Indoor Turf Soccer Rules – NJ
Markets: New Jersey
- 5 players on the court maximum – 4 men (maximum) and 1 woman (no maximum number of women) including the goalie (unless other gender specifications are mentioned in activity details above)
- 3 players, including 1 woman required to start a game (this includes the goalie)
- Larger field with goalie and 12’ x 6’ goals
- Goals can be scored from anywhere on the field.
- Two 20-minute running clock halves.
- No off sides
- Slide tackles are illegal
- All free kicks are indirect. Kicking team has the option to “fast kick”. This means as long as the ball is motionless in the correct spot, the kicking team can kick the ball without referee whistle acknowledgement, however they forfeit the opportunity to have the ref step out the yards if a defender is too close.
- 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 1 (one) woman to start a game. Game time is forfeit time. Due to the extremely tight schedule, we strongly suggest arriving at the gym 15 minutes before game time for stretching, changing, etc. since the games must start on time to complete the game.
- Two 20-minute running clock halves
TEAM SIZE/CO-ED RULES
- 5 players (at least 1 woman) at any one time – unless other gender requirements specified on league page.
- A team may use up to 5 women if they choose, but maximum 4 men
- Teams may play with no less than 3 players (at least 1 woman)
- 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 is present
- Rosters are not limited in size, but no additional players may be added to the roster after the 3rd 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.
- PLAYERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY GAME WITHOUT SIGNING THE WAIVER
- Since occasionally, teams may be short players and ZogSports wants everyone to be able 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.
- Picking up non-roster player (must be a ZogSports participant) – Penalty is 1 goal per player.
- Team is never allowed to pick up more than three players
- Team has less than 3 players or 0 women – the game is an automatic forfeit
- Team has 3 players – can pick up 2 players max
- Team has 4 players – can only pick up 1 player (i.e., a team can never pick up extra players to have a sub during the game)
- 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.
- Penalty goals stand
- DURING THE PLAYOFFS, ONLY PLAYERS ON YOUR ROSTER ARE ALLOWED TO PLAY
- 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 indoor soccer shoes (e.g., Adidas Sambas or their equivalent). Cross trainers and other sneakers without a flat bottom are discouraged but allowed.
- SHIN GUARDS ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
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 Hotline at (332) 213-9023
Due to the limited gym space, ZogSports will always try to complete all games even if it means shortening games. If a game reaches halftime, it will be counted as official.
INDOOR SOCCER RULES
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. case.
START OF PLAY
- 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
- 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
- Goalies can only use their hands within the designated goal box.
FOULS AND MISCONDUCTS
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 for field with an end line
Penalty Kick – ball should be placed 7 yards from the front of the goal or designated penalty spot.
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 court or near the wall) and excessive use of hands against the walls
Swearing, gesturing, or arguing with the referee or any player
A free 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 notnmove 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)
- Other fouls:
- Slide tackling
- Slide tackles will result in a indirect free 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
- A dangerous play violation will result in an indirect free kick to the opposing team at the spot of the foul.
- Further action may be taken by the referee depending on the severity of the dangerous play
- (including carding or ejecting player from game(s))
FREE KICKS / CARDS
- All Free Kicks are direct
- 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, unless the kicking team elects to “fast kick” the ball.
- Free kick is taken from the spot where the foul occurred
- Kicking team may elect to “fast kick” the ball after a penalty if called, but if they do so, the forfeit the chance to have the referee make sure all defenders are at least 3 yards away.
- When an infraction occurs inside the goalie box, a penalty kick from the top of the 3-pt line will be awarded to the infracted player. All defenders must be outside the 3-pt arch before the kick and may move on contact with the ball.
If any of the above infractions are deemed excessive a card will be issued:
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.
A team will have to play a man down for those 2 minutes. Equivalent to a “power play”
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
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
IN / OUT OF PLAY
The ball is out of play and an indirect free kick from the nearest spot on the court is awarded when:
It is not safely playable (behind the goal in the net or near an obstruction in the gym)
THE BALL MAY BE PLAYED BEHIND THE GOAL
It hits the end wall above the bottom of the backboard (about 8-10 feet high). This will vary by gym and will be called by the ref.
It hits the ceiling is also considered out of bounds and a kick is given from below where the ball hit.
If the ball is “tied-up” by two players, the team with possession last is awarded the kick-in
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 gym
Scoring/ Wins, Losses and Ties:
Win – 3 points
Loss – 0 points
Draw – 1 point
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
TIE BREAKERS FOR PLAYOFFS/SEEDINGS
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. Coin toss
Playoff games will be in a head-to-head format. Each game will consist of two 20-minute halves.
If teams are tied at the end of regulation in playoffs, teams will go to a 3v3 shoot out
· Each team selects3 players (2 males max, 1 females)
· Players don’t have to have been playing at the end of regulation
· A coin toss will decide which team shoots first
· Both teams shoot at the same goal.
· Teams will alternate taking direct penalty shots from the penalty spot.
· 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 one 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 for young professionals. 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
BEER / CLEAN-UP
Unfortunately beer is not allowed at the gym. 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 gyms clean and use the trash cans provided. This is really important. If we do not clean up, we risk losing our permits!
FORFEIT PENALTIES AND NOTIFICATION
· First Offense: Loss of game and warning issued
· Second Offense: Loss of game and removal from the playoffs after league review
· Third Offense: Loss of game and possible removal from remainder of schedule
If you know in advance that your team is going to forfeit a game, you MUST email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your decision is not made until after 12 pm, you should still try to reach ZogSports, and we will make efforts to contact the other team.
If we can reach them in time to keep them from showing up, no extra penalty. If you do not do this, your team may be eliminated from the rest of the schedule.
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.
Once ZogSports is notified you are forfeiting, it is official (you cannot change your mind), and the other team will be notified.
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.