A free kick shall be awarded to the opposing team from the point of infraction, for a player who commits any of the following offenses (all fouls are called at the discretion of the Referee):
- Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent.
- Trips an opponent.
- Charges an opponent from behind.
- Charges an opponent in a violent or dangerous manner.
- Obstructing an opponent when not in possession of the ball. This includes standing between the opponent and the ball so as to form an obstacle. Obstruction is not called when a player has a ball and is shielding so as to prevent an opposing player from stealing the ball or if the ball is kicked downfield and a player attempts to run through an opponent who has established position.
- Pushes an opponent.
- Holds an opponent.
- Playing in a dangerous manner (deemed out of control).
- Charging the goalkeeper in the penalty arc.
- Playing the ball while any part of one’s body is on the ground or while having a hand/knee on the ground.
- Slide tackling (contact with opponent). No sliding at an opponent while they are in possession of the ball, no sliding to block shots or score goals. No type of sliding is permitted at all in league play.
Blue Card (2-minute penalty)
A Blue card shall be assessed for serious fouls and incidents including:
- Boarding (propelling an opponent into the wall)
- Slide tackling
- Goalkeeper endangerment
- Any foul by the Goalkeeper during a 6th foul shoot-out or overtime shoot-out
- Deliberate handball
- Substitution violations
- Unsportsmanlike behavior
- Multiple fouls/penalties assessed against a player
- Encroachment (continual violation)
- Delay of game (continual violation)
- Incidental foul language or spitting on the field
- Other offenses deemed severe or blatant
Yellow Card (4-minute penalty)
A Yellow card shall be assessed for reckless fouls and incidents including:
- A second Blue card
- Unsportsmanlike behavior (continual violation)
- Provoking altercation, short of fighting (i.e. pushing, poking)
Red Card (PlayerEjection, 5-minute team penalty)
A Red card shall be assessed for violent fouls and incidents including:
- A third Blue card or third time penalty
- Intentionally elbowing an opponent above the shoulder
- Vicious slide tackling, seriously endangering/injuring an opponent
- Leaving Team Bench area to engage in a fight or confrontation with the opposition or Referee
- Goalkeeper leaving his/her arc area to engage in an altercation or fight
- Extreme Unsportsmanlike behavior including:
- Spitting at an opponent or other person
- Extremely abusive language or behavior towards an opponent or Referee
- Bodily contact with Referee in dissent
A player issued a Red card for fighting or abuse of a referee will be required to leave the building. Any player refusing to leave after being asked by the person in charge, whether it is a referee or staff member, will result in the Police called and a complaint filed.
Players receiving a Red card are suspended from all activities at SoccerZone San Antonio West until their case is ruled upon by management. The violator’s team captain/coach must call the facility the next day to get management’s ruling or time table of management’s ruling before the violating player may play at SoccerZone San Antonio West again.
A person who makes an attempt to intimidate the referee by the threat of physical abuse, pushing or attempting to make contact with the Referee will be suspended from all play at the facility for a period of at least one (1) year. A person who strikes or attempts to strike a Referee (or any employee) shall receive a permanent
SoccerZone San Antonio West expulsion
A person receiving two Red cards in one session will receive a SoccerZone San Antonio West expulsion for at least one (1) year.
Time penalties (blue, red, and yellow cards) are NOT awarded towards a team’s foul count.
6th Foul Violation
When a team has committed six (6) fouls, the opposing team will get a penalty shootout from the opponent’s third line spot. If a time penalty is awarded for the 6th foul, the 6th foul violation will not be awarded until the next, non-time penalty occurs.
- When a team has committed six (6) fouls, the next accumulated team foul violation occurs after three (3) from there on out for the rest of the game.
A “three-line” violation occurs when a player plays a forward ball that crosses over all three (3) lines (both “third” lines and the mid-line) IN THE AIR without touching another player, referee or structure. This includes Goalkeeper distributions and kicks. A backward played ball is exempt from this rule.
- A free kick from the violating team’s “third-line”, anywhere on the line, is taken.
Outdoor 5v5 Field
If a “last-man-back” or obvious scoring opportunity foul occurs (Referee discretion), a foul is called and the offensive team is awarded a free-kick from the free kick spot. Both teams are to be behind the midfield spot. The free kick is taken on the Referee’s whistle, but play is not live. If the goal is made, a kick-off is taken. If the goal is missed, then a goal kick is taken from the touch line. Time is not stopped (Referee discretion), but the game cannot end until the free kick is taken.
Generally, advantage will be only allowed when the team against which a foul or violation has been committed will benefit from an existing offensive advantage. The Referee will penalize the original offense if the advantage does not ensue. This is up to the discretion of the Referee. The Advantage Rule should be applied near or in the offensive half of the field.
- Delayed Penalty: For instances where a Referee would issue a time penalty, but the Advantage Rule is in play, the Referee will raise the card above his/her head or at the following times of stoppage to assess the time penalty:
- Opponent’s possession: the offending team gains possession of the ball
- Any stoppage: Referee stops play for any reason.
- In Coed, generally the lower Coed divisions, if a male player is being “reckless” in their shooting or play towards the female players on the field, a foul will be called on the offending male player. This is up to the discretion of the Referee.
- Example: A male coed team player is attempting to take a shot from outside the offensive third-line and takes a wild, hard shot that hits (and potentially injures) a female on the field not directly associated with the play.
- All players, excluding the goalkeeper, must serve their own penalties. Time penalties assessed to the Goalkeeper, except ejections, may be served by another team member. The time penalty is still assessed to the Goalkeeper.
- Players serving their time penalties must serve their entire time penalty before returning to play, unless they are the only bench player available.
- For each time penalty being served by a player, his or her team plays with one less field player until the time penalty expires.
- Should a player receive a time penalty and the time penalty drops the team below the minimum amount of players to play, the offending team must forfeit the game.
- Power Play goal: If a team is scored upon while having fewer players on the field, due to one or more players serving time penalties, a player may return from the team’s bench/penalty area. A player serving a time penalty must serve their entire time penalty.
- If both teams receive time penalties at the same time and/or have equal numbers of players serving time penalties, the Power play goal is not in effect.
- Multiple Penalties: When a team has two players in the penalty box and a goal is scored by the opposing team, only the first player penalized can be replaced. If another goal is scored, the second player may be replaced even though both players must serve out their penalties in the box. Only two players may serve time penalties at a time. If a third player receives a time penalty, his/her time penalty does not begin until at least one of the other teammates’ time penalties has expired.
- Obstructing Goalkeeper: If a player intentionally obstructs an opposing Goalkeeper in an attempt to not allow the Goalkeeper to put a ball in play, while in the Penalty Arc, then a foul and free kick will be awarded to the opposing Goalkeeper.
- Charging the Goalkeeper: If an attacking player, not in possession of the ball, causes bodily contact with the Goalkeeper (in possession of the ball or not) while in the Penalty Arc and the Referee deems action to be intentional or reckless, then a foul and free kick is awarded.
- Goalkeeper may bounce ball within the penalty arc, includes Goalkeeper distribution, any restarts or any normal course of play.
- Goalkeeper may also slide within the penalty arc to make a save, block a shot or pass. If, in the discretion of the Referee, a Goalkeeper is reckless or “dangerous” in their slide or play, a foul and free kick may be awarded to the offensive team.