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Blackburn Arms Soccer Indoor Rules
Unless stated otherwise below, FIFA’s Laws of the Game (LOG) apply.

Note: topics are listed alphabetically.

1. Balls in touch: Instead of throw-ins, players kick the ball in. Opponents must be at least five yards from the ball in all directions. Keepers CANNOT pick up kick-ins from their team. If a kick-in does not enter the field, the kicking team relinquishes the ball to the opponent.

2. Balls over the end line: These result in either a goal kick or a corner kick, as in outdoor soccer.

3. Balls touching the ceiling or overhead mesh: Outside of the penalty areas, teams that send the ball into the ceiling or overhead mesh give up an indirect free kick to the opponents; inside the penalty areas, a goal kick or a corner kick is awarded, depending on the team having last touched the ball.

4. Centre kick-offs: These are taken to start a) the game (home team), b) the second half (visitors) and c) the play after a goal (team scored on). Kick-offs may be forwards, sideways or backwards.

All players must be in their own half of the field, and players of the non-kicking team must remain at least five metres from the ball until it is kicked-off. The ball is in play as soon as it moves after contact. The kicker cannot play the ball a second time until it has been touched by another player.

5. Challenges on keepers: Given the BA League’s focus on sportsmanship and safety, players must avoid making contact with keepers who call for the ball early and clearly. Referees determine if the keeper has done so properly and if any challenge could have been avoided or not. Managers must clearly explain this rule to both their keepers and outfield players.
[RM1]

6. Complaints against players: Anyone wanting to file a complaint against a player must do so through the president of the BA League. The League then examines the complaint to see if it falls within its jurisdiction. If the League or District determines that a complaint calls for a hearing, the complainant must attend, failing which the hearing cannot take place.

7. Corner kicks: Corner kicks are direct and must be taken where the goal line and the touch line intersect, whether a corner arc is provided or not. Opponents must be at least five yards from the ball.

8. Equipment, jewellery, medical and visual aids

a. Jerseys: Team jerseys must be numbered. Keeper jerseys must be distinct in colour from those of their team and their opponents.

b. Shin guards and socks: All players must wear shin guards and have them fully covered by socks.

c. Shoes: Only flat-soled indoor/turf shoes or ordinary multi-studded outdoor shoes may be worn by the players (six-stud metal or six-stud plastic cleat outdoor shoes are not allowed).

Jewellery: All visible jewellery must be removed, but wedding bands are allowed if they are taped[RM2].

Medical and visual aids

a. Casts: Wrist or arm casts are not accepted given the chance of injury to him or other players. [RM3]

b. Eye glasses are allowed, with plastic or sport lenses being strongly recommended.

c. Knee braces are permitted if they appear safe and stable and meet the referee’s approval. Braces may be padded to make them acceptable.

d. Medic alert bracelets may be worn but must be taped.

9. Free kicks: Direct and indirect free kicks are awarded according to the Laws of the Game (LOGs). Opposing players must be five yards from the ball. Stretching arms or legs into this five-yard zone is considered encroachment and can result in a yellow card (see also “3. Balls touching the ceiling or overhead mesh”).

Game ball: The BA League provides official game balls. Failing that, the ref chooses among those offered by the teams.

10. Game duration: Five-minute warm-up, [RM4]two 25-minute halves, with a two- or three-minute rest [RM5]at half time. There is no added time for any reason; stoppage for injuries must be absorbed in the 50 minutes allotted for the game.

11. Game sheets: Each team must provide the referee with a completed game sheet.

12. Goal kicks: Goal kicks are indirect and can be taken anywhere in the penalty area.

13. Keepers as spares: see 24. Spares.

14. Number of players: 7 vs. 7, including the keeper, on the crosswise fields (1/3 of the full dome). Teams must have five players, including the keeper, on the field to start the game. Teams with fewer than five players present five minutes after the scheduled start time forfeit the game. Both teams must establish a bench area sit on the same side of the field.
[RM6]

15. Offensive, insulting or abusive language or gestures

a. Toward others: Players or coaches guilty of these infractions toward ANY player, team official or spectator are subject to a red card (sending-off) and its sanctions (see…).

b. Toward oneself: If a player swears at himself in frustration, the referee may warn both the player and his team. From that point on, any player on the team who swears in frustration is subject to a yellow card and its sanctions (See 16).

16. Off-sides: Off-sides do not apply in BA indoor soccer, but the League frowns upon players who stand in deep offside positions simply to interfere with or screen goalkeepers or to deflect shots or free kicks. Managers must make sure their team does not abuse the “no off-side” rule.
[RM7]

17. Pass-backs: Regular FIFA pass-back LOGs apply.

18. Penalty kicks: A penalty kick is awarded when a player other than the keeper
a. deliberately or carelessly handles the ball in the penalty area, or
b. commits any other foul in the penalty area that the LOGs say result in a direct free kick.
c. The penalty is taken ten paces from the middle of the goal line [RM8](NOT from the marked penalty spot).
d. Other than the penalty kicker, players from both teams must stand at least five yards behind the ball until the kick is taken.

19. Red cards: Players receiving a red card must leave both the field and the facility for the rest of the game, so they cannot stay to watch. Their team plays short for the rest of the game.

a. Too few players after a red card dismissal: The game ends if the dismissal leaves the team below the minimum number of players required. It thus forfeits to the opponents.

b. Substitutes getting red cards: Team members on the bench are substitutes, not players. If a substitute is dismissed, his team does NOT play short-handed[RM9].

20. Referee decisions and authority: All BA referees are OSA registered, and the League supports and respects their decisions. They are instructed to both forcefully reprimand and, if need be, quickly yellow-card or even red-card players or coaches whose attitude or style of play violates the spirit of the BA Soccer League. [RM10]

a. Assaults on referees: Reports of assaults on referees go to the District. The players accused are automatically suspended from all soccer-related activities until a hearing takes place. Players can also be charged with assault under the criminal code in these instances. The authority of the referee extends to the parking lot of the facility.

21. Rule changes: During the season, the League might have to amend the Rules of play. Team representatives are notified accordingly if that happens. Managers and coaches must make sure their players know the rules, both FIFA’s and those specific to BA indoor.

22. Scoring interdictions: Scoring is NOT allowed from
a. a centre kick-off
b. a goal kick
c. an indirect kick
d. a kick-in
e. a goalkeeper’s throw.

23. Sliding and sliding tackles: Other than for keepers in their penalty area, sliding tackles are not allowed and result in a direct free kick to the opponents. However, sliding to save a ball from going into touch or across the goal line is permitted if it does not endanger an opponent.

24. Spares (requesting and assigning): Managers can request a player from the spares list when their game-time roster is down to nine players (so, only two players on the sidelines). The spares coordinator must assign spares “like for like” as much as possible while trying to spread playing opportunities evenly among those on the spares list.

Keepers as spares: If no keeper from the official spares list is available, the spares coordinator can assign a keeper from one of the other teams, even during the playoffs.

Keepers sparing as outfielders: Only when a team has requested spares in advance but none are available can the spares coordinator consider allowing a keeper from another team to spare as an outfielder[RM11]. Alternatively, the short-handed team’s keeper can play out and be replaced in goal. The “like for like” rules still applies, however.

25. Spitting (facility rules): Because indoor artificial turf isn’t naturally cleansed by rain as outdoor fields are, spitting indoors is a significant health hazard. Dome officials therefore reserve the right to ban players caught spitting in the facility. Referees can also yellow-card players for spitting.

26. Substitutions: Substitutions are unlimited and can take place at any time, even during the course of play (on-the-fly). However, players must substitute at their bench area near the halfway line. Neither the player entering nor the player leaving can interfere with the play while both are on the field. Illegal substitutions can result not only in an indirect free kick from where the ball was last played, but also in a yellow card (caution) if the referee feels the infraction was cynical.

27. Yellow cards (caution): Players receiving a yellow card must leave the field for two minutes (the referee times the sanction), and their team plays short-handed for that time, subject to the specifications below:

a. If the opponents score before the two minutes expire, the penalty is considered served and the player (or a substitute) returns to play on the ref’s signal.

If no goal is scored during the two-minute penalty, the penalized player or substitute must wait for the referee’s signal to return to play.

c. Yellow card plus penalty kick: If a defending player commits an infraction punished by both a penalty kick and a caution, he leaves the field to serve a two-minute sanction, which begins only after the penalty kick is taken. If a goal is scored on the penalty kick, the two-minute sanction is considered served and the player can return to play. If the penalty kick is unsuccessful, the sanction begins right after. The referee signals when the two minutes have been served; see a) above.

d. Keepers getting yellow cards: If a keeper receives a yellow card, a player on the field at the time of the foul must leave and serve a two-minute penalty. The caution is under the keeper’s name, not under that of the player serving the penalty.

e. Keepers getting second yellow card: If a keeper receives a second caution in the game, he gets a red card, is sent off, and his team must appoint another keeper, as well as play short one man for the rest of the game.

f. Substitutes getting yellow cards: If a substitute is cautioned, his team does NOT play short-handed for a two-minute penalty[RM12]. The referee notes the substitute’s name, jersey number and offence.

g. Two yellows to the same team within two minutes: If two players from the same team receive yellow cards within two minutes of each other, the first carded player leaves the field to serve his two minutes as outlined above, and when the second player gets a yellow, he must exit the field immediately, leaving his team two players short. However, the second penalty does not start until the first penalty is served or a goal is scored.

BLACKBURN ARMS 2011-2012 INDOOR SOCCER

League Rules for the 2011/2012 Season

1. Game Duration: 2 X 25 minute halves with 1 minute at half time. Teams must be ready to play on time. Any team unable to field the required number of players by 5 minutes after the scheduled start time of the game forfeits the game.
There is no added time for any reason, stoppage for minor injury must be absorbed within the time allotted for the game.

2. Number of players: 7 X 7 (including the keeper) on the full fields (1/3 of the full Dome). Teams must have a minimum of 5 players (including the keeper) on the field to start the game. No formal warm-up time is allotted (if the games run on time, there is time for warm up on the field).
Both teams must establish a bench area sit on the same side of the field.

3. Ball Out of Bounds: Instead of throw-ins, players will play “kick-ins” from out of bounds. All opposing players must be a minimum of 5 yards from the ball in all directions. A ball out of bounds on the end lines will result in either a goal kick or corner kick. Keepers are NOT permitted to pick-up “kick-ins”. If a kick-in does not enter the field of play, the kicking team relinquishes the ball to their opponent.

4. Offside: there will no off-side in the game.

5. Scoring: all field players may score from anywhere on the field with the following exceptions: you cannot score directly from a centre-kick, goal-kick, indirect kick, or kick-in. Goalkeepers cannot score by throwing the ball into the opponent’s net.

6. Free kicks: Direct and indirect free kicks are awarded (according to the infraction of the Laws of the Game). Opposing players must be 5 yards from the ball in all free kick situations. Outstretched arms/legs into the 5 yard zone are considered encroachment and may result in a yellow card. The ball coming into contact with any part of the Dome structure while in play will result in an indirect free kick (exception follows) for the opposite team. If the ball hits the building structure within the penalty area either a goal-kick or corner kick (direct kick) will be awarded depending on which team last touched the ball.

7. Goal-kick: all goal kicks are deemed indirect and goal kicks may be taken from any spot within the goalkeeper’s box.

8. Penalty-kick: A penalty kick will be awarded for a team player (other than the keeper) deliberately handling the ball in the penalty area, tripping in the box, and any other infraction of the Laws that result in the award of a direct free kick inside the keepers box (based on FIFA Laws of the Game). The penalty is to be taken from the midpoint of the penalty area line (ie NOT from the marked penalty spot, but from further out). Other than the player taking the penalty kick, all players from both teams must stand behind the ball and minimum five yards from the ball until the kick has been taken.

9. Corner kick: Corner kicks are direct. Opponents must be at least five yards from the ball.

10. Centre-kick: will be awarded to the opposing team after every goal is scored and to start both halves. The kick-off may be taken in any direction, forwards, sideways, backwards. All players shall be in their own half of the field and every player of the team opposing that of the kicker shall remain not less than five metres from the ball until it is kicked-off. The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves. The kicker shall not play the ball a second time until it has been touched or played by another player.

The home team kicks off to start the game.

11. Pass-Back: regular FIFA pass back rules are in effect.

12. Substitutions: substitutions are unlimited and may take place at any time including “on-the-fly”. However, players must substitute at their bench area. Neither the player entering nor the player leaving may interfere with the play while both are on the field. An illegal substitution may result in the award of an indirect free kick from where the ball was last played and may also result in a yellow card caution.

13. Sliding tackles:
Other than a keeper within his own penalty area, NO SLIDE TACKLING is allowed. A direct free-kick will be awarded to the opposing team. However sliding to save a ball from going out of bounds or across the goal line is permitted, on condition this does not constitute a “tackle” or endanger an opposing player in any way. Goalies may use the slide tackle within their own penalty area. The keeper falls under the same rule as a field player once he has exited the penalty area. All fouls for slide tackles, will be in the referee’s opinion.

14. Yellow Card: A player receiving a yellow card will leave the field for two (2) minutes (based on the referee time), forcing his team to play short handed for that time. If the opposing team scores before the two minutes has expired, the penalty is considered served and the player (or a substitute) can return to play on signal of the referee.

If a goal is not scored within the two minute penalty, the penalized player or substitute returns to play ONLY on the notification of the referee.

If a defending player performs an action that is punishable by a penalty kick and also receives a caution, he will leave the field of play to serve a two minute penalty. The two minutes will not commence until the penalty kick has been completed. If a goal is scored on the penalty kick, the two minute penalty is considered served and the player can return to the field of play. If the penalty kick is saved or misses the goal, the two minute penalty will commence at this time and the offender’s team will play short handed. The referee will signal when the two minute penalty has been served.

If a keeper receives a yellow card, a player on the field of play at the time of the penalty must leave and serve a two minute penalty. The caution will be noted under the keeper’s name and not under the name of the player serving the penalty. If a keeper receives a second caution, this will result in a red card. The keeper must leave the field of play and his team must nominate another keeper. The team will play short one man for the duration of the match.

Team members sitting on the bench are substitutes, not players. If a substitute is cautioned, his team will NOT have to play short handed or serve a two minute penalty. The referee will note the substitute’s name, jersey number and offence.

In the event that two players from the same team are given yellow cards, the first player must leave the field of play and serve his two minutes as outlined above. When the second player gets a yellow, he must leave the field of play immediately, leaving his team two players short. However, the second penalty does not start until the first penalty has been served or a goal scored). If a goal is scored, the second penalty begins.

15. Red Card: Any player receiving a red card will leave the field and the facility for the duration of the game.

The team of the player receiving a red card will play short for the remainder of the game. A referee will terminate the game if the dismissal of a player means that the team falls below the minimum number of players required to play a game.

Team members on the bench are substitutes, not players. If a substitute is dismissed, his team will NOT play short handed.

16. The use of offensive, insulting or abusive language and /or gestures toward ANY player, team official, and spectator will result in sending off (red card) and/or expulsion from the facility. If a player, during the course of the game curses or swears at himself in frustration, the referee MAY warn the player and give the player’s team a verbal warning. From that point on, any player on the team that has been issued the warning, who curses or swears in frustration, will receive a caution. The player receiving the caution will leave the field of play and his team will play short-handed.

General: During the course of the season, it may be necessary to amend the Rules of Play. All team representatives will be notified of any changes.

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MANGERS/COACHES TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR PLAYERS ARE AWARE OF THE RULES. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT THEY ALSO CONSULT THE FIFA LAWS OF THE GAME.

EQUIPMENT

Shin guards must be worn at all times.

Only flat soled indoor, turf shoes, or multi-studded outdoor shoes (ordinary outdoor cleats) may be worn by the players (no 6 stud metal or 6 stud plastic cleat outdoor shoes are allowed).

Each team will have numbered jerseys. The keepers must wear shirts distinct in colour from their team and that of their opponents.

Any player wearing a wrist or arm cast is ineligible to play because of the chance of injury to him or other players. Knee braces are permitted provided that they appear safe, stable and meet the referee’s approval. A knee brace may be padded to render it acceptable. All visible jewellery must be removed (medic alert bracelets may be worn but must be taped). Players may wear eye-glasses (plastic or sport lenses are strongly recommended).

BALL-the BA League will provide a game ball.

GAME SHEETS-each team must provide the referee with a completed game sheet.

FACILITY RULES ON SPITTING
Artificial turf environments are not periodically cleansed and sanitized by rain as outdoor fields are. Spitting indoors is a significant health hazard to all.
Dome management reserves the right to ban players caught spitting in their facility.
Also, referees have the right to caution any player observed spitting, whether during, before or after a game.

REFEREE DECISIONS AND SUSPENSIONS-APPEALS

All referees are OSA registered. We stand by and respect the decisions made by the referees.

Filing a Complaint

If you have a complaint against a player that you would like to file this must be forwarded to the President of the BA League. The League will examine the complaint and determine whether the complaint is within their jurisdiction. The League must forward all referee complaints to the District. Please note that when filing a complaint that if the League or District determines that a hearing is warranted, then the complainant (usually the author of the complaint) will be required to attend the hearing. Should the author of the complaint refuse to attend a Discipline Hearing, then the Hearing cannot take place.

Referee Assault

All reports of referee assault will be forwarded to the District. Players accused of referee assault will be automatically suspended from all soccer related activities until such time as a hearing can be convened. Players should be aware that they could also be charged with assault under the criminal code. The authority of the referee extends to the parking lot of the Facility.