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No Pets, No Alcohol, & No Tobacco Products are permitted at the Rec SportsPlex. Violators will be ejected. 


Matches are 3-on-3. Only 5 players may sign-in per team for a single match.  Team rosters are unlimited; thus you may have a different five players represent your team each match. A team must have three (3) players to begin a game. Two players constitute a default. One or no players signed-in at game time will result in a forfeit.

FAMU and TCC students are NOT eligible for FSU IM sports and events. All players MUST check-in prior to each game by presenting their current FSUCard at the check-in window. No other form of ID will be accepted. Eligibility questions can be answered in the Fair Play principle.

Team rosters may include an unlimited number of players. Players may be added to a team’s roster prior to any game, except on the night of the league championship. Players may not change teams once they have signed-in for a team (their first team is their team of record for the entire season).

All players must wear shoes; tennis shoes and soft-soled, one-piece soccer shoes, plastic screw-on cleats are allowed. Cleats must be made of non chipping material and not form a cutting edge. Metal spikes and metal cleats are prohibited.

Players are strongly encouraged to wear shin guards, however, they are not required.

Hats, caps, and bandannas with knots are PROHIBITED. Jewelry, casts, and any other items deemed dangerous by the official are also PROHIBITED.


A match will be divided into two (2) periods of ten (10) minutes each. Time runs continuously unless there is an injury or unexpected interruptions. At the conclusion of each half, the teams reverse ends. There shall be three (3) minutes between halves. There are no time outs. Time shall be extended to allow a penalty kick to be taken. Match time will be kept on the field by a referee.

5-at-5 Mercy Rule: If a team is ahead by five or more goals with five minutes or less remaining in the second half, the match will end. At the same time, if a team is ahead by four goals and is deemed to be stalling, the officials have the option to end the match and sportsmanship points may be deducted.

The 3-on-3 soccer field shall be 40 yards long by 30 yards wide. The goal box extends 3 yards (9 feet) from the end line and is 4 yards (12 feet) wide.


On the referee's signal, the match shall start or resume following a goal with a kick from the center of the field. All players shall be within his/her half of the field. Opponents of the kicking team must be outside of the 8-yard center circle until the ball is kicked. A teammate of the kicker may be anywhere within his/her half of the field.

There is NO& offsides in intramural rec soccer.

A goal is scored when the ball wholly crosses the goal line within the goal. The ball must be touched by a player (from either team) on the offense's side of the half-field line prior to entering the goal.

After the ball has wholly crossed the sidelines, either on the ground or in the air, the team that did not touch the ball last shall be awarded a kick-in. A. For a kick-in, the ball shall be placed along the sideline near the point the ball crossed out of play. Defenders must be positioned at least 5 yards from the spot of the kick-in. The ball is in play as soon as it is touched by the kicker. The player taking the kick-in cannot retouch the ball until another player has touched it.

A goal kick is awarded when the ball crosses the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, and was last touched by an offensive player.  For a goal kick, the ball shall be placed anywhere on the endline outside of the goal box area.

A corner kick is awarded when the ball crosses the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, and was last touched by a defensive player. The ball must be placed on the ground within 1 yard of the corner flag or cone. Corner flags or cones cannot be moved to take a corner kick.

There are no goalkeepers in 3-on-3 soccer.

There is NO SLIDING OR SLIDE TACKLING in IM rec soccer. This rule applies to all players anywhere on the field.

(Definition) A slide occurs when a player leaves his/her feet and leads with his/her feet to play the ball anywhere on the field and contact is NOT made with an opponent

(Definition) A slide tackle occurs when a player leaves his/her feet and leads with his/her feet to play the ball while the ball is in the proximity of another player. A slide tackle does not require that any contact occur between players.

Anyone who completes a slide or slide tackle will receive a yellow card and a indirect free kick awarded to the offended team. Any slide tackle involving contact with an opponent will result in a blue card, the offending player is not dismissed, a penalty free kick shall be awarded to the offended team.  

Following the first issuance of a blue card to a team, any subsequent fouls by that team that warrant a blue card will become red cards and result in player ejection without the ability to replace the player on the field (teams will play a player down for each red card / ejection).

A penalty kick is awarded after a serious or intentional rule infraction takes place by the defensive team. A penalty kick shall be awarded if, in the referee's opinion, a scoring opportunity was nullified by the infraction. Such violations may occur anywhere on the field. The penalty kick shall be taken at a spot anywhere along the half-field line.

If in the opinion of the referee, it is to the advantage of the player fouled not to call the penalty, then play shall continue and the foul shall not be called.


Sportsmanship is an essential part of intramural sports. Players and spectators shall show respect towards opponents and game officials at all times. Teams receive a sportsmanship rating at the conclusion of each game on a scale of 0 to 4. Teams must maintain a 3.0 average to continue participating in the league or tournament. Misconduct of players or team spectators may result in ejection and/or forfeiture of the game.

All teams, regardless of record, with a 3.0 or better sportsmanship average advance to the playoffs. Playoff draw meetings are held and schedules are posted online during the final week of the regular season.