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The boarded indoor soccer game provides a fast, entertaining game with a minimum of delays. The compact spectator areas at the Saskatoon Kinsmen/Henk Ruys Soccer Centre provide a great social environment for parents and other spectators. These rules are designed to promote these aspects of the game, while taking special measures to ensure the safety of the players especially around the boards.

These rules are adapted from Saskatoon Adult Soccer league rules for Indoor Boarded Soccer and from FIFA's "Laws of the Game"

The Hollandia Off the Wall Tournament is approved by Saskatoon Youth Soccer and sanctioned by the Saskatchewan Soccer Association.

Revision History

November 26: Updated kick-off language.

November 12: Updated pools for U9 divisions.

October 13: Updated rules around U9 field layout.

August 25: Rules published.

Pools

  1. Each team is guaranteed three (3) games.
  2. U9 divisions will not have standings or medal rounds as per SSA development policy.
    1. U9 divisions with three (3) teams will play two (2) games against each team within its pool.
    2. U9 divisions with four (4) or more teams will follow the below formats for round robin, excluding any finals/medal rounds.
  3. Age divisions with three (3) teams will play one (1) game against each team within its pool. The top team after round robin will advance to the Final. The remaining two (2) teams will play a semi-final game, with the winner advancing to the Final.
  4. Age divisions with four (4) teams will play one (1) game against each team within its pool. The top two (2) teams after round-robin will advance to the Final.
  5. Age divisions with five (5) teams will play one (1) game against each team within its pool. The top team after round-robin play will be awarded the Gold medal and the second place team will be awarded the Silver medal.
  6. Age divisions with six (6) teams will be split into two (2) pools of three (3). Each team in Pool A will play each team in Pool B. The top two (2) teams overall after round-robin will advance to the Final.
  7. Age divisions with eight (8) teams will be divided into two (2) pools. Each Pool will play one game against each team within its pool. The top team in Pool A and the top team in Pool B after round robin play will advance to the Final.
  8. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decide final team placement.

 

Pool Ranking

  1. All teams are ranked on the following four (4) criteria, in order of importance:
    1. Total number of points - Each team receives three (3) points for a win and one (1) for a tie.
    2. Previous match results - Winner of the match between two (2) teams tied shall be awarded the higher position.
    3. Goal difference - Subtract total goals allowed from total goals scored in calculating goal difference. A maximum difference of five (5) will be allowed for any one (1) game (ie. a score of 7-1, difference will be counted as 5). Note: Goal differential will be displayed on the scoreboard and the standings as a five (5) goal differential if applicable regardless of the actual score.
    4. Least number of goals against (all goals count).
  2. If two or more teams are still tied under criteria 1 (a-d), the teams must then contact Tournament Headquarters to be assigned a time for penalty kicks to take place to decide the winner.

 

Overtime Periods

  1. There will be no overtime in round robin pool play.
  2. In playoff competition, two (2) five (5) minute overtime periods will be played.
  3. If the game is still tied at the end of the second overtime period, regular FIFA penalty kicks will be taken to determine a winner.
  4. Golden Goal is in effect. The team scoring first during the overtime session is awarded the win.

 

Playoff Procedure

It is the responsibility of the team officials to determine if the team advances to the playoffs. Information will be available at Tournament Headquarters and online at www.hollandiaoffthewall.ca.

 

Game Procedures

  1. Except as otherwise provided here, the FIFA "Laws of the Game" shall apply to any and all competition.
  2. U9 shall be played on a modified field. The field size will be reduced and goal lines will be established. The wall on either side will be live. If the ball wholly crosses the goal line, the game is restarted by a Corner or Goal kick.
  3. For all divisions, U9-U19, the game shall be played by two teams, each consisting of six (6) players on the court, one (1) of whom shall be the goal keeper. A game shall not commence or continue if either team has less than four (4) players.
  4. All boards and areas in white are live, with the exception of the area above the 3.5 metre (11ft 6in) line behind both goals. Any ball contacting the wall above this line will be rendered out of bounds. The netting surrounding the playing area is out of play. All other areas in grey and the railing in front of the spectator areas are out of play. See the Field Layout diagrams for more detailed information.
  5. A special ball that is suited to the tile surface will be provided by the tournament host, and must be used for all games. Four (4) warmup balls will be provided to each team and must be returned to the time-keeper’s box before that start of each game. Teams do not need to provide any game balls.
  6. Any player who tries to dispossess an opponent of the ball by sliding shall be guilty of slide tackling and will be cautioned.
  7. Any player placing his/her hands in any manner upon another player within one (1) yard of the boards shall concede a free kick.
  8. Any player wearing a hard cast will not be permitted to participate, regardless if it is wrapped. Soft casts are permitted at the referee’s discretion.
  9. The first team listed in the schedule is the Home Team
  10. The Home Team must have an alternate jersey and be prepared to change if, in the opinion of the referee, there is a colour conflict.
  11. Please leave the field and team areas clean after each game.
  12. In all games in which a winner must be declared the format will be set forth by the tournament committee (See above).
  13. Guest players
    1. Must be registered with SSA (or equivalent governing soccer body) and play in an equivalent or lower division to what they are registered in their existing league.
    2. Must have a completed & signed Hollandia Off the Wall Guest Player Form.
  14. On-field warm-up time will be minimal.
  15. Players receiving a cumulative three (3) yellow cards during the tournament will be suspended for their next match. This cannot be appealed.

 

Substitutions

  1. Unlimited substitutions shall be allowed at any time during the game, as long as:
    1. the players do not interfere with the play or enable their team to gain a direct advantage.
    2. players are within 2 metres (6ft 7in) of the bench area before a substitute may enter the field of play.
    3. substitutions are made only to and from the team bench.
    4. the taking of a free kick shall not be delayed to allow a substitution to be made.
  2. Should a team having too many players on the playing area score a goal, the goal shall be disallowed. The play shall be restarted by an indirect free kick taken from inside the goal area.
  3. Bench doors must remain closed during play with the exception of substitutions.
  4. Players arriving after the game has started must wait for a stoppage in play and receive the referees’ permission to go across the field of play to their teams’ bench.
  5. Should a player enter or leave field of the play for any other reason not mentioned in Law 3 the player shall be cautioned and if play is stopped to administer caution play shall be restarted with an indirect free kick awarded to the opposing team in accordance with Law 13.

 

Players Equipment

  1. Equipment shall consist of a numbered shirt, shorts, socks, shin pads and footwear designed for indoor use. No cleats of any kind are allowed on the tile surface. All players on the same team shall wear the same coloured shirts and shall not have the identical numbers. Goalkeepers shall wear colours which are distinguishable from all other players and referees.
  2. Players must not wear equipment or anything which endangers themselves or other players, including any kind of jewelry or Fitbit devices.

 

The Referee

  1. A referee shall be appointed to officiate in each game. The referee’s authority shall commence as soon as the referee enters the playing facility and shall extend to offences committed when the game is in progress or when the game is over and the referee has left the facility. The referee’s decision on points of fact connected with play shall be final. The powers and duties of the referee are as per the FIFA "Laws of the Game".
  2. Appropriate equipment and inappropriate jewellery will be at the discretion of the referee.
  3. If an assistant referee is appointed to the game their duties are to act as a timekeeper and assist the referee to control the game.
  4. The referee shall receive special instruction to ensure the safety of the players especially by ensuring that there is absolutely no physical play in the immediate vicinity of the boards.

 

Duration of the Match

  1. The duration of the game shall consist of two (2) twenty (20) minute halves with a three (3) minute break at half time for U9, and two (2) twenty-five (25) minute halves with a three (3) minute break at half time for U11-U19.
  2. Time shall be extended at the end of each half of play to allow the taking of a penalty kick to be concluded.
  3. In all games in which a winner must be declared the format will be set forth by the Tournament Committee.
  4. If the score is tied at the end of the match where a winner must be declared, two (2) five (5) minute overtime periods will be played with the Golden Goal (team scoring first during the overtime session is awarded the win) in effect during overtime, or kicks from the penalty mark shall be taken. All players of both teams are eligible to take part in the taking of the kicks from the penalty mark (except any players serving a yellow card penalty at the end of the game or any players ejected from the game). The following conditions will apply:
    1. Both teams must have the same number of players eligible to participate in kicks from the mark. If one team has more players eligible they must reduce eligible players from their lineup to even number of eligible players on both teams. All players will remain at the centre line except the keeper and kicker taking the penalty kick. (The keeper from the team not taking the kick shall wait on the side at the spot where the penalty area line connects with the boards.
    2. The referee will decide on which goal the kicks will take place.
    3. The referee will toss a coin with both team captains. The winner of the coin toss shall have the choice whether to kick first or second.
    4. Both teams shall take five (5) kicks taken alternatively.
    5. Each kick shall be taken by a different player. Not until all eligible players of a team, including the goalkeeper, have taken a kick may a player of the same team take a second kick.
    6. Any player who is eligible may change place with the goalkeeper at any time during the taking of the kicks.
    7. The taking of the kicks shall be in accordance with Law 13.

 

Start of Play

  1. At the beginning of the game, the home team will decide which goal it will attack in the first half of the game. The visiting team takes the kick-off to start of the game. The home team will kick off to start the second half of the game.
  2. At the kick-off, all players shall be in their own half of the playing area. All players opposing the team taking the kick-off shall not be less than 3 metres (9ft 10in) from the ball until it is kicked off. The game shall be started by the referee giving a signal. The ball is in play when it is kicked. For any infringement of this law, the kick-off shall be retaken. A goal may be scored directly from a kick-off.
  3. Should the player who took the kick-off touch the ball a second time before it has been touched or played by another player, an indirect free kick shall be awarded to the opposing team in accordance to Law 12.
  4. After a goal has been scored, the game shall be restarted by a kick-off, to be taken by the opposing team that was scored on.
  5. At the end of the first half of play, the teams shall change ends and the kick-off shall be taken by the team who did not start with the ball at the beginning of the first half.
  6. For any stoppages not mentioned in these Laws, the referee shall restart the game with a dropped ball. The ball shall be dropped at the place where the ball was, when play was stopped. The ball shall be in play as soon as it touches the floor.

 

Ball In and Out of Play

  1. The ball is out of play"
    1. when play has been stopped by the referee.
    2. when the ball has wholly crossed the out of play line above each goal at the end of the field (U11-U19) or has wholly crossed the goal line at the end of the field (U9).
    3. when the ball contacts the netting above the side boards.
    4. when the ball hits any of the grey wall, or the railing above the netting protecting the spectators, the netting itself, leaves the field of play, or touches the ceiling
  2. In the event of the ball striking the ceiling or going out of the playing area the referee shall restart the game with an indirect free kick that shall be taken from the place where the ball was last touched by a player of the opposing team.
  3. The ball is in play at all other times, including:
    1. when it rebounds into play from any of the white boards or walls under the out of play line marked on both ends of the field.
    2. when it rebounds from the referee when the referee is in the playing area.

 

Method of Scoring

  1. A goal is scored when the whole of the ball has crossed over the goal line, between the goal posts and under the crossbar.
  2. The referee shall be the sole judge as to whether a goal has been scored.

 

Off-Side

There is no off-side.

 

Time Card Penalties

  1. A yellow time card penalty is a four (4) minute penalty that must be served by the guilty player which includes the goalkeepers. The team is reduced by one (1) player while the player is serving the penalty. If a team is playing shorthanded due to a yellow time card penalty and they are scored against the penalty is now over and the player may leave the penalty box and the team returns to full strength. When a player is serving a four (4) minute yellow time card penalty and their penalty has expired they may return to the field of play on the signal from the referee. Play does not need to be stopped for the player to return to the field of play.
  2. A red card offence is a six (6) minute penalty. The player receiving the red card will need to leave the field of play immediately. The team with the red card penalty will play shorthanded for the penalty in its entirety, no matter how many goals are scored. The team with the red card penalty will not have to put an additional player in the penalty box to serve the penalty.
  3. Times are not added together and time served shall be that of the most severe time penalty.
  4. No team shall be more than two (2) players short.
  5. If a third player from a team shall be penalized while two players of the same team are serving penalties, the penalty of the third player shall not commence until the penalty time of the first player already penalized has elapsed. Nevertheless, the third player penalized must at once proceed to the penalty box, but may be replaced by a substitute until such a time as the penalty of the penalized player shall commence.
  6. When any team shall have three (3) players serving penalties at the same time because of the delayed penalty rule, and a substitute for the third offender is on the floor, none of the three (3) penalized players on the bench may return to the floor until play has stopped. When play has been stopped, the player whose full penalty has expired may return to play.
  7. Any player in the penalty box at the end of the game, should the game go to penalty kicks from the penalty mark to determine the winner, is ineligible to take part in the penalty kicks.

 

Free Kicks

  1. Free kicks shall be awarded under the heading: “Direct and Indirect”.
  2. For any infringement of the Laws of the Game when the ball is in play, the referee may award a free kick to the team opposing that of the offending player. The free kick shall be taken from the place where the offence occurred, with the following exceptions:
    1. Any free kick awarded for an offence committed close to the wall shall be taken 1.5 metres (4ft 11in) from the wall, at the point nearest to where the offence occurred.
    2. Any indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team within the opponent’s penalty area shall be taken from the part of the penalty area line which runs parallel to the goal-line, at the point nearest to where the offence was committed.
  3. At the taking of the free kick, the ball shall be stationary and all opponents shall be not less than 3 metres (9ft 10in) from the ball until it is in play. The ball is in play when it has been kicked and it moves.
  4. A player taking a free kick shall not touch the ball for a second time until it has been touched by another player. For any infringement of this Law, an indirect free kick shall be awarded to the opposing team.
  5. All defensive free kicks awarded in the defending teams penalty area must leave the penalty area from the original kick before the ball is in play.
  6. In the event of the ball striking the ceiling or going out of the playing area the referee shall restart the game with an indirect free kick that shall be taken from the place where the ball was last touched by a player of the opposing team.

 

Penalty Kicks

  1. A penalty kick shall be taken from the penalty-mark. At the top of the penalty area, all players with the exception of the goalkeeper and the player taking the kick, shall be outside the penalty area and behind the penalty mark/ball but within the playing-area and not less than 3 metres (9ft 10in) from the ball until the ball has been kicked.
  2. The goalkeeper must remain on his/her goal line facing the kicker between the goal posts, until the ball is kicked.
  3. The ball must be kicked forward. The player shall not play the ball a second time until it has been touched by another player. The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves. A goal may be scored directly from a penalty kick.
  4. Time of play shall be extended at the end of play to allow a penalty kick to be taken.
  5. For any infringement for the above Law, the referee shall allow the kick to be taken:
    1. if the infringement is by a player from the attacking team and the ball enters the goal, the kick is retaken.
    2. if the ball does not enter the goal the referee will stop play and award an indirect free kick to the opposing team at the place where the infringement occurred.
    3. if the infringement is by a player from the defending team and the ball enters the goal the goal is allowed.
    4. if the infringement is by a player from the defending team and the ball does not enter the goal the kick is retaken.
    5. if the infringement is by a member from both teams the kick is retaken.

 

Protests

  1. No protests will be heard on any judgement calls by the referee. Protests will be allowed on eligibility or other technical matters. All decisions by the referee will be final concerning the outcome of games.
  2. Protests, problems or complaints will be dealt with provided they are in writing and submitted to the Tournament Committee within one (1) hour after the completion of the game.

 

Field Marshals

  1. Field Marshals will be provided by the Tournament Committee.
  2. Please remember coaches and managers are responsible for the behaviour of their players and fans as per the SSA Code of Conduct.
  3. All spectators must watch the games from the stands area. Spectators who attempt to watch any games at field level will be asked to move upstairs to the stands.

 

Discipline Rules

Special Note: Any player pushing or body checking another player into the boards shall be immediately ejected from the game.

The Hollandia Off the Wall Tournament Committee has established a Tournament Discipline Committee.

  1. Discipline guidelines will follow the rules set forth by Saskatoon Youth Soccer.
  2. A one (1) game red card cannot be appealed.
  3. Suspended players or suspended team personnel cannot be on the bench during any games.
  4. Misconduct by players or team officials reported by the referee shall be dealt with by the Tournament Discipline Committee prior to the next game.
  5. Any player or team official ejected from a game or receiving a third caution during the competition may waive the right to a hearing and accept an automatic suspension for one (1) game. If a hearing is requested, the request must be made to the Tournament Headquarters within one (1) hour of the completion of the game.
  6. If the right to a hearing is not waived, or if the Tournament Discipline Committee at their sole discretion shall so decide, the Tournament Discipline Committee shall conduct hearings to deal with misconducts that may be deemed above and beyond that which constitutes a one (1) game suspension.
  7. The Tournament Discipline Committee, if warranted, will send the misconduct of any player, coach, or spectator related to the club to the respective soccer association the individuals are involved in where further discipline may occur.
  8. Discipline Infractions – The Tournament Discipline Committee will follow these guidelines:
    1. The Tournament Discipline Committee may take any disciplinary action it sees fit, including suspension from Tournament play. Any suspension shall take effect immediately and shall be from all tournament games.
    2. The Tournament Discipline Committee will forward their findings and reports to the governing body of the team whose player was subject to discipline.
    3. Guidelines for the Hollandia Off the Wall Discipline Committee are as follows:
VIOLENT CONDUCT 1st Offence 2nd Offence
Threatening to kick, punch, head butt another player (no physical contact) 2 games 4 games
Physical Confrontation (no punches) ie. Push, slap, trip, elbow, kick, chop, step on another player, etc. 3 games 6 games
3rd man in a physical confrontation (no punches) 3 games 6 games
Running the keeper (no attempt to avoid) 4 games DBH
Deliberate elbow, kick, punch, head butt, choking, hair pulling, chop, or step on another player (with intent to injure) 5 games 10 games
Fighting (punches thrown)

Instigator of fight

7 games

Additional 2 games

14 games

Additional 2 games

3rd man in a physical confrontation (punches thrown) 7 games DBH
Boarding (attempt to injure) 8 games DBH
Substitute entering field to join altercation DBH DBH
Any OTHER violent conduct not listed DBH DBH
SERIOUS FOUL PLAY 1st Offence 2nd Offence
Dangerous Tackle 2 games
Charging 2 games 3 games
Push from behind 2 games 3 games
Running the keeper (attempt to avoid) 2 games 3 games
Any OTHER serious foul play not listed DBH DBH
SPITTING 1st Offence 2nd Offence
Spitting 2 games 4 games
DENYING A GOAL SCORING OPPORTUNITY 1st Offence 2nd Offence
By deliberately handling the ball 1 game 2 games
By an offence punishable by a free kick or penalty kick 1 game 2 games
FOUL/ABUSIVE LANGUAGE OR INDECENT GESTURE 1st Offence 2nd Offence
Insulting, offensive or abusive language or gesture at official or other 1 game 2 games
OTHER ACTIVITY THAT MAY RESULT IN SUSPENSION 1st Offence 2nd Offence
Spitting on indoor fields 2 games 4 games
Did not leave immediately after being ejected from the game Add 1 game Add 2 games
After being ejected, slammed gate, kicked door, threw ball, etc. Add 1 game Add 2 games
After being ejected continued to use insulting, offensive or abusive language/gestures Add 2 games
After being ejected, significantly delayed the restart of the game due to continued insulting, offensive or abusive language/gestures and refusal to leave the field of play Add 5 games DBH
    1. Offences against Officials, at the discretion of the Tournament Discipline Committee, may be referred to the SSA to deal with, in which case offenders are suspended with immediate effect until the SSA has taken action.
    2. Any player or team official reported for misconduct who elects to have a hearing, or where the Tournament Discipline Committee has called the hearing, shall attend the hearing and may be accompanied by a club representative.
    3. Failure to attend, after notification by the Tournament Staff, shall result in immediate suspension until the player or team official involved requests a further hearing in writing, and appears at that subsequent hearing.
    4. The Tournament Discipline Committee shall hold a hearing into the behaviour of any player or team official outside alleged by the Tournament Staff to have brought the game into disrepute.

 

Hearings

  1. A Tournament Discipline Hearing Committee shall have no less than three members, one of whom shall act as Chairperson.
  2. The Tournament Discipline Hearing Committee shall satisfy itself that the person charged has had details of the charge.
  3. The person charged or his/her Representative, shall be entitled to make a submission.
  4. At any time, the Chairperson and, through him/her, members of the committee, may ask questions of the witness to clear up any doubts which may exist.
  5. If the charge is found “not proven” the session will be declared closed.
  6. If the charge is found “proved” the Committee shall proceed to decide whether any, and if so what, disciplinary action shall be taken.

 

Saskatchewan Laws

  1. All players eligible to play in the Hollandia Off the Wall Tournament are"minors" in the Province of Saskatchewan. Possession or use of alcohol by "minors" is illegal. Any report of use of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs will result in expulsion from the tournament.
  2. Any person who defaces, destroys, steals, or otherwise abuses the facilities of the Hollandia Off the Wall Tournament or any Hollandia property will be expelled from the tournament.

 

Refund Policy

There will be no refunds after the registration deadline. Refunds prior to the final registration deadline will be in full with the exception of a $50.00 administration fee.

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