Impact Soccer League follows FIFA rules, with the exception of those listed below. The rules listed below do not represent the entire rulebook. These condensed rules represent the most important aspects of the game with which to be familiar.

Pre-Game Responsibilities

  1. Teams are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their game’s scheduled start time. Team check is (5-10) minutes before the game.
  2. If at game time, one team is on the field ready to go when the opposing team is not, the referee will award the team that’s ready a 1-0 head start. If the other team is still not on the field at minute 5,the score will be awarded a 2-0 head start. If the opposing team does not enter the field at minute 10 the game will be a forfeit.
  3. Home team starts with the first possession.
  4. Captains must check and make sure their team is checked in with the Referee or staff member on duty prior to starting the game. Player passes are online.
  5. Any team playing a player who is NOT registered forfeits the game automatically and will pay a $75 fee prior to the start of the following game. If a team is caught cheating twice, the team will be removed from the league.
  6. Teams can finalize their roster before game 3rd has been played.

7) ONLY players and coaches are allowed on the bench side; game will not start until coach has non players off the bench (time will be running)

8) Team Captain/Coach is responsible for filling out a game/ref report at the end of each game. (Turn in to ISL admin)

9) Matching colored jerseys are required to play the game. (Exception is only for the goalkeeper) Teams without matching Uniforms (Tops) will have to play the entire game with a player down until the uniform is complete.

10) Teams must present a game ball, if a team does not have a game ball, they will have to play with a player less on the field. Game balls will be provided by the league (only when a futsal is required)

Indoor Bench Style

  1. Do not take a bench if the previous game has not finished, wait for the other group to clear their bench
  2. Please clear the bench as soon as your game is finished, group talks have to be done on the side
  3. We do not want Items or valuable things to be missing, lets respect each other’s belongings (this is the main reason for this indoor bench style)
  4. Please be respectful and pick up your teams trash


  1. Players must remove watches, rings, chains, and all other jewelry that may cause injury.
  2. Metal cleats are strictly prohibited. (Indoor shoes only
  3. Captain must wear a captain’s band to each game.

Additional ISL RULES:

  1. Max numbers depend on the age group league per team on the roster. Teams can play with a minimum of 3 players to start the game
  2. In Co-Ed teams there needs to be a minimum of 1 Men and 1 Women on the field regardless of what position they play.(The GK can be a Men or Women)
  3. A game consists of two 25 minute halfs Outdoors and 24 minute halves indoors
  4. There are no time outs. There are only 1 minute between games.
  5. Regular season games can end in a tie. Playoffs will follow the tie-breaker
  6. In indoor, (If in the last 2 minutes a team leads by 1 goal, the clock must stop on every dead ball or out of bounds)
  7. Teams who forfeit games are not allowed to participate in any Finals.

Format listed out below.


  1. Playoff ties do not have sudden death, a

Round of 3 PKs, and then sudden death kicks

  1. In Co-ED PKs, the kickers must go in the following order (Women, Men, and Women)


  1. There are no Offside


  1. Goalies are given protection because they are most likely to get injured.

Goalie must have two hands on the ball, no one may interfere with him/her.

  1. If a player continues to go for a ball in the goalie’s possession it will be

Called a direct free kick.

  1. Goalies may touch the ball with their hands only inside the penalty area.

Outside this area results in a handball causing a direct free kick.

  1. Once a goalie has picked up the ball, he/she has four seconds to put the ball

Back into play. Repeated violations result in indirect free kicks.

  1. Back passes – if a ball is kicked (not headed) back to the goalie, the GK cannot

Touch the ball with their hands. If they do, this results in an indirect free kick from where the goalie touched the ball.


  1. The ball must be completely out of the line or has touched a netting in indoor facilities. 


  1. Only intentional handballs that result from a deliberate extension of the arm in

an attempt to play the ball will be called direct kicks. Many inadvertent incidents

contact between the ball and arm/hand area will go uncalled. Balls that ‘hit

hands’ will not be called. Only handballs that are ‘away’ from the body.

  1. Players may protect vital body parts from the ball with their hands as long as

such movements are reactive in nature and close to the body.


  1. goalie steps (goalie touching the ball with his hands outside the area), charging the goalie,

obstruction, high kicks, and playing the ball while the player is on the ground.

  1. The defense must stand 3 yards away from the spot of the kick. The official

will enforce this distance upon the request of the kicking team.

  1. The ball must be touched twice before it can count as a goal.
  2. All free kicks (indirect, direct, penalty, goal, corner, etc.) may be taken by any

team member–the offended player need not take the shot. (IN COED IT MUST BE A WOMEN


  1. The ball is placed at the PK yard spot and all players except the goalie and the

kicker must clear the penalty area until the ball is kicked.

  1. The goalie must stand still with both feet on the goal line until the ball is kicked.

The kicker must wait for the official’s whistle indicating that the goalie is set.

  1. Kicks that ricochet back into the field of play are live balls, except during tiebreaker

format. (Some indoors may vary)


  1. Slide tackling is  allowed outdoors (except in Coed Div). Indoor soccer does not allow slide tackling

YELLOW CARDS (Caution or Warning Preceding Ejection):

  1. Automatically given for single acts of violent play, especially if it might lead to

Retaliation or escalation of violent play.

  1. Yellow cards can be given for a single flagrant rule violation (i.e. flagrant


  1. They can also be given for excessive taunting or bating of an opponent.
  2. Repeated failure to comply with an official’s instructions will most certainly

draw a yellow card.

  1. An issued yellow card results in the player who received the card subbing out

for a play.

RED CARDS (Ejection w/o Replacement): (punishment will be defined by discipline committee)

  1. Two yellow card offenses automatically result in a red card ejection.
  2. A player can be given a red card immediately for fighting, excessive violence,

or abusive language towards an opponent or official.

4) Team will play with a player less for the remainder of the game for each red card. If the player receiving a RED Card is not on the field at the time, the team does not have to play a player less, but the player must leave the bench.

In any situation where two teams fight on the field, both teams will be removed from the League! This type of behavior is not acceptable in our ISL events. We will analyze referee reports, admin reports and cameras. There are no team refunds!

BLUE Cards results in a 3 Minute time out for the player (no players can come in until 3 minutes are up)


A team may substitute on any time (on the fly) the game time will not stop for a substitution unless the player is the goalie (game only)