LAW I – Number of Players & Substitutions
On the large field the game is played with 6 players per team including the goalkeeper except for youth leagues. Youth teams vary based on number of players in attendance and balancing of games. Penalties are delayed if it would reduce a team below 4 players. Both teams must be ready at scheduled start time. The clock will start on time. The minimum number of players to start a game is four. When the fourth player is present the game must start. If a team cannot fill the minimum within five minutes of the start of the clock, that team shall receive a forfeit.
On the small field the game is played either 3 v 3 or 4 v 4 depending on leagues. No goalkeeper is allowed on small field and you are not allowed to play in the crease around the goal.
Teams participating in all leagues with the exception of Men’s Premier, will be allowed to add up to two additional players, the first player will be added if they fall behind by 3 goals and the second anytime they are behind by 5 or more goals. At no time will a team have more than 7 field players and a goalie on the field. At no time in the Men’s Premier league will players be added. Players are added and deleted by the losing team in accordance with the score. CO-ED may add a male or female.
The following is the max that any one player can score in a game:
Women and Co-Ed will have a 3 goal maximum
Men’s Leagues will have a 5 goal maximum
Men’s Premier does not have a maximum goal rule, Premier players are not limited on goals scored
An intentional shot on goal which is determined by the referee after the maximum goal is scored will result in a blue card.
Teams may have a maximum of three males on the field, except when the team is playing with additional players because of goal differential. The players who commit the foul unless the goalkeeper commits the foul must serve penalties. A field player may not switch to goalkeeper to avoid serving the penalty. If the goalkeeper is a male, a male must serve the penalty. Any one player may only score a maximum of three goals per game. Goals scored by women will count for two points.
YOUTH AGE LIMITS
Youth players can play in an older age group but cannot play down. To play in U/12 you must not reached the age of 12 when the season starts. U/15 is for 12-14 year olds. U/12 is for 10-11 year olds. U/10 is for 8-9 year olds. U/8 is for 6-7 year olds. U/6 is for 4-5 year olds.
ADULT AGE LIMITS
“Open” leagues are open to all ages 15 or over. (Ages 13-15 allowed with parents’ consent and approval of all league coaches/Managers). To register in an age-defined league the player must meet the age requirement within the calendar year of the start of the season. Example: 0/30 a player must be 30 years old or older within the calendar year of that season.
All Men’s O/30, Co-Ed O/30 and Women’s O/30 leagues at SCSC allow teams a maximum of 2 players between the age of 24 and 29 on the roster. All O/40 leagues at SCSC allow teams a maximum of 2 players between the age of 34 and 39 on the roster. The Women’s O/35 league allows 2 players between the ages of 26 and 34 on each roster.
The following rules will apply to Co-Ed O/30:
Division 1 will be allowed 3 players between the ages of 24-29 on the roster.
Division 2, 3 & 4 will be allowed 2 players between the ages of 24-29 on the roster.
In our attempt to balance out all leagues an “A” list is maintained in the office. The rules for “A” players in the Women’s O/30 are as follows:
Women’s Over 30 Upper Division Five allowed on roster
Women’s Over 30 Lower Division Two allowed on roster
The restart of play shall be delayed to allow the completion for the following situations: After a goal has been scored. After a time penalty has been awarded. During any time out (injury, team or referee.) At any unusual stoppage acknowledged by the referee. Prior to the start of each period.
Both teams may substitute at their own risk before goal clearance, drop balls, kick-ins and after goals. The restart of play shall not be held up for the completion of these substitutions. Teams may substitute on the fly at all other times during the game.