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Outdoor Soccer Rules

The following rules and regulations shall govern all teams playing under the jurisdiction of the California State University, San Bernardino Department of Recreational Sports.

The California State University, San Bernardino Department of Recreational Sports reserves the right to make rule modifications and/or other changes during the course of the league whenever it deems such action necessary and proper.


Intramurals will provide two soccer balls, pennies (to be worn by one of the teams), and goals. No cleats or block-soled shoes may be worn.

Length of Games / Timing

Games consist of two, 20-minute halves. There will be a five-minute halftime. Games will start on the hour. There will be time for warming up prior to the first game and for 5-10 minutes of warm-up prior to each successive game*(with the exceptions of incidents happening). Games use running time throughout. The clock will be stopped only for injuries or for other extraordinary reasons as the official deems necessary. Goals do not stop the clock. There is no waiting period the game clock starts on the hour.

Number of Players / Substitutions

  1. There will only be a maximum of 4 players in play during a match (includes the Goalie).
  2. Goalie substitutions have to be notified and can only occur on a dead ball.
  3. Any other player substitution can be made

Location of Games / Court Boundaries

Indoor soccer games are played on the in the Basketball court located in the Student Recreation & Fitness Center.

  1. The court is divided into two sections by the Basketball half court line.
  2. The ball will be out of bounds if any of the following happens:
    1. Ball goes in to a dugout
    2. The ball gets stuck in any location
    3. The ball gets caught on the sides of the goal
    4. The ball ends up behind the goal


Teams with a winning record any winning record will qualify for playoffs. Teams will be determined at the discretion of the commissioner. All decisions are final.

**Again, any rules not specifically addressed will be interpreted along the lines of NCAA outdoor rules and common sense.

General Rules of Play

Generally, the rules of NCAA outdoor soccer will be used to govern indoor soccer. Still, there will be a number of modifications:

  1. There is no offsides in indoor soccer.
  2. There is no slide-tackling allowed. To do so results in an indirect free kick at the spot of the violation, a yellow card and a two minute penalty.
  3. Defensive players must stand at least 4 yards from the ball during any free kick.
  4. On the kickoff to start the game or after a goal, the defending team must be behind the half court line for basketball.
  5. Penalty kicks will be taken from the top of the goalie's box (about 8 yards away). All players other than the kicker and the goalie must be behind the mid-court line when the penalty kick is taken.
  6. If the goalie handles the ball in any way, a goal kicks and free kicks or throws by the goalie must touch the floor or be touched by a player before reaching mid-court. If a ball travels over mid-court in the air on a goal kick or goalie throw, the ball will be put in play by the non-offending team by an indirect free kick at mid-court.
  7. Rough play (fouls) will be characterized as flagrant and non-flagrant. A flagrant foul will be penalized by a two-minute penalty, as in ice hockey. Violent intentional violations such as pushing, tripping, etc. will bring about this penalty. After a penalty, play resumes with a direct free kick at the spot of the foul. Continual rough play by and individual will result in a game ejection and possible suspension from the league. Non-flagrant fouls will bring about a direct free kick at the point of the violation only. Any problems or questions which arise during a game will be dealt with by the official. One official will be present for all games and their decisions are final.