LBC Rules

LBC 2017: 5-a-side soccer comprehensive rules

TEAM STRUCTURE

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

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
GAME STRUCTURE
  • The match will consist of two equal 20 minutes halves.
GENERAL PLAY
  • 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.
RE-STARTING THE GAME
  • 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 AND PENALTY KICKS

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
PLAYER SAFETY AND FOULS

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.

DISCIPLINARY
  • 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.
DISPUTES

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