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Soccer Practice

League Rules

By participating in the Animeca Sports League for Soccer, you agree to the following rules.  Failure to abide by the rules of the league will result in the disqualification of the individual or team without refunds.

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The Official Rulebook of Animeca Sports Outdoor Soccer


I. Foreword


This code of rules governs the playing of Soccer games in the AS. If there is no explicit definition of a rule or circumstance here, FIFA regulations will apply. The Game Head Referee's (GHR) decisions are final.


II. Conduct


 Whether you win or lose, be kind, have fun, and be positive. The next day, everyone has to
get up and go to work, and this is a social league, not a chance to relive your golden years.
Maintain a laid-back disposition, mingle with new people, and enjoy yourself.


 There is ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED on the fields! Alcohol drinking is against the law in
state parks. Anyone caught breaking the rules of the field will be asked to leave right
away. We must follow the regulations because we are visitors to the field we are using, and for continued permission in to use the facilities and have a positive rapport.


 Players who are suspected of having alcohol on them or on spectators will be permanently
banned from the league, and their teams may also forfeit with no refund.


 If anyone (including players, supporters, or friends of players) is discovered bringing alcohol,
firearms, or controlled substances into any location or sponsor bar used by the league, they will
be instantly removed, at the discretion of the AS. Even if they are suspected of consuming too
much alcohol before the game, suspected of abusing a controlled substance, or if they are
deemed disruptive or a danger to themselves or others at any time, they will not be allowed to


 These regulations are in place for the players' protection, enjoyment, and ongoing
camaraderie as well as that of the league, sponsoring establishments, and sponsor bars.



III. Weather for Outdoor


AS will alert all captains if there is a chance of severe rain, sleet, snow, wind, or other hazardous weather that could make it dangerous to play a game or travel.

If the games are already underway when they must be stopped due to bad weather, they will
be restarted or time will be determined by the league director for those circumstances.


Any games postponed for weather will be rescheduled and information on the rescheduled
game will be sent to all captains by email. The day of the rescheduled game may result on any other weekday due to field availability and time constraints.



IV. Team Size and Player Eligibility


 To participate, all players must be at least 18 years old and sign a waiver. At least twelve players make for a full roster. There is a limit on the roster of 12 players, additional players will pay a fee and will be allowed to join their team. No new players will be added after week 3. To maintain a balanced roster size, the AS reserves the right to add players to teams.

 For the regular season, players registered on one team are permitted to play on other teams as guest players. Guests are allowed with a
fee that must be paid before game time and the player must sign a waiver. No guests will be
allowed during quarterfinals and on.

 Players may only play on the team to which they are registered to during the playoffs.

 Any team playing with an unregistered player during quarterfinals and on are subject to
forfeiting that game and expulsion from the league.

Any team found allowing unregistered players and/or guests that has not signed a waiver and has not notified AS will be penalized with a fee and would forfeit that game. 

For outdoor soccer,  Roster of 8v8 must have at least 3 minimum female players on the field at all times, or play with a player down on the field. No team will be allowed to play with fewer than 5 players, one player of which must be female. Teams with 0 female players or with fewer than five total players will be compelled to Forfeit.

 Teams must start the game at the scheduled game time if the minimum number of players are
present on both teams.

V. Equipment

One game ball will be provided by AS for all matches.  Both teams must bring 2 balls as backup if for your match.

Shin guards are recommended for all players and are the responsibility of each individual

For outdoor soccer, no metal cleats are allowed.

Each player on an official team roster will receive a league-issued shirt on Week 3 of the
Season unless there is an unforeseen problem.

Shirt sizes and ink colors are not guaranteed and will be listed based on availability.
You always need your Team T-Shirts.

 The shirt must be worn and visible during each and every game of the Season.

Team T-shirts are used by the employees of our sponsor entities to identify AS
players, who are eligible to receive league discounts.

Wearing jewelry on the field is not recommended.  Animeca Sports is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen jewelry that is brought onto the field.

VI. Captains

 Each team shall have one or two team managers who are charged with making sure that only players registered on their team are participating on their team’s behalf. If a guest is playing, it is the responsibility of the team manager(s) to inform the league.  A guest must sign a waiver and pay the guest fee.

Only team managers may dispute calls on the field, and are responsible for their players
understanding the rules.

Team managers are responsible for any trash left by his or her team after each session of

Captains are responsible for keeping team ID cards and presenting them to the ref before each match.  Official team players without ID cards need to be cleared by the Animeca staff before being allowed to play in the match.

VII. Referees/Sports Officials

Our Referees are professionals and must be treated with respect. Their interpretations of
rules and their judgments on the field are FINAL. Any aggressive behavior in their direction (or
anyone else’s direction) will not be tolerated and may result in suspension or expulsion from our
leagues, forfeiting their registration fees.



VIII. Scoring

1. Points (W=3pts; T=1pt)


2. Goal differential


3. Head to head


4. Most goals scored


5. Fewest goals allowed



IX. Postseason Play/Playoffs

While regular season games can end in a tie, postseason games tied after the second half
will play a first-score-wins (sudden death) overtime period.

Each overtime half will be 10 minutes with a 1 minute halftime break.


Guest players are not permitted from participating in playoff matches.  Only registered members on a team can participate in post season matches.


Any red cards received in a post-season match will result in the offending player being unable to play the following match with their team.


X. Forfeits

Games start as scheduled, so please be ON TIME. We recommend showing up at least 15
minutes early to avoid any confusion and the chance of forfeiting. Please do not forfeit without a
minimum of 48 hour notice in advance in order to provide your opponent with enough time to inform their team. A game can be rescheduled. Your teammates and your
opponents count on you to have a full team and game.


A schedule is given within the first to second week to identify any games of conflict. It is not considered
notification unless you receive a reply. Once the other team is notified and accepted there is not
a chance to reverse a forfeit decision.

A team’s second forfeit will result in a fine at the discretion of the league, is a negative point in the Standings and ineligibility for the playoffs,
and a team’s third forfeit is removal from the remaining schedule, as they will be considered to
have abandoned their place in the league thus forfeiting their registration fees.

A forfeit for a team will be counted as a loss with 5 goals being recorded against that team.


XI. Game Length and Clock

Games consist of two 25-minute halves with a continuous running game clock, separated by
a 5 - minute halftime. There will be no overtime during the regular season. Be ON TIME!

Games lengths may be adjusted in the postseason.


The Game Head Referee is the timekeeper.

Due to our tight schedule and to ensure all games start on time, there will be no added extra time for any reason in any of our games.  The game time will cease when the 50 minutes of game time is played, regardless of the positioning of the player who is in position of the ball when the time runs out. 

XII. Start of Play

A game is started by a kick-off from the center mark. The kick does not have to go forward.


A goal cannot be scored on a direct kick from the kick-off.


XIII. Mid-Game Substitutions

Both teams may substitute an unlimited number of players at any time during play. The
exiting player must be off the field prior to the substitute entering the field. “Subbing on the fly.”


If a player is injured, another player must replace the injured player
until the injured player recovers.


XIV. Goalkeeper

The goalkeepers can only use their hands in the goal box, but may not touch the ball with
their hands if a player on their own team has deliberately kicked it to them.


Goalkeepers can NOT drop kick, punt the ball or slide tackle when attempting to win the ball against their opponent.


 Once the ball is set down, it cannot be picked up again. If the ball is picked up again, the
opposing team receives an indirect kick from the spot of the retouch.


The goalkeeper goal kick can NOT pass more than half field.


Goalkeepers are not to be tackled, run onto- once they have a touch on the ball they must be
the only player on the ball.

The goalie has 6 seconds to distribute the ball or a free kick will be given to the opposing team.

XV. Kick-Ins and Throw-Ins

Throw-ins are taken from the Touch Line.


Kicking the ball from the sideline is not allowed.​


XVI. Free Kicks and Fouls

For outdoor soccer, free kicks are given with a spacing of three paces. Players are not allowed to shoot at the goal directly.  All free kicks must be indirect.


An indirect kick is one where a player from the team with possession of the ball must first
pass it to a teammate before a shot on goal can be taken. An indirect kick shot on goal without
another offensive player first touching the ball will result in a change of possession and an
indirect kick for the opposing team at the spot of the foul.


Free kicks resulting from fouls will occur at spot of the foul.


Penalty kicks are only awarded based on the Head Referee's discretion. Penalty kicks are direct kicks and do not have to touch another player prior to a goal.


Any member of the offended team may attempt a penalty kick.  In outdoor soccer, penalty kicks
will be taken at a point 10 paces from the goal as determined by the referee(s).


XVII. The Field and Out of Bounds/Dead Ball Territory


Any play stopped by the referee's whistle or for a ball that exceeds the boundary of the field will be considered a dead ball and must be restarted.


XVIII. Slide Tackles

Slide tackles (determined at the Ref’s discretion) are defined as plays in which a player
leaves their feet to slide towards an opposing player who has the ball. Slide tackles will NOT be
tolerated and are punishable by a yellow card.


However, any sort of intentional contact or reckless unintentional contact of any kind can
result in a penalty, and in more severe instances an immediate ejection from the game without


XIX. Yellow Cards

These are issued to players exhibiting any of the following behavior:

1. Unsportsmanlike conduct

2. Dissent by word or action to the Referee

3. Delaying the restart (corner kick, free kick, goal kick, kick in, etc.)

4. Failure to respect the required distance when play is restarted on a corner kick, free kick, goal
kick, kick in, etc.

5. Persistent fouling and physical play

Any player receiving a yellow card must exit the field for 3 minutes and the team will be a player
down.  During the playoffs, the offending player must exit the field for 5 minutes.

If a player receives 2 yellow cards in a 4 week period, that player must miss the following game. 

Should a team receive more than two yellow cards in a game period they will be fined per card $10 per card received and $20 per red card received. (this is to ensure the quality of the game and assurance of the players)

XX. Red Cards 

These are notifications that a player has been sent off/ejected from the game.
A player receiving a red card will not be allowed to participate in the team's next match.


Red cards are issued to players exhibiting any of the following behavior:

1. Serious fouls and dangerous play

2. Violent conduct

3. Spitting at an opponent, teammate and/or Referee

4. Denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity with a deliberate
handball (does not apply to the goalkeeper within his/her goal box)

5. Using offensive, insulting, or abusive language and/or gestures at an opponent, teammate
and/or Referee

6. Receiving a second yellow card during the game

7. Any ejected participant must leave the premises IMMEDIATELY.

8. Any ejected individual must get approval by Stephanie Nava, President of Animeca Sports, prior to attending or participating in future games, leagues, or hosted events.

These rules may be changed with notification to participants in the league given.

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