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Indoor Soccer Rules & Regulations    

 Indoor Soccer League (2018-19)     Session I & II

Mission Statement: To strengthen the quality of life for residents of the City of Plattsburgh, surrounding communities and visitors by professionally instituting safe and affordable programs, services, and facilities designed for all ages, cultures and abilities

 Indoor Soccer Rules

Welcome to the City of Plattsburgh Indoor Soccer Program!  While you are reading these rules, please keep in mind that this league is set-up for the enjoyment of everyone.


   **U-8 uses small goals**

              U-8              half field   size 4 ball      5 vs. 5 (can be 6 vs. 6 if coaches want & (keepers optional)


              U-10            half field   size 4/5 ball      5 vs. 5 w/keepers (5 total unless coaches want to add extra players - both coaches must agree)


                 U-12            full field   size 5 ball       7 vs. 7 w/keepers (7 total)


 U-14 thru open divisions is full field, size 5 ball, 6 vs. 6 w/keepers. (6 total) 


  *** U-8 thru U-16 is co-ed. These Coed leagues must have at least 1-2 rostered players of each sex on each team.  It is not mandatory, but strongly advised that teams have boys & girls on the field at all times.  


·        Players must have age appropriate shin guards to participate.

·        Only plastic or soft-soled shoes are permitted on field turf.  NO METAL!

·        All players must wear matching colored shirts with the keepers wearing a contrasting color.

·        All jewelry must be off prior to start of games or taped if unable to be removed.



  • Games are (2) – (25) minute halves with a (2) minute halftime.
  • All A Division leagues will have 8 games with the top 8 teams making the playoffs and the champions receiving shirts.  All B division leagues will consist of 8 games with no playoffs.
  • Games need to start on time.  There is a five-minute wait period if one or more of the teams are not on time.  The clock will start at the scheduled time.  After five minutes, 4 rostered players must be ready to play.  If there are less than 4 players then the game will be a forfeit.
      If a team is down 5 goals or more during a game, they may add an extra player until the differential is below 5 goals.


Playoffs Tie Rules:

  • If a game is tied at the end of regulation, the following rules will occur.
  • 1) Each team will start the overtime with NO GOALIE in a sudden death environment.  Whoever kicked off to start the game will kick off to start this sudden death.  Once a goal is scored, the game will be over.  If there is no goal within 2 minutes then:
  • 2) Each team will remove another player in a 2 minute sudden death overtime. Teams must remove 1 player each 2 minute sudden death overtime until there is just a 1 on 1 overtime, at which point, it will be an untimed overtime until someone scores.
  • 3) No substitutions are permitted once the overtime 2 minute period has begun.  Substitutions can occur before or after each 2 minute overtime.



  • Goalies have six seconds to release ball from their hands.
  • Substitutions: 1 or 2 Players may sub “on the fly”.  If more than 2 substitutions are required, there must be a stoppage in play and players must alert the official.
  • Out of bounds: balls that cross the sidelines will be throw-ins.  Balls that hit the ceiling or anything directly connected will be indirect kicks, straight down from where it hits.  Exceptions: 1) If the ball was already out of bounds when it hit.  2) If the ball hits directly above the penalty area, the ball will be placed directly outside the box. (It will be a throw in from area it went out of bounds).
  • Goalie Pass back... a defender may not pass back deliberately, or receive a throw in from teammate...  result is an indirect free kick. A ball cannot be kicked from goal box to goal box or goal box to opposing end line - the result is an indirect free kick at MIDFIELD.
  • Heading the ball is NOT allowed for U14 AND below age groups.  Anyone committing this violation will give the opponent a free indirect kick at the spot.
  • Coed rules for U18 through Adult Divisions: Teams must have 2 players of the opposite sex on the field at all times or play a player (s) down during that time.  If there is an injury (s) preventing this, the team may play with less than 2 players of the opposite sex for that game.

  • Kick offs are always an indirect kick and will switch direction at each half.
  • There is no sliding (no knee or butt touching ground).  Goalie is OK in their box. 
  • There are no off sides for indoor soccer.


  • All contact fouls result in direct kicks.
  • All non-contact fouls (obstruction, dangerous play) result in indirect kicks.
  • On both kicks, opposing players must be 5 yards away.
  • Once a team accumulates 6 or more fouls in a half, each foul thereafter will result in that team playing shorthanded by one player for 2 minutes.



Yellow and red cards are given out for play/actions that warrant them.  When a player receives a yellow card, their team plays shorthanded for two minutes.  If opposing team scores, the sit-down time is over. 


  • Yellow cards are given out for, but not limited to: spitting on turf, swearing, taunting, unruly physical play, persistent fouling, and disrespect at referee, teammate or opponent.
  • If a player receives two yellow cards in the same game, that player misses the remainder of that game and the following game. On the third yellow card of the 2012-13 sessions, that player is done for the remainder of that game and misses the next.  Every card there after results in missing the remainder of the game and the next.  Cards DO carry over from session to session.
  • Red cards are given out for serious foul play, extreme disrespect, any action in which the referee feels warranted. Red card carries a penalty of 5 minutes playing shorthanded OR UNTIL THE OPPOSING TEAM SCORES. Any player receiving 2 red cards in session I and/or session II (cards carry over) will miss the remainder of both sessions and must request via letter to be reinstated next year.
  • If a red card is received, you miss the remainder of that game and the next two.  Additional sanctions can be brought if more actions occur afterwards.  

*Coaches are responsible for verifying age requirements.

                                                              FINAL WORD:

The City of Plattsburgh will have final say on all matters. 


Though we realize there will be a competitive component to the indoor soccer program, we ask that you remember to put the fun first. Remember, “It’s just a game.”



Recreational Sports

City of Plattsburgh


Registration Policy


Playing down is NOT Allowed      Playing a child under their age bracket is NOT allowed.  Any child registered in a league below their age group will result in removal from the league.  Anyone caught fabricating birthdates or falsifying documents will be permanently removed from City Recreation Sports.

Birth Certificates                               The City of Plattsburgh has the right to request proof of age which will be done with the child’s birth certificate.  If a request is made and the parent cannot produce a valid birth certificate, the child will not play.

Rosters                                                   Team rosters for ALL teams must be submitted prior to the first game.  Any changes to the roster after the 2nd game must be approved through the Sports Coordinator.  Rosters will be checked randomly during throughout season.

Waiver                                                   All participants must have a waiver filled out appropriately before playing.

Payment                                                Deposits are required before the first game.  Full payment is due by the second game of the season.     

Violation of Policy                            Any violation of the above policy may result in removal from the league or forfeit of games.

Final Word                                           The City of Plattsburgh will have the final say on all matters.






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