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SMARTS League Rules

Summit Medina Area Recreational Travel Soccer Rules


1-A All SMARTS intramural soccer games will be governed according to the FIFA “Laws of the Game 2007/2008” (currently found here), as amended by the SMARTS Rules Committee in this document. These cannot be waived or amended except as prescribed by SMARTS.

1-B The referee is in command from the start to the end of the game and has complete jurisdiction during the game (see Soccer Rule No. 5). Remember, the referees are young and gaining experience. Do not verbally abuse them.

1-C The league commissioner shall enforce these rules and resolve any disputes involving these rules, but not to conflict with referee’s decisions.

1-D The Soccer Directors shall coordinate the soccer activities, games, enforce these rules, and resolve any disputes involving these rules (but not to conflict with the referee’s decisions), and may take any corrective action to rectify serious or repeated violations of these rules, including placing any coach or player on probation or suspension, at his or her discretion.


2-A u5/6 division there will not be permitted more than two coaches from a team on the field at one time.  u7 division one coach is permitted on the field.  u8+ divisions there are to be no coaches on the field.

2-B No time out will be allowed to the coach during the game to discuss a call by the official. No coach or player has the right at any time during a game to question the referee or ask for an explanation.

2-C Substitutions in all leagues can be made on any dead ball, possession does not matter.

2-D The goalkeeper may not take more than four steps while in possession of the ball (holding or bouncing it) before releasing it so that it can be played by another player. When the goalie has possession of the ball, all defensive players must retreat behind the midfield line.   In addition, the goalie must throw the ball back into play, no punting of the ball.  In all leagues, if the goalie is attempting to catch or hold the ball, no further attempt to score should be made unless the ball bounces clear of the goalie – protect the goalie.

2-E There is to be no slide tackling in SMARTS-sanctioned games. This is simply to prevent injuries to players. The foul should be called so that the players will learn and so that injuries will be avoided.

2-F Players must be rotated! No player may play the same position more than one half of a game, i.e., goalie, forward, halfback/midfielder or fullback/defender). Each coach is required to rotate players so that they spend a half in a primary scoring position (forward or halfback/midfielder) and a half in secondary scoring position (fullback/defender, or goalie, or out).

2-G In all leagues multiple chances will be given to make a correct throw-in will be allowed.

2-H In all divisions, corner kicks will be taken at the point where the penalty box meets the end line, i.e., shorter corners.

2-I In all leagues there is no offside called. However, coaches are encouraged not to take advantage of this rule.

2-J In all leagues there are NO direct kicks.  All free kicks must be indirect as a means to protect the players.

2-K If the score should begin to get out of hand, it is the responsibility of the coach not to run up the score. In a lopsided game, no player should be allowed to score more than four goals. A coach may play one less player on the field, or allow the opposing team to add additional players to try to even the skill levels of the teams.


3-A All leagues will play 2 25 min halves with 5 min halftime period

3-B Starting time: A 15-minute grace period after the scheduled time will be allowed for either team to obtain the minimum number of players to avoid a forfeit. The following list provides guidelines regarding the number of players per team on the field (by league). At the discretion of the league commissioner, this number can be adjusted if needed:

ALL divisions are to play 5v5; 4 field players + goalie

The opposing coach should play shorthanded (an equal number of players, unless the coaches choose some other arrangement to ensure maximum participation of both teams). If the referee does not arrive by the end of the grace period, the coaches may select a person to referee the game and the results will be official. 

3-C Called games: Soccer games are played in all weather except for thunder and/or lightning storms. We do play in rain, cold, and other unwanted conditions. Unless there is severe weather, you should go to the field, since the decision to play oftentimes will not be made until game time. A game will immediately stop at the FIRST sign of lightning or thunder heard, whether a referee, coach, player or other observer sees and/or hears it. All participants should seek immediate shelter. A game may resume if thunder/lightning has not been heard/seen for 30 minutes. All coaches who do not heed a thunder/lightning notice will be suspended for 2 games. Games halted due to any weather condition will be considered official if the kick-off to start the second half has already occurred. If the kick-off to start the second half has not yet occurred, the game can be rescheduled at the discretion of the coaches. 

3-D All players must play one half before any player may play both halves. The exception to this rule is if a player shows up late or would have to leave early. In this case, the coach should try to play the player as much as possible.


4-A Either tennis shoes or molded sole soccer shoes must be worn. For safety, baseball cleats with a toe cleat are not allowed.

4-B Shin guards are mandatory for the safety of the players, and must be worn at all games and practices.

4-C u5 - u6 will use a No. 3 ball. All other leagues will use a No. 4 ball.


5-A It is expected that all coaches, players, and spectators will exhibit “good sportsmanship” by abiding by the referee’s decisions and maintaining a positive attitude for fun and friendly competition. Coaches are held responsible for the control of their spectators and players’ benches.

5-B  Spectators should sit on the opposite side of the field from their respective team.  The players, coaches and referees should be the only personal on the other side of the field.  No one is permitted to be “spectating” near either of the goal lines or behind either of the goals during the course of a game.

5-C  Suspension: A player or coach ejected from a game by an official shall be suspended for the next scheduled game that his/her team plays. If a coach is ejected from a game, that team must have an adult supervisor (18 years or older) to continue the game. The penalty for a coach or player for a second ejection shall be suspension for the remainder of the season.


6-A The home teams are responsible for providing the game ball and helping when necessary with any field preparations.


7-A SMARTS is an instructional league, no score or league standings is kept.

NOTE: These rules were reviewed by the Rules Committee 2/2017

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