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Liberty Bell Classic Rules

LBC 2018

5-a-s  ide soccer comprehensive rules

Team Structure

  • There will be a maximum of 5 players per team on the field at any one time

-     Each team may field 4 outfield players and 1 goalkeeper on the field at any one time

-     Minimum 2 people of each gender on the field at all times (Pending final signups)


Substitutions are unlimited during the game and can be made on the fly

  •  Outgoing substitutes must leave the field of play before the replacement enters the playing area
  • The oncoming players are active immediately and can receive the ball
  • No substitutions on free kicks
  • Substitutes must stand outside the pitch perimeter and spectators must not enter the field of play under any circumstances

o      A change of goalkeeper must be authorized by the referee

Game Structure

The match will consist of two equal 12 minutes halves.

General Play

  • There are no off-sides No slide tackles
  • No checking on the boards
  • A goal may be scored from any point within the field of play
  • Goalkeepers are not permitted to take penalties (except in penalty shoot-outs)
  • Goals cannot be scored directly from a side line kick in, the kick Ã??Ã?¢?? off, or goal kick.

Re-starting the Game

  • The goalkeeper must return the ball into play by throwing or kicking it out of his area
  • The goalkeeper has a maximum of 10 seconds to return the ball into play
  • Goalkeeper cannot pick up or use their hands as a back pass If the ball goes out of play over the end line / board:
  • A goal kick or a corner kick will be awarded, depending on which team had the final touch
  • Corner kick will be played by the offending team from the halfway line @ the side

-  If the ball goes out of play over the side-board a kick in will be awarded depending on which team had the final touch

  • The kick-in will be played from the place ball went out of play

Free Kicks and Penalty Kicks

  • All free kicks will be direct
  • Opposition players must be at least seven feet (2 steps) from where any free-kick is taken
  • If a free kick is awarded on or near the goal area it can be moved up to seven feet backwards to allow defenders to be seven feet from the ball

- Penalty kicks are awarded if the rules says so or, in the referee�?�¢??s opinion, an imminent scoring opportunity was nullified by the infraction.

Penalty kicks procedure

  • A penalty kick will be placed seven feet from the top of the goal area directly in the centre of the goal
  • The goalkeeper must begin by standing on the goal line and may move only laterally before the kick is taken
  • There is no run-up to the ball. The kickerÃ??Ã?¢??s plant foot must be placed before the kick and remain stationary
  • The rest of the players must be outside the boundaries of the penalty box and behind the ball until the kick is taken

Player Safety and Fouls

  • Infringement of these rules will lead to a direct free kick being awarded against the offending playersÃ??Ã?¢?? team:
  • A foul occurs if a player (in addition to previously mentioned situations):

o      Holds an opponent

o      Plays in a dangerous manner

o      Impedes the progress of an opponent ("Obstruction")

o      Prevents the Goalkeeper from releasing the ball from thier hands

  • And a foul occurs when a player commits the following in a manner that the Referee considers careless, serious, reckless, or involving excessive force:

o      Kicks an opponent

o      Trips an opponent

o      Jumps at an opponent

o      Charges an opponent

o      Strikes or elbows an opponent

o      Pushes an opponent

  • Unsporting Behavior

o      Leverage: using the body of a teammate or any part of the field to gain an advantage

o      Encroachment: entering the protected area of an opposing player taking a Free Kick (after initial Warning)

o      Dissent: Referee Abuse

o      Other: Behavior which, in the Referee's discretion, does not warrant another category of penalty (e.g., taunting, foul language)

  • Boarding

o      No unnecessary roughness on the boards will be tolerated

o      Boarding will not be allowed, and neither will be the corners

o      Any player that uses the corner for time wasting will lose possession of the ball and give away a free kick

  • No slide tackles are allowed
  • Once a team has accumulated 5 fouls during a half, from the 6 th foul:
    • Each foul shall be punished with a penalty kick 
  • Verbal Warnings will be continuously given by the referee:
    • Ã??Ã?¢??BoardsÃ??Ã?¢??: for someone to step away from the boards
    • Ã??Ã?¢??CornerÃ??Ã?¢??: for someone to ever give space or to get away from the corner
    • Ã??Ã?¢??SpaceÃ??Ã?¢??: to prevent encroachment
    • Ã??Ã?¢??TimeÃ??Ã?¢??: to prevent time wasting, quick restarts of play should always take precedence
The wearing of any form of jewelry (including watches) is not permitted during play. Shinguards are required.


  • Yellow Card Ã??Ã?¢?? Player must leave field for 2 minutes of game, and cannot be replaced during this time.

o      2 yellow cards given during any single game equals a red card

o      3 yellow cards given over the course of the tournament equals a red card

  • Red Card Ã??Ã?¢?? Player must leave field immediately and will be suspended from remainder of tournament

o      Team cannot replace player for remainder of game. Team can play at full strength in all following games.

  • No reimbursement will be provided for suspended players.


The referees�?�¢?? decision on all on-field matters is final and no discussions will be entered into either on or off the field with them about any decision

  • Dissent and bad mouthing will not be allowed. In addition, substitute players will also be penalized for these offenses
  • The refereesÃ??Ã?¢?? jurisdiction on disciplinary matters will apply until players have entered the changing rooms
  • Players repeatedly disputing decisions may have further disciplinary action taken against them

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