In this competition the emphasis is on enjoyment, social atmosphere and skill development /
maintenance. While competitiveness is not discouraged, it should be remembered that novice
players need some encouragement and the “win at all costs” philosophy is not appropriate. All
rules are open to the interpretation of the Referee and their decision is final.
Clarification of Common Misinterpretations
Hand-ball – the ball touching the hand of a player will not necessarily constitute a free-kick. The
Referee will call a hand-ball if a player intentionally makes contact with the ball by a hand or arm
(not shoulder or chest). Usually this is by moving the hand or arm towards the ball, but it could
also be holding the arm stationary in position where contact would advantage the player’s team.
Free Kicks – if a free kick is called, the team awarded the kick can take this kick straight away
without the need for a whistle from the Referee, unless the Referee asks the kicking team to wait.
The Referee will do this if they need to caution or discuss an issue with a player or move
defensive players back the minimum distance of 5 metres. Players should assume that all free
kicks are direct free-kicks, unless the Referee holds one hand straight up above their head to
signal an indirect free kick.
Dangerous Play – a Referee can award an indirect free kick against a player at any time if in the
opinion of the Referee the player performs a dangerous act even if contact is not made with any
other player. Examples of dangerous play include raising your foot above waist height to kick a
ball and raising your studs at a player to challenge for the ball.
1. Responsibility of Players
All players are responsible for reading and understanding the rules contained herein. Players and
their associated spectators are not permitted to be under the influence of, alcohol (or other banned
substances), during the games.
If there are any rules that are not clear please discuss these with the Referee prior to the
commencement of the game or at half time. Because of time constraints the Referees will not
discuss rules or rulings during the game.
Should any player be found to consistently damage equipment, venue apparatuses or other
associated materials, despite warnings, they shall be suspended from the competition and be
required to pay for damages incurred.
2. Responsibility of Officials
The Referee is directly responsible for the game and ensuring the described rules are adhered to.
They are responsible for the timing and conduct of the games. They have a duty to be respectful
and considerate to teams, act in an unbiased manner and ensure the game remains social and
enjoyable for everyone involved.
The convenor is responsible for the management of all the games, teams, venue, equipment and
administration. Please contact the volunteers in the canteen should First Aid treatment be
3. Conduct of Players
It is the responsibility of all the players to conduct themselves in a way that is respectful and
considerate to team members, opposing teams, the officials and any other person concerned. Any
behaviour, act or language that is considered inappropriate by the officials will not be tolerated.
Poor conduct either on or off the field will be determined by the officials and action will be taken
based upon the offence. This can include cautions or the removal of a player, or team from the
competition, should they be deemed dangerous or offensive to players or officials.
4. Game Commencement
(a) Teams should arrive 10 minutes prior to the commencement of their match to allow for
smooth transition of games. All players must sign in on the registration form before taking
the field. The sign-on sheets will be located in the clubhouse.
(b) Any teams that have not registered ineligible players and are not ready to commence play
with a minimum of 5 appropriate players (see Rule 5) 5 minutes after the Referee has signalled
the game can start will incur a 0-5 loss.
(c) A game may go ahead after 10 minutes; however the 0-5 loss will stand regardless of the
In all circumstances the game must finish at the scheduled time.
5. Number of Players & Substitutions
A team can register a maximum of 10 players. Should injuries or other circumstances reduce the
number of available players in any team they may apply to have additional players added to their
(a) A team is allowed a maximum of seven (7) registered/eligible players (including a
goalkeeper) on the field. Five (5) registered/eligible players is the minimum number of players
that a team can have without a forfeit resulting.
(b) Teams are allowed unlimited substitutions, which may only be made once the ball is out of
play, however, to avoid wasting time, the Referee will not necessarily stop play from restarting.
Substitutions may not be made when the ball is not out of play. The substitute player must enter
the field from the same location as the substituted player exits.
(c) Teams may commence games with five (5) players.
6. Required Uniform and Jewellery
ALL player wear shin guards (covered by long socks) and it is highly recommended that
mouthguards are used at all times, however if players do not wish to wear mouthguards, they do
so at their own risk.
Shin pads must be worn = no shin pads, no play.
New Farm United advises that players in a team should all wear the same colour shirt. If there is a
clash between teams, coloured bibs will be provided by the Referee/Convenor. If they are
distributed, it is the responsibility of the team captain to ensure that they are all returned to the
Referee after the game.
No player can take the field with bare feet or while wearing jewellery of any kind. All watches,
necklaces, dangling earrings, bracelets, rings which are not bands MUST be removed prior to the
The Referee will ask any player breaking this rule to remove the piece of jewellery. Players must wear covered footwear and are not permitted to wear any type of screw-in studs, work boots or hiking boots. The Referee, prior to the commencement of the game, shall inspect players footwear to ensure that they are appropriate. If they are deemed not to be appropriate, the player will not be able to take the field without the appropriate footwear.
7. Game Length
Games consist of two (2) equal halves of no more than twenty-five (25) minutes with players
entitled to a five-minute half time break. No clock stoppages will be made except under
exceptional circumstances. Such circumstances will be at the sole discretion of the Referee. No
time outs are allowed. Intentionally delaying the restart of play will result in a caution (yellow
If a game commences late then it still must finish at the scheduled time. If such a circumstance
arises, the halves may be shortened. This is up to the discretion of the Referee. If a drink break is
required, all players must stay on the field while they quickly have a drink; the Referee will not
delay the restart for players not returning to the field.
8. Start & Restart of Play
To either start play, or restart play (after a goal) a kick-off is used. Note that a goal cannot scored
directly from a kick-off.
The ball must be placed on the half-way line and the ball is in play when it is kicked and moves
forward. The kicking player may not touch the ball again until it has been touched by another
9. The Playing and Goal Areas
Attacking players are NOT permitted to touch the ball when it is in the goal box ‘D’ and no
offside rule is in play.
A goal kick is awarded when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, either on the ground
or in the air, having last touched a player of the attacking team, and a goal is not scored. A player
of the defending team must place the ball on the ground inside the Goal Box ‘D’ marked out on
the field, and then kick it to a team mate. The player cannot “kick it to themselves” nor have a
team-mate pass the ball back to the keeper to pick up (see rule 11).
If the player taking the goal kick touches the ball a second time before another player, the goal
kick is retaken. If this rule is broken again, an indirect free kick shall be awarded to the attacking
team from where the player touched the ball a second time. A goal can be scored directly from a
goal-kick. However, when a goal kick is taken and the ball crosses the half way line without
being touched by any player or bouncing before it crosses the half way line an indirect free kick
is awarded to the other team. The free kick is taken from the half way line.
A corner kick is awarded when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, having last touched a player of the defending team, and a goal is not scored. A player of the attacking team must place the ball on the
ground in the corner of the field which the Referee indicates, where the goal line and the sideline
intersect (the corner of the field), and then kick it to another player. This player cannot ‘kick it to
themselves’. If the player taking the corner kick touches the ball a second time before another
player, the corner is then retaken. If this rule is broken again, an indirect free kick shall be
awarded to the defending team from where the player touched the ball a second time. A goal can
be scored directly from a corner kick.
A kick-in is awarded to the opponents of the player who last touched the ball when the whole of
the ball crosses the touch line, either on the ground or in the air. A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick-in.
The player taking the kick-in must kick it to another player before he/she can touch the ball again.
If he/she touches the ball again before another player, the kick in is retaken. If this rule is broken
again, an indirect kick shall be awarded to the opposing team to be taken from where the
A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar. Goals can be scored from anywhere on the field (except from inside the Goal Box ‘D’ by an attacker). A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick off or directly from a kick-in, without another player touching it first. A goal can be scored directly from a corner kick.
11. The Goalkeeper
A goalkeeper is not permitted to keep control of the ball in his/her hands for more than 5 seconds or an indirect free kick to the opposition team will be awarded. A goalkeeper is not permitted to touch the ball with his/her hand inside his own Goal Box ‘D’ in the following circumstances:
• If he/she handles the ball again after it has been released from his/her possession and has not touched any other player:
– The goalkeeper is considered to be in control of the ball by touching it with any part of his/her hands or arms except if the ball rebounds accidentally from him/her, e.g. after he/she has made a save
– Possession of the ball includes the goalkeeper deliberately parrying the ball.
• if he/she touches the ball with his/her hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him/her by a team-mate.
• if he/she touches the ball with his/her hands after he/she has received it directly from a kick-in taken by a team-mate.
Otherwise an indirect free kick to the opposition team will be awarded
The goal keeper can throw or kick the ball after securing the ball. However, the ball cannot cross
the half-way line without being touched by any player or bouncing before it crosses the half way
line after being thrown or kicked from within the Goal Box ’D’. An indirect free kick is awarded
to the other team. The free kick is taken from the half way line.
When a goal kick is taken and the ball crosses the half way line without being touched by any
player or bouncing before it crosses the half way line an indirect free kick is awarded to the other
team. The free kick is taken from the half way line.
When substitutions occur, the player coming onto the field may assume any position on the field
including the goal keeper position. If an outfield player or substitute assumes the goalkeeper
position, then the player who was goalkeeper must either immediately remove themselves from
the field (if they are the player being substituted off) or immediately assume another position on
the field (if another outfield player is being substituted off). Changing the goal keeper may only
be done when the ball is out of play, and the Referee must be notified of this change.
12. Restart of Play.
Players must be five metres (5m) from the ball for all restart of play (free kicks, kick-offs, goal
kicks, kick-ins & corner kicks etc).
For a direct penalty the ball is placed six metres (6m) from the goal line. A goal may be scored
directly from a penalty kick. All players must be at least 5m from the penalty spot and behind the
13. Slide Tackles
Due to safety concerns, NO slide tackles will be tolerated. If a player loses their footing in order
to make a tackle and as a result ends up with even part of their body on the ground, a direct free
kick shall be awarded to the other team. A warning may be given to the offending player upon
their first offence if adjudged inadvertent. If they commit the same offence again, the Referee will
issue a Yellow Card If, in the opinion of the Referee, a player intentionally makes a slide tackle a
Yellow Card may be issued. If the player commits a slide tackle after already receiving the
Yellow Card, they may be issued 2nd Yellow Card and then a Red Card and immediately sent
from the field without a replacement.
14. The Sin Bin
This competition is social. Any rough play, abusive language, back-chat or challenge to the
Referees’ authority by word or action will not be tolerated. Rough play includes but is not limited
to any form of aggressive slide tackle, tackling a player from behind, shoulder charging and any
other act or omission that, in the Referee’s opinion, places the safety of players at risk.
In most instances the following process will apply for the above infringements; however the
Referee is perfectly entitled to send off any player at any stage for any reason for any period of
time if they feel it necessary to do so for player safety or their ability to effectively control the
Verbal warning may administered by the Referee. Yellow Card may be issued by the Referee.
Yellow Card will be given by the Referee for the 2nd offence. Time of 5 minutes in the sin bin for
a second infringement or a single incident that the Referee feels is sufficiently dangerous to
warrant its award. The Referee will signal this by issuing a Blue Card (or by showing a Red Card
and signalling 5 with an open hand). No substitute player is allowed to replace a player who is sin
The player is sent off for the remainder of the game. Should the behaviour be deemed excessive,
then the player may be asked to leave the venue and suspended from the next round. Should the
player remain or play in the next round, then the team will forfeit the game. This can be awarded
for a third infringement or a single incident that a Referee feels is sufficiently violent, anti-social
or dangerous enough to warrant its award. The Referee will signal this by issuing a Red Card. No
substitute is allowed to replace a player who is sent off.
A player is cautioned and shown the yellow card if he commits any of the
following seven offences:
• Unsporting behaviour
• Dissent by word or action
• Persistent infringement of the Laws of the Game
• Delaying the restart of play
• Failure to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, free kick or throw-in
• Entering or re-entering the field of play without the referee’s permission
• Deliberately leaving the field of play without the referee’s permission
Send Off Offences
A player, substitute or substituted player is sent off if he commits any of the
following seven offences:
• Serious foul play.
• Violent conduct.
• spitting at an opponent or any other person.
• Denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal scoring opportunity.
• by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within
• his own penalty area).
• Denying an obvious goals coring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal
• by an offence punishable by a free kick or a
• penalty kick.
• Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.
• Receiving a second caution in the same match.
Any player who received a Red Card within a match will automatically be suspended for 1
Any player who accumulates 4 Yellow Cards within the tournament will automatically be
suspended for 1 match.
Poor conduct either on or off the field will be determined by the officials and action will be taken
based upon the offence. This can include additional suspensions to a player, removal of a player
from the competition, or removal of team from the competition, should they be deemed
dangerous or offensive to players or officials.