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Rules of the Game

No Dogs Allowed on Scappoose Fields


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Recreational Rules Book

Click here for a copy of the recreational rules book.

Basic Rules

The offside rule is easily the least understood rule in the sport of soccer, and that’s why we dedicated an entire page just to the offside rule.

1. No Hands

Public enemy number one in soccer is the no hands rule.  Why soccer is called football everywhere else in the world and the sport in America that’s played with the feet as much as soccer’s played with the hands has forced us to rename our beloved sport is beyond us.  But unless you’re the goalie or conducting a throw-in, no touching.

It’s worth noting that arm ball just doesn’t have the same ring to it that shouting “hand ball” does.  So, a hand ball includes the intentional use of any part of your arm stemming from your shoulder and going out all the way to your fingertips.

What’s considered intentional handling of the ball?  Any unnatural position that your arm or hand is in when it touches the ball.  If a ball is kicked and strikes an opposing player in the arm, it is up to the referee to use their best judgement on whether it was accidental or if the defending player purposefully handled it to gain an advantage.

Can goalies always use their hands?  Nope.  There is a no back-pass rule, meaning a goalie may not pick up or handle a ball that was passed back to him by his own teammate.  Why?  Other wise defenders would do this all game so the goalie could pick it up and dropkick it half way up the field.


2. Throw-ins

If a ball goes out of the sideline then a throw-in is awarded.  The four basic rules for conducting a proper throw-in are:

  • Both hands have to be on the ball: No using your body like a catapult to launch it forward one-handed.
  • The ball must go all the way behind the head: No chest or shovel passes like in basketball.
  • The ball must come over the head with shoulders kept square: No hook passes or facing forward while trying to throw the ball horizontally over your head backwards.
  • Both feet must remain on the ground: This is typically accomplished by dragging the toe of the back foot.


3. Corner Kicks and Goal Kicks

When the ball goes out over a touch line, or end line, the ball must be kicked back in to play.  If an attacking player was the last person to touch it before it went out, the result is a goal kick.  If a defending player was the last to touch it, the result is a corner kick.

A goal kick can be taken anywhere inside the 6 yard box (the small little box inside the bigger 18 yard box) and can be taken by any player, it does not have to be taken by the goalie.  However, the ball must leave the bigger 18 yard box before a teammate is allowed to touch it.  In younger leagues the kicker is often allowed to retake it if this happens.

A corner kick is taken from the corner nearest to where the ball went out.


4. Fouls

If it looks like a foul, it probably is.

A player cannot intentionally trip, kick, jump at, push, pull, hold, spit on, or commit any other kind of hostile, abusive, or inappropriate act on an opposing player.

Keep in mind that soccer is a contact sport, and there is a lot of it that goes on at times.  Things like bumping and shoulder-to-shoulder challenges while competing for a ball are not considered fouls until the hands or elbows come up.  It’s a gray area for the referee to interpret what is deemed a foul and what is just considered a part of the game.


5. Direct and Indirect Free Kicks

A direct kick is typically the result of a hand ball or a contact foul and can be kicked directly in to the goal, meaning the player taking the kick can produce a direct shot on goal.  An indirect kick must be touched by another player before it can be shot on goal, meaning the ball must touch one person before it can be shot.  This is typically achieved by one player making an extremely short pass to a teammate that is running on to the ball to shoot.


6. Penalty Kick

A penalty kick is the result of a contact foul or hand ball that is committed inside the penalty area, otherwise known as the 18 yard box or “big” box in front of each goal.  The ball is placed on the penalty spot, 12 yards from the center of the goal line, and is a 1 v 1 situation between the shooter and the goalie.

The goalie must remain with both feet on his line until the shooter strikes the ball while all other players must remain outside of the penalty area and the penalty arc (small semi-circle outside the top center of the 18 yard box) until the ball is kicked.  If the ball rebounds off the goalie or frame of the goal and comes back in to play it is considered a live ball and can be played by anyone.


7. Two-touch Rule

When restarting from a dead ball situation; ie goal kick, corner kick, free kick, the player who kicked the ball may not touch it twice in a row.  Meaning once the ball is kicked and live play resumes, if the ball barely moved anywhere the kicker may not run on to it and take a second kick before it is touched by another player.  You may see this called frequently in the younger age groups.

Throw-ins are also considered a dead ball situation.  A player may not throw the ball in, run on to it immediately, and then kick it.


8. Yellow and Red Cards

This is how punishment is handed down in soccer.  Warnings are often given to a player before a yellow card is shown, sometimes multiple warnings can be given prior to a yellow card.  Several things can warrant a yellow card, but a good rule to follow is that if it’s something considered to be poor sportsmanship then chances are it’s worthy of a yellow.

Two yellow cards in one game will result in a red card and sending off.  Or in cases of severe poor sportsmanship,  an intentional hand ball inside the box, or foul that prevents a clear goal scoring opportunity, the ref can give a player a straight red card.  If a player suffers a red card during a game they must leave the field and are not allowed to be replaced, resulting in their team having to play a man down the rest of the game.

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Scappoose Soccer Club

PO Box 567 
Scappoose, Oregon 97056
Email: [email protected]

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