7-on-7 Men’s Soccer Rules – DC

Markets: DC Metro

Format: Soccer


  • 7 players on the field maximum – No gender specific rule
  • 4 players required to start a game
  • Short field with a goalie and regulation sized goals
  • All games are RAIN or SHINE (unless dangerous conditions – be sure to check weather alert hotline)
  • Two 23-minute running halves with 2 minute half time
  • No off sides
  • Slide tackles are illegal
  • All free kicks are direct except on goalie pass back violation (indirect)
  • Unsportsmanlike behavior will 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 4 players to start a game. Game time is forfeit time. Due to the extremely tight schedule, we strongly suggest arriving at the field 10-20 minutes before game time for stretching, changing, etc. since the games must start on time to complete the game.


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. So be sure to send as many representatives from your team as possible, even if you know it will be recorded as a forfeit loss.


Two 23-minute running halves with a 2 minute half time. The clock stops only for official’s time-outs and injuries. Any delay tactics, such as kicking the ball far out of bounds, will enable the referee (at his/her discretion) to stop the clock.


  • 7 players at any one time – includes the goalie
  • Teams may play with no less than 4 players
  • If a team has less than 4 players a forfeit will be awarded
  • Teams may play with 5 or 6 players in any ratio as well
  • Teams MUST start at game time if the minimum numbers of players is present
  • Rosters are not limited in size but no additional players may be added to the roster after the 4th week. If you are short-handed during the season you may pick up another ZogSports player(s) not on your roster for the game. See below “Picking Up Players” for details. Waivers must be signed by all players and handed in before the start of the first game.


Since occasionally teams may be short players and ZogSports wants everyone to be able to play every game possible, we permit teams to pick up non-roster, ZogSports players for your game. Before you get too excited, there are penalties and limitations: Penalty is 1 goal per player

Game is an official forfeit when one team has:
Fewer than 4 roster players show upTeams may pick up 2 ZogSports non-roster players when the team has:
5 total players show upTeams may pick up 3 ZogSports non-roster players when the team has:

4 total players show up

Teams can never pick up players to have subs.

If both teams show up with an equal number of 5 or 6 players, teams are both to play with that number of players. Players may be picked up IF AND ONLY IF BOTH captains agree prior to the game to pick up an equal number of players (not exceeding 7 on a side).

All pickups must be identified at the start of the game. Teams can never pick-up non-ZogSports players. DURING THE PLAYOFFS,ONLY PLAYERS ON YOUR ROSTER ARE ALLOWED TO PLAY.

Roster player arrives after the game has started
Non-roster player must be replaced by the roster player

Non-roster player may not re-enter the game

Not informing the referee or field manager of picked up player(s) before the start of the game

Team receives automatic forfeit

Multiple offenses risk removal from schedule

Protests in regards to non-roster players must be made to referee or field manager before leaving the field.


Team shirts provided by ZogSports. If players do not have shirt with them, ZogSports suggests wearing similar colors to the rest of team.Shin guards and cups (for the guys) are strongly recommended.

Grass/Field Turf Fields

Molded cleats – allowed

Metal cleats – NOT allowed


Referees will have a copy of the rules with them 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 a 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 opposition must be 5 yards from the ball when the kick-off begins
  • The ball may go in any direction
  • A goal CAN be scored directly from the kick-off
  • In the second half, teams change directions and possession


  • Unlimited substitutions of players are permitted
  • Soccer teams must sub in from their end line during a stoppage in play and make an effort to stop balls from going onto the track/disappearing.
  • Any player with an open cut or wound must come off the field to bandage it up and receive treatment before re-entering the game.


There is no offside rule


  • In ZogSports short field outdoor soccer, the goal box is the equivalent of the penalty area. This area will be:
  • 11 yards from the goal line
  • 4 yards wider than the goal posts
  • Marked by cones on the end line and markers on the corners
  • Only in this area can goalies touch the ball with their hands.
  • Any fouls in this area will result in a penalty kick from 12 yards out


  • The goalie may use his/her hands anywhere inside the goal area
  • Goalie has 6 seconds to release the ball once picked up in the goal area
  • Once the goalie has released control of the ball, he/she cannot touch it again with his/her hands until it has been touched by an opponent
  • Goalie cannot use his/her hands on balls that have been intentionally directed to them by a teammate’s feet/body. They must play these balls with their feet. If the goalie uses his/her hands, a goalie pass back violation occurs
  • Head ball pass backs are permitted
  • Goalies can’t use their hands if directly receiving a teammates throw in
  • Goalies cannot punt or drop kick the ball
  • If goalie punts/drop kicks ball, a corner kick for the opposing team will be awarded


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

Yellow Card

  • Swearing, gesturing at, or arguing with any player
  • Arguing with the referee
  • An intentional (in the eyes of the referee) kick, trip, jump at, strike, hold, push, or charge from behind or violently charge an opponent
  • Slide tackling
  • If a player receives a yellow card (warning) for any reason, he/she will be required to sit out of the game for four minutes. The team will be able to substitute a player for the yellow card recipient. The referee will let the player/team know when the four 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.

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. The player may also be ejected from his/her next scheduled game.


Direct Kick

The direct free kick is one where a goal can be scored without another player touching the ball. A direct free kick will be awarded for:

Hand Ball – If a player other than the goalkeeper(inside his/her own penalty are) deliberately handles the ball (touches it with any part of the arm up to and including the shoulder).

A hand ball foul should NOT be called if:

A player is instinctively trying to protect him/herself from injury

The player did not deliberately touch the ball but the ball hit his/her arm and s/he 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 s/he should be called for a handball).

Slide Tackling

Dangerous Play – kicking while player is on the ground or above the waist when an opposing player is within 5 feet


Stoppage of play – made necessary due to the disciplining of an opposing player

Any other foul/violation not including goalie pass back violation

Indirect Kick

The indirect free kick is a kick where a goal cannot be scored unless the ball is touched by another player (any player, teammate or opposition) before entering the goal. And indirect free kick will be awarded for:

Goalie Pass back – (for explanation, see GOALIES section above)

All free kicks will be taken from the spot of the foul. The free kick resulting from a goalie pass back will be taken from the spot where the ball was initially passed back from. The kicking team must wait for the referee to signal that the ball is back in play. All players must be 5 yards or more from the spot of the ball.

Penalty Kick

  • If any offenses occur within a team’s own goal area, a penalty kick will be awarded.
  • The kick shall be taken from the penalty line (12 yards out)
  • All players other than the goal keeper must stand behind the kicker while the kick is taken
  • Players may not advance past the kicker until the ball has been struck


Corner Kick

  • When the entire ball passes over the goal line and was last touched by a player from the defending team
  • The offensive team will put the ball back in play, when signaled to by the referee, from the corner of the field nearest to where the ball went out
  • Opposing players must be at least 5 yards from the ball
  • A corner kick is a direct kick. The offensive team can score without anyone else touching the ball

Goal Kick

  • When the entire ball passes over the goal line and was last touched by a player from the offending team
  • The defending team will put the ball back in play when signaled to by the referee
  • Goal kicks must be taken from any spot on or within the goal box
  • Opponents must clear the goal area
  • A goal kick is a direct kick. The offensive team can score without anyone else touching the ball


  • When the entire ball passes out of the field of play along the sideline a throw-in is awarded to the opposition of the team of the player who last played or touched the ball
  • The ball is thrown in from the spot where the ball left the field of play
  • The player throwing in the ball must have both feet touching the ground outside the field of play
  • Ball must be delivered with both hands from behind and over his/her head into the field of play
  • If there is an illegal throw, possession will be passed to the opposing team who will put the ball in play via throw-in
  • A throw-in which goes directly into an opponent’s goal without touching any player on the field will be disallowed
  • Throw will be re-taken
  • A throw in may go to the goalie but the goalie may not use their hands (An indirect kick will be taken from where the throw came from if a goalie uses their hands in this situation)


  • The ball must completely cross the goal line to be considered a goal
  • If any part of the ball is touching the goal line, no goal will be allowed
  • For balls in the air, the entire ball must have crossed the imaginary plane of a goal line to be allowed including if part of the ball hit off one or more posts
  • After a goal is scored the ball returns to the center with the team scored upon taking the kickoff


ZogSports will provide a head referee for each field


The standings for soccer will be based on the following point system:

Win – 3 points
Loss – 0 points
Draw – 1 point
Forfeit – -1 point
Regular season games ending in a tie score after the end of regulation will be recorded as a draw. Sudden death overtime and penalty kicks (if necessary) will be used in playoffs.


Playoff games will follow the same format during regulation as the regular season. If teams are tied at the end of regulation in the playoffs, sudden death overtime will be used.

Sudden Death

-6 players per side from each team

-1- 5 minute period

-Coin toss/odds and evens/rock, paper, scissors will be conducted as at the beginning of the game to determine side/possession

-Teams will not switch sides

-If neither team scores after the 5 minute overtime period, teams will go into a shootout


Each team selects 5 players and informs referee of shooters prior to the first shot being taken

-Players do not have to have been playing at the end of regulation

The goalie may be substituted for only once during the shoot out

A coin toss will decide which team shoots first

Both teams shoot at the same goal

Teams will alternate taking direct penalty shots from 12 yards out from the goal line(no male/female shooting order is necessary)
If tied after Round 1, Round 2 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 shoot out 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 regardless of if everyone has shot yet. Thus, some players on the team with more people present may or may not shoot


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

If team did not provide a referee, the team loses tie breaker if other tiebreaker rules don’t resolve seeding


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.SUSPENSIONS/EJECTIONS

  • Any player(s)/team(s) that are involved in a fight will be suspended from all ZogSports Leagues for life
  • Any teams may 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


Games will be played rain or shine at the turf fields of Roosevelt & Eastern High School. In the event of bad weather/dangerous conditions, ZogSports offers three ways to check if your game is on or rained out:Primary – Weather Alert Page at https://play.zogsports.com/weather-alert-hotline
Secondary – Weather Alert Hotline at (332) 213-9023Be sure to check periodically throughout the day as conditions may change.

In the case of lightening, games will be postponed at the field for 20 or so minutes. Teams playing will be required to leave the field and move inside. Since games will resume about 20 after the last flash of lightning, teams are required to stay at the field until the field manager officially calls the game. Due to the limited field space in DC, ZogSports will always try to complete all games even if it means shortening games to 15 minute halves or 30 minutes total. If time limits the games to less time, we will try to reschedule the game. If teams leave the premises and the game continues, a forfeit will be awarded.


Unfortunately beer is not allowed on/at the field. Please wait until after the games to join us at our Happy Hour bars for the drinking to begin. Please do your part to keep the parks clean and use the trash cans provided. This is really important. If anyone drinks alcoholic beverages at any of the fields, we risk losing our permits. Anyone who is caught drinking at the field risks being suspended for the remainder of the season without refund. We also risk losing our permits if we do not clean-up any trash left behind.

ZogSports is a Charity-Focused, Co-ed Social Sports League

While we appreciate the level of competitiveness in our league, we do not tolerate any unsportsmanlike behavior. This includes anyone who:

Antagonizes players on other teams or their own teammates

Exhibits excessive uncontrollable play

Inappropriately “mouths off” to the referee(s)

Verbally or physically threatens a member of our staff

Any player ejected from a game will be suspended for a minimum of one game

ZogSports reserves the right to remove any player from a game(s), season and/or future season

ZogSports reserves the right to remove a full team from the schedule and/or future seasons if we feel they are unable to participate in a manner in keeping with ZogSports’ mission to provide a fun, charity-focused, co-ed league.

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: DC Metro