Cohesion and Reintegration Opportunities through Social Soccer

Calciosociale® Regulations (extract)


Article 4  (Participants’ Requirements)

Participants will be aged between 10 and 90 and will have passed the sports medical examination.


Article 6  (Evaluation Coefficient)

Before the start of the Calciosociale® Championship, the Technical Committee shall organize a series of preparatory matches (hereinafter, “Preseason Matches”). Entrants shall take part in them, as their aim is to assign each participant an Evaluation Coefficient, defined as a numerical value (on a scale from 1 to 10) which synthetically expresses the ability of each player. The best player(s) registered in the championship is/are assigned a value of 10.


Article 7  (Team Formation)

Once the registration deadline has expired, and at the end of the Preseason Matches, the Technical Committee shall meet for the formation of the teams. They shall be made of 10 players and have the same Overall Coefficient, which is the sum of the Evaluation Coefficient of each player. It is essential for teams to be as heterogeneous as possible and to include players of different age, sex, and condition. No pre-established team shall participate in the championship. Teams shall be broken up at the end of each championship.


Article 13 (Playing Area)

The field shall be rectangular. Its width shall range between 25 and 42 meters; its length between 42 and 64 meters. The ratio between width and length shall be comprised between 0.59 and 0.65.

 “Penalty area” is defined as the area delimited by:

  • A 21.5 m part of the goal line, whose midpoint corresponds with the midpoint of the goal line;
  • Two lines perpendicular to the goal line which, starting from the goal line and in correspondence with the outermost points of the portion defined in the previous point, shall be 8.25 m long towards the inner part of the field;
  • A line parallel to the goal line which joins the two outermost points, inside the field, of the two perpendicular lines referred to in the previous point.

Within each penalty area, at 7 meters from the goal line and in the projection of its midpoint, the “penalty kick point” shall be marked. The arc of a 5-meter-radius circle shall be drawn with its centre lying in the penalty kick point, outside the penalty area.

At the centre of each goal line a structure shall be placed: it shall be made of two vertical posts joined by a cross bar, hereinafter “goal”. The interior distance between the posts is 5 meters; the distance between the field and the lower edge of the bar is 2 meters.

Article 16  (Ball)

  • Shape: spherical
  • Circumference: 68-70 cm
  • Weight: 410-450 g
  • Pressure: 0.6-1.1 atm (at sea level)


Article 17  (Players)

Each match is played by two teams. Each of them shall field no more than 8 players, one of whom shall play as goalkeeper. No match shall start or go on if one of the teams has less than 6 players.


Article 19  (Replacements)

If a team has more than 8 players, the team can replace players every 5 minutes. Each player can stay on the bench for further following turns. If the rotation caused disparity in the minutes played by each participant of a team, the Educators shall ensure that:

  • The two players with the highest Evaluation Coefficient are replaced more often than the others;
  • The two players with the lowest Evaluation Coefficient are replaced less often; they are never replaced together; they are never replaced during the last 5 minutes of the match.


Article 21  (Arbitration)

Calciosociale® matches do not include match directors. Arbitration is delegated to the Educators of the two teams that, by mutual agreement, make decisions. The Educators, after having heard the Organizers and the Technical Commission, have the right to delegate the arbitral function to a participant of his/her own team.


Article 23  (Moments of Sharing)

At the beginning of each match, the two teams meet at the center of the field, making a circle and dedicating a moment to the sharing of thoughts, feelings, and aspirations, in order to prepare for a moment together in which everyone flourishes, both individually and as a group.

If the match includes significant events, positive and/or negative, at the end of the match both teams can decide to meet again at the center of the field.


Article 24  (Match Length)

Every match has two halves of 30 minutes each. Between the two halves, the players have a half-time no greater than 5 minutes. There is no added time for the recuperation of time lost. The only case in which it is possible to go over 60 minutes of play is that for a penalty kick signaled within the normal duration of the match.


Article 27 (Scoring Goals)

Each player cannot make more than three goals during one match: A goal is not valid if:

1) it is from a corner kick;

2) the goal scorer touched the ball for the last time in his own half of the field.


Article 30  (Direct Free Kicks)

When the ball is in play and a player makes a foul, a direct free kick is assigned to the other team.


Article 31 (Penalty Kicks)

The execution of the penalty kick is entrusted to the player with the lowest Evaluation Coefficient on the field or on the bench.


Article 34  (Goal Kick and Goalkeeper’s Play)

If the ball completely crosses the goal line without a goal being scored and after it has been touched by the attacking team, the game restarts with goal kick. This shall be performed by the goalkeeper, with his/her hands within his/her own penalty area; the goalkeeper cannot go past the midfield line.

During an action, once the goalkeeper has touched the ball with his/her hands in his/her own penalty area, he/she cannot play it beyond the midfield line, neither with his/her hands, nor with his/her feet.

With a back pass from a teammate, the goalkeeper is allowed to pick up the ball with his/her hands if he/she is inside his/her own penalty area.

To sum up, the goalkeeper is allowed to return the ball beyond the midfield line only when, during a single action, he has not touched it with his/her own hands before playing it with his/her feet. In all other cases, if the goalkeeper returns (with his/her hands or feet) the ball beyond the midfield line, a free kick shall be assigned to the other team, to be kicked off from the midfield line where the ball would have crossed said line, had it been on the ground.


Article 36 (Community Service)

The Organizers and the Technical Commission, having heard the Educators, must establish, before the beginning of a Calciosociale® championship, the social, educational and laboratory activities that the teams will carry out during their rest periods in the game schedule and that influence sports scores.

It is also possible to organize single events, dedicated to Community Service activities, which include the participation of all teams, and which can influence sports scores. These single events cannot substitute, but only supplement, the Community Service activities that the teams must carry out during the event.


Article 37  (Ranking)

If the event plans to have one or more brackets, the ranking must assign 2 points to the teams that win a match, 0 to those that lose, and 1 to those who tie.

The Organizers, having heard the Technical Commission and the Educators, identify, in the event plan, the criteria according to which they will assign ranking points based on the quality of the Community Service activity. Said criteria must consider the number of players with which a team participates in Community Service and the quality of said service.

If two or more teams have the same ranking points, the criteria to define their positions are, in the following order:

  • the score obtained during Community Service
  • head-to-head results (if there are two teams with the same number of points)
  • results/difference in goals/goals scored in head-to-head matches (if there are more than two teams with the same number of points)
  • difference in goals