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TORSO Exceptions to the Laws of the Game

TORSO is an affiliated league that abides by the Laws of the Game as published by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). TORSO is an adult recreational league that encourages fair and competitive play. Because men and women across a wide age span compete together, TORSO has adopted the following exceptions to the Laws of the Game:

Law I The Field of Play

FIFA: 100 to 130 yards long. 50 to 100 yards wide.

TORSO Exception: None.

Law II The Ball

FIFA: Official #5 ball.

TORSO Exception: None.

Law III Number of Players

FIFA: Eleven (11) players with a maximum of five (5) substitutes. A player who has been replaced shall not take any further part in the game. A match will not be considered valid if there are fewer than seven (7) players in either of the teams.

TORSO Exception: The ten (10) field players may consist of more than five women, but no more than five (5) men. The goalkeeper may be a man or a woman. A team short of women players must play short. Unlimited substitutions are allowed, with the consent of the Referee, by the team which controls the ball on a throw-in and by either team before a goal-kick, after a goal is scored, or at the start of a half. A player for whom a substitution has been made can return to the field in the same game. When a team is playing short due to cautions or ejections, any female player substituted may only be replaced by a female player. A match will not be considered valid if there are fewer than seven (7) players on either of the teams. If a male player receives a red-card ejection, then that player may not be replaced by any other male player or by any female player.

Law IV Players' Equipment

FIFA: Shirt, shorts, stockings, shoes, and shin guards. Goalkeeper must wear colors which distinguish him from the other players and from the referee.

TORSO Exception: Resolving color conflicts is the responsibility of the HOME team. Failure to change when teams do not have contrasting colors, in the judgment of the Referee, shall result in forfeiture of the game by the HOME team. Uniforms are mandatory, and must have numbers corresponding to the number on game roster, affixed to back of the jersey. At no time may jerseys be switched from player to player, with the exception of the goalkeeper switching to his field jersey. Each player shall wear the same number throughout the game. Failure to comply will result in that person(s) being regarded as an ineligible player for that game. "Sliding pants," bicycle shorts, or similar equipment worn to reduce risk of injury are allowed without regard to visibility or color match. The uniform shorts must, however, be worn over such pants.

Law V Referees

FIFA: One referee shall be appointed for each match. Responsible for control of the game, and his decisions on points of fact connected with the play shall be final, so far as the result of the game is concerned.

TORSO Exception: None.

Law VI Linesmen

FIFA: Two linesmen shall be appointed to assist the Referee.

TORSO Exception: Club linesmen may be used, at the discretion of the Referee, in the event that certified officials are not available.

Law VII Duration of the Game

FIFA: Two equal 45 minute halves. Referee to add time to the game for various dead ball situations, substitutions, injuries, lost balls, time-wasting, etc.

TORSO Exception: None.

Law VIII Start of Play

FIFA: At the beginning of the game, choice of ends and the kick-off shall be decided by the toss of a coin. Each team must start in it own half of the field and the defending players must be at least ten (10) yards from the ball until it is kicked forward and has rolled one full circumference. After a goal, the team scored upon will kick-off. After halftime, the teams change ends and the kick-off will be taken by the team opposite to that which started the game. A goal can be scored directly from a kick-off.

TORSO Exception: Competing teams shall present a roster of their players to the game official before the game starts with jersey numbers beside the players' names. In order to be eligible to play, all players must present to the game official their current laminated TORSO ID cards, either before the game or during any stoppage of play. All drop balls must be taken by two women players from opposing teams.

Law IX Ball In and Out of Play

FIFA: The ball is out of play when: (a) it has wholly crossed the goal-line or touch-line, whether on the ground or in the air, or (b) when the game has been stopped by the Referee.

TORSO Exception: None.

Law X Method of Scoring

FIFA: A goal is scored when the whole of the ball has passed over the goal-line, between the goal-posts and under the cross-bar.

TORSO Exception: Men's goals, and goals scored as a result of a defensive player in control of the ball misplaying the ball into his or her own goal count as one (1) goal. Offensive women's scores will count as two (2) goals. In the case of deflection, the last offensive player to touch the ball will be credited with the score, counting as one or two goals according to whether the last offensive touch was by a man or woman. Any male player in a single game may score a maximum of two (2) goals. A ball played into the goal by a man who has already scored twice will result in a goal-kick for the opposing team. Women may score an unlimited number of goals in a single game.

Law XI Off-Side

FIFA: A player is in an off-side position if he is nearer to his opponent's goal-line than the ball unless: (a) he is in his own half of the field of play, or (b) he is not nearer to his opponents' goal-line than at least two of his opponents. A player shall only be declared off-side and penalized for being in an off-side position, if, at the moment the ball touches, or is played by, one of his team, he is, in the opinion of the Referee (a) interfering with play or with an opponent, or (b) seeking to gain an advantage by being in that position. A player shall not be declared off-side by the Referee: (a) merely because f his being in an off-side position, or (b) if he receives the ball, direct, from a goal-kick, a corner-kick, a throw-in, or when it has been dropped by the Referee. If a player is declared off-side, the Referee shall award an indirect free-kick.

TORSO Exception: None.

Law XII Fouls and Misconduct

FIFA: A player who intentionally kicks, trips, jumps at, charges violently, charges from behind, spits at, attempt to or actually kicks or strikes, holds or pushes an opponent, or intentionally handles the ball shall be penalized by a direct free-kick awarded to the opposing team. Any of these offenses committed in the penalty area by a defender will result in the awarding of a penalty-kick to the offensive team. A player committing less flagrant violations, such as dangerous play, obstruction or ungentlemanly conduct will be penalized by an indirect free-kick awarded to the opposing team. A Caution (yellow card) is given for: (a) repeated infractions of the Laws, (b) ungentlemanly conduct, (c) dissent by work or action, and (d) entering or leaving the field without Referee permission. An Ejection (red card) is given for: (a) foul and/or abusive language, (b) violent conduct, (c) serious foul play, or (d) persistent misconduct after having received a Caution.

TORSO Exception: NO SLIDE TACKLING IS ALLOWED. A slide tackle shall be penalized by an automatic Caution to the offending player, and an indirect free-kick (dangerous play) shall be awarded to the opposing team, unless a more serious infringement of the Laws of the Game has occurred. A man should use skill, not physical size to win a ball from a woman. To do otherwise may be considered a Cautionable offense. The goalkeeper may not be charged at any time, nor may the goalkeeper charge other players. This also may be considered a Cautionable offense. Any player receiving a Caution (yellow card) must leave the field for a ten (10) minute "cooling-off" period, and may be substituted.

Law XIII Free-Kick

FIFA: Free-kicks are classified into two (2) categories: "Direct" - (from which a goal can be scored directly against the offending side), and "Indirect" - (from which a goal cannot be scored unless the ball has been touched by a player other than the kicker before entering the goal). For all free-kicks, the offending team must be at least ten (10) yards from the ball until it is kicked.

TORSO Exception: None.

Law XIV Penalty-Kick

FIFA: A direct free-kick taken at the penalty mark. All players, except the player taking the kick and the opposing goalkeeper, must stay outside the penalty area and at least ten (10) yards from the ball.

TORSO Exception: A Penalty-Kick may be taken by either a man or woman player, and will count as one (1) or two (2) goals accordingly, if successful.

Law XV Throw-In

FIFA: When the ball has wholly crossed the touch-line, it is put back into play by a throwin from the spot where it went out and by a player from the team opposite that which last touched the ball. A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw-in. The throw-in must be made with both feet on the ground on or behind the touch-line and the throw must come forward from behind the head using both hands.

TORSO Exception: None.

Law XVI Goal-Kick

FIFA: When the ball has wholly crossed the goal-line without entering the goal, after being last touched by a player from the attacking team, it is put back into play by a kick from the goal area by the defending team. The ball is not in play until it crosses out of the penalty area.

TORSO Exception: None.

Law XVII Corner-Kick

FIFA: When the ball has wholly crossed the goal-line without entering the goal, after being last touched by a player from the defending team, it is put back into play by a kick from the corner by the attacking team.

TORSO Exception: None.