Rules & Regulations

General Rules

  • Football used is size 5.
  • The wearing of any form of jewellery, including (but not limited to) necklaces, bracelets, fitness bands and watches is not permitted during play.
  • Any team that reports for a match any later than 1 day from kick off time or with insufficient players will forfeit the match 3-0.
  • Substitutions are unlimited during a match and are permitted during play.
  • A substitute can only get on to the pitch once the player he is replacing has come off.
  • A change of goalkeeper must be authorized by the referee.
  • If the ball crosses the touch line, the match will restart with a kick in. Throw ins are not permitted.
  • If the ball crosses the goal line, the match will restart with a goal kick off or corner kick.
  • There is no offside rule.

The Players

  • Each team can have a squad of 5 to 10 players
  • 5 players shall normally be present on the pitch at any given time. A team may never have more than 5 players on the pitch.
  • Any team with more players on the pitch than authorized will be penalized with a yellow card to the player at fault.
  • A team cannot start a match without a minimum of 4 healthy players.
  • During a match, any team who cannot fill a minimum of 3 players due to
    suspensions or injuries will forfeit the match and will result in a 3-0 loss or the actual score, whichever has the worst goal differential. All players must be listed and checked off on the referee’s team sheet prior to kick off.
  • Each team must have a team captain identified by an arm band or other clear mark identifying the player.

Sliding

  • Players must always maintain their feet when they are engaging the ball and/or other players.
  • Slide tackles are forbidden.
  • Players must not use defensive slides to intercept a ball regardless of whether they are near another player or not.
  • Players must not use attacking slides when shooting for goal or when passing.
  • Lunges that result in slides are illegal.
  • Goalkeepers are permitted to slide in order to save goals but must not do so in a way that may be dangerous to attacking players.
  • The referee will be the sole adjudicator on whether a player has legitimately slipped or attempted to slide. A player who makes a slide that involves contact with an opponent will be penalized and given either a yellow or red card.

The Referee

  • The referee’s decision is final. Any fouls or penalties will be awarded at the sole discretion of the referee.
  • The referee reserves the right to penalize a player for aggressive behavior or excessive arguments towards the referee.
  • The referee is the official timekeeper for the match and may make an allowance for time lost through substitutions, injured players requiring attention, or other stoppages.
  • The referee may restart play using a drop ball if he is required to stop play temporarily for any circumstances.

Time of Play

  • Matches during the league round will last 50 minutes. 25-minutes for each half, with a 5 minute break seperating them.
  • Matches during the knockout phase will last 60 minutes. 30 minutes for each half, with a 5 minute break seperating them.

Set Plays

  • The opposition team must be 4 steps away from where a free kick is taken.
    Contravention of this rule will result in the kick being taken again.
  • The opposition player must remain 3 steps away for corner kicks and kick ins.

League Stage

  • The league’s will be determined based on random draw.
  • Three points will be awarded for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a loss.
  • If only two teams are tied on points, the head to head result in group stage will determine the winner.

Knockouts

  • If a match is tied after full time, the match shall go into 10 minutes extra time.
  • If the match is tied after extra time, a penalty shootout shall decide the winner.
  • The team with the best out of three matches advances to the next stage.

GOALKEEPERS

  • Goalkeepers can go forward outside the penalty box during open play.
  • Goalkeepers can take penalties, free kicks, corners and kick ins.
  • Goalkeepers may use any part of their body to make a save inside the penalty box including their hands.

Penalty Shootouts

  • If one team has a greater number of players than its opponents, it must reduce its numbers to equate with that of its opponents and the team captain must inform the referee of the name and number of each player excluded. Any player thus excluded may not participate in the penalty shootout.
  • Penalty shootouts consist of 4 penalty kicks per team, in alternation.
  • If tied after 4 penalties, the shootout shall go into sudden death. During sudden death, if the team shooting first misses, the team shooting second must score to win. If the team shooting first scores, the team shooting second must score to stay alive and a miss will result in elimination.
  • No kicker can kick again until all players of the team (excluding suspended players and injured players) have kicked the same number of times.

Yellow Cards

  • Two yellow cards by the same player in the same match will result in a red card.

Red Cards

  • A red card will result in an immediate suspension for the player who must exit the pitch immediately.
  • The team cannot replace the player having received the red card for a period of five minutes.
  • A player who receives the red card will serve a 1 match ban which will result in him not being eligible for the following match as well.