Indoor Soccer Rules


  • All games will be played on the basketball courts located in Helen Newman Hall and Noyes Community Rec Center.


  • This is a team activity with five players per team playing on the court.
  • Teams will be placed in a round-robin pool play for the regular season.
  • The top two teams from each pool will be placed into a single-elimination playoff bracket.

Officials and Staff

  • On-site personnel and professional staff reserve the right to rule on situations not specified in the rulebook or IM Participant Handbook when safety and sportspersonship are involved.
  • The officials have absolute control of the game. Their decision will be final and are not to be disputed by members of either team.
  • Any participant that refuses to abide by Intramural Sport rules, policies, or instructions from Intramural Student and Professional Staff cannot participate and may be removed from the playing area.


Forfeit Procedure

If a team fails to have the required number of participants at the scheduled match time, the opposing team who is present will have the following options:

  1. Take the win by forfeit at that time. No contest will be played.
  2. Give the opponent ten (10) minutes for the minimum amount of players to arrive. The following will occur if this option is chosen:
    • The official game clock will start and run as scheduled.
    • The team present will immediately lead the game 2-0 on the scoreboard and scoresheet.
    • Game commences once the minimum amount of players arrive and check-in with IM Staff.
    • Game will immediately start with the time remaining on the running clock.
    • If the opposing team is not ready to play (having the minimum number of players here and checked in) ten (10) minutes after the scheduled game time, IM Staff will declare the game a forfeit for the waiting team.

A forfeit fee of $20 will be applied to the capatin's bursar account if a team forfeits. Teams with two forfeits will be removed from the league and ineligible for playoffs.

Default Procedure

A team may default a game if the team is unable to field the minimum amount of players for their scheduled game.

  • Teams can default their game by contacting the IM Sports Director or Intern prior to 4:00pm the day of their game.
  • All teams have one default per season per activity. Using a second or subsequent default will be counted as a forfeit.
  • Defaults will not be rescheduled, and teams using a default will have the game count as a loss.
  • A default will not be charged a forfeit fee.

General Rules

  • Proper attire must be worn for intramural sport activities. Items that may not be worn during activities may include, but are not limited to:
    • Head gear including hard-billed hats,
    • Jewelry other than nose studs and ear studs (TAPED JEWELRY is NOT acceptable),
    • Casts and exposed metal braces.
    • Any clothing or items that may be deemed potentially injurious or advantageous.
  • Shin guards are encouraged, but not required.
  • Religious and medical identifications/devices must be approved by the Director of Intramural Sports prior to the contest, and must be secured.
  • Players bleeding or that have blood on clothing will be prohibited from participation until appropriate measured have been administrated.

Specific Rules

The NFHS Soccer Rulebook shall govern play for all intramural soccer games with the exceptions listed in the rules.

  • A minimum of four (4) players are required to start a game.
    • Mix-Gender Modification: On the court of play, a ratio of 2:2, 3:2, or 2:3 male/female identifying participants is required.
  • Teams may finish with less individuals due to injury or other reasons if the officials deem the game can still be competitive, and done without sportspersonship issues.
  • Games consist of two 12-minute halves with a running clock.
  • There are no designated goalies.
  • The ball does not have to go forward on the center kickoff.
  • Restricted box:
    • No player may touch the ball once it has entered the restriction box marked on the gym floor.
      • A defensive infraction will result in an automatic goal for the opposing team.
      • An offensive infraction will result in a goal kick for the offended team.
  • The boundary lines for the playing field are considered in-bounds.
  • The ball going out over the sideline will result in a kick-in from the spot of exit.
  • The ball going out over the baseline will result in either a corner-kick or a kick-in from the blocks.
  • The ball hitting the basketball standard or ceiling will result in a kick-in from the nearest sideline.
  • All restarts are indirect kicks. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Goal kicks
    • Corner kicks
    • Restarts after fouls
  • Players are allowed five (5) yards of free space from all indirect kicks and two (2) yards from kick-ins to play the ball.
  • Substitutions made be made any time.
    • Substitutes must enter from their own half and only once their teammate has left the court.
  • Slide tackling is prohibited.
  • Tie games:
    • Tie games stand in the regular season.
    • For playoffs, ties in regulation will result in a shoot out with the players on the court at the time of the end of regulation.
      • Mix-Gender Modification: Shooters will alternate genders.

Sportspersonship Ratings

Beginning in the 2021-2022 Intramural Sports season, sportspersonship ratings will be determined by the accumulation of unsporting acts and penalties for individuals and teams during the activities' season. Any acquisition of unsportspersonlike conduct fouls during a contest will be added to an individual's and team's unsportspersonlike total for the activity's season.

The following will be in effect for the activity:

  • The accumulation of TWO (2) unsportspersonlike conduct fouls in a game by an individual will result in the ejection of the individual from the game, as outlined in the Intramural Participant Handbook.
  • The accumulation of THREE (3) total unsportspersonlike conduct fouls by an individual during an activity's season will result in the dimissal of the individual from the activity for the remainder of the season, as outlined in the Intramural Participant Handbook.
  • The accumulation of FOUR (4) unsportspersonlike conduct fouls by a team in a game will result in the team forfeiture of the contest, as outlined in the Intramural Participant Handbook.
  • The accumulation of FIVE (5) total unsportspersonlike conduct fouls by a team during an activity's season will result in the dimissal of the team from the activity for the remainder of the season, as outlined in the Intramural Participant Handbook.

Accumulations of unsportspersonlike conducts do not reset during playoffs.

  • If an individual or team meets the prior criteria during playoffs, they will be subject to dismissal during playoffs.

Additional actions may be taken depending upon the infractions outlined in Section IX., Disciplinary Procedures, as outlined in the Intramural Participant Handbook.