Button Soccer Playing Instructions.
There are many variations on the game rules. I recently found
out about the Brazilian version, played with 11 pieces per side,
a round ball, rectangular goalkeepers and a larger board.
This section will describe the basic, common rules.
These rules are probably enough to understand the spirit of the game.
- A player button is allowed to pass the touch lines without penalty.
It is immediately returned (by hand) to the point where it exited.
- The ball button must not leave the field. The last player button to
touch the ball button is considered responsible, and the opposing
team is awarded a throw-in. The ball is returned to its exit point.
- The throw-in can be taken by any of the team's player buttons.
- The player button is moved by hand to the throw-in position.
- After adjustment is complete, the throw-in is performed.
- Before shooting for the goal, one must declare his intentions to score.
Any shots that go in without having been declared first, don't count.
- Once a declaration is made, the goalkeeper is allowed to adjust
its position (by hand), but only if it was within the immediate goal
area when the shot was declared.
- After the adjustment, the shot is taken.
- When a player button touches an opponent's player button
without touching the ball button first, it is given a penalty card:
- The first time this happens, the player button receives
a yellow card, and the opponent is awarded a free kick.
- The second time this happens, it receives a red card and
must be replaced. The opponent is awarded a free kick.
- In any case, if a penalty occurs in the penalty area, the
opponent is awarded a penalty kick from the 11m line.
Game length can be limited by time, by number of goals, or by mood :-).
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