OFFICIAL RULES OVERVIEW

8 PLAYERS ON THE FIELD (5 MALES/3 FEMALES)
TWO 22-MINUTE HALVES
RUNNING CLOCK
TIES DURING REGULAR SEASON STAY AS A TIE
PLAYOFF TIES ARE DECIDED BY OVERTIME
which is Golden Goal or Sudden Death
ONLY PENALY KICKS IF NEEDED

COIN FLIP/BEGINNING OF GAME
The team that wins the coin toss at the start of the game will have first choice to kick-off, or choose a goal to defend. The referee will choose who calls the toss or Odd/Even selection.

KICKOFF
Consists of the ball being placed at midfield. The ball must complete 1 forward rotation before being touched by another player. The ball cannot be shot at the goal with the first touch, and must be touched by another offensive player to be a goal. Therefore, it takes at least two offensive touches to score. If the ball is shot from kickoff and no other offensive player touches it, the possession goes to the opposing team goal kick.

CO-ED RULES AND TEAM SIZE
Each team shall field no more than 8 players (with at least 3 females) at any one time. 8 Coed Sports rules allow a team to play and not forfeit as long as they have one female player. Anything less will constitute a forfeit. There is no maximum limit to the amount of females which must be on the field. Teams are allowed to pick up 2 players during the regular season to field a team but cannot have more than 8 players if they are picking up that night during the regular season. In the playoffs, all teams must follow their roster only and no pick ups are allowed. If a team is found to be playing with an illegal participant there is a $75 fee payable immediately. Forfeits constitute a fee of $25 and no call-no show fee is $60. Two forfeits in the same season result in schedule removal.

TIME
Play will be divided into (2) 22-minute halves separated by a brief 5 minute halftime. There will be a running clock maintained by a referee who will advise both teams when there is one minute remaining in each half. The clock will stop during injury time-outs. Any team delaying, (kicking the ball far out of bounds) will allow the referee (at his/her discretion) to stop the clock. Games that get cancelled due to weather, lights, ect will be official if they reach halftime. Any games in the first half that get cancelled due to weather, lights, ect will continue another time and start where they left off.

THE GAMES/SCORING
Regular season games ending in a tie score will be recorded as tie games. Penalty Kicks will be used in the playoffs. Overtime playoffs if needed will start 4 men and 2 women on each team for the first 5-minutes of overtime. The 2nd five minutes each team will drop one more male and female (Ex 3 guys 1 girl) to finish out the remaining 5 minutes of Ot. Game still tied after the full 10 minutes both overtime periods, teams will go into a shootout (Penalty Kicks). Golden goal in OT always finishes the game!

SHOOTOUT SPECIFICS:
1.Each team selects 5 players (3 males, 2 females)- You can start with any five off or on the field when penalty kick begins. A coin toss will decide which team shoots first. The referee will decide which goal to shoot at. Shots will be placed and not dribbled.
2. Teams will alternate taking direct penalty shots from 15 paces off the goal line at an open goal. (No guy/ girl shooting order is necessary) So any order of guy or girls is acceptable as long as at least two girls are in the rotation of five players shooting.
3. If tied after the 1st round of penalty kicks, there will be a 2nd round of a different five players shooting. If tied after the second round its head to head with any players the team wishes until all player are used any order. Players who shot in the 1st shootout are not eligible to shoot again until all remaining players present have shot. If and when 1 team begins to utilize players for the second time, the other team may “recycle” players as well. Thus, some players on the team with more people present, may or may not shoot.

SUBSTITUTIONS
All substitute players must notify the ref before entering the game. Substitutions may occur during a stoppage of play. Such as:
-Throw-ins
-Scoring of goals
-Goal kicks
There is no substituting “on the fly.”

SLIDING
There is no sliding of any sort on the field. No slide tackles and no other sliding period.
Referee discretion to give an immediate Red card.

NO GOALKEEPERS
Teams will not be allowed to have a official goalkeeper.

THE GOAL BOX
A goal box will be marked off in front of each goal. It will extend 5 paces/yards out and 2 paces/yard to each side of the goal posts. All players (offensive and defensive) must remain outside this area. If offensive player is in the box or breaks the plain while the ball is in the box its a goal kick. A dead ball in the box that does not result in a goal will result in a goal kick for defense. If the defense is clearly in the goal box area before any shot on goal takes place, and then legally (without the use of the hands) deflects a shot, it will result in the following: A penalty shot on an open goal 15 paces/yards out. If a player(s) enters the goal box while the ball is in the box this will result in a penalty shot. This is up to the ref’s discretion. Players may run through the box at any time as long as the ball is not in the box.

ALL KICKS ARE DIRECT KICKS
The ball is to be placed at the point of the infraction and to be put in play by any player on the affected team. No opposing player is allowed to be within 5 steps of ball prior to kick. Goals may be scored on direct kicks. A direct kick is to follow these infractions: (1) Charging (2) Roughness (3)Handball (4) Dangerous play/kick (5) Slide-tackles. Penalties incurred inside the goal box by the defense will result in a penalty kick on an open goal 15 paces out. Penalties incurred outside the goalbox but within a 5 yard/pace radius of the goalbox will be kicked from the point of infraction. The defense may not be in the goal box. Handballs even unintentional if you are the last defender will result in a penalty kick. Referee discretion must be absolute of last man.

OFFSIDES
There is no offsides.

REFEREE
Please understand that any touching, threatening or abusive language and behavior towards the ref will deem suspension from the league. If needed the Police will be called and reports filed. Any abuse towards the ref will
not be tolerated and action taken accordingly.

OUT OF BOUNDS
Anytime the ball goes over either sideline, out of bounds, a throw- in will ensue. The person throwing in the ball must throw the ball overhead with both hands and keep both feet remaining on the ground out-of-bounds until the ball is released. Anytime the ball crosses an endline, a corner kick or goal kick will ensue.
a. Last touched by a defender- a corner kick. Ball is placed on nearest corner and kicked in by offensive team. Goals may be scored directly on corner kicks. All players must be outside the goal box. Defenders must be five paces from the corner kick.
b. Last touched by attacker. A goal kick by the defense. Offensive players must be ten paces from a goal kick.

TEAM ROSTERS
All teams must turn in a roster before or on opening night. Without a roster a team may not be allowed to play. During playoffs all teams must play within their roster and not pick up any players from other teams. Penalty is a team forfeit. If a team is found to be playing with an illegal participant there is a $75 fee payable immediately. Max roster is 15 people. Teams can add more players by paying $10per person. Teams not paying the player fee and adding players are subject to forfeit in the playoffs… Any player signing more than 1 roster (8v8) will be subject to a three game suspension. This goes for all league play and tournaments.

MIDFIELD (HALF)
A player cannot score a goal from the opposite half unless touched again before entering the goal. The offense or defense can touch it and it will count. As long as the ball is touched again on that half.

GOAL BOX
Any ball breaking the plane of the goal box must not be touched, if so it results in a penalty kick for the offense or if the offense touches it it will result in goal kick for the defense. Anytime a player is in the goal box or breaks the plain it will result in a penalty kick or goal kick. Also if last man has a hand ball that is a penalty kick.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS
Only allowed to play on only 1 team during the season and in the playoffs. Subject up to 3 game suspension.

FIGHTING
There is absolutely no fighting. Please walk off the field or sub if at that moment.
If a player is involved in a fight there is minimum two game suspension and the team is on probation. There are no refunds if this occurs and the team/player may not be allowed back into the league. If anyone from that same team is fighting the team is suspended at least one game. Subs coming onto the field will be red carded during any altercations. Including Subs there are no refunds if this occurs and the team/player may not be allowed back into the league. 2017 additions players will be subject to max fines of $100 for fighting and also can be suspended indefinitely. We are competitive coed league for fun and recreation. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

FORFEITS
If a team calls in to forfeit there is a $30 fee. If a team sends players although not a full team no fee is charged. The fee charged goes toward a gift card for the receiving team. If a team no calls/no shows $60 payable immediately to move forward. Any team forfeiting 3 times in one year will be removed from the schedule no refunds. Teams not in good standing will not make playoff schedule.

PETS (Animals)
There is no pets, animals, dogs, cats ect allowed inside the fence of the playing fields. This is now an 8 Coed rule as well as Winter Park policy. If a player or person associated with a team decides to disobey unfortunately will result in a team forfeit. Also this action now leaves the team on probation. Please leave the animals home.

ABUSIVE LANGUAGE
Swearing or cursing at yourself or someone else may result in yellow or red card subject to referee discretion.

RED CARD
Player is suspended for the next game, will sit out any remaining time when the red card is giving and must leave the facility. Facility includes all parking areas too. Yes the team must play down a player. During playoffs the players team who receives the red card may not sub in for the player. Yes in the playoffs the team must play short a player even if they have subs. The red carded player is not allowed at the fields the following week. Failure to follow results in a team forfeit. Any one player receiving two red cards in one season will be out until the following season. Any team getting three red cards in one season results in a forfeit for one game. Reinstatement fee is $40. So please lets avoid any cards Red or Yellow. Red carded players have 2 minutes by Referee’s watch to leave the facility. If this is not done the player will receive max suspension, also includes returning to the field and or facility. Team will receive a forfeit for that game.
Teams not in good standing will not make playoff schedule.

ALCOHOL
Is not allowed at the fields. (The City of Winter Park & Orlando does not allow alcohol)
So in order to keep our contracts in tact with the facility owners there is no drinking beer, liquor ect. Open containers and teams or players that choose to engage in drinking inside the facilities will result in their next game to be forfeited and removal from the games that evening. This includes regular season or playoffs. So please save the social drinking for the sponsor bars or elsewhere than at the fields. No exceptions…

TEAM ROSTERS
Max players is 15. Teams have the option to add additional players at $10 each per player. These players would be added to a new roster sheet provided by the league. If a team fails to obey roster limits team may forfeit the playoffs. So please keep your team to the max limit or pay the fees to remain eligible.

OVERTIME FORMAT
1st 5 minutes teams must remove 2 players and play with six players. (Example: Format 4 guys and 2 girls) Golden goal always finishes game. 2nd 5 minutes team must remove 2 more players and play with four players. (Example: Format 3 guys and 1 girl) Teams can always play with more females but not exceed the male requirement.
Golden goal always finishes the game.

REC DIVISION
Recreational “REC” Division has opened beginning in 2014. We know God has blessed us.
Two rules when registering: 1 If a Rec team wins the division championship two seasons in a row they then must move up to the Competitive “Comp” division for season three. 2- Rec division teams may play 1-2 comp teams during their seasons games. Please make notice here when you sign up so there is no surprises when your team is scheduled.

SOCCER BALLS
All teams are required to provide a soccer ball for each game. Please coordinate. It does not have to be ANYTHING SPECIAL, but each team will need to provide a ball for their game or games.

Thank you in advance for reading and attaining to the rules. 8 Coed reserves the right to use all rules at their own discretion.