Welcome to Soccer Spectrum Indoor Soccer Arena, North Texas’ first facility designed for indoor soccer. The following is important information regarding registration and league rules that come to both you and your teammates, will need to know before playing your first game. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the information, as it will prevent any confusion in the future. Soccer Spectrum wishes your team the best, let us know if we can help you in any way. Thanks, Soccer Spectrum management.
Deposits & Team Reservation
A $100.00 deposit is required in order to reserve a team’s place in all leagues. At the time a deposit is received, the team will be placed on a priority list for the league in which they would prefer to play. If a deposit is not placed, leagues will come on a FIRST COME basis.
All remaining league fees are due prior to the first game of the season. Any and all teams with an outstanding balance prior to the second game of the season will be required to pay the FULL BALANCE PRIOR TO PLAYING OR RECEIVE A FORFEIT. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Each coach/captain will be notified by telephone and given the time of their first game. Each coach/captain will then notify each team member. Upon arrival for your first game, the captain will be furnished with a full season schedule with all the remaining games. Teams must submit all schedule requests at least 10 days prior to the start of the season. Soccer Spectrum will make every attempt to accommodate your request. If we are unable to accommodate your team we will notify you prior to issuing the schedule. All schedules are final. Any changes made after the final schedule is issued are subject to the re-scheduling policy.
Once completed, all schedules are final. If your team has a conflict, and is unable to play at the scheduled time, the following re-scheduling policy will be followed:
A) Soccer Spectrum must receive a written request, along with a $25 check from the team coach or captain, at least 5 days prior to the game in question.
B) The opposing team will then be notified that their opponent has a conflict. If the opposing team can play the game during another available time slot the game will be re-scheduled.
C) If the opposing team does not want to or is unable to play in another time slot the game will be played at the originally scheduled time and the $25 fee returned.
Team rosters must be completed and turned in to the office prior to the first game of the season. A team may add or delete players up to the THIRD game of the season. At the start of the third game of the season all rosters are frozen. If your roster is not turned in prior to the third game, you will forfeit the game. Any team using a non-roster player will forfeit the game automatically.
INDOOR SOCCER RULES & REGULATIONS
All players must wear shin guards that are covered by socks; numbered jersey (no taped numbers); no cleated soles; goalkeeper must wear different colored jersey; no watches or jewelry; casts and braces at the referee’s discretion.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS
U-8 & U-10 = 1 goalkeeper and 7 field players
U-12 = 1 goalkeeper and 6 field players
U-14 – U-18 = 1 goalkeeper and 6 field players
Men’s = 1 goalkeeper and 5 field players
Women’s & Coed = 1 goalkeeper and 6 field players
* The minimum number of players required to start a game is 3 field players and 1 goalkeeper for a total of 4 players.
Major and minor infractions are penalized by a direct free kick. A time penalty can also be given depending on the severity of the foul. All dead ball free kicks are direct.
Time penalties are issued for serious fouls, delay of game, unsportsmanlike conduct, and violent fouls. Blue card infractions are penalized 2 minutes, yellow cards are penalized four minutes, and red cards penalized 5 minutes. If a team is issued a time penalty, that team must play a man down for the duration of the penalty, or until a goal is scored by the opposing team. If a player is issued a blue card for misconduct, that player must serve the entire time and must wait for a dead ball to re-enter the game. A team does not play shorthanded for a misconduct penalty unless there are no players on the bench to replace the penalized player. If a team falls below the minimum number of lplayers required as a result of a time penalty, they will receive a forfeit. If a goalkeeper receives a blue or yellow card, a field player must serve the penalty for the goalkeeper. Any penalty time not expired at the end of a half will be carried over into the next half or overtime. If a player receives 2 blue cards in one game a yellow card is issued. Any player receiving 3 blue cards in one game is issued a red card and is ejected from the game. Any player ejected from the game must leave the building.
DELAY OF GAME
Delay of game is called when 1) a player deliberately puts the ball out of play in an attempt to delay the game 2) the defending player lines up closer than 15 feet for free kicks and encroachment is called 3) a player takes longer than 5 seconds to put a free kick in play after having been signaled to do so by the referee 4) the goalkeeper does not distribute the ball outside the box within 5 seconds of possession with either hands or feet.
A shootout is taken from the open dot between the top of the box and the red line. The goalie must have one foot on the goal line and all other players, with the exception of the shooter, must be at midfield when the whistle is blown. Once the whistle is blown to start the shootout, the ball is in play and the other players at midfield may chase down the shooter and try to stop him/her from scoring. Shootouts are awarded when, the last defender deliberately fouls an opposing team member, a foul is committed to prevent a sure goal, or for a sixth foul is committed.
RED LINE VIOLATIONS
A red line violation occurs when the ball crosses both red lines in the air without being touched by another player of either team, the net, the wall, or the referee. Change possession and a direct kick from the first crossed red line restarts the play.
When a team accumulates six fouls in a half, a shootout is awarded. Red line violations, two touch fouls, and time penalties do not count toward team fouls. A shootout will be given every sixth foul incurred in each half. Illegal substitution and bench penalties are not considered team fouls.
All players playing indoor soccer or coaches coaching at any sanctioned facility in North Texas must have valid indoor I.D. cards approved through N.T.S.S.A. office in Carrollton (972)323-1323. Cards are valid for one year from August 31st – August 31st the following year. Adult cards are $25 and youth cards are $18. The price of the card remains the same regardless of when it was purchased. A picture I.D. is required for all age groups U6 to adults. Soccer Spectrum will take your photo and produce the I.D. You must have a valid I.D. to play. NO CARD, NO PLAY, NO EXCEPTIONS! Players and coaches are the only people allowed in the players’ box. Should you have any questions regarding I.D. cards contact Soccer Spectrum or the N.T.S.S.A. office.
All league games are 40 minutes long with 2 twenty-minute halves. Halftime is 1 minute long. Regular season games that end in a tie are considered ties. Only in a championship game or third-place game is overtime played. Over time consists of a 3 minute sudden death period. If still tied, the game will go to a shootout. Before each game, each player must give his or her I.D. card to the referee. If a team is short the minimum number of players required to begin, they will be given a 10-minute grace period before the game is considered a forfeit. During this grace period, the game clock will be running, and in the event that the minimum number of players required arrive, the clock will not be reset. In the event of a forfeit, the teams involved will have access to the field during the scheduled game time for a scrimmage or practice.
The game clock on the scoreboard runs continuously throughout the game. Teams are to be on the field ready to play at their scheduled time. The clock will stop for injuries. The clock will be stopped for all whistles in the last 2 minutes of the second half of a championship game. In all other instances, the clock can only be stopped at the referee’s discretion.
All Soccer Spectrum referees are certified by N.T.S.S.A. for indoor soccer. The number of referees required in each age division and their compensation is as follows:
U-16 AND UP- 2 REFEREES @ $14 EACH = $28
U-14 AND BELOW- 1 referee at $7 per team = $14
Each team is responsible for half of the total fee paid to the referee or referees. If only one referee is available for a game in which 2 referees are normally used, both teams pay $7 each to the referee (N.T.S.S.A. RULE)
Standings are determined by wins, losses, and ties. The best overall team record determines playoff positioning. 1 v 2 for the championship, 3 v 4 for third place. In the event of a tie in records, the following tie-breaking system will be used:
A) head-to-head play
B) Goals differential
C) Goals for
D) Goals Against
Individuals may play on as many different teams as desired provided; 1) they are on the same team roster, 2) they are not competing on two teams within the same league. In an effort to provide the most fun and competitive environment for all teams, Soccer Spectrum reserves the right, if necessary, to place teams in the appropriate division based on the level of play and /or ability of the players.
Note Co-ed division requirements.
SPECIAL COED RULES & REGULATIONS
1) Each team will field a total of seven players; 3 male and 3 female, and a goalkeeper of either sex. The minimum number of players required to start a game is five with one female included in that number. A team may have more females than males on the field at any time. Similarly, there can be more male players on the field than female players so long as there are no more than three male players (excluding the goalkeeper).
2) A female may score from anywhere on the field. A male may score from outside the red line or from within the red line if he receives a pass from a female player. A female goal is worth 2 points. A male goal is worth 1 point. A male player who is “live” (having received the ball from a female player) can play the ball off the wall and still be “hot” (able to shoot from inside the red line) as long as the ball was not touched. If a “live” player shoots and the ball is deflected off the goalkeeper, he is still “hot” and may shoot again.
3) There is no sliding or slide tackling allowed in a coed game with the exception of the goalkeeper in his box. Dangerous play will be determined at the referee’s discretion and a two-minute penalty may be given if deemed necessary by the referee.
4) Shootouts in coed – one point for males – two points for females.
1) Teams may rent the playing field for practices or scrimmages by calling and reserving a time with a manager. Call Soccer Spectrum at (972)644-8845 to reserve your time.
2) Soccer Spectrum offers Birthday parties for kids. Birthday parties include the use of the field for a 45-minute slot (2 twenty-minute halves, 5-minute halftime), and a Soccer Spectrum staff member to split up the teams and referee the game. Our party room will then be yours for the remainder of the party to open up gifts and eat cake and ice cream. Feel free to bring your own refreshments. If you would like to have Soccer Spectrum supply the food and beverages, please let us know when booking the party, and we will take care of the rest. For prices, with questions or to reserve a time, call Soccer Spectrum at (972)644-8845.
3) Smoking is prohibited on the premises.
4) Only players and coaches allowed in the players’ box.
5) No food, drink, gum or spitting allowed on the field.
6) No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Thanks and enjoy the season!