Rules of the Game
The overall philosophy of the 4 v 4 game is to include all amps and "Les Autres" (individuals with birth defects) who want to play.
If there are too few amputees to form a team in a specific area to form an "all amp" team, there are exceptions to the basic rules which will allow teams to be formed.
The Rules: amputee soccer is basically the same as the two-legged version, with some minor adaptations:
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General 4 x 4 Rules:
Standard Outdoors: 60 x 40 meters.
Indoors: Any indoor arenas will do. In such case using the sidewalls for passing and bank shots is allowed.
The Goal: Somewhat smaller than in the two-legged game - 2 meters high x 5 meters wide x 1 meter deep - or the goals available at your local indoor soccer complex.
The Ball: Standard FIFA - appropriate to age group.
Duration of Play: Games consist of 2 periods of 25 minutes each, with a 10 minute "halftime" rest interval between periods.
Offside: Offside rules does not apply in amputee soccer.
Players: 3 per side, plus keeper. A team must have more amputee and Les Autres players than able bodied substitutes.
Goal Keeper Rules: The goal keeper is not allowed to leave the penalty area, if this occurs and is deliberate, a penalty is awarded to the other side and the goalkeeper receives a yellow card. On the second occurrence the keeper receives a red card and is dismissed from the field.
Player Substitution: Those rules Due too the physical demands of the game substitutions may be made at any stoppage of play and shall be unlimited in number. Substituted players may return to the pitch.
Play Against Two-Legged Teams: Yes, there will be times when you'll want to play, both recreationally and competitively, against two-legged teams. And you'll both love it. The two-leggeds play according to the "Exceptions" detailed above.
Other than that, the rules are the same as FIFA:
Offense: Kick Ball. Score goal.
Defense: Don't let 'em.
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