Soccer 11v11 Game Rules

outdoor summer soccer

Rules for 11v11 soccer follow FIFA Laws of the Game with the following exceptions:

Players and Rosters

  • All players must be registered and on the roster prior to playing.
  • Teams may have up to twenty-four (24) registered players on the roster.
  • No additions to team rosters after 2/3's of league games have been played.


Unlimited substitutions on goal kicks, team`s own throw-ins, after a goal.

*Teams can piggy back on opposing teams substitutions.

Game Duration

League games are 2x45min minutes with a five (5) minute half time.

Weather Cancellations

Caution is recommended when deciding to participate in any programs during extreme heat and/or during unstable storm conditions. Responsibility rests with the player to make the ultimate decision as to whether they come to the facility or field and play.

Extreme Heat
Games run regardless of temperature and/or humidex.

Rain, Thunder & Lightning
Games run in the rain.

In cases of unstable storm conditions programs will be cancelled at the field using the Flash to Bang 30/30 Rule” method. With this method the seconds are counted from the time a flash of lightning is seen until a clap of thunder is heard or vice versa. When this number is 30 seconds or less, the program is cancelled and evacuation of the field will begin immediately. Games cancelled due to thunder and lightning will not be made up.

Field Closures
Outdoor programs operate on rented properties and may be closed for reasons outside our control. City of Hamilton, school boards & private operators may close their grass fields due to rain and/or field conditions and turf fields may be closed due to flooding. If facilities are closed games are cancelled and will not be made-up.

Players Equipment

Shin Pads

  • Mandatory shin pads (concealed by stockings or track pants) and cleats
  • Players not wearing shin pads must leave field immediately.

Braces & Casts

  • Sport-specific (light weight, smooth, soft exterior, plastic) and (bubble) wrapped (metal and plaster) braces & casts are acceptable if they provide sufficient cushion and safety to other players.
  • Aggressive, sloppy and/or dangerous play while wearing a brace or cast is not acceptable. Players wearing a brace or cast assume all liability to the safety of themselves and all other participants as a result of their choice.


  • Necklaces, bracelets and chains must be removed.
  • Removal of all piercing and body jewellery is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for all players. Referees will not turn away players with taped piercings and body jewellery, however, if a player wishes to play with jewellery (however concealed) they assume all responsibility and liability to the safety of themselves and all other participants as a result of their choice


  • Active Sports Eyewear with a head strap is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for players who require corrective eyewear. Referees will not turn away players who do not have Active Sports Eyewear, however, if a player wishes to play with glasses they must have a head strap and they assume all responsibility and liability to the safety of themselves and all other participants as a result of their eyewear choice


  • Head coverings may be worn although it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED the fabric of such be elastic and tight fitting so as not to become a strangulation and/or tripping hazard. Players wearing head coverings during play assume all responsibility and liability to the safety of themselves and all other participants as a result of their clothing choice. Referees will not turn away players who wear head coverings.
  • Shorts, track pants and/or tights are the preferred clothing while playing soccer, however, player's may choose to wear alternate/additional clothing during play as long as the player is clearly identifiable as to which team they belong and have their number clearly visible on their back. It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that if a player wears a skirt, the length should not fall below the ankle and be appropriately designed and worn so as not to become a tripping hazard. Players wearing skirts during play assume all responsibility and liability to the safety of themselves and all other participants as a result of their clothing choice. Referees will not turn away players who wear skirts.

Penalties & Discipline

  • Yellow cards are recorded beside the offending player on the game sheet.
SIN BIN (Yellow Card + Temporary Dismissal)
  • If a player receives a Yellow card for dissent by word or action directed towards the referee, the player will receive the Yellow card AND be directed towards the "Sin-Bin" and temporarily dismissed. The referee will indicate a temporary dismissal by showing a Yellow card and then clearly pointing with both arms to the players bench.
  • If a goalkeeper receives the temporary dismissal, the team may select another on-field player to serve the time.
  • The offending team must play short for 9 minutes.
  • The temporary dismissal period begins when play restarts after the player has left the field of play. Once the temporary dismissal period has been completed, the player can return from the touchline with the referee’s permission, which can be given while the ball is in play. The referee has the final decision as to when the player can return. A temporarily dismissed player can not be substituted until the end of the temporary dismissal period.
  • A player who is still serving a temporary dismissal at the end of the match is permitted to take part in kicks from the penalty mark (penalties).
  • A temporarily dismissed player should remain within the technical area.
  • A temporarily dismissed player who commits a cautionable (YC) or sending-off (RC) offense during their temporary dismissal period will take no further part in the match and may not be replaced or substituted
  • Offending player must leave the facility. Red is noted on game sheet and report completed after game.
  • Players shown a Red Card are assessed penalties according to the Ontario Soccer player discipline table.
  • Players receiving a Red Card are also fined an automatic $100 and miss at least one (1) game.
  • Tournament Red Cards are an automatic $100 fine and the player misses the next game.
  • Two (2) Yellows = Red.
  • Second sliding tackle is a Red Card offence.

Defaults & 'Not enough players' to start

  • Default and no-show games are recorded as 3-0
  • Tournament defaults are recorded as 3-0


  1. points where win = 3, tie = 1 and loss = 0
  2. head to head
  3. goal differential
  4. number of wins
  5. total goals scored
  6. coin toss​