You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.– Albert Einstein
Club Rule 1: Get Approval Before Inviting New Players
Fresno Armenian Futból Club (FAFC) is a private Armenian adult soccer club. Therefore, we ask that all members refrain from public invitations via social media, email, etc., unless asked to do so by the Team Manager. If you know of someone that is interested in joining us for a match or joining our club, please contact the Team Manager prior to inviting the new player. The Team Manager will review the inquiry with the Advisory Committee and advise you on how to proceed.
Club Rule 2: Arrive on Time & Be Prepared
The Team Manager will always alert players via text one day prior to the match regarding field arrival/warm-up time and a kick-off time. It is important that you respond to the text so that a proper head count may be made in order to call the match. When you arrive, please respect the match times and come prepared to play. If you know you are going to arrive late, please contact and advise the Team Manager. If you are later than 15 minutes into the 1st half, you may be asked to wait until the half.
Club Rule 3: Respect the Call and Remain Calm
Often, our passions get the best of us and a foul occurs. In a non-reffed match, it is up to the individual player that was fouled to call the foul. In the event that there is a dispute about the call, it is important that it be resolved quickly and respectfully in order to prevent disrupting the game. Players that were near the occurrence are encouraged to concur using respectful and sound judgement. If the dispute can not be resolved or the game is disrupted as a result of the dispute, both players will be asked to leave the field by the Team Captains.
Club Rule 4: No Sliding
Sliding tackles are strictly prohibited during any FAFC match. The first offense will result in an immediate Red Card and the player may be asked to leave the field. Keepers are permitted to slide in order to block an attacker and grab or deflect the ball in a one-on-one breakaway situation within the Penalty Area, but may not slide tackle outside the Penalty Area and will be subject to the aforementioned consequences.
Club Rule 5: No Children Allowed
FAFC was formed as an adult soccer club for players 18 years and older. Certain exceptions may be made for younger players, but must first be approved by the Advisory Committee and all adult players. Players younger than 16 years of age are not encouraged at this time.
Club Rule 6: Watch Your Language
Hyeren! Hyeren! Hyeren! We’re an Armenian futból club, so we encourage you to speak Armenian if you know it! Who knows, maybe if you don’t, you’ll learn it on the field! Also, please refrain from swearing to keep our matches clean and professional. You know who you are!
Club Rule 7: No Fighting or Aggressive Behavior
FAFC is a family-friendly club and we treat each other as such. Heated confrontations/attacks, whether physical (fights, throwing objects, etc.) or verbal (insults, cursing, etc.), will not be tolerated. In the event of an altercation, one or more players may be asked to leave the field and possibly be banned from the club.
Club Rule 8: Respect the Field
FAFC players are expected to treat the field we play on and its equipment responsibly. Do not leave trash (water bottles, candy wrappers, sports tape, etc.) on the field. If a trash bin is not nearby, take your trash with you and dispose of it once you are near a bin. It most likely came with you to the field. So, it won’t hurt to take it back with you. When moving goals, players are encouraged to return them to their original location.
Laws of the Game
FAFC currently acknowledges 17 laws of soccer that are the standard for any professional or international match played. They are as follows:
Matches may be played on either grass or artificial turf, but the surface must be green in color. The field must be rectangular in shape, and distinctly marked by two short goal lines and two long-touch lines. The field is divided into halves, separated by the halfway line, which runs from the midpoints of each touchline. At the midpoint of the halfway line is a marked center point surrounded by a lined center circle with a radius of 10 yards. Opposing players are not allowed to enter this circle during the possessing team’s kick-off. The length of the touch line must be greater than the length of the goal line.
- Touch line: Minimum 90 meters (100 yards), maximum 120 meters (130 yards)
- Width (goal line): Minimum 45 m (50 yds), maximum 90 m (100 yds).
- At each end of the field is an eight-yard-wide goal centered along the goal line.
- Six yards from each goal post along the goal line and six yards out into the field (perpendicular to the goal line) is the goal box.
- Extending 18 yards from each goal post along the goal line and 18 yards out into the field (perpendicular to the goal line) is the penalty box.
- In each of the four corners of the field is a five-foot-high corner flag.
FAFC matches are held on various fields throughout the Central Valley, but mainly on fields located in the North East Fresno / Clovis area. For a list of fields we play at, click here.
The soccer ball must be spherical in shape and made of leather or another comparable medium. Its circumference must be in the range of 27 to 28 inches. FAFC matches use a Size 5 soccer ball.
Matches are generally played by two teams of 11 to a side. The goalkeeper is included in the 11-player total. If a team cannot field at least seven players at match time, the game is a forfeit. Matches are generally limited to unlimited substitutions per match. Substitutions may only enter at the halfway line, upon the referee’s approval, and after the player being subbed out has left the pitch. The goalkeeper may be substituted with anyone on the pitch or any eligible substitute on the bench during a game stoppage.
In a reffed match, all players are required to wear a jersey, shorts, shin guards, socks and cleats. The socks must cover the shin guards entirely. If the referee deems a player’s equipment unsatisfactory, the player can be sent off until the issue is remedied. Shin guards are optional in non-reffed matches.
The referee is the authority on the field, and his word is law. If you question a referee’s decision, you can be disciplined further simply for dissent. In the event of no referee, please see above “Club Rule 3: Respect the Call and Remain Calm.”
The assistant referees are primarily responsible for assisting the referee in performing his duties – this includes signaling with a flag when a ball goes of play, when a player is fouled, or when a player is in an offside position.
Matches are comprised of two 45-minute halves, with extra time added for each at the referee’s discretion. In the event of a non-reffed match, a player on the field, preferably a keeper, shall keep time. The halves are separated by a half-time period not to exceed 15 minutes. The extra time generally corresponds with the referee’s determination of how much time was taken up due to substitutions and injuries. The amount of extra time is announced at the end of each 45-minute period.
Kick-off is generally determined by a coin toss, whereby the winning team can either choose to start with the ball or choose which goal they would like to attack. The losing team is then afforded whatever choice the winner does not elect to take. Kick-off occurs at the start of each half, and after each goal scored, and is taken at the center of the halfway line. If a team scores a goal, the opposing team is given the kick-off to restart the match.
The ball is out of play when it fully crosses either the goal line or the touch line. It is also out of play if the referee stops play for any reason. If, for any reason, the ball strikes the frame of the goal or the referee and remains within the goal and touch lines, it is still in play.
A goal is scored when the entire ball has crossed the goal line within the frame of the goal. At the end of the match, the team with the most goals is the winner, barring the circumstantial necessity for extra time.
When an attacking player receives the ball while on his opponents half, he must be level or behind the second to last defender (the last typically being the goalkeeper). However, this rule only applies if he is involved with the play.
- Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent
- Trips or attempts to trip an opponent
- Jumps at an opponent
- Charges an opponent
- Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent
- Pushes an opponent
- Tackles an opponent
- Holds an opponent
- Spits at an opponent
- Handles the ball deliberately
If any of these are fouls are committed by a player in their team’s penalty area, the opposing team is awarded a penalty kick. Indirect free kicks are awarded if a player:
- Plays in a dangerous manner
- Impedes the progress of an opponent
- Prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his/her hands
- Commits any other unmentioned offense
- Unsporting behavior
- Dissent by word or action
- Persistent infringement of the Laws of the Game
- Delaying the restart of play
- Failure to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick,free kick, or throw-in
- Entering or re-entering the field of play without the referee’s permission
- deliberately leaving the field of play without the referee’s permission
- Serious foul play
- Violent conduct
- Spitting at an opponent or any other person
- Denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (the goalkeeper being an exception)
- Denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offense punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick
- Using offensive or abusive language and/or gestures
- Receiving a second caution (yellow card) in the same match
Free Kick is broken into two categories, direct and indirect. A direct kick can be shot directly into the opponent’s goal without touching another player. An indirect free kick is indicated by the referee raising his hand during the kick. An indirect kick can only go into the goal if it has subsequently been touched by another player before it enters the goal. The ball must be stationary for both types of kicks.
A penalty kick is awarded either when a defensive player fouls an attacking player or commits a handball in his/her team’s penalty area. The penalty kick is placed at the penalty spot, and all players on both teams must remain outside the penalty box during the shot. They may enter the box immediately after the shot is taken. The goalkeeper may move horizontally along the goal line before the shot is taken, but he may not come off the line until the ball is struck.
A throw-in is awarded when the possessing team plays the ball out of bounds over the touchline. While taking a throw-in, a player must release the ball with both hands simultaneously and keep both feet firmly planted on the ground. If these conditions are not met, play is stopped and the throw-in is given to the opposing team. Players are not allowed to score directly off a throw-in.
A goal kick is awarded when the offensive team plays the ball out of bounds over the defensive team’s goal line. After the ball is out of play, the defender or goalkeeper may place the ball anywhere within the six-yard goal box and kick the ball back into play.
A corner kick is awarded to the offensive team when the defensive team plays the ball out of bounds over its goal line. The ball is placed within the corner area and is kicked back into play by the offensive team. Players can score directly off a corner kick.
Click here to review the official Laws of the Game as outlined on FIFA’s website.