Markham Inter Company Soccer League

2014 Season


Fixtures & Results  

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 promptly.

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.


2.    Officials


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.

Example 1)
Team A 9 and Team B 8 at the time Team B forfeited,
then the score is 9 to 0 for Team A.

Example 2)
Team A 1 and Team B 1 at the time Team B forfeited,
then the score is 2 to 0 for Team A.

Example 3)
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 jerseys.
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.

6.    Language


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 gesture.

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 want.
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 the ball.

7.    Arguing


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 one time.
If women are playing, then a maximum of 10 male players are allowed on the field.
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 studs allowed).

9.    Substitution


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 team.

10.    Cards


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
not 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 not 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 be given.
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.

11.   Offsides


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 "offside".
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 play.

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 intentional handball.

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.

16.  Throw-ins


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 soccer field.

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 is allowed.

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 retaken.

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 half.

21. No Slide Tackles


Slide tackling is not allowed, penalized by a yellow or red card offense.
No warnings will be given - an automatic card will be presented to the offending player.
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.