SPORT GAME FOR PRESS SOCCER

A method of playing a Press soccer game on a field having a width of between 80 yards more or less for adult players to 60 yards more or less for children ten or younger. The field has touch lines that extend from a first goal arch line to a second goal arch line where the touch lines have a length of between 100 yards more or less for adults to 60 yards more or less for children ten or younger. The field has a goal zone area and a penalty arch line. One of the rules of play provides that a goal made without touching any other offensive player will count as two points when made from a goal zone area, three points when made within the penalty arch line, and four points when made from beyond the penalty arch line.

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Description

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a sport game and/or event and spectator sport, and an athletic competition and/or rules for the sport game and/or event and spectator sport, and an athletic competition; and to a playing field where the size of the field varies according to the age group of the players and where the rules of the sport and the field for the sport relate to a soccer type game.

2. Description of Related Art

This invention relates to a sporting event, a sport game, a spectator sport event; rules for playing the sporting event, and the field on which the sporting event is played. The rules of the game and the particulars of the field on which the game is played relate to the game of soccer.

A soccer field requires a large open area of about 50 to 100 yards wide by 100 to 130 yards long and, therefore, because of its size and the cost associated with maintaining a field of this size, a soccer field cannot normally be located in an urban area.

What is needed is a field of reduced dimensions and a modified set of rules which relate to the game of soccer. The dimensions of the field should vary to accommodate players of different age categories and the rules should be modified to create increased interest from a broader spectrum of players, spectators and sponsors.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is, therefore, an object of the invention to provide a set of rules for a soccer game that can Increase audience attendance.

It is another object of the invention to provide a soccer sporting event that can Increase audience involvement in play calling.

It is another object of the invention to provide a soccer sport event that can create an Increase in sponsor interest and commercial time.

It is another object of the invention to decrease the actual playtime to four quarters where each quarter is about twenty minutes in duration.

It is another object of the invention to Increase creativity and individuality in players of all age groups from adult to ten years or younger.

It is another object of the invention to Increase coaches creativities in formulating new strategies

It is another object of the invention to speed up the game tempo.

It is another object of the invention to provide a new point system which will reduce the number of tie games.

In an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, there is disclosed a method of playing Press soccer game comprising the steps of;

providing a field having a width of between 80 yards more or less for adults to 60 yards more or less for children ten or younger, and touch lines that extend from a first goal arch line to a second goal arch line, the touch lines having a length of between 100 yards more or less for adults to 60 yards more or less for children ten or younger;

providing a goal zone area and a penalty arch line on said field; and

providing a rule of play wherein a goal made without touching any other offensive player will count as two points when made from a goal zone area, three points when made within the penalty arch line, four points when made from beyond the penalty arch line, and an additional point for a goal made with offensive player heading the ball to the goal without touching an offensive player.

The foregoing has outlined, rather broadly, the preferred feature of the present invention so that those skilled in the art may better understand the detailed description of the invention that follows. Additional features of the invention will be described hereinafter that form the subject of the claims of the invention. Those skilled in the art should appreciate that they can readily use the disclosed conception and specific embodiment as a basis for designing or modifying other structures for carrying out the same purposes of the present invention and that such other structures do not depart from the spirit and scope of the invention in its broadest form.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Other aspects, features, and advantages of the present invention will become more fully apparent from the following detailed description, the appended claim, and the accompanying drawings in which similar elements are given similar reference numerals.

FIG. 1 is a top plan view of an embodiment of a soccer court in accordance with the principles of the invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Referring to FIG. 1, there is shown a top plan view of a preferred embodiment of a soccer field 10 in accordance with the principles of the invention.

The Press Soccer field 10 has playing area 12 with goal lines 14 and 16. The goal lines are goal arch lines. Arches and offsite lines are added as described below.

Touch Lines:

Two parallels touch lines 24 and 26 extends form goal arch to goal arch. The length of touch lines differs based on player's age group as is noted below.

Center Line:

The center line 18 extend form the middle of one touch line to the middle of parallel touch line, which divides the field of play into two identical halves. See field dimensions chart below for the length of the center line base for each age group.

Goal Arch:

The goal Arch 18 is an arch line with its center at the middle of the center line connecting the ends two parallel touch lines at both ends. The radius of the goal arch line is measured from the middle of the center line to the end of the touch line.

Goal Zone Arch:

The goal arch is an arch line 16 with a radius of 12 yards, as indicated on the field dimension chart shown below, having a center on the middle of goal Arch and both ends terminating at the goal arch line 20.

Penalty Zone Arch:

The penalty zone arch line 14 is an arch with a radius of 22 yards with its center on the middle of the goal arch and terminating at the goal arch 20 at both ends.

Offside Zone Line:

The offside zone line is parallel to center line and terminates at right angle to touch lines. The approximate distance of the off site zone line from the center line is shown in FIG. 1.

Field Indicators Lines.

The field indicator lines 22 are 10 yards or 10 meters long within 5 yards or 5 meters from each touch lines parallel to center line at 5 yards or 5 meters on center. These lines will be marked with their proximately to center line. Fonts of numeric numbers will be 4 feet readable for each touch line. Field indicator lines are a must on major leagues.

Goal:

The goal posts and cross bar are made of 4″ diameter tube steel or aluminum. The height of the goal cross bar and distance between goal posts are as indicated in the chart below. The goal must have a net at the back side to prevent the ball from escaping the goal.

Lines:

The width of the lines marking the soccer field must be a minimum of 4″ and a maximum 5″ inches wide.

Flags:

All four corners of soccer field must be marked with orange color flags approximately 4 feet or one meter in height. The center line of the field at both ends should be marked with white flags 5 feet tall approximately 5 feet or 1.5 meter out side of the touch line.

Corner Arch:

The corner arch is an arch with a radius of 1 yard or one meter centered at the junction of the touch line and the goal arch extending form goal arch line to touch line. The ball can be placed any where on the corner arch zone at the time of a corner kick.

As a non-limiting example, the dimensions in Table 1 are proposed for use with the Press soccer field of FIG. 1

TABLE 1 Field Dimension Chart Age Group U L W R R-1 R-2 A B C E X G Adult Y 100 80 Note 1 12 22 35 10 10 20 × 6 10 × 8.5  M 86 70 Note 1 10 20 30 10 10 20 × 6 9 × 2.6 U-18 Y 100 80 Note 1 12 22 35 NA NA NA 10 × 8   M 86 70 Note 1 10 20 30 NA NA NA 9 × 2.4 U-16 Y 90 75 Note 1 12 22 30 NA NA NA 9 × 8   M 78 66 Note 1 10 20 26 NA NA NA 8 × 2.4 U-14 Y 80 70 Note 1 12 22 25 NA NA NA 8 × 7   M 72 62 Note 1 10 20 22 NA NA NA 8 × 2.1 U-12 Y 70 65 Note 1 10 18 20 NA NA NA 7 × 7   M 64 58 Note 1 8 16 18 NA NA NA 7 × 2.1 U-10 Y 60 60 Note 1 9 16 15 NA NA NA 7 × 6   M 54 54 Note 1 8 14 14 NA NA NA 7 × 1.8 U = Unit of measure C: Length of field indicator line Y = Yard E: Distance from Field indicator line to touch line M = Meter X: dimension of coaches and player box L = Touch line length G: Goal Size (Width Y × F and M × M W = Width of the field R = Goal Arch radius from center of center line to end of touch line R-1 = Goal Zone Radius R-2 = Penalty Zone Radius A = distance from center line to off site zone line. B = Distance from off site zone line to end of touch line Note 1: (R) to exponent of 2 = (W/2) to exponent of 2 + (L/2) to exponent of 2

The by Laws for the Sport Game of Press Soccer

The Goal system of conventional soccer is changed to a point system:

Scoring Guide Lines:

A goal made without touching any other offensive player depends on its location and will count as follow:

Goal made from goal zone area counts for 2 points.

Goal made within penalty arch line counts for 3 points.

Goals made beyond penalty arch line counts for 4 points.

A goal made in the above zones with offensive player heading the ball to the goal without touching an offensive player will get an additional point in their respective zone.

Example: Goal made by heading the ball to goal within goal zone will counts for 3 points.

Duration of the Match:

A soccer match will be played in four quarters where each quarter will have a duration of 20 minutes. The time stops any time the ball is not in motion. A 5 minute break will be followed after each quarter and a 10 minutes break at the half time.

Penalties:

A foul committed by defensive player in the defense goal zone:

The offense will be rewarded a free kick. The ball will be placed on the goal zone arch line by offense without any defensive player between kicker and goal keeper. The defensive and offensive players must remain beyond goal zone arch. Once the ball is in motion by the kicker, the defensive players can enter the goal zone to protect the goal. A goal made by free kick will count for 1 point.

A foul committed by defensive player in the defense penalty zone:

A kick will be rewarded to the offense. The ball will be placed where the foul was committed. Defensive players (Sweepers) must remain inside the goal zone area. Only offense players (Attackers) are allowed in the penalty or goal zone area. A goal made by direct kick without touching other offensive players will counts for 2 points. All other players must remain beyond the penalty zone arch.

A foul committed beyond penalty zone arch but within offsite zone area:

The offense will be rewarded a kick. The ball will be placed where the foul was committed. Defensive players who are allowed into penalty zone arch area are allowed in the penalty zone area. A goal made by direct kick without touching another offensive player (Attackers) will counts for 3 points.

A foul committed beyond offsite zone:

The ball will be placed where the foul took place. Defensive players must observe a 5 yard clearance from the location of the ball prior to a kick. The kick can be a direct or an indirect kick.

In the above penalty situations and corner kick, no off site penalty should be called.

Out of Bound Play:

When a ball in its entirety passes the inter-side of the touch lines. The opposing team will kick the ball in at the location where ball exit the field. Defense will observe approximately 5 yard clearance.

An out of bound ball between a corner of the field and the goal poles by defense will result in a corner kick. A goal made by a corner kick without touching any other offensive player will counts for 3 points. In the event of a corner kick play only the attackers and sweepers who are allowed in the penalty zone can remain in the penalty zone.

Out of bound ball between corner and the goal poles by offense:

The ball will be put in motion by goal keeper either by hand or by punting within the goal zone to a team-mate within the offside zone. If the ball passes the offside line without being touched by offense, the defense will automatically possess the ball once past the offside line.

Players Configuration

Number of Players

Each team will have a total of 25 players for match

Each team will have one goal keeper and 10 players on the field. All other players will remain on the bench (substitutes).

Number of Players:

A minimum of 9 players must be present in a major league game in order to proceed with the game. The opposing team can continue with 11 players.

Forfeiting the Game:

If one team does not meet the required minimum players, then the referee must call off the game in favor of opposing team. The winning team will be reworded 3 points.

Substitution:

A team can replace as many players as is deemed necessary at a quarter or half time break.

Injured Player:

An injured player can be replaced during any quarter with the permission of the referee.

Players Positions:

Players are organized into three groups. Number of players in each group will be at the coaches' discretion. The groups are as follow:

Sweepers:

These players play on their half of the field and do not pass the center line toward the opposing team.

Midfielders:

These players can only play between penalty zones. Midfielders do not enter the penalty zone under any circumstances.

Attackers:

These players can only play at the opposing half of the field without passing the center line toward their own field. The attackers are the only players that can be in a penalty zone area.

Example

A team can have 3 sweepers, 3 midfielders, and 4 attackers in one quarter and it is called 3, 3, 4. The next quarter the coach can change to 4 sweepers, 4 midfielders, and 2 attackers and it is call 4, 4, 2.

In order to distinguish and monitor players not to violate their respected area the players must wear distinctive soaks as follow.

Sweepers and opposing team attackers will wear soaks having a 6″ high black band above their ankles.

Midfielders will wear their uniform.

Attackers and the opposing team Sweepers will wear a 6″ high white band above their ankle.

Field of Play Violation:

A foul is called when a player violates a respected area. The opposing team will kick the ball at the location of the foul.

Example: If violation took place in the penalty zone area the opposing team will get to kick either directly or indirectly.

Start of the Game:

Coin Flip:

Teams will flip a coin for selection of the field. The team who wins the coin flip will get to choose the field and the opposing team will get the ball.

Start:

To start the game the goalkeeper will kick or pass the ball to his team mates within offsite zone. If the ball passes the offsite line without being touched by offense, the ball will be reworded to opposing team at the location of the violation.

Backward Play Violation:

The offense cannot retract the ball once is passes the offside zone or center line toward to opposing team. The opposing team will possess the ball at the location of the violation.

Field Change:

The teams will change side at the beginning of each quarter.

Tie Games:

When the game remains tie upon expiration of regulation, the game continues as follow:

First Over Time:

Two five minutes halves will be played. The game takes place in the offside zone area of respected teams. Each team must select 4 players plus a goalkeeper. The teams will flip a coin for possession of the ball. The game will take place within the offside zone area of the defensive team for five minutes. During this period any time the ball is out of bounds, whether by offense or defense, it will result in an inbound at that location by the offense. When the ball is inbounded, the defense will remain in the penalty zone area. If the ball crossed the goal arch by either team it will result in a corner kick by the offense. Second over time will be played if the game remains tie at the end of the first overtime.

Second Overtime:

Each team will select two players and a goal keeper. The game will be played in the penalty zone area for 3 minutes in the same manner as the first overtime.

Kickoff:

Each team will get a direct kick at the Goal zone arch and take turns until one team exceed the other team in kick off.

While there have been shown and described and pointed out the fundamental novel features of the invention as applied to the preferred embodiments, it will be understood that various omissions and substitutions and changes of the form and details of the apparatus illustrated and in the operation may be done by those skilled in the art, without departing from the spirit of the invention.

Claims

1. A method of playing Press soccer game comprising the steps of;

providing a field having a width of between 80 yards more or less for adults to 60 yards more or less for children ten or younger, and touch lines that extend from a first goal arch line to a second goal arch line, the touch lines having a length of between 100 yards more or less for adults to 60 yards more or less for children ten or younger;
providing a goal zone area and a penalty arch line on said field; and
providing a rule of play wherein a goal made without touching any other offensive player will count as two points when made from a goal zone area, three points when made within the penalty arch line, four points when made from beyond the penalty arch line, and an additional point for a goal made with offensive player heading the ball to the goal without touching an offensive player.

2. The game according to claim 1 wherein the game is played in four quarters of twenty minutes each against a clock that is stopped when the ball is not in motion and a five minute break follows each quarter and a ten minute break follows half time.

3. The game according to claim 2 further comprising, providing a rule of play wherein when a foul is committed by a defense player in a defense goal zone, the offense will be rewarded a free kick where the ball is placed on the goal zone arch line by offense without any defensive player between kicker and goal keeper.

4. The game according to claim 3 further comprising, providing a rule of play wherein when a foul is committed by a defense player in a defense penalty zone, a kick is rewarded to the offense where the ball is placed where the foul was committed and defensive players must remain inside goal zone area.

5. The game according to claim 4 further comprising, providing a rule of play wherein when a foul is committed beyond penalty zone arch but within offsite zone area the offense is rewarded a kick with the ball being placed where the foul was committed and defensive players that are allowed in penalty zone arch area are allowed in penalty zone area.

6. The game according to claim 5 further comprising, providing a rule of play wherein when a foul is committed beyond offsite zone the ball is placed where the foul took place and the kick is either a direct or an indirect kick, wherein defensive players must observe a five yard clearance from location of the ball prior to kick.

7. The game according to claim 6 further comprising, providing a rule of play wherein when an out of bound ball in its entirety passes the inter-side of the touch lines the opposing team can kick the ball in at the location where the ball exits the field.

8. The game according to claim 7 further comprising, providing a rule of play wherein an out of bound ball between a corner of the field and goal poles by defense will result a corner kick.

9. The game according to claim 8 further comprising, providing a rule of play wherein an out of bound ball between a corner and the goal poles by offense will be put in motion by goal keeper either by hand or punting within goal zone to a team mate within the offside zone.

10. The game according to claim 9 further comprising, providing a rule of play wherein a minimum of nine players must be present in a major league game and an opposing team can continue with eleven players.

11. The game according to claim 10 further comprising, providing a rule of play wherein a referee must call off the game in favor of opposing team when one team does not meet the required minimum number of players.

12. The game according to claim 11 further comprising, providing a rule of play wherein a team can replace as many players as is deemed necessary at a quarter or half time break.

13. The game according to claim 12 further comprising, providing a rule of play wherein an injured player can be replaced during any quarter with the permission of the referee.

14. The game according to claim 13 further comprising, providing a rule of play wherein the players on a team are organized into three groups wherein the number of players in each group is at the discretion of the coach.

15. The game according to claim 14 further comprising, providing a rule of play wherein the three groups are sweepers midfielders and attackers where the sweepers play on their half of the field and do not pass the center line toward the opposing team; the midfielders can play only between penalty zones and do not enter the penalty zone under any circumstances, and the attackers can only play at opposing half of the field without passing the center line toward their own field and are the only players that can be in penalty zone area.

16. The game according to claim 15 further comprising, providing a rule of play wherein the opposing team will kick the gall at the location of a foul during a field of play violation when a player violates a respected area.

17. The game according to claim 16 further comprising, providing a rule of play wherein the team that wins a coin flip gets to choose the field and the opposing team gets the ball.

18. The game according to claim 17 further comprising, providing a rule of play wherein the goalkeeper starts the game by kicking or passing the ball to his/her team mates within offsite zone, and if the ball passes the offsite line without being touched by offense, the ball is reworded to opposing team at the location of the violation.

19. The game according to claim 18 further comprising, providing a rule of play wherein the offense cannot retract the ball back once it passes offside zone or center line toward the opposing team, and the opposing team will possess the ball at the location of the violation.

20. The game according to claim 19 further comprising, providing a rule of play wherein the teams change sides at the beginning of each quarter.

Patent History

Publication number: 20110086732
Type: Application
Filed: Oct 12, 2009
Publication Date: Apr 14, 2011
Inventor: James I. Press (Playa del Rey, CA)
Application Number: 12/577,699