Indoor league games are played with 7 field players and a GK, with 2 players kept behind the restraining line, which is the half-field line. Subbing is on the fly and you will change ends at the half. Except for the beginning of each half which will start with a draw, after each goal, we do a GK clear. The 8 meter is clearly marked but short so players receiving an 8-meter penalty shot will be instructed to take two big steps backward before play resumes. There is no 12 meter fan; we estimate its placement. All MS games are modified checking and there will be no marking the goalie inside of the 8 meter permitted. The game clock cannot be stopped for card implementation, injury, or stoppages in play to address spectator behavior.
Focus on Safety
Anyone receiving two yellow cards during a game will be ineligible to complete the contest the infraction occurred in. Players receiving a yellow card must immediately leave the field of play and will serve a 2 min penalty from the time play resumes. Teams will play a player down during this time, with two players still required to be behind the restraining line. Any team receiving 4 or more yellow cards during one contest will play down for the reminder of the game.
All shots directly to the goal keepers helmet will result in a yellow card and the goalie and bench coach have the option of stopping the game to assess the goalie's fitness to continue.
A ground ball that results in excessive digging near the perimeter boards of the field will result in a AP. This is solely at the official's discretion.
For the self-start in games, the player who is getting the ball must have both feet set, planted and still on the turf, and must wait until all players are 4 meters away, and then may proceed. If she starts before the others are 4 meters away, any disadvantage that may occur is now her responsibility. If she starts incorrectly, we will then set the players and use a whistled restart. Placing the offender 4m behind is still enforced. We will have 12m fan markings placed on the field as one cannot self-start inside the Critical Scoring Area. For those fouls inside the 8m arc, we will clear the new “penalty box” of all players except those defenders who may have been inside the 8m and who did not foul. Only those closest two defenders may take the adjacent hashes to the attack who gets the free position. Additionally, (for indoor only) ALL players below the Goal Line Extended will be moved to the outer most boards along the Goal Line Extended. Free Movement will be played during all games for the 2020 Winter Indoor Season.
Players, coaches, and spectators are expected to conduct themselves in a way that honors the game. Officials have the right to card players or benches for conduct unbecoming this great sport. Officials or staff members will ask spectators to leave the catwalk if they are infringing on the rights of the players, coaches, staff, and officials to conduct game play in a safe environment devoid disrespectful, aggressive, or inappropriate language and behavior.