START OF PLAY
A kickoff from center mark starts play at the beginning of each period. Immediately prior to the kickoff, all players remain in their respective defensive halves and all defending players are outside of the center circle. Once the referee signals the kickoff, a player of the team having the kickoff has 5 seconds to play the ball in any direction. The same player may not again play the ball until it touches another player.
The referee designates the end of the field each team will defend, in accordance with administrative policy.
START OF FIRST HALF, SECOND HALF AND OVERTIME
The home team takes the opening kickoff.
RESTART OF PLAY
After any stoppage of play, the referee will award either a direct free kick or drop ball. The following is a listing of the various stoppages of play and the resulting restart.
Stoppages which result in Direct Free Kick restart: (Ball must be stationary)
Note: A goal may be scored without touching another player.
Note: Defensive players must remain 10 feet away from the ball until it has been played. If a player does not give at least 10 feet, the referee may issue a 2 minute penalty for encroachment, if deemed intentional. The offensive team does not have to ask for the 10 feet.
Note: The offensive team shall have 5 seconds to play the ball once it has been set by one of their team members or the referee. If a team fails to play the ball within 5 seconds, the free kick shall be awarded to the other team.
1. A goal is scored. The ball shall be placed in the center of the center circle and restarted by the team which was scored on. A whistle by the referee must signal this restart. The kick off may be played in any direction, forward or back.
2. A foul is called outside of the penalty area. The ball shall be placed within a 3 foot radius of where the foul occurred and restarted by the team which was not called for the infraction.
3. A foul is called within the penalty area against the offensive team. The ball shall be placed within a 3 foot radius of where the foul occurred and restarted by the defensive team.
4. A foul is called within the penalty area against the defensive team. If the foul directly takes away a goal scoring opportunity, a 2 minute penalty shall be accessed and a penalty kick shall be awarded. For the penalty kick, the ball shall be spotted at the red dot inside the penalty area. All players except the goalkeeper and shooter must remain outside of the penalty area. The goalkeeper must keep his feet planted on the goal line until the ball has been played. The shooter will have 5 seconds to play the ball after the referee blows his whistle to indicate the restart. The shooter must start his approach to the ball from inside the restraining arc. If the foul does not directly take away a goal scoring opportunity, a free kick at the top of the restraining arc will be awarded. This restart must be signaled by a referee’s whistle.
5. The ball touched the netting located above the side walls. The ball shall be placed within a 3 foot radius underneath the spot where the ball initially touched the netting. The ball must be no further than 3 feet from the wall when restarted. The team that did not touch the ball last, shall be awarded the free kick.
6. The ball touches the netting located above the end walls.
Last touched by the offensive team. The result will be a goal kick. The ball may be placed anywhere within the goal box. The restart must clear the penalty area before being touched. If it is touched before clearing the penalty area, the result shall be another goal kick.
Last touched by the defensive team. The result will be a corner kick. The ball shall be placed on the red dot located at the corner of the field closest to where the ball touched the net. A whistle must signal the restart.
The ball touches the netting located directly above the playing field. The ball shall be spotted at the center of the closest redline from where the ball initially touched the netting. The team that did not touch the ball last shall restart play.
7. Any unusual stoppage of play when a team demonstrates possession of the ball.
The team that had possession of the ball when the stoppage occurred shall restart the play. The ball shall be restarted from the location where the stoppage occurred. All other players must be at least 10 feet away.
Stoppages that result in Drop Ball restart
The referee will have one member from each team participate. In Coed leagues, the participants must be female. The referee will drop the ball in between the two players. The ball must strike the ground before being played, if not, the ball will be redropped.
1. Unusual stoppages of play when no team had control of the ball.
2. When a ball goes out of play & the ref could not determine who touched it last.
3. A foul is called simultaneously against a player on each team.