- U-6, U-7 and U8 on the MINI FIELDS – free kicks are all IN-DIRECT. (MINI FIELDS ONLY)
- U-9 and above on BIG FIELDS – All free kicks are all DIRECT.
- A free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offenses in a manner CONSIDERED BY THE REFEREE to be careless, reckless, or using excessive force:
- Pushes an opponent
- Charges an opponent
- Jumps at an opponent
- Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent
- Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent
- Trips or attempts to trip an opponent
- Endangers an opponent who is close to the dasher boards by attempting to challenge for the ball, making ANY TYPE OF CONTACT with the opponent
- Makes contact with the opponent before making contact with the ball
- Causes an opponent to collide with the dasher boards
- A free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offenses; however, if committed within one’s own penalty area, as opposed to a penalty kick, the ball is placed at the top of the penalty arc and considered a normal free direct kick for the opposing team:
- Obstruction (impeding the progress of an opponent while not attempting to play the ball)
- Defender plays the ball while on the ground.
- Defender slide tackles and does not commit a foul. NOTE: Goalkeepers may slide feet-first to make a save ONLY inside their own penalty box, however, the tackle/save must not infringe any other laws of the game.
- Goalkeeper takes longer than 5 seconds to release the ball
- Goalkeeper touches the ball with his/her hands after it has been released from his/her possession and has not touched any other player
- Goalkeeper touches the ball with his/her hands after it has been DELIBERATELY KICKED to him/her by a teammate
- Goalkeeper CANNOT dribble the ball from outside the box into the box and pick it up with their hands.
- TIME WASTING DURING FINAL 3 MINUTES OF A HALF OR GAME: A penalty kick may be awarded to the opposing team if, at the discretion of the referee, a player or any bench personnel waste time during the final 3 minutes of a half. The referee may allow extra time and award the penalty kick even if time expires.
A BLUE CARD will be shown to a player and that player’s team will play with one (1) less player while the player serves a two-minute penalty if he/she commits one of the following offenses:
- Shows dissent to the referee by word or action
- Is guilty of unsporting behavior
- Persistently infringes HVS rules
- Denies an opponent a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within his/her own penalty area) or fouling the opponent with intention to deny the opportunity
- Delays the restart of play
- Enters or re-enters the field incorrectly. Players CANNOT jump over boards.
- Deliberately leaves the field in order to avoid punishment
- Commits any fouls in an extreme fashion
- Attempts to damage HVS property
- Too many players on the field during play.
The player may exit the penalty box when the two-minute penalty has expired, or the opposing team scores a goal. If a player from each team receives a simultaneous blue card (each player must serve the entire 2 minute penalty.)
If a player receives 2 Blue cards in a row, the time penalty is 4 minutes. If a player receives one Blue Card at one point in the game and then receives one later, the time penalty is only 2 minutes.
(2) Blue Cards equal a Yellow and (3) Blue cards equal a RED CARD
A RED CARD will be shown to a player and that player’s team will play with one (1) less player for five (5) minutes, unless the opposing team scores, if the player commits one of the following offenses:
- Is guilty of serious foul play
- Is guilty of violent conduct
- Spits at an opponent or any other person
- Uses offensive, insulting, or abusive language or gestures
- Leaves the bench area to get involved in a fight or altercation on the field
- Deliberately damages HVS property
The player receiving the red card will state his/her full name and jersey number to the referee, as it is written on the team’s submitted roster, prior to being escorted out of the field and bench area. The referee may not stop time during this action. Any lack or delay of cooperation will lead to further disciplinary measures determined by HVS management. Players receiving a red card will serve a MINIMUM 1 game suspension and could be issued more games. If a player or team refuse to give the name of a player receiving the RED CARD, the game is finished and that team will automatically forfeit. Players who receive a third Blue Card in the same game will follow ALL rules stated above for a Red Card. However, the team will only be assessed a two-minute penalty.
A player or coach that receives a card for dissent will be issued a yellow card. If this coach/player continues to dissent he will then be issued a yellow and then a Red.
A coach or player receiving a red card while in the bench area will state his/her full name and jersey number to the referee, as it is written on the team’s submitted roster, prior to being escorted out of the field and bench area. The referee may not stop time during this action. Any lack or delay of cooperation will lead to further disciplinary measures determined by HVS management. A coach will decide which player that in the field when the offense occurred serves a five-minute penalty in the manner previously stated. If a team is left with no coaches due to red card ejections, the team forfeits the match.