Adult Soccer Tennis Rental

IISA Suggested Rules for Soccer Tennis

RULE 1 – THE COURTS Soccer-tennis at IISA is played on four courts- 1, 2, 3, 4.  1 will be the “Championship Court”, 4 will be the last court.  Each court will be 8 feet wide x 10 feet long

RULE 2 – THE NET The court is split in two parts by the tennis net.

RULE 3 – THE BALL (SOCCER BALL)Soccer-tennis uses a regulation size 5 soccer ball for adults.

RULE 4 – TEAMS AND PLAYERS The game is played between two teams with one player on each team.

RULE 5 – PLAYERS EQUIPMENT The official uniform of soccer-tennis includes a shirt, shorts, socks, and shoes.

RULE 6 – DURATION OF THE MATCH Soccer-tennis matches are played in games to 15 points, the team must win by 2 points. There is a 2-minute maximum break between games before the teams switch sides to begin another game. Game duration will last no longer than 10 minutes.

RULE 7 – BEGINNING THE GAME The team on the east side of the net is allowed to elect whether they will kick off or choose a side to defend.

RULE 8 – THE KICK-OFF IISA staff will start the game with the sign to serve. A kick-off is used to begin each game and also between each point scored. Kick-offs are played from behind the service box line of the tennis court and the ball must land in the opposite service box area. Players cannot step on the line during a kick-off. A player has two attempts to execute a kick-off and must play the ball out of his/her hands, by drop kick (ball hitting the ground before being kicked). Any kick-off that hits the net but lands on the opposing side (let) must be repeated. If the first service does not make it over the net or in bounds, a second service is awarded. If such an event happens twice (double fault), the opposing team receives a point.

RULE 9 – SCORING Both teams can score a point at any time (the defending team can score even if they did not kick off to start play).

RULE 10: SERVICE Service will be held by one team for 5 point combinations. Service is changed every time the score equals 5, 10, 15, and 20 points. (Similar to ping pong; i.e. score 3-2, 1-4, 5-0, 2-3, 6-4, 7-8, 11-9 etc…) The player cannot return the service directly. The service must bounce once in the serve court before being returned.

RULE 11 – TEAM BALL CONTACTS The receiving team can touch the ball a maximum of three times per team before returning the ball to the opposing team.  Each player can only take a maximum of two touches per individual. The ball can be directly returned to the opposing team with only one ball touch, if desired.

RULE 12 – INDIVIDUAL PLAYER BALL CONTACT Players can use any part of their body to touch the ball, with the exception of the arms or hands or head. Shoulders are not considered part of the arm.

RULE 13 – GROUND BALL CONTACTS The only time a ball is allowed to touch the ground outside the playing field, is when a kick-off player bounces the ball before kick-off. Any other ground contacts outside the playing field are “out balls”. Inside the playing field, you are allowed one bounce per side, but can not bounce after the first touch.

RULE 14 – POINTS Every play can result in a point scored by either one of the teams.


Faults at the kick-off

1a. Kick-off is done before IISA staff allows play to begin.

1b. Kick-off is not played from the hands.

1c. More than one ground contact is made before kicking off.

1d. The player steps onto the playing field during or before kick-off.

1e. Player kicks the ball into the net (If the ball hits the net, and goes over to the opposing side, the fault does not result in a point, but the kick-off is repeated.)

1f. The kick-off lands outside the playing field (‘out”)

Faults during a play

2a. Player uses more than two touches before getting rid of the ball.

2b. During a play, the ball touches the ground more than one time.

2c. A team plays the ball, and it lands outside the playing field.

2d. A team plays the ball into the net.

2e. A player touches the net.

2f. A player touches the ball with their hand, or arm, or head.

2g. The ball touches the ground before it goes over the net.

2h. The mystery/secret 3rd touch will be enforced! (Accidentally hits your foot, then shin, and you proceed with another touch…FAULT!)

RULE 15 – TIE BREAKERS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: Sudden death, first to two points after 15 wins.

RULE 16 – COURT CHANGE After every game, the winning team moves up a court (winner of court 2 moves to court 1, winner of court 3 to 2, etc.).  The non-winning team moves down (non-winner of 1 moves to 2, 2, to 3, etc.).  The winning team at Court 1 stays there, the non-winning team of court 4 stays there.

RULE 17 – DISTURBANCES If disturbances arise that players have no influence over (such as problems with the net or equipment or a player injury, the IISA staff is allowed to stop play immediately and the kick-off is repeated with no points given.

RULE 18 – PENALTIES We hope there are no issues, as this is open gym soccer tennis.

RULE 19 – THE REFEREE The IISA official will do his/her best to make sure rules are clear and abided by• Use signs to regulate play from start to finish, between games,  Decide points (staff decisions are final) • Control the clock• Interrupt play due to disturbances, rule-breaking, or injuries• Keep unauthorized persons off the playing field• Give out warnings and/or remove repeat offenders from the match