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Richmond Hill Soccer Club

Adult Recreation Rules

Registration Rules

  • Teams on the field shall consist of 7 Players (including the GK)

  • Roster size is minimum of 10 players and a maximum of 14 players

  • Only paid players will be added to the official roster

  • A player can only be rostered to one team

  • Players can sign-up at anytime during the season if space permits

  • Any team caught playing an “illegal player” will receive an automatic forfeit.


Pre-Game Rules

  • All players should be 18 years of age and older.

  • Players will be checked in before the game.  All players require a valid player pass.

  • Each player must be listed on the official roster before being allowed on the field

  • A minimum of 4 players is needed to start the game

  • Each team is responsible for providing one game quality ball.


Field & Goals

  • 80yds x 55yds field size

  • 7ft x 21ft goal size


  • Each player is required to wear shin guards that are covered entirely by socks.

  • Home team will wear the light jersey and the away team will wear the dark jersey.  They must be purchased through Lloyds Soccer at the following link:

  • Goalkeepers must wear colors which distinguish them from all other players and referees.  Wearing a pinnie or bibb is acceptable.

  • Molded cleats, turf shoes, or flat-soled soccer shoes may be worn (no metal of any kind, no studded or screw-in shoes).


Playing Rules

  • FIFA rules shall apply unless otherwise stated.

  • Opposing players must remain 8 yards away on any restart

  • Unlimited substitutions on any dead ball for either team with permission from the referee.  Substitutions are not allowed while the ball is in play. 

  • Substitute players are to remain in the player bench area.

  • No offside fouls.

  • No slide tackles (automatic yellow card).  A player may slide when it is not a tackle.  Minimum distance is 2 yards away from another player, but this rule is at the discretion of the referee.

  • Any player that receives a yellow card must sit out for two minutes.  The team may not replace the player for the entire two minutes, even if a goal is scored against.

  • No two-footed tackles (automatic red card)


  • 1 hour (25 min halves with 10 min halftime)

  • Running clock - no stoppage time added for injuries, etc

Start of Play

  • Kickoff will be given to the home team. Visitors will have kickoff at the start of the second half.

  • A kickoff will start the game and restart the game after a goal has been scored.

  • Teams will change direction at half time and alternate kickoff.

  • A goal can be scored directly from a kickoff.

  • The ball does not have to go forward from a kickoff.


Out of Bounds

  • The ball is out of play when the entire ball crosses the sideline/end line, or contacts the overhead netting or other overhead objects.

  • A throw-in, corner kick, or goal kick will be awarded when the ball goes out of bounds.

  • A throw-in may not go directly into the goal.

  • Player has 5 seconds to put the ball back into play.



  • FIFA rules apply when passing back to the goalkeeper.

  • Goalkeeper may slide inside the penalty box leading with either hands or feet if done safely and with intent to play the ball, subject to the referee's discretion.

  • No punting or dropkicks are allowed by the keeper.  Infraction of this rule will result in an indirect free kick 3 yards outside the box.

Standings and Tie-Breakers

  • Tie games remain in pool play

  • Tie breakers for regular season standings will be as follows:

    • Head to Head

    • Goal Difference (+-5 per game)

    • Goals Against (max 5 per game)

    • Goals For (max 5 per game)

    • Most Shutouts

  • During the playoffs, a tie at the end of regulation will result in a 5 minute overtime period to be played.  If still tied, the match will go into a best out of 5 penalty kicks, then sudden death penalty kicks.

Free Kicks

  • All free kicks are direct, except for own team backpass to the goalkeeper or goalkeeper punting infractions, which are both indirect.

  • Ball is in play when it moves from foot contact by the initial player.

  • Opposing players shall be 5 yards (15 feet) from the ball.

  • Player taking a kick cannot play it again until someone else touches the ball.

  • If an opponent refuses to move back 5 yards (15 feet) on referee's request, he may be given a yellow card for unsportsmanlike behavior.

  • If a player taking the kick delays for longer than five (5) seconds after having been signaled to do so by the referee, the opposing team will be awarded the kick.

  • Opposing players must stand outside of the penalty box during a goal kick.