SAS 4v4 RULES OF PLAY
London Soccer 4v4 Games Rules                                                                               5/24/05
THE PLAYERS:
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: Seven is the maximum number of players on a team; four field players and three substitutes. Four players are on the field at a time. Minimum number of players on the field is three. There are no goalkeepers.
PLAYER SUBSTITUTIONS: Substitutions may be made at any dead-ball situation, regardless of possession. Teams must get the referee’s permission before making the substitution and players are to enter and exit at mid-field. There are no substitutions on the fly.
PLAYER EQUIPMENT: All players must wear shin guards. Any player without shin guards will not be allowed to play.
THE FIELD OF PLAY:
FIELD DIMENSIONS: The playing field is 30 yards wide by 50 yards long. Goals are 4’x6’.
PENALTY BOX: Arc Rule: There is no ball contact allowed within the goal box, however, any player may pass through the goal box. If the ball comes to rest in 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 is considered in the goal box and is an extension of such. 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.
BALL SIZE: Regulation Game Balls (size 5)-SAS Skills. Youth age groups (Under 8, and 9/10) will use a size 4 ball.
GOAL SCORING: A goal may be scored from anywhere on the field. The ball changes possession after a goal is scored.
RESTARTS: All restarts are indirect kicks (including the kick off to start each half). This does not include Penalty Kicks, which will be direct.
KICK OFF: Is an indirect kick and may be taken in any direction.
THREE (3) YARD RULE: In all dead ball situations, restarts, including game start and halftime start, defending players must stand at least three (3) yards away from the ball. If the defensive player’s goal area is closer than three (3) yards, the ball shall be placed three (3) yards from the goal area in line with the place of the penalty.
KICK-INS: The ball shall be kicked into play from the sideline instead of thrown in. The defending player must be at least three yards from ball on all kick-ins.
GOAL KICKS: May be taken from any point on the defensive touchline.
THROW-INS: There are no throw-ins. All out of bounds balls will be taken as “kick-ins.”
PENALTY KICKS: A penalty kick will be taken from midfield in front of an open goal. Per the Arc Rule, there will be no defending player/goalie contesting the penalty kick. All non-kicking players must be behind midfield. A penalty kick shall be awarded if, in the referee’s opinion, a scoring opportunity was nullified by the infraction (the infraction does not automatically result in a red card). This is a dead-ball kick. If a goal is not scored, the defense obtains possession with a goal kick.
THE TOURNAMENT:
COMPETITION FORMAT: First round consists of a minimum of 3 games in a round robin format. Championship round is single elimination.
GAME DURATION: The game consists of two 10-minute halves separated by a two-minute half-time period. Games tied after regulation play shall end in a tie except in the playoffs. There are no time-outs in 4V4 soccer.
SCORING (IN POOL PLAY): Games will be scored according to the following: 3 points for a win; 1 point for a tie; and 0 points for a loss, following MLS scoring specifics.
PLAYOFFS: The playoff rounds are single-elimination.
TIEBREAKERS: For teams that are tied in record, ties between teams will be broken by: 1) head to head result 2) goal differential 3) goals for; 4) goal against; 5) coin flip.
PLAYOFF OVERTIME: Shall consist of a 5-minute sudden death “golden goal” overtime period, with a coin toss to decide kick-off direction. The first team to score in overtime is the winner. If no team has scored in the first five-minute overtime period, additional five-minute overtime periods will be played until a winner is determined.
THERE ARE NO OFFSIDES IN 4V4 SOCCER
NO SLIDE TACKLING IN 4V4 SOCCER
 FAIR PLAY: Players, coaches, and spectators are expected to act in the nature of “Fair Play” at all times. Abuse of the referees will not be tolerated
FIFA RULES APPLY TO ANY RULES NOT ADDRESSED IN THIS DOCUMENT. SITUATIONS OR OCCURRENCES THAT THESE RULES DO NOT ADDRESS SHALL BE LEFT TO THE SOLE DISCRETION OF THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR.
Please remember that this is for fun, and it is a learning experience for all players.
Make it challenging for yourself, and the other players,  but play safe and by the rules.
Use your SKILLS, and have FUN.