● A handball inside the goalie box is a penalty kick for
the other team. All other handballs are direct kicks
at the spot of the foul.
Offside
● Penalty kicks are the only exception to this rules. 
Throw Ins
● A ball that completely crosses the sideline is ruled
out of bounds, and is followed by a throw in. A
throw in must take place with both the player’s feet
on the ground, and thrown overhead.
Indirect Kicks
● A goalie or a player takes an indirect kick from the
corner. If the ball goes out of the back end line and is
last touched by an offensive player, it will result in a
goal or an indirect kick. If a defensive player last
touches the ball, it will result in a corner kick for the
offensive team.
3. Goalies
The goalie is allowed to either throw or drop the ball and play
from their feet.  The goalkeeper must put the ball into play on his
or her own half of the field only (the ball must be touched by a
player or touch the ground on the goalkeepers half). Violation
will result in an indirect kick for the opposing team at the spot
where the ball crossed the half.
● All goal kicks must be played from the ground in
the box.
A goalie is allowed to use his or her hands inside the goalie box.
Once a goalie has possession of the ball inside the goalie box,
no player may attempt an action to dislodge the ball from the
goalie’s possession.
The goalie has six seconds to get rid of the ball after making
a save. Goalie may throw or kick the ball away. They may also
during that time, hold the ball, bounce it, or throw it in the air
and catch it.
If a ball is passed (kicked) to a goalie inside the penalty or
goal box by his/her own team, they may not pick it up. If a
ball is kicked by the opposing team or headed by any player
the goalie may pick it up.

● A handball is defined as being from the shoulder
down, with the hand or arm located away from the
body and causes the ball to change course.
● A handball should not be awarded if a player is ruled
to have handled the ball accidentally.
● This refers to a player either attempting to protect
himself from injury, for example by placing the
hands in front of the face and then being hit by the
ball, or a player being hit on the arm by the ball
without moving towards the ball and without being
able to move out of the way.
● A handball inside the goalie box is a penalty kick for
the other team. All other handballs are direct kicks
at the spot of the foul.
● A ball that completely crosses the sideline is ruled
out of bounds, and is followed by a throw in. A
throw in must take place with both the player’s feet
on the ground, and thrown overhead.
Indirect Kicks
● A goalie or a player takes an indirect kick from the
corner. If the ball goes out of the back end line and is
last touched by an offensive player, it will result in a
goal or an indirect kick. If a defensive player last
touches the ball, it will result in a corner kick for the
offensive team.
3. Goalies
The goalie is allowed to either throw or drop the ball and play
from their feet. The goalkeeper must put the ball into play on his
or her own half of the field only (the ball must be touched by a
player or touch the ground on the goalkeepers half). Violation
will result in an indirect kick for the opposing team at the spot
where the ball crossed the half.
● All goal kicks must be played from the ground in
the box.
A goalie is allowed to use his or her hands inside the goalie box.
Once a goalie has possession of the ball inside the goalie box,
no player may attempt an action to dislodge the ball from the
goalie’s possession.
The goalie has six (6) seconds to get rid of the ball after making
a save. Goalie may throw or kick the ball away. They may also
during that time, hold the ball, bounce it, or throw it in the air
and catch it.
If a ball is passed (kicked) to a goalie inside the penalty or
goal box by his/her own team, they may not pick it up. If a
ball is kicked by the opposing team or headed by any player
the goalie may pick it up.

Bicycle kicks are not allowed, even inside the goalie box. A
bicycle kick is a mandatory yellow card and it will be up to the
official to determine if the infraction warrants a red card and
game disqualification. 
MITB Sports officials will call contact that does not yield an advantage
for the team that did not commit the foul. While some contact
is inevitable, contact is not allowed, and will be penalized.
There is no sliding tackle in MITB Soccer

A player that slides will be issued a yellow or red card
depending on the severity and the situation of the slide. A
player generally should not leave their feet unless they are
heading a ball.
A player that commits a severe foul, taunts an opponent, curses
at an official or an opposing player, or intentionally prevents a
breakaway player from scoring will be issued a card depending
on severity.
Excessive celebration can also warrant a card.
Any foul that is deemed by an official to be dangerous or
outside the spirit of the game can be issued a red card. These
include actions that are more severe, but would normally
warrant a yellow card. Any sliding that makes contact with an
opposing player is automatically given a red card.
A player that receives two yellow cards or one red card is
automatically ejected from the game. The league administrator
will then review the severity of the actions and determine
further punishment. Punishment can include but is not limited
to suspensions and league expulsion.
A team that receives four yellow cards or two red cards
automatically forfeits the game, and will not be allowed to
continue.
The league administrator will then review the severity of the
actions and determine further punishment. Punishment can
include but is not limited to suspensions and league expulsion

When a goal is scored it counts as one goal whether a male or
female player scored it.
● If the game is tied at the end of regulation during
the regular season, the game is considered a
draw.
● Mercy Rule
● If a team is ahead by more than 10 goals, at any
point with less than TWO minutes left in the
game, the mercy rule will be put into effect and
the game will be over.

● In the event of a tie during the playoffs, 1 five-minute
overtime period will ensue with the next team scoring
declared the winner (Golden Goal).
● If after this overtime period the game is still tied a
shootout will ensue, and will last until one team is the
winner.
● The shootout will consist of 3 shooters. If still tied after the first 3 shooters have gone
the shootout will go to sudden death. Each team will
alternate shooters 
until a winner is declared.
● All males must shoot (minus the goalie) before the
order can be restarted.

1. The playoffs begin the week after all regular season games
have been played.
2. The top four teams with the best records will advance to the
playoff rounds.
a. Additional teams may be added to the playoffs for
larger sized leagues.
3. Tie-breakers will be decided as follows:
a. Total standing points
b. Point Differential
c. Head To head
d. Coin Toss