3 v 3 Kick-Off Rules



** FIFA rules apply if not modified within **


The following rules have been designed to ensure fair play for all participants.   Good sportsmanship is to prevail at all times.  Any questions concerning these rules should be directed to Megan Johnston at teacher4304@yahoo.com.

Teams will be placed into divisions based upon their age.  Teams that span more than one age group will be placed into the    division of the oldest player on the team.  Any team or player determined by the Tournament Director to have falsified their age level will be dismissed from the tournament. 


It is the responsibility of the team’s coach to check for schedule changes.  The schedule will be sent to coaches prior to the event, posted on the website and also posted at the fields.


6 is the maximum roster size for a team.  This will consist of 3 field players and 3 substitutes.  A team must have a minimum of 2 field players at all times.  Players may only play on 1 team per division.  There are NO goalkeepers in this 3v3 event. 


All players must be registered by 45 minutes prior to their first game.  After this point, no roster changes are permitted.  Team coaches MUST provide proof of player age for all roster players during the registration period.   The age group of each team is determined by the date of birth for the oldest roster player.


All players must wear jerseys/shirts during play and each team must have a dark and light colored jersey/shirt.  In the case of both teams wearing the same color jersey/shirt, the second team listed in the schedule will change.  No hard casts, jewelry     except medical alert tags, or eyeglasses will be allowed.  Sport goggles are allowed.


Shin guards are mandatory and will be checked prior to play.  Ball size is as follows: U8-U11 = Size 4, U12-Adult = Size 5.  Teams are responsible for providing game balls.


For all age divisions the field size will be 35 yards long by 25 yards wide.  The goal box is 6 feet wide by 4 feet long positioned directly in front of the goal.  The goals large pug goals.  There is NO ball contact allowed within the goal box, however all players are allowed to pass through the goal box as long as they do not touch the ball while in the box.  If the ball comes to rest within the goal box, a goal kick is awarded regardless of who touched the ball last.  Any part of the ball or player’s body on the line or inside the plane of the box is considered in the goal box and an extension of such.  No goal will be awarded and a goal kick will be taken regardless of who touched the ball last.


A goal may only be scored from a touch (offensive or defensive) within the team’s offensive half of the field.  The ball must be completely on the offensive half of the field, and cannot be touching the mid-line (kick-off).  If a player in their defensive half kicks the ball across the midline and the ball hit another player, offensive or defensive, and the ball goes in the goal, a goal will be awarded.  If a ball is kicked from the defensive half and is not touched before the ball rests in the goal, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team.


The games shall consist of 18 minutes, or the first team to reach 12 goals, whichever occurs first.  The team listed first in each game has the kickoff.  Games that end in a “tie” at the end of regulation play will be termed a “tie”, except in the event of playoffs.  There are no timeouts and the game clock does not stop.  The on field referee will be responsible for the official time.



Substitutions are allowed during dead-ball situations regardless of ball possession.  Teams must gain the referees attention and all players must enter/exit at mid-field.  As previously mentioned, two players must be on the field at all times.


There are no offsides in 3v3 soccer.  If a player slides, no ball contact is allowed.  If there is contact, a free kick is awarded.  This does not stop a player from sliding in order to stop a ball where contact is not initiated during the slide.  Intentional slide tackling that can injury another player will result in a red card.  This will be determined by the game referee.


This may be taken in either direction.  As previously mentioned, you cannot score from a kick off.


When the ball is out of bounds over a side line, a kick in and not a throw in will be awarded.


All dead ball kicks (kick ins, kick offs, free kicks are considered INDIRECT.  Corner kicks and penalty kicks will be deemed DIRECT KICKS.


Can be taken from any point on the end line.


Will be awarded if the referee deems a scoring opportunity was nullified by an infraction.  Penalty kicks will be taken from the center of the mid field line with all other players behind the mid field line.  If a goal is not scored, the defensive team will take possession with a goal kick.  A current field player and not a substitute must take the penalty kick.


3 points will be awarded for a win; 1 point for a tie; and 0 points for a loss.  A forfeited game will be considered a 6-0 win for the present team.  The winning team’s coach is responsible for turning in the scorecard into the tournament director at the           completion of each game.


For teams that are tied in record at the completion of bracket play, if one team forfeited a game they will automatically be       considered the lower seed.  In pool play, ties between 3 or more teams will be broken by (1) head to head results between the tied teams (2) goal difference in head to head games (3) goals against in head to head play.  Ties between 2 teams in bracket play will be broken by (1) goal difference (2) goals against (3) shootout.


Any player will be cautioned with a yellow card if it is deemed by the referee that the player is intentionally wasting time, i.e.    Intentionally kicking the ball a distance away from the playing field in order to waste time.


A tie in a playoff round will be determined by a sudden death shootout.  All Penalty kick rules from above apply.


Teams are given 5 minutes before a forfeit is issued by the referee.  All forfeits must be approved by the tournament director  before an official forfeit is recorded.  


Players who receive 2 yellow cards in one game will result in a red card.  Any player accumulating 3 yellow cards during the     tournament will automatically be suspended for their next game.  If a red card is issues to a current field player, the team must compete for the remainder of the game a player short.  The player receiving the red card will be suspended for their next game.  If a red card is issued to a coach for inappropriate behavior as determined by the referee, the coach must leave the   playing area immediately.  Failure for a player or coach to leave the game area will result in a forfeit for their team.

** The tournament director will have the final say on all disputes and interpretations of the tournament rules.