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Ref Rules Academy

CSC Academy matches

As of March 2016- 

The FIFA Laws of the Game govern our matches with the following additions and modifications:

1.                  Unlimited substitutions by either team on any stoppage except free kicks (D or I) and corner kicks. Coaches may immediately substitute for a player who has just received a yellow card or for an injured player (play must be stopped).

2.                  Stoppage time should not be added to games.

3.                  For cold weather games, players can wear hats and gloves provided that they are soft.  Sweatshirts/jackets may be worn but they must be worn under the jersey.  If a sweatshirt/jacket has a hood on it, the hood must remain under the jersey




Ball Size




2 x 25mins;
5 min halftime

(min 5)


No slide tackles,
See additional modifications below.


Whenever the ball strikes a player in the head, play is stopped.  The proper restart depends upon whether the player deliberately played the ball with his or her head.  If deliberate, the proper restart is an indirect free kick to the opposing team.  If this occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.  If the play by the head is deemed inadvertent, then the proper restart is a dropped ball.

Retreat line
The retreat line shall be clearly marked on the field at 1/3 distance of the field from each end. The Retreat Line will come into effect at two points during the game:

1.          At a goal-kick

2.          When the goalkeeper has the ball in his hands.

At these times, the opponent team is required to drop back behind the Retreat Line. The goalkeeper can then pass the ball to one of his teammates without the pressure of an opposing player nearby. For the case when the goalkeeper has the ball in his hands, he can pass, throw, or roll the ball to a teammate but he can not punt the ball. The goalkeeper is not required to wait until all opponents have moved to the retreat line before putting the ball back into play.

The ball is in play once it leaves the penalty area. All opponents must remain behind the retreat line and cannot cross the retreat line until the ball:

1.          Is touched by a player of the team releasing the ball OR,

2.          Leaves the field of play OR,

3.          Goes over the retreat line. (If the goalkeeper chooses to play the ball across the retreat line prior to the opposition crossing the retreat line)

If the goalkeeper puts the ball back into play before all opponents have moved to the retreat line, opponents can not start attacking until the ball leaves the penalty area.


1.          If the ball is not kicked directly out of the penalty area from a goal kick, goal kick is retaken.

2.          If a player who has taken a goal kick correctly, deliberately plays the ball a second time or touches the ball with his/her hand when the ball has left the penalty area before another player has touched it, an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team from the position where the second touch occurred (see Law 13 – Position of free kick).

3.          If the goalkeeper punts the ball, play should be stopped; the goalkeeper should be verbally cautioned and the game should be restarted at the spot where the goalkeeper punted the ball from by the goalkeeper.

4.          If a player crosses the retreat line to early, play should be stopped and the player should be verbally cautioned. Play should be restarting by the goalkeeper


Culpeper Soccer Club
145 W. Davis St. (Mailing Address: PO Box 1105), Office Hours: by appointment
Culpeper, Virginia 22701

Phone: 540-825-0886
Email: [email protected]

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