The Cal Intramural Sports Speed Soccer 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 herein. All players are responsible for reading this document prior to participating in Speed Soccer.
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 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.
Speed Soccer Rules
If the game is temporarily suspended for any reason, the Referee will restart the game by dropping the ball at the point closest to where play was suspended or the closest point outside the penalty area if the ball was in the penalty area at the time of the stoppage. No player may play the ball until the ball has touched the ground.
- When it has completely crossed the goal line or touchline, whether on the ground or in the air.
- when the Referee has stopped the game.
The ball is in play at all other times, including:
- If it rebounds from a goalpost, crossbar or corner flag post into the field of play.
- If it rebounds off the Referee while he is in the field of play.
- Until a decision is rendered In the event of a supposed infringement.
When a free-kick is being taken, either direct or indirect, no player of the opposing side may be within 10 yards of the ball until it is kicked, unless he/she is standing on his/her own goal line, between the goal posts. In the case of a free kick being awarded to the defending side in the penalty area, the ball must be kicked out of the area before it can be touched for a second time.
A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following six offences in a manner considered by the Referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:
- kicks or attempts to kick an opponent.
- trips or attempts to trip an opponent.
- jumps at an opponent.
- charges an opponent.
- strikes or attempts to strike an opponent.
- pushes an opponent.
A direct free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following four offenses:
- tackles an opponent to gain possession of the ball, making contact with the opponent before touching the ball.
- holds an opponent.
- spits at an opponent.
- handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area).
An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper, inside his own penalty area, commits any of the following five offenses:
- it takes more than six seconds while controlling the ball with his hands before releasing it from his possession.
- touches the ball again with his hands after it has been released from his possession and has not touched any other player.
- touches the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a teammate.
- touches the ball with his hands after he has received it directly from a throw-in taken by a teammate.
An indirect free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player, in the opinion of the Referee:
- plays in a dangerous manner.
- impedes the progress of an opponent.
- prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands.
- commits any other offense, not previously mentioned in Rule 15, for which play is stopped to caution or dismiss a player.
A player is cautioned and shown the yellow card if he commits any of the following seven offenses:
- is guilty of unsporting behavior.
- shows dissent by word or action (including gestures).
- persistently infringes the Laws Of The Game.
- delays the restart of play.
- fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick or free kick.
- enters or re-enters the field of play without the Referee’s permission.
- deliberately leaves the field of play without the Referee’s permission.
A player is sent off and shown the red card if he commits any of the following seven offenses:
- is guilty of serious foul play.
- is guilty of violent conduct.
- spits at an opponent or any other person.
- denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within his own penalty area).
- denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offense punishable by a free kick or penalty kick.
- uses offensive, or insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.
- receives a second caution in the same game.
If a player is sent off, another player cannot replace him; his team will have to finish the game with one less player. The player sent off must check with the Intramural Sports Office before playing in subsequent games.
All players sent off will be suspended indefinitely until the player and Team Manager meet with the Student Director, Sport Programs. All send offs carry a minimum, one-game suspension; all send offs involving fighting carry an automatic, minimum 365-day suspension.
When one of the fouls that is normally punished by a direct free-kick is committed in the penalty area, a penalty kick shall be awarded. A penalty kick is taken from the penalty mark, and, when it is taken, all players, with the exception of the player taking the kick and the opposing goaltender, shall be within the field of play but outside the penalty area, and at least 10 yards from the ball. The opposing goaltender must stand on the goal line and may move laterally along the line but may not move toward the ball until it is touched. The player taking the kick must kick the ball forward, and may only kick the ball once. If the ball rebounds from the goalkeeper’s body, the player can kick the ball again. If the ball rebounds from the goal post or crossbar, the player may not touch the ball again until another player does.
Both teams take four kicks. The kicks are taken alternately by the teams. If, before both teams have taken four kicks, one has scored more goals than the other could score, even if it were to complete its four kicks, no more kicks are taken. If, after both teams have taken four kicks, both have scored the same number of goals, or have not scored any goals, kicks continue to be taken in the same (team) order until one team has scored a goal more than the other from the same number of kicks. Each kick is taken by a different player and all eligible players must take a kick before any player can take a second kick. Only players who are on the field of play at the end of the match are allowed to take kicks from the penalty mark. An eligible player may change places with the goalkeeper at any time when kicks form the penalty mark are taken. A goalkeeper who is injured and is unable to continue as goalkeeper may be replaced by a substitute.
In CoRec games, two of the four kickers must be female; the other two kickers may be either male or female. Kicks do not have to alternate female/male.
When a team finishes the match with a greater number of players than their opponents, they shall reduce their numbers to equate with that of their opponents, and inform the referee of each player excluded. When possible, teams must reduce to equate male for male and female for female.
Males may 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 females are allowed. If this rule is violated, an indirect 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.