Rule II - The Ball
A FIFA approved size 4 ball will be used for all grades except the 7 & 8 grades. A FIFA approved size 5 ball will be used for grades 7 & 8. An appropriate size game ball will be provided to each team at the start of the season by SYS.
Rule III - Number of players
A match will consist of two teams, each consisting of not more than six players, one of whom shall be the goalkeeper. For Grade 7 & 8, not more than 5 players, one of whom shall be the goalkeeper.
Substitutes - Unlimited substitutes can be made during a game. Substitutes may be made only with permission from the referee on goal-kicks, throw-ins, before a kick-off, after a goal, at the start of the second half and when starting overtime periods. Players must enter and exit the field of play at or near the halfway point. The player leaving the field should be completely off the filed before the substitute enters the field of play. Only one goalkeeper substitution is allowed during each half. No player will play goalkeeper for more than ½ of the game.
Rule IV - Players' Equipment
Basic required equipment consists of a uniform shirt, shin guards (covered by stockings) and footwear. A player may not wear anything that is dangerous to himself/herself or another player (e.g. metal cleats, jewelry, etc.)
The goalkeeper must wear colors that distinguish themselves from the other players.
No player may play wearing a "hard" or "soft" cast, there are no exceptions to this.
Rule V - Referees
The referee shall:
A) Enforce the rules of the game (Rules of Play).
B) Keep the official game time.
C) Keep a record of the game, including serious infringements. Serious infringements must be
reported to the referee coordinator.
D) Stop the game in case of player injury.
E) Send off (eject) from the field of play any player or coach who, in his opinion is guilty of violent conduct, serious foul play, or the use of foul or abusive language, or persists in misconduct after having been cautioned.
F) Enforce the Zero Tolerance Policy.
G) Act as the linesman and determine:
When the ball is out of play, and what the restart shall be,
Which team is entitled to a throw-in, goal kick, or corner-kick.
Rule VI - Duration of the Game
Game will consist of two equal periods, with a maximum half-time interval of five (5) minutes. The periods shall be 30 minutes for all grade levels.
Rule VII - The Start of Play
A) At the beginning of the game, choice of ends and the kick-off shall be decided by the toss of a coin. The team winning the coin toss shall have the option of choice of ends or the kick-off. Play starts when the ball has traveled forward. The kicker shall not play the ball a second a second time until it has been touched by another player. If the start is performed improperly, then the start shall be replayed. All players must be on their own half of the field. Defending players must be six (6) yards from the ball.
B) After a goal has been scored, the game will be restarted in the same manner by a player of
the team losing the goal.
C) After half-time, ends shall be changed and the kick-off shall be taken by a player of the opposite team to that of the player who started the game.
D) After any other temporary suspension play, will be restarted with a drop ball. All restarts for when the ball exits the field of play are covered elsewhere in the laws. Restarts for fouls are covered in Rule Xl. The drop ball is used to restart play when play had been stopped by a referee for an injury.
Rule VIII - Ball In and Out of Play
The ball is out of play when it has completely crossed the goal line or touch-line, on the ground or in the air, or when play is stopped by the referee.
Rule IX - Method of Scoring
A goal is scored when the entire ball passes over the goal-line, between the goal-posts and under the crossbar.
Rule X - Offside (Illegal Offense)
The offside law will not be enforced in all formats. Players are required to actively participate in the defense and offensive aspects of the game. If in the opinion of the referee, a player does not participate in the team defense and positions themselves in the opponent’s half of the field, a free kick shall be awarded. The intent of this law is to prohibit a player from hanging near the goal awaiting a long pass. An indirect kick will be awarded to the opposing team from the place where the illegal offense occurred.
Rule XI - Fouls and Misconduct
All fouls will result in the award of a modified indirect free kick (see Rule XIII).
Penal offenses include:
A) Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent,
B) Trips an opponent (without playing the ball),
C) Jumps at an opponent,
D) Charges an opponent in a violent or dangerous manner,
E) Charges an opponent from behind,
F) Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent,
G) Holds an opponent,
H) Pushes an opponent
I) Plays the ball with a hand or arm (does not apply to the goalkeeper within his own penalty area),
J) Playing in a dangerous manner.
K) Illegally charging the goalkeeper.
Serious intentional fouls will result in the player sitting out the remainder of the half. A second offense by the same player shall result in ejection from the game. If in the opinion of the referee, the foul was blatant or serious in nature, the referee shall immediately eject the player from the game. Teams may substitute for players that have been ejected.
Instances of referee abuse by a player or a coach will result in ejection from the game.
When playing as the goalkeeper within own penalty area, a goalkeeper may not:
A) Take more than four (4) steps while holding the ball,
B) Touch the ball with hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a team-mate.
C) Play the ball again with hands after having controlled the ball with hands and then released the ball into play without the ball touching another player, or
D) Punt, drop-kick, or throw the ball over the furthest 8-yard line in the air without the ball touching another player.
All fouls shall result in the award of a modified indirect free kick from where the offense occurred. In the case of the ball being played by the goalkeeper over the 8-yard line in the air, the modified indirect free kick shall be taken from the 8-yard line at the location the ball passed over the 8-yard line.
Rule XII - Zero Tolerance Policy - Download
- All persons responsible for a team and all the spectators shall support the referee. Failure to do so will undermine the referee’s authority and has the potential of creating a hostile environment for players, the referee, and all the other participants and spectators.
No one is to address the referee during the game except as allowed below.
Coaches and Managers
During the Game:
May respond to a referee initiating a communication
May ask for substitutions
May point out emergencies or safety issues
At halftime or at the end of the game:
May ask a referee to explain a rule(s) in a polite and constructive way
May give a polite and friendly feedback to the referee
Absolutely no sarcasm, harassment, or intimidation is allowed in any conversation with the referee.
- 1st minor infraction – The referee should ignore
- 1st serious infraction – Caution or ejection depending on the seriousness
- 2nd infraction – A verbal warning
- 3rd infraction – Caution/Ejection
- 4th infraction – Ejection
During the game:
May respond to a referee initiation a communication
May point out emergencies or safety issues
1st infraction – Referee should stop the game and ask the coach to quiet the offending spectator.
2nd infraction – Verbal warning. Referee should stop the game and ask the coach to warn the spectator that the next infraction will be an ejection or the referee will abandon the game.
3rd infraction – The referee shall instruct the coach to direct the spectator to leave the field. The referee should abandon the game if the spectator refuses to leave the field.
If the referee abandons the game, the referee shall file a report and notify the Sandwich Soccer Club Referee Coordinator.
Rule XIII - Free Kick (modified indirect)
All free kicks shall be modified indirect from which a goal cannot be scored unless the ball has been played or touched by a player of the same team other than the kicker before passing through the goal. Indirect kicks are refereed to as two-touch. Opposing players shall be at least six (6) yards from the ball. The ball shall never be placed closer than 6 yards to the goal. The referee shall move the ball 6 yards from the goal if the offense occurred within the goal area. And the opposing players may stand on the goal line.
In the case of the ball being played by the goalkeeper over the furthest 8-yard line in the air, the modified indirect free kick shall be taken from the 8 yard line at the location the ball passed over the 8-yard line.
If a player, after taking a free kick, plays the ball a second time before it has been touched by another player, the opposing team will be awarded a modified indirect free kick.
Rule XIV - Penalty Kick
Penalty kicks will not be used in all formats.
Rule XV - Throw-in
When the entire ball passes over a touch-line, either on the ground or in the air, a throw-in shall be given to the opposing team. The throw-in will take place from where the ball exited the field of play. A player taking the throw-in must:
A) Face the field of play.
Have both feet on the touch line or the ground outside the touch-line, and
C) Use both hands to deliver the ball from behind his head.
The player taking the throw-in may not play the ball until another player has played it (you cannot throw the ball to yourself). A goal may not be scored directly (thrown into the goal without touching a player) on a throw-in.
For the third and forth grade levels, an improper or illegal throw-in will result in a retake of the throw-in. A second illegal throw-in results in a throw-in for the other team.
For the fifth grade and higher levels, a throw-in will be awarded to the other team for an illegal throw-in.
If the player that took the throw-in plays the ball twice (with out first being touched by another player), a modified indirect free kick will be awarded the opposing team.
Rule XVI - Goal Kick
When the entire ball passes over a goal line (except in the goal), either on the ground or in the air, having last been played by an attacking player, a goal kick shall be given to the defending team. The ball shall be put into play from the goal line allowing for four (4) yards on either side of the goal. The ball will be in play after completely crossing the nearest 8-yard line. If the ball is played prior to it crossing the 8-yard line, the goal kick shall be retaken. No Players of the opposing team shall be in the area between the goal line & the 8-yard line.
Rule XVII - Corner Kick
When the entire ball passes over a goal-line (except in goal), either on the ground or in the air, having last been played by a defending player, a corner kick shall be given the attacking team.
The ball shall be placed one (1) yard from the corner on either the touch-line or goal-line. Players of the opposing team the corner kick must stand at least six yards away from the ball until it is put into play. The ball is in play once it is touched and moves forward. If the player taking the corner kick plays the ball a second time before it has been played by another player, a modified indirect free kick shall be awarded the to the opposing team. For any other infringement, the corner kick will be retaken.
Rule XVIII - Standings
Sandwich Youth Soccer’s goal is to focus on instruction, recreation, and fun. Accordingly, standings will not be kept for regular season play.
Rule XIX - Rule Removed
Rule XX - Playoffs
All teams grade four and above will participate in an end of season single elimination playoff.Playoff rules are exactly the same as regular season rules except:
In the event that a playoff game is tied at the end of regulation time, the winner will be determined by continuous ten minute golden goal (sudden death) overtimes until the winner is determined. Each overtime period will be separated by a short intermission where teams will switch sides.
Sandwich Youth Soccer Code of Ethics Policy - Download
The Sandwich Youth Soccer and its affiliates and components, and all Officers, Directors, Coaches and Assistant Coaches shall scrupulously adhere to this Code of Ethics in any and all actions taken by them on behalf of SYS in their respective capacities. Failure to do so may result in notification of probation for first offense OR dismissal from the Sandwich Youth Soccer for repeat offenses.
Sandwich Youth Soccer has the responsibility to the Sandwich Recreation Department to inform them of
the name(s) of any coach dismissed for conduct reasons. This information may be shared with other
youth groups if those groups inquire with the Recreation Department.
Coaches' Code of Ethics
I hereby pledge to follow this Coaches' Code of Ethics.
I will place the emotional and physical well being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win.
I will treat each player as an individual, remembering the large range of emotional and physical development
for the same age group.
I will do my best to provide a safe playing situation for my players.
I will promise to review and practice the basic first aid principles needed to treat injuries of my players.
I will do my best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all my players.
I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players
I will provide a sports environment for my team that is free of drugs, tobacco, alcohol and abusive language
and I will refrain from their use at all youth sports events.
I will be knowledgeable in the rules of each sport that I coach, and I will teach these rules to my players.
I will use those coaching techniques appropriate for each of the skills that I teach. I will remember that I am a youth sports coach, and that the game is for children and not adults.
Parents' Code of Ethics
I hereby pledge to provide positive support, care, and encouragement for my child participating in youth sports by following this Parents' Code of Ethics.
I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials
at every game, practice, or other youth sports event.
I will place the emotional and physical well being of my child ahead of a personal desire to win.
I will insist that my child play in a safe and healthy environment.
I will support coaches and officials working with my child, in order to encourage a positive and enjoyable experience for all.
I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free of drugs, tobacco, alcohol and abusive language
and will refrain from their use at all youth sports events.
I will remember that the game is for youth and not for adults.
I will do my very best to make youth sports fun for my child.
I will ask my child to treat other players, coaches, fans, and officials with respect, regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability.
Players' Code of Ethics
I hereby pledge to be positive about my youth sports experience and accept responsibility for my participation by following this Players' Code of Ethics.
I will encourage good sportsmanship from fellow players, coaches, officials and parents at every game and practice by demonstrating good sportsmanship.
I will attend every practice and game that I can, and will notify my coaches if I cannot.
I will do my very best to listen and learn from my coaches.
I will treat my coaches, other players, officials and fans with respect regardless of race, gender, creed, or abilities and I will expect to be treated accordingly.
I deserve to have fun during my sports experience and will alert parents or coaches if it stops being fun.
I deserve to play in an environment that is free of drugs, tobacco, alcohol, and abusive language and expect adults to refrain from their use at all youth sports events.
I will encourage my parents to be involved with my team in some capacity because it's important to me.
I will do my very best in school.
I will remember that sports are an opportunity to learn and have fun.