As in traditional field soccer, the basic objective of the game is to kick a projectile into the opponent's goal area to score points. There are similar restrictions regulating the use of the hands and arms, but unlike regular soccer, ICE SOCCER doesn't permit heading or slide tackles.
Offside rules for ICE SOCCER are also very different from those used in field soccer or ice hockey. Offsides is not relative to the position of the projectile to either a player or a line marking, but rather how many players are inside the defensive blue line. Games are typically 30–60 minutes in duration, depending on available ice time.
In competitive play on a full sheet of ice, a team at full strength will consist of nine players: six slammer/blockers, two backs, and the goal keeper. Youth games add an extra back, for a total of ten players per side.
Many sports have "sandlot rules" which are less formal, and allow for situational adjustments. Similarly, the rules of ICE SOCCER can be modified for casual recreational play; to accommodate variations in the play area or the numbers of players, for example.
The official "game ball" of ICE SOCCER is the Boot'r™, which has a special shape, weight, and covering designed to provide interesting and lively competition on the ice.
A complete set of the "Official Rules of ICE SOCCER" (© 2004–2023) is included with the purchase of a Boot'r.