Here is everything you need to know to get started. See the full rules below for detailed descriptions and definitions.
Sportsmanship, fun and a good attitude are the most important part of the game at Urban Futbol and we ask you to keep them in mind when you play.
Except for any changes listed here, all official FIFA Laws of the Game apply.
Games are 4 v. 4: Teams play 4 a side (including the keeper). Except for the keeper, there must be at least one man and one woman on the field.
Each game will have two 25 minute halves with a 2 minute break at the half. The game will end 55 minutes after the scheduled start time.
The game is self officiated, which means that the person who commits the foul is responsible for calling it. The person fouled may also call a foul if a clear foul is not called.
No slide tackling allowed. Keepers may slide in their crease, but must do so safely.
You must be in control at all times.
You may play the ball when it is in the opponent's crease, but do not interfere with the keeper or play dangerously.
There is no offside.
Free kicks will be indirect.
A kick in will replace the throw in on the sidelines.
Unless expressly stated here, all rules and regulations are in accordance with FIFA's Official Laws of the Game. The changes that are specific to Urban Futbol 4 v 4 are listed below.
Each team must have at least one man and one woman on the field, plus the keeper, for a total of 4 players. If the team is short a man or woman, then they must play short handed. A team may not play with fewer than 3 players.
If the team cannot field the minimum number of players by 10 minutes past the scheduled game start time, they will forfeit the game.
The captains should toss a coin to determine who has the ball for kick off. In the second half, teams should switch sides and the other team should kick off.
The game will consist of two 25 minute halves with a 2 minute half time break. Game must end 55 minutes after the scheduled start time.
Players must wear shirt colours that are the same or similar to their teammates an different from the opponent. If both teams are wearing the same colour, the home team must change (or borrow pinneys with a $20 deposit).
At the beginning of each half and after a goal is scored play will be restarted with a kick off from centre. The ball can go forward or backward.
Because there are no referees, players involved are responsible for calling any fouls or other infractions.
The player that causes the foul is expected to call it. If that player fails to call it, another player ON THE FIELD may call it. If a quick agreement can't' be reached, possession of the ball goes to the keeper of the team who had the last clear possession of the ball.
Please follow the guidelines of good sportsmanship, fun and a good attitude and show courtesy and respect for the other players.
Substitutions are unlimited and made on the fly.
The player coming onto the field must not come on until the player leaving has reached the sideline and tagged the oncoming player. There must be a tag to ensure no positional advantage through substitution.
Keepers may be substituted in one of two ways: during a stoppage in play (play will not restart until the keeper indicates they are ready); or during play when the ball is in the opponent's half and a tag occurs in the crease with a verbal announcement of "keeper change".
fouls and miscellaneous rules
All fouls will result in an indirect free kick. Indirect means that after the ball is struck it must touch another player before entering the goal. If the ball goes directly into the goal without touching another player, a goal kick is awarded. If, somehow, it enters the goal of the team taking the kick, without touching another player, a corner kick is awarded.
All restarts of play are indirect (including kick ins, goal kicks, corner kicks, kick off)
When a free kick is awarded within the crease, the free kick is taken from the nearest point on the crease line.
During a restart in play opponents must be at least 10 feet (3 paces) from the ball.
A penalty kick is a direct free kick taken by any player on the field, from the penalty dot outside the crease. There are no rebounds and the play is dead after the kick is taken. Play is started by either a goal kick or kick off.
There is NO SLIDE TACKLING.
You are responsible to avoid contact with other players and to minimize the severity of any contact at all times. You must make plays safely or not at all.
You are responsible for being in control of your body at all times. If there is significant contact with another player because you were not in control, a foul has been committed.
There is no offside.
Players may play the ball in the opponent's crease but should not loiter in the crease, interfere with the keeper while they are playing inside the crease, or play in any way deemed dangerous to the keeper.
Keepers may not use their hands on a ball that has been intentionally kicked to them by one of their teammates.
The ball is out of play if it goes outside the touchlines, the goal lines, or touches the ceiling. To restart after going out on the touchline, there will be a kick in from the touchline.
Be kind, be gracious, be a good sport, and have fun.