Thu
STARTS August 19, 2021

Summer 2021 8v8 Men’s Soccer (Thursdays)

Men's 8v8 | 8:00PM - 10:00PM

General Information

Registration Ends
August 06, 2021
Play Begins
August 19, 2021
Part of Town
Central Houston

Regular Registration Price

Team*
$795 + 6.0% Processing Fee
Individual*
$85 + 6.0% Processing Fee
Registration Period*
Jun 12, 2021 - Jul 31, 2021

Early Registration Price

Team*
$745 + 6.0% Processing Fee
Individual*
$80 + 6.0% Processing Fee
Early Registration Period*
Apr 15, 2021 - Jun 11, 2021

Late Registration Price

Team*
$845 + 6.0% Processing Fee
Individual*
$95 + 6.0% Processing Fee
Late Registration Period*
Aug 01, 2021 - Aug 06, 2021

*Click “All Details” for Early Bird and Late registration periods and fees.

Overview

  • This rec league is open to all skill levels. It is a friendly competitive league. Everyone is here for a fun-filled season with highlights on the field and at post-game celebrations.
  • Join as a Team Captain and fill your team’ roster.
    • Minimum  12 players
    • No Max.
  • Join solo or with a small group as a Free Agent and we’ll place you on a team. You can request teammates when you register.
  • Game Times between: 8pm–10pm

Registration Includes:

  • 7 regular season games
  • Referee fees for all games
  • Playoffs for top teams
  • Game Equipment
  • Unlimited Team Rosters sizes – no per player fees for team registrations
  • Team Shirts (first 14 included – $10 for each additional)
  • Championship Prizes

Location

Rules

LEAGUE FORMAT
The top teams will advance to the playoffs. Tie breakers are determined by win/loss record, head to head, goal differential, and total goals scored.  The 8v8 soccer field measures 80 yards long and 60 yards wide.  The goals will be 21’ wide and 7’ high.  The teams can make unlimited substitutions, but only when the ball is out of play and only with the authorization of the referee. A player that has already been substituted can participate again by substituting another player. Teams will have 10 minutes from the start of their designated game time to gather all of their teammates to start the game. After the 10 minutes, the game will be declared a forfeit.   All players must wear matching numbered uniforms or the new SPORTSKIND league shirt or a SPORTSKIND Championship shirt. Teams are allowed to wear their own matching jerseys just as long as every player wears the same uniform. Violation will result in that player sitting out for five minutes.  During the course of the regular season teams are allowed to “pick up” players from the league that are not on their roster in order to field a full team. The ball will be regulation size 5. Players will provide the game ball. What is not covered in this league’s rules will be covered by the latest version of FIFA Rules and interpreted by the referee.
THE GAME
  • Soccer is an 8 on 8 non-contact league. 
  • All players must wear SPORTSKIND team shirts and closed ­toe shoes. 
  • Sandals are prohibited. No metal cleats allowed. 
  • Shin guards are required. 
  • Bracelets, necklaces, rings (except smooth wedding rings), and earrings should be removed before play. 
  • Names on shirts, numbers, cut off sleeves, etc. are permitted as long as they don’t cover the original SPORTSKIND logos. 
  • A player not wearing a SPORTSKIND league shirt or Championship shirt can still play, just as long as every player on their team is wearing the exact same uniform/jersey. A violation of this rule results in the player sitting out the first 5 min of the game. 
  • Hard casts and hard knee braces are not allowed. 
TEAMS
  • Each team shall field no more than 8 players on the pitch at one time (this includes the goalkeeper). 
  • The game can start with a minimum of 6 players. 
  • Teams may have as many players on their roster as they choose. Players can be added to the roster throughout the season but no players will be allowed to play without having joined the team roster via registration through our website. 
SUBSTITUTIONS
The teams can make unlimited substitutions, but only when the ball is out of play and only with the authorization of the referee. A player that has already been substituted can participate again by substituting another player. Player substitutions must happen at the half field line and the exiting player must be off the field before the new player enters the field. Any major injury will stop play.
GAME DURATION
  • The game is two 22 minute halves separated by a 2 to 4 minute half time. 
  • Regular season games may end in a tie. 
  • If a game is called in the 2nd half, it will be considered a full game and the score is final.
  • Playoff games tied after regulation go directly to penalty kicks. All shootout kicks are worth one point. If, after 5 kicks, the score is still tied, the remaining 3 players from each team will alternate one by one to determine a winner. No player shall kick twice before everyone has gone. 
SCORING
  • A goal is scored when the ball crosses the goal line completely. No team shall win or achieve a differential of more than +10, even if the team won by more than 10 goals.
  • Goals are scored when the ball completely crosses the goal line. 
OFFSIDE RULE
There is no penalty for offsides in this league.
SLIDE TACKLING
There is no slide tackling, EVER. Even if unintentional, if a slide occurs near a player the referee may call a foul and may issue a yellow card or up to a red card. A free kick is given to the opposing team of the slide tackler.  The goal keeper will be exempt from this rule only if they slide and attempt to make a “save” on the ball when no opposing players are within 5 yards.
OUT OF BOUNDS
  • Anytime the ball goes over either sideline, out of bounds, a throw in will ensue. The person throwing the ball must throw the ball overhead with both hands and keep both feet remaining on the ground out ­of ­bounds until the ball is released. The team that did not touch the ball last gets the throw ­in. Goals may not be scored on a throw ­in.
  • Anytime the ball crosses an end line, a corner kick or goal kick will ensue.
  • Last touched by the defending team is a corner kick. Ball is placed on the nearest corner and kicked in by the offensive team. Goals may be scored on corner kicks.
  • Last touched by the offensive team is­ a goal kick by the defense. All opposing players must be outside the penalty box when it is kicked.
GOALIES
Goalies may use their hands inside the penalty box. Goalies may throw, roll, punt, drop kick or place the ball down and kick.
FREE KICKS AND PENALTY KICKS
  • All Free Kicks are direct (can be scored directly). The defending team must give 8 yards.
  • Penalty kicks are awarded by the referee if a foul occurs in the penalty box and anyone may take the kick.
  • Defenders should be at least 7 yards away from all free kicks, except when they are already on the goal line. 
  • Penalty kicks will be taken 12 yards from the goal line in the middle. 
SPORTSMANSHIP, FOULS, AND CARDS
  • Any player or team may be removed from the league for the remainder of the season, and denied registration for subsequent seasons due to unsportsmanlike conduct at the complete discretion of SPORTSKIND if it is in the best interest of the league.
  • A player is cautioned and given a yellow card if he/she commits any of the following offenses: (a) unsporting behavior, (b) shows dissent by word or action, (c) persistently infringes the Laws of the Game, (d) delays the restart of the game, (e) fails to stand the required distance for a corner kick or a free kick.
  • A player is sent off and shown the red card if he/she commits the following offenses: (a) guilty of serious foul play, (b) guilty of violent conduct, (c) spits on an opponent or any other person, (d) denies an opponent a goal or an obvious goal ­scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball, (e) denies an obvious goal­ scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offense punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick, (f) uses offensive language, or (g) receives a second caution in the same match.
  • Yellow – First is warning, direct kick.
  • 2 Yellow Cards in one game results in Red Card
  • 1 Red Card = Ejection from game and said team will play one player down. May result in 1 or more additional game suspensions depending on severity.
  • 2 Red Cards in one season results in ejection from league, no refund
  • Fighting or responding to a fight in a violent manner will almost always result in ejection from league, no refund
OFFICIALS
  • Only team captains may dispute calls with the Officials. All decisions by Officials are final.
  • The head official may eject any player as necessary due to poor sportsmanship, abusive behavior, excessive fouls, arguing or any other reason they deem necessary. Any player ejected twice in a season shall be removed from the league.
  • Officials have complete authority and may: a. call a timeout; call off a game because of weather or other reasons; penalize or eject a player, including game ejection, for any reason. b. ejected players must leave the field for the duration of the day in question.
PLAYOFFS
  • Consists of the top teams in the league playing in a single elimination tournament.  
  • Tiebreakers are win/loss records, head-to-head match up, goal differential, and total goals.  
  • No substitutes will be allowed during playoffs.  All players must have already played in at least one regular season game and be on the league roster/waiver.
  • Playoff games that end in a tie will go to an extra 5 min playoff.  If no goals are scored in this extra time, teams will go straight to penalty kicks. If after each team has taken 5 kicks the game is still tied, kicks will continue alternating with remaining players until one team wins. No player may kick twice until all players on the team have kicked.
FORFEIT POLICY
If your team forfeits a game during the season, the following rules apply: First Offense: Loss of game. Winning team receives a 3-0 score. Second Offense: Loss of game and lost ability to make the playoffs. Third Offense: Removal from the league. Contact us at least 48 hours in advance if you know in advance that your team is going to forfeit a game. If you know your team has a conflict, let us know before the schedule is released and we will make every effort to accommodate. Teams have until ten minutes past the designated start time to field a full squad (or the league minimum of players required according to rules). If at that time a team is unable to field a legal team, they forfeit the game. The teams may utilize the playing field during their allotted time to play an unofficial game. The official score will be marked as a loss with the respective forfeit score.
CONCLUSION:
We enforce a “Zero Tolerance Policy” in regards to behavior of players, managers, and fans. Taunting, trash talking, or abusive language will not be tolerated.  Officials and league staff will have the right to reprimand or eject players, managers, or fans depending on the severity of the situation. Abusive behavior toward the official will not be tolerated. An ejection carries a one game suspension (including the current game). In extreme cases, the player will be asked to leave the premises without refund. The severity of the punishment will be based on the discretion of the official and league staff. Only CAPTAINS of respective teams are allowed to approach the official with questions or concerns in a respective manner. Teams charging the field of play to question or complain a call will be subject to automatic forfeit for that game. Alcohol and smoking is not allowed on playing fields. Any rules not covered or protests will be handled by the Official. There will be no refunds allowed for rain delays or cancellations.  If the league is postponed due to weather, we will reschedule to a later date.  There will be no refunds if you are not able to furnish a team on the makeup date. Soccer is played in the rain if at all possible unless the Official or Facility Representative decides it is necessary to postpone due to dangerous field conditions or lightning.  If lightning occurs, all attempts will be made to resume play 30 minutes after the last lightning flash is viewed and the official deems it safe to resume play. The games will resume as scheduled if at all possible, or shortened if necessary. All decisions of the official are final. The official shall also have the final authority to make adjustments to match schedules, match duration, and other aspects of the league as may become necessary during the course of the league. FIGHTING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.  ANY INSTANCES OF FIGHTING MAY RESULT IN A TEAM FORFEIT OF THE TOURNAMENT WITHOUT REFUND AND POSSIBLE EXPULSIONS FROM FUTURE TOURNAMENTS. ALL DECISIONS OF THE LEAGUE STAFF ARE FINAL.  THE LEAGUE STAFF SHALL ALSO HAVE THE FINAL AUTHORITY TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO GAME SCHEDULES, GAME DURATION. AND OTHER ASPECTS OF THE RULES OR OF THE LEAGUE.