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Indoor Soccer Rules

Golden Rule

First and foremost all DC Fray leagues are 50% Social and 50% Sport. We do have officials; however, we expect individuals to respect the league’s culture of fair and fun play. Foul language and rough play will not be tolerated and individuals who cannot adhere to our standards of fair play and sportsmanship may be asked to leave the league. DC Fray wants everyone to have a fun and be social while enjoying a great sport. DC Fray will do whatever they can to make sure all players are having fun.


1)     Rosters

DC Fray is proud to relieve captains of the burden of paying for full teams. While captains and players are able to prepay for additional players and or full teams, it is not a requirement for participation in our leagues. We welcome individual player payments.


We are also proud to welcome those who do not have a full team (small groups and free agents) to participate in our league.


Our primary mission is to make it easier for people to have fun and get involved with social sports and these policies help accomplish that goal.


Because of these policies all registrations are on a first come first serve basis and any roster that does not reach our standard size (based on each sport) is eligible to receive free agents and or small group by the league. Rosters made up of primarily free agents and or a collection of small groups may field more players than the standard roster size. This policy is in place to help ensure free agent teams are able to consistently field teams each week.

Here is the roster size chart for DC Soccer. And click here for a list of all sports and their roster size policies.

a)   DC Fray aims to place no more than the following amount of players on each team:  5 v 5 – 7-9 players, 6 v 6 – 8-10 players

b)   Only Registered DC Fray players are allowed to play on a given team. DC Fray retains the right to suspend any team playing with unregistered players.

c)  During the playoffs, teams may not use subs and may only use players on their roster.

d)  Teams must field 3 guys and 2 girls each game.

f) You may not play with more than 3 guys on the court at any time.  You may play with only 1 female but you will be playing a man down.

2)  Individual Registration

a) All players must be 21 years of age or older

b) All players must be registered through the commi.sh website and have signed an Registration/Waiver Form


3)     Uniforms

a)   Teams shall try the best they can to have matching colored shirts before player t-shirts have been received.  A light and a dark shirt is recommended.

b)  Players should make every effort to wear a t-shirt provided by DC Fray (if only to maintain consistent uniform colors).

c)   Shirts will be received on the second week of regular season game play.

4)     Regular Season Schedule

a)   Schedules will be created based on the amount of teams playing in each league. The league makes no guarantee of any certain number of games- If conditions beyond the control of the league are present, including but not limited to, excessive inclement weather conditions, or gym closure

b) DC Fray will do what they can to reschedule games that were lost due to inclement weather or gym closures.

5)   Weather Related Game Cancellation

a)   The facility management makes all decisions on gym closings.

b)   DC Fray Hotline will be updated as soon as possible prior to first game start time with field closing and game delay information.

c)   DC Fray Game Hotline: 1-855-PLAY-USS

d)   Suspended Games – If, due to weather conditions, safety conditions, or referee discretion a game is halted prior to halftime, it will be replayed if possible. A game halted at half time or later will stand as indicated by the score when the game was halted.

e)   Rescheduled Games – If a game is cancelled for any reason, the league will reschedule if possible.

6)     League Standings

a)   Game Statistics (wins and losses) will be recorded and posted on the DC Fray web page.

b)   Teams are encouraged to review their respective League Standings page periodically.  The Team Captain should notify the League Administrator of any errors.

c)   A 3-3 draw will be posted for games cancelled and not rescheduled at the end of the regular season.

d) Standings Ties will be decided by head to head outcomes of regular season games.  If teams did not play head to head the cumulative points scored during the season will determine the tie breaker.

7)   Gameday Ties

a)  There will be no ties.  If there is a tie at the end of regulation there will be a shootout to determine a winner.

b)Each team will pick 5 players (3 guys and 2 girl).

c)Teams will alternate taking direct penalty shots from mid court with no goalie (no male/female shooting order is necessary.)

d) If tied after the 1st round, the 2nd round will be SUDDEN DEATH (i.e., 1st player from Team A scores and 1st player from Team B misses – Team A wins)

i)    Players who shot in the 1st shootout are not eligible to shoot again until all remaining players present have shot.

ii)    If and when 1 team begins to utilize players for the second time, the other team may “recycle” players as well.  Thus, some players on the team with more people present may or may not shoot.


7)   Equipment- Please consider when preparing for the season

a)   Shin guards (are to be totally covered by socks to reduce risk of injury) are required to play in the league

b)   Indoor soccer shoes are strongly encouraged to reduce risk of injury.  Running shoes are strongly discouraged.

8 )   After The Game

a)   Each team shall take responsibility to ensure bench areas are ready for play and the area is clean after the game. Generally DC Fray will have fields set-up and properly lined at the beginning of the first game. Field set up by teams is the exception rather than the rule. Help with cleanup is always appreciated.

9)   Game Time

a)   Two 23 minute halves, running clock  with a 3 minute half time or as required due to adjusted game times per field allocations.

b) Refs can stop the clock when needed due to injuries.

10)   Forfeits

a)   Teams must be ready to play their game within 10 minutes of the scheduled game time.

b)   A team must have at least 3 players with one of them being a female in order to not have to forfeit.

c)   Should teams have enough of their own players that they don’t need to forfeit but not enough for a whole team, they may pick up players from another team provided that they are registered DC Fray Players.

i)     If remaining players from the scheduled team arrive after the start of the game then any players who have been picked up from another team should leave the game.

ii)   Any team who picks up players should not add more players than can play on the field at any given time- meaning that team should not have any substitutes.

d) Playoff Eligibility: teams that notch 2 or more forfeits during the regular season will not be eligible for the playoffs.

11)   Substitutions

a) Unlimited substitutions can be made during the game.

b)Substitutions can be made on the fly and there is no need to wait for a stoppage in play.  Players must sub from the designated bench area.

13)   Off-sides

a)   There is no offsides rule in effect for indoor soccer.


a)   There are no goalies with 5v5 indoor play..

b)Players are allowed to defend the goal but are not able to use their hands and must stay outside of the goalie box.

c)    The goal box will be marked by tape that is about 1-2 yards in front of the goal and about 1 yard to the right and left of the goal posts.

d) Defenders can not be in their goal box at any time.

16)   Field of Play

a)You may use any wall or divider when playing.  Out of bounds is when the ball goes out of the field of play. for example under the divider, out of a door, into the bench area or above the designated line on all walls.

17)   Slide Tackling

a)   Slide tackling is NOT permitted. Performance of a slide tackle, may be grounds for a yellow card on the part of the referee. Players may slide when not creating a dangerous play, i.e. sliding to keep a ball in play.

18)   Off-sides

a)   Off-sides is always in effect for 9v9 Leagues but is NOT in effect for 7v7 Leagues.

19)    Misconduct  and Fouls

a)   Yellow Card – Referees will immediately substitute player out for a minimum of two (2) minutes.

b)   Red Card – A player receiving a red card, or two yellow cards in the same match, must leave the field premises, sight and sound, within one minute without substitution.

c)   Any player receiving a red card will be suspended from the following match

d)   Multiple red cards in one season will be grounds for suspension -without refund- from the league

e)There is to be no over aggression with any field player

i) A first offense will result in a warning.

ii) Second offense will be result in a player being taken off the field for a time period determined by the ref dependant on severity.

iii) a Third offense will result in a player being taken out of the game and possibly suspended for the following game.  Calls are at the discretion of the ref.

f) Fouls are at the discretion of the ref and all penalties assessed for said fouls are the refs decision. We are a social league and want to make sure everyone has a good time and most importantly is safe.

g) Goal Box Fouls are considered fouls that happen in the “crease”

i)     No Player of either team may touch the ball with any part of their body when the ball is fully in the goalie box.  Depending on if it is a defensive player or an offensive player it will result in a goal or a corner kick

ii) A corner kick will be the result of a defender standing in the crease or touching a ball that is inside the crease (not in a saving manner)

iii) A penalty shot will be the result of a defender stepping into the crease and making contact with the ball preventing a goal in the ref’s judgement.

20)   Throw Ins

a) Throw ins will be replaced by kick ins in the event that it goes out of bounds (under the gym divider or outside a door, may vary depending on gym)

b) Throw ins must be conducted near the spot the ball left the field.

21)   Free Kicks

a) All fouls will be followed by a direct kick unless otherwise noted by the ref.

b) All players conducting Free Kicks are expected to have a reasonable amount of space to make the kick. The opposing team should allow a 3 pace distance for the Free Kick to be conducted.

22)   Team Conduct

a)   Discipline – The Team Captain assumes the responsibility regarding team leadership and maintenance of order and discipline. United Social Sports expects each Captain to set a positive example for their players in promoting good sportsmanship and self- control.

b)   Sideline Control – The Captain is responsible for the behavior of his/her bench area. After being verbally warned or cautioned (yellow card) by the referee for unsportsmanlike behavior from his/her bench area, the Captain will receive a red card if the situation persists.

c)   The referee also has the power to eject any spectator at any time at his or her discretion.

d) Use of Foul Language is not appreciated in any circumstances and can result in a warning or in extreme circumstances can result in ejection from a game. USS plays on city park property and there are others present during games, thus we cannot allow for inappropriate conduct.

23) Player Suspension

a)   DC Fray will refuse registration to any player currently on suspension from any Washington DC-area league.

b)   DC Fray also reserves the right to suspend players from league play.

i)     This is at the sole discretion of DC Fray and cannot be appealed. Registration fees will not be refunded to suspended players


a)The ball is out of play and a direct kick from the nearest spot on the court is awarded when:

i)     It is not safely playable (behind the goal or near an obstruction in the gym)

ii)     It hits the end or side wall above the bottom of the backboard (about 8-10 feet high) This will vary by gym.

iii)     It hits the ceiling or any other item that is hanging from the cieling

iiii)    If the ball is “tied-up” by two players, the team with possession last is awarded the kick-in