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WESLEYAN INTRAMURAL Indoor Soccer - Rules & Info

Welcome to Wesleyan Intramurals
2019-20 signups are now open!
(**Updated May. 28, 2019**)

Sign-up your team via the online form, and then attend the MANDATORY pre-season captain's meetings in the Freeman Classroom. If you don't attend, you will be placed on the wait list.
(NOTE: Players cannot sign up individually. Sign-ups are for teams only.)

2019-20 IM Sign-up Deadlines

2019 Fall (Soccer) - Tuesday, Sept. 10 - 7:15 p.m. (Meeting in Freeman classroom)
Season starts on Sunday, Sept. 15 and ends Oct. 27

2019-20 Winter (Basketball) - Tue. Nov. 12 - 7:15 p.m. (Meeting in Freeman classroom)
Season starts on Sunday, Nov. 17 and ends Feb. 16

2020 Spring (Softball & Indoor Soccer) - Tue. March 31 - 7:15 p.m. (Meeting Freeman classroom)
Season starts on Sun. April 5 and ends May 3




Location of Games/Court Boundaries

Indoor soccer games are played on the south half of the Bacon Field House at the Freeman Athletic Center. The court is bounded on three sides by the netting which surrounds the area -- the center-drawn net and the netting that goes behind the goal areas. The other boundary is the black basketball court line that runs the width of the Field House nearest the south end. Balls which travel over the black line are put back into play by a kick-in. On a kick-in, the ball must stay below knee height until it reaches a player. Most other times, the ball remains in play off the netting, however, if the ball is trapped behind a goal, it will be put in play by a goal kick (if the offense is responsible for the ball becoming trapped) or by a corner kick (if the defense causes the ball to be trapped). If the ball eludes the netting on the sideline (goes under it or through it), the ball will be put in play by a kick-in by the team not responsible for the ball going out of play. Goaltender boxes extend from the goal to the back edge of the tennis court (about 24 feet) and are about 45 feet wide (bounded by the dark gray lines that form the back line of the badminton court ).

Number of Players/Substitutions

Each team fields six players at a time (five field players and a goaltender). Roster size is unlimited, however, no more than three players from the men's varsity and three players from the women's varsity are permitted on a team. Substitutes will be situated in the pole-vault pit area outside the black line. Substitutes may enter the game on any whistle, but must notify the official so play can be suspended long enough to allow entry. YOU MAY NOT SUBSTITUTE ON THE FLY.

Length of Games/Timing

Games consist of two, 20-minute halves. There will be a five-minute halftime. Games will start on the hour. There will be time for warming up prior to the first game and for 5-10 minutes of warm-up prior to each successive game. Games use running time throughout. The clock will be stopped only for injuries or for other extraordinary reasons as the official deems necessary. Goals do not stop the clock.


Intramurals will provide two soccer balls, pinnies (to be worn by one of the teams), and goals. No cleats or block-soled shoes may be worn. The goals used for games will either be lacrosse goals or the make-shift small goals used in the past. Either one is fine.

General Rules of Play

Generally, the rules of NCAA outdoor soccer will be used to govern indoor soccer. Still, there will be a number of modifications:

-- There is no offsides in indoor soccer.

-- There is no slide-tackling allowed. To do so results in an indirect free kick at the spot of the violation.

-- Defensive players must stand at least five yards from the ball during any free kick.

-- On the kickoff to start the game or after a goal, the defending team must be behind the light gray line that defines the sideline of the volleyball court until the ball is touch by the offense.

-- A ball kicked deliberately back to the goaltender cannot be handled by the goalie. A violation of this rule brings about an indirect free kick at the point from which the ball was kicked.

-- Penalty kicks wil be taken from the top of the goalie's box (about 8 yards away). All players other than the kicker and the goalie must be behind the midcourt line when the penalty kick is taken.

-- All goal kicks and free kicks or throws by the goalie must touch the floor or be touched by a player before reaching midcourt (in other words, you can't boot a goal kick all the way to the other end of the court, or have the goalie do the same with a kick or throw). If a ball travels over midcourt in the air on a goal kick or goalie throw, the ball will be put in play by the non-offending team by an indirect free kick at midcourt.

-- Rough play (fouls) will be characterized as flagrant and non-flagrant. A flagrant foul will be penalized by a two-minute penalty, as in ice hockey. Violent, intentional violations such as pushing, tripping, etc. will bring about this penalty. After a penalty, play resumes with a direct free kick at the spot of the foul. Continual rough play by an individual will result in a game ejection and possible suspension from the league. Non-flagrant fouls will bring about a direct free kick at the point of the violation only.

-- Any problems or questions which arise during a game will be dealt with by the official. One official will be present for all games and their decisions are final.


Teams will be determined at the discretion of the commissioner. Teams with a forfeit are ineligible for the playoffs. All decisions are final.

-- Again, any rules not specifically addressed will be interpreted along the lines of NCAA outdoor rules and common sense.