AASA Rules & Conduct
All AASA games consist of two 45-minute halves with a 5-minute halftime and no extra time (over time). AASA games play with a running clock, which begins at the scheduled kickoff time.
The league administrators have the right to shorten halves or stop games if they feel inclement weather or lack of light pose a hazard to the players. Any game that has finished at least one complete half will count as a finished match in the event it is ended early. See the detailed AASA Weather Policy page for more information.
All AASA Leagues
AASA games follow FIFA’s Laws of the Game in most respects. The exceptions are listed below:
- Cool-down Period: Players issued a yellow-card caution must sit for at least two minutes. A substitute may take a cautioned player’s place.
- Players must use shin guards and wear socks that cover the whole shin guard.
- AASA recommends sports spectacles or protective goggles to cover normal glasses.
- New team shirts are provided by AASA each session and are yours to keep.
- Field & Goal Dimensions:
- 7v7 Games:
- Half-sized field with a half-circle shaped goal area and penalty area.
- Goals are half-sized.
- 11v11 Games:
- Standard high school varsity soccer field dimensions.
- Standard high school varsity soccer goals.
- Illegal Players: Teams found to be playing with illegal players (i.e., players not registered with AASA and/or not assigned to that team) will automatically receive a forfeit for that game and the player will be asked to leave the field.
- Number of Players:
- 7v7 Games:
- Each team fields 7 players (6 field-players and 1 goalkeeper) during play. In the event that one team has less than seven players, the opposing team will be allowed to field 7 players at all times.
- A team must have 5 players to begin a game. In the event that a team does not have 5 or more eligible players at the beginning of the game the match is recorded as a forfeit.
- 11v11 Games:
- In the 11v11 leagues, each team fields 11 players (10 field players and 1 goalkeeper) during play. In the event that one team has less than seven players, the opposing team will be allowed to field 11 players at all times.
- A team must have a minimum of 7 players to begin a game. In the event that a team does not have 7 or more eligible players at the beginning of the game the match is recorded as a forfeit.
- Red Cards: Players receiving a red card generally face a one-game suspension. Longer suspensions may result from dangerous conduct or persistent unsportsmanlike behavior. The league has a no-tolerance policy regarding violence, and players who act violently toward other players, referees, or spectators at an AASA event may be permanently banned.
- Slide Tackling: Slide tackling is not allowed in any AASA league. Goalkeepers may make sliding saves. This distinction is up to the referee’s discretion.
- Substitutions: Substitutions are unlimited, on-the-fly and do not require a referee’s permission, except for a change of goalkeepers. Players should enter and leave the field near the team’s bench area.
All forfeits will be recorded as a 3-0 result.
FIFA Rule Reminders
Players should be familiar with the following FIFA rules which are often misunderstood:
- The AASA uses FIFA’s off-side rules. 7v7 games utilize one referee, who must monitor off-side violations at both ends of the field. 11v11 games generally utilize two referees, each responsible of off-side calls on one end of the field.
- As the FIFA Laws of the Game state: “A player in an offside position is only penalised if, at the moment the ball touches or is played by one of his team, he is, in the opinion of the referee, involved in active play…”
- There is no off-side offence when receiving the ball directly from a throw-in, corner kick or goal kick.
- A goal kick is not in play until the ball leaves the penalty area. A goal may be scored against the opposing team directly from a goal kick.
- In order to be out of play, the entire ball must cross the entire line. This applies to goals, throw-in, goal-kick and corner-kick situations.
- If a goalkeeper in his own penalty area touches the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a team-mate, an indirect free kick is called for. Outside the penalty area, any handling of the ball calls for a direct free kick.