5 Goal Rule

  • Whenever a team is leading by 5 goals, the opposing team may add an additional player to make the game more competitive for both teams.

U10 Header Rule

  • No heading will be allowed in any age group from U10 and below.
  • No Punting & on any goalkeeper restarts, opposing team must drop back to the front of the center circle.

Kick Offs

  • Kickoffs are indirect and may be played forward or backward.


  • Cannot hold the ball for more than 5 seconds.
  • Cannot pick up the ball if intentionally played back by own team’s feet.
  • Can punt, dropkick or throw the ball over midfield.

Free Kicks

  • All free kicks are direct and defending team must be a minimum of 5 yards away.

Ball Exiting Field Of Play

  • Any ball that exits the playing field over the side line is a throw in.
  • Ball cannot be thrown directly into the goal on a restart.
  • Goal kicks CAN be played over the midfield in the air.
  • Any ball that strikes a net, light, ceiling, or beam within the confines of the field is out of play.
  • A direct kick restart will occur nearest where the ball hit. Exception: Within the goal box, the ball is placed outside of the box for restart.


  • Substitutions are guaranteed for either team on any “out of bounds” ball.
  • On the fly substitutions may be done while the ball is in play.
  • Player entering the field must wait until player exiting has stepped off the field.
  • Violation of this rule could result in a 2 minute penalty (playing a person down).
  • Fouls are not guaranteed substitution since the opposing team may play the ball as soon as they wish.

Yellow Card

  • All yellow cards will result in a man down situation for 2 minutes or until the opposition scores, whichever comes first.
  • A second yellow card in a game will equal a red card.
  • Four yellow cards in one session (6 or 8 week period) or two yellow cards in one tournament, and the player must sit out the next game.

Red Card

Suspensions For Players Who Receive a Red Card
In all cases, Management has the discretion to issue a MORE or LESS severe suspension than listed below:

  • All red cards will result in immediate ejection from the current game. The player MUST exit the building. This will result in a minimum one-week suspension. If a player plays on multiple rosters, they will be subject to miss all games for a period of one (1) week. 
  • Anyone who receives a 2nd red card within a six-month period will be suspended for a minimum of 2 weeks.
  • Anyone who receives a 3rd red card within a one-year period will be suspended for a minimum of 4 weeks.
  • Any team that receives 3 or more red cards within one session is not eligible to register for the upcoming session (at a minimum).
  • No refunds will be issued due to suspension.

Foul and/or Abusive Language Suspensions

  • Foul or abusive language clearly heard by a referee or Afrim’s staff member, that is directed towards a player, referee or customer, will not be tolerated.
  • Verbal attacks (racial, ethnic, or gender related) or threats of any kind will result in immediate ejection and suspension of 2 weeks.
  • No refunds will be issued due to a suspension.

Fighting/Altercation Suspensions

  • All Players involved in an alteration on the field will be reviewed.
  • Any person who strikes (i.e. open or closed fist) or blatantly attacks (i.e. kicking, elbowing, headbutting, etc.) another person will be suspended for a minimum of 8 weeks.
  • Any player defending him or herself, without striking an opponent, will be reviewed.
  • Those players who instigate an altercation on the field will be suspended for a minimum of 2 weeks.
  • No refunds will be issued due to a suspension.

Two Minute Penalty

  • A two minute penalty can be assessed at the discretion of the referee for minor violations regardless of whether a yellow card is given.

Other Rules

  • NO Slide Tackles… but sliding is allowed! NO spitting, NO gum chewing and NO ball kicking against any wall. Fist fighting, swearing, and racial remarks will NOT be tolerated.
  • The referees and front desk staff have the right to suspend anyone from the facility indefinitely at any time for this behavior.

Number of Players on the Field

Ages Colonie & Latham Dome
U8s Dual Sided 4v4 (no keeper)
U10s & U12s 6 + keeper
U14 & Up 5 + keeper

Any player who is NOT registered within the Afrim’s Sport’s registration waiver system accepts full liability for any injuries/accidents that may occur!

Registered means you have signed the Afrims Sports Waiver/New Player Registration Form.