Rules for Belmont Second Soccer (9/1/10)

Length of game
Two 25-minute halves, running time, with a 5-minute halftime break. Games start at 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00.

Soccer ball size #3. Shin guards are mandatory.

NOT safe to wear during practices and games
Coaches and referees should stop players from playing with any of the following:

  • Any rigid or semi-rigid cast or splint
  • Hair barrettes, of any material, other than soft pliable plastic or rubber
  • Earrings of any kind (you can't just cover earrings with band aids, so if your child wants to pierce his/her ears, please wait until after the season!)
    Jewelry of any sort
  • Hats or other headgear…the brim (hard bill) of a common baseball cap is not considered to meet the requirement of soft and pliable material
    Game day

Team Selection

  • Prior to each game, the coach divides the team into two squads of equal ability, each with boys and girls. The makeup of each squad varies each week. Playing time should be as even as possible for all players. Games are six versus six – in 1st and 2nd grades one of these players is the goalie – and five versus five for K (no goalie).

A referee should blow the whistle to:

  • Start each half-blow once.
  • End each half-blow three times.
  • Stop play for a goal kick or corner kick.
  • Stop play to repeat the same play (i.e. corner kick, or if a goalie punts the ball).
  • Stop play if a foul has been committed.
  • Stop play if a player is injured (Referee will determine which team starts with a free kick after injury is addressed).

A referee will repeat a play in these situations:

  • Corner kick: A player must kick a corner kick to another player (may not kick the ball twice in a row). Opposing players must be 5 yards from the player kicking the ball. The same player should repeat any incorrect corner kicks.
  • Goalie punting: Goalies are not allowed to punt in Second Soccer. Those who do should repeat the play by throwing, rolling or kicking the ball on the ground. (Note: If a goalie places the ball on the ground after a save, the ball is in play and may be challenged by the opposing team).
  • Indirect kicks: Opposing players must be 5 yards from the player taking the kick. A goal cannot be scored on an indirect free kick unless the ball has been touched by another player on either team. Repeat the play if the opposing team does not give space or if a goal is scored.
  • Kick off: A player must kick to a teammate, not to him/herself (for example, one cannot start dribbling the ball).
  • Goal Kick: Opposing players must retun to the half way line (all Grades). Coaches need to teach players to return to the half-way line.
  • Fouls
  • No slide tackles.
  • No offside.
  • A player kicks or attempts to kick an opponent (whether intentional or not).
  • A player charges an opponent.
  • A player trips an opponent (whether intentional or not).
  • A player strikes an opponent.
  • A player fights with an opponent or exhibits poor sportsmanship (i.e., poor language, taunting an opposing team, etc.).
  • Referee will indicate to the coach to substitute that player. Coach should remind player of sportsmanlike conduct and decide if he/she should play again that game.
  • A player holds an opponent, or holds an opponent’s uniform.
  • A player, other than the goalkeeper, uses a hand to stop the ball (unless a player is protecting his/her head, chest or abdomen from an indirect kick).
  • Kindergartners cannot protect the goal using their hands.

Penalty for fouls

  • All fouls are awarded an indirect free kick. No penalty kicks in Second Soccer. The referee will briefly explain all infractions to the offending player.


  • Substitutions can be made when there is a stop in play. Coach calls “Subs!” to the referees. Referees keep play stopped until all players are ready. Before re-starting the game, the referees do a quick count to make sure there are 6 players per team on the field (unless slaughter rule is in play). Coaches should make every effort to make substitutions happen as fast as possible since games are on running time.

K only

  • There are no goalies at the kindergarten level. There are also no throw-ins, corners or goal kicks. For dead-ball situations (Throw-ins, corners, goal kicks) players can dribble the ball into restart play. This helps speed up the game and keeps kids engaged.

Offside rules

  • There is no offside rule in Second Soccer. However, common sense should prevail. Leaving a player hanging out by the opposing goal teaches a team neither good sportsmanship, nor good soccer skills. It’s the Coach’s responsibility to encourage players to move up and back with the ball. If a team or player intentionally takes advantage of offsides (i.e., cherry picks), the referee can ask the player(s) to move to the mid field line when the ball is in their defensive end.

General Sportsmanship

  • At the end of each game players and coaches line up and congratulate the opposing team by shaking hands. Good sportsmanship on the part of the players, coaches, parents and spectators is required, and should be emphasized by the coaches.
  • Spectators and coaches must stand along the sidelines (never along the goal lines).
  • Referees keep game time, not coaches.

Coaches Code of Conduct

Belmont Second Soccer and Mass Youth Soccer are concerned about the conduct of all coaches and referees during games at all levels. We want to ensure that games are fair, positive and enjoyable experiences for all of the children and adults involved.

To clarify expectations of coach conduct, we jointly expect all coaches to conform to this Code of Conduct:

  • Before, during and after the game, be an example of dignity, patience and positive spirit.
  • Before a game, introduce yourself to the opposing coach and to the referee.
  • During the game, you are responsible for the sportsmanship of your players. If one of your players is disrespectful, irresponsible or overly aggressive, take the player out of the game at least long enough for him/her to calm down.
  • During the game, you are also responsible for the conduct of the parents of your players. It is imperative to explain acceptable player and parent behavior in a preseason meeting.
  • Encourage parents to applaud and cheer for good plays by either team. This is a great opportunity to lead by example.
  • During the game, you are also responsible for the conduct of spectators rooting for your team.
  • During or after the game, do not address the referees, EXCEPT for emergency timeouts and substitutions.
  • If you have a complaint about a referee, kindly present your concerns objectively and formerly to your grade coordinator after the game.

Coaches who don't follow the expectations described above will be disciplined or removed. Consequences will be consistent with infractions of the Zero Tolerance Policy.


All individuals responsible for a team and all spectators shall support the referee. Failure to do so will undermine the referee’s authority and has the potential of creating a hostile environment for the players, the referee, and all the other participants and spectators.

Consequently, the BSS has adopted and modified the following rule:

No one, except the players, is to speak to the referee during or after the game. Exceptions: Coaches may ask questions before the game, call for substitutions and point out emergencies during the game, or respond to the referee if addressed.

Absolutely no disputing calls, during or after the game, no remarks to the referee to watch certain players or attend to rough play. NO YELLING at the referee, EVER, and no criticism, sarcasm, harassment, intimidation, or feedback of any kind during or after the game.

Penalties for infractions will be: 1st offense: warning; 2nd offense: suspension for one game (either as a spectator or as a coach); 3rd offense: not allowed on BSS fields.