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LAWS OF THE GAME
VYS Modifications to FIFA Laws of the Game

Rules of the Game for VYS House Soccer.

Questions?  Please contact VYS VP of Referees.

 
Updated April 10, 2012
House Rules O30 – VYS House League (Vienna Parent League)
Law 1 Field of Play Conforms to FIFA field dimensions
    Goal:8x24 feet
Law 2 The Ball Size 5
    Home team provides. If home team cannot, visitor provides.
Law 3 Number of Players 11v11, 4* women minimum per team
10v10 or 9v9, 3* women minimum per team
8v8 or 7v7, 2* women minimum per team
*For any of the above, if short a female player, both teams may play 1 less woman player, if both team managers agree.
7 players, including any guest players, and consisting of the minimum number of female players, are required for the match to commence and for the match to continue.
18 maximum with 6-7 women minimum
  Guest Players So that the game may be played, players registered with another team, including the opposing team, can be guest players for the team that is short players if both team managers agree.
  Playing Up A team behind by 3 or more goals may play up 1 player, but not exceed 11 players.
  Substitution An unlimited number of substitutions can be made by either team on any throw-in, any goal kick, after any goal, at halftime, at any injury.
Law 4 Players’ Equipment Home team will wear red jerseys; visiting team will wear white jerseys.
Law 6 Assistant Referees If USSF-certified ARs are not available, a non-certified volunteer will be enlisted to call the ball out of play and to indicate possession on restart at the referee’s discretion.
Law 7 Duration of Match 35 or 40 minute halves as scheduled, 5 minute halftime break.
    If the start of the game is delayed, the referee will shorten the halves accordingly to maintain the game schedule.
Law 10 Method of Scoring 2 goals max per player, other goals scored by that player do not count.The restart is with a goal kick.
Law 12 Fouls/Misconduct Kicking the ball deliberately into an opposing player is prohibited as striking. The restart is a direct free kick (or penalty kick if the foul was committed by a player against an opponent in the player’s penalty area) for the other team. The conduct may result in a Yellow Card for Unsporting Behavior.
    Excessive body contact against an opponent is prohibited as pushing. The restart is a direct free kick (or penalty kick if the foul was committed by a player against an opponent in the player’s penalty area) for the other team. The conduct may result in a Yellow Card for Unsporting Behavior.
    Slide tackling against an opponent is prohibited as tackling. The restart is a direct free kick (or penalty kick if the foul was committed by a player against an opponent in the player’s penalty area) for the other team. The conduct may result in a Yellow Card for Unsporting Behavior.
    Charging the opposing goalkeeper is prohibited as charging an opponent.  The restart is a direct free kick for the other team.  The conduct may result in a Yellow Card for Unsporting Behavior.
    Verbal and/or physical abuse of players, referees, spectators, or others is prohibited, and will result in a mandatory Red Card.
  Caution/Yellow Card A player receiving a Yellow Card must sit out for 5 minutes to allow the player to compose him or herself. The team may substitute for that player.
  Send-Off/Red Card A player receiving a Red Card will sit out the remainder of that game; must immediately leave vicinity of the field; and must sit out the next league game. Team may not substitute for that player and must play down a player.
Law 14 Penalty Kick All penalty kicks will be taken by a woman
     
House Rules U19, U18, U17 – HSBHSL, HSGHSL, SFL
Law 1 Field of Play Conforms to FIFA field dimensions
    Goal:8x24 feet
Law 2 Ball Size 5
    Home team provides. If home team cannot, visitor provides.
Law 3 Number of Players 11 v 11, no maximum roster of players.
 
  Playing Down SFL - If a team has 7 players the opposing team must play not more than 9 players. If a team has 8 players the opposing team must play not more than 10 players. If a team has 9 or more players the other team may play down in its discretion.
    SFL, HSBHSL and HSGHSL - 7 players are required for the match to commence and continue.
HSBHSL/HSGHSL: See bylaws.
  Substitution HSBHSL and HSGHSL - On own throw-in, when the other team in possession of the ball makes a substitution, on any goal kick, after any goal, at halftime, for an injured player (the opposing team may substitute the same numbers of players as injured players being substituted for by the other team).
SFL – Same as HSBHSL and HSGHSL, plus after a caution has been issued, at the request of the player’s coach, for the cautioned player.
Law 4 Players’ Equipment Players will wear matching color jerseys with unique numbers. Home team will resolve jersey color conflict by switching to an alternate color.
Law 6 Assistant Referees If USSF-certified ARs are not available, non-certified volunteers will be enlisted. They may only indicate when the ball is out of play and the direction of throw-ins.
Law 7 Duration of Match SFL - 40 minute halves, 5 minute halftime break, unless the coaches and the referee agree there is time for 45 minute halves.
HSBHSL and HSGHSL - 45 minute halves, 5 minute halftime break. If the start of the game is delayed, the referee will shorten the halves accordingly to maintain the game schedule.
A team must have at least 7 players on the field and ready to play within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time or the match will not be played, and the Referee will submit a report to that effect to the league.
Law 12 Fouls/Misconduct  
  Caution/Yellow Card HSBHSL and HSGHSL - A player receiving a Yellow Card must sit out for 5 minutes to allow the player to compose him or herself. The team may substitute for that player at the team’s next normal substitution opportunity.
  Send-Off/Red Card SFL, HSBHSL and HSGHSL - A player receiving a Red Card will sit out the remainder of that game; must immediately leave vicinity of the field; and must sit out the next league game. Team may not substitute for that player and must play down a player.
     
House Rules U16, U15 – HSBHSL, HSGHSL, SFL
Law 1 Field of Play Conforms to FIFA field dimensions
    Goal:8x24 feet
Law 2 Ball Size 5
    Home team provides. If home team cannot, visitor provides.
Law 3 Number of Players 11v11, no maximum roster of players.
  Playing Down SFL - If a team has 7 players the opposing team must play not more than 9 players. If a team has 8 players the opposing team must play not more than 10 players. If a team has 9 or more players the other team may play down in its discretion.
    SFL, HSBHSL and HSGHSL - 7 players are required for the match to commence and continue.
HSBHSL/HSGHSL: See bylaws.
  Substitution HSBHSL and HSGHSL - On own throw-in, when the other team in possession of the ball makes a substitution, on any goal kick, after any goal, at halftime, for an injured player (the opposing team may substitute the same numbers of players as injured players being substituted for by the other team).
SFL – Same as HSBHSL and HSGHSL, plus after a caution has been issued, at the request of the player’s coach, for the cautioned player.
Law 4 Players’ Equipment Players will wear matching color jerseys with unique numbers. Home team will resolve jersey color conflict by switching to an alternate color.
Law 6 Assistant Referees If USSF-certified ARs are not available, a non-certified volunteer will be enlisted to call the ball out of play and to indicate possession on restart at the referee’s discretion.
Law 7 Duration of Match SFL - 40 minute halves, 5 minute halftime break, unless the coaches and the referee agree there is time for 45 minute halves.
HSBHSL and HSGHSL - 45 minute halves, 5 minute halftime break. If the start of the game is delayed, the referee will shorten the halves accordingly to maintain the game schedule.
A team must have at least 7 players on the field and ready to play within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time or the match will not be played, and the Referee will submit a report to that effect to the league.
Law 12 Fouls/Misconduct  
  Caution/Yellow Card HSBHSL and HSGHSL - A player receiving a Yellow Card must sit out for 5 minutes to allow the player to compose him or herself. The team may substitute for that player at the team’s next normal substitution opportunity.
  Send-Off/Red Card SFL, HSBHSL and HSGHSL - A player receiving a Red Card will sit out the remainder of that game; must immediately leave vicinity of the field; and must sit out the next league game. Team may not substitute for that player and must play down a player.
     
House Rules U14, U13 – SFL, U14BHSL, U14GHSL, VYS House League
Law 1 Field of Play Conforms to FIFA field dimensions
    Goal:8x24 feet
Law 2 Ball Size 5
    Home team provides. If home team cannot, visitor provides.
Law 3 Number of Players 11v11, no maximum roster of players.
  Playing Down SFL - If a team has 7 players the opposing team must play not more than 9 players. If a team has 8 players the opposing team must play not more than 10 players. If a team has 9 or more players the other team may play down in its discretion.
    SFL, HSBHSL and HSGHSL - 7 players are required for the match to commence and continue.
HSBHSL/HSGHSL: See bylaws.
  Substitution HSBHSL and HSGHSL - On own throw-in, when the other team in possession of the ball makes a substitution, on any goal kick, after any goal, at halftime, for an injured player (the opposing team may substitute the same numbers of players as injured players being substituted for by the other team).
SFL – Same as HSBHSL and HSGHSL, plus after a caution has been issued, at the request of the player’s coach, for the cautioned player.
Law 4 Players’ Equipment Players will wear matching color jerseys with unique numbers. Home team will resolve jersey color conflict by switching to an alternate color.
Law 6 Assistant Referees If USSF-certified ARs are not available, a non-certified volunteer will be enlisted to call the ball out of play and to indicate possession on restart at the referee’s discretion.
Law 7 Duration of Match 35 minute halves, 5 minute halftime break.
A team must have at least 7 players on the field and ready to play within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time or the match will not be played, and the Referee will submit a report to that effect to the league.
Law 12 Fouls/Misconduct  
  Caution/Yellow Card HSBHSL and HSGHSL - A player receiving a Yellow Card must sit out for 5 minutes to allow the player to compose him or herself. The team may substitute for that player at the team’s next normal substitution opportunity.
  Send-Off/Red Card SFL, HSBHSL and HSGHSL - A player receiving a Red Card will sit out the remainder of that game; must immediately leave vicinity of the field; and must sit out the next league game. Team may not substitute for that player and must play down a player.
     
House Rules U12, U11 – VYS House League
Law 1 Field of Play Conforms to USYSA field dimensions, approximately 50 yards by 70 yards
    Goal measurements will vary by field, but generally 6 feet by 18 feet.
Law 2 Ball Size 4
    Home team provides. If home team cannot, visitor provides.
Law 3 Number of Players 8v8 is standard, but 9v9 is permitted with Division Commissioner approval. Commissioner has approved 9v9 for U11G during the fall 2013 season.
  Playing Down The trailing team may add one extra player when trailing by three goals. The trailing team may have one extra player until such time as it has evened the score, at which time it will remove the extra player.
  Substitution On own throw-in, when the other team in possession of the ball makes a substitution, on any goal kick, after any goal, at halftime, for an injured player (the opposing team may substitute the same numbers of players as injured players being substituted for by the other team).
Law 4 Players’ Equipment Players will wear matching color jerseys with unique numbers. Home team will resolve jersey color conflict by switching to an alternate color.
Law 6 Assistant Referees If USSF-certified ARs are not available, a non-certified volunteer will be enlisted to call the ball out of play and to indicate possession on restart at the referee’s discretion.
Law 7 Duration of Match 30 minute halves, 5 minute halftime break
Law 12 Fouls/Misconduct Slide tackling is prohibited as tackling. The restart is a direct free kick (or penalty kick if the foul was committed by a player against an opponent in the player’s penalty area) for the other team. The conduct may result in a Yellow Card for Unsporting Behavior.
  Caution/Yellow Card A player receiving a Yellow Card must sit out for 5 minutes to allow the player to compose him or herself. The team may substitute for that player at the team’s next normal substitution opportunity.
  Send-Off/Red Card A player receiving a Red Card will sit out the remainder of that game; must immediately leave vicinity of the field; and must sit out the next league game. Team may not substitute for that player and must play down a player.
     
House Rules U10, U9– VYS House League
Law 1 Field of Play Conforms to USYSA U10 field dimensions, approximately 40 yards by 50 yards
    Goal measurements will vary by field but generally 6 feet by 18 feet.
Law 2 Ball Size 4
    Home team provides. If home team cannot, visitor provides.
Law 3 Number of Players 6v6 is standard, but 7v7 is permitted with Division Commissioner approval.
  Playing Down The trailing team may add one extra player if trailing by 3 goals.  The trailing team may have one extra player until such time as it has evened the score, at which time it will remove the extra player.
  Substitution On own throw-in, when the other team in possession of the ball makes a substitution, on any goal kick, after any goal, at halftime, for an injured player (the opposing team may substitute the same numbers of players as injured players being substituted for by the other team).
Law 6 Assistant Referees Not used
Law 7 Duration of Match 25 minute halves, 5 minute halftime break
Law 12 Fouls/Misconduct Slide tackling is prohibited as tackling. The restart is an indirect free kick (for the other team. The conduct will result in a mandatory Yellow Card for Unsporting Behavior.
  Caution/Yellow Card A player receiving a Yellow Card must sit out for 5 minutes to allow the player to compose him or herself. The team may substitute for that player at the team’s next normal substitution opportunity.
  Send-Off/Red Card A player receiving a Red Card will sit out the remainder of that game; must immediately leave vicinity of the field; and must sit out the next league game. Team may not substitute for that player and must play down a player.
Law 13 Free Kicks All free kicks, without exception, will be indirect free kicks.  There will be no penalty kicks .  Restarts will be at the point of the foul, or if the violation incurred inside the goal area, from the closest area outside the goal area perpendicular to the goal line.
     
House Rules U8, U7– VYS House League
Law 1 Field of Play Conforms to USYSA U8 field dimensions, approximately 30 yards by 25 yards
    Goal measurements will vary by field.
Law 2 The Ball Size 3
    Home team provides. If home team cannot, visitor provides.
Law 3 Number of Players 4v4, no goalkeeper, no roster limit.
  Playing Down Regardless of the score (which is not kept), a less competitive team may add a player or players in order to have a competitive game.
  Substitution At any time, including on the fly while play is in progress.
Law 5 Referees Not used
Law 6 Assistant Referees Not used
Law 7 Duration of Match 12 minute quarters, 2 minute quartertime breaks, 5 minute halftime break
Law 11 Offside There is no offside.
Law 12 Fouls/Misconduct Slide tackling is prohibited and results in an indirect free kick for the other team.
     
Law 13 Free Kicks All free kicks, without exception, will be indirect free kicks.  There will be no penalty kicks .  Restarts will be at the point of the foul, or if the violation incurred inside the goal area, from the closest area outside the goal area perpendicular to the goal line.
Law 16 Goal Kick Opponents of the kicking team will remain in their own half of the field until the ball is in play.
House Rules U6, U5– VYS House League
Law 1 Field of Play Conforms to USYSA U6 field dimensions, approximately 20 yards by 25 yards
    Goal measurements will vary by field.
Law 2 The Ball Size 3
    Home team provides. If home team cannot, visitor provides.
Law 3 Number of Players 3v3, no goalkeeper, no roster limit.
  Playing Down Regardless of score (which is not kept), a less competitive team may add an extra player or players in order to have a competitive game.
  Substitution At any time, including on the flt while play is in progress.
Law 6 Assistant Referees Not used
Law 7 Duration of Match 8 minute quarters, 2 minute quartertime breaks, 5 minute halftime break
Law 11 Offside There is no offside.
Law 12 Fouls/Misconduct Slide tackling is prohibited and results in an indirect free kick for the other team.
    There are no Referees at this level of play.
Law 13 Free Kicks All free kicks, without exception, will be indirect free kicks. There will be no penalty kicks. Restarts will be at the point of the foul, or if the violation incurred inside the goal area, from the closest area outside the goal area perpendicular to the goal line.
Law 15 The Throw-in Kick-ins will be used instead of throw-ins. Infractions will result in a retake.
Law 16 Goal Kick Opponents of the kicking team will remain in their own half of the field until the ball is in play.

 


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