4v4 UDFC Intramural Rules and Guidelines

Team Size: 4 v 4 (7 players to a team roster) no goal-keeper.

Game Time: 4 x 7-minute quarters.  If you have extra time you may add a 5th period to the game.  There should only be a quick break in-between quarters just to sub players.

Split-Squad Games: Teams with a double roster (11/12 players) will play two games against the opposing team at the same time on adjacent fields.  Each team will divide in to two squads with a co-coach/manager from each team managing their squad.  Squads should be changed week-to-week so as not to create and “A” and “B” team.

Ball Size: 3

Referee: Not Provided. Both coaches/managers run the game and their team from field. They should make every attempt to stay to the side of the field and not block play on the field.

Substitution: Unlimited. Players should be allowed to play an entire quarter. Substitutions during a quarter should only be to replace tired or injured players. Players should get to play at least half the game.

Throw-ins: Balls that go out the side of the field should be restarted with a KICK-IN from the line where it went out.

Goal Kicks: (Restart when an attacking player kicks the ball out the end of the field) The opposing team must move back to mid-field until the ball is kicked - to give the kicking team a chance to get the ball away from their goal. Ball should be placed about 5 paces on to the field from where it left the field

Corner Kicks: (Restart when a defending player kicks a ball out the end of the field) Taken from corner nearest where ball left play. Opposing team must move 5 paces back from ball.

Fouls: Fouls are a “teaching moment”. When there are physical fouls and dangerous situations - Pushing, tripping, hitting, kicking at a player, players on the ground - play must be stopped. Coaches/managers should explain how and why it was a foul. Fouls do not need to be intentional. Accidentally dangerous situations need to be stopped too - Player safety is your primary concern. Restart play with an indirect free kick (ball cannot be kicked directly in to the goal) from where the foul occurred. Repeated fouling and disruptive conduct may require a player’s removal from the game.

Sliding & Slide-Tackles: DANGEROUS AND NOT ALLOWED in any Intramural division.  Players should be reminded to stay on their feet. Free-kick to restart

Headers: There is no heading the ball. Free kick to restart.

Off Side: None - Not to be called.

Conduct: All players, coaches and supporters are bound by the UDFC Codes of Conduct. Coaches should foster an atmosphere of sportsmanship and instill the same in their supporters. Refer any issues to the Intramural Coordinator.

Sportsmanship: Coaches should try to keep their team from, “running up the score” on an opponent. If a game becomes lop-sided (+5 goal difference), the team behind may add an extra player to the game.  No handshakes after the game this year to minimize contact.