1. Game Time
Games are held on Thursdays and start at 5:30pm where field is reserved
for 1 hour and 5:40pm where field is reserved for 1.5hrs.
60 minute games should consist of 29 minute first half, followed by a 2
minute rest period, then followed by a 29 minute second half. Other
games should consist of two even halves with the games finishing at
7:00pm. Typically a 35 minute half and a 40 minute half. Please be at
the field by 15 minutes prior to game start in order that we may start
The game starts on time, if both teams have at least 6 players on the
soccer field. If one team does not have the minimum 6 players on the
soccer field within 10 minutes of game time, a default victory of 2-0 is
awarded to the opposing team. If a team does not have 6 players on the
field by the 5:30pm or 5:40pm deadline but has 6 players on the field
before the 10 minute grace period then the game is started by the
referee start at the time the 6th player steps on the field.
Please note if a team is deliberately not putting 6 players on the field
to hold time for more players, it then becomes the referee's choice to
start the game.
If both teams do not have the minimum 6 players by 10 minutes after game
time then a double default loss is awarded.
Games will be played even in the rain, unless there is lightning,
thunder or in the case that it has rained all day and the field
conditions are unsuitable for play. The referee will call the game as
he/she sees fit in this case.
There will be only one referee to officiate the game.
All players must respect the decisions of the referee. If you disagree
with a call, raise the issue with your team captain and he/she will
approach the referee if he/she deems it necessary.
3. Point System
A win is 2 points, a draw is 1 point, and a loss is 0 points.
Goals for and against are counted to help keep standings.
In the case were a match is forfeited, either by walking off the field,
not having enough players at the beginning of the game, or another
reason, the default win is awarded to the opposing team.
The forfeited team's goals are nullified and the victorious team shall
keep their goals and are awarded 2 goals if they have 0, 1, or 2 goals
at the point of forfeit.
Team A 9 and Team B 8 at the time Team B forfeited,
then the score is 9 to 0 for Team A.
Team A 1 and Team B 1 at the time Team B forfeited,
then the score is 2 to 0 for Team A.
Team A has 6 players and Team B has 7 players at start time,
then the default victory is given to Team B and the default score is 2
to 0 for Team B.
If teams are in attendance and the referee calls the game off due to
poor weather conditions either before or during game time, then a 1-1
scored will agreed upon.
4. Jersey Colours
Each player on a particular team must wear the same colour jersey.
The two teams involved in any one match must wear different coloured
The goal keepers for each team must wear a jersey that is
distinguishable from both teams, as well as the referee.
5. No Alcohol
Alcohol is not permitted on the field.
This is a City of Markham by-law and we don't want to lose our permit to
the soccer field because someone brings alcohol to the game.
No hooligans allowed either, or Manchester United Fans.
No cursing (includes sign language).
A warning or Yellow card may be given for very bad sportsmanship for bad
language on the field, depending upon the severity of the language or
No saying "Mine".
You can not call "Mine" when the ball is near you or in the air, because
it confuses other players. Call Joe, Sam, your name or any name you
The referee has the right to award a free kick to the other team. The
reason for this is that it is considered an interference on the play for
If there is a point of discussion to be made with the referee then the
team representative/captain is the only one that may go up and talk to
the referee about it.
8. Players Eligibility and Dress
A maximum of 11 players per team are allowed to play on the field at any
If women are playing, then a maximum of 10 male players are allowed on
As long as the player has signed the waiver form for the team they are
playing for they are free to play.
Shin guards are mandatory and soccer cleats are recommended (no metal
Substitutes must get referee acknowledgment before substituting.
Team players can change on any stoppage of the ball and there is an
unlimited amount of substitutions in a game.
The exiting player must leave the field at the team bench before the
substituting player steps onto the field.
If there is team player stepping onto the field before the substituting
player leaves the field the referee stops the play when the substituting
team has control of the ball and awards a free kick to the opposing
A yellow card is awarded to a player who shows rough play, or dangerous
play that can injure (includes slide tackles and hits). If two such
yellow cards are given in the game, then the player is given a red card
and ejected from the game.
Yellow cards will
be carried over from game to game. Thus, if you receive a yellow card in
game #7 and then another yellow card in game #11, then you will
receive a red card.
A personal yellow card may be given to a player that intimidates the
goalie or runs into the goalkeeper once the goalkeeper has control and
possession of the ball.
If the infraction against the goalie is a bad foul then a red card may
Note: the first on the ball rule is used as the judging measure.
If the ball is free but near the goalie, then the goalkeeper does not
have control or possession, and the ball is free for any player.
Sometimes there are situations where both players seemed to have been
fouled against, and the general judging measure used by the referee is
the player "first on the ball" has right of way. The attacker must get
the ball cleanly from the player first on the ball, in order for there
not to be an infraction.
A red card may be given to someone who has repeated a violation and has
been warned previously against violations or has shown excessive rough
play, like swinging at someone or tackles with intent to injure.
A red card means the player is ejected from the game and his team plays
with one player less.
In addition, that player will not be able to play the next game against
the team upon which the foul was committed. If the foul is committed on
the last game of the regular season or during the playoffs or if the
teams do not meet again during the regular season the suspension will be
for the very next game.
A personal red card is awarded to a player (non-goalie) who deliberately
uses their hands to stop a ball that was entering the net.
In addition, individual teams may come up with their own policy (in
addition to the above rules) on how they would like to discipline such
infractions, i.e.: fines.
Please remember we want to have fun and go to work the next day, we
don't want any one to get hurt.
A player is offside if he/she receives a forward pass in the opponent's
half from a colleague with fewer than two opponents between himself and
the goal line.
The offside is judged at the time when the ball is kicked forward.
Please note that the referee is only human and can only call the obvious
Please have some integrity on the field.
There is no "offside" during a throw-in.
Also if there is a player in the offside position, but is not given the
forward pass and he/she is not in the play, then this situation may not
be called an offside by the referee, because that player is not in the
12. Free Kicks
Free kicks are awarded for fouls or violations of rules.
All players of the offending side must be ten yards from the ball.
If a free kick is awarded within ten yards of the goal, a distance of
from the ball to the closest point of the goal line is given.
All free kicks are direct, from which a goal may be scored.
Also see "Goal keeper handling the ball" section, "touchback" part.
13. Penalty Kicks
A penalty kick, a direct free kick awarded to the attacking side in the
penalty are, is taken from a spot 12 yards from the centre of the goal,
with all players other than the defending goalkeeper and the kicker
outside the penalty area.
The ball is in play once it is kicked.
If someone goes into the penalty area before the soccer ball is kicked,
the penalty kick may be re-taken.
A penalty kick is awarded for intentional hand ball. If a player has
their arms tucked into their body, and the ball hits their arm, then
this would NOT be judged at an intentional handball.
If the player has his/her arms tucked into his/her body and motions to
strike the ball with his/her arms, then it may be judged as an
If the player opens his/her arms in a defensive motion in the penalty
box and stops the ball, this would be judged as an intentional handball.
Other reasons for a penalty kick is any foul (anything that would get a
personal Yellow/Red card) in the penalty area.
14. Drop Ball
Rough play or problems that can not determine who is at fault is
resolved by a drop ball.
Drop ball situations are at the discretion of the referee and the
referee will then tell the players to cool it or explain why he/she
stopped play, and then have a drop ball to continue the game.
The ball must touch the ground before anyone may touch the soccer ball.
15. Goal Kicks
A ball that goes out of bounds at the ends of the field is put back into
play by a kick off of the ground within the first goal box.
Any player may take the kick within the goal kick box (the smaller box
inside the penalty box).
The player receiving the goal-kick can not receive the ball inside the
penalty box or else the kick is re-taken.
The opponent can not touch the ball until the ball crosses the penalty
box line either.
Both feet must be touching the ground and two hands must be on the ball
and the ball must be thrown in such a manor as it crosses the vertical
body plane (feet to head plane), and the ball must be release at or
above shoulder level. If this is not done correctly the referee has the
right to reverse the throw-in to the other team.
One cannot throw the ball to the goal keeper, without worrying
about a "touch back" infraction.
Also see "Goal keeper handling the ball" section, part "touchback".
There is no offside on a throw in.
A throw-in thrown directly into the net without any contact is governed
as ball thrown out of play and the throw-in is reversed to the other
team. A throw-in thrown into the net that has touched any player on the
field (including the goalie) is counted as a goal.
A throw-in that never makes it into the field and is not touched by
anyone before hitting the ground, is re-taken by the original thrower.
17. Hand Ball
A handball is called when the hand /arm of the person in call used their
hand intentionally or when the hand/arm influenced the game in that the
touch caused an advantage for his/her team in touching the ball with
his/her hand /arm.
An intentional handball is noticed by the person being called against
has moved their arm/hand in the direction of the ball.
An unintentional handball is when the ball hits the arm or hand without
the person moving the hand/arm toward the ball but the ball hits the
hand or arm.
If the hand ball is not advantageous to the team of whom the infraction
was being called against, then the referee may wave the hand ball off.
18. Corner Kicks
A corner kick is awarded to a team in the opponent's end when the ball
passes the opponent's end line.
The ball had to be last touched by an opposing player before crossing
the end line.
The corner kick is taken within 2 feet of the actual corner of the
19. Goal Keeper Handling the Ball
A pass back through use of the feet or throw-in to the keeper from a
fellow team player cannot be picked up by the keeper. A headed back pass
Handball: A goalie can not use his/her hands outside the penalty box.
A free kick is awarded for the opposing team, where the goalie hand
touched the ball.
Penalty kick: On a penalty kick the goalie can not move off his/her line
before the ball is touched on the kick.
If such an offense occurs, the referee may have the penalty kick
Traveling: A traveling call is when the goalie takes more than 6 seconds
with the ball before getting rid of it.
A traveling offense is whistled down by the referee, and a goal kick is
taken by the goalie or any other team player.
Drop and Pickup: Once the goalie has put the ball on the ground, he/she
may no longer pick it up until a player has touched the ball.
Too much time: If the goalie holds onto the ball more than 6 seconds
without attempting to pass it to some one, the referee whistles down the
play and a goal kick is taken by the goalie or any other team player.
20. Choosing Sides
Home team chooses which side they want to start in first.
Visiting team chooses if they want the first kick off or not.
The pitch sides and who gets the kick-off are reversed in the second
21. No Slide Tackles
Slide tackling is not allowed, penalized by a yellow or red card
No warnings will be given - an automatic card will be presented to the
That means you have to be on your feet when you try to remove the ball
from an opponent.
You can't even try to remove the ball from an opposing player when you
are on the ground.
If you fall, you must regain your stance before attempting to kick the
ball (ie: do not kick the ball whiles you are on the ground).
Goalies can not slide tackle either. Goalies cannot challenge an
opposing player with their feet in front of them.