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Youth Indoor Soccer – Rules & Regulations

The vision of Frederick Indoor Sports Center (FISC) is to provide a healthy and safe environment for athletes of all ages and skill levels to enjoy and develop in sports.

FISC staff members are equipped to answer most questions, and will strictly enforce the following:

·         Fighting will not be tolerated

·         Gum and drinks are not allowed on either field

·         Spitting, for any reason, is prohibited

FISC reserves the right to excuse any player, coach or spectator for unsportsmanlike conduct, and there are no refunds.


1.     FISC ID/PERK$

a.     Every player must have already obtained a FISC ID/PERK$ Card issued by Frederick Indoor Sports Complex (FISC), and must use that card to check-in with FISC staff prior to play, no exceptions. More Info: [LINK: http://www.frederickindoor.com/offers/rewards/]


a.     A new player roster is required for each team before each session for all leagues.

b.    Each team must have at least 10 paid roster spots.

c.     There is no maximum number of players permitted on the roster.

d.    A team representative must sign the game card at the conclusion of every match.


a.     Teams can purchase a Player X spot for the season for the cost of $99.

b.    The Player X spot can be filled by an age-appropriate player with a valid FISC ID.


a.     Only registered rostered players and a maximum two coaches (ages 21 and up) are permitted in the player bench area/team sidelines. A certified athletic trainer aso is permitted upon approval from FISC management.


a.     BALL: A size 5 regulation soccer ball is used for all U18, U16 and U14 matches. A size 4 regulation ball is used for U10 and U12 youth play. U8 uses a size 3. The home team MUST provide a game ball.

b.    FOOTWEAR: Cleats are prohibited!!! Flats, turf shoes or tennis shoes are the required footwear.


d.    JERSEYS: Field players on a team must wear team jerseys consisting of the same shade of the same color. The goalkeeper must wear a jersey with colors distinguishable from all other field players. In the event of a jersey color conflict, the home team must change jerseys.

e.     JEWELRY: Jewelry must be removed before playing. Earrings may be left in, but must be covered with a Band-Aid.

f.     OTHER: A player wearing a cast will be allowed only if wrapped and CHECKED AND CLEARED by the referee.


a.     AGE GROUP

                                          i.    All matches are 7v7 with the exception of U8, which is 5v5.

                                         ii.    Teams must field at least five players to start a match at the scheduled game time. The clock starts at the scheduled game time regardless of the number of players on the field and ready to play.

·         There is a 10-minute grace period, with the clock running from the scheduled start, for a team to reach the minimum required players before the match will be declared a forfeit.

b.    Youth Co-Ed

                                          i.    In addition to the above minimum and maximum player counts, a co-ed team must have at least two female players on the field (which can include the goalkeeper) at all times. If a team has only one female on the field, it must play a player short.

c.     Referees

                                          i.    Referees who are active players are prohibited from playing for a team in the same division in which they are officiating matches.


a.     Youth U8: A regulation match will run four 10-minute quarters; Youth U10-U18: A regulation match consists of two 20-minute halves and all matches will be played as follows:

                                          i.    Running Clock: Except in the case of an unusual delay, determined by the referee or FISC, the game clock counts down continuously through each half. There will be a two-minute break between halves at the discretion of the referee.

                                         ii.    Time Outs: Each team is permitted one 30-second timeout each half that may be used in dead ball situations where their team is in possession of the ball (free kicks and goal kicks), after a goal has been scored, or when the goalkeeper has possession of the ball in his/her hands. Timeouts do not carry over from halves and will be lost if not used.


a.     All forfeited matches are recorded as a 3-0 victory for the team receiving the forfeit.


a.     STANDINGS: Teams receive three points for a win, one point for a tie and zero points for a loss. Teams generally play an eight-game schedule with no playoff. There are no league championships at FISC. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for extra touches on the ball and create an enjoyable environment for the athlete to remain sharp.

                                          i.    There is no overtime during youth matches. Contests tied at the end of regulation are considered ties.



a.     Decisions by the referee regarding interpretations of the rules are FINAL – NO APPEALS ALLOWED. Players and coaches are encouraged to fill out the online referee evaluation form [https://media.frederickindoor.com/uploads/Ref_Evaluation.pdf] and may submit comments by email to FISC management. 

2.     KICKOFF

a.     A kickoff from the center mark starts play at the beginning of each half and after every goal.

b.    The home team takes the kickoff for the first half. The visiting team takes the kickoff for the second half.

c.     The referee designates the teams’ defensive ends, according to the schedule.


a.     Restarts take place by kickoff, free kick or drop ball.

b.    All free kicks are direct.

c.     All free kicks must be taken within 5 seconds of placing the ball. Violation of this rule will result in a free kick for the opposing team at the same spot. All free kick restarts by the attacking team within the opponents’ goal box shall be taken from the top/center of the goal box/arc – penalty kick procedures do not apply (defensive wall is permitted).

d.    For fouls, balls out of play, goals and/or issuing of a blue/yellow/red card, the restart is a free kick. All free kicks occur at the point of the foul, card offense, or where the ball left the field.

                                          i.    The ball must be stationary prior to a free kick.

                                         ii.    Opposing players MUST give five yards on any free kick. The kicking team does not need to request the space. Failure to respect the distance will result in an encroachment violation and a blue card will be issued to the offending player(s). The referee does not have to issue a warning before issuing a blue card for encroachment. [Delaying the clock in indoor soccer is considered a serious violation.]

                                        iii.    The spot of a free kick if the ball hits the slide netting is on the 1 yard touch line around the perimeter of the field.

                                        iv.    If the ball hits the ceiling or any ceiling fixture, the free kick is taken directly below the spot in which the ball hit. 

e.     All other stoppages will result in a drop ball at the spot of the ball at the moment of stoppage.

                                          i.    A dropped ball caused while the ball is in the penalty area takes place at the corner kick mark.


a.     A corner kick is awarded when the ball, last touched by a defensive player, hits the net above the goal and between the two red ribbons (or goes over the end-line net).

b.    A corner also is awarded if the ball, last touched by a defensive player, hits the ceiling or ceiling net above the goal box.


a.     Teams can substitute an unlimited amount of times provided that players exiting the field of play are within the touch line in the area of their team bench prior to their substitute entering the field of play. Violation of this rule will result in a blue card to the offending player and a direct free kick from the point of the violation.

6.     GOALS

a.     A team scores a goal when the ENTIRE ball legally passes over the goal line.

b.    A goal may be scored directly from a kickoff or free kick restart.

c.     A goal may not be scored directly from a dropped ball (a second touch by any player is required).


a.     There is no offsides for indoor soccer.


a.     No sliding. Violation: Free kick for the opposing team.

b.    No slide tackling an opponent (defined as making contact with another player). Violation: Automatic Blue Card (2-minute penalty) and free kick for the opposing team.


a.     A halfway violation (U10 and up ONLY) occurs when a goalkeeper, while in his own box, throws the ball past the halfway line toward the opponent’s goal without the ball first  touching his own half of the pitch (turf or perimeter wall) or a player.

b.    A superstructure violation occurs when the ball makes contact with any part of the building above the field of play. For instance if the ball hits the top of the wall and net it is considered OUT because the net is considered a superstructure.


a.     The goalkeeper may not possess (dribble) and bring the ball back into the goal box and pick the ball up with his/her hands, regardless of which team last touched the ball (THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN STANDARD OUTDOOR SOCCER RULES). Violation of this rule results in a direct free kick from the spot on the top of the goalie area for the opposing team.

b.    If a goalkeeper’s body is inside the box and he/she reaches to get a ball outside the goal area, it is a handling foul. The game will be restarted with a free kick outside of the goal area where the goalkeeper touched the ball. If any part of a goalkeeper’s body is outside the box but the goalkeeper has possession of or is touching a ball that is inside the goal area, it is considered legal.

c.     A goalkeeper may not use his/her hands to handle a ball that is intentionally passed (with feet) to the keeper by a teammate. Violation of this rule results in a direct free kick from the spot on the top of the goalie area for the opposing team.

d.    Goalkeepers cannot possess the ball with either his/her hand or foot inside of the goalie area for more than five seconds, regardless of which team touched the ball last. Violation of this rule results in a direct free kick from the spot on the top of the goalie area for the opposing team – penalty kick procedures do not apply (defensive wall is permitted).

e.     Drop kicks are not permitted. Once the ball is possessed by the keeper with his hands, he/she may either throw the ball to put it in play or use his/her feet to dribble or distribute the ball. He/she may NOT drop kick. Distribution from a goalkeeper may only occur via a throw, or for the U10s, a punt is permitted.

f.     Other than U10, all goalkeeper restarts from a dead ball will be thrown distributions.

g.    The goalkeeper may not throw past midfield before the ball makes contact with a player, the wall or the field. Violation of this rule results in a direct free kick from the spot of the infraction (at midfield).


a.     The Mercy rule (teams losing can add a field player) will be applied as follows:

                                          i.    Youth Sessions (U18 and younger): 5 goals or more. In addition, the scoreboard may never show more than a five-goal difference. The referee is asked to keep the actual score on paper if this occurs.


a.     Penalty Kicks

i.      The ball is placed at the free-kick mark at the top of the goal box.

ii.     The goalkeeper must have at least one foot on his goal line until the ball is in play. [LEGAL: both feet on line; LEGAL: one foot on line; NOT LEGAL: NO feet on line]

iii.    Once taken, the player taking the penalty kick cannot touch the ball again until after it touches another player.

iv.    All players – other than the goalkeeper -- must be behind the ball.

v.     The goalkeeper cannot move forward until the ball is kicked.

b.    Penalty Kick Violations

                                          i.    Violation of these rules by defensive team results in retake of kick if a goal is not scored.

                                         ii.    Violation of these rules by the offensive team results in a free kick for the opposing team from the point of the violation if a goal is not scored or a retake of the kick if a goal is scored.

                                        iii.    Violation of these rules by both teams results in a retake of the kick.


a.     If a match is terminated after kickoff, the final outcome is at the discretion of FISC.




a.     Individuals are expected to play under control and within the rules of the game.


All matches will follow the US Indoor Association card system:

a.     Blue Card = 2-minute penalty.

b.    Second Blue Card, unless consecutive = 2-minute penalty.

c.     Consecutive Blue Cards = Yellow Card = 4-minute penalty.

d.    Third Blue Card = Administrative Red Card = 5-minute team suspension, player is ejected for the remainder of the match, but can return to play the next scheduled match.

e.     Straight Red Card = ejection from the match and the team plays a player down for the balance of the competition. The ejected player will be subject to a league suspension at the discretion of FISC league administrator.

                                                  i.    The player ejected from the match must give up his/her player ID card to the referee, leave player bench area immediately and will be suspended for at least one week, subject to review by the FISC league administrator.

                                                 ii.    Any player who receives a second straight red card within 365 days from the issuance of the first red card will serve a minimum of an eight-week suspension. A player who receives a third straight red card within 365 days from the issuance of the second red card will serve a one-year suspension. A player serving a straight red card suspension cannot participate in ANY other session play until the full suspension has been served – NO EXCEPTIONS.


a.     A player serving Time Penalties must do so in the designated PENALTY BOX until expiration of the penalty AND the referee permits the player’s release.

b.    A player is designated by their team to serve Team Time Penalties. Otherwise, the person who commits a carded offense serves the penalty.

c.     Short-Handed Play: For each Time Penalty being served by a player, his or her team plays with one fewer field player until expiration of the penalty; provided that, a team cannot have fewer than the minimum required players on the field, regardless of the number serving Time Penalties. Should a player receive a Time Penalty while two or more teammates are already in the Penalty Box, his or her team continues to play with the minimum while the additional joins teammates in the Penalty Box.

                                                  i.    Power-Play Goal: The offending team can return to full strength by adding a different player than the carded player IF the opposing team scores during ANY timed penalty [blue card, yellow card or administrative red card infractions].

                                                 ii.    End of Game: All Time Penalties carry over between halves and expire at the end of the game.

4.     FOULS

A foul occurs if a player:

a.     Holds an opponent

b.    Deliberately handles the ball (except by the goalkeeper within his penalty area)

c.     Plays in a dangerous manner (i.e. bicycle kicks)

d.    Impedes the progress of an opponent (obstruction)

e.     Uses two hands on the walls to shield an opponent

f.     Prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands (or feet for U10)

And when a player commits the following in a manner that the Referee considers careless, or involving excessive force, it is a foul and the referee also can consider issuing a blue card depending on the nature of the offense:

a.     Kicks an opponent

b.    Trips an opponent

c.     Jumps at an opponent

d.    Charges an opponent

e.     Slide tackles an opponent

The following offenses will result in a straight RED CARD:

a.     Strikes or elbows an opponent; or fights or joins a fight/ruckus

b.    Pushes an opponent from behind into the BOARDS

c.     Spits on the field or at an opponent or referee.

Advantage Law: The Referee can allow play to continue, notwithstanding the commission of an offense, when the team against which it has been committed will benefit from an existing offensive advantage. The Referee reserves the right to make a delayed call and award a free kick from the original point of the offense if the perceived advantage does not happen.


The following shall result in a yellow card and a free kick at the spot of the unsporting behavior unless play has been stopped already for some other reason:

a.     Dissent or referee abuse

b.    Behavior that, in the referee's discretion, does not warrant another category of penalty (e.g., taunting, foul language)


The referee can issue a Team Penalty for the following violations by a team or unidentified person:

a.     Leaving Team Bench: Players leave a Team Bench to join a fracas or confrontation with the opposition or a Game Official; NO PLAYER IS PERMITTED TO ENTER THE FIELD UNLESS ACKNOWLEDGED BY THE OFFICIAL OR LEGALLY SUBBING INTO THE MATCH.

b.    Bench Dissent: After an initial "Warning," one or more unidentifiable players verbally abuse the Referee.

c.     Other: Unsporting Behavior, which, in the Referee's discretion, does not warrant another category of penalty.


a.     The Referee will issue a yellow card for two consecutive Blue Cards

b.    Unsporting Behavior

c.     Dissent by word or action to the referee or another player

d.    Persistently infringing the rules of the game

e.     Team Violation(s).


FISC maintains a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for fighting, or repeated offenses for violent play and any player who receives a red card for such action may be banned from FISC permanently. Any player who receives a red card must leave the facility immediately and play will not resume until the player has done so. A person receives a Red Card for certain fouls and offenses, which the Referee considers violent or serious in nature, and for:

a.     Striking, kicking, slapping of any kind including: intentionally elbowing an opponent above the shoulder;

b.    Reckless Slide Tackling: A tackle from the side or from behind directly into one or both legs of an opponent, seriously endangering a player;

c.     Fighting;

d.    Leaving Team Bench or Penalty Area to engage in a fracas or confrontation with the opposition or a Referee;

e.     Extreme Unsporting Behavior: Committing particularly despicable behavior, including:

f.     Spitting at an opponent or any other person;

g.    Persistent use of extremely abusive language or behavior toward a Referee or opposing player;

h.     Bodily contact with a Referee in dissent;

i.      Intentional boarding (judged as reckless or boarding player from behind);

j.      Violent and/or serious fouls or behavior not covered above.




Youth Divisions: the following are the age group birth dates for 2016/2017:

Winter I, 2016: As long as a child is no older than the age designation of the league for the entire session, he/she is considered legal. (Example: In U12, a child must be 12 or younger for the entire session to be legal.).

Winter II 2017: A child must be born in the birth year or later of the designated age group in order to be eligible.

High School Leagues: JV-Seniors are included. A player cannot be older than 18 at any point of the session in order to remain eligible.


If a player is injured during the session, there are no refunds. However, FISC will add a free Player X spot to that team’s roster for the remainder of the session upon receiving a doctor’s note verifying a session-ending injury to a rostered player.



Unless a State of Emergency for Maryland is issued, we intend to keep the Frederick Indoor Sports Center open at all scheduled times, including “snow days” and school cancellations. All scheduled events will continue, as well.

In the unlikely event that FISC should close, announcements will be made at least two hours prior to the scheduled event. An email blast will be sent out to all of FISC patrons, and information will be promptly posted in the News & Events section of the FISC website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.


If games, rentals and activities happen to be cancelled due to a severe weather event, they will be rescheduled only if there are sufficient openings in the FISC Master Schedule. Unfortunately, FISC cannot guarantee make-ups/rescheduled matches due to inclement weather, but will attempt to reschedule matches whenever possible. If a match cannot be rescheduled, each affected player will receive 250 Perkville Points.


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