We have adopted these rules to help the flow of the game and to create an atmosphere where the game of indoor soccer in South Baltimore can be enjoyed by Players and Fans alike. These rules are set forth by the Board of Directors of the SBYSL and are enforced by the referees appointed by the board for each game.
Referees and coaches are, indeed, strongly urged to attend all league meetings about the rules.
Among other things, the Rules’ intent is to promote the adoption of standards for indoor soccer, which will further promote its identity, growth and, above all, fun for those of all skill levels and ages.
We ask all players, coaches, spectators, referees, and Board Members to keep in mind that this league is a volunteer run league and everyone is here for the kids and the promotion of the League as a whole. This being said, we would like everyone to play hard, play fair and above all, HAVE FUN
Point System: Each team win will earn 3 points for a win and 1 point for a Tie. There are no points awarded for a loss. The team which accumulates the most points will be the SBYSL regular season champion. At the end of the season we may have a playoff to determine the overall champion.
See Official Field Diagram (page 11) for standard dimensions for the field, goals and markings.
BLOOD RULE: Player will be out of game until bleeding is contained (revised 12/04/12)
New Rule: No one on field during halftime or anytime, unless you are playing in said game
New Rule: Only TWO coaches inside the Players Box (revised 11/03/16)
The ball is size 4 (5, 6/7, 8/9) or Size 5 (10/13, 14/17).
(NO COACHES ALLOWED ON THE FIELD IN ANY AGE GROUP)
5 7 Total Players (No Goalie) NO LESS THAN 5 TOTAL PLAYERS - NO SCORES TAKEN - TIME CLOCK WILL RUN
6-7 7 Total Players (6 with 1 keeper) NO LESS THAN 6 TOTAL PLAYERS
8-9 8 Total Players (7 with 1 keeper) NO LESS THAN 6 TOTAL PLAYERS
10-13 7 Total Players (6 with 1 keeper) NO LESS THAN 5 TOTAL PLAYERS
14-17 6 Total Players (5 with 1 keeper) NO LESS THAN 5 TOTAL PLAYERS
Each team may substitute players freely; provided that, during play, players must substitute off the field of play or within the Touch Line in the area of their Team Bench. There will be a 20 second Guaranteed Substitution at the following stoppages. The referee in the box will raise his hand over his head during guaranteed substitutions, and will look to the coaches. Coaches should yell “SUB” and the referee in the box will hold play for up to 20 seconds to complete the substitution. If the coach does not yell within a few seconds, the referee in the box will signal for play to resume, and normal substitutions must be made.
There will be no substitutions allowed at the following stoppages:
Substitution Rule: ALL COACHES MUST TRY TO GIVE "ALL" PLAYERS EQUAL PLAYING TIME
There will be secret audits done on random games by a board appointed observer.
No coach is expected to be perfect with their substitutions but close is expected.
Any team in violation will receive a loss for the game in question and also have 3 points removed from their team in the standings and a possible coach suspension.
- Players wear their team's uniform, consisting of the same colors.
- Players must wear shin guards UNDER socks, and indoor footwear (flat bottom shoes are required).
- Jewelry and other accessories are prohibited.
- The Goalkeeper wears jersey colors distinguished from all other field players and from the referees
The decisions of the Referee regarding facts connected with play and interpretations of the Rules are final.
(ALL Coaches Please Read!!)
We are having some problems with game times in all leagues! Coaches, you must start your games ON TIME and ONLY play the specified amount of minutes. For example, if your game is (4) quarters of 8 minutes with 1 minute break each quarter and a 5 minute half time, and then you only have the field for 39 minutes ONLY!! Please leave the field after your amount of game time. This will give the next team a couple minutes to stretch and prepare for their game. You do not have the field any longer than your game time permits. Please give courtesy for the next team to prepare for their game!!
A Kickoff from the Center Mark starts play at the beginning of each Quarter and after every goal. A player who starts play may not again play the ball until it touches another player. The ball may be played either forwards or backwards.
Restarts take place by a Kickoff, Free Kick, Goalkeeper Distribution, or Dropped Ball. Other than for Kickoffs or as provided below, Restarts occur within three feet (3') from the spot of the ball at the moment of stoppage.
A team receives a Free Kick after stoppages other than when a Dropped Ball or Goalkeeper Distribution is required. Before the team takes the Free Kick, the ball must be stationary. All opposing players are at least 10 feet from the spot of the Free Kick (or, if within 10 feet of the opponent's Goal, along the Goal Line). The spot of the Free Kick is that provided above, except:
If neither team has clear possession of the ball at a stoppage, the Referee restarts play with a Dropped Ball. A Dropped Ball caused while the ball is inside a Penalty Box takes place at the Free Kick Mark. The ball is not in play until it hits the ground.
Play restarts with a Goalkeeper Distribution anywhere within the Penalty Box after an attacking player has last touched the ball before crossing an end perimeter wall.
A Three-Line Violation occurs when a player propels the ball in the air across the two Red Lines and the Halfway Line toward the opponent's Goal without touching the Perimeter Wall, another player or a Referee on the field of play.
A Superstructure Violation occurs when the ball contacts any part of the building roof (netting) above the field of play.
A team scores a goal when the whole of the ball legally passes over the Goal Line. A goal may be scored directly from a Kickoff or Restart.
A Foul occurs if a player:
Unsporting Behavior: A Free Kick results for the following offenses:
Goalkeeper Violations: The opposing team receives a Free Kick for the following violations by a Goalkeeper:
Team Violations: The Referee issues a Team Penalty for the following violations by a team or unidentified person:
Advantage Rule: The Referee allows play to continue, notwithstanding the commission of an offense, when the team against which it has been committed will benefit from an existing offensive advantage.
Penalty Shot: A Penalty Shot is awarded for any blue card offense committed by a defender in his or her defensive penalty box:
The penalty is assessed and the penalty shot is awarded as per Rule 12. Any player on the field at the time of the infraction may take the shot.
Flagrant Fouls: A Shootout is awarded for the following Fouls committed by a defender in his or her defensive half of the field:
Blue Card Offenses: Unless otherwise provided below, the Referee issues a Blue Card for serious Fouls and Unsporting Behavior (by a player) and for:
Cautionable Offenses: The Referee issues a Yellow Card for reckless Fouls and for:
Ejectionable Offenses: A person receives a Red Card for Fouls, which the Referee considers violent or committed with excessive force, and for:
The following penalties apply to offenses for which a Card is issued (subject to further action by the Administrative Authority):
Players are designated by their teams to serve Time Penalties of their team, their Goalkeeper, non-player personnel, and of teammates who receive Red Cards. Otherwise, the person who commits a carded offense serves the penalty. Players serving Time Penalties serve their Time Penalties, seated, until their expiration and the Referee permits their release.
Short-Handed Play: For each Time Penalty being served by a player, his or her team plays with one fewer field player until its expiration; provided that, a team may not have fewer than the minimum required, regardless of the number serving Time Penalties. Should a player receive a Time Penalty, while two or more teammates are already in the Penalty Area, his or her team continues to play with the minimum while he or she joins his teammates in the Area.
Exceptions: Under the following circumstances, Time Penalties either expire prior to their completed countdown, or have the beginning of their countdowns delayed:
Delayed Penalty: In instances where the Referee would issue a Blue Card, but for the Advantage Rule, the referee acknowledges the offense by holding the Card above his head until the earlier to occur of the following:
Once play is stopped, the offense is recorded and assessed, as customary. In the event of a powerplay goal, the Time Penalty is not served and the provisions above regarding early release from the Penalty Area remain applicable.
For a Shootout: (In tournament games only)
For a Penalty Shot:
Tiebreaker: NOTE: All games will end at the completion of regulation time. No overtime or tiebreakers will be played during the regular season. Overtime and tiebreakers will only be played during the playoffs or championship games.
A Tiebreaker takes place after an overtime period where the score is still Tied:
The purpose of this league is to promote, develop and organize the game of soccer within the South Baltimore and Surrounding Area for all children from age 3 to 18. Our objective is to accomplish this in a fun atmosphere while emphasizing good sportsmanship, fair play, equal play, and respect of players and volunteer’s alike.
Game Cancellation: games will be played rain or shine and will only be cancelled due to lightening or other dangerous conditions. Before game begins only the referee, Commissioner, President or the Vice President of the league can cancel the game. Unless notified of cancellation, in advance of the game, coaches should ensure that all players show up at the field at game time. After a game has started only the referee or the coach/referee if no actual referee is present can cancel the game for reasons stated above. If a game that is halted has reached at least the end of the first half then the score shall stand, otherwise the game is scratched and will be treated as not played. Any games that are cancelled before they begin may or may not be replayed.
Our league has taken a lot of time to develop these rules but we understand that there may be a time when the coaches decide that there is a reason to change the rules in consideration of the kids. So we have developed rule to be applied whenever the coaches feel that a rule should be altered.
The Policy is as follows: Prior to the start of any game both coaches are to get together to discuss and rule changes. Both coaches have to agree with the change and they both have to ok it with the referee. Upon all agreeing with the change that new rule can be implemented for that game only. It is understood that this policy has to take place for each game. In the event that one of the coaches does not agree with any requested change in the rules. The league policy will be to go to the rule for that specific age group and the original written rule will be the one that is implemented and no change will take place.
Field of Play:
10/13 and 14/18 League Only
Note: If any team does not have enough players to start a game, the opposing team must play down until the other teams player(s) show up. The object is to keep the game as even as possible. There is no forfeit in the event that a team plays with less than the required players. However, If the team has less than 8 players show up for a game, it will constitute a forfeit. No less than 8 players on the field. This will constitute a forfeit and the game will not be made up.
Player Equipment: Soccer Cleat or Tennis Shoes
Duration of the Games:
Special Note: In the 6/7 leagues and below substitutions will be allowed at any time during the game at the discretion of the referee.
Each player shall play a minimum of 50% of the game.
Substitutions can be requested at any stoppage of play, it is the referee's discretion that the sub be allowed. Do not sub until the ref has called your subs in. "Guaranteed" Substitutions will only be on a goal kick or your possession Throw in. If the other team subs on their own throw in, then the other team can sub on that throw in. If the team with possession does not sub, then neither team can sub on that throw in.
Special Note: Due to some problems we had last year in the 6/7 league. At the request of the coaches we are implementing a special sportsmanship rule for the 6/7 league only.. If for any reason a referee feels a player or coach is acting in an unsportsmanlike manner that player or coach will receive a warning for his or her actions. If another warning has to be given that player will have to sit out the next quarter. If it is the last quarter of the game then that player will sit out the first quarter of the next game. If a coach is given the second warning then that coach has to leave the field for the next quarter or the first quarter of the next game. If a third warning has to be given that player or coach will be asked to leave the field and the matter will be referred to the SBYSL board for further action.
For each game there will be at least one Referee or Qualified Official appointed whose duties will include.
Post Game Procedure: