3v3 Tournament Rules

The FIFA Laws of the Game apply except as specified in these tournament rules.

A coin toss determines direction and possession before the start of the game. Any team that is not on the playing field at the assigned start time forfeits the game.

Game Duration
The game consists of two 12-minute halves separated by a two-minute halftime period. There are no timeouts and there is no time added. In the event that a field is behind schedule, the referee may shorten the halftime period, or limit warm-up time prior to the game.

Game Start
The ball may be played in any direction.

Each team consists of no more than three players. There are no goalkeepers.

Players of either team may be substituted during any dead-ball situation. Players must enter and exit at mid-field after receiving permission from referee.

The ball shall be kicked into play from the touch line instead of thrown in.

Goal Kicks
Goal kicks may be taken from any point of the end line.

Direct & Indirect Kicks
All restarts are indirect except corner kicks and penalty kicks. The ball is considered in play when the ball is touched and changes position. If a free kick is awarded within five yards of the opposing goal area the restart will take place five yards from the goal area line at the spot indicated by the referee. Defenders must be five yards away from the ball during any restart.

Penalty Kicks
The referee will award a penalty kick if an obvious scoring opportunity is prevented by an infraction. Penalty kicks are taken from the center of the mid-line with all players (on both teams) behind the mid-line. If a goal is not scored, play is restarted by a goal kick.

Goal Area
Players may not enter the goal area. If a defender touches the ball inside the goal area, a goal is awarded to the offensive team. If an offensive player touches the ball inside the goal area or the ball comes to a stop within the goal area, a goal kick is awarded to the defending team.

Goal Scoring
A goal may only be scored from a touch within the team’s offensive half of the field. When kicked, the ball must be completely on the offensive half of the field and cannot be touching the mid-line (including at kick-off). If a player in their defensive half kicks the ball across the mid-line and the ball hits another player (offensive or defensive) in their offensive half, and the ball goes in the goal, a goal is awarded. If a ball is kicked from the defensive half and is not touched before the ball rests in the goal, a goal kick is awarded to the defensive team.

Slide Tackling
A slide tackle that results in any contact with an opposing player is an infraction and results in an indirect kick for the opposing team. It is not an automatic infraction to slide to play the ball if no contact is made, but the referee may call an infraction if the slide was made in a dangerous manner.

If the score is tied at the end of a playoff game, the teams will play an extra 10 minute period and the first team to score a goal is the winner. If no team scores during the extra period, the winner shall be determined by kicks from the penalty mark with both teams taking three kicks. If, after both teams have taken three kicks, both have scored the same number of goals, or have not scored any goals, kicks continue to be taken in the same order until one team has scored a goal more than the other from the same number of kicks.

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