Indoor Soccer Guidelines

  1. All rules governing eligibility, forfeits, postponements and protests can be under guidelines on the intramural web site.
  2. Varsity and ex-varsity players are not allowed to play B league. In “A” League there is a limit of four varsity or ex-varsity players on a roster. Only two of these players may be on the floor at once.
  3. Only three A league players can be on a B league team. Only two of those can play at a time.
  4. A team consists of six players (5 and a goalie).
  5. Four field players and a goalie must be present to begin a game. No more than three of the players on the field may be male.
  6. A game will consist of 2 twenty-minute halves, and a 5-minute halftime. The clock will not stop.
  7. If a game ends in a tie there will be five-minute sudden-death overtime. If at the end of five minutes there has been no additional scoring the game will be counted as a tie.
  8. In the playoffs, if there is a tie after the overtime, five players from each team will take penalty kicks. The team with the most goals wins. If there is still a tie after the penalty kicks, then a sudden death shoot out will occur. Five players from each team will alternate shots until a winner is declared. The second team will have a chance to tie the score if the first team scores.
  9. Substitutions may be made at any time as long as the player being substituted for is off the court before the new player is on.
  10. The first team listed on the schedule is the home team and needs to wear white (not gray) colored shirts.
  11. No more than three A league players can be on a B league team.


A team will be removed from the league if it forfeits two games during the season.


The officials and Rec Sports Staff will evaluate each team at the end of the game for sportsmanship. If a team receives two poor evaluations during the season it will be removed from the league. Two unsatisfactories will count as one poor.

Definition of terms

  1. Goal: A goal is scored if the ball hits any part of the front or top of the mat. If the ball strikes the side of the mat it is not a goal. The ball must last touch a player in front of the mat for the goal to count.
  2. Kick-off: On the kick off, once the whistle has been blown, the ball may be passed in either direction. The kick-off in the center of the court still remains an indirect kick
  3. Corner Kick: A corner kick will be awarded to the attacking team when the defense kicks the ball over the allowed height on the wall behind their own goal. After the corner kick, any player may receive the ball except the one who executed the corner kick. The kicker must wait until another player has touched the ball before he/she can touch the ball a second time.
  4. Free Kick: Free kicks shall be classified INDIRECT (from which a goal may not be scored unless the ball is played or touched by another player of either team) on all penalties, unless a foul is committed inside the penalty box. Other players must be five yards from the ball when the ball is initially kicked.

Indirect Free Kicks are awarded for:

  • Handball.
  • Holding an opponent.
  • Pushing an opponent.
  • Striking or attempting to strike an opponent.
  • Kicking or attempting to kick an opponent.
  • Tripping an opponent.
  • Charging an opponent from behind.
  • Carrying the ball outside of the penalty area by goalie.
  • Player playing the ball a second time on kick-off before another player has touched the ball
  • The ball not being kicked forward on a penalty kick.
  • Goalkeeper delays the game by holding the ball longer than six seconds.
  • Kicking the ball above the paint change on the walls, the line on the curtain, the basketball goals or off of the ceiling or batting cage
  • Slide Tackling

Miscellaneous Guidelines

  1. Penalty kicks- awarded when an infraction takes place in the penalty area and the official deems it obstructed a possible score. A penalty kick will be awarded for any dangerous play. Penalty kicks will be taken from the top of the three-point circle.
  2. Goal kicks- awarded when the offense kicks the ball off the wall, above the allowed height, behind the offensive goal line.
  3. Corner kicks- awarded when defense kicks the ball off the wall, above the allowed height, behind the offensive goal line.
  4. Offsides There are no offsides in indoor soccer.
  5. Throw ins- There are none in indoor soccer.
  6. A goalie may not throw or punt the ball in the air beyond mid court
  7. The goal keeper’s box is the three point area which extends to the wall behind the goals.
  8. A yellow card will be issued for offensive language, unsportsmanlike conduct, an intentional infraction which stops a likely goal, or for dangerous play. A player receiving a yellow card must sit out for five minutes. There is no substitution for this player during the penalty time. A red card is given on the second offense and the player is ejected from the game. A red card will be issued for any flagrant dangerous play. Any player receiving a red card must report to the Rec Sports office before being eligible for the next scheduled game.
  9. Referees and the Rec Sports Staff reserve the right to dismiss players from the game site for disruptive conduct after adequate warning has been given.

Blood Borne Pathogen Policy

Any player who sustains an injury where bleeding or oozing occurs must leave the field. The bleeding must be stopped and the area completed covered before the individual is allowed to reenter the game. The Intramural Staff person must clear the individual before he/she resumes play. If the uniform has become contaminated with blood, it must be changed before the player reenters the game.