Get Ready to Score!
Lace up your cleats and kick the ball around in a Boston soccer league! Social Boston Sports (SBS) offers coed soccer leagues throughout Boston, including Cambridge, Somerville and more neighborhoods near you! Join one of our weekday or weekend coed leagues to show off your soccer moves and have a great time.
COVID Safety Standards
- Health Declaration via the Volo App before each activity.
- Temperature checks to ensure body temperature does not exceed 100.4
- Hand Sanitizing Stations will be provided at each league.
- Equipment Sanitization during and in between league play to mitigate the spread of germs.
- Face Masks are required to be worn by staff and players at all times.
- Notifications of illness within 14 days of play will be reported to Volo customer service and Volo will notify potentially exposed persons.
- Social Distancing via clear markers to keep players 6 feet apart.
- Limited Activity Capacity in adherence to local guidelines.
- Modified Rules when necessary to limit contact and maintain social distancing.
Upcoming Soccer Leagues in Boston
We pride ourselves in making sure that we provide everything you need to play safely, relax, and have a blast. All you need to do is show up and find your team – we’ve got everything else covered! Click here for more details on our COVID Safety Standards.
How to Sign Up
- *Minimum players for a full soccer team depends on type of league.
- 6v6 – 10 Player Min for Team
- 7v7 – 12 Player Min for Team
- If you do not meet this minimum your team will be merged with free agents.
- A Captain must create a team and all the team members must “join” the team. The Captain can pay for everyone or you can split up the fee’s among team members.
- Yes! You can sign up together even if you do not have a full team!
- Have Captain “create team” & Note Estimated Players
- Teammates Join “team” (Before signup deadline)
- Once Registration is closed we will merge you with other small groups and free-agents
- Signing up as a solo player is the best way to meet people in Boston!
- We will place you with a small group and/or other free agents to form a full team after the registration closes.
- If you have a friend that decides to sign up just have them note to be put on the same team as you!
- Coed Leagues: 11v11, 7v7, 6v6 & 5v5.
- Equipment & Shirts provided
- Refs included
- Click here to view full rules
Players registered with Social Boston Sports enjoy player perks such as:
- Team T-Shirts
- Special Sponsor Opportunities (see what can happen in our leagues!)
- Invitation to all Social Boston Sports & Volo Events
What can I expect at a Social Boston Sports soccer league?
A premiere, FUN experience! Plan to arrive at the field 10-15 minutes before game time to meet up with your teammates and get ready to play in your SBS soccer league. All games will be played with two 23 minute halves. The clock will run continuously, unless in the case of serious injury. Games will have a 2-5 minute half time.
How competitive are the soccer leagues?
We’re all about being social here at Social Boston Sports! Our soccer leagues are all about meeting new people, having a good time, and working up a sweat. We offer a variety of divisions including coed 7v7 and 11v11. Check each league for specific information on the SBS soccer page or shoot us an email if you have questions!
How many people do I need for a full soccer team?
- 5v5 soccer teams – minimum 9 players
- 6v6 soccer teams – minimum 10 players
- 7v7 soccer teams – minimum 11 players
- 11v11 soccer teams – minimum of 16 players
If you and your crew don’t have a full roster, we’ll merge you with another small group. FYI – merged teams generally have extra players to protect against forfeits. If you’d like to make sure you have a larger or smaller team, you can register as a prepaid team which allows you determine the amount of players on your team.
How much does it cost to join Social Boston Sports soccer?
You can expect your SBS soccer league to be anywhere from $5o-$85 per player for the entire season. Registration fees are dependent on location and day of the week, so be sure to check the league details carefully. After you sign up, everything else is taken care of for you. Your registration includes league shirt, referees, venue costs, insurance, equipment, prizes, league management and so much more!
Don’t forget, when you sign up with Social Boston Sports, your league registration helps provide free youth sports programs in Boston through the Volo Kids Foundation. #playitforward
What are the Social Boston Sports soccer gender requirements?
For 5v5 leagues you need a minimum of 3 to play, 1 must be female. 5 players on the field at one time, 1 must be female.
For 6v6 leagues you need a minimum of 4 to play, 1 must be female. 6 players on the field at one time, 2 must be female.
For 7v7 leagues you need a minimum of 5 to play, 1 must be female. 7 players on the field at one time, 2 must be female.
For 11v11 leagues you need a minimum of 8 to play, 2 must be female. 11 players on the field at one time, 3 must be female.
Soccer RulesGolden Rule:
First and foremost all Social Boston Sports Leagues are:
- 50% Social and 50% Sport.
- We do have officials; however, we expect individuals to respect the league’s culture of fair and fun play. Foul language and rough play will not be tolerated and individuals who cannot adhere to our standards of fair play and sportsmanship may be asked to leave the league.
- Social Boston Sports wants everyone to have a fun experience and be social while enjoying a great sport. Social Boston Sports will do whatever they can to make sure all players are having fun.
1) Individual Registration
a) All players must be 21 years of age or older
b) All players must be registered through the socialbostonsports.com website and have signed a Registration/Waiver Form
a) Social Boston Sports retains the right to place non-aligned free agents on teams that do not have a maxed out roster.
b) Social Boston Sports aims to place no more than 12 players on each (7vs7) team.
c) Social Boston Sports requires teams to have at least four (4) players to play each week in 7v7. There must be at least one female.
d) Social Boston Sports requires teams must have a minimum of 3 females at a time to field a team of 11 players AND teams must have a minimum of 7 to play with a least 1 female
e) Social Boston Sports allows substitute players during the regular season, only when that team needs substitutes to field a full team. Social Boston Sports retains the right to suspend any team playing with unregistered players not adhering to the league policies and culture.
f) During playoffs only players on a team’s original roster will be allowed to participate.
g) Teams (7v7) must field two females at all times. Teams (11v11) must field 3 females at all times.
h) If a team only has only one (7v7, 11v11) female(s) show up to play, the game can continue but that team must play down the required number of female positions.
a) Teams shall try the best they can to have matching colored shirts before player t-shirts have been received. A light and a dark shirt is recommended.
b) Players are required to wear the SBS league t-shirt, once provided, for all games (if only to maintain consistent uniform colors).
c) Shirts will be received on the second week of regular season game play.
4) Regular Season Schedule
a) Schedules will be created based on the amount of teams playing in each league. It is normal for a few games to be lost because of inclement weather. The league makes no guarantee of any certain number of games- If conditions beyond the control of the league are present, including but not limited to, excessive inclement weather conditions.
b) Social Boston Sports will do what they can to reschedule games that were lost due to inclement weather.
5) Weather Related Game Cancellation
a) Social Boston Sports will send a league email as soon as possible prior to first game start time with field closing and game delay information.
b) Suspended Games – If, due to weather conditions, safety conditions, or referee discretion a game is halted prior to halftime, it will be replayed if possible. A game halted at half time or later will stand as indicated by the score when the game was halted.
c) Rescheduled Games – If a game is cancelled for any reason, the league will reschedule if possible.
6) League Standings
a) Game Statistics (wins and losses) will be recorded and posted on the Social Boston Sports web page.
b) Teams are encouraged to review their respective League Standings page periodically. The Team Captain should notify the League Administrator of any errors.
c) A 3-3 draw will be posted for games cancelled and not rescheduled at the end of the regular season.
d) Standings ties will be decided by head to head outcomes. If teams did not play head to head the cumulative goals allowed during the season will determine the tie breaker.
7) Gameday Ties
a) All regular season games, if tied at the end of regulation will end in a tie.
b) Games in the playoffs cannot end in a tie. Teams will play one 5 minute golden goal overtime period. If still tied after the overtime period, the teams will proceed to a penalty shoot-out.
c) Each team will pick 5 players (3 guys and 2 girl).
d) Teams will alternate taking direct penalty shots from 12 yards from the goal line (no male/female shooting order is necessary.)
e) If tied after the 1st round of 5v5, the 2nd round will be SUDDEN DEATH (i.e., 1st player from Team A scores and 1st player from Team B misses – Team A wins)
f) Players who shot in the 1st shootout are not eligible to shoot again until all remaining players present have shot.
g) If and when 1 team begins to utilize players for the second time due to a lack of numbers, the other team may “re-use” players as well. This means some players on the team with more people present may or may not shoot.
8) Equipment (Please consider when preparing for the season)
a) Shin guards are mandatory
(they must be totally covered by socks to reduce risk of injury) and are an absolute requirement for all players.
b) Only soccer/athletic shoes are acceptable. No street shoes or metal cleats. Referees’ decisions on footwear suitability are final.
9 ) After The Game
Each team shall take responsibility to ensure bench areas are ready for play and the area is clean after the game. Generally Social Boston Sports will have fields set-up and properly lined at the beginning of the first game. Field set up by teams is the exception rather than the rule. Help with cleanup is always appreciated.
10) Game Time
a) 7v7 games will be played with two 20 minute halves. The clock will run continuously, unless in the case of serious injury. Games will have a 2-5 minute half time.
b) 11v11 games will have a two 25 minute halves. The clock will run continuously, unless in the case of serious injury. Games will have a 2-5 minute half time.
c) If a game is stopped due to weather or other unforeseen issues after 3/4 of the elapsed game time and the game cannot be resumed, then the game will be considered complete.
d) If a game is stopped due to weather or other unforeseen issues between halftime and 3/4 game time elapsed and the game cannot be resumed, the game will be resumed from the point of stoppage.
e) If a game is stopped due to weather or other unforeseen issues prior to halftime or at halftime and the game cannot be resumed, the game will replayed in full.
a) Teams must be ready to play their game within 10 minutes of the scheduled game time.
b) If a team does not have at least 1 female and 3 males (7v7), they are considered to have forfeited. If a team does not have 2 females and 5 males (11v11) present to play the game will be considered a forfeit.
c) Should teams have enough of their own players that they don’t need to forfeit but not enough for a whole team, they may pick up players from another team.
d) If remaining players from the scheduled team arrive after the start of the game then any players who have been picked up from another team should leave the game.
e) Any team who picks up players should not add more players than can play on the field at any given time- meaning that team should not have any substitutes.
a) Referees are responsible for managing substitutions and shall be made upon his/her consent.
b) Unlimited Substitutions may be made with the consent of the referee at the following times:
i) Throw In – either team.
ii) Goal kick – either team
iii) Goal – either team
iv) Injury when the referee stops play that team is allowed to substitute for the injured player. The opposing team is then allowed to substitute a single player.
v) Yellow Card – Referee may choose for an immediate substitution of carded player. Carded players will remain on the sideline for at least 2 minutes.
13) Slide Tackling
Slide tackling is NOT permitted. Performance of a slide tackle, may be grounds for a yellow card on the part of the referee. Players may slide when not creating a dangerous play, i.e. sliding to keep a ball in play.
Is not in effect for 7v7 leagues.
Standard off-sides rules are in effect for 11v11 leagues.
15) Misconduct and Fouls
a) Yellow Card – Referees will immediately substitute player out for a minimum of two (2) minutes.
b) Red Card – A player receiving a red card, or two yellow cards in the same match, must leave the field premises, sight and sound, within one minute without substitution.
c) Any player receiving a red card will be suspended from the following match.
d) Multiple red cards in one season will be grounds for suspension -without refund- from the league.
e) There is to be no contact or over aggression with the goalie or any field player:
i) A first offense will result in a warning.
ii) Second offense will be result in a player being taken off the field for a time period determined by the referee dependent on severity.
iii) a Third offense will result in a player being taken out of the game and possibly suspended for the following game. Calls are at the discretion of the referee.
f) Fouls are at the discretion of the referee and all penalties assessed for said fouls are the referee’s decision. We are a social league and want to make sure everyone has a good time and most importantly is safe.
a) Goalkeepers may punt, throw, or send goal kicks as far as they like across the half-line.
b) Goalies may throw in the ball for their team.
c) Goalkeepers are to have a safe zone and no player should make contact with them at any time.
d) Goalies may not handle a throw in by their team with their own hands unless touched by an opposing player on the way in.
e) If a team elects to have a female goalkeeper, that player does count toward the on the field female minimum.
17) Throw Ins
a) A goalie may be permitted to throw in the ball for their team.
b) Goalies may not pick up the ball with their hands when thrown in by their own player unless it touches someone from the opposing team.
c) Throw ins must be conducted near the spot the ball left the field, and with both feet touching the ground, as well as proper form of both hands coming from behind the head in a forward motion. Players will be given an opportunity to correct a throw in one time, at the discretion of the ref, if at that point it is still a bad throw the ball can be given to the opposite team.
18) Free Kicks
a) All fouls will be followed by an indirect kick unless otherwise noted by the ref for leagues with 7v7 or less.
b) It will be to the referee’s determination whether a foul should be given an indirect or direct kick in all 11v11 games. Decided by the Rules of the Game
c) All players conducting Free Kicks are expected to have a reasonable amount of space to make the kick. The opposing team should allow a 5 pace distance for the Free Kick to be conducted.
19) Team Conduct
a) Discipline – The Team Captain assumes the responsibility regarding team leadership and maintenance of order and discipline. Social Boston Sports expects each Captain to set a positive example for their players in promoting good sportsmanship and self- control.
b) Sideline Control – The Captain is responsible for the behavior of his/her bench area. After being verbally warned or cautioned (yellow card) by the referee for unsportsmanlike behavior from his/her bench area, the Captain will receive a red card if the situation persists.
c) The referee also has the power to eject any spectator at any time at his or her discretion.
d) Use of Foul Language is not appreciated in any circumstances and can result in a warning or in extreme circumstances can result in ejection from a game.
20) Player Suspension
a) Social Boston Sports will refuse registration to any player currently on suspension from any Boston-area league.
b) Social Boston Sports also reserves the right to suspend players from league play. This is at the sole discretion of Social Boston Sports and cannot be appealed. Registration fees will not be refunded to suspended players All players must be registered through the PlayMileHigh.com website and have signed a Registration/Waiver Form.