Kickers and Minors/Seniors Rules

The rules of SAY Soccer shall be enforced as stated in the SAY rulebook unless modified below. These modified Laws are for Minors/Seniors and Kickers Co-ed.

Updated February 8, 2018

Notes:

  1. Once Female Touch is established. a team does not lose the Female Touch until the ball crosses into its defense side of the field. This includes the taking of throw-in, any free kick, goal kick or corner kick that is taken in the attacking half of the field.

  2. The goalie is one of the players

Law 1: Field

The recommended field size is the same as used for the Strikers and/or Kickers Division

Law 3: Players and Substitutions

  • 11 v. 11 may have up to 11 players on the field (including goalkeeper) and at least 8 players. Up to 8 of these players on the field can be male.

  • 9 v. 9 may have up to 9 players on the field (including goalkeeper) and at least 6 players. Up to 6 of these players on the field can be male.

  • 8 v. 8 may have up to 8 players on the field (including goalkeeper) and at least 5 players. Up to 5 of these players on the field can be male.

  • All teams must have AT LEAST ONE (1) female player on the field

  • In case of 1 female player, defending that player must be within the spirit of the game. Defending with multiple players to prevent Female touch is not allowed. A whistle and a verbal warning will be issued for unsporting behavior if, in the eyes of the referee, defending is outside the spirit of the game. A yellow card will be issued to the coach for a second offense.

  • Restart will be an indirect free kick at the location of the unsporting behavior.

  • Unsporting defending is considered more than 1 or 2 persons defending a Female player.

Law 7: Duration

The game will be played in 15-minute quarters. No overtime.

Law 8: Start of Play

The female touch rule does not apply at the kickoff. Any player may take the kickoff. A goal can be scored directly from this kick. The taking of the kickoff by a female does not establish female touch.

Law 10: Method of Scoring

A female player must touch the ball in her attacking half of the field for a goal to be allowed unless the ball enters the goal from:

  • A kickoff and the ball has not been touched by a second teammate

  • A kick is taken from the defensive half of the field and has not been touched by a second teammate in the attacking half of the field.

Should a goal be disallowed because a Female Touch was not established, play should be re-started with a goal kick.

Laws 13-17: Free Kicks, Penalty Kicks, Throw-ins, Goal Kicks, and Corner Kicks

  • LAW 13: A female must take all free kicks awarded to a team in its attacking half of the field. An improper restart of play will result in an indirect free kick to the defending team from the position of the improper restart. Kicks awarded in the defense half may be taken by any player of the team.

  • LAW 14: A female must take all penalty kicks. An improper restart of play (penalty kick) will result in an indirect free kick to the defending team.

  • LAW 15: Any player of a team may take a throw-in. The taking of a throw-in by a female player does not establish a Female Touch.

  • LAW 16: Any player of a team may take a goal kick.

  • LAW 17: Any player of a team may take a corner kick. A male can score a goal directly as long as the proper Female Touch has been previously established. The Taking a corner kick by a female does establish female touch.