Rules of the Game
The official format for international match play and competition game is the 6 v 6 + keepers.
But we also allow - and encourage smaller team play for development, recreation, and for areas where there might not be enough players to form full international squads. So you can play 5 v 5 +keeper, 4 v 4 + keeper, 3 v 3 with keeper and 3 v 3 without keeper. Or you can just kick the ball around the backyard with the kids or the grandkids.
The overall philosophy is to give an opportunity to play to everyone who wants to play, including "Les Autres," individuals with birth anomalies.
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 Basic Rules:
Amputee soccer is basically the same as the traditional version, with some minor adaptations:
A: Amputee and "Les Autres" players have priority.
C: A traditionally configured individual may play as a field player. That individual must play on crutches, may not wear a shoe on the non-kicking foot, and may not run or touch down with the non-kicking foot during play.
Touching down with the non-kicking foot will result in a turn-over at the point of the infraction.
Standard Outdoors: 60 x 40 meters.
Indoors: Any indoor arena 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: The offside rule does not apply in amputee soccer.
Players: Minimum: 3 per side. 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: 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 in friendly competition "traditionally configured" teams. And you'll both love it. The traditionals 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 them.
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