4v4 Indoor Turf Soccer Rules – NY

Markets: New York

Format: Soccer


  • 4 players on the field maximum – including the goalie
  • 3 players required to start a game (this includes the goalie)
  • Goals can be scored from anywhere on the field
  • Two 23-minute running halves with 3 minute half time
  • No off sides
  • Slide tackles are illegal
  • All free kicks are direct and must wait for a refs whistle or gesture
  • Head referee provided for each game
  • Unsportsmanlike behavior may result in that player/team being suspended/removed from participating in all ZogSports leagues for one year
  • Game time is forfeit time


Please don’t forfeit. Your teammates and opponents count on you to have a full team and competitive game.  Each team must have at least 3 (three) players including the goalie to start a game. Game time is forfeit time. Due to the extremely tight schedule, we strongly suggest arriving at the field 10-15 minutes before game time for stretching, changing, etc. since the games must start on time to complete the game.


Two 23-minute running halves

3 minute half time

Clock stops only for official’s time-outs (injuries and called time-outs). Delay tactics will enable the referee (at his/her discretion) to stop the clock.


  • 4 players at any one time.
  • Teams may play with no less than 3 players
    • If a team has less than 3 players a forfeit will be awarded, this includes the goalie
  • Teams must start at game time if the minimum number of players are present
  • Rosters are not limited in size, but no additional players may be added to the roster after the 2nd week. If you are short-handed during the season you may pick up another ZogSports player(s) not on your roster for the game. Waivers must be signed by all players and handed in before the start of the first game.  PLAYERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY GAME WITHOUT SIGNING THE WAIVER

Roster player arrives after the game has started – non-roster player must be replaced by the roster player and the non-roster player may not re-enter the game.


Protests in regards to non-roster players must be made to referee or field manager before the game begins. If a player arrives late a challenge must be made to that player before they start playing. Teams can only challenge specific players.


  • Team Shirts provided by ZogSports
    • If players don’t have a jersey with them, ZogSports suggests wearing similar colors to rest of team
  • We strongly recommend purchasing rubber-soled cleats (non-metal cleats) or turf shoes.  Cross trainers and other sneakers without a flat bottom are discouraged but allowed.


Games may be cancelled due to dangerous weather conditions, facility constraints or other unforeseeable reasons.  ZogSports will not cancel games unless absolutely necessary so you should always assume games are on unless you receive an email or a phone call.  If the games are cancelled, ZogSports will post the information on:

Weather alert page at https://play.zogsports.com/weather-alert-hotline

Weather Alert Hotline at (332) 213-9023

Due to the limited field space in NYC, ZogSports will always try to complete all games even if it means shortening games. If a game reaches half time, it will be counted as official. If a game doesn’t reach half, we will try to reschedule the game from scratch. If teams leave the premises and the game continues, a forfeit will be awarded.


Referees will have a copy of the rules at the field. If you have any questions regarding a call that was made (which is rule-based), please ask the referee to refer to the rules if there is disagreement. We also recommend that each team bring their own copy of the rules just in case. Only captains can discuss a rule with the referee and no judgment calls will be discussed. Players will be ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct.


  • The referee will have the two captains shoot odds/evens or rock/paper/scissors. The winning captain will have the option of choosing sides or taking the kick-off

A game is started by a kick-off from the center mark

The kick does not have to go forward

The opposition must be 3 yards from the ball when the kick-off begins

In the second half, teams change directions and possession.


Unlimited substitutions of players are permitted

Teams may substitute on the fly (no need to wait for a stoppage in the game)

All players not in the game must stand in designated “bench” area (designated by the referee)


There is no offside rule


The following are fouls and can result in cards depending on the level of aggressiveness or danger of the foul committed:

*Corner Kick – ball should be placed even with the goal line (as if it were extended across the field)

**Penalty Kick – ball should be placed at designated mark in the front of the goal.

***Goal Kick – ball should be placed at the top of the goal box

Intentional kick, trip, jump at, strike, hold, push, charge from behind or violent charge

Checking (intentional shoulder contact on the field or near the wall) and excessive use of hands against the walls

Swearing, gesturing, or arguing with the referee or any player


A direct kick foul if a player deliberately handles the ball (meaning to touch it with any part of the arm up to & including the shoulder)

Hand ball foul should not be called if

Player is instinctively trying to protect him/herself from injury

Player did not deliberately touch the ball but the ball hit the player’s arm and the player did not move the arm toward the ball (however, if the player’s arms were in an unnatural position such as above his/her shoulders or sticking out to the sides, then player should be called for a handball)

Slide tackling

Slide tackles will result in a direct kick and/or yellow card

Multiple violations can result in the player being ejected from the game

Dangerous play

Kicking while player is on the ground or above the waste when an opposing player is within a few feet


Free Kicks

All Free Kicks are Direct Kicks

A goal can be scored without another player touching the ball

All the opposing players must be at least 3 yards (or ½ the distance to the goal if foul occurs in close proximity to the goal) from the ball when the free kick is taken

Free kick is taken from the spot where the foul occurred

Kicking team must wait for the referee to signal that the ball is back in play


If any of the above infractions are deemed excessive a card will be issued:

Yellow Card

If a player receives a yellow card (warning) for any reason, he/she will be required to sit out of the game for two minutes and cannot be replaced with another player. The referee will let the player/team know when the two minute “penalty” has expired. If a team is short players, they will have to play down a player until the penalty expires.

If a player receives two yellow cards in one game, they will be ejected and their team will need to play one player short for the remainder of the game. If the team was already playing short, they still have to remove a player from the field. (e.g. If a team is playing with 4 players and 1 of them receives a red card, the team will now be required to play with 3 players the remainder of the game.)

Yellow cards will carry over within the same day. If in a 2nd or 3rd game of a day a player receives a 2nd yellow

card, they will be removed for the rest of the day but the team will not have to play down a player

Red Card

Fighting, swearing, gesturing at or excessive arguing with the referee

Two yellow card violations

Multiple instances of excessively dangerous play as deemed by the referee

If a player receives a red card for any reason, he/she will be ejected and their team will need to play one player short for the remainder of the game. If the team was already playing short, they still have to remove a player from the field. (e.g. If a team is playing with 4 players and 1 of them receives a red card, the team will now be required to play with 3 players the remainder of the game.)

The player will also be suspended from his/her next scheduled game


The ball is out of play and a direct kick from the nearest spot on the field is awarded when:

It hits the back wall above the top of the goal

It hits the ceiling. A kick is given from below where the ball hit.


The ball must wholly cross the goal line to be considered a goal

After a goal is scored the ball returns to the center with the team scored upon taking the kick

A goal can be scored from anywhere in the field


  • Scoring/ Wins, Losses and Ties:
    • Win:  3 points
    • Loss:  0 points
    • Draw:  1 point
    • Forfeit: -1 points

Regular season games ending in a tie score will be recorded as a tie.  Sudden death will be used in playoffs

Standings will be updated to the website weekly


Total number of points

Head-to-head competition

Record against other teams in or tied for playoffs (winning percentage – i.e., 0-1 is same as 0-2, but 1-3 is better than 0-1)

Number of wins

Record against next best common opponent

If team forfeited, loses tie breaker if other tiebreaker rules don’t resolve seeding

Coin toss


Playoff games will follow the same format during regulation as the regular season.  If teams are tied at the end of regulation in playoffs, the game will go into a 5-minute sudden death overtime. If neither team scores after the sudden death overtime period, teams will go into a shootout.


Each team selects 5 players (4 males max, 1 female)

Players don’t have to have been playing at the end of regulation

Players can only take a few steps before shooting (no long run ups)

A coin toss will decide which team shoots first

Both teams shoot at the same goal.

Teams will alternate taking penalty shots (no male/female shooting order is necessary)

If tied after the 1st round, the 2nd round will be SUDDEN DEATH (i.e., 1st player from Team A scores and 1st player from Team B misses – Team A wins)

Players who shot in the 1st shootout are not eligible to shoot again until all remaining players present have shot

If and when 1 team begins to utilize players for the second time, the other team may “recycle” players as well.  Thus, some players on the team with more people present may or may not shoot.

ZogSports is a charity-focused, social sports club.  Our goal is for you to have fun.  We hope that you keep this in mind when participating.  Although the games may become intense, you still can be competitive while maintaining good sportsmanship.  With this said, any behavior deemed unacceptable by the referee or ZogSports staff may result in suspension and/or ejection from a game or the league.


Any player(s)/team(s) that are involved in a fight will be suspended from all ZogSports Leagues for life.  Any teams will forfeit all remaining games

Any excessive contact or collision will result in a foul and ejection of player

Any player abusing the referee will automatically be ejected from the game without a warning

A player ejected for ANY reason will be suspended for the next game.  If that player is caught playing in that game, the team will forfeit

ZogSports reserves the right to ask any offending player to leave the premises


Alcohol is not allowed at the field. Please do your part to keep the fields clean and use the trash cans provided. This is really important. If we do not clean up, we risk losing our permits.


First Offense: Loss of game and loss of 1 point in standings

Second Offense: Loss of game, loss of 1 point in standings, and removal from the playoffs after league review

Third Offense: Loss of game and removal from remainder of schedule


To forfeit, please fill out this form.

Forfeits ruin the experience for everyone. ZogSports exists to give you an opportunity to play and build community and forfeiting is a huge bummer. If your team absolutely needs to forfeit, you must let us know in advance so we can contact your opponent so that they don’t unnecessarily travel to the gym/field.

If you do not inform us of a forfeit your team could face penalties in your league’s standings. Once ZogSports is notified of your forfeit, it is final (you cannot change your mind) and the other team will be notified.

There is no additional penalty if you show up short-handed (and need to add other ZogSports players to field a full team) and have to forfeit the game, since you did make an effort to get a team to play.

CODE OF CONDUCT: The Participant’s Code of Conduct applies to all ZogSports participants. You can access the ZogSports Participant’s Code of Conduct HERE.

Markets: New York