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Intramural Division



Thank you for volunteering to coach Intramural Soccer in the Medway Youth Soccer program.  This handout is intended to educate new and returning coaches on the rules for the 6 v 6 Intramural Soccer format.


Field & Equipment Size

           Field: 60 x 40 yards, Ball: Size 4, Goals: approx 6’ x 12’



Each team should have 6 players on the field at one time, consisting of 5 players and a goalie.  Teams typically play a 2-1-2 format (2 defenders, 1 midfielder, 2 forwards) along with a goalie.  Throughout the season, all players should be encouraged to play all positions, including goalie.  All players should play equally.  Rotation sheets or pre-set lineups are recommended to ensure players receive equal playing time.



(4) 12-minute quarters will be played, running time.  There will be a two minute break between quarters 1 and 2, and between quarters 3 and 4.  There will be a 5 minute break for halftime.



All children should play equally.  Substitutions are allowed at the following times:

  • At the start of each quarter/half
  • On any throw-in (coaches should notify referee, who will allow the subs)
  • On any goal kick (coaches should notify referee, who will allow the subs)
  • On any goal scored

The above is the preferred substitution method.  By mutual agreement of the two opposing coaches, an alternative substitution scheme may be used as follows (please note that substitutions should be allowed per either the above or the below, not both):

  • At the start of each quarter and halfway through each quarter, at or about the six minute mark. If this option is elected, the coaches should notify the referee before the game starts to stop play at a natural break (throw-in, goal kick, etc) to allow for substitution and then restart the game.


Role of the Coaches

Head Coaches should be on the same sidelines with their team during the game.  Assistant Coaches should stay with the players on the sidelines that are not currently on the field.  Coaches should ensure proper rotations and equal playing time.  Coaches should make player substitutions during the game at the designated times.


Before, during and after the game, be an example of dignity, patience and positive spirit.  Coaches are responsible for the sportsmanship of their players and the conduct of the parents of players.  Parents should view the game from the opposite sideline of the players.


Coaches should not address the referee during the game.



A referee is assigned to each game by the referee coordinator.  If for some reason a referee does not show up at the game, coaches will then serve as referee to ensure that the game starts and ends on time.


Start and End Times

Please start and end all games on time.  If players are late or missing, opposing coaches may mutually agree to play 5 v 5, or to “loan” players from one team to another.  Please do not recruit Intramural players from other teams, or older or younger siblings.


It is the coaches’ responsibility to field a team by game time.  If a coach chooses to delay the start of the game to wait for additional players, the referee will shorten the game time to ensure the game ends on time.


Basic Rules of the 6 v 6 Game

  • No offsides, however coaches should ensure two-way play from all players, i.e. no “goal-hanging”

  • When the ball goes out of bounds over the sideline (touchline), it is put back in play by a throw-in from the spot it went out of bounds. A throw-in cannot go directly into the goal.

  • When the ball goes over the end line, it is put back into play by either a goal kick or a corner kick. This is the decision of the referee and is based upon which team last touched the ball.

  • Goal kicks shall be taken from within six yards of the goal line. The team not in possession shall withdraw to its defensive half of the field and may not enter its offensive half of the field until the ball is played. Should the team in possession put the ball in play before the opposing players have taken position in their defensive half, play will continue.

  • After a goal has been scored, play shall begin by a restart at mid-field.

  • Players can score from anywhere on the field.

  • No slide tackles are allowed.

  • No penalty kicks are allowed.

  • Players should not kick at the ball, once the goalie is in possession of the ball. For safety reasons, the referee will give the goalie the benefit of the doubt on possession.

  • Goalies should wear a different colored shirt when in net.

  • Goalies cannot directly kick or throw the ball over mid-field line in the air.

  • A foul will be whistled by the referee if a player trips, pushes or impedes an opposing player without contacting the ball first. The team which has been fouled then receives a free kick from the spot of the foul. All free kicks will be indirect kicks, there are no direct kicks at this level.

  • If the referee stops play due to injury or some other interruption, play will be resumed by either a free kick based on possession, or by a dropped ball.

  • Rough play will be whistled as a foul by the referee. If a player is deemed to display intent to injure, the referee may eject that player or give the coach a warning. If a player engages in taunting or trash-talking on the field or the sidelines, the referee may eject that player or give the coach a warning. Referees will note warnings or ejections in their game report, which will be passed on to the League Director.



All players and all coaches should shake hands at the end of the game.  Coaches and players should thank the referee at the end of the game.



The referee keeps and maintains the game score.  No records, standings or stats are kept.






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