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Leprechauns Outdoor Rule Book

 

 

Toledo Leprechauns Soccer League

 

Outdoor Soccer Rules and Policies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Participation and Playing Time: 

 

 

 

  1. Every able-bodied player on the roster, who is present at the game, should play at least one half (approximately) of each league game.

 

 

 

  1. All players must be registered with the Toledo Leprechauns Soccer League in order to participate in any league activities.

 

 

 

Coaches:

 

 

 

  1. Each team is coached by a volunteer coach who is registered with the Toledo Leprechauns Soccer League. Coaches are responsible for instructing the players immediately before, during, and immediately after their games. Coaches also determine the amount of playing time that each player receives for each game as well as what positions each player will be placed in during the games.

 

 

 

  1. Coaches in Division 1 are permitted to enter the field area in order to guide/instruct their players. Coaches in Divisions 2, 3, 4, and 5 are not permitted to enter the playing during the course of the game.

 

 

 

  1. Coaches and players in Divisions 2, 3, 4, and 5 are also expected to remain on the opposite side of the field from the spectators or in the designated coaches and players area as directed by the Toledo Leprechauns staff.

 

 

 

  1. If a parent/guardian of a player has an issue with a coach, then that parent/guardian should discuss his or her concerns directly with the coach. If the issue still cannot be resolved, then the league office should be contacted.

 

 

 

  1. A coach is not obligated to discuss a situation or issue pertaining to a certain player with anyone other than that player’s parents/guardians.

 

 

 

Spectators:

 

 

 

  1. Spectators and fans are expected to stay on the opposite side of the field from the coaches and players (or in the designated spectator areas when applicable.)

 

 

 

  1. Spectators are encouraged to cheer for the players, but should refrain from criticizing, mocking, and/or being disrespectful in any way to the players, coaches, referees, and other spectators.

 

 

 

  1. Spectators who are determined to be in violation of these rules are subject to be removed from the field area at the discretion of the Toledo Leprechauns staff (see Misconduct of Players, Coaches, and Spectators.)

 

 

 

Misconduct of Players, Coaches, and Spectators: 

 

 

 

  1. Players, coaches, and spectators shall be cautioned for:
    1. Persistent infringement of league rules
    2. Dissent toward the referee
    3. Coaching outside of the designated coaching area
    4. Entering the field of play without the permission of the referee
    5. Conduct deemed inappropriate by the Toledo Leprechauns staff

 

 

 

  1. Players, coaches, and spectators shall be disqualified for:
    1. Persistent misconduct as determined by the Toledo Leprechauns staff
    2. Violent conduct
    3. Foul and/or abusive language and/or behavior

 

 

 

  1. A player, coach, and/or spectator who is disqualified shall leave the vicinity of the field area and is prohibited from any further contact, direct or indirect, with the players, referees, spectators, and other coaches on the field for the remainder of that day’s game.
    1. The Toledo Leprechauns staff reserves the right to ban a player, coach, and/or spectator from all future league activities, in the current season and/or future seasons, as a result of severe misconduct.

 

 

 

Substitutions:

 

 

 

  1. All teams in all divisions will have unlimited substitutions during the course of a game.

 

 

 

  1. Substations may occur at any stoppage during the game (i.e. throw in, goal kick, corner kick, etc.) at the discretion of the coach and with the consent of the referee.

 

 

 

  1. The referee may delay the restart of the game until all substitutions (by both teams) have been completed.

 

 

 

Uniforms and Equipment:

 

           

 

  1. Uniforms
    1. All players will wear the Toledo Leprechauns uniform t-shirts during all league games. (The team listed as “home” on the game schedule will wear white, and the team listed as “away” will wear green shirts.)
    2. The Toledo Leprechauns staff recommends that players wear black shorts and green socks during games in combination with their green or white uniform t-shirts. Pants may also be worn instead of shorts.
    3. Players may wear other clothing items (i.e. long sleeve shirt) underneath their Toledo Leprechauns uniform t-shirts, but the Toledo Leprechauns uniform shirt must be worn “on top” and be fully visible.

 

 

 

  1. Shin guards
    1. All players are required to wear shin guards during each league game.

 

 

 

  1. Shoes
    1. Players are permitted to wear soccer cleats with molded studs, flat-soled indoor soccer shoes, and/or flat-soled tennis shoes.

 

 

 

  1. Ball
    1. Divisions 1 and 2:  size 3 ball
    2. Divisions 3 and 4:  size 4 ball
    3. Division 5:  size 5 ball

 

 

 

  1. Hats
    1. Soft stocking caps may be worn during games
    2. Hard billed hats or hats with hard materials/parts are not permitted

 

 

 

  1. Gloves
    1. Soft gloves are permitted to be worn during games
    2. Gloves with hard materials/parts are not permitted

 

      1. Goalkeeper gloves are permitted for players who are playing in the goalkeeper position (Divisions 3, 4, and 5.)

         

 

  1. Jewelry
    1. No jewelry may be worn during games (if earrings cannot be removed, then they will be permitted to be worn as long as tape is placed over the earrings, at the discretion of the referee.)

 

 

 

  1. Casts/Braces
    1. Hard casts/braces must be covered with an appropriate padding and will be permitted at the discretion of the Toledo Leprechauns staff
    2. The Toledo Leprechauns staff reserves the right to not allow a player to participate in a game if he/she is wearing a cast/brace that is deemed to be dangerous to other players.

 

 

 

 

 

Referees: 

 

 

 

  1. The referee will have jurisdiction from the time he/she signals the start of play until he/she signals the end of the game.

 

 

 

  1. All decisions made by the referee shall be considered as final.

 

 

 

  1. The referee can suspend or terminate a game when he/she deems such to be necessary.

 

 

 

  1. The referee can stop a match as a result of flagrant abuse by a coach and/or spectator.

 

 

 

  1. The referee, with agreement from the Toledo Leprechauns Director and/or Field Coordinator, can cancel a game or shorten halves/quarters if deemed necessary.

 

 


 

 

Forfeiture: 

 

 

 

  1. If a team is not present or cannot field the necessary number of players at the game field within 10 minutes after the scheduled game start time, or fails to notify the referee or Field Coordinator of the delay, the game is considered a forfeit.

 

 

 

  1. If one team does not have enough players to begin the game (as discussed above) and is, therefore, forced to forfeit, a scrimmage game may be played amongst the players who are present.
    1. The scrimmage game may not extend beyond the amount of time that was allotted for the cancelled game, and will not delay the start of the next scheduled game.
    2. The referee or a Leprechauns staff member will decide the length of the games in these situations.

 

 

 

Game Format and Length: 

 

 

 

Division

Playing Format

Game Duration

1

4v4 (no goalkeepers)

Four 8 min. Quarters

2

5v5 (no goalkeepers)

Four 10 min. Quarters

3

6v6 + goalkeepers

Two 20 min. Halves

4

5v5 + goalkeepers

Two 20 min. Halves

5

7v7 + goalkeepers

Two 20 min. Halves

 

                                     

 

Field Size and Goal Type:

 

 

 

Division

Field Size (length x width)

Goal Type

1

20 yd x 15 yd

Small goal (approx. 3 ft tall x 3 ft wide)

2

35 yd x 25 yd

Small goal (approx. 3 ft tall x 3 ft wide)

3

50 yd x 35 yd

Large Goal (approx. 7ft tall x 21 ft wide)

4

50 yd x 35 yd

Large Goal (approx. 7ft tall x 21 ft wide)

5

70 yd x 45 yd

Large Goal (approx. 7ft tall x 21 ft wide)

 

 

 

 

 

* The game format, game duration, field size, and goal type for each age group (as shown above) are subject to change at the discretion of the Toledo Leprechauns staff.

 

 

 

** All games will be played with a “running clock”, meaning that the referee will not “stop the clock” during injuries or any other stoppages that occur during the course of a game.

 

 

 

Kickoff:

 

 

 

  1. The start of play at the beginning of each half and/or quarter and after a goal will begin with a kickoff at half field.

     

  2. The home team will kick off at the start of the first half, and the away team will kick off at the start of the second half.

 

    1. Division 1 and 2 teams will alternate the kickoff for the start of each quarter.

       

 

  1. The ball must move forward from the kickoff (not backwards)

     

  2. The person taking the kickoff cannot touch the ball a second time until another player on the field has touched the ball.

     

  3. A goal may be scored directly from the kickoff.

     

    Free Kicks:

     

 

  1. Free kicks shall be classified in two ways:
    1. Direct

 

      1. From which a goal can be scored directly against the offending team

 

    1. Indirect

 

      1. From which a goal cannot be scored unless the ball has been touched by a player on either team other than the kicker before passing through the goal

         

 

  1. Direct free kick offenses are:
    1. handling the ball                                
    2. holding an opponent
    3. pushing an opponent              
    4. striking or attempting to strike an opponent
    5. kicking or attempting to kick an opponent                
    6. tripping an opponent
    7. using the knee or elbow to inflict harm on an opponent
    8. making a malicious movement toward an opponent

 

 

 

  1. Indirect free kick offenses are:
    1. Illegal coaching from the side or end lines after a warning by the referee
    2. Dissenting by word or action
    3. Dangerous play as determined by the referee

 

      1. Playing the ball while lying on the ground, high kick. etc.

 

    1. Interfering with the goalkeeper or impeding in any manner until the goalkeeper clears the ball
    2. Obstruction other than holding

 

 

 

  1. All free kicks may be kicked in any direction from the point where the infraction occurred.

 

 

 

  1. Opponents must be at least 10 yd. away from the ball when a free kick is taken (5 yd. for Divisions 1 and 2.)  If this rule is violated, the referee will stop the play and the free kick will be retaken.

 

 

 

  1. The ball must be on the ground and stationary when a free kick is being taken.

 

 

 

  1. The player taking a free kick shall not play the ball a second time before the ball is touched by another player.

 

 

 

Ball In and Out of Play:

 

 

 

  1. The ball is considered out of bounds when it crosses the end lines or sidelines in its entirety, either in the air or on the ground. The whole ball must cross the line in order to be considered out of bounds.

 

 

 

  1. If the ball goes across the end line, outside the goal posts, and was last touched by a member of the attacking team, a goal kick is awarded to the defending team.

 

 

 

  1. If the ball goes across the end line, outside the goal posts, and was last touched by a member of the defending team, a corner kick is awarded to the attacking team.

 

 

 

  1. The ball is still in play if it touches a referee who is in the field of play or if the ball rebounds off of a goal post or crossbar and bounces back onto the field

 

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Method of Scoring: 

 

 

 

  1. A goal is scored when the whole of the ball crosses the goal line between the goal posts and under the crossbar, provided it was not carried, thrown, or propelled by the arm or hand of a player on the attacking team.

     

  2. If a defending player deliberately deflects the ball with hands or arms and the ball goes in the goal, a goal is scored.  If the ball does not go in, then a penalty kick is awarded to the attacking team (see Penalty Kick rule below).

 

    1. For Divisions 1 and 2, a direct free kick will be awarded to the attacking team at the spot of the foul (there are no penalty kicks for Divisions 1 and 2.)

       

      Throw Ins:

       

 

  1. A throw in is awarded if the ball completely passes over the sideline, either on the ground or in the air, from the point where it crossed the line.

     

  2. The ball is thrown in by a player of the team opposite to that team whose player last touched the ball before it went out of bounds.

     

  3. The thrower must face the field and part of each foot must be on the ground and behind the sideline at the time the throw is taken.

 

 

 

  1. The ball must be thrown with both hands and must be delivered over the head.

     

  2. On the throw in, the ball is immediately in play, but the thrower shall not play the ball a second time before the ball is touched by another player.

 

 

 

  1. A goal cannot be directly scored on a throw in.

 

 

 

  1. If any of the above throw-in rules are violated while a player is executing a throw-in, then the referee will stop play, instruct the players regarding the situation, and allow the throwing player to retake the throw-in.

     


Goal Kicks:

 

 

 

  1. When the ball crosses the end line, outside of the goal posts, and was lasted touched by a member of the attacking team, a goal kick is awarded to the defending team.

 

 

 

  1. The ball will be placed approximately 1-2 yd. in front of the defending team’s goal (for Divisions 1 and 2) or on the “6 yd. box” as outlined on the field (for Divisions 3-5) and a player on the defending team will then take the goal kick.

 

 

 

  1. A goal may be scored directly from a goal kick.

 

 

 

  1. Players from the opposing team shall not approach within 5 yd. of the spot where the ball is being placed for the goal kick (for Divisions 1 and 2) or enter the “penalty area box” as outlined on the field (for Divisions 3-5) until the ball is in play.

 

 

 

  1. The player taking a goal kick shall not play the ball a second time before the ball is touched by another player.

 

 

 

  1. If any of the above goal kick rules are violated while a player is executing a goal kick, then the referee will stop play, instruct the players regarding the situation, and allow the kicking player to retake the goal kick.

 

 

 

Corner Kicks:

 

 

 

  1. When the ball crosses the end line, outside of the goal posts, and was lasted touched by a member of the defending team, a corner kick is awarded to the attacking team.

     

  2. When a corner kick is given, the ball must be placed within the quarter circle at the nearest corner of the field or within approximately 1 yd. of the corner of the field if quarter circles are not clearly lined on the field.

     

  3. A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick.

     

  4. Players from the defending team shall not approach within 5 yd. (for Divisions 1 and 2) or 10 yd. (for Divisions 3-5) of the corner of the field where the kick is being taken until the ball is in play.

 

 

 

  1. The player taking a corner kick shall not play the ball a second time before the ball is touched by another player.

     

  2. If any of the above corner kick rules are violated while a player is executing a corner kick, then the referee will stop play, instruct the players regarding the situation, and allow the kicking player to retake the corner kick.

     

    Drop Ball:

     

 

  1. A dropped ball is a method of restarting play when, while the ball is still in play, the referee is required to stop play temporarily for any reason not mentioned elsewhere in these rules.

 

 

 

  1. In a drop ball situation, the referee drops the ball at the place where it was located when play was stopped [unless play was stopped within 10 yd. of the goal (5 yd. for Divisions 1 and 2), in which case the referee drops the ball at a spot 10 yd. from the goal.

 

 

 

  1.  The play restarts when the ball touches the ground.

    1. Players are not permitted to touch the ball before the ball hits the ground.

    2. If the ball is touched by a player before hitting the ground, then the play will be stopped and the drop ball will be performed again.

 

 

 

Penalty Kicks (only applicable for Divisions 3-5):

 

 

 

  1. If a defending player deliberately deflects the ball with hands or arms or commits a foul (i.e. tripping, pushing, etc.) and the ball goes in the goal, a goal is scored. 

     

  2. If the ball does not go in, then the ball is placed on the penalty spot in front of the defending team’s goal and a direct free kick is awarded to the attacking team.

     

  3. In a penalty kick situation, only the player taking the penalty kick and the defending team’s goalkeeper may be inside of the penalty box area prior to the penalty kick being taken.

     

  4. The ball must be kicked forward from the spot where the ball is placed in a penalty kick situation.

     

  5. Goalkeepers must remain on the goal line until the ball is kicked by the attacking player.

     

 

  1. The player taking a penalty kick shall not play the ball a second time before the ball is touched by another player.
    1. If the player taking the penalty kick touches the ball a second time before it is touched by another player, then the referee will stop play and award a free kick to the defending team.

 

 

 

Goalkeepers

 

 

 

  1. Divisions 1 and 2 play without goalkeepers, and a player may not stand or be instructed to stand in front of the goal and act as a goalkeeper, but rather must consistently maintain a 1 yard distance from the goal.
    1. The referee may remove a player from the field who continues to violate this rule after being cautioned and given appropriate instruction.

 

 

 

  1. Divisions 3-5 play with goalkeepers

 

 

 

  1. Goalkeepers should wear a different jersey, vest, etc. of a different color than the jerseys of the other players on the field.

 

 

 

  1. Goalkeepers are permitted to pick the ball up, catch the ball, or make hit the ball with their hands as long as they do so within the “penalty area box” as outlined on the field.
    1. If a goalkeeper uses his/her hands to make contact with the ball outside of the “penalty box area”, then that is considered a hand ball and a free kick is awarded to the opposing team.

 

 

 

  1. Goalkeepers cannot be impeded or obstructed in any way once they have the ball in their possession (i.e. the ball cannot be hit out of the goalkeeper’s hands, a player cannot attempt to block a goalkeeper from throwing or punting the ball, etc.)
    1. If a goalkeeper places the ball on the ground, then normal field player rules apply.

 

 

 

  1. Goalkeepers are also permitted to use their feet, head, chest, etc. to make contact with the ball as a normal field player is permitted to do.

 

 

 

Offside Rule:

 

 

 

  1. For the purposes of this league, the offside rule will not be observed, and will not be enforced in any division.

 

 

 

Inclement Weather  & Cancellation Policy:

 

 

 

  1. In the event of inclement weather, please assume that all Toledo Leprechauns league games will be played as scheduled unless notified otherwise by the Toledo Leprechauns Staff or your team’s coach.
    1. Typically, games are only canceled due to lighting or other severe weather situations (i.e. tornadoes, hail, etc.).
    2. Games will be played in the event of rain, wind, or other “less severe” inclement weather conditions.

 

 

 

  1. All cancellations will be announced at the game field prior to the start of each game.

 

 

 

  1. If a game is delayed more than 10 minutes due to inclement weather conditions, then that game will be canceled.

 

 

 

  1. Games that are canceled due to inclement weather will not be rescheduled.

 

 

 

  1. The Toledo Leprechauns Soccer League is not obligated to issue any type of refund to any individuals in the event that a game(s) is canceled as a result of inclement weather.

 

 

 

 

 

Registration Policy:

 

 

 

  1. A player is considered registered when a registration form for that player is filled out in its entirety (including a signed liability waiver) and submitted directly to the Toledo Leprechauns Soccer League office along with a payment in full for the cost of the player’s registration.

 

 

 

  1. All players must submit a new registration form for each season in which they participate.

 

 

 

  1. The Toledo Leprechauns Soccer League reserves the right to refuse service based on unbiased, nondiscriminatory factors as deemed appropriate by the Toledo Leprechauns staff.

 

 

 

Refund Policy:

 

 

 

  1. All refunds must be requested in writing (or by e-mail), with a clear statement as to the reason that a refund is being requested.
    1. This does not apply to volunteer coaches who are receiving a refund in return for volunteering to coach a team in a given season.

 

 

 

  1. Refunds requested prior to the registration deadline (as stated on the league’s registration brochure) for a season will be issued in full, without any processing charge being applied.

 

 

 

  1. Refunds requested after the registration deadline for a season has passed will incur a $10.00 processing fee, which will be deducted from the total refund amount.

 

 

 

  1. Refunds will not be granted after the 2nd game of the season.

 

 

 

  1. Refunds for the cost of uniform items will be issued, in full, only if the uniform items are returned directly to the Toledo Leprechauns office in a new, unworn, unstained, and unsoiled condition.
    1. The Toledo Leprechauns reserves the right to refuse to accept returned uniform items and consequently not issue a refund for those items based on appearance, smell, general condition, etc. if returned items do not resemble a new, unworn, and unsoiled condition as deemed appropriate by the Toledo Leprechauns staff.

 

 

 

  1. Refunds will be issued in the form of a check and will be mailed the address on the refunded player’s registration form (unless requested otherwise).

 

 

 

  1. Refunds will be issued and mailed approximately 1-2 weeks after the conclusion of the given season.
    1. Refunds will not be issued during the season.