Co-Rec Outdoor Soccer Rules | Recreational Services
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2017 Co-Rec Outdoor Soccer Rules

Rule 1: Facility | Rule 2: Player Eligibility | Rule 3: Team Composition/Substitution | Rule 4: Starting/Restarting the Match | Rule 5: Duration of Match | 
Rule 6: Equipment | Rule 7: Ball In/Out of Play | Rule 8: Offsides | Rule 9: Fouls and Misconduct | RainOut Line

 Recent rule changes appear in italicized font.

Any rules not specifically addressed within these rules will be found in the FIFA Laws of the Game.

Rule 1: Facility

  1. All matches will be played at the Hawkeye Recreation Fields unless otherwise noted.
  2. Alcohol, tobacco, and illegal substances are not permitted while participating in Intramural Sports or in the parking lot of the playing facility.

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Rule 2: Player Eligibility

  1. Teams must have at least two females and two males, and five people total, on the team roster.  No exceptions to this will be allowed.
  2. No more than two players on an intramural team roster may be a member or coach of a University of Iowa soccer club, or may be a former member of an intercollegiate soccer team. A team with two University of Iowa soccer club members or former intercollegiate players must play in the A league. Please see the Intramural Sports Rules and Regulations for the full participant policy. A list of current University of Iowa soccer club members and coaches will be available at the Recreational Services office (E216 FH).
  3. All Intramural Sports eligibility rules apply. Please check the Intramural Sports Rules and Regulations carefully.
  4. All players must check-in with a valid, university or government-issued photo ID with the Intramural Supervisor on-duty prior to the start of each match.

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Rule 3: Team Composition/Substitution

  1. Matches will be played with eight players, with one of these players being the goalkeeper, who wears colors that distinguish him/her from other players. A minimum of five players are required to prevent a forfeit. 
    The legal Co-Rec team combinations are as follows:
    • Team of 8: 4 men and 4 women or 5 men and 3 women or 3 men and 5 women
    • Team of 7: 3 men and 4 women or 4 men and 3 women
    • Team of 6: 3 men and 3 women or 4 men and 2 women or 2 men and 4 women
    • Team of 5: 3 men and 2 women or 2 men and 3 women
    • At no point may the gender difference be more than two.
  1. Substitutions can only be made during a dead ball, whether for the goalkeeper or for any other player on the field. To substitute, a player must wait at the division line (midfield line) until the ball is dead (out-of-bounds, penalty, etc.). Upon the ball being blown dead, the player must notify the official of his/her desire to substitute, at which time the substitution will be allowed. The entering player must wait for the exiting player to leave the field before entering.
    • Substitutions may only take place for the team in control of the ball during throw-ins, corner kicks, and free kicks.
      • During these instances, once the team controlling the ball substitutes, the opposing team may then bring substitutes into the game during that dead ball period. 
    • Substitutions for either team may take place during goal kicks, an injury, yellow card, red card, and after a goal.
      • During these instances, if the referee recognizes the substitution for a team and an opposing team also has a substitute ready to enter, that player shall be allowed to enter at the same time.
  2. There are unlimited substitutions.
  3. A player must leave the field or be replaced if he/she is found bleeding or has blood on his/ her person, or is found to be wearing illegal jewelry (yellow card).
  4. Goalkeepers may be substituted for by players on or off the field, during a dead ball, provided that the referee has been notified of this change.

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Rule 4: Starting/Restarting the Match

  1. At the beginning of the game, the choice of ends and kickoff shall be decided by the toss of a coin. The team winning the toss shall have the option of choice of ends or to kick off the first half. If the team winning the toss chooses to kick off, the team losing the toss will choose which side it wishes to defend. If the team winning the toss chooses which side it wishes to defend, the team losing the toss will kick off.
  2. The ball shall be placed on the center mark and may be kicked in any direction to be put in play. It must be touched by someone other than the player kicking off after entering play. The opposing team must be 10 yards from the ball at the kickoff. The teammates of the kicker must be in their own half at the time of the kick.
     Penalty:  The offended team will be awarded an indirect kick.
  3. A goal may be scored from a kickoff.
  4. A kickoff by the team scored upon shall be used as the re-start following all goals.
  5. After the half time interval, the teams shall change ends and the kickoff shall be taken by a player of the team that did not kick off the first half.
  6. If play is stopped by the referee for reasons other than a foul and neither team is in possession of the ball, a drop ball shall put the ball back in play.

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Rule 5: Duration of Match

  1. Each match shall consist of two 20-minute halves, with halftime not to exceed five minutes.
  2. The referee shall stop the clock for injuries and any other situation that he/she deems necessary.
  3. Teams not ready to play within 10 minutes of the scheduled starting time shall lose by forfeit.
  4. Mercy rule: If a team is ahead by eight goals or more at any point during the last 10 minutes of the second half, the game shall end.
  5. If a match ends in a tie in regulation time the first overtime period shall consist of a 5-minute “Golden Goal” period. The first team to score a goal will win the match. The clock will run continuously during the "Golden Goal" overtime period stopping only for injuries and unforeseen circumstances.
  6. If the score is still tied at the end of the 5-minute “Golden Goal” period the game will proceed directly to a shootout. 
    • The winner of a coin toss will choose to shoot first or second.
    • Each team will provide five shooters to the referee.
    • Teams will alternate shooters until all five have shot or one team is guaranteed more goals.
    • If there is no winner after the first five have shot, teams will alternate on every shot; the match will end when one team is ahead by a goal at the end of a round.
    • No shooter on a team may shoot again until all players on that team have shot.

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Rule 6: Equipment

  1. Jewelry. Hand jewelry is not permitted to be worn during participation in Outdoor Soccer. Wrist jewelry must be taped down, and must stay taped down throughout the contest. Necklaces must be taped down inside the shirt, and must stay taped down throughout the contest. Stud earrings, or earrings that do not extend beyond the earlobe, are permitted, but must be covered throughout the contest. Studded nose rings must be taped down or removed. Intramural Sports will not provide tape for the taping of jewelry. The Intramural Sports staff retains the right to require any jewelry deemed dangerous to be removed prior to participation, or continued participation.
  2. No hats, bandanas, or other headwear that the referee deems dangerous are allowed.
  3. Players wearing casts, guards, or other hard protective materials on their hand, arm, or elsewhere may not participate unless the material is covered with at least ½-inch thick foam padding.  
  4. No screw-in, steel cleats or hard or steel toed shoes are allowed.
  5. Shin guards are allowed and recommended. Recreational Services will not provide shin guards. Players are responsible for providing their own shin guards. 
    • PENALTY: The offending player must leave the field until the illegal equipment is taken off. The player must then wait to be beckoned by the referee to re-enter.
  6. Players on a team must wear the same color shirt during matches. Players without matching color shirts will wear pinnies provided by University of Iowa Intramural Sports.

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Rule 7: Ball In/Out-of-Play

  1. The ball is out-of-play when the entire ball has crossed the entire goal or touch line.
  2. The ball is also dead when the referee has stopped play.
  3. When a ball crosses the goal line, outside of the goal, play shall be resumed by:
    • A goal kick when the offense was the last team to touch the ball.
      • A goal kick must be placed within the goal area.
      • The goal kick must leave the penalty area before being touched.
      • There is no offside on goal kick.
      • A goal may be scored directly from a goal kick.
        Penalty: The offended team will receive an indirect free kick.
    • A corner kick when the defense was the last team to touch the ball.
      • A corner kick must be placed within, or on, the corner arc.
      • There is no offside on a corner kick.
      • A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick.
  4. When a ball crosses the touch line fully, play shall be resumed by a throw-in by the team that did not touch the ball last.
    • The throw-in shall be performed with both feet touching the ground on or behind the touch line, facing the field and the ball going behind the head of the thrower and coming back over the top of the head with equal force from both hands. 
      Penalty: The offended team shall receive a throw-in.
    • A player other than the thrower must play the ball before the thrower can play the ball. 
      Penalty: The offended team will receive an indirect free kick.
    • There is no offside on a throw-in.
    • A goal may not be scored directly from a throw-in.

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Rule 8: Offsides

  1. ​A player is in an offside position if he/she is nearer to his/her opponent’s goal line than both the ball and the second to last defender.
    • He/she is not in an offside position if he/she is in his/her own half of the field.
    • He/she is not in an offside position if he/she is even with the second to last defender or with the ball.
  2. A player is penalized if he/she is in an offside position at the moment the ball is touched or played by a teammate and he/she is involved in active play by interfering with play or with an opponent. 
    Penalty: The offended team will receive an indirect free kick.

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Rule 9: Fouls and Misconduct

  1. The following fouls shall result in a direct free kick for the offended team from the spot of the foul, where the ball may enter the goal directly from the kick. Defenders shall be at least 10 yards away from the ball at the time of the kick.
    • Deliberately kicking or attempting to kick an opponent;
    • Deliberately jumping at an opponent;
    • Deliberately charging an opponent in a violent and dangerous manner;
    • Deliberately charging an opponent from behind;
    • Deliberately striking or attempting to strike an opponent;
    • Slide tackling an opponent;
      • A slide tackle is a slide to attack the ball controlled by an opponent.
      • A slide tackle will be assessed a minimum of a yellow card.
      • Sliding to control the ball in the open field, with no opponents near, does not constitute a slide tackle.
    • Holding an opponent;
    • Pushing an opponent;
    • Deliberately handling the ball with the hand or arm other than the goalkeeper within his/her penalty area;
    • Charging the goalkeeper inside the penalty area while the goalkeeper is in possession of the ball;
    • If illegal substitute or non-player interferes with play.
  2. Fouls committed by the defense in their own penalty area that result in a direct free kick will result in a penalty kick being given to the offended team.
    • The ball shall be placed on the penalty mark and all players except the shooter and goalkeeper shall be outside of the penalty area, penalty arc and be behind the ball.
    • Players may not enter the penalty area until the ball has been touched.
    • The goalkeeper will start on his/her goal line and will not move forward off the line until the ball has been kicked. He/she may move back and forth along the goal line.
    • The shooter will make one continuous motion in kicking the ball and not touch the ball again until it is touched again by another player.
    • Failure to comply with these rules by the defense will result in another penalty kick being taken. Failure by the offense will result in a goal kick being taken by the defense.
  3. The following fouls shall result in an indirect free kick for the offended team from the spot of the foul, in which the ball must touch another offensive player before entering the goal. Defenders shall be at least 10 yards away from the ball at the time of the kick.
    • Playing in a manner considered dangerous by the referee; (“playing on the ground”, “high kick”)
    • Impeding the progress of an opponent;
    • A goalkeeper using his/her hands after receiving a pass directly from the feet of a teammate; or a throw-in from a teammate;
    • Commits any other offense for which play is stopped to issue a caution or send off;
    • Indulging in time-wasting tactics;
    • Substituting illegally;
    • Indirect free kicks taken inside the attacking goal area are to be moved back to the goal area line that is perpendicular from the spot of the foul.
  4. The following offenses result in a caution (yellow card) for the offending player:
    • Unsporting behavior;
    • Showing dissent by word or behavior;
    • Persistently infringing the Laws of the Game;
    • Delaying the restart of the match;
    • Entering, re-entering or leaving the field of play without permission of the referee;
    • Wearing jewelry or illegal equipment while participating.
      Penalty: The offending player will be substituted out of the match and may not enter until the next legal opportunity. If the match is stopped specifically for one of these offenses, the type of free kick will be determined by the preceding foul that merited the yellow card. 
  5. The following offenses result in a send-off (red card) for the offending player:
    • Serious foul play;
    • Violent conduct;
    • Spitting at an opponent or any other person;
    • Denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal scoring opportunity by handling the ball or committing a foul punishable by a free kick or penalty kick;
    • Receiving a second caution in the same match;
    • Using severely offensive, insulting or abusive language/gestures.
    • Penalty: The offending player must leave the field. The offending team must play short for each player that receives a send-off for the remainder of the match. If the match is stopped specifically for one of these offenses, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the offended team. Any team with more than one red card administered will immediately forfeit the match.
  6. ​Advantage Clause
    • If, in the opinion of the referee, an offended team would gain more from ignoring the foul than in calling the foul, the referee shall invoke advantage, verbalizing this and utilizing the proper hand signal.
    • If the advantage does not materialize within one to two seconds, the referee may bring the ball back and call the original foul.
    • By invoking the advantage clause, the referee does not forfeit the right to come back and caution or send-off players for offenses committed.

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