Soccer is a gender-specific sport.
2. Teams: B teams are for grade 6 and absolute beginners. Teams will be comprised of each school's smallest students and very unskilled players. Schools should expect other B teams to be mostly 6th grade students. To win games is not one of the reasons to play in the B division. The remaining girls and boys will be assigned to A teams. Any student can be on A teams.
3. B teams should be constantly assessed to prevent dominant B teams.
4. Rosters for teams should be approximately 10 to 14 players. Teams may have more, but for fairness to the players, having a squad of less than fourteen ensures players more opportunity to play.
5. Games will be 25 minutes with a minimum of 5 minutes between games. Each team will be scheduled for three games at each jamboree. (May 2023)
6. Players on the field: seven players, including the goalie.
a. Goal size: Youth size (5.82m x 2.27m) or two futsal goals (3m x 2m) put together.
7. Players can only play on one team. When teams have a shortage of players, players from other teams may be used. As much as possible, those players should be limited to one extra game outside of their assigned team.
a. Players will report to a designated area between the two teams; teams must be on the same sideline of the field.
b. Substitutions should occur only on dead balls.
9. Opening possession will be determined by rock-paper-scissors
10. Soccer attire:
a. athletic or soccer shoes
b. shin guards (required gear for all students)
c. goalie gloves (recommended)
d. goalie jersey: must be a different color from team uniform (soccer shirt, pinnies, or vest); each school provides their own
11. Rules of Emphasis:
a. Throw-ins - both hands behind head and both feet on the ground; allow one retry per team without change of possession; subsequent violation will result in change of possession.
b. Off-Sides - will not be called. The defense is responsible for keeping track of offensive players.
c. Deliberate or unnatural body position hand balls - penalty kick may be awarded if done to prevent a goal or committed near the goal (10 paces out)
d. All fouls will result in direct free kicks.
e. Major Fouls (unnecessary physical contact)
1. Kicking or attempting to kick an opponent
2. Striking or attempting to strike an opponent
3. Pushing an opponent
4. Charging an opponent
5. Tripping or attempting to trip an opponent
6. Jumping at an opponent
7. Holding an opponent
8. Slide tackling will NOT be permitted and may result in removal from the game. Slide-tackling is defined as a player leaving their feet to slide, go to a knee, or otherwise not remaining on their feet.
KAIAC Championship Guidelines
a. Tournament Set-up
i. Each school will determine the eligibility for the members of its team. Teams may have a maximum of 14 players.
ii. Games will be 25 minutes in length: two 12-minute halves and 1-minute halftime.
iii. Opening possession will be determined by rock-paper-scissors. The other team will begin the second half with possession.
iv. Wins count as 3 points, draws 1 point, and losses as 0 points. Goal differential will also be kept in case of a tie during pool play. Tournament play will be single-elimination. Results will be recorded on a whiteboard or other visible display throughout pool play.
v. If elimination games are tied after regulation, the game will immediately go to penalty kicks. (See Article 6 below)
b. Major fouls - all fouls will result in direct kicks, with the exception of penalty kicks. Examples of major fouls are:
i. Unnecessary physical contact
ii. Deliberate handballs or unnatural body position that result in a handball
iii. Kicking or attempting to kick an opponent
iv. Striking or attempting to strike an opponent
v. Pushing an opponent
vi. Charging an opponent
vii. Tripping or attempting to trip an opponent
viii. Jumping at an opponent
ix. Holding an opponent
x. Slide Tackling will NOT be permitted and may result in removal from the game
xi. Use of inappropriate language or other unsportsmanlike conduct
c. Other violations
i. Defense kicking ball to their own goal - indirect kick awarded from 18 yards straight out
ii. Off-sides will not be called. The defense is responsible for keeping track of offensive players.
iii. Throw-ins - both hands on the ball and both feet on the ground; violations will result in change of possession
d. Penalty Kicks - placed 10 paces from the goal line
i. Intentional handballs in the goal box - team may be awarded a penalty kick if it was a clear attempt to stop a goal.
ii. Goalie must have heels on the goal line
iii. During the PK, the referee should stand on the goal line
iv. The player that committed the foul resulting in the penalty kick should be substituted out of the game. The player can be substituted back into the game upon request of the coach at a legal substitution time.
e. Scores from dead balls
i. All fouls are considered direct kicks.
ii. A goal will be awarded if the play originates on a goal kick and no other player touches the ball.
iii. A goalie punt is not a dead ball thus will count if no other player touches the ball.
iv. No goal is awarded from a direct throw-in; the ball must touch another player in order for a goal to be scored.
i. Teams are allowed unlimited substitutions during legal substitution times
ii. Players will report to a designated area between the the two teams; teams must be on the same sideline of the field.
iii. Notify referee of substitutions
iv. Substitutions should occur only on dead balls (goalie possession does not constitute a dead ball).
v. Must be within 10 seconds or the referee may resume play with the current players.
g. Penalty Kicks at the end of regulation
i. Pool play games will not use PKs under any circumstances
ii. Only elimination games will use PKs if games are tied at the end of regulation
iii. Only players on the field at the end of regulation may participate in Penalty Kicks
iv. The distance will be 10 paces from the goal line
v. The referee should mark the spot with an object to maintain consistency
vi. One referee should stand on the goal line
vii. The goalie must have heels on the line
viii. Each team will receive five kicks
ix. If there is no winner after five kicks, PKs will continue in sudden death
h. Overtime - Championship game only
i. Teams should agree before the championship game if the game ends in a tie after two halves, a five-minute overtime will be played
ii. Overtime will not be golden goal
iii. If after five minutes of overtime no team wins, the match will proceed to penalty kicks