5 on 5 Soccer
A participant may play for only 1 team.
- Each team shall consist of five players. Teams must have at least four players at the designated time of the contest. Teams must have at least four players to continue.
- There is no limit on the number of substitutes. You may only sub when your team has possession of the ball during a stoppage of play in the game on a corner kick. Either team may substitute during a stoppage of play in the game on a goal kick, throw in, after a score, when a player is cautioned, when a player is injured, or when a player is disqualified.
- Officials must be notified of a substitution before it is made.
- If a player enters the field of play without notifying the referee, an indirect kick will be taken at the point where the ball lies at that time.
- A player shall not wear anything that is dangerous to another player on the field (i.e. loose chains, rings, watches, headwear that contains any hard, stiff material including billed hats or items containing exposed knots). ALL JEWELRY MUST BE REMOVED. Participants wearing illegal equipment will be required to sub off (whether a sub is available or not) until the next substitution opportunity after the jewelry is removed. THIS INCLUDES ALL EARRINGS. If you are wearing any type of cast you will not be allowed to play. Braces must be covered and padded. All shin guards made of hard substances (plastic etc.) must be covered entirely by stockings.
- Players must wear athletic type shoes that cover the foot completely. Sandals, boots, and open toe shoes are NOT allowed. Cleats are limited to studs or projections that do not exceed 1⁄2 inch in length and are made with nonabrasive rubber or rubber-type synthetic material that does not chip or develop a cutting edge. The Intramural Sport Supervisor will have final judgment on legal footwear and is not protestable.
- Ready to Play : FIVE minutes past game time is forfeit time! If a team does not have at least four players present and ready to play at this point then they forfeit.
- Jerseys : For all outdoor soccer games, it is required that teams wear uniformly colored jerseys in order to help distinguish one team from another. Jerseys will be provided by the Intramural Directors.
- A regulation game shall consist of two 10 minute halves. The clock does not stop and there are no time outs permitted except those called by the officials for injuries. There is a five-minute rest period between halves.
- The player to first kick the ball shall not be allowed to touch the ball a second time until another player has touched it. If the first player takes a second touch when the all is in play, an indirect kick shall be awarded to the opposing team at the point of infraction.
- No slide-tackling is allowed. Players may not leave their feet or slide when executing a tackle. Any infraction of this rule will result in an indirect free kick for the opposing team.
- Any player who is bleeding must be substituted for until the bleeding stops. An intramural supervisor or game official has the authority to remove the player. If by removing the player who is bleeding, the team falls below the minimum number necessary to play (4), the following will apply: The game clock will stop and a maximum of five (5) minutes will be allowed for the player to stop the bleeding. Either an intramural staff member or game official must approve the player to re-enter. If the bleeding is not stopped within the allotted five (5) minutes the team will forfeit the game. THE TIME ALLOWANCE IS ONLY FOR PLAYERS WHO ARE BLEEDING, AND THE TEAM CANNOT CONTINUE TO PLAY WITHOUT THEM.
- Overtime Period: During bracket play, there are no overtime periods. During the playoffs, overtime periods shall consist of a 5-minute “golden goal” overtime period with a coin toss to decide kickoff/direction. The first team to score in overtime is the winner. If no team has scored in the 5-minute overtime, the winner shall be decided by a shootout.
- Start of Game: At the beginning of a game, choice of ends or the kickoff shall be decided by the toss of a coin. The winner of the toss shall have the choice of ends of the kickoff or possession of the ball. At the official's signal a player taking a place kick of a stationary ball from the center of the field (any direction). All players must remain in their half of the field and opponents must be five (5) yards from the ball until it is kicked off.
- Scoring: All goals = 1 point. A goal is scored when the whole of the ball has passed completely over the goal line, between the goal post and under the crossbar, provided no infraction of the rules occurred in the accomplishment of the goal. A goal may only be scored from a touch within a team’s offensive half of the field. The clock is not stopped after a goal is scored. After a goal is scored, play is resumed the same way as in starting a game by the side against which the goal was scored. A goal cannot be scored directly from the kick-off.
- Goalkeeper Privileges: There is no goalkeeper in 5 on 5 soccer. Players are not allowed in the Goal Box (see Interpretations).
- Offside: The offside rule is not in effect.
- Goal Box. The goal box, ten feet wide by six feet long, is directly in front of the goal. There is no ball contact allowed within the goal box, however, any player may pass through the goal box. If the ball comes to rest in the goal box, a goal kick is awarded regardless of who touched the ball last. Any part of the ball or player's body on the line is considered in the goal box and is an extension of such. Once the ball has broken the plane of the goal box, if the ball is touched by the defensive team, a goal will be awarded. If the offensive player touches after the ball has broken the plane, a goal kick will be awarded. The plane of the goal box extends upward.
- Five Yard Rule. In all dead-ball situations, defending players must stand at least five yards away from the ball. If the defensive player’s goal is closer than five yards, the ball shall be played five yards from the goal, in line with the place of the penalty.
- Kick-Ins. The ball shall be kicked into play from the sidelines, instead of thrown in. The ball is considered in play when the ball is touched with a foot and moves one full rotation.
- Indirect Kicks. All dead-ball kicks (kick-ins, free kicks, and kickoffs) are indirect with the exception of corner/penalty kicks.
- Goal Kicks. A goal kick is a direct free kick. The ball must travel outside the penalty area before it may be played by anyone of either team. Infraction results in a re-kick. They may be taken from any point on the end line.
- Corner Kick. A corner kick is a direct free kick. A member of the attacking team takes a corner kick when the ball passes completely over the goal line. Opposing team members shall not approach within five yards of the ball until the ball is in play and has been played forward from a stationary position. A goal can be scored directly from a corner kick.