We will follow the FIFA BEACH LOTG with an exception of the Kick Off. This is a summary of the format and rules. Please refer to our Tournament Details for more information.

Game Format:

  • 3 periods, 11 minutes each; 2 minute breaks between periods
  • Win = 3pts, Tie = 1pt, 1pt per shutout, 1pt per goal upto 4 goals
  • Mercy Rule = minus 1 point for a goal differential of 10, every 2 goals above 10 subtracts an additional point
  • Yellow card/blue card if necessary : 2 minute penalty
  • Red Card = ejection from tournament and the beach plus a 3 point deduction in the standings
  • Ties:
    • No tie-breaker in round-robin play unless necessary to determine playoff spots
    • Playoff games finishing in a tie go into overtime consisting of one 3 minute overtime period. If overtime results in a tie, there will be a round of 5 penalties. If after 5 penalties there is still a tie, sudden death – 1 for 1 until a winner is determined
  • Recommended 8 players per team, 12 players maximum per team
  • 5 aside games: 4 on the field and a goalkeeper (U9 and Up)
  • 6 aside games: 5 on the field and a goalkeeper (U8 and under)
  • 4 players minimum on the field at all times
    • Co-Ed divisions: 2 females minimum on the field at all times
  • Substitutions are unlimited; flying subs

Game Rules:

  • Wrist-bands must be checked by referee prior to all games
  • Shoes and shin guards not permitted; socks, tape and ankle guards permitted
  • Goal Clearance:
    • Indirect
    • Keeper may throw the ball into play within 5 seconds
    • Punting is not allowed
  • Pass backs:
    • Pass backs to the goalie are allowed, but only once in a succession of play from the same player
    • Keeper can use their hands only once in succession
  • Free kicks, Penalty kicks:
    • Direct
    • No walls allowed except on kick-offs; kick-offs are indirect
    • Opponents must stay 5 yards from kicker
  • Corner kicks:
    • Direct
    • Goal clearance given to opposing team if 6-second time rule is broken
    • Opponents must stay 5 yards away from kicker
  • Kick-ins/Throw-ins:
    • Indirect
    • Taken from the sidelines
    • No walls allowed
    • Opponents must stay 5 yards from kicker/thrower
  • No Offsides

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