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Bancroft School Indoor Soccer League Rules & Regulations

All teams must be paid in full by the start of their second game of the season. Any team not paid by the start of their second game will forfeit all games 3-0 until payment is made in full. Deposits are non-refundable.  


  • Teams must be in the athletic center 10 minutes before the start of their game.
  • Teams may enter the Field area five (5) minutes before kickoff.
  • If a team is five (5) minutes late (meaning not in the bench area for the start of the game, as signaled by the referee’s horn), it will forfeit the game 3-0.


  • Uniforms shall consist of matching shirts and matching socks.
  • All players must wear shin guards covered by their socks.
  • Players with mismatched uniforms will not be allowed to play.
  • For safety, all players are asked to wear indoor soccer shoes or sneakers. We will allow molded rubber cleats less than 1/2 inch — NO metal-tipped cleats, NO V-cleats and NO screw-in cleats.
  • Thigh protectors are optional, but if used, must match the team uniform shirts in color.
  • ALL jewelry must be removed prior to a game.
  • Players without uniforms will not be permitted in the bench area.


Age Division requirements for 2018 Session # 1

Here is a table to figure out if a player is eligible to play a specific age group at the Bancroft School Indoor Soccer League.

Program            Grade requirements                       Born On or After

Grade 1/2  Formerly U-8                 2nd Grade or Lower           AND    1/1/2010

Grade 3/4  Formerly U-10            4th Grade or Lower           AND    1/1/2008

Grade 5/6  Formerly U-12            6th Grade or Lower          AND    1/1/2006

Grade 7/8  Formerly U-14           8th Grade or Lower           AND    1/1/2004

ALL players must meet both requirements.

If a player only meets one of the requirements the player is too old compete in that age group

  • Players may ONLY play on one (1) team per Gender and Age category (i.e., they may not play on two U-12 Boys or two U-12 Girls teams).
  • Players may play UP into a higher age division (i.e., they may play U-10 and U-12).
  • Players may NOT play down into a lower age division (i.e., an 11-year-old may not play in U-12 and U-10).
  • Girls may play on a both a boys’ and a girls’ team in their age category (i.e., a girl may play U-12 Girls and U-12 Boys).
  • Boys may NOT play on both a boys’ and girls’ team in their age category. (i.e., a boy may not play U-12 Girls and U-12 Boys).
  • U8 division is Co-ed. Teams can be all boys, all girls, or co-ed. No minimum number of players on the field


  • Bancroft Indoor Soccer League age levels will be determined by the MA. Youth Soccer Chart. Please consult the chart when putting together your roster for the season.

  • Rosters with names, dates of birth, and town residences must be submitted at registration.
  • Roster changes are permitted up to the (2nd) game of the season.
  • Maximum players at a game per week is 15
  • Youth players’ age eligibility shall be used by the MAYSA


  • All Coaches challenge about age or grade MUST be made to the League Director.  The Challenged Coach has ONLY 24 hours to provide a birth certificate. Therefore, we request that coaches carry a copy of each player’s birth certificate or proof of age at all contests. 
  • Any player who falsifies his or her age or uses a false birth certificate shall be banned from the Bancroft School Indoor Soccer League.
  • The Coach of any team using players with falsified age shall be banned from the Bancroft School Indoor Soccer League
  • All games in which ineligible players participate shall be forfeited by a 3-0 score.
  • Any team caught using an alternate will forfeit the game they play 3-0, and will forfeit their right to go to the Playoffs.


  • U-8 will play 7v7 including a goalie
  • U-10 will play 7v7 including a goalie
  • U-12 will play 7v7 including a goalie
  • U-14 will play 7v7 including a goalie
  • Guaranteed substitution — We will play with the sub-on-the-fly rule. Players are allowed to sub at any time during game play.
  • Referee’s judgment on goal scored.
  • All games will be played in 2 equal halves 
    • U-8 will play two 20-minute periods
    • U-10 will play two 20-minute periods
    • U-12 will play two 20-minute periods
    • U-14 will play two 20-minute halves
  • Half time is two (2) minutes
  • For safety — No sliding at anytime during the game
  • Ball over the endline will be goal or corner kick. Ball over the sidelines will be throw In. Opposing players must be 2 yards from the ball.
  • No offsides

  • Kick off will be an indirect kick


  • Goalie has (6) seconds to distribute the ball.
  • Penalty or infraction is indirect kick from where the ball crosses midfield.
  • The goal keeper must play the ball with their feet on any pass back from a teammate.
  • Goalies may not slide out of the box to play the ball.
  • Punting and drop kicks are not allowed. A goalie must distribute the ball with a throw after a save. The ball must bounce on the defensive side of the field before crossing the half field mark. If a team is behind by 5 goals or more, the goalies throw may cross midfield in the air.


  • Ball must hit goalie’s own half to be played. If a team is behind by 5 goals or more, the goal kick may cross midfield in the air.
  • Penalty for infraction is indirect kick from where the ball crossed midfield


  • Teams receive three (3) points per win and one (1) point per tie.
  • Standings will be adjusted on Tuesday of every week and placed online for coaches, spectators, and players to view.


  • Tie breakers are settled by the following criteria:
    • 1st head to head games 
    • 2nd goals against 
    • 3rd goals for 
    • 4th record vs. common opponents 
    • 5th combined record of all teams played 
    • 6th coin flip

  • Team will only receive credit for the +5 goals amount they beat a team (i.e., If a team wins 12-3, they will only be credited for 8 goals.)  


  • Leagues with 4 teams or less: ALL teams make the playoffs
  • Leagues with 5-9 teams: 6 teams make the playoffs
  • Leagues with 9+ teams: 6 teams make the playoffs


  • (All Playoff Games will be played on one day.  Playoff Games will be one 30-minute game)
  • Playoffs involving four teams will have two rounds of playoffs:
    • Semi-finals with (Seed 1 vs Seed 4) and (Seed 2 vs Seed 3).
    • Finals being the winners of those games 

  • Playoffs involving six teams will have three rounds of playoffs:
    • Round 1 will see (Seed 3 vs Seed 6), (Seed 4 vs Seed 5), and Seeds 1 and 2 will have the bye
    • Round 2 will see (Seed 1 vs the lowest-seeded winner Round 1) and (Seed 2 vs the highest seeded winner Round 1).
    • Finals being the winners of those games


   Spectators must stay on the track on the opposite side of the field from the benches. No player, coach or spectator is allowed to stand on the track behind the goal line



  • Appointments and scheduling will be done by the leagues coordinator 
  • Officials must attend yearly orientation on the league’s rules and procedures 
  • Referee director will monitor official’s performance for future assignments 
  • Referee’s decision on judgment calls and game results are final
  • Game protest will be evaluated in writing within 48 hours and analyzed with the referee’s report
  • Coaches are welcome to report referee’s performance in writing to the league coordinators
  • Zero-Tolerance policy regarding confronting or challenging a referee. Confronting or Challenging a referee at any time by a player, coach, or parent will result in dismissal of player, coach, or parent from the league.
  • All complaints are to be filed through Mario after the game.


  • Endangering by sliding will result in a direct kick
  • Player committing infraction(s) may be awarded a 2-minute penalty. The player will come back when time expires or when opponent scores.
  • Persisting infractions after a 2-minute (same player) will get a caution and a 2-minute penalty. Persisting infractions after a caution, player will be “sent off” (Yellow card). A 5-minute penalty will be served by the player, and it will be fully served regardless of goals scored against.

Serious foul/violent conduct by players or coaches will result in ejection and season-long suspension.

Foul and abusive language against league officials, referees and others will be dealt with as violent conduct (this includes parental behavior).

Any ejected player will be suspended minimum of 3 games.

Any ejected coach will be suspended for the season. Full season suspension includes playoffs.

Any damage to the field house will result in full season suspension, plus the responsible party must pay all damages!

The offending party’s team is not allowed to participate until damages are paid in full.

Coaches entering the “field” to protest a call will be deemed as a violent act.

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