Number of players
SIX is the maximum number of players on a team; three field players at one time. There are no goalkeepers in 3v3 soccer. Substitutes may occur at any dead ball situation, but players must get referees attention and enter and exit at the half-field mark only.
It is suggested that players use shin guards. Preferred Ball Size 5.
The goal box, markings on the court, is directly in front of the goal. No player may touch the ball within the goal box, however, any player may move through the goal box. Any part of the ball or player’s body on the line is considered in the goal box; the player is an extension of the box. An INFRACTION occurs if a defender touches the ball in the goal box, a penalty kick is awarded to the offensive team. If an offensive player touches the ball within the goal box, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team. Habitual touches in the goal box MAY result in a Yellow Card given to the offending party. If the ball comes to a complete stop in the goal box, regardless of which team touched it last, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team. The goals are approximately 80cm high and 125cm wide.
The game shall consist of two eight (8) minute halves separated by a two (2) minute halftime, OR the game ends when a team reaches a 10 goal lead. Pool games tied after regulation play shall end in a tie. Playoff games cannot end tied.
TEAMS WILL HAVE A 3 MINUTE “GOLDEN GOAL” OVERTIME PERIOD. If the score is still tied, the winner is decided by a shootout with the 3 players on the field at end of golden goal period.
A goal may be scored from a touch on the offensive half on the playing field.
Scoring (in pool play):
3 points for a win; 1 point for a tie and 0 points for a loss. FORFEITS: A forfeit is scored as 5-0
In pool play, ties between two or more teams will be broken by; 1) head to head results between tied teams; 2) goal difference in pool play; 3) fewest goals against in pool play; 4) goals scored; 5) team shootout with entire rosters.
NO OFFSIDES IN 3V3 SOCCER AND NO SLIDE TACKLING IN 3V3 SOCCER
In all dead ball situations, defending players must stand five yards away from the ball. If the defensive player’s goal area is closer than five yards, the ball is placed five yards from the goal area in line with the place of the penalty.
The ball shall be kicked in to play from the sideline instead of thrown in.
All dead ball kicks (kick-ins, free kicks, kick-offs) are indirect except corner and penalty kicks.
May be taken from any point on the end line, and not in the goal box area.
May be taken in any direction.
Shall be awarded if, in the referee’s opinion, a scoring opportunity was nullified by the infraction. It is a direct kick taken from the top of the centre circle (15ft. line) on the offensive side of the midfield line with all other players behind the midfield line. If a goal is not scored, the defence obtains possession with a goal kick. Penalty kicks are not live balls.
Player ejection (yellow/ red card)
Referees have the right to eject a player from the game for continual disobedience or as a result of an incident that warrants sending the player off. RED CARD suspension = Rest of game PLUS next game. Tournament Director may eject the player for rest of tournament. Teams still play with 3 on the field
A forfeit shall be scored as 5-0.
Players, coaches and spectators are expected to act in the nature of good sportsmanship at all times. Abuse of the referees will not be tolerated. Any instance of such conduct will disqualify the responsible team from the event.