In addition to a uniform, it is important your child has the right fitting equipment to keep them safe while playing soccer.
You are not the coach!
You are not the referee!
Would you be happy with you Interaction being posted on social media?
Ask yourself the following questions:
This is NOT the World Cup!
Do you find yourself pacing up and down the sideline — anxiously following the action as it unfolds on the field?
Focus on the fun your child
There is a time to talk to your child's coach. After the game is not that time.
The rules that govern the game of soccer are called "The Laws of the Game" and are often abbreviated as the "LOTG". The Laws of the Game are authorized on an annual basis by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and provided by the Fédération Internationale de Football Associations (FIFA). The board consists of eight members, four of which come from FIFA, and the other four come from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales – all countries that contributed to the development of the sport.
FIFA’s most recently published rule book is 140+ pages, which is a bit ambitious for the casual player who is just becoming familiarized with the game. For this reason, below is a simplified version for players and parents to become familiar with the basic rules of soccer. It is also important to note that although FIFA publishes an established set of rules, they are often modified by national and regional leagues and organizations. With that, you should ensure that you inquire with your coach, fellow players or club regarding any rules that deviate from the norm. The end of this page, has a summary of some modifications to rules associated with Morris United Soccer Club.
Law 1: The Field of Play
Soccer can be played on either grass or artificial turf, but the surface must be green in color. The field must be rectangular in shape, and distinctly marked by two short goal lines and two long-touch lines. The field is divided into halves, separated by the halfway line, which runs from the midpoints of each touchline. At the midpoint of the halfway line is a marked center point surrounded by a lined center circle with a radius of 10 yards. Opposing players are not allowed to enter this circle during the possessing team’s kick-off. The length of the touch line must be greater than the length of the goal line.
Regulation lengths are:
Law 2: The Ball
A soccer ball must be spherical in shape and made of leather or another comparable medium. Its circumference must be in the range of 27 to 28 inches. This rule is only applicable for official sanctioned matches, as youth leagues often employ the use of a smaller ball that is better suited to children.
Law 3: The Number of Players
Matches are generally played by two teams of 11 to a side. The goalkeeper is included in the 11-player total. If a team cannot field at least seven players at match time, the game is a forfeit. Teams of fewer than 11 a side will be seen in youth leagues where smaller teams are used as a developmental tool. FIFA-sanctioned matches are generally limited to three substitutions per match, with the exception of friendly matches. Most youth leagues allow an unlimited number of substitutions, which must also be listed on the game card prior to the beginning of the match, otherwise those players are ineligible. Substitutions may only enter at the halfway line, upon the referee’s approval, and after the player being subbed out has left the pitch. The goalkeeper may be substituted with anyone on the pitch or any eligible substitute on the bench during a game stoppage.
Law 4: The Players’ Equipment
All players are required to wear a jersey, shorts, shin guards, socks and cleats. The socks must cover the shin guards entirely. If the referee deems a player’s equipment unsatisfactory, the player can be sent off until the issue is remedied.
Law 5: The Referee
The referee is the authority on the field, and his word is law. If you question a referee’s decision, you can be disciplined further simply for dissent.
Law 6: Other Game Officials
The other game officials (assistant referees) are primarily responsible for assisting the referee in performing his duties – this includes signaling with a flag when a ball goes of play, when a player is fouled, or when a player is in an offside position.
Law 7: The Duration of the Match
A soccer match is comprised of two 45-minute halves, with extra time added for each at the referee’s discretion. The halves are separated by a half-time period not to exceed 15 minutes. The extra time generally corresponds with the referee’s determination of how much time was taken up due to substitutions and injuries. The amount of extra time is announced and displayed at the half line at the end of each 45-minute period. Although soccer does have an allotted time limit, it is ultimately up to the referee’s as to when to end a match. Youth soccer matches are often set to be less than 45 minutes per half, to accomodate the age of players.
Law 8: The Start and Restart of Play
Kick-off is generally determined by a coin toss, whereby the winning team can either choose to start with the ball or choose which goal they would like to attack. The losing team is then afforded whatever choice the winner does not elect to take. Kick-off occurs at the start of each half, and after each goal scored, and is taken at the center of the halfway line. If a team scores a goal, the opposing team is given the kick-off to restart the match.
Law 9: The Ball In and Out of Play
The ball is out of play when it fully crosses either the goal line or the touch line. It is also out of play if the referee stops play for any reason. If, for any reason, the ball strikes the frame of the goal or the referee and remains within the goal and touch lines, it is still in play.
Law 10: The Method of Scoring
A goal is scored when the entire ball has crossed the goal line within the frame of the goal. At the end of the match, the team with the most goals is the winner, barring the circumstantial necessity for extra time.
Law 11: Offside
When an attacking player receives the ball while on his opponents half, he must be level or behind the second to last defender (the last typically being the goalkeeper). However, this rule only applies if he is involved with the play. To get a better understanding of the offside rule, please see the guide section for a more detailed explanation.
Law 12: Fouls and Misconduct
A direct free kick is awarded when a player:
If any of these are fouls are committed by a player in their team’s penalty area, the opposing team is awarded a penalty kick. Indirect free kicks are awarded if a player:
Yellow cards are awarded as a caution or warning to a player and can be issued for the following offenses:
Red cards are used to send a player off the field, and can be issued for the following offenses:
Law 13: Free Kicks
Free Kick is broken into two categories, direct and indirect. A direct kick can be shot directly into the opponent’s goal without touching another player. An indirect free kick is indicated by the referee raising his hand during the kick. An indirect kick can only go into the goal if it has subsequently been touched by another player before it enters the goal. The ball must be stationary for both types of kicks.
Law 14: The Penalty Kick
A penalty kick is awarded either when a defensive player fouls an attacking player or commits a handball in his/her team’s penalty area. The penalty kick is placed at the penalty spot, and all players on both teams must remain outside the penalty box during the shot. They may enter the box immediately after the shot is taken. The goalkeeper may move horizontally along the goal line before the shot is taken, but he may not come off the line until the ball is struck.
Law 15: The Throw-In
A throw-in is awarded when the possessing team plays the ball out of bounds over the touchline. While taking a throw-in, a player must release the ball with both hands simultaneously and keep both feet firmly planted on the ground. If these conditions are not met, play is stopped and the throw-in is given to the opposing team. Players are not allowed to score directly off a throw-in.
Law 16: The Goal Kick
A goal kick is awarded when the offensive team plays the ball out of bounds over the defensive team’s goal line. After the ball is out of play, the defender or goalkeeper may place the ball anywhere within the six-yard goal box and kick the ball back into play.
Law 17: The Corner Kick
A corner kick is awarded to the offensive team when the defensive team plays the ball out of bounds over its goal line. The ball is placed within the corner area and is kicked back into play by the offensive team. Players can score directly off a corner kick.
Check out this great video and understand the Offside Rule in 2 Minutes
The Morris United Soccer Club seeks to ensure all players are able to participate in our programs regardless of financial constraints. Accordingly, the MUSC provides support, on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the MUSC Board of Directors via our Financial Assistance Program. This program operates on a "needs based" model and is based on each requesting player's individual situation, the potential number of players requesting financial assistance and funds available in the program.
If you would like to request assistance or you are aware of a family that is not participating in soccer for financial reasons, please contact MUSC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All requests for assistance are kept strictly confidential.
In addition to a jersey, shorts and socks; players are required to wear shin guards, appropriate footwear, and "Rec Specs" if corrective eye-glasses are necessary.
All players must wear appropriately sized shin guards when participating in Morris United programs including practices and games. Shin guards must be worn under the player's socks.
Players may wear sneakers, soccer cleats, indoor soccer shoes, or turf soccer shoes when participating in Morris United programs. Soccer cleats and turf shoes may NOT be worn on hard (e.g. gymnasium) surfaces. Please refer to the specific program for confirmation on the appropriate footwear players may wear.
Baseball cleats, football cleats and lacrosse cleats are NOT permitted while playing soccer at anytime.
Since 2006, NJ Law has mandated that any child who wears corrective eyeglasses must wear sports glasses ("rec specs") when playing certain sports (including soccer). Morris United Soccer Club players must comply with this law when participating in MUSC programs.
"Any child who wears corrective eyeglasses while participating in racquetball, squash, tennis, women's lacrosse, basketball, women's field hockey, badminton, paddleball, soccer, volleyball, baseball or softball, sponsored by a school, community or government agency, shall be required to wear protective eyewear that meets the frames standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F803 and lens standards of the American National StandardsInstitute (ANSI) Z87.1."
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