Game duration will be determined by the individual leagues. Time shall be stopped for injury and when
a time penalty isused or as otherwise determined necessary by the referees.
- U7/8 4 x 12 minute quarters
- U9 - Adult 2 x 25 minute halves
Start of Play
The visiting team has possession in the first period, the home team in the next period. Teams change
ends after each period.
Ball In and Out of Play
The ball is out of play when it passes over the perimeter wall (netting), when it hits the ceiling, when a goal is scored or when the referee stops play. The ball is in play at all other times, including when it rebounds fromthe referee, perimeter wall, goal post or Plexiglas.
Method of Scoring
A goal is scored when the whole ball passes completely over the goal line providing no infraction has
been committed by the attacking team.
Three Line Violation & Delay of Game Violation
Three Line Pass:
If a player plays the ball over three lines in the air towards the opponent’s goal line without it touching another player, the perimeter wall, or the referee on the field of play the referee shall award a free kick to the opposing team at the center of the first large white line that the ball crossed.
Goalkeepers for ages U7-U10 may not punt the ball over the three lines.
Exception: A goalkeeper while standing in his/herpenalty area may legally throw the ball over all three lines. A goalkeeper may throw the ball into the opponent’s goal while in his/her own defensive penalty area. Result is agoal scored.
Ten Second Advance from Defensive Zone:
From any restart in its defensive zone, or after the ball is distributed by the goalkeeper (from full
possession), a team in continuous control of the ball shall have 10 seconds to advance the ball beyond the defensive zone line into the neutral zone. If a team plays the ball back into its defensive zone and maintains continuous control of the ball, the 10 second rule shall apply. For violations of this rule, the referee shall stop play and award a free kick to the opposing team to be taken at the center of the white line closest to the offending team’s goal.
Fouls and Misconduct
A player who kicks, trips, strikes, elbows, jumps at, pushes, holds, charges, commits a dangerous play, obstructs or intentionally handles the ball (except the goalkeeper in his/her own penalty area) shall be penalizedby awarding a free-kick to the offended team. Any of the above fouls committed by the defending team in its penalty area shall result in a penalty kick and a two or five minute time penalty. An offense committed in the penalty area by the defending team which is not worthy of a time penalty (e.g. obstruction or dangerous play) shall not result in a penalty kick and play shall be restarted with a free kick to the offended team at the top of the restraining arc.Slide tackling on a player is not allowed.
Penalty Time Penalties:
Penalties may be assessed against players for committing any of the twelve offenses outlined above while the ball is in play. A time penalty must be assessed for incidents of boarding, elbowing, striking, spitting, and other offenses deemed severe, tactical or blatant in nature. These two or five minute penalties shall be administered by the showing of a Blue, Yellow, or Red card by the referee, and a power play shall be awarded to the offended team.
Unsportsmanlike Conduct Penalties:
Penalties may be assessed at the discretion of the referee, to the players while the ball is out of play. The only exception is a shin guard violation. These penalties shall be administered by the showing of a
Blue or Yellow Card and the resulting power play for the offended team shall be two minutes in length. The restart for any unsportsmanlike conduct offense shall be a free kick to the offended team if the offense occurred while the ball was in play. Examples of unsportsmanlike conduct include encroachment (interfering with the taking of a free kick or restart), Leaning on a teammates shoulder in order to play the ball, unauthorized exit of penalty box and delay of game (tactics used to delay restart of play).