Player Attire

  • All players must wear long socks, and shin pads at all times when playing.
  • All players must have the same coloured shirt, bar the goalkeeper who must wear a different colour shirt.
  • All players must not wear black soled-shoes.
  • No jewellery is allowed to be worn by players.

Field of Play Rules

  • Each half will begin with the ball in the centre circle, with one team kicking off, with all players on the field of play from each team beginning from within their own defensive half.
  • After a goal is scored, the team which conceded a goal, shall kick off from the centre circle.
  • When the whole of the ball crosses the touch line, the team who did not touch the ball last will kick the ball in from the sideline and have four seconds to do so.
  • If a team does not kick the ball back in within four seconds, the referee will signal a turnover and the opposing team will kick the ball in from the same position.
  • If a ball goes out over the byline, and off a player from the defensive team, the attacking team will be awarded with a corner kick.
  • If a ball goes out over the byline, and off a player from the attacking team, the defensive team will be awarded with a keeper’s ball, where the keeper must release the ball with his hands from within his area with the ball exiting his area before any other players can touch the ball.
  • When the ball goes out over the touchline, the opposing team will re-start play with the ball being stationery on the touchline and both of the kicking player’s legs be behind the touchline when kicking the ball.
  • If the ball hits the ceiling during the match when the ball is in play, a side-ball will be awarded to the team who did not touch the ball last before touching the ceiling with the ball being in line with the with area in which the ball struck the ceiling.
  • If the ball goes into the net directly from a sideball or when the opposing keeper throws the ball from his area without touching any players no goal will be awarded. The keeper whose net the ball went into will simply have the ball in his possession and throw it back into play.
  • 18-minute halves Under 14-Open/Senior matches
  • 15-minute halves Under 8-Under 12 matches
  • Unlimited substitutions
    A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than five players (a goalkeeper and four outfield players) and nine substitutes. There is no restriction on the number of substitutions that may be made during a match. Substitutions may be made at any time, whether the ball is in play or not, but only in the specially demarcated substitution zones.
  • Replacement of sent-off players
    A substitute player may replace a sent-off player and enter the pitch two full minutes after the sending-off. They may, however, enter the pitch before the two minutes have passed if their team concede a goal while a player down.
  • The goalkeepers
    Goalkeepers have only four seconds in which to play the ball, with either their hands or feet, and may not touch it again if it has been deliberately played to them by a team-mate without an opponent playing or touching it. Goalkeepers are also now free to play anywhere on the pitch and throw the ball beyond the halfway line, which was not previously permitted.

Direct Free Kick

Direct Free Kicks are awarded for the following offences:

  • kicking or attempting to kick an opponent
  • tripping or attempting to trip an opponent
  • Jumping at opponents
  • Charging opponents (shoulder-to-shoulder contact not allowed)
  • striking or attempting to strike an opponent
  • pushing or pulling an opponent
  • Tackling an opponent from behind
  • Slide tackling an opponent

A direct free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offences

  • holds an opponent
  • spits at an opponent
  • slides in an attempt to play or win the ball (slide tackle), except for the goalkeeper in his/her own area and not being careless or using excessive force.
  • Deliberately handling the ball, other than goalkeepers when in their own goal area.

A direct free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred.

  • The keeper may not pick up the ball with his/her hands if the ball has been passed back to them by their own player.
  • Once the keeper has passed the ball to his own player, the ball cannot be passed back to the keeper unless it has been touched by an opponent, gone out of play or after a free kick or a corner kick. This only applies in the defensive half of the field. If the keeper is in the attacking half of the field the above does not apply.
  • If the above occurs a direct free kick will be awarded to the opposing team 1 meter away from the keepers area at a 45 degree angle level to the goal post.

Penalty Kick

A penalty kick is awarded if a player commits any of the aforementioned offences inside his/her own penalty area, irrespective of the position of the ball but provided that it is in play.

Indirect Free Kick

An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper commits one of the following offences:

  • After releasing the ball from the keeper’s possession, and then receive it back from a team mate within their half of the pitch, without it having been played or touched by an opponent or from a dead ball situation.
  • Keeper touches or controls the ball with hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him/her by a team mate
  • Touches or controls the ball on any part of their defensive half of pitch, for more than four seconds

An indirect free kick is also awarded to the opposing team, to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred, if, in the opinion of the referee, a player:

  • plays in a dangerous manner
  • Deliberately impedes the progress of an opponent when the ball is not being played
  • Prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his/her hands
  • Commits any other offence, where play is stopped to caution or dismiss a player.

The indirect free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred, unless this was in the penalty area, in which case the indirect free kick is taken from the penalty area line at the place nearest to where the infringement occurred.

Cautionable Offences

A player is shown a yellow card if he/she commits any of the following offences:

  1. Unsporting behaviour
  2. Dissent
  3. Persistent fouls
  4. Delaying start of play
  5. Does not give opponents 5 metre space to take free kick.

Indirect free kicks are given for any of these offences regardless of being in or out of the penalty area. 

Sending-Off Offences

A player is sent off and shown the red card if he/she commits any of the following offences

  1. Serious foul play
  2. Violent Conduct
  3. Denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by handling the ball, when not the goalkeeper
  4. Offensive Language
  5. Spitting
  6. Two yellow-card offences

Direct free kicks will be taken from where offences 1-3 took place, and an indirect free kick for offence 4-5.

Decisions

A player who has been sent off may not re-enter the game in course, nor may he/she sit on the substitutes’ bench. This player will be suspended for a minimum of 1 game (being the next game his/her team is to play. Forfeit is not regarded as game). The team can not replace the player who was sent off.

Match Forfeits

Any team which forfeits matches will be penalised three competition points, with other team scheduled to play being awarded a 3-0 win and three competition points.

Teams who forfeit will also be required to pay the full match fee for the forfeited match, at the next match they play, in addition to the fee for the match which they have actually attended to play.

 

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