League Rules

Soccer (Indoor)

Quick Summary

This is what you need to know to get going. For a full listing of all the rules, with detailed descriptions and definitions, see Full Rules below.

  1. Sportsmanship, camaraderie and having fun are the 3 most important things in all TRSL activities. Please keep these in mind when playing. RELAX! It’s just a game!
  2. Except for the changes noted, all Official FIFA soccer rules apply.
  3. 5 v 5 : Teams play 5-a-side (4 plus goalie). Regardless of the gender of your goalie, your 4 “out” players must be 2 men and 2 women. You may play with only 1 man/woman, but you must play short. (See “Full Rules” Start-up #1) 6 v 6 : 5 plus a goalie. 5 out players must be 3&2 or 2&3. You may play with only 1 man/woman, but you must play short.
  4. The game is generally two 24 minute halves with a 2-3 minute half-time break. However, games MUST end by 55 minutes after scheduled start time even if you start late.
  5. The game is self-officiated; the person who commits the foul is responsible for calling it. The person fouled may also call a foul if a clear foul is not called.
  6. No slide tackles are allowed whatsoever. Goalie may slide in his/her crease but must always be aware of safety first.
  7. It’s your responsibility to be in control of your body at all times. AGGRESSIVE PLAY, WHETHER CLUMSY OR INTENTIONAL, IS A FOUL.
  8. You MAY play the ball when it is in the other team’s crease; however, you may not loiter inside the crease, interfere with the goalie, or play dangerously.
  9. There are no “offsides”.
  10. When taking a free kick near to the opponents’ goal, the ball is to be brought out to the basketball 3-point line before being taken.
  11. All free kicks are INDIRECT (In the TRSL, an indirect free kick cannot go in off of the opposing goaltender).
  12. "Kick-ins" (a free kick from the sideline) will replace throw-ins.
  13. Reminder: Goalies can't use their hands when the ball has been kicked to them by a team-mate.
  14. Reminder: "Handball" refers to any part of your arm (from the shoulder down). It is NOT “handball” if your hands/arms are against your body in an effort to protect yourself.

Full Rules

Unless otherwise stated, all rules and regulations are in accordance with FIFA’s Official Laws of the Game (http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/lawsofthegame.html).

The changes specific to TRSL Rec. Indoor Soccer and other important highlights are listed below:


  1. Each team must have 2 men and 2 women on the court (plus the goalie), for a total of 5 players (4 PLUS a goalie). Regardless of the gender of the goalie, your 4 “out” players must be 2 men and 2 women. *If short, a team may play with only 1 woman (or man) but must play 1 player short (i.e. 1 woman plus 2 men on the court for a total of 3 PLUS a goalie). A team may not play with less than 4 players total. For 6 v 6 divisions, it’s 3&2 or 2&3 plus the goalie. You may not play with less than 4 players total.
  2. If a team cannot field the minimum number of players by 10 minutes past game time, they will have defaulted. A score of 2-0 will be recorded.
  3. The captains should have a coin toss to determine who kicks-off first and who defends which goal. In the 2nd half, teams should switch ends and the other team should kick-off.
  4. The game will consist of two halves (approx. 24 minutes), with a 2 or 3 minute half-time break to allow players to rest or get some water. Games MUST finish by 55 minutes after the scheduled start time.
  5. Players must wear shirt colours that are the same/similar to their teammates and different from the opponents. If both teams are wearing the same colour, the HOME team is required to change shirts.
  6. At the beginning of each half, and after a goal is scored, play will be restarted by a kickoff from centre. The ball can go forward or backward.


  1. As there are no referees, all fouls and other calls are to be made by the player(s) involved. If you handle the ball, call yourself for “handball”. If you trip someone, call yourself for “tripping”. Only players on the field of play may be involved in rulings and the calling of fouls (i.e. no shouting from the sidelines!)
  2. The player that commits a foul is to make the call. However, if you are clearly fouled by someone and they do not call it, you are allowed to call the foul. If the opponent contests the call and no agreement can be quickly reached, the ball will go to the goalie of the team that last had clear possession of the ball.
  3. Please follow the common sense guidelines of sportsmanship and show courtesy and respect to your fellow participants. This is crucial to everyone enjoying the game. Do not take things too seriously! You’re supposed to be having fun!!
  4. If a decision regarding the ruling on a play cannot be made, the ball will go to the goalie of the team that last had clear possession of the ball.


  1. Substitutions are to be made “on the fly”. This means at any time, including while the ball is in play.
  2. The new player must not enter the field of play until the player leaving has reached the sideline and tagged the oncoming player. There MUST be a tag. The spirit of this rule is that no positional advantage should be gained through substitution.
  3. The substitution of goaltenders is allowed in two ways: 1) During a stoppage in play. The play will not restart until the substitution is completed (i.e. the new goaltender has indicated that s/he is ready to play) ; or 2) During play, if the ball is in the opponents’ half and a tag occurs in the team’s crease with a loud, verbal “goalie change” announcement.


  1. All fouls will result in an indirect free kick. Indirect means that after the ball is kicked it must touch another player before entering the goal (NOT including the opposing goaltender).
  2. All restarts of play (i.e. kick-ins, free kicks, goal-kicks, kick-offs, corner-kicks) are indirect.
  3. When a free kick is awarded within “the area around your opponents’ goal bounded by the basketball 3-point line”, the kick shall be taken from the nearest point on the 3-point line.
  4. During any restart of play, opposing players must be at least 10 feet (3 paces) from the ball.
  5. If a player is guilty of a CLEAR foul inside his/her team’s goal area, a penalty kick will be awarded.
  6. A penalty kick is a direct free kick (with goalie!) taken from approximately 4 yards in front of the goal (approximately at the basketball free-throw line) by any player. There are no rebounds - the play is dead after the kick has been taken (either a kick­off or goal kick will restart the play).
  7. There are to be NO SLIDE TACKLES whatsoever.
  8. You are responsible to AVOID CONTACT and minimize the severity of contact at all times. The refrain of “I was playing the ball” or “I played the ball first” is NOT a valid excuse. If you can’t make a play safely, then don’t make it! This is not a rough, physical game. No one should get hurt.
  9. You are responsible for being in control of your body at all times. If there is significant contact with another player because you lacked control of your body – then you have committed a foul. Period.
  10. There are no “offsides”.
  11. Players MAY play the ball while inside his/her opponents’ crease. However, you may NOT loiter inside an opponents’ crease, interfere with the opposing goaltender while s/he is inside their crease or play in any way deemed dangerous to the opposing goaltender.
  12. Goaltenders may not handle the ball when it has been intentionally kicked to them by one of their teammates.
  13. The ball is out of play only if it 1) hits the ceiling, 2) hits the basketball nets directly over the goal (mesh is considered part of the b-ball net), or 3) goes on the stage (if applicable). All other obstructions (other basketball nets, doors, mats, curtains, or anything else on the walls) are IN play.

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