Rule 3 – Section 1 – Article 1- First and Third Periods
a. Prior to the game, during warm-ups, teams must remain in an agreed separate half of the field, normally the half up to the line five yards from midfield to their left, looking from their team area towards the field.
b. Each half shall start with a kickoff.
c. Three minutes before the scheduled starting time, the referee shall toss a coin at midfield in the presence of not more than four field captains from each team and another game official, first designating the field captain of the visiting team to call the coin toss. Before the second half, the referee will obtain the teams’ second half options.
d. During the coin toss, each team shall remain in the team area. The coin toss begins when the field captains leave the sidelines and ends when the captains return to the sidelines.
PENALTY − [d] Five yards from the succeeding spot [S19: IPR].
e. The winner of the toss shall choose one of the following options:
- To designate which team shall kick off.
- To designate which goal line his team shall defend.
- To defer his selection to the second half.
f. The opponent shall then choose option 1 or 2 above, as available.
g. If the winner of the toss chooses option 3 above, then after the opponent’s choice the winner selects the available option (1 or 2 above).
h. For the second half, the loser of the toss, or the winner who chooses option 3 above, shall choose option 1 or 2 above. The opponent then chooses the remaining available option.