Intramural Rules & Regulations

Updated Monday February 29, 2016 by Tamer Ozkan.

1 The Field

1.1 Intramural games shall be played and practices will be held only on fields designated for the Intramural program.
1.2 Fields for games shall be designated as follows:
1st Grade -15 yards x 30 yards marked by cones/flags
Goals marked by cones/flags 6 feet wide
2nd Grade -Lined field designated by Baseball cages
Goals to be set up and dismantled at each game day
3rd/4th Grade -Lined fields designated at V1,V2 and V3.
Permanent goals may be moved into position and must be secured and weighted down.
Both teams should have cones available for use.

2 The Ball
2.1 The Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade Divisions use a size 3 ball. The 2nd and 3rd/4th Grade Division uses a size 4 ball.
2.2 Either team may supply a game ball for the Referees approval.

3 Number of Players
3.1 A coach must field a team according to the roster of available registered children assigned to him by the Division Coordinator.
3.2 Coaches may not recruit or trade players without pre-approval of Division Coordinator.
3.3 Number of players on the field is designated as follows:
1st Grade - 3 plus a Goal Keeper
2nd Grade - 5 plus a Goal Keeper
3rd/4th Grade - 7 plus a Goal Keeper

4 Equipment
4.1 All players must come prepared to games wearing an official OBEN Soccer uniform, athletic shoes and shin guards.
4.2 Players will not be permitted on the field wearing a cast of any kind or with dangling jewelry, or head pieces.
4.3 Coaches will instruct all players to line up before the start of a game for inspection by the Referee.

5 Borrowing Players
5.1 A coach is permitted to borrow players when he/she doesn’t have enough players to field a team.
5.2 The two teams will play a match. The official score will reflect a loss for the team without the adequate number of players. The official score will be noted by the Referee as 1-0

6 Referees
6.1 OBEN Soccer Club shall assign Referees to all Intramural Games for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd/4th Grade Divisions.
6.2 In the event that a Referee is not available, or has not been assigned, the "Away Team” coach shall referee the first (1st) half of the game and the "Home Team” shall referee the second (2nd) half
6.3 If both coaches are in agreement, a "third party” (such as, but not limited to, a parent or spectator) may referee the entire game.
6.4 Duties of the Referees are the same as under the FIFA Laws of the Game: Keep time, enforce the rules, and take time to explain to the players WHY.
6.5 Referees shall ask the coaches to assign one parent/spectator from each team to be a linesman. Each of these parents should be given a flag to call out balls along the touch line.
6.6 If a player’s/coach’s/spectator’s conduct is not in the sprit of recreational soccer, the ref can have the player leave the game for a cooling off period. If this does not resolve the issue, a Board Member or Board appointed parent representative may be called in and ask the person to leave the field. Further action may be taken upon review of the incident by the Board.
6.7 In the event of severe weather, the Referee will decide play stoppage. In the event of lightening, the Referee will instruct all persons to leave the field immediately. Play will not resume until there has been an absence of lightening for a minimum of 30 minutes.
6.8 Under no circumstances is a coach or parent to approach the referee or step on the field to challenge a call. They will be asked to leave the field and further action may by taken upon review of the incident by the Board.
6.9 On a scale of 1 (low) to 5 (high) in the categories listed below, the Referees will asses sportsmanship points to be recorded on the game sheets:
Conduct of Players (5 points) this category evaluates playing by the rules, respect for teammates, officials, opponents and general behavior.
Conduct of Coaches (5 points) This category evaluates a coach’s reasonable demands of players, the coach’s respect for tournament rules, officials, players, and opponents; the coach’s safe and proper use of equipment, knowledge of the rules, and the good sportsmanship example he/she sets for the players.
Conduct of the Spectators (5 points) This category evaluates the decorum and behavior of spectators, respect for referee decisions, rules of the games and the tournament, and the overall behavior of the fans.

7 Official Game Sheets
7.1 The official records of club games are the game sheets filled out by the Referees and retained by the Referee Coordinator. These are used to keep standings and act as time cards for payment to the Referees.
7.2 The contents of the official game card will include the following information:
Coach’s name(s)
Team names
Final game score
Referee name
Players of the Week
Sportsmanship points for both teams
Comments and details of cautions, infractions or dismissals
Referee and coach’s signatures

8 Duration of the Game and Playing Time
8.1 Intramural game times are as follows:
1st Grade - Four Quarters of 7 minutes each
1 minute between quarters/3 minutes between halves
2nd Grade - Four Quarters of 10 minutes each
1 minute between quarters/3 minutes between halves
3rd/4th Grade - Two Halves of 25 minutes each
3 minutes between halves
8.2 Each player must receive equal playing time.
8.3 No player/s shall be left on for the entire game (except when a team has no substitutions) or be substituted off twice before every other player has been substituted, borrowed players included
8.4 Games will be played in regulation time as taken by the Referee. In case of a tie, the score will be noted as such. There will be no overtime or shootouts to break a tie score.

9 Player Substitutions
9.1 Unlimited player substitutions are permitted at the following times:
1st Grade Division -At any play stoppage with the permission of the ref or to replace an injured player
2nd Grade Division -On either teams throw-in, after a goal is scored by either team or at a goal kick/corner kick of either team with the permission of the ref; to replace an injured player.
3rd/4th Grade Division -On a team’s own throw-in, on either team’s goal kick or corner kick or after a goal is scored with the permission of the ref; to replace an injured player.

10 Method of Scoring
10.1 Goals are scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar.
10.2 Game scores must be recorded by the referee at the end of the game and signed off on by both coaches.
10.3 Game is technically over when the score has reached a 5 goal differential (eg 7-2). At this point the score is recorded by the referee as the official score of the game. Play will continue until time is called. The referee will instruct the coach of the leading team to employ methods to ease the over scoring.
10.4 Game sheets shall be completed and submitted by the referee to the Referee Coordinator within the following week.

11 Final League Standings
11.1 If, at the end of the regular schedule, two or more teams are tied in standings for1st Place, playoff games will be played to determine the winners.
11.2 If the playoff game ends in a tie, both teams will share 1st Place standing. THERE WILL BE NO SHOOTOUTS IN ANY GAME IN THE INTRAMURAL LEAGUE.

12 Start of Play
12.1 Home team will start with a kick-off from the center circle. An opponent must be at least 8 yards from the center mark when kickoff is in progress.

13 Throw-Ins
13.1 A throw-in is a method of restarting the play when the whole of the ball passed over the boundary line or touch line either on the ground or in the air
13.2 A throw-in is awarded to the opposing team.
13.3 A throw-in is taken at the point where the ball crossed the touch line.
13.4 A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw-in. It must be touched by another player (not the one throwing-in) first.
13.5 To assist players in learning the correct method of taking a throw-in, especially at the younger age levels, the thrower may re-take a fouled throw-in.
13.6 The Referee must assist players as they are learning the Laws of the Game.

14 The Goal Area
14.1 Only the goalkeeper and defending team may play the ball inside the goal area.
14.2 The attacking team my not kick the ball inside the goal area.

15 The Goalkeeper
15.1 The goalkeeper is the only player allowed to use his/her hands to handle the ball in the penalty area.
15.2 The goalkeeper cannot handle the ball outside the goal area.
15.3 If the goalkeeper handles the ball outside the goal are, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the attacking team and taken at the location where the offense occurred.
15.4 The goalkeeper may put the ball back into play within the goal area either by kicking or throwing the ball. Steps/seconds rule will not be called.

16 Goal Kicks
16.1 A goal kick is a method of restarting the play when the ball, having last touched a player of the attacking team, passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air but not between the goal posts and under the crossbar
16.2 The goalkeeper shall place the ball on the goal area line and kick it. All other players must be at least 5 yards from the ball when the kick is taken.

17 Corner Kick
17.1 A corner kick is a method of restarting play when the ball, having last been touched by a player of the defending team, passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, but not between the goal post or under the crossbar.

18 Infringements
18.1 All infringements or fouls including tripping, hitting, pushing, punching, spitting, checking, shirt pulling and hand balls shall result in a foul in the 2nd and 3rd/4th grade divisions only.
18.2 In the 1st Grade Division the Referee will do his/her best to instruct players on proper behavior and teach the players to follow the Spirit of the Laws of the Game.
18.3 In the 2nd and 3rd/4th Grade Divisions infringements will result in a direct free kick at the discretion of the Referee. Infringements made by the attacking team in the defending team's goal box will result in a penalty kick at the discretion of the Referee.
18.4 ON FIELD COACHING IS NOT ALLOWED. One team official at a time may convey tactical instructions to the players during the game. All team officials must remain within the confines of the technical area or team sideline. The must behave in a responsible manner. The technical area is limited to active players and no more than three (3) team officials.
18.5 Spectators must be advised to watch the game from the opposite sideline to the technical are only.
18.7 There shall be no dissent between players/team officials and the Referee. Questioning the Referee is considered dissent. Team officials are expected to solicit the support of their fans in monitoring this policy. Referees, game officials and Board appointed parents are authorized to have unruly spectators removed from the playing area.

19 Practices
19.1 Practices will be held weekly at a time set by the coaches.
19.2 Practices will be at least one (1) hour in duration, and at a frequency of one or two times per week.
19.3 Coaches are expected to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of practice. They should come with the proper equipment and with a pre-determined lesson plan.
19.4 Players should come to practices on time, and with the proper equipment, shin guards and water.
19.5 Parents and coaches must always make eye-contact when dropping off and picking up players. A PARENT MUST NEVER ASSUME A COACH IS WAITING ON THE FIELD. A COACH MUST NEVER LEAVE A CHILD UNATTENDED AT A FIELD.
19.6 A player who misses practice, shows up unprepared or unwilling to participate or is consistently late will not be guaranteed equal playing time.

20 Miscellaneous
20.1 Opposing parents/coaches/players should shake hands after each game.
20.2 Parents/coaches/spectators should be at the game to enjoy and encourage the activity of the youngsters as a soccer community.
20.3 No smoking or alcoholic beverages of any kind will be allowed or consumed on any school, practice or game fields or facilities.