Detroit City Futbol League » Rules
Posted by Sean on 16th May 2010


League Rules
  • All games are scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 and 7:30.  Games will consist of two equal halves of 25 minutes with a 5-minute intermission.
  • Teams should be at the field 15 minutes prior to the start of their game.
  • Games postponed due to excessive rain or severe weather will be made up during pre-arranged make-up dates.  Excessive rainouts may cause the cancellation of some games.  Decisions to postpone/cancel games are at the sole discretion of the Commissioner or his designated appointees. The commissioner will notify captains before kick-off of any decision.
  • Teams will receive 3 points for a victory, 1 point for a tie. There are no overtime periods.  At the conclusion of each game the game official will note the game result and the score and relay this to the commissioner.
  • Seeding in the Copa Detroit will be determined by the points achieved during the regular season.  In the event of a tie in point totals, the following will be used to break the tie:  DCFL Community points which is derived from team participation (with at least 5 team mates present) in a community service project; head to head result; coin toss.
  • NO player is permitted to play unless they have signed the Hold Harmless Waiver with the initial roster submitted by team captains.
  • Captains must submit their completed, autographed rosters by May 7, 2013.
  • Each team must have at least 20 registered players. They may have more if they wish.
  • Keeping with the intent of the community organizing origins of the league, each team is allowed to have only 5 non-Detroit residents on their roster.
  • Teams must submit a non-refundable entrance fee of $20 per player with their rosters.   No team will be able to participate without paying this fee.
  • All teams will be required to select a team coach/captain.  These individuals will be responsible to enforce the compliance of all league rules, that players have signed the Hold Harmless waiver before playing, that players are familiar with the rules, pay league fees, etc.

Game Rules

  • DON’T BE A REAL ASS. This is a recreational experience meant for enjoyment. Overly physical play will not be tolerated.
  • Slide tackling is not permitted.  Players must remain on their feet when challenging for a ball.
  • Players are not allowed to play the ball if they are on the ground
  • The game official reserves will issue traditional cards for players who do not conform with the rules.
  • A player can be prohibited from future play for continuous or excessive physical play.
  • Trash talking and taunting is not tolerated and will result in a player’s removal from the game.
  • A field player can not challenge the goalie once he has obtained possession of the ball or played the ball
  • All FIFA rules apply, with the exception of:
  • Games are 8 on 8. Each team will field a team of seven players and 1 goalkeeper (clearly delineated with a different colored shirt)
  • A team must have at least 6 players to avoid a forfeit. In the case of a forfeit, teams can still play but for the purpose of official records it will be recorded as a loss.
  • Each team must have at least three members of the opposite sex on the field during play. If a team only has two member of the opposite sex then they can only field seven players (5 of the one sex and two of the minority sex). If a team has no members of the opposite sex, it is a forfeit.
  • Goalkeepers are not permitted to punt or drop kick the ball. The goalies may not throw the ball past midfield.
  • Field size is reduced from the standard recommended dimensions to 160ft by 240ft.
  • Size of the goals are reduced from standard size to 6.5’ by 18’.
  • Penalty kicks will be taken 10 yards from the goal.
  • There will only be direct kicks
  • Unlimited substitutions can be made at will during stoppages or when the goalie is holding the ball. Substitutions will be made from midfield.
  • Off-sides penalty is not enforced.
  • Player are expected to be courteous, appreciate the recreational nature of the game and officiate themselves to the best of their ability.
  • ‘You kick it you get it.’ The player that kicks the ball past a goal line should be responsible for its retrieval.
  • Game officials will address both teams before the match to go over the league rules and to ensure that their aren’t any players not on a roster.
  • Each team is asked to supply a size 5 game ball to be approved by both the game official and the opposing team.
  • Cleats and shin guards are encouraged but not mandatory.

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