Every winter for the past several years I have enjoyed coaching my boys’ indoor soccer teams at a local indoor soccer facility. As a coach the facility provides us with a list of rules that we are to learn and pass on to our players and their families. As I was going through clutter at my desk I came across the indoor soccer facility’s rules and was ready to toss them in the shredder when I realized that they applied equally well to home life. So, just for fun and with few modifications, I thought I’d present the indoor soccer rules here as rule to live by at home. If there are violations, parents might have fun pulling a red card, enjoy!
1. This facility will not be held responsible for lost, stolen or damaged property.
2. Smoking is prohibited inside the facility.
3. No beverages, gum or food are allowed on the playing field (or living room).
4. No alcohol is allowed on the premises.
5. No spitting or swearing is allowed.
6. No disrespectful, confrontational or abusive behavior toward referees, scorekeepers or staff (or parents or siblings or guests) is allowed at any time.
7. Soccer ball play is restricted to the playing field (backyard).
8. Personal balls are not allowed in the facility (living room, kitchen, etc.), and will be confiscated by management if found in the facility. All personal balls confiscated will be held at the facility for a minimum of one week, and then returned to the owner.
9. Coaches (parents) are responsible for conveying these rules to their players and fans, and for monitoring their behavior on the play field, in team’s areas and in the stands.
10. Fighting or instigating a fight will not be tolerated. Patrons found guilty of fighting may be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to immediate ejection, suspension for a period of time and/or a monetary fine.
11. Any patron who willfully causes damage to property will be responsible to pay for that damage. A $25.00 minimum will be charged for the damage.
12. The facility will not be held responsible for any injuries that may occur to players or participants in games or their activities. Play at your own risk!
13. Players with open wounds or visible blood will not be allowed to participate until the wound is covered and the blood flow is stopped.
14. Please show courtesy to others by keeping the facility clean, and by tending to your children while visiting. The facility is not responsible for any unsupervised children.
There you have it! 14 great soccer rules that are also great rules to live by at home! Perhaps by following these rules, home can also become The Beautiful Game.
Matt Woolley, PhD