LBC Rules

LBC 2017: 5-a-side soccer comprehensive rules


There will be a maximum of 5 players per team on the field at any one time

  • Each team may field 4 outfield players and 1 goalkeeper on the field at any one time
  • Minimum 2 people of each gender on the field at all times (Pending final signups)

Substitutions are unlimited during the game and can be made on the fly

  • Outgoing substitutes must leave the field of play before the replacement enters the playing area
  • The oncoming players are active immediately and can receive the ball
  • No substitutions on free kicks
  • Substitutes must stand outside the pitch perimeter and spectators must not enter the field of play under any circumstances
    • A change of goalkeeper must be authorized by the referee
  • The match will consist of two equal 20 minutes halves.
  • No off-sides
  • No slide tackles
  • No checking on the boards
  • A goal may be scored from any point within the field of play
    • Goalkeepers are not permitted to take penalties (except in penalty shoot-outs)
    • Goals cannot be scored directly from a side line kick in, the kick – off, or goal kick.
  • The goalkeeper must return the ball into play by throwing or kicking it out of his area
    • The goalkeeper has a maximum of 10 seconds to return the ball into play
    • Goalkeeper cannot pick up or touch with his hands a back pass
  • If the ball goes out of play over the end line / board:
    • A  goal kick or a corner kick will be awarded, depending on which team had the final touch
    • Corner kick will be played by the offending team from the halfway line @ the side
  • If the ball goes out of play over the side-board a kick in will be awarded depending on which team had the final touch
    • The kick-in will be played from the place ball went out of play

Free Kicks procedure:

  • All free kicks will be direct
  • Opposition players must be at least seven feet (2 steps) from where any free-kick is taken
    • If a free kick is awarded on or near the goal area it can be moved up to seven feet backwards to allow defenders to be seven feet from the ball
  • Penalty kicks are awarded if the rules says so or, in the referee’s opinion, an imminent scoring opportunity was nullified by the infraction.

Penalty kicks procedure:

  • A penalty kick will be placed seven feet from the top of the goal area directly in the centre of the goal
  • The goalkeeper must begin by standing on the goal line and may move only laterally before the kick is taken
  • There is no run-up to the ball. The kicker’s plant foot must be placed before the kick and remain stationary
  • The rest of the players must be outside the boundaries of the penalty box and behind the ball until the kick is taken

Infringement of these rules will lead to a direct free kick being awarded against the offending players’ team:

  • A foul occurs if a player (in addition to previously mentioned situations):
    • Holds an opponent
    • Plays in a dangerous manner
    • Impedes the progress of an opponent (“Obstruction”)
    • Prevents the Goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands
  • And a foul occurs when a player commits the following in a manner that the Referee considers careless, serious, reckless, or involving excessive force:
    • Kicks an opponent
    • Trips an opponent
    • Jumps at an opponent
    • Charges an opponent
    • Strikes or elbows an opponent
    • Pushes an opponent
  • Unsporting Behavior
    • Leverage: using the body of a teammate or any part of the field to gain an advantage
    • Encroachment: entering the protected area of an opposing player taking a Free Kick (after initial Warning)
    • Dissent: Referee Abuse
    • Other: Behavior which, in the Referee’s discretion, does not warrant another category of penalty (e.g., taunting, foul language)
  • Boarding
    • No unnecessary roughness on the boards will be tolerated
    • Boarding will not be allowed, and neither will be the corners
    • Any player that uses the corner for time wasting will lose possession of the ball and give away a free kick
  • No slide tackles are allowed

Once a team has accumulated 5 fouls during a half, from the 6th foul:

  • Each foul shall be punished with a penalty kick

Verbal Warnings will be continuously given by the referee:

  • “Boards”: for someone to step away from the boards
  • “Corner”: for someone to ever give space or to get away from the corner
  • “Space”: to prevent encroachment
  • “Time”: to prevent time wasting, quick restarts of play should always take precedence

The wearing of any form of jewelry (including watches) is not permitted during play. Shinguards are required.

  • Yellow Card – Player must leave field for 2 minutes of game, and cannot be replaced during this time.
    • 2 yellow cards given during any single game equals a red card
    • 3 yellow cards given over the course of the tournament equals a red card
  • Red Card – Player must leave field immediately and will be suspended from remainder of tournament
  • Team cannot replace player for remainder of game. Team can play at full strength in all following games.
  • No reimbursement will be provided for suspended players.

The referees’ decision on all on-field matters is final and no discussions will be entered into either on or off the field with him about any decision

  • Dissent and bad mouthing will not be allowed. In addition, substitute players will also be penalized for these offense
  • The referees’ jurisdiction on disciplinary matters will apply until players have entered the changing rooms
  • Players repeatedly disputing decisions may have further disciplinary action taken against them