League Rules and Player Responsibilities

All participants agree to obey Go Soccer general playing rules:

  • Fighting and/or Pursue/Address another player in a hostile manner is not allowed!
    While soccer is a contact sport, Go Soccer will never tolerate fighting. All behavior decisions will be made by referee. Fighting is grounds for ejection without refund for the season, and likely complete removal from the Go Soccer program.Slide Tackling is not permitted!
    Slide tackles increase the risk of injury for the attacker and defender. Slide tackles are considered dangerous play and an indirect free kick shall be awarded to the other team.
  • Proper Soccer Equipment: non-metal cleats and shin guards covered by socks is a must!
    If you come to a game without adequate gear, you will not be allowed to play. We take safety seriously.
  • Be Sober!
    If you come to the game drunk or under the influence of any substances, you won’t be allowed to play. All drinking-related decisions will be made by the referee.
  • Goalkeepers, we need you!
    As a goalkeeper, you agree to show up for your game. If not, Go Soccer will take action including but not limited to replacing your position in the league and/or curtailing your goal keeper signup privileges.

Jersey requirements
You must bring and wear your Go Soccer jersey for all league games. You won’t be allowed to play if you do not wear your Go Soccer jersey.

By participating, you acknowledge that soccer is a physical sport and injuries may occur. You agree not to hold Go Soccer representatives (captains, referees or administrators), or Go Soccer LLC responsible for injuries you sustain on the field.

Ambulance Policy
If you are injured, you may decide to return to the game or to leave the game. Unfortunately, Go Soccer cannot guarantee refunds due to player injury. If a captain feels you are too injured to keep playing, your captain may remove you from the game and may, if the captain deems appropriate, call 911. If trained EMTs are involved in responding to your injury, they will make the determination about your medical condition. If their evaluation recommends that you go to the hospital or otherwise seek immediate medical attention, you are not permitted to rejoin the game. You acknowledge that neither Go Soccer nor any Go Soccer participants or representative of Go Soccer is responsible to take you to a hospital. If someone volunteers to take you, or if you as a healthy Go Soccer game participant volunteer to take an injured player, that is solely the decision of the driver and Go Soccer assumes no responsibility for the trip or actions/events related to it.

Registration & Cancellation
All players must agree to these Go Soccer game rules to participate. Players will not be counted as registered until they have paid the full participation fee.
Cancellations more than two weeks prior to the start of the season will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Go Soccer administrators with questions. We regret that we cannot automatically guarantee a full refund.
There will be no refund if cancellation is made within the final two weeks of the season starting.

Sub players
All substitute players must be members of Go Soccer and have accepted all terms and conditions of Go Soccer.
All substitute players must follow all of the league rules listed and must wear Go Soccer jerseys at the game.
All substitute players must be approved by the team captain prior to attending the game.

Players will be placed on the rosters after registration closes. The Go Soccer admins and Go Soccer captains will all participate in balancing the teams. If you are concerned about parity, raise the issue with your club captain.
Players may be moved at the discretion of the Go Soccer league administrators.

Conduct at the Field
Players under the obvious influence of alcohol will not be permitted to play; players/fans under the influence will be asked to leave immediately.
Only eligible, registered and dressed players are allowed on the player bench; non-players (including spectators or “coaches”) are not allowed on the bench.
Ejected players may not return to the bench and must leave the facility.
A player who receives two red cards during the season will result in suspension for the remainder of the season.
The ref has the final word. Any protests must be directed to your club captain.
Players will wear the jersey that has been provided by Go Soccer.

Game Laws

  • The Field of Play
    The playing field shall be pre-determined and prepped by the facility host.
  • The Ball
    The match ball shall be provided by the home team. The referee shall check all match balls prior to its use.
  • The Players
    A match is played by two teams, each with a maximum of six players; one must be the goalkeeper.
    Substitution may be made on the fly. The substituted player must leave the field prior to the entrance of the substitute.
    Any of the players may change places with the goalkeeper if the referee is informed before the change is made and the change is made during a stoppage in play.
  • The Players’ Equipment
    A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous.
    All players must wear Go Soccer jerseys for league games.
    All items of jewelry (necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, leather bands, rubber bands, etc.) are forbidden and must be removed. Using tape to cover jewelry is not permitted.
    Watches, and other items deemed dangerous by the referee must be removed.
    All players must wear shin guards covered by socks.
  • The Authority of the Referee
    Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game listed here.
    The referee enforces the Laws of the Game, acts as timekeeper, keeps a record of the match and provides Go Soccer with a match report, including information on disciplinary action and any other incidents that occurred before, during or after the match, supervises and/or indicates the restart of play.
  • The Duration of the Match
    A match last for two equal halves of 25 minutes. Players are entitled to an interval at half-time, not exceeding 2 minutes.
  • The Start and Restart
    The home team decides which goal it will attack in the first half, their opponents take the kick-off. For the second half, the teams change ends and attack the opposite goals. The home team take the kick-off for the second half. After a team scores a goal, the kick-off is taken by their opponents.
  • The Ball in and out of Play
    The ball is out of play when it has wholly passed over the goal line or touchline on the ground or in the air and when the play has been stopped by the referee. Game will restart with a throw-in.
    In a facility where the game is played in a boarded rink, the ball is considered out of play when it leaves the boarded rink or if the ball hits any of the netting above the boards. Game will restart with an indirect free kick.
    The ball is in play at all other times, including when it rebounds off a match official, goalpost, crossbar or corner flag post and remains in the field of play.
  • Offside
    There is no offside in Go Soccer league matches.
  • Fouls and Misconducts
    The referee shall follow the IFAB laws when administering fouls and misconducts with the following exceptions:
    NO SLIDE TACKLES ARE ALLOWED. A slide tackle may be considered as “dangerous play” and it shall result in an indirect free kick at the spot of the infraction.
    The player receiving a yellow card must be substituted. The player may remain on the field if no other substitutes are available.
  • Free Kicks, Penalty Kick, Corner Kick and The Throw-In
    The referee shall follow the IFAB when administering the listed restart in the title with the following exceptions:
    In a boarded facility, there will be no throw-ins. All throw-ins are replaced by indirect free kicks.
    The defender(s) must be at least 6 yards from the ball prior to the ball being in play.
    In a boarded facility, ff a foul is committed and denied an obvious goal scoring opportunity (DOGS-F), a 1v1 shootout opportunity will be awarded to the attacking team.
  • The Goal Kick
    A player must touch the ball prior to the ball passing the midfield line from a goal kick. Otherwise, an indirect free kick shall be awarded to the opponent team.
  • Miscellaneous
    A player’s behavior in a league season may, at the discretion of Go Soccer administration, affect eligibility for concurrent/future league seasons.