TEAM ROSTERS:There is no maximum number of players allowed on a team’s roster provided all players have signed the Team Roster and Waiver Form. It is the responsibility of all team captains to ensure players are in compliance with this policy. Teams have up until the third week of the season to make changes to their roster. After the third week, rosters will be frozen. Roster changes that require additional T-Shirts will be subject to availability. All roster changes must be communicated to and approved by the league office.
WAIVERS:To be eligible to participate in the league, each player must sign the team waiver form. Team captains can find the team waiver form in the information email sent prior to the start of the season. A link can also be found on the SSC rules page. Captains are required to turn in completed waiver forms to an SSC Coordinator prior to their first game. Players not present for their team’s first game must still submit a signed waiver form prior to participating. Players that register individually agree to the waiver policy electronically, so there is no need to submit a separate waiver form.
PLAYER RESTRICTIONS:All SSC participants must be 21 years of age or older prior to their first scheduled game. Players that have participated in Division 1 Collegiate or Professional sports must be a minimum of two years removed from participation to be eligible to play in a similar SSC sport. Players may only be on one roster for any given sport on a given night, regardless of if multiple divisions are offered. Violation of this rule may result in game forfeiture by both teams. The SSC reserves the right to request a photo ID from any player at any time for any reason. Roster checks will be performed by an SSC Gameday Coordinator at the request of the challenging team. Only individual players may be challenged. Entire teams may not be challenged. The challenging team must provide legitimate reasons for submitting a roster check request. Challenging teams must report their intention to initiate a roster check to an SSC Official as soon as possible to ensure the preservation of playing time. Except in the case of a late-arriving player, teams forfeit the right to challenge a player’s eligibility at a point noted in the “Roster” section of each sport’s respective rules document.
SPORTSMANSHIP:We are all adults, and the SSC expects all participants and spectators to act like it. Unsportsmanlike behavior may result in disqualification from the game and/or playing area. Unsportsmanlike behavior may also result in suspension from participation in current and/or future SSC sports and events. Disqualified persons are required to leave the playing area immediately. Suspended players are prohibited from attending any SSC sport or event during their suspension. Violation of these policies may result in team forfeit and/or further suspension.
OVERLY COMPETITIVE PLAYERS:All SSC sports are intended to be recreational. Any player who is deemed to be excessively competitive and/or overly aggressive may be removed from competition at the discretion of any SSC official or gameday coordinator.
DRONES:Drones, model planes, and any other unmanned aircraft are not permitted at any SSC activity.
UNIFORMS:SSC T-Shirts are your team’s uniforms. All players must wear the appropriate color uniform with the current SSC front logo to participate. Past season’s uniforms are not permitted, even if they are the correct color. Any player not wearing the appropriate uniform will be sidelined for that game. The SSC T-Shirt must be worn on the outside of any clothing worn during play with all logos and designs in tact and clearly visible.
UNIFORM ALTERATIONS:Players are permitted to modify their uniforms in any way provided they do not cover up or obscure any of the logos printed on the shirts and the resulting garment does not pose a threat to player safety.
FORFEITS:If a team is short the minimum number of players to play a regulation game, the game will be ruled a forfeit. In the case of an injured player, at the sole discretion of an SSC Official, a game may be continued if a team does not have the minimum number of players for a regulation game provided the team has a chance to win.
FORFEIT FINES:If the forfeiting team is short the minimum number of players to play an exhibition game, a $50 forfeit fine will be assessed. This fine is transferred in full in the form of a gift card or voucher to the offended team who showed up with no game to play. Provided the fine is paid on time, the offended team can collect the forfeit fine from an SSC Coordinator the following week. Forfeit fines must be paid prior to the end of the offending team’s next scheduled game. Payment can be made to an SSC Coordinator by either cash or check. Unpaid forfeit fines may result in additional forfeits and/or suspension from the league. Teams with outstanding fines from past seasons will be barred from future registration in any SSC sport or event until they are paid in full. Game forfeiture notice must be submitted via the SSC website by 5:00 PM on the preceding day (Friday for weekend games) in order to avoid the forfeit fine. Except in the case of a late-arriving player, teams forfeit the right to challenge a player’s eligibility at a point noted in the “Roster” section of each sport’s respective rules document. The minimum number of players required to play an officiated exhibition game is noted in the “Roster” section of each sport’s respective rules document
DIVISION PREFERENCE:Whenever possible, the SSC will separate divisions based on playing experience and/or ability. In the event multiple divisions are not possible, all players will be placed into a single division. Division placement for all teams will be at the sole discretion of the SSC. Any team that wins a super social championship will automatically be placed in the social division for the next season in which they participate. Top finishers from the previous season may also be moved up at the discretion of the SSC. Any player, or team based on the majority of their players, that is determined to be in the incorrect division may, at any point during the season, be asked to switch divisions at the discretion of the SSC.
PLAYOFFS:Whenever possible, the SSC will hold a single-elimination playoff tournament after the regular season has concluded. The number of teams to advance to this playoff tournament will vary from season to season based on team records and available venue space. The playoff tournament may be held on a day and time other than the normal day and time of regular season games.
PLAYOFFS TIEBREAKERS:1. Head to Head 2. Total Runs/Points Allowed 3. Total Run/Point Differential
INCLEMENT WEATHER:Prior to the start of the game, players and spectators should regularly check the SSC Rainoutline for venue status updates. Players and spectators can also sign up for automatic updates via email and/or text message. Details are available on the SSC website. Once the game has started, gameday coordinators will work with facilities coordinators and SSC Operations personnel to monitor weather and playing conditions in order to determine if play will need to be suspended and/or games postponed.
GAME RESCHEDULING:In the event of inclement weather or any other event that causes games to be postponed, the SSC will make every effort to reschedule. In the event of multiple cancellations, the SSC reserves the option to shorten the regular season and/or the playoff schedule. Makeup games may be scheduled on weekdays other than those regularly scheduled. Makeup games may be scheduled at venues other than those regularly scheduled. Neither refunds nor pro-rated refunds will be given if the season is shortened due to inclement weather or due to actions taken by the venue.
Fields used for SSC Soccer are approximately 60 yards wide and 80 yards long. Goals are approximately 24 feet wide and 8 feet high.
The SSC will provide Officials for all games. Arguing with Officials will not be tolerated.
The SSC will provide a regulation size five ball for each field. An alternate game ball may be used if agreed to by both team captains. Shin guards are required for all players. The following items are not permitted:
- Shoes with metal or ceramic cleats
- Athletic braces or casts made from hard, unyielding material (unless covered on all sides and edges with at least ½ inch of closed cell slow recovery rubber or similar material)
- Headgear containing hard, unyielding, or stiff material (including billed hats)
- Jewelry (except for smooth wedding bands)
Special event wristbands must be covered by a sweatband or with athletic tape.
The maximum number of players on the field is eight. The minimum number of players is six. The maximum number of males is five. The minimum number of females is two. If a team is short the minimum number of players by game time, the game will be considered a forfeit and an exhibition played. The minimum number of players to play an officiated exhibition game, and avoid the forfeit fine, is four. Substitutions may be made at any time. The exiting player must be completely off the playing area before the substituting player enters. Teams lose the ability to challenge a player’s eligibility at halftime, except in the case of a late-arriving player.
Each game shall consist of two 22-minute halves separated by a three-minute halftime intermission. Regular season games may end in a tie. Once the second half is underway, the game shall be considered final if cancelled for any reason.
START OF PLAY:
Kickoff and direction shall be determined by Rock, Paper, Scissors at the beginning of the game. Teams will switch goals in the second half. A goal cannot be scored directly from a kickoff.
OUT OF PLAY:
The ball is considered out of play when the ball entirely crosses any boundary line or when play is stopped by the Referee.
There is no female touch rule in SSC Soccer.
A goal is scored when the ball entirely crosses the goal line. Goals scored by male players count as one point. Goals scored by females count as two points (including penalty and shootout kicks). A female goal is one where the initial shot or deflection is by a scoring team female and causes the ball to cross the goal line. Whether a goal is scored by a male or female shall be at the sole discretion of the Referee. All own goals count as one point.
Offside offenses do not apply in SSC 8s Soccer.
FOULS AND MISCONDUCT:
Yellow cards shall be issued as a warning to players who are considered to be either engaging in dangerous play or dissention towards Officials. A player who has been issued a yellow card must leave the playing area, with the team continuing a player short, for a period of not less than two minutes. A goal scored by either team does not shorten this period. Red cards shall be issued in the event of player’s repeated misconduct, serious foul play, violent conduct, or any wholly unsporting acts. A player who has been issued a red card must immediately leave the field of play, with the team continuing a player short for the remainder of the game. The player may also be subject to additional disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the league, at the discretion of the league office.
Slide tackling is not permitted in any SSC league. A player sliding near another player shall result in a foul, whether or not it was intentional. A yellow card may be issued depending on the severity of the act.
Free Kicks can be direct or indirect depending on the foul. In either case, the defending team must maintain a position at least seven yards from the ball until it is kicked.
Penalty Kicks shall be awarded, at the Referee’s discretion, if a foul stopped a goal or materially affected a scoring attempt, regardless of the position of the ball or players at the time of the foul. Any player may attempt the penalty kick. A penalty kick goal scored by a female counts as two points. The goalkeeper in goal at the time of the foul must face the penalty kick.
Goal kicks may be taken at any point within the goal area. Opposing players must remain outside of the penalty area until the ball is kicked.
All corner kicks are direct. A player may not move the corner flag in order to attempt a corner kick.
Goalkeepers may use their hands only while in their own penalty area.
Each game shall consist of two 18-minute halves separated by a three-minute halftime intermission. Games tied at the conclusion of regulation shall go directly to a penalty kick shootout. The shootout shall begin with each team attempting five penalty kicks. The first five kicks must be taken by three males and two females, alternating male and female. If, after each team has attempted five kicks, the game remains tied, teams will alternate kick attempts until a winner has been decided. These additional kick attempts must alternate male and female, with no player attempting another kick until all members of the same gender of that team has also attempted a kick.
Teams earn three points for a win, one point for a tie, and zero points for a loss. Teams are ranked in order based on the following criteria:
- Total Standings Points
- Head to Head
- Total Points Allowed
- Total Point Differential
Everyone loves a little competition, but one team dominating a league season after season can spoil the fun for everybody. If a team retaining more than six players has won three championships in consecutive seasons for which they have been registered, the SSC will have the option to, in its discretion, request that team to form two or more separate teams to promote parity in the league or withdraw their registration. That team will then have the opportunity to form two separate teams with each subsequent roster approved by the SSC. Any rules not specifically mentioned here follow the Laws of the Game set forth by FIFA.