The Cal Intramural Sports Soccer (11s) Laws are based on the FIFA Laws of the Game. Some of the more important laws as well as laws unique to the Cal Intramural Sports Program are included here. All players are responsible for reading this document prior to participating in a Soccer match.
Good sportsmanship is essential in Intramural Sports contests. Therefore, if a player or players are sent off from a game, they will receive a minimum, automatic one- game suspension. In some cases suspensions may be longer than one game. The suspension of that participant becomes effective immediately following the ejection and carries through the following game in that same sport. In extreme situations, the matter will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.
While on suspension, the participant is not allowed to participate in any Intramural Sports-sponsored sport, special event, activity, or IFC Sport. Participants suspended for longer than one game may appeal their suspension to the Intramural Sports Council. The Intramural Sports Council meets on an as needed basis. Intramural Sports Council meetings take place at the availability of Council members. Call (510) 643-6822 to schedule an appeal hearing.
All participants must be prepared to show Game Officials a valid University of California, Berkeley, Student ID Card or a current Cal Rec Club Card in order to participate in Intramural Sports. Individuals without current membership and picture identification will not be allowed to participate. A team unable to field a minimum number of players with current membership and picture identification will forfeit the contest.
Eleven players are allowed on the field at any given time. A minimum of seven players is required to start and finish a legal game. All participants must sign their team’s Waiver of Liability before participating in their first game.
A participant shall not wear anything that is deemed by the Referee to be dangerous to another player. All forms of jewelry are prohibited – whether or not it may be removed or not.
See the main IM Sports rules page for footwear guidelines. Bare feet are prohibited. The Referee has the ultimate decision as to whether or not a particular shoe may be used.
Although not required, the use of shinguards is strongly recommended.
Dark and light shirts shall be determined by the league schedule. The first team listed should be prepared to wear dark colors.
The game shall consist of two equal halves of 20 minutes. The interval at halftime shall not exceed five minutes.
Teams must bring their own ball. Cal Intramural Sports does not provide game balls.
The offside law is in effect. Please be advised of the ruling that requires that the player who is in an offside position has to participate in the play in order for an offside violation to be called. Merely being in an offside position is not a violation.
There is no offside offence if a player receives the ball directly from a goal kick, corner kick, throw-in or drop ball. For further clarification on the offside law refer to Law 11 of the FIFA Laws of the Game at Fifa.com.
The goalkeeper may move laterally (along the goal line) prior to the kick.
Cautions will accumulate throughout the summer season. A third (3rd) caution will result in that player being ineligible for his or her next game.
A player who is sent off for serious foul play, violent conduct or for receiving a second caution during the same game must sit out a minimum one-game suspension. Suspensions may exceed one game depending on the severity of the incident.
Either team may substitute any number of players during goal kicks, after a goal, and during halftime. Teams may also substitute any number of players when awarded a throw-in. Teams may not substitute players when the opponent is awarded a throw-in, unless the opponent chooses to substitute as well. A team may also substitute for an injured player once the official has stopped play for the injury. If a substitution is made in this situation, the opponent may also substitute a like number of players.
Substitutes must notify the nearest Referee or Assistant Referee of their intention to substitute before the ball is out of play. All substitutes must be beckoned onto the field of play by the Referee before stepping onto the field. If a goalkeeper change is made, the Referee must be notified. Making any substitutions without notifying the Referee or Assistant Referee will result in a caution for the player(s) who came onto the field.
During the regular season, there is no overtime. The overtime procedure for all playoff games will be announced prior to the start of playoffs.
Teams will receive three points for a win, one point for a tie, and no points for a loss. In the event two or more teams end the season tied in points, head-to-head competition will break the tie. If teams are still tied, goal differential, then goals in favor, and finally a coin toss will break the tie.
Men can only touch the ball consecutively four times in a CoRec game. Any other player must then touch the ball before the initial (male) player can touch the ball again. There are no restrictions on how many touches women are allowed. If this rule is violated, an Indirect Free Kick will be issued at the point of the fifth touch to the opposing team. This does not apply to the goalkeeper in his own penalty area. Once a male goalkeeper leaves his own penalty area, he is subject to the regular 4 touch rule.
CoRec teams must always have an equal or greater number of women in the field than men. The goalkeeper does not count as a field player, and can be either gender.