Brooklyn 9-on-9 Soccer Rules – NY

Markets: New York

Format: Soccer


  • 9 players on the field maximum
  • 6 players required to start a game
  • Field with a goalie and regulation sized goals
  • All games are RAIN or SHINE (unless dangerous conditions)
  • Two 24-minute running halves with 2 minute half time
  • Off sides
  • Slide tackles are illegal
  • All free kicks are direct except on goalie pass back violation (indirect) and players must wait for a ref whistle or gesture
  • Unsportsmanlike behavior can result in that player/team being suspended/removed from participating in all ZogSports leagues
  • 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 6 players to start a game. Game time is forfeit time. Due to the extremely tight schedule, we strongly suggest arriving at the field 20-30 minutes before game time for stretching, changing, etc. since the games must start on time to complete the game.


First Offense: Loss of game, warning issued

Second Offense: Loss of game and removal from the playoffs

Third Offense: Removal from the rest of the schedule and future ZogSports soccer leagues


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 24-minute running halves with 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.


  • 9 players at any one time – includes the goalie
  • Teams may play with no fewer than 6 players
  • If a team has fewer than 6 players a forfeit will be awarded
  • 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 5th week (includes the scrimmage 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 6 roster players show up

Teams may pick up 2 ZogSports non-roster players when the team has:

  • 7 total players show up*

Teams may pick up 3 ZogSports non-roster players when the team has:

  • 6 total players show up*

Teams may pick up 1 ZogSports non-roster players when the team has:

  • 8 total players show up

Teams can never pick up players to have subs.

If both teams show up with an equal number of 6, 7 or 8 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 2).

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

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 do not have shirt with them, ZogSports suggests wearing similar colors to rest of team
  • Shin guards and cups (for the guys) are strongly recommended

Grass/Field Turf

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 in a forward direction from the center mark
  • The opposition must be 5 yards from the ball when the kick-off begins
  • 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
  • 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.


Normal off sides rules apply: An attacking player cannot be behind the last defensemen in the offensive side of the field before the ball.


  • The goalie may use their 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, they cannot touch it again with their hands until it has been touched by an opponent
  • Goalies can punt/drop kick the ball
  • Goalie cannot use their hands on balls that have been directed to them by a teammate’s feet/body. They must play these balls with their feet. If the goalie uses their hands, a goalie pass back violation occurs
  • Head ball pass backs are permitted


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, they 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. 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 8 players and 1 of them receives a red card, the team will now be required to play with 7 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, 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 8 players and 1 of them receives a red card, the team will now be required to play with 7 players the remainder of the game.) The player will also be ejected from their 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 their 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 themselves from injury

The player did not deliberately touch the ball but the ball hit their arm and they did not move the arm toward the ball (however, if the player’s arms were in an unnatural position such as above their shoulders or sticking out to the sides, then they 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 passback 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 Passback – (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 goalkeeper 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


  • 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


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

  • Win – 3 points
  • Loss – 0 points
  • Draw – 1 point
  • Forfeit – -1 points

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

  • 9 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
  • 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 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 regardless of if everyone has shot yet. Thus, some players on the team with more people present may or may not shoot


1. Total number of points

2. Head-to-head competition

3. 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)

4. Number of wins

5. Record against next best common opponent

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

7. If team did not provide a referee, 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.


  • 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. In the event of bad weather/dangerous conditions, ZogSports offers two ways to check if your game is on or rained out:

· Weather Alert Page at

· Weather Alert Hotline at 332-213-9023

Be sure to check periodically throughout the day as conditions may change.

In the case of lightening, games will be postponed at the field for 10 or so minutes. Teams playing will be required to leave the field and move inside. Since games will resume about 10 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 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 time limits the games to less than a half, we will try to reschedule the game from scratch. If teams leave the premises and the game continues, a forfeit will be awarded.


Beer is not allowed on/at the field. 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 after league review

· 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: New York