Soccer Rules

The Game

  • Two 20-minute halves.
  • Running clock.
  • One 30 second time out per half per team.
  • 3 minute half time.
  • Tied games stand.
  • No offside penalties.
  • Slide Tackling is prohibited
  • Indoor league plays 4v4 (1 person must be the goalie)
  • Outdoor tournament & league play 6v6 (1 person must be the goalie) 

Starting the game

  • The referee will conduct a coin toss.
  • The winner will select offense or defense. 
  • The game will begin with possession by the offense.
  • After the ball is kicked, the kicker may not play the ball again until it is touched by any other player.


  • Teams will be allowed to substitute players at any play stoppage.


  • No metal cleats; players may wear molded rubber cleats only.
  • We highly recommend that all players wear approved shin and mouth guards.
  • Please remove accessories that could be dangerous.

Free Kicks

  • All free kicks are taken from the spot of the foul.
  • Defensive team must be at least 10 yards from the ball.
  • Direct free kicks are awarded for any unsportsmanlike conduct or major foul


  • Teams will not be allowed to add any new players to their rosters for the playoffs.
  • In order to be eligible for the playoffs, a player must have participated in at least one regular season game.

Tie games during playoffs
If a playoff game is tied after regulation time, the following procedure will take effect:

  • There will be a 5 minute sudden death overtime period.
  • If the tie remains, there will be a shootout.  


  • Games will be rescheduled, time, space and weather permitting.
  • Games may be moved inside the Pitt Center, space permitting.

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