INDOOR SOCCER RULES
The NIRSA Rules will be
used with Tulane University modifications.
Participants are subject
to all of the policies and procedures in the Intramural Handbook.
Games will consist of 2
teams, 5 players per team including a goalie.
Co-rec teams must
have 2 women on the court at all times.
Games may start with
games will be played in the downtown gym of the Reily Center. The court
Indoor soccer goals measuring 6.5’x12’ will be used.
size 5 indoor soccer ball will be used.
All participants should
wear proper recreational attire. This includes t-shirts, gym shorts, wind
or sweat pants, and athletic closed toe shoes.
Jewelry or sunglasses
shall not be worn.
Headwear that contains
knots, hard or stiff material, including billed hats is prohibited.
Rubber cleats are
prohibited. Only shoes with non-marking soles allowed.
Shin Guards are
recommended for play.
Team jersey will be
provided. If a team has their own jersey they must all be the same color,
and have a minimum of a 5 inch number visible on the back of the jersey.
The goalkeeper must wear
a different color shirt than the rest of his/her teammates.
Any hard braces must be
covered and padded.
casts are prohibited from intramural play.
The final determination
regarding legal equipment will be made by the Intramural Supervisor present
at the game.
Games will consist of 2 20-minute halves and a 3-minute half time.
The clock will run
continuously with the exception of: injuries, referees’ time, and
Regular season games
can end in a tie and will be recorded as a tie.
Playoff games will
not end in a tie.
Overtime/Shoot out: for
Tie games in the
playoffs will be determined by a shoot out.
The shoot out will
consist of three players from each team taking 1 shot, from mid court, 1
on 1 with the goalie.
The shooters and
goalies will alternate between kicks.
The Goalie that
starts the shoot out must finish the shoot out, no substitutions.
If at the end of the
first round the game is still tied, the process will be repeated.
Players are eligible
for only one set of kicks.
Every other kicker must be taken by a woman. At least 1 women must kick
per set of 3 kicks.
Only players on the
field at the end of the regulation game may participate in the shoot
The home team will
kick first. The home team is whichever team is listed first on the
schedule. The referee will choose the goal that will be used.
goal is scored when the whole ball passes completely over the goal line,
between the goalpost and under the crossbar, provided no infraction of the
rules occurred in the accomplishment of the goal.
goal is legal if the whole ball passes completely over the goal line,
between the goalpost and under the crossbar while in the goalie hand(s).
Goals may not be scored by a player directly from a:
Indirect free kick
Free kick into a
team’s own goal
Variation: A goal scored by a female is worth 2, a goal scored by a male is
There is no MERCY rule.
There is no limit to the number of substitutions a team may make.
substitute that desires to enter the game must report to the mid court
touchline to make their intentions known to the supervisor.
substitutions will be made on the fly at any time. All players being
substituted for must be completely off of the floor and in the team box area
prior to the sub taking the floor.
a player enters the field of play without notifying the supervisor or does
not wait until the player being substituted for is off the floor, an
indirect kick will be taken at the point where the ball lies at the time,
and a yellow card will be issued to that player.
goalkeeper substitution, the goalkeeper must be off the floor and at the
team box area before the substitute goalkeeper can enter. The active
goalkeeper must notify the referee that they are being substituted for.
team that has a player ejected from the game must play a man down for the
rest of the game.
choice of ends or possession will be determined by the home team or highest
ranked. The home team is the first team listed on the schedule.
Teams switch ends at the start of the second period.
Each team will be in their own field of play.
players on the team which is not kicking off shall be at least 3 yards away
from the ball until it is kicked
ball must be stationary when kicked and must travel forward before it is
played. If it does not go forward, the kick off is repeated.
goal may not be scored directly from a kick off.
player to first kick the ball shall not be allowed to touch the ball a
second time until another player has touched it.
In/Out of Play
Ball in play:
When it rebounds off
a crossbar, post, or cone.
If it rebounds off of
referee or line judge.
When a drop ball hits
When the ball strikes
the white padding on the wall.
Ball out of play:
When the ball wholly
crosses goal line, whether on ground or in the air.
When the referee has
stopped the game.
When the ball strikes
the wall above the white padding, restart: kick-in.
It is touched or
interfered with by a player(s) in the bench area or penalty area,
restart: indirect kick.
When the ball strikes
the wall behind the players’ bench area and penalty area, restart: goal
kick or corner kick.
Ball goes into the
bench or penalty area, restart: kick-in.
The ball hits the
ceiling, lighting, or basketball goals, restart: indirect kick and mid
When the ball is
stuck behind the goal, restart: goalie throw.
Not permitted in the Tulane Intramural League. Penalty:
Indirect Free Kick. Player will receive a red card and ejection from the game if
contact is made. If no contact is made a yellow card will be issued.
There are no off-sides in indoor soccer.
There are no throw-ins. Kick-ins only.
ball that becomes dead will be put into play by a kick-in.
ball is placed on the touch line before kicking.
kicker’s non-kicking foot must remain on or outside the touchline. Penalty:
Kick-in awarded to opposing team.
kick-in must not exceed 4 seconds. Penalty: Kick-in awarded to opposing
the ball fails to enter the field of play, it shall be a re-kick.
a kick-in, the ball is playable when it has left the foot of the kicker and
any part of the ball breaks the plane of the touchline. After the kick-in,
the ball may be played by either team. The kicker may not play the ball
until it has been touched or played by another player. Penalty: Indirect
free kick awarded to the opponents from the spot of the infraction.
opposing team must be 15 feet away from the point of the kick-in. An
opponent shall not interfere nor in any way impede the actions of the kicker
while a kick-in is being taken. Penalty: Indirect free kick awarded to the
opponents from the spot of the infraction.
Kick-ins shall not be directed toward the goal.
Free kicks are classified as either direct or indirect kicks. All free
kicks for Tulane Intramurals will be indirect kicks.
indirect kick is one in which a goal cannot be scored unless the ball is
played by another player other than the kicker before entering the goal.
The ball must complete one complete revolution in any direction prior to
being kick by another player. Penalty: Re-kick, second offense kick-in
Free Kick Execution:
Players opposing the
kicker shall be at least 15 feet from the ball until it is kicked,
unless they are standing on their own goal line between the goal post.
If the free kick is awarded to the defending team in its penalty area,
players opposing the kicker shall be outside the penalty area in
addition to being 15 feet from the ball and must remain there until the
ball clears the penalty area. Penalty: An official shall caution
a player who fails to move the required distance away from the ball.
The ball shall be
kicked while it is stationary on the ground at the spot specified by the
official. The ball shall be moved at least its full circumference in any
direction. If the free kick is awarded to the defending team in its
penalty area, the ball is not in play until it is beyond the penalty
area and into the field of play. Failure to kick the ball as specified
shall result in a re-kick.
After the free kick,
the ball may be played by any player except the one who executed the
free kick. The kicker may not play the ball until it has been touched or
played by another player.
Indirect Free Kicks are awarded:
If a player intentionally attempts to kick,
strike, or jump at an opponent.
If a player intentionally trips an opponent.
If a goalkeeper intentionally attempts to
strike or push an opponent with the ball.
If a player, other than the goalkeeper in his
or her own penalty area, intentionally handles the ball.
If a player intentionally pushes an opponent
with the hand(s) or arm(s) extended from the body.
If a player intentionally holds an opponent or
places a hand(s) on an opponent in an effort to reach the ball.
If a player intentionally charges an opponent
in a violent or dangerous manner.
If a player intentionally charges an opponent
who has both feet off the ground in order to play the ball.
If a player intentionally charges into the
If a player slide
tackles another. Slide tackling is not allowed in Tulane
The following are awarded and
taken from the point of infraction:
If the ball is
played next by the kicker following a kickoff, a free kick, a penalty kick, a
goal throw, a corner kick, or by the thrower following a throw-in.
If a player
fairly charges into an opponent when neither is within playing distance of the
If a player,
not in possession of the ball obstructs an opponent who is attempting to play
If a player
kicks or attempts to kick the ball while it is in the possession of the
goalkeeper takes more than 4 steps before releasing the ball.
goalkeeper illegally handles the ball while in his/her own penalty area after
once relinquishing possession of the ball.
goalkeeper delays in relinquishing possession of the ball.
If the game is
stopped for misconduct of a player and no other restart takes precedence.
If the goal
keeper kicks or throws the ball and the ball does not hit the ground before
going past the mid-court line.
Violation: When play is along an end or side wall,
there can never be more than one player per team jostling for the ball. As soon
as a third player gets involved, from either team, an indirect free kick will be
awarded to the non-offending team.
When jostling for the ball a player may only put one hand or arm
against the wall. A player may not put both hands or arms against the wall to
gain advantage, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the non-offending team.
A penalty kick
shall be awarded when a foul, which ordinarily results in the awarding of an
indirect free kick, occurs within the offending team’s penalty area.
shots will be taken from midcourt.
except the kicker and the opposing goalkeeper shall be within the field of play
but outside the penalty area and at least 15 feet from the penalty kick line
until the ball is kicked.
goalkeeper shall stand with their feet on the goal line, between the goal post,
until the ball is kicked. Lateral movement is allowed, but the goalkeeper is
not permitted to come off the line by stepping or lunging forward until the ball
is in play.
the defending team is ignored if the goal is scored. A re-kick is awarded if
the goal is not scored.
the attacking team results in a re-kick if a goal is scored. An indirect free
kick at the spot of the infraction is awarded if the goal is missed.
If both teams
commit infringements, the ball is re-kicked regardless of the outcome.
penalty kick, the ball may be played by any player except the one who executed
the penalty kick. The kicker may not play the ball until it has been played by
another player on either team. PENALTY: Indirect free kick awarded to the
opponents from the spot of the foul.
If the ball
touches the goalkeeper before passing between the goalpost, when a penalty kick
is taken at or after the expiration of time, it does not nullify any goal. If
necessary, play may be extended so that the penalty kick may be taken. If a
penalty kick is taken after the expiration of time, only the kicker may play the
ball (once) with the goalkeeper in place.
A corner kick shall be awarded to the attacking
team when the ball becomes dead behind the goal
and in the netting where it is unplayable, having last been touched or
played by the defending team.
Players of the defending team shall be at least
15 feet from the ball until it has been kicked.
The ball shall be kicked from the ground within
the quarter circle nearest where the ball left the field of play. The ball
shall be moved at least its full circumference before it is in play. Failure
to kick the ball as specified shall result in a re-kick.
After the corner kick, the ball may be played
by any player except the one that executed the corner kick. The kicker may
not play the ball until it has been touched or played by another player.
PENALTY: Indirect free kick is awarded to the opponent from the spot
of the foul.
A goalkeeper may not
twice distribute the ball with his/her hands, unless a member of the
opposing team has touched it.
A goalkeeper must
distribute the ball within five seconds after gaining control of it.
Any throw or kick by
the goalie must bounce once before crossing the mid-court line.
A goalkeeper may not
set the ball down and then pick it up again using his/her hands.
The goalie must not
deliberately delay getting rid of the ball when it is in his/her possession.
PENALTY: Indirect Free Kick.
The goalie may not
intentionally strike the opponents by throwing the ball at them or pushing
them with the ball. PENALTY: If foul occurred in penalty area a
Penalty Kick is awarded.
Outside the penalty
area the goalie has no more privileges than any other player.
Within his/her own
penalty area, the goalie has certain privileges that are not given to any
other player. These include:
Handling - The
goalie may catch, carry, strike, or propel the ball with hands and arms.
Immunity - The
goalie may not be charged, interfered with, or impeded in any manner by
an opponent while in possession of the ball. Possession includes
throwing the ball out, and dropping the ball to be kicked. PENALTY:
Indirect Free Kick.
It is legal for
players to pass the ball back to their goalie. The goalie will retain all
rights of a goalie as long as they are in the goalie box.
goal throw shall be awarded to the defending team when the ball becomes dead
behind the goal and in the netting where it is unplayable, having last been
touched or played by the attacking team.
Players opposing the thrower shall remain outside the penalty area until the
ball has cleared the penalty area.
throw shall clear the penalty area and enter the field of play. If the ball is
not thrown beyond the penalty area, the throw shall be repeated.
After the goal throw leaves the penalty area, the ball may be played by any
player except the one who executes the goal throw. The thrower may not play the
ball until it has been touched by another player.
goal may be scored directly off the throw of a goal keeper.
Fouls and Misconduct
A player shall not intentionally attempt to
kick, strike, or jump at an opponent.
A player shall not intentionally trip an
opponent. This includes tripping or attempting to trip an opponent by
use of the legs, or by stopping in front or behind an opponent in such a
manner as to cause a fall or loss of balance.
A goalkeeper shall not intentionally strike or
attempt to strike an opponent by throwing the ball at an opponent or by
pushing an opponent with the ball while holding it. PENALTY:
Indirect free kick.
A player shall be
penalized for intentionally handling, carrying, striking, or propelling the
ball with a hand or arm. PENALTY: Indirect free kick.
Holding and Pushing:
A player shall not hold or push an opponent
with the hand(s) or arm(s) extended from the body.
A player shall not place a hand(s) on an
opponent in an effort to reach the ball. PENALTY: Indirect free
A player shall not intentionally charge an opponent unfairly. An unfair
charge is one in which a player does not use shoulder -to-shoulder
contact with an opponent and/or does not have arms and elbows close to
his/her body, and/or does not have at least one foot on the ground, when
the ball is not being played, and the charge is done in a dangerous
A fair charge is allowed and is one in which a
player makes non-violent shoulder-to-shoulder contact with an opponent,
with the arms and elbows close to the body, at least one foot on the
ground, and the ball within playing distance.
A player having one or both feet on the ground
shall not charge into an opponent who has both feet off the ground.
A player shall not charge into the goalkeeper
in the penalty area unless the goalkeeper is obstructing the player or
dribbling the ball with the feet.
An official shall disqualify, without caution, any player who flagrantly
fouls the goalkeeper in possession of the ball.
control of the ball includes when the goalkeeper has the ball trapped by either
or both hands, when bouncing it to the ground, or when releasing the ball into
penalty area, the goalkeeper has no more privileges than any other player does
A player shall not charge into an opponent
when neither player is within playing distance of the ball. PENALTY:
Indirect free kick.
Obstruction is the intentional act made by a
player not in possession of the ball and not attempting to play the
ball. Running between an opponent and the ball, or using the body as an
obstacle is obstruction.
The goalkeeper in possession of the ball shall
not be interfered with or impeded in any manner by an opponent. This
includes the act of bouncing the ball, attempting to throw the ball, or
tossing the ball in the air to re-catch. PENALTY: Indirect free
A player not attempting to play the ball, but
remaining between the ball and an opponent, may be legally charged from
behind provided the charge is not violent or dangerous and the ball is
within playing distance.
A player shall not participate in dangerous
play, which is an act an official considers likely to cause injury to
any player. This includes playing in a manner that could cause injury to
self or another player (opponent or teammate). PENALTY: Indirect
yellow/red card system will be used to control unsportsmanlike conduct and
improper behavior, and persistent infringement of any rules of the game by
player, coach and bench personnel.
When cautioning a player, coach, or other bench personnel, the official
shall display a yellow card and indicate the person concerned.
second yellow card displayed on the same person in the same contest for any
unsportsmanlike conduct shall be a red card.
When ejecting a player, coach, or other bench personnel, the official shall
display a red card and indicate the person concerned. A player, coach, or
other bench personnel receiving a red card shall be ejected from the game
and will be suspended from the next scheduled game.
player that is ejected cannot be substituted for; the team must play a
Should the same player receive 2 red cards throughout the soccer intramural
season they will be suspended from the soccer league for a year.
player ejected from the game must leave the building.
Team captains are responsible for the conduct of their players, sidelines,
If a player is red
carded and refuses to tell his/her name, the captain may be red carded
if he/she will not reveal the name and the team may be subject to a
Team captains who
cannot or will not control their sidelines and/or spectators will be
issued a caution (yellow card), and ejection (red card) if necessary.
The presentation of a yellow card by an official will result in that
entering the penalty box for two minutes. Their team will be required to
play a man down for the duration of the penalty or until the opposing team
scores 2 goals. The penalty time will be kept by the official and will only
start when play is resumed after foul or misconduct. This player may not be
Advantage: If a team commits a second yellow card offense within the
time frame of the first penalty, a substitute will be permitted for this
second violation. When the penalty time for the first player elapses,
they will return to the substitution zone. The second penalized player
will serve out his penalty time as stated.
penalized team has already received a red card or has no substitutes to
replace the player, both players will be required to enter the penalty
box and the team will play with 3 players.
infringes upon any of the rules of the game.
Shows dissent by word
of mouth or action to decisions given by the referee.
Is guilty of any
incidental, vulgar, or profane language.
Is guilty of
Enters or leaves the
field of play without the permission of the referee.
Other team members,
besides the captain, address the officials and question their calls.
Too many players on
the field or incorrect amount of women on the field.
Serves as a second
Is guilty of violent
conduct or serious foul play.
Is abusive in
language or gesture toward a player or official.
Persists in misconduct after receiving a caution.
Destruction or abuse
of Reily Center property.
If a player is
ejected from the game.
If the officials or
supervisor deems necessary.
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