Outdoor Soccer

Outdoor Soccer Rules

League Rules

Any issue that arises that is not covered in the league rules should be settled by the two team captains. The issue should then be brought to the attention of the rec league so information can be added to the league rules.


  • Although the WRL encourages participants to have a good time, alcohol and other controlled substances are not allowed at any sporting event. Any player found to be under the influence of alcohol, or other controlled substance, will be automatically ejected from the league. Any fines received will be the responsibility of the team.
  • Little Mountain Sportsplex will fine teams $100 if caught with outside alcohol. Teams will lose every scheduled game until their fines are paid and no further games will be scheduled. Little Mountain is a privately owned facility and has the right to fine anyone that enters their park without paying the gate fee. Fines will be issued to the league and then passed on to the team. WRL has the right to use a team’s default deposit to pay any outstanding fine at the end of the season.
  • Field are rented through the city or private owners
  • Please be respectful of the neighbors, homeowners and surrounding community
  • If there are any issues with one of the neighbors, please be courteous and polite, and then report any issues to the Rec League office.
  • Players are responsible for all property damage
Game Times
  • Please arrive at the field 15 minutes prior to your schedule game time. This allows for a warm up and for the game to start and end on time. Games are scheduled back to back so all games must end on time.
  • Games consist of two 25 minute halves with a 5 minute half time.
  • 11 vs 11 - Full roster will have 11 players including a goalie. At least 4 females must be on the field at all times. If the goalie is a female, she doesn’t count towards the 4 that must be on the field.  A team can play with only 3 female players, however they must play with only 10 players including the goalie.
  • 6 vs 6 - Full roster will have 6 players including a goalie. At least 2 females must be on the field at all times. If the goalie is female she doesn't count towards the 2 that must be on the field.  A team can play with only 1 female player, however they must play with only 5 players including the goalie.
  • 11 vs 11 - A minimum of 8 players including 3 females must be present in order for the game to take place. If a team has less than 8 players or less than 3 females they will default the game 5-0. The game can still be played, however the default score will be recorded in the standings.
  • 6 vs 6 - A minimum of 4 players including 2 females must be present in order for the game to take place. If a team has less than 4 players or less than 2 females they will default the game 5-0. The game can still be played, however the default score will be recorded in the standings.
  • Roster size is unlimited. Please make sure you have sufficient subs in order to avoid defaults. If your team defaults your will lose your default deposit. If a team defaults twice they may be removed from the schedule.
  • ***NEW SPRING 2018*** For every 5 minutes a team is late, their opponent will receive 1 goal advantage.  A team is consider late when they do not meet the minimum roster requirements.  Everyone's time is valuble.  Please respect your opponenets time and show up prior to your scheduled game time.
  • The Rec League does not provide “pinnies” or jerseys for teams.
  • All players are responsible for bringing a dark and light color shirt. Teams will then decide at the field which team will wear which color. If someone does not have a shirt color that matches the rest of the team, the opposing team can ask them not to play. All discussions regarding jerseys should be between the two captains.

Start of Game
  • Captains will decide which team gets the first kick off. The other team will get the kick off in the second half.
  • Teams will change ends for the second half.
  • Kicks must be in the forward direction.
  • A goal cannot be scored on the kick off.
  • All teams have been given a net. Each team is responsible for setting up their net prior to the game.
  • Teams are responsible for returning the equipment in the condition and quantity as it was given out. If you switch equipment with another team, you are still responsible to return the same number of balls, pylons, pegs and net as you received at the beginning of the season.
  • Shin guards are allowed but not mandatory. Shin guards must be under socks
  • There are no referees, all games are self-officiated and captains are responsible for making sure players call their own fouls. If a player doesn’t call a foul, the team should speak up and call the foul on their player
  • Any rules that aren’t covered should be decided upon by the two captains only. The captains should then report the missing information to the Rec League.
  • When a player passes the ball to the goalkeeper he cannot use his hands, if this occurs, an indirect free kick will take place from where this occurred
  • Captains should make sure the goal crease is identified. It should be 8 paces out and four paces outside of each goal post
  • Offside occurs when:
    • A player is closer to the opponent’s goal line than at least two opponents - the goalie and one other player
    • The player is closer to the opponents goal line than the ball and a teammate of the player has the ball and kicks it forward towards the player in the offside position or the ball is shot at the net and it rebounds back out to the player who is in the off side position
    • The offside should be called once the kicker has released the ball and it is intended for the offside player
  • A player is not offside when
    • They are in the offside position and the ball is not passed to them
    • The player receives the ball from a goal kick, corner kick or throw in
    • The player is in their own half of the field.
  • When a player is offside, the opposing team shall take an indirect free kick from the place where the infraction occurred
  • Slide Tackling is not allowed. Slide tackling includes any player, including the goalie, leaving the ground in a foot forward motion, attempting to relieve the offensive player from the ball.
  • Sliding in all situations is dangerous and is not allowed
  • Setting a pick for another player is not allowed.
  • All free kicks are indirect kicks (except penalty kicks). Meaning a goal cannot be scored unless touched by another player first
  • Fouls Include
    • Kicking or attempting to kick an opponent -accidentally or purposely, tripping an opponent, jumps at an opponent, charges an opponent in a violent or dangerous manner, strikes or attempts to strike an opponent, spitting on an opponent, holds or pushes an opponent, handling the ball with hands or arms, slide tackling, goaltender picking up the ball after it has been passed to him/her
  • All players of the opposing team must be 10 yards away when a free kick is taking place when the free kick is within 10 yards from the goal, the opposing team players can stand on the goal line.
Corner Kicks
  • When the ball passes over the goal line (but not a goal) and was last touched by a member of the defending team, a member of the attacking team will take a corner kick; the ball is placed within a one yard radius from the corner closest to where the ball went out of play.
  • A goal may be scored from such a kick; the defending team must stand at least 10 yards away from the ball until in play. The kicker shall not play the ball a second time until it has been touched by another player
Goal Kick
  • When the ball passes over the goal line, but not a goal and was last touched by a member of the attacking team, a member of the defending team will take a goal kick, the ball is placed approximately six yards from the goal line on the side of the goal opening which is closest to where the ball went out of play. It must be received by someone of the same team outside the penalty area, or someone of the opposite team can intercept it, for it to be in play again.
  • A goalkeeper shall not receive the ball into his/her hands from the goal kick, the kicker shall not play the ball a second time until it has been touched by another player
Penalty Kick
  • A penalty kick, which is a direct free kick, will be awarded anytime a foul is committed within a goal crease. It will be taken from the penalty mark (twelve yards from the center of the goal and at least 10 yards from the penalty mark.
  • The goalkeeper must stand without moving his/her feet, on their own goal line, between the posts, until the ball is kicked. The kick must go forward and the kicker cannot touch the ball again until it has been touched by another player.
Other Rules
  • The player starting the play - either a kick or throw in cannot touch the ball again until it has been touch by another player
  • Opposing players of the team that is kicking the ball must stay at least 10 yards away from the ball until it is in play
  • Substitutes must enter the field after the player comes off the field and must enter at the same position
  • The goalkeeper is not allowed to pick up the ball if it has been passed to him from a person on his team
  • All free kicks are indirect except penalty shots, must touch at least two people before going into the net
  • Hand ball is anytime the ball touches any part of your arm from your shoulder to your fingertips. If the ball directs off your arm to an opponent you don’t need to call it.
  • All teams will play two playoff games, however only the top four teams in each division will have a chance to win their division championship. The rest of the teams will play their two playoff games to determine the final standings. The playoff Tie Breaker is GF vs GA.
  • If a playoff game is tied after the regulation time, a five minute sudden death overtime will take place. If the game is still tied a five player shootout will be the tie breaker. There must be at least 2 females on each team in the shootout. The team that scores the most goals wins. If the game is still tied the shootout will continue in a sudden death format. The first team to score and have their opponent miss in the same round wins. The original five kickers cannot participate until the rest of the roster has gone. There are no rules for males or females in the sudden death shootout.
  • Because the season is short and field availability is limited, rescheduling games is very difficult.
  • If it is raining prior to your game, teams are to show up at the field regardless and wait
    15 minutes for the rain to stop, if you can't play through it. If the rain does not stop
    and it is raining too hard to play, the two captains are to agree on a day to reschedule
    the game and let the league know. The league will then assign a field.
  • If it has been raining for a prolongs period of time, 12 plus hours of steady rain, the
    fields will probably be closed and you may not want to bother showing up, but out of
    respect you should contact the opposing team captain.
  • If it begins to rain after you start the game and you can play through it, you should do so.
    It is up to the captains to decide if the game cannot continue. After half time the game
    will count as a final score if called due to weather.
  • Please check the Little Mountain sportsplex website for field closures at www.littlemtnsport.com
  • If the two teams agree to reschedule the game, it is up to the two captains to determine the day and time for the make-up game. Once you know the day and time, let the league know and a field will be assigned to you.

  • This is a Rec League and we expect all players and teams to have a fun first attitude. To help enforce this style of play we ask all teams to report the sportsmanship rating of the opposing team after every game.
+1 - Good, fun spirited team, respected their opposition and made the game enjoyable
0 - Was not unsportsmanlike, but didn’t go out of their way to make the game enjoyable.
-1 - Was not a fun team to play. They made the game less enjoyable and did not respect the opposition
  • After a team receives one -1 rating they will get a warning, after the second -1 rating they will lose two points off their standings. If a team gets three -1 rating the league will decide whether the team is fit for this league
  • Captains are responsible for sending scores and sportsmanship rating following games
  • There is a max point differential of 10 on entered scores
  • Scores can be emailed to - info@winnipegrecleague.com or called in to 204-289-2982
  • Registration fees are fully refundable up to 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the season, minus a $10.00 administration fee. After this, the league assumes you have committed and all fees are non-refundable.
  • Defaulted deposits are refunded at the end of the season if your team has showed up to all games scheduled with the minimum requirement of players to not default the game and all other scheduled meetings including the equipment pick up and drop off meetings.
  • Equipment deposits are refunded at the end of the season when the equipment has been returned to the Winnipeg Rec League


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