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7v7 Soccer League Rules

Riverbend Sport & Social Club

7v7 Soccer Rules and Regulations 

Nitty Gritty

~ 50% Social and 50% Sport.
~ We do have officials; however, we expect individuals to respect the league's culture of fair and fun play. Foul language and rough play will not be tolerated and individuals who cannot adhere to our standards of fair play and sportsmanship may be asked to leave the league.
~ Riverbend Sport & Social Club wants everyone to have a fun experience and be social while enjoying a great sport. RBSSC will do whatever they can to make sure all players are having fun.

1) Individual Registration 

a) All players must be 21 years of age or older, registered at and accepted online and signed for the league waiver form. 

2) Rosters 

a) RBSSC reserves the right to place non-aligned free agents on teams that do not have a maxed out roster.  The max players on each 7v7 team is 12.

b) Team must have at least four (4) players to play each week in 7v7. There must be at least one female.

c) RBSSC will allow substitute players during regular season matches, only when that team needs substitutes to field a full team. RBSSC retains the right to suspend any team playing with unregistered players not adhering to the league policies and culture.

d) During playoffs only players on a team�?�¢??s original roster will be allowed to participate. Monitors will have roster list to start playoff matches.

e) Teams (7v7) must field two females at all times. 

f) If a team only has only one (7v7, 11v11) female(s) show up to play, the game can continue but that team must play down the required number of female positions.
3) Uniforms 

Players are required to wear the RBSSC league t-shirt, once provided, for all games (if only to maintain consistent uniform colors).

4) Regular Season Schedule 

a) Schedules will be created based on the amount of teams playing in each league. The league will try it's best to get all 6-7 regular season games played. If conditions beyond the control of the league are present, including but not limited to, excessive inclement weather conditions, all games may not be played.

b) RBSSC will do what they can to reschedule games that were lost due to inclement weather.

5) Weather Related Game Cancellation  

Iowa weather is unpredictable! 

a) RBSSC website announcements also Facebook will be updated as soon as possible prior to first game start time with field closing and game delay information.

b) Suspended Games - If due to weather conditions, safety conditions, or referee discretion a game is halted prior to halftime, it will be replayed if possible. A game halted at half time or later will stand as indicated by the score when the game was halted.

c) Rescheduled Games - If a game is cancelled for any reason, the league will reschedule if possible.

6) League Standings 

a) Game Statistics (wins and losses) will be recorded and posted on the RBSSC web page.

b) Teams are encouraged to review their respective League Standings page periodically. The Team Captain should notify the League Administrator of any errors.

c) A 3-3 draw will be posted for games cancelled and not rescheduled at the end of the regular season.

d) Standings ties will be decided by head to head outcomes. If teams did not play head to head the cumulative goals allowed during the season will determine the tie breaker.

7) Gameday Ties

a) All regular season games, if tied at the end of regulation will end in a tie.

b) Games in the playoffs cannot end in a tie. Teams will play one 5 minute sudden death (first goal is games winner) overtime period. If still tied after the overtime period, the teams will proceed to a penalty shoot-out.

c) Each team will pick 5 players (3 guys and 2 girl).

d) Teams will alternate taking direct penalty shots from 12 yards from the goal line (no male/female shooting order is necessary.)

e) If tied after the 1st round of 5v5, the 2nd round will be SUDDEN DEATH (i.e., 1st player from Team A scores and 1st player from Team B misses, Team A wins)

f) Players who shot in the 1st shootout are not eligible to shoot again until all remaining players present have shot.

g) If and when 1 team begins to utilize players for the second time due to a lack of numbers, the other team may re-use players as well. This means some players on the team with more people present may or may not shoot.

8) Equipment (Please consider when preparing for the season)

a) Shin guards are mandatory

(they must be totally covered by socks to reduce risk of injury) and are an absolute requirement for all players.

b) Only soccer/athletic shoes are acceptable. No street shoes or metal cleats. Referees decisions on footwear suitability are final.

c) Goals, coned fields, and a ball will be provided.  If teams want a better ball, they may bring one they prefer. 

9) After The Game

Each team shall take responsibility to ensure the area around the field is clean after the game. Generally RBBSC will have fields set-up and properly lined at the beginning of the first game. Help with cleanup is always appreciated.

10) Game Time

a) 7v7 games will be played with two 20 minute halves. The clock will run continuously, unless in the case of serious injury. Games will have a 2-5 minute half time.

b) If a game is stopped due to weather or other unforeseen issues between halftime and 3/4 game time elapsed and the game cannot be resumed, the game will be considered complete.

c) If a game is stopped due to weather or other unforeseen issues prior to halftime or at halftime and the game cannot be resumed, the game will replayed in full.

11) Forfeits

a) Teams must be ready to play at their scheduled game time.  If a team is not ready after 10 minutes of starting time, that team will forfeit. 

b) If a team does not have at least 1 female and 3 males (7v7), they are considered to have forfeited.

c) Should teams have enough of their own players that they don't need to forfeit but not enough for a whole team, they may pick up players from another team.

d) If remaining players from the scheduled team arrive after the start of the game then any players who have been picked up from another team should leave the game.

e) Any team who picks up players should not add more players than can play on the field at any given time- meaning that team should not have any substitutes.

12) Substitutions

a) Players can substitute freely at midfield on their bench side as long as the departing player is off the field at midfield. You still must make the referee aware of goalie subs.

13) Slide Tackling

Slide tackling is NOT permitted - ANYTIME, ANYWHERE, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. Performance of a slide tackle, may be grounds for suspension from that game.  Multiple infractions in one game or across multiple games will be grounds for suspension from league play permanently.  

14) Off-sides

Is not in effect for 7v7 leagues.

15) Misconduct and Fouls

a) Yellow Card - Referees will immediately substitute player out for a minimum of two (2) minutes.

b) Red Card - A player receiving a red card, or two yellow cards in the same match, must leave the field premises, sight and sound, within one minute without substitution.

c) Any player receiving a red card will be suspended from the following match.

d) Multiple red cards in one season will be grounds for suspension -without refund- from the league.

e) There is to be no contact or over aggression with the goalie or any field player:

i) A first offense will result in a warning.

ii) Second offense will be result in a player being taken off the field for a time period determined by the referee dependent on severity.

iii) a Third offense will result in a player being taken out of the game and possibly suspended for the following game. Calls are at the discretion of the referee.

f) Fouls are at the discretion of the referee and all penalties assessed for said fouls are the referee's decision. We are a social league and want to make sure everyone has a good time and most importantly is safe.

16) Goalkeepers

a) Goalkeepers are to have a safe zone and no player should make contact with them at any time.

d) Goalies may not handle a throw in by their team with their own hands unless touched by an opposing player on the way in.

e) If a team elects to have a female goalkeeper, that player does count toward the on the field female minimum.

f) Goal keepers may not punt the ball past midfield (based on where the ball first lands) after handling the ball. A goalkeeper can kick it past half field on a goal kick. If a goal keeper does punt the ball past midfield the other team will take possession via a dead ball free kick at midfield.

17) Throw Ins

a) In 7v7 a goalie may be permitted to throw in the ball for their team.

b) Goalies may not pick up the ball with their hands when thrown in by their own player unless it touches someone from the opposing team.

c) Throw ins must be conducted near the spot the ball left the field, and with both feet touching the ground, as well as proper form of both hands coming from behind the head in a forward motion. 

18) Free Kicks

a) All fouls will be followed by an indirect kick unless otherwise noted by the ref for leagues with 7v7 or less.

b) All players conducting Free Kicks are expected to have a reasonable amount of space to make the kick. The opposing team should allow a 5 pace distance for the Free Kick to be conducted.

19) Team Conduct 

a) Discipline - The Team Captain assumes the responsibility regarding team leadership and maintenance of order and discipline. RBSSC expects each Captain to set a positive example for their players in promoting good sportsmanship and self- control.

b) Sideline Control - The Captain is responsible for the behavior of his/her bench area. After being verbally warned or cautioned (yellow card) by the referee for unsportsmanlike behavior from his/her bench area, the Captain will receive a red card if the situation persists.

c) The referee also has the power to eject any spectator at any time at his or her discretion.

d) Use of Foul Language is not appreciated in any circumstances and can result in a warning or in extreme circumstances can result in ejection from a game.

20) Player Suspension

a) RBSSC reserves the right to refuse registration to any player currently on suspension from any Des Moines-area league.

b) RBSSC reserves the right to suspend players from league play. This is at the sole discretion of RBSSC and cannot be appealed. Registration fees will not be refunded to suspended players.

c) If a player is ejected for fighting, they will be immediately suspended from all RBSSC leagues, tournaments, and events.  Fighting is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. 

21) Infection Control 

a) If a player suffers a laceration or a wound where bleeding occurs, the referee shall suspend the game at the earliest appropriate time. Upon suspension of play, the captain shall be informed that he/she has the option to, immediately, substitute for the player or call a timeout. If a substitute replaces the player, the opposing team shall be allowed to substitute one player. The injured player may return to the game when they have the appropriate bandage.

b) If the player returns to the game, the referee should make certain that any lesion, wound or dermatitis is covered with a dressing that will prevent contamination to and/or from other sources. A wrist or sweat band is not considered a suitable bandage.

Rules set at os 8/1/17. 

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