Official Soccer Rules  

New Soccer Rules in Green - Winter 2022

*Reminder Everplay is Recreational & Social League- Play Safe, Play your best, Have fun.


  1. Team roster shall include a minimum of 11 players, including at least 4 of each gender.
  2. The maximum number of players on the field is 7, including the goalie, and including at least 3 of each gender.
  3. A team may start with as few as 4 players on the field.
  4. When a team has fewer than the required numbers of a specified gender, they may not substitute members of another gender. For example, if a team has 7 total players available at game time but only 2 are female, the team must play short with 6 players.
  5. One team being short players for a full 7 on field does not obligate the opposing team to reduce their players on field.
  6. Players may be substituted for each other at any time between plays, provided the on-field gender requirement is met at all times.
  7. All players must be registered with the League to play with the team. Unregistered substitutes are not permitted. Any team found to be playing with an unregistered player will receive a 2 Goal Penalty and the unregistered player will be removed.  Any team with multiple illegal players will forfeit the game.  In the Playoffs, any team with illegal players will suffer a forfeit.
  8. Any team that has players not wearing the Everplay shirt can be called for a roster check at any time by the ref, field manager, or the opposing team. If players are found to not be on the roster that are playing it will result in an automatic forfeit.
  9. Late Registration: a team may add players to their roster through the 3rd Scheduled Game, provided the team captain approves, and the player has paid the pro-rated fee for the remainder of the season. All players must be formally registered with the League and paid in full prior to playing.


  1. Each game shall be officiated by at least one League-assigned referee, who shall act as the head referee. A second League-assigned referee may also be used.
  2. Referees are responsible for:
    1. Keeping time.
    2. Enforcing all rules and penalties.
    3. Keeping and recording game score.
  3. Beginning with Winter Season 2022, we will begin enforcing the card system.  A yellow card will be issued for incidental overaggressive contact.  A yellow card will also result in the player that committed the foul to come off the field for 3 game minutes.  If a second yellow card is given to that player later in the game, they are ejected and his/her team will play down 1 male/female based on the gender of the offender.  There will not be an additional 1 game suspension for double yellow cards.
  4. Red Cards will be issued for extremely aggressive, dangerous, and/or for players that behave in an unruly and/or unsportsmanlike manner.  If a Player is ejected from a game because of a red card, they are suspended for the following game as well and their team will play down 1 male/female based on the gender of the offender.  If in Playoffs, they are suspended for the entirety of the Playoffs.  If a 2nd red card ejection occurs during the Season, that Player is suspended for the remainder of the Season.
  5. We understand Soccer is a more competitive and physical sport but we need to keep in mind player safety and have good sportsmanship while playing, if we cant then this league may not be the right league for you.


  1. The soccer field shall measure approximately 60-70 yards long and 30-40 yards wide, or as close to those measurements as the game field will allow. Cones will mark out of bounds on each side of the field.
  2. Goals shall be on either end and shall extend into the field. The dimensions may vary depending on the equipment and size of the field.


  1. The league shall provide the following equipment:
    1. Official Soccer Ball
    2. Goals
    3. Goalie IDs
  2. Players must wear shoes.
  3. Shin guards are not required but encouraged.

Game Clock:

  1. Each game will consist of two 20-minute halves with a 5 minute or less halftime.
  2. Each Team will have only 1 30 Second Timeout Per Game.
  3. The game clock shall be a running clock except during team timeouts.
  4. There will be no regular season overtimes; ties are permitted.

Start of Game:

  1. The start of the game will be decided by a coin flip administered by the referee. The winning team will get to choose either to have the ball possession at the first or second half.
  2. The losing team will get to choose which goal they wish to defend first.
  3. The game will start with the ball being placed at midfield and the offense will take possession. The defense may not enter the Midfield area (as designated by the referee) until the ball has left said area.
  4. At halftime, teams will switch sides and the team that started on defense will now have first possession of the ball.

Rules of Play:

  1. You may not touch the ball with your hands or lower arms. Shoulders, chest, head, foot or any other part of the body is legal. Illegal touches shall result in a turnover and a direct kick.
  2. No slide tackles or aggressive contact is permitted. Players who engage in such may receive a warning (yellow card) or be ejected from the game (red card) depending on the severity of the action and the referee's discretion.  2 Yellow Cards = a Red Card and an ejection. Slide tackling will result in a turnover to a direct kick.
  3. A foul on an attacking player inside the goalie's box may result in a penalty kick (referee's judgment).
  4. Goalies may touch the ball with their hands except if it is kicked to them by a teammate. Then the goalie must use his or her feet. Goalies may not hold the ball for longer than a verbal referee 5-count before it results in a turnover.
  5. Out of bounds- Teams who last touched the ball as it goes out of bounds shall turnover possession. If the ball crosses the side line, it is a throw in. The throw in must be stationary and must be done with two hands over the head. If the ball crosses the goal line, one of two things occur. If it is the defending team's possession, it is a goal kick; if it is the attacking team's possession, it is a corner kick.
  6. There is no offsides.
  7. On-field substitutions may only be made during stoppage of play.

Mercy Rule:

     1.  When a team gets up by 7 Goals, the game is called. 


  1. Teams must be ready to play and meet game start requirements at the posted game time. Any team not ready to play, after a 5 Minute Grace Period, shall forfeit and the opposing team shall take a default win (7-0).
  2. If neither team is ready to play, both teams shall forfeit.
  3. Teams that forfeit (3) times during one season will be removed from the league schedule and forfeited out of the league.

Playoff Tie Breaker:

     1. If both teams are tied at the end of Regulation in the Playoffs, both teams will engage in a Best of 3 Shootout.  If the teams are tied after the Best of 3 Shootout, they will continue in a Sudden Death Shootout until a winner is declared.  Teams may not repeat kickers until everyone on their team has attempted a kick during the shootout.

Cancellation Policy:

  1. Email is primarily used to inform participants of canceled games due to inclement weather and field conditions.  These cancellation decisions typically don't occur before 3pm the day of the game. Participants should always assume their game is being played as scheduled unless they hear otherwise.
  2. Everplay Sport & Social Club will make all efforts to reschedule up 2 weeks of games per season due to weather related cancellations.  Any cancellations after that, may not be made up due to time and scheduling constraints.
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