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Last Updated for SPRING 2018

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


Games are 7-on-7 for men's and women's, 8-on-8 for co-rec, a minimum of 5 players (6 for co-rec) is required to avoid a forfeit. Players MUST be valid, fee-paying FSU students, faculty or full-time staff. 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.

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 play on 1 single-gender team and 1 co-rec team. 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. Additionally, goalkeepers are strongly encouraged to wear soft-padded soccer helmets and goalie gloves.

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


Games consist of two 20-minute halves. The clock will run continuously through the each half. There will be a 5 minute halftime.

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 game 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 game and sportsmanship points may be deducted.


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.

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 the throw-in. 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.  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 goalkeeper has possession (control) of the ball when he or she is touching the ball.

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.

(Goalkeepers) A goalkeeper may leave his/her feet to play the ball. A goalkeeper leaving his/her feet within 6 feet of another player must do so with their legs in a bent position and may not at any time attempt to play the ball with their feet while on the ground. Doing so will be deemed a slide tackle. Sliding/diving head first will be considered a slide/slide tackle depending on the play and will result in the appropriate yellow/blue card to offending player and free kick to offended team..

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 temporarily dismissed and may not be replaced by a substitute and a direct free kick shall be awarded to the offended team. The offending team will play a person down until the opposing team scores a goal. If the opposing team scores a goal on the direct free kick or penalty kick that is awarded due to the slide tackle, the offending player must remain out of the game and the offending team will continue to play a person down until the next goal (essentially the second goal) is scored. 

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).

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.