Bubble Soccer

OVERVIEW

6 PLAYERS (3 guys and 3 girls)

Two 15-minute halves

3-Minute Half-Time

RUNNING CLOCK

TIES DURING REGULAR SEASON STAY AS A TIE

PLAYOFF TIES DECIDED BY OVERTIME

 

CO-ED RULES AND TEAM SIZE

Each team shall field no more than 6 players at any one time.  Teams must have an equal or greater amount of girls than guys at all times, or else they must play short-handed.  You can have up to 6 females and no guys if you want.  Teams may play with a minimum of 4 people (2 must be female).  Teams may pick up subs during the regular season to prevent forfeits. However, teams CANNOT pick up more than 50% of their team UNLESS, approved by the opposing captain. If so, the game counts as is. Anything different/less is up to the opposing captain and/or staff member or referee as to what will be allowable.

 TIME

Play will be divided into (2) 15-halves separated by a 3-minute break. There will be a running clock maintained by a referee who will advise both teams when there is one minute remaining in each half. The clock will stop during injury time-outs. Each team will have 2 time-outs per game. Any delay tactics, (kicking the ball far out of bounds) will allow the referee (at his/her discretion) to stop the clock. 

THE GAMES/SCORING

Kick-off – the ball will be placed in the center of the field, and teams line up along their goal line. When the whistle blows, teams may run to the ball for possession. This will occur every time a goal is scored.

Ball in Bubble – If the ball lands in a bubble, play will stop and the ball retrieved. The referee will then conduct a “drop ball” with one member from each team.

Drop Ball – 1 player from each team will stand 5 yards away from the ball, as the ball hits the ground each player may charge towards the ball to retrieve it.

Regular season games ending in a tie score will play a 2 vs. 2 golden goal, 1st goal wins. 5-minute overtime will be used in the playoffs. If a tie remains after overtime, 2 vs. 2 golden goal, 1st goal wins.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Substitutions may be made throughout the game

FOOTWEAR

No metal cleats allowed. Players must wear appropriate closed-toe footwear.

NO GOALKEEPERS

Teams will not be allowed to have a goalkeeper.

THE GOAL BOX

A goal box will be marked off in front of each goal.  It will extend 4 paces/yards out and 2 paces/yard to each side of the goal posts. All players (offensive and defensive) must remain outside this area unless the ball is inside the goal box. If the defense is clearly in the goal box area before any shot on goal takes place, and then legally (without the use of the hands) deflects a shot, it will result in the following: A penalty shot on an open goal 15 paces/yards out.  If a player enters the goal box unintentionally without (in the eyes of the ref) interfering with the course of play, this will not result in a penalty shot. Repeated occurrences will result in a 15-yard penalty shot. This is up to the ref’s discretion.

OFFSIDES

There is no offside.

OUT OF BOUNDS

Anytime the ball goes over either sideline, out of bounds, a kick-in will ensue.

Anytime the ball crosses an end line, a corner kick or goal kick will ensue.

  1. Last touched by a defender- a corner kick. Ball is placed on nearest corner and kicked in by offensive team. Goals may be scored on corner kicks.  All players must be outside the goal box until the ball enters the goal box and the defense must be at least 4 paces from the corner.
  1. Last touched by attacker. A goal kick by the defense.

LEAGUE POLICIES

GAMES:

During the regular season games are to be played within time allotted (warm up time is included)

REFS:

An official referee(s) will be provided for each match.  Referee(s) will have final say in any judgment call or issue regarding rules. Refs have the power to remove any player(s) from a game and/or the league, if deemed necessary. Any rules clarification must be brought to the attention of referee prior to the continuance of the game.

FORFEITS:

If your team forfeits a game during the season, the following rules apply:

First Offense: Loss of game in standings and warning issued.

Second Offense: Loss of game and staff reserves the right to remove team from playoffs.

Third Offense: Removal from the league.

If you know in advance that your team is going to forfeit a game, we encourage you to call us to help us schedule your opponent a game.

Teams have until five minutes past the designated start time to field a full squad (minimum number of players required according to the rules).

The staff and the opposing team’s captain must approve anything other than that. 

PLAYOFFS:

All eligible teams make the playoffs (teams that have not abused any policies are eligible).

Playoffs are single elimination.

Seeding: Teams are seeded according to winning percentage. Tie-breakers will be determined by head-to-head, and then by goals allowed.

Any questions regarding rules, policies, or eligibility must be addressed before the start of the game.

LET’S HAVE FUN RULE:

In the name of playing the game and making sure that the players / teams have fun the coaches may make minor changes to the rules if both coaches agree and the intent of the Bubble Soccer Rules are followed. (For example: A coach may choose to allow another team to use an unregistered player, or a team does not have enough players within the five minute grace period).

WAIVERS:

In order to participate in the league, each participant must sign the team waiver. Waivers are provided online and must be completed before players are eligible to play.