Indoor Soccer Rules

RULES FOR INDOOR SOCCER @ SAXON SPORTS FRANKSTON

 

Updated Nov 30 2015 – changes highlighted in yellow

 

 

1. THE GAME

Indoor soccer is played under similar rules to outdoor soccer between two teams attempting to score goals by kicking a ball into a netted goal region.

The game is played inside netted courts, which allows the ball to stay alive.

The game is played over

 

MONDAY                       2 x 15 minute halves

TUESDAY                      2 X 20 minute halves

THURSDAY                    2 X 13 minute halves

FRIDAY                         2 X 20 minute halves

JUNIORS                       2 X 13 minutes halves

 

With a 1-minute break at half time, with the result being determined by the team scoring the most goals.

 

2. COSTS

Men’s = MONDAY $60 per team, TUESDAY $75 per team & FRIDAYS $84

Ladies = $44 per team

Mixed = $44 per team

Juniors = $8 per person.

 

3. SEASON DURATION

Each of our seasons lasts anywhere between 12 weeks to 18 weeks dependant on time of year, public holidays and different seasonal sports.

 

4. FIELDING A TEAM

a) The game is played between two teams each with 5 on-court players (6 ON A FRIDAY).

b) A maximum of 3 substitute players can be added to the on-court players.

c) Teams can play short with 3 on-court players.

d) A team reduced to 2 players will forfeit the game.

e) Teams can only have 2 players playing outfield that play in a higher division @ Saxon Sports, at any one time and one of these must play in goal

 

5. UNIFORMS

Teams must be dressed as follows:

a) Shirts

Player shirts, long or short sleeved, must be exactly the same style and colour.

b) Goalkeeper

Goalkeepers may wear a different coloured top, to teammates. The top can be long or short sleeved.

c) Penalty

The penalty for incorrect uniform is one goal.

This penalty must be claimed by the opposition before the second half commences.

All teams must have matching shirts by their 4th scheduled match.

 

6. REFEREE

a) A referee shall be appointed to adjudicate the rules of the game with absolute impartiality.

b) The referee will interpret the rules to the best of their ability. Their decisions during the game are final.

c) The captains of both teams are the only players that may query rule applications made by the referee. Once the referee has replied, any further talking to, at or about the referee regarding a ruling may cause the team to be penalised.

 

d) ADVANTAGE CALL - Our Referees are encouraged to call ADVANTAGE & KEEP PLAY going if a player that has been impeded retains possession of the ball to his or her advantage.

 

 

7. LATE STARTS/LATE PLAYERS

 

a) Any game that does not start within 10 minutes of the scheduled time will be considered a forfeit.

b) Offending teams will lose 1 goal for every 3 minutes they caused a game to start late, to a maximum of three (3) goals.

c) Players may come onto the court at any stage of the game subject to following the correct substitution procedure (refer to rule 17).

d) Note: The match will start at the scheduled time no matter what the situation.

 

8. PLAYER SHORT

a) All teams that play short must have a goalkeeper.

 

9. COURT MARKINGS AND GOALKEEPER AREA

a) Courts will be clearly marked with:

Ø A half way line & centre circle (only kick off taker allowed in circle), and;

Ø A designated goalkeeper area & orange corner foul line (This goalkeeper area will be marked as a semi circle and includes an imaginary wall rising from the semi circle).

 

The following rules apply to defenders and attackers entering the goalkeeper area:

 

i) Players may run anywhere on the court except for the goalkeeper area. A designated goalkeeper is the only player allowed in this area.

ii) If a defender enters the goalkeeper area, but does not come into contact with the ball, a free kick will be awarded 2 metres from the edge of the goalkeeper’s semi circle and can form a wall.

iii) If a defender comes into contact with the ball whilst in the goalkeeper’s area, a penalty kick will be awarded.

iv) If an attacking player enters the goalkeeper’s area, a free kick will be awarded to the goalkeeper.

v) If the goalkeeper is out of area with no contact, a free kick will be awarded to the opposing team.

b) The line marking the goalkeeper’s area is considered in for the goalkeeper and out for all other players. The line is the inside area.

 

C) CENTRE CIRCLE MARKED (3 METRES) – NO PLAYERS ALLOWED IN THE CIRCLE EXCEPT PLAYER TAKING THE KICK OFF

 

10. GOALKEEPER

a) The goalkeeper can handle and kick the ball but only inside the goalkeeper area. The goalkeeper must not have any part of their body touching the ground outside the area. A penalty kick will occur if the goalkeeper touches the ball, even by accident, outside the area.

b) Once the referee deems the keeper has control of the ball in the goalkeeper area, either by hand or by foot, the goalkeeper has 5 seconds to release the ball.

c) No player on the court may One-Two with the goalkeeper, whether it is the defender passing to the keeper or the keeper passing to the defender; that player must pass to someone else.

d) If the above rules are broken, a penalty kick will result.

 

11. KICK OFF

To start the match, at half time and whenever a goal is scored, the ball must be brought to the middle of the court and kicked backwards to own players in defending half.

 

12. HANDBALL/BALL HITS REFEREE

a) Players are not permitted to touch the ball with any part of their arm below the shoulder whether deliberate or accidental. This will cause a free kick to be awarded to the opposition unless the referee rules the handball was to the opposition’s advantage.

b) If the ball hits the referee, the decision will be play-on as long as no team gains an unfair advantage. If the referee decides there is an unfair advantage, they will stop play and set up a “drop ball” between the two players closest to the

referee at the time.

 

 

13. TACKLING

a) To tackle or play the ball, players must be on their feet. Tackling can only be made from the front or side of an opponent whilst they have control of the ball.

b) Slide tackles are not permitted.

c) Free kicks will be awarded for any player tackling from the back or slide tackling.

 

14. FREE KICKS

a) Free kicks will be given for the following reasons:

 

  • Handball
  • Holding
  • Time Wasting
  • PLAYING THE BALL WHILST ON THE FLOOR IS A FREE KICK (KEEPER IS EXEMPT FROM THIS RULE)
  • Net Abuse
  • Entering goalkeeper area
  • Late tackles
  • Pushing
  • Tripping
  • Holding Nets whilst controlling Ball
  • Rough Play
  • Sledging
  • Obstruction
  • Raised Feet
  • Side, back or slide tackles
  • Backing into players whilst in control of the ball.
  • Dissent
  • Swearing and Abusive Language
  • Kicking above waist height
  • Any other behavior the referee thinks is not in the spirit of the game.
  • SPECTATOR ABUSE TO THE REFEREE, STAFF OR OPPOSITION PLAYER WILL BE A FREE KICK

 

b) Players have 5 seconds to take a free kick. Players must wait for the whistle.

c) Opposition players may form a wall but must stand 3 metres from the free kick spot.

d) If a foul is committed within 2 metres of the goalkeeper area, the ball may be moved back away from the defending wall to allow more room to take the free kick. This will also apply if a free kick is given close to the nets.

e) A FOUL BY EITHER TEAM IN THE CORNER AREA OF THE PITCH, ZONED BY THE END NET, SIDE NET, CURVE OF THE D & NEW YELLOW LINE (MARKED BELOW IN PINK) WILL RESULT IN THE FREE KICK BEING TAKEN FROM THE NEW PINK FREE KICK SPOT – THIS IS TO AGAIN CREATE MORE OPTIONS FOR THE PLAYER TAKING THE FREEKICK

                                                         

14A. ACCUMULATED FOULS

Once a team has accumulated 5 fouls, AS PER RULE 14, during a half (those accumulated in the second half continue to accumulate into GOLDEN GOAL extra time), from the 6th foul:

·A PENALTY WILL BE AWARDED TO THE OPPOSING TEAM FOR EACH FOUL

15. PENALTY SHOTS AT GOAL

a) A penalty shot at goal will be awarded for the following incidents:

Ø When a defender enters the goalkeeper area and comes into contact with the ball.

Ø When the goalkeeper handles the ball while outside the goalkeeper area.

Ø If a foul is committed where, in the referee’s mind, there is a direct chance on goal with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Ø If there is a ‘one-two’ played with the goalkeeper.

 Ø   WHEN A PLAYER USES LOUD AUDIBLE FOUL LANGUAGE THAT IS DEEMED TO BE OFFENSIVE TOWARDS OTHER USERS OF THE CENTRE OR THE REFEREE  

b) PENALTY TAKER CAN START FROM MARKED LINE

c) Only the goalkeeper can defend a penalty kick. The goalkeeper must stand on the goal line and can only move after the player has made contact with the ball.

d) All players must stand behind the ball and not within 2 metres of the player taking the kick.

e) The ball MUST enter the goalkeepers area or hit the back net before any player other than the penalty taker can touch it.

 

 

16. MISCONDUCT: CARD SYSTEM

Misconduct will be monitored by applying the yellow and red card system as follows:

 

Yellow Card

A yellow card will be given to any player playing outside the spirit of the game and the code of behaviour guidelines.

 

When a yellow card is shown to any player, that player will be sent off for 2 minutes and they cannot be replaced or substituted.

 

Reasons for being given a yellow card will include, but are not limited to, the following:

Ø Commiting numerous fouls.

Ø Disputing, arguing with referee.

Ø Dangerous and / or rough play.

Ø Swearing, obscene gestures.

Ø Deliberate fouls, time wasting and deliberate handballs.

Ø Intimidating, harassing opponents.

Ø Anything the referee feels is unsportsmanlike behaviour.

Ø Pushing.

 

A player accumulating 2 x Yellow Cards in any 30 day period will be deemed as having received a RED Card & the same penalties as Red Card offence will be put in place.

 

Red Card

a) A red card, like a yellow card, will be given to any player not playing in the spirit of the game. When a red card is issued, the player is to be ordered off the court and they cannot be replaced or substituted. A player is not entitled to a warning (yellow card) for offences such as:

Ø Fighting.

Ø Threatening players and / or referee.

Ø Spitting.

Ø When the offence follows a previous yellow card.

b) A red card offence is a minimum of a one (1) week suspension or two (2) weeks if the player has previously been suspended, also see .

c) Competition management reserve the right to use a heavier suspension if we feel it is necessary.

 

GUIDELINES FOR ON & OFF COURT DISCIPLINE

ASSAULT ON ANY REFEREE, SAXON SPORTS STAFF MEMBER OR SAXON PLAYER – LIFE BAN

RACIAL ABUSE OR DISCRIMINATION TOWARDS OTHERS – LIFE BAN

THREATENING PHYSICAL HARM TO A REFEREE – LIFE BAN

VIOLENT CONDUCT: KICKING, ELBOWING & PUNCHING – 12 WEEKS

SPITTING AT ANYONE – 12 WEEKS

FOUL OR ABUSIVE GESTURES TO THE REFEREE – 6 WEEKS

SERIOUS FOUL PLAY – ATTEMPTING TO KICK OR STRIKE A PLAYER – 6 WEEKS

 

17. SUBSTITUTIONS / INJURED PLAYER / FILL IN PLAYERS

a) Substitutions can only be made during a stoppage of play or when a goal has been scored. The opposing team may also make a change at the same time.

b) No substitution can be called in the last 2 minutes of each half.

c) When a player is injured, they may be substituted at anytime.

d) The clock will not be stopped for substitutions. It will only be stopped in finals for serious injury and if an injured player needs assistance from the court.
e) Teams that have a full quota of players will only be allowed a FILL IN player as a substitute by receiving approval from the Centre Management & the opposition team - we will take into account elements such as temperature, quality of the proposed FILL IN player & any other info that we feel is appropriate.
f) If a team has a FILL IN player to make up a full team then they cannot have a 2nd FILL IN player without approval from Centre Management as per rule 17 e)

 

18. COMPETITION POINTS

a) Win Points

Ø 4 points for a win.

Ø 2 point each for a draw.

b) Forfeit Points

In the event of a forfeit, the non-offending team will receive 4 points for a win & 5-0 scoreline ONLY WHEN THEY HAVE PAID THE GAME FEE IN FULL & the team forfeiting will lose 1 point (-1).

 

Forfeits/Game Change

 

Once the competition has begun with all courts fully allocated, reschedules can be requested but cannot be guaranteed.

ANY TEAM FORFEITING AFTER 2PM ON THE DAY OF THEIR GAME WILL BE CHARGED FOR THEIR OWN GAME FEE AND THEIR OPPONENTS GAME FEE.

Any team forfeiting a game less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled start time of that game will have to pay, in full, the game fee for that game.

 

The team has an option of playing a fill in game within two weeks of forfeiting in order to avoid being penalised any points if there is a game available.

 

In order to avoid a forfeit, teams may vary the composition of their team from week to week.

 

Additionally, Saxon Sports maintains a register of individual players who are available to “fill-in” or take up a permanent position in a team.

19. LADDER POSITION

The competition points earned during the season will determine a team’s position on the ladder. The following criteria will apply (in order of priority):

1. Highest total points (win points less administrative penalty points).

2. Highest number of outright wins (if equal on total points).

3. Highest difference between goals for and against (if equal on total points and wins).

4. Highest number of goals scored (if equal on total points, wins and goal difference).

 

20. FINALS

Ø Finals will be a 2 week campaign as of May 1st 2014 – 1 v 4, 2 v 3

Players must play 4 games throughout the season to qualify for finals.

Ø Teams who join the competition during the season must ensure players play one third of the games to qualify.

Ø In the event of a drawn final, extra time shall be played until the winner is determined (cricket is a superover)

Ø Extra time will apply for all sports in grand finals.

Ø Any player who is playing for 2 teams in the same grade can only play in 1 of their teams (player’s choice) on a finals night.

 

21. RESPECT

Saxon Sports is a family orientated sporting facility.

We do not tolerate poor and abusive language and any type of physical behaviour such as fighting.

 

We endeavour to make your experience at the centre the best it can possibly be, excelling in premier sporting competitions whist containing a very friendly and family orientated culture.

 

In that regard we expect the same courtesy out of all of our patrons.
Any altercations with staff, whether it simply be a referee, bar staff or management, we will take very seriously and if forced to take serious action; no matter the situation.

22. WEARING A PLASTER CAST

Players may not use or wear equipment that is dangerous to himself or another player.

HARD PLASTER CASTS & SOFT CASTS are considered to pose a danger to both the wearer and other players and are not allowed to be worn.

In some cases the practice of padding a hard plaster cast does not reduce the element of danger and this includes 'fibreglass' casts.

Players wearing a 'soft' cast or a 'soft protective guard' will be permitted to play if the cast is not considered to present a danger to the individual or any other player.

Centre management will apply the rule 'does it feel like an arm?' For example 'SOFT'
Centre Management will make the final decision as to the acceptability of any cast.

22. CENTRE MANAGEMENT

Centre Management reserve the right to refuse any player or team the right to participate should we feel the need to do so.

 

ADDITION RULES FOR DIFFERENT FORMATS

 

MEN’S FULL/DOUBLE COURT SOCCER (FRIDAY)

 

The double court soccer competition rules are very similar to the normal 5 a side Soccer Rules with the following minor differences;

 

Ø 6 a Side

Ø 2 x 20 minute halves with a 2 minute break at half time.

Ø Keeper’s inside box area applies (no one but keeper allowed inside)

With the additional parallelogram penalty area, a keeper can also use his hands.

If a defender fouls an attacker in the penalty parralelogram area it results in a free kick on the pink dot

 

Ø Keeper can go anywhere on the pitch – but only use his hands in his area, any hand ball given against the keeper in his own half will be a PENALTY KICK.

Ø Back pass rule same as normal rules – no 1-2

Ø You don’t have to touch it before half way.

Ø 3-metre wall on free kicks.

Ø Keepers must have a dress variation from the rest of the team to stand out..

Ø Accumulated fouls rule applies.

Ø All fouls are the same.

Ø Penalty kick taker can start from the marked line.

Ø If the ball gets stuck behind goals its keeper’s ball.

 

LADIES AND MIXED SOCCER (THURSDAY)

 

The ladies and mixed soccer competition rules are very similar to the normal 5 a side men’s Soccer Rules with the following minor differences;

 

Ø 4 a side – 2 men and 2 women. 1 guy must be in goals throughout the entire match (you can substitute between each guy though).

Ø 2 x 13 minute halves, with a 1-minute break at half time.

Ø Under no circumstances can a guy kick the ball directly in front of a girl at extreme pace or above waist height.

Ø Accumulated foul rule applies.

Ø All fouls are the same.

 

SAXON SPORTS FRANKSTON - CENTRE POLICY

EFFECTIVE FROM JUNE 1ST, 2014

 

 

Game Fees

 

All teams are expected to pay FULL GAME FEES each week regardless of the number of players playing.

 

 Teams will not be allowed to take the court if they have not paid their game fee.

 

In special circumstances, whereby approved by management, teams not paying the full game will have until their next game to pay the money owing.

 

If failing to pay at their next game, teams will be penalised two competition points per week until they become financial.

 

Registration Fees

 

Registration fees for all new teams are the equivalent of a game fee.

 

Players must ensure that their personal details have been provided to the centre at the beginning of the season.

 

Officials

 

Saxon Sports shall provide the official/s who shall control the game, operate the scoreboard and act as a timekeeper.

 

The official’s interpretation of the rules shall be final and teams have no choice in officials.

 

The result on the scoreboard at the end of the game will stand and no further discussion will be entered into.

 

Uniforms

 

Teams must be in matching coloured shirts by the third competition game.

 

Players are not permitted to wear jeans or any footwear that is not deemed to be a sports shoe.

Variation in colour through wash and wear will be tolerated as long as the colour has not varied too significantly.

 

The umpire/referee will judge whether a uniform is correct.

 

If there is a dispute, the Duty Manager will make the final decision.

 

Teams failing to have matching coloured shirts by the required game will incur the following penalty, if claimed by the opposition captain prior to the halfway point of the game: Soccer - 1 goal, Cricket - 3 runs.

 

Finals

 

Players must play4 games during the season in order to qualify for finals.

 

Teams who join the competition during the season must ensure players play one third of the games to qualify.

 

Ladder positions are decided on total points.

 

If any teams are level on points, goal difference shall be the deciding factor.

 

In the event of a drawn final, extra time shall be played until the winner is determined (cricket is decided a SUPER OVER).

 

Extra time will apply for all sports in grand finals.

 

Eligible Players

 

Men’s Competitions – all participants must be male and over the age of 16

 

Ladies Competitions – all participants must be female and over the age of 14

 

Mixed Competitions – all participants must be over the age of 14

 

If a player plays on a regular basis in a high grade of competition, they will need to seek approval to play in a lower grade from Management and possibly the opposition team & captain prior.

 

Competition Grading

 

Monday Premier, Tuesday Premier, Friday Premier, World Cup/EPL/Euro

Monday Div 1 Tuesday Div 1

Monday Div 2 Tuesday Div 2

Thursday Mixed, Thursday Ladies

 

 

Centre Management can make exceptions to the above Eligibility rules upon written application.

 

 

Fill-in Players

 

Any player registering for a team after Re-grade must have approval from management.

 

If it is felt that this player affects the grading of the team involved to the disadvantage of other teams in the grade, approval may not be given.

 

Re-Grading Teams

 

A team which in the opinion of management is graded incorrectly shall be moved after Round 3 of a season or at any other time up to Round 10 if necessary at the discretion of management.

 

A team moving down a grade will be awarded average points based on the teams points  in that grade up until the halfway point of the competition

 

A team moving up a grade will take their current points tally & goal difference from the lower grade with them.

 

A new team entering a grade will be awarded average points based on the teams in that grade up until the halfway point of the competition.

 

Any team entering a grade after the halfway point will be awarded the same number of points as the bottom team.

 

A new team to a grade must however play a minimum of four games to be eligible for finals.

 

A team found breaching this rule will automatically lose the game on forfeit.

 

Safety/Insurance

 

As all the sports we offer are active in nature with moving equipment, participants need to be aware that injuries may occur and players play at their own risk.

 

Personal accident insurance is provided via JLT Insurance in conjunction with Indoor Sports Victoria

 

Players are covered (including ambulance cover) once they the season sign up fee of $30

 

All patrons are strongly advised to also have their own private health insurance.

 

Teams Late On Court

 

Penalties apply for teams that are late on court.

 

If both teams are running late, neither team will be penalised until one of the teams has the minimum amount of players required on court.

 

Incomplete Matches

 

In the event of an incomplete match, the result will stand if the game has passed the half way mark for soccer and netball, and the halfway mark of the second innings for cricket.

 

If the game is abandoned before this point, the match will be re-scheduled.

 

The only exception being matches terminated at the official’s discretion.

 

Behaviour

 

For the enjoyment of all, games are expected to be played in a sportsmanlike manner.

 

The centre reserves the right to dismiss any team or member thereof for threatening, offensive or abusive behaviour.

 

The team shall be held responsible for the actions of its members and spectators both on and off the court.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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