NUMBER OF PLAYERS 5 v 5 Games – The total number of players on the field at once include: 4 field players and a goalkeeper. For coed 2 of the players must be female. The minimum number of rostered players required to start a game is 4 ( of which 1 player is a female). A game is terminated once it has started if a team has fewer than 4 players due to injury or penalties. If you have only 1 female show up you must play short. A male cannot take the place of the missing female to field 5 players.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS 7 v 7 Games – The total number of players on the field at once include: 6 field players and a goalkeeper. For coed 2 of the players must be female. The minimum number of rostered players required to start a game is 4 (3 field players and a goalie of which 1 player is a female). A game is terminated once it has started if a team has fewer than 5 players due to injury or penalties. If you have only 1 female show up you must play short. A male cannot take the place of the missing female to field 7 players.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS 11 v 11 Games – The total number of players on the field at once include: 10 field players and a goalkeeper. For coed 3 of the players must be female. The minimum number of rostered players required to start a game is 7 (6 field players and a goalie of which 1 player is a female). A game is terminated once it has started if a team has fewer than 8 players due to injury or penalties. If you have only 1 female show up you must play short. A male cannot take the place of the missing female to field 11 players.

ROSTERS

All players must be over the age of 18. Only rostered players will be eligible to play (unless you are short players during the regular season). Only players who sign a player waiver form are considered rostered. Player waiver forms must be filled out online prior to the 1st game of the season. Players may not be rostered on two teams in the same Division.

GUEST PLAYERS

Guest players will be allowed during the regular season only. There will be NO guest players for the playoffs. Only rostered team members are eligible to play in playoffs.

EQUIPMENT

Players’ Equipment

  • Players MUST wear fully covered ADULT shin pads
  • Players must wear their Team colored shirts
  • Outdoor cleats are allowed.
  • Player may not wear anything that is dangerous to others or themselves. Including but NOT LIMITED to jewelry (bracelets, ear rings, and/or chains), electronics (fit bits, and/or watches), casts, hats. The Referee decisions are final.

GAME TIME 

Duration

  • (2) 24-minute “RUNNING TIME” halves, 11v11 leagues play two (2) 25-minute halves. The clock will stop only if, in the opinion of the referee, moving an injured player while waiting for medical attention would be hazardous to the injured player. Get the injured player off the field as quickly and safely as possible, as the clock is ticking. No more than 3 minutes for half time.
  • Referee will start the clock after a grace period of 5 minutes. At the 10-minute mark, if a team does not have the minimum number of players to start, that team will forfeit the game. If the game is to be played, the clock will continue to run

PLAYOFFS 

Tie Breakers

  • 5 minute golden goal period.
  • Penalty Kicks will be a round of 5 players in the first set game and if it is a coed game must have at least 2 females shooting. If there is still a tie after the 5 kicks, there will be a one on one situation until the tie is broken. Any player on the team can take the kicks. They do not have to be on the court at the end of the game. Each team member must shoot once before a player can shoot again

START OF PLAY

Kickoff

  • Kickoff MAY be played in any direction.
  • Only the player executing the kick MAY stand in the opponent’s half, within playable distance of the ball.
  • A goal cannot be scored directly from a kickoff.

BALL OUT OF PLAY

Throw in

  • A throw in is awarded when the whole ball leaves the field over the touchlines.
  • Opposing players must be at least 5 yards from the ball
  • Players taking the throw in cannot step into the field before the ball is in play.
  • A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw-in.

FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

Fouls and Misconduct Fouls

  • Sliding is NOT allowed, the Referee has the ultimate say as to what constitutes sliding.
  • Opposing player may not be closer than 15 feet on ANY restart.
  • Referees may issue temporary dismissals depending on the severity of the actions:
    Blue Dismissal – Player temporarily leaves the field of play for two (2) minutes, does NOT return and it is NOT replaced until after time expires OR after the opponents score a goal, whichever comes first. At that point the player may re-enter the field.
    Yellow Dismissal – Player temporarily leaves the field of play for four (4) minutes, does NOT return and it is NOT replaced until AFTER time expires, independent of the opponent’s scoring. At that point the player may re-enter the field.
    Red Dismissal – Player PERMANENTLY leaves the FACILITY, does NOT return and is NOT REPLACED for six (6) minutes, independent of the opponent’s scoring. Play does not resume until the player LEAVES THE FACILITY.
  • NO BICYCLE KICKS!! – too dangerous for everyone around you, and the ground is concrete under the turf. Do not do it.

OFFSIDES 

  • There is no offside Except in full field 11 v 11 games.

DOUBLE TOUCH

  • The player taking the free kick cannot be the first person to touch the ball after the ball has been kicked. Another player must touch the ball before the player can kick the ball again.

DIRECT FREE KICKS

Governed by FIFA Laws of the Game with the following additions. Ball must be kicked and move from the spot of the infraction.

Players may not:

  • Strike
  • Kick
  • Trip
  • Push
  • Jump
  • Tackle –includes slide tackling–
  • Handling
  • Holding

INDIRECT FREE KICKS

Governed by FIFA Laws of the Game with the following additions. Ball must be kicked and move from the spot of the infraction. It needs to be touched by another player. No double touch is allowed.

Any indirect kick taken by the attacking team for a foul inside the penalty area, the ball will be placed at the top of the penalty area in the center.

  • Slide  Note: Sliding of any kind from players or goal keepers outside the penalty area is not allowed.. Goalkeepers may slide tackle as long as they are doing so within their penalty area and not in a dangerous manner.
  • Impeding the offensive player with the ball.
  • Playing the ball in the dangerous manner (NO Bicycle Kicks) or lying on the ground deliberately while playing the ball.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Substitutions

  • GK substitutions ONLY when the ball is not in play (any stoppage).
  • Player substitutions allowed at any time the ball is in play (“on the fly”)
  • A substitute MAY enter the field of play BEFORE a player leaves the field if:
    It is within playable distance of their bench area, and
    the substitute entering nor the player leaving play the ball nor interferes with active play.

GOAL KICKS/KEEPER THROWS

Goal Keeper restrictions

  • On a GK throw, the ball MUST touch the ground or a player BEFORE going over the halfway line.
  • A Goal Kick executed by the GK MUST touch the ground or a player BEFORE going over the halfway line.
  • A Goal Kick executed by the any player EXCEPT the GK may go over the halfway line.
  • A goal cannot be scored directly onto the opponent’s goal from a Goal Kick or from a Goal Keeper’s throw

FORFEITS

All teams are required to notify the league if they are unable to field a team as far in advance as possible. No later than 2pm the day of a WEEKNIGHT game. No later than Friday by 5pm for a SUNDAY game. If you need to forfeit your game you must email the league at forfeits@hubsportsboston.com – use this email ONLY.  In addition you can call 617 8630 9300 EXT 3. However if you call this number you must actually speak to a HUB staffer and not leave a message.

If a team contacts the office after the set deadlines the game will be forfeited and the forfeiting team will be required to pay both teams referee fees. If a team fails to show up for a game without contacting the league office the game will be forfeited and the forfeiting team will be required to pay both teams referee fees and a $50 penalty. If a team shows up with fewer than 4 players and cannot field a team the game will be forfeited and the forfeiting team will be required to pay both teams referee fees. A 3rd forfeit and the team will be removed from the league.

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