The rules and regulations at XL Soccer World have been devised with simplicity, continuity, and enjoyment in mind. Apart from some necessary modifications, they are the same as FIFA rules used worldwide in outdoor soccer. The following exceptions apply:
All players must sign the XL Soccer World Waiver Exclusion Clause or the XL Soccer World Team Roster Form.
Participation in the XL Soccer World is entirely at the player's risk, and we accept no responsibility for any direct or consequential loss, damage, or injury.
Teams will consist of five (5) field players plus one (1) goalkeeper - i.e. 6 Vs. 6.
The minimum number of players to start a game is four (4). A team with insufficient players after five (5) minutes from the scheduled game time will forfeit the game. The referee, at his discretion, may allow additional time for players to arrive.
(i) A team with insufficient players may pick up players registered with XL Soccer World, only if agreeable with the opposing team.
(ii) Any team fielding nonregistered players without prior permission from XL Soccer World will be subject to forfeit.
Game times will be two (2) twenty-five minute halves. A two (2) minute break will be allowed at half time.
All players must wear indoor shoes or sneakers. No molded cleats or studded cleats will be allowed.
Shin guards are HIGHLY recommended for all ages and skill levels but are MANDATORY for ALL youth players at games and practices.
In case of conflict of uniform color, the HOME team will be responsible for changing.
Both teams are responsible for providing a game ball.
Only team players and up to three (3) coaches are allowed on the player’s side during the games.
No spitting or chewing gum on the field of play.
Yellow Card/Two (2) minute penalty: A player is cautioned and shown a yellow card and has to leave the field of play for two (2) minutes. The team will play down a player for the entire two (2) minutes. (This also includes players who may be cautioned whilst a substitute) The following offences could incur a yellow card: (i) Unsporting behavior: Multiple slide tackles/slides, boarding, rough play, taunting (by word or action).
(ii) Dissent by word or action. (iii) Persistent Infringements. (iv) Delaying the restart of play / Failing to respect the required distance when restarting.
* Depending on the nature of the foul and the game, the referee can give a player a two (2) minute warning/break allowing the team to substitute.
Red Card/Five (5) minute penalty: A player or substitute who is sent off will leave the field of play and his/her team will play down a man for five (5) minutes, if s/he commits any of the following offences: (1) Serious foul play: Violent boarding, tackles from behind with no intention to play the ball, elbows.
(ii) Violent conduct: Fighting, provoking a fight, striking or hitting an opponent with or without an object, spitting at an opponent.
(Hi) Denying the opposing team a goal or clear goal scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball.
(iv) Denying the opposing team a goal or clear goal scoring opportunity by committing an offence that would warrant a free kick or penalty kick.
(v) Receiving two (2) yellow cards.
* Red-carded will not be allowed to play that night in any other league and players may be suspended for the next game. A player receiving two red cards may be suspended for the next season with the possible expulsion from the facility. This decision is under the jurisdiction of the management at XL Soccer World Orlando.
The home team will kick off the game.
On kick-off, the ball may be played forward or backward.
All kicks are direct except the kick-off. Penalty kicks resulting from a foul inside the goalkeeper's box will be a 1-step penalty kick. (1) Goalkeepers have 5 seconds to get the ball back into play, a goal kick can be played from the keeper’s hands,
When a free kick or a kick-off is being taken, the defending team must be at least three (3) yards from the ball, more than one warning will result in a two-minute penalty.
The offside rule is NOT in effect.
No slide tackling or slides are allowed. One knee down on the ground is consider a slide/playing on the ground and will result in a free kick awarded to the opposing team. Infringements will result in a direct free kick, a two (2) minute warning and then a yellow card incurring two (2) minute penalty.
Slide tackling is legal by the goalkeeper only and must be initiated from within the penalty area. Outside the penalty box, the goalkeeper may not slide tackle or use his or her body illegally. Violations will result in a direct free kick for the opposing team from the point of the foul.
Free substitution is allowed on the fly as the game is in progress. The player must be off the field before the substitute comes in. Infringements will result in a direct free kick in the middle of the field.
There CANNOT be any additions to the roster during playoff games, the rosters will be frozen after the last regular season game. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Team standings will be based on the following point system
WIN: 3 points TIE: I point LOSS: 0 point
Ties in standing will be broken by:
I. Head to head results 2. Goal differential 3 Most goals scored 4 Least goals scored against 5. Most wins (i) Playoff ties are determined by sudden death 'Hockey Style Pk's. 3 players will be selected from each team, in Coed games one of those 3 has to be a girl. The format is sudden death so all 3 players may not be needed to take a kick.
(ii) Which ever player finishes the game in goal will remain as the goalkeeper for the penalty shootout.
Forfeit games will be treated as a 10-0 win.
Protests will not be allowed on a referee's decision. NOTE: the referees at XL Soccer World do the very best they can. Due to the nature of the game, speed of the game, angles, etc., they will miss some calls. It's inevitable. They do not need any verbal or physical abuse from the players, coaches, or fans. Please do not complain to the concession staff about the referee's decision. Constructive comments will be handled by the Office Staff weekdays at 407-641-4791. (i) The referee's will only stop the clock if s/he needs to have dialogue with a player on or off the field to obtain control of the game or in the 2nd half when the game is within 2 goals and the clock has less than a minute to run. The referee will not stop the clock for any injuries, if a serious injury occurs XL Staff will determine the time left to play.
Players may only play for one team per division. Offending teams will receive a forfeit. This rule cannot be applied retrospectively, and therefore must be resolved before the end of the game with the referee.
Coed teams must field two (2) female players on the field at all times. Social Coed must field one (1) female player. Infringement will mean that the team will play a player down per missing female, for the length of the game. Over 30's and Over 40's teams are only allowed one player under the age bracket and he must be within 2 years i.e. 28+ for 30's and 38+ for 40's. All other leagues are 18 and up except for Social Coed which is fourteen (14) and up and Friends and Family League which is twelve (12) and up. Goalkeepers, with permission from XL Staff, can play in age restricted league but will not be allowed to score.
If the ball gets jammed or lodged between players against the boards, the referee may award a drop ball at his discretion.
End line netting: Defensive player kicks the ball over the tall boards - results in a quarter line kick from the white dot for the opposing team. Offensive player kicks the ball over the tall boards - results in a goal kick.
Side netting: the player who kicks the ball into the net over the short boards. Results in a direct kick for the opposing team to be taken three (3) feet from the boards nearest the point of contact. Top netting: Defender kicks the ball to the top netting in the offensive end - results in a direct free kick for the other team on the quarter line at the white dot (Top Dot). Offender kicks the ball to the top netting in the offensive end - results in a goal kick for the other team. Player kicks the ball to the top netting in the middle of the field - results in a direct free kick below the point of contact for the opposing team.
A goalkeeper may not punt or drop-kick the ball into play. A goalkeeper may only retain possession of the ball with for a period of five (5) seconds. Violation will result in a direct free kick on the final third line, white dot.
XL Soccer World facility rules are posted throughout the building. If you cannot follow these rules, you will be asked to leave.