1. Protest

1.1.        During a game, a verbal protest can be made to an official  by the captain once play ceases and before the next live ball situation.

1.2.        Using vulgar/abusive language will invalidate a captain's protest.

1.3.        Protesting a judgment call is prohibited.

1.4.        If the official member finds the protest valid, he may overturn the call. At his/her discretion

1.5.        Every official strives for perfection, and player feedback is essential in making improvements.

1.6.        However, during is not an ideal time to provide feedback to an official.

1.7.        We encourage all players (not just captains) to submit written evaluations of league officials to PSM Directors.

2. Regulation Game

2.2.        One referee will be in charge of rule enforcement.

2.3.        Game time will be kept on the field by a referee.

2.4.        Stoppage time will be added at the referee’s discretion.

2.5.        A game will be divided into two (2) periods of twenty five (25) minutes each.

2.6.        At eleven (11) minutes into each period, the referees may grant a water break.

2.7.        Time runs continuously.

2.8.        There are no time outs.                                        

2.9.        There  are 2-5 minutes allowed between halves. However , this maybe modified by the league under extenuating circumstances.

2.10.        There is no overtime/shootout for regular games.

3. Overtime/Penalties

3.1.        Playoff games that are tied at the end of regulation time will proceed into penalties (3-person shootout ) to determine a winner.

3.2.        The winner of a coin toss will choose which team shall kick first in the shootout..

3.3.        Each team captain shall designate three (3) players to shoot for his/her team.

3.4.        The goalkeeper may be one of the shooters.


3.6.        Any player, on the field or on the sideline, may participate in the shootout.

3.7.        Each team has a total of three (3) shots.

3.8.        Teams will alternate after each shot.

3.9.        Each shot shall follow the PSM procedure for a penalty kick.

3.10.        A minimum of 1 woman must participate in co-ed teams shootout

3.11.        If the score remains tied following the first series of penalty kicks shootout, a sudden victory shootout will occur in which the game is won if, after ANY equal number of shots, the tie is broken.

3.12        During the sudden victory shootout, a woman must kick every other shot

4. Substitutions

4.1.        Substitutions must be announced to the referee.

4.2.        The referee will determine when it is appropriate to grant entry.

4.3.        Teams may request a substitution on a goal kick, corner kick, kick-in/throw-in, after a goal, after an injury, after a caution, or at half-time.

4.4.        Players entering and leaving the field must do so at the halfway line.

4.5.        There are no substitutions for an ejected player.

5. Kickoff

         5.1.        A coin toss will determine possession and choice of ends.

5.2.        Possession and ends will change in the 2nd half.

5.3.        Opponents of the kicking team must be 7 yards from the ball until it is kicked.

5.4.        The ball must be kicked forward, one revolution, for the ball to be in play (penalty- rekick).

5.5.The kicker shall not play the ball a second time until a teammate or opponent has touched the ball (penalty- indirect free kick)

5.6. A goal can be scored by a kickoff.( 2 touches)

6. Goal

6.1.        A goal is scored when the entire ball crosses the goal line (within the posts and cross bar).

6.2.        After a goal, the opposing team will have possession from the halfway line.

7. Penalty Kick

7.1.         A penalty kick is awarded after a serious or intentional rule infraction takes place in the penalty area by the defensive team.

7.2.        A penalty kick can be awarded regardless of the possession of the ball, if the infraction by the defending team is committed in the penalty area.

7.3.        It is not awarded for infractions that call for an indirect free kick.


7.5.        The penalty kick may be taken by any player of the offended team on the field of play at the time of the offense.

7.6.        All players except the goalie must stay outside the penalty area.

7.7.        The goalkeeper must stand on the goal line and may not move forward until the ball is kicked.

7.8.        The goalkeeper may move laterally.

7.9.        The kicker must wait for the referee’s whistle.

7.10.        The kicker must kick the ball forward.

7.11        Any action to deceive the goalkeeper by the kicker is illegal.

7.12.        Following the kick, the ball shall be deemed in play if it remains on the field BUT CANNOT BE TOCHED  CONSECUTIVELY  BY THE KICKER IN THE SAME PLAY.

7.13.        For any infringement by the defending team, the kick shall be retaken if a goal has not resulted.

7.14.        For any infringement by the attacking team other than by the kicker, the kick shall be retaken even if a goal has resulted.

8. Free Kick

8.1.        An indirect free kick is a free kick from which a goal may not be scored unless the ball is touched by another player from either team.

8.2.        All free kicks are indirect.

8.3.        A free kick may be taken by any offensive player.

8.4.        When a player is taking a free kick from within his defensive penalty area, the ball must be kicked beyond the penalty area and all opponents must be outside the penalty area.

8.5.        The ball must be stationary when a free kick is taken.

8.6.        The kicker shall not play the ball again until it has been touched by another player (either team).

8.7.        The ball may be kicked in any direction.

9. Kick-In

9.1.        After the ball has wholly crossed the sidelines, hit the net out of play, the team that did not touch the ball last shall be awarded the kick-in.

9.2. On a kick-in, the ball must be placed on the sideline at the point the ball crossed, and the ball must be stationary before being kicked (penalty: re-kick except during play-offs in which it will be an automatic turn over).

10. Goal Kick

10.1.        A goal kick is awarded when the whole ball crosses the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, and was last touched by an offensive player.

10.2.         The ball is then placed anywhere within the goal area (box).

10.3.        The ball is not in play until it has gone outside the penalty area (penalty- rekick).

10.4.        The player taking the goal kick cannot retouch the ball until another player has touched it.

11. Corner Kick

11.1.        A corner kick is awarded when the whole  ball crosses the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, and was last touched by a defensive player.

11.2.        The ball must be placed on the ground  one yard from the corner post.

11.3        The kicker cannot retouch the ball until it is touched by another player (either team).

11.4.        Corner posts (flags or cones) cannot be removed to take a corner kick.

11.5.        A goal cannot be scored directly from a corner kick unless other player touches the ball. ( No Olympic goals)

12. Free Kick (Defenders)

12.1.        On all free kicks and corner kicks, every defender must be at least 7 yards away from the ball until it is kicked, unless the defender is standing on their goal line between the goal posts.

13. Throw-In/ Kick in

13.1.        After the ball has wholly crossed the sidelines, on the ground or in the air, the        team that did not touch the ball last shall be awarded the throw-in.

13.2.        The thrower must face the field of play and have both feet touching the ground out of bounds or on the sideline when the throw is made.

13.3.        The thrower must use both hands equally and shall deliver the ball from behind and over the head.

13.4.        A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw-in.

13.5.        An improper throw-in will result in 1 (one) re-do per incident, after which the award of the throw goes to the other team. (excluding play off in which an improper throw in will result in automatic turn over)

13.6.        The ball must be on the line and stationary for kick ins

14. Offside

14.1.        Offside is not enforced.

15. Suspension of Play

15.1.        Except on a free kick or throw-in, the team that was clearly in possession of the ball at the time of the suspension shall be awarded an indirect free kick from the spot the ball was at the time of the suspension.

15.2.        If neither team was in clear possession of the ball, the referee shall drop the ball at the place where it was when play was suspended, and the ball is in play when it touches the ground.

15.3.        If play was stopped with the ball in the goal area, the ball is dropped at the nearest point outside the goal area.

16. Goalkeeping

16.1.        The goalkeeper has possession (control) of the ball when he or she is touching the ball.

16.2.        From the moment the keeper takes control of the ball with his/her hands within his own penalty area, he/she must release the ball into play within 10 seconds (penalty- indirect free kick).

16.3.        A keeper may not, after releasing the ball into play, touch the ball again with his hands before it has been touched by another player of the same team outside the penalty area or by an opposing player either inside or outside the penalty area.

16.3.        If the goalkeeper plays the ball to a teammate and the teammate passes the ball back to the goalkeeper, he/she may not use their hands to play the pass (penalty- indirect free kick).

16.4.        The goalkeeper shall not touch the ball with his/her hands via a throw-in/kick-in from his/her own team or a deliberate kick by a teammate (penalty- indirect free kick).

17. Slide Tackling

17.1.        Slide tackling is prohibited in all soccer leagues and tournaments.

17.2.        A slide tackle occurs when a player (including a goalie outside the penalty area) leaves his/her feet and leads with his/her feet to play the ball while the ball is in the proximity of another player (contact is not required).

17.3.        If a slide tackle is deemed malicious (playing the player and/or playing the ball from behind an opponent), a red card may be issued to the offending player.

17.4.        Slides tackles are not allowed regardless of distance of the opposing player

 18. Fouls and Misconduct

18.1.        Dangerous Play - all high kicks above the waist in a dangerous manner (penalty- indirect free kick).

18.2.        Charging (No Possession)- No player may charge an opponent not in possession of the ball, including the goalkeeper (penalty- indirect free kick).

18.3.        Obstruction - the intentional act by a player, not in possession of the ball or not attempting to play the ball, running between an opponent and the ball or using the body as an obstacle (penalty- indirect free kick).

18.4.        Goalkeeper holding the ball longer than ten (10) seconds after he/she receives it (penalty- indirect free kick).

18.5.        Goalkeeper touching the ball with his/her hand when received by throw-in or deliberate kick from a teammate (penalty- indirect free kick).

18.6.        Interference (goalkeeper) - No player of the opposing team shall interfere with a goalkeeper in possession of the ball (penalty- indirect free kick).

18.7.        Delay of Game - No player or team shall unnecessarily delay the playing of the game (penalty- indirect free kick).

18.8.        Kicking/Striking an Opponent – No player may intentionally attempt to kick or strike an opponent. The goalkeeper may not intentionally strike or attempt to strike an opponent by throwing the ball at the opponent (penalty- direct free kick).

18.9.        Tripping/Jumping- No player may intentionally jump at, nor trip an opponent  intentionally (penalty- direct free kick).

18.10.        Charging (Possession) – No player may charge an opponent. Offenses include violently and/or dangerously charging a player or charging from behind (penalty- direct free kick).

18.11.        Holding/Pushing/Impeding – No player may use his/her hands or arms to hold, push, or impede an opponent (penalty- direct free kick).

18.12.        Intentional Hand Ball – No player may handle, carry, strike, or propel the ball with a hand or arm (penalty- direct free kick).


19. Yellow, and Red Cards

19.1.        A player who receives a yellow (advisory) card must exit the game without a substitution for one (1) minutes or when the ball goes out, whichever comes first.

19.2.        All Leagues) Two (2) yellow cards in the same game or one (1) red card will result in an ejection and/or a suspension. An ejected player may not be replaced by a substitute.

19.3.        Striking, hitting  or kicking an opponent will result in a direct red card and automatic suspension from the league without refund.

19.4.        Teams will play (finish the match) a player down for each ejection.

19.5.        Ejected players must vacate the field/ within (1) minute, or his/her team shall forfeit the game.

19.6.         An ejected player must abide by all spectator rules.

19.7.        If an ejected player, while on the sideline or in the stands, uses vulgar/abusive language toward a referee, spectator, or opponent, then that player will be ejected from the park/facility. Failure to do so will result in forfeit for the player’s team and a 0-1 result.

20. Play-offs

20.1.         Team must have completed registration by all players by last regular season game to be eligible for play-offs.

20.2.         Player must have played at least 2 regular season games to be eligible for Play-offs.

21. Forfeits

            21.1       Forfeits must be notified with at least 24-hrs to avoid getting penalized.

            21.2       Forfeit Fee: $30/$110 depending on the format.







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