FXA Sports follows the NFHS Boys Lacrosse rulebook except as amended as follows:


  • Teams must have a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20
  • There must be 10 on the field at the start of the game, including the goalie
  • 8 players are acceptable, including a properly equipped goalkeeper, to avoid a forfeit
  • Players must be 18 years of age or older

Playing Field/Equipment

  • The field will be 110 yards long and 60 yards wide
  • FXA will supply regulation fields and goals, all other equipment is the responsibility of the participant
  • The goalkeeper must wear proper protection including a chest and throat protector
  • All players must wear a protective helmet with a chin pad and chin strap
  • All player must have a legal crosse
  • It is recommended that players also wear mouthguards, shoulder pads, arm pads and gloves

Length of Game

  • The game will be two 25 minute halves with a running clock, except in the last two minutes of the second half, 3 minute half time
  • One 30 second timeout per team per half
  • Regular season games will end in a tie
  • Playoff games will have a 3 minute sudden death overtime (officials will conduct a coin toss, visitors call, winner chooses goal to defend / alternate possession remains as it was during play)
  • A tie after sudden death overtime will result in sudden death Braveheart (teams defend same goal as they were during overtime / each team has one field player and a goalie / goalie may not cross the midfield line / Braveheart begins with a face off / Substitutions are not allowed during the Braveheart / there will be additional Brave Hearts until a winner is determined

Game Play

  • Game will start with a coin toss, visitor calls, winner chooses goal to defend or first alternate possession / loser gets the remaining choice
  • Once your team establishes possession, an advancement 30 second count will begin to get into your offensive box
  • Only goalie can touch the ball with their hands
  • An opponent cannot enter the crease, but can reach their stick into the crease
  • When the ball goes out of bounds, the opposing team gets it, unless it goes out of bounds after a shot then the team with the player closest to the ball gets it
  • Any player who accumulates five minutes of personal fouls, is removed from the game
  • Fouls include unnecessary roughness, slashing, targeting the head, cross-checking, tripping, illegal body checking, or unsportsmanlike conduct

Player Actions

  • Body checking the opponent with possession of the ball, or 5 yards of a loose ball is legal.
  • Checking must be above the waist and below the neck and from the front side
  • There should be no targeting the head or the neck with a cross check. Violating this results in a minimum 3 minute non-releasable foul at the official’s discretion and possible ejection
  • A player cannot use his hands or arms to push another player with possession of the ball
  • A player may not make contact with the goalie, if the goalie is in the crease


  • Face-offs happen at the beginning of each half and after each goal is scored (also at the beginning of overtime and braveheart)


  • If your team needs to forfeit a game (for whatever reason), please make sure to let us know 6 hours before game time by email ([email protected]) or call/text (703-382-9111).
  • If you don’t have at least 8 players, including a properly equipped goalkeeper, the game will be forfeited
  • If a game is forfeited within 6 hours of gametime, a $50 fee will be charged


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