6V6 LAWS OF
LAW 1 Number of
Players & Substitutions:
Maximum of 6 per team on field at any time (adult teams) (youth teams vary) and a minimum
of 4. Penalties are delayed if it would reduce a team below 4 players. Guaranteed
Substitutions: The restart of play shall be delayed to allow the completion of
substitution for the following situations: (a) after a goal has been scored, (b) after a
time penalty has been awarded, (c) during any time out (injury, team, or referee), (d) at
any unusual stoppage acknowledged by the referee, and (e) prior to the start of each
period. Both teams may substitute at their own risk before goal clearance, drop balls, and
kick-ins. The restart of play shall not be held up for the completion of these
substitutions. Teams may substitute on the fly at all other times during the game. Coed
games consist of 3 three and 3 women. A team may play with more than 3 women at a time,
but not more than 3 men.
LAW 2 Player
Consists of a team shirt (must be identical in color to all other teammates except
goalie), flat-soled shoes are recommended when the turf is dry, turf shoes (or any soccer
shoes with traction) are recommended when the turf is wet. Players may not wear rings
(except wedding bands), watches, earrings, or hard hairpieces. Shinguards are mandatory
(no exceptions). Only goalies may wear hats (soft bill only) In order to keep sun from
their eyes. Players will not be allowed to play with a hard cast (even if it is wrapped).
LAW 3 Duration of
Two 22 1/2 minute halves (8 week season). Each team is allowed one-30 second time-out per
half. A time-out can be called by the goalie with the ball at his/her feet or hands while
in the goal box, or by a field player when the ball is out of play and in his team's
possession. During a playoff game, if the score is tied at the end of the game, a shoot
out will decide the winner (five vs. five and then 1 vs. 1 if necessary). Finals will have
one 5-minute sudden death overtime followed by a shoot-out. All games will be played with
a "running clock." The clock will be stopped at all two-minute penalties, yellow
cards, red cards, serious injuries, time-outs and any other time the referee signals the
LAW 4 Three-Line
A player is guilty of a three-line violation when he passes or last touches the ball
across three lines (the two white lines and the center line) in the air toward his
opponent's goal line without the ball touching another player, the perimeter wall or the
referee between the two white lines. The opponents receive a free kick at the center of
the first white line that the ball crossed.
LAW 5 Free Kicks:
All free kicks are direct (including the kick off). A team will have five seconds to take
a free kick. Quick restarts are allowed. No whistle is required on Free kicks unless the
player with the ball asks for 15 feet. A whistle is then required before starting play. A
player will receive a two-minute penalty if he/she encroaches (does not attempt to back up
to 15 feet but instead blocks the ball or attempts to block the ball). A two-minute
penalty may be given if player is delaying the game (such as holding or keeping the ball
from the other team.
LAW 6 Shootouts:
A penalty shoot-out is a restart from the center of the red line taken by an opponent
against the goalkeeper. It is awarded irrespective of the position of the ball, for any of
the following offenses committed while the ball is in play:
- A defender commits a penal offense inside his own penalty box
or inside the goal, which results in a penal time penalty
- A defender commits a penal offense from behind, in his own
half of the field and outside his penalty box, and denies an attacker a reasonable goal
scoring opportunity (one defender between the attacker and the goal).
- The last defender (between the attacker with the ball and the
goal) commits a penal offense, which denies the attacker a reasonable goal scoring
Goal Keeper Restrictions:
If a goalkeeper commits any of the following infractions inside his own penalty box, the
opponents shall be awarded a free kick at the penalty spot
- If the goalkeeper has control of the ball with his hands, he
may not release the ball into play and then handle it again until it has touched an
- Goalkeepers may not bounce the ball.
- If a teammate intentionally passes the ball to the goalkeeper
with his feet, the goalkeeper may not handle the ball.
- If the ball goes out of play over the end line, the ball if
given to the referee who then throws it back to the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper must
release the ball within 5 seconds to a teammate by throwing the ball. If kicks the ball or
dribbles the ball a free kick will be given to the opposing team from the top of the arc.
- A goalkeeper may not intentionally clear the ball out of play.
If this is done and the referee recognizes the infraction the restart for the Opposing
team will be on the top of the arc. If the goalkeeper commits any of the following
infractions, the opponents shall be awarded a free kick where the offense took place
- If the goalkeeper gains possession of the ball outside his
penalty box, he may not handle the ball inside of his penalty box until it has been
touched by an opponent or play has been stopped.
Fouls and Misconduct:
A player who intentionally trips, boards, jumps at, pushes, holds, violently charges, or
charges in the back of an opponent, or who intentionally handles the ball shall be
penalized by a free kick. Any of thee, offenses judged to be very serious by the referee,
regardless of their location, shall be penalized by a two-minute penalty against the
offender. A player guilty of a second penal offense in any game shall receive a yellow
card. The third penalty shall result in a mandatory ejection. A player guilty of
obstruction and dangerous play can also be awarded a two-minute penalty. A player could be
given a blue card for dissent the team can replace the player so they do not play short,
however the player must serve the two minute penalty. A slide is defined as follows: a
player must leave his/her feet or touch a knee to the ground. The slide will be considered
a foul if an opponent is also challenging for the ball. Offending players could receive a
2-minute penalty if the tackle is intentional and severe. Diving headers end scissor kicks
are allowed if it is not considered dangerous by the referee. A non-playing personnel
(coach, parent, spectator etc.) is guilty of ungentlemanly conduct, he/she shall be
awarded a yellow card or ejection (red card), but no time penalty shall be served by any
player for a non-player's misconduct. If a player is guilty of violent conduct, or
receives a red card for another reason, he shall be ejected for the remainder of the game
(he must leave the ASP) and must serve a minimum one additional game suspension. All RED
CARDS will also carry a minimum $10.00 reinstatement fee (please refer to RED CARD policy
for additional information). may be replaced by a substitute who must serve a five-minute
penalty before entering the game. The individual player that the Red Card was issued to
must serve the penalty in the penalty box. Attempting to kick ball over the freeway net
may result in an automatic red card and suspension from the remainder of the season (no
refund). Foul and abusive language may result in a red card! Bench Misconduct: Bench
misconduct is physical or verbal abuse by bench personnel (including coaches and
substitutes). When the referee cannot identify the perpetrators, the first bench
misconduct by a team shall result in a Bench Misconduct warning to the team. Any
subsequent bench misconduct shall result in a team time penalty against the team. The
referee may still award penalties against individuals he can identify.
Power Play Return:
If one team is reduced by penalties to fewer players on the field than its
opponents and the team having more players' scores a goal, then the player who has served
the most of his penalty time can return to the game. Only one penalized player may return
on each goal. If one player from each team receives a blue card for the same offence at
the same time both teams must play short for the duration of the penalty regardless of any
If a player has received a red card and has not served a one-game suspension
immediately following the red-carded game, his/her team will forfeit all games until the
suspension is served. The same penalty will apply to players playing out of required age
limit (a 33 year old playing in the 35 and older league). Any player playing illegally is
the responsibility of the coach (captain). Any player who plays illegally (plays with out
being on roster or is too young for league) will be issued an automatic red card, and the
team will forfeit that game.
RED CARD Policy:
A red card holds a minimum one-game suspension, and a red card carries a $10.00
reinstatement fee. If the suspended player chooses not to pay the $10.00 reinstatement
fee, then that player will not be allowed to play in ANY league at ASP. ASP's management
will review all red cards. Multiple game suspensions are possible. If a single player
receives 3 red cards, then that player will receive an indefinite suspension from ASP. It
is the responsibility of the suspended player to report to ASP management to check on the
status of his/her red card suspension. Fighting will not be tolerated at the ASP, and will
result in a red card, and or forfeit, and or league suspension for any player(s) involved,
including the entire team if necessary.
- 1st red card infraction = minimum 1 game suspension. $10
- 2nd red card (within a season) = 3 week suspension. $20
- 3rd red card (within a calendar year) = minimum 1 season
suspension. $40.00 reinstatement fee
- Threatening referee = minimum I year suspension (probable
- Spitting at the referee or physically touching the referee =
- One punch (hit or miss) = 8 weeks minimum suspension (no
- Any intentional action to cause serious injury (head but,
etc.) will result in a minimum one-year suspension and probable indefinite suspension. Any
player who leaves the bench in a fight will receive a red card and a minimum one-game
suspension. Any player suspended for fighting will not be allowed to participate in any of
the leagues at ASP throughout the entire suspension. ALL
FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE TO SUSPENDED PLAYERS.
SPECIAL PLAYING RULES:
1. All games except play-offs concluding with a tie score after regulation time will be
considered a tie game.
2. Two points will be awarded for a win, one for a tie, and
zero for a loss. The tiebreaker procedure will be (a) Head to head, (b) goals against, and
(c) goal differential. Any team that forfeits a game will lose the game by a 10 to 0
score. A seven-minute grace period is allowed before a forfeit is awarded.
3. All players awarded a red card will serve a minimum one
game suspension and may be suspended entirely from al remaining games if the management
deems it necessary, depending on the severity of the incident (refer to RED CARD policy).
Teams may have a maximum of three men on the field. Penalties must be served by the player
who committed the foul unless the goalie commits the foul. If the goalie is a male, a male
must serve the penalty. The gender that caused the penalty will be the gender missing from
the field. Male players can touch the ball a maximum of three, consecutive times. Male
players can score a maximum of three goals per game. Goals scored by a woman will count
for two points. If the offensive player that caused an own goal is a woman, the goal will
count for two points; otherwise it will result in one point. If it is unclear who caused
an own goal to result, then it will count for one point In the event of overtime
shoot-out, all goals whether scored by a woman or man will result in one point. Men also
receive unlimited touched in the shoot-out. The sequence of the team's shooters will be
PROCEDURE FOR SEVERE WEATHER
- Please call ASP 1.5 hours before game to Inquire about game status.
Games are rarely canceled due to rain.
- Games will only be canceled if management deems the field unplayable.
Wear shoes with traction when playing on wet turf. Games are played at ARENA SOCCER PARKS
when the turf is wet.
- If you have any questions during severe weather conditions, please
phone your designated soccer park.
- All players must wear shin guards. Shin guards will be
available to rent for $1.00 per game or to purchase in the office. ASP suggests that
players wear flat-soled shoes when the turf is dry and turf shoes (a sole with extra
traction) when the turf is wet. Cleats are not permitted.
- ASP will not close on holidays except Christmas, Christmas
Eve, Easter, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day, and July 4th. Teams
will be expected to play or forfeit on all other holidays. There will be no make-ups for
teams unable to play on non-ASP holidays or other special occasions.
- Your team may play less than the 8 scheduled games if one or
more opponents forfeit or drop out of the league. ASP will not refund any fees for games
not played due to opponent forfeits.