RULES

ADULT LEAGUES

All players must be registered to play in Soccer5s leagues. Teams can register squads up to 15 players per season. Teams can have guest players if they are short and have cleared it with the referee beforehand. Guest players are players who are only playing as a 1 off. This is expected to be kept to a minimum. Soccer5s are committed to making sure each team gets a proper game.

SHIN PADS – We highly recommend but they are not compulsory.

FOOTWEAR – the only place where you can get your boots on! NO metal stud/screw in allowed. Do not wear indoor shoes – you’ll slip everywhere. We would suggest a rubber stud/blade

Teams will receive 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and zero for a loss. League placing will be decided by points gained, followed by goal difference, followed by goals scored, followed by the aggregate result between the two teams in question.

For League matches a maximum of eight players per game may be used. Teams exceeding 8 players without proper reasoning, clearing it prior to the game being played and gaining approval from Soccer5s and the opposition team will automatically lose the match 10-0.

Teams who play a suspended player will automatically lose the match 10 – 0. A suspended player will still have to serve his suspension even though the team has been punished this match will not count as a match which the player has missed.

Teams are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to appointed kick off times.

Teams must be on the pitch and ready to begin the match at the appointed kick-off time. If a team is 5 minutes late at management’s discretion they may start the match 0-3 down.

Teams may be replaced at any stage of the season. Replacement teams inherit the scores, schedule and points of their predecessors where appropriate.

Teams failing to appear for their designated match, will have the match awarded to their opponents 10 – 0, for repeated absence the team may be removed from the League. The offending team will be due to pay for both their match fees and their opponents match fees if they do not show up. If they give 24hours advanced notice they will pay a game and a half fee. This payment will be taken automatically from the designated debit/ credit card on file on the day.

In the event that a team refuses to play another team the match will be awarded to the other team 10 – 0. The team who refuse to play will pay a full cancellation/ no show fee.

In the event that a team refuses to complete a match that has already started, the match will be awarded to the other team 10 – 0. If the score at the time produces a goal difference greater than 10-0 then that score will stand.

Soccer5s pitches are all weather pitches. Games will be played at all times and weather conditions unless adverse weather conditions make the pitches unplayable. Any decision to cancel a game can only be made by Soccer5s management. Postponements are not allowed, except in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of Soccer5s management.

Match Schedules will be listed list at the start of each season and will be posted on the Company’s website www.soccer5s.com. Each team captain will have details to access the teams schedule and all players can use the website to see future schedules. All league results will be displayed at the centre on the website, but Soccer5s will not accept any responsibility for any omissions from or inaccuracies in any such fixture lists and/or results. Soccer5s will attempt to resolve any issues arising.

PLAYING RULES

For matches a team may field four outfield players and a goalkeeper on the pitch at any one time. Teams can only use a maximum of 8 players in each individual game. Mixed games must have 2 female players outfield at all times for 5-a-side and 3 females outfield at all times for 7-a-side.

Substitutions are unlimited during the game, can be made at any time as long as the referee is aware and the substitution happens quickly. Outgoing substitutes must leave the field of play before the replacement enters the playing area. Substitutes must stand outside the pitch perimeter and spectators must not enter the field of play under any circumstances.

Teams can change their goalkeeper during the game but only when the ball is dead and the referee must be notified.

Screw in studded footwear or blades are NOT advised to be worn by any player at any point in Soccer5s Centres. Only training shoes, moulded soles and astro boots are advised. Bladed soles and screw in footwear are not advised due to an increased chance personal injury with this footwear.

All Players are advised to wear shin pads. All players play at their on risk at Soccer5s and are fully aware of the increased possibility of injury without proper safety equipment. Referees will constantly advise about shin pads to remind players that we want players to wear shin pads.

The wearing of any form of jewellery (including, without limitation, watches) is not advised during play. Jewellery can get caught easily and players should avoid playing with jewellery.

Referees may refuse to allow players to play with inappropriate footwear, without shin pads and/or are wearing any form of jewellery.

The match will consist of two equal halves. The length of half will be 20 mins unless determined by Soccer5s.

The first half will begin with one team kicking off from the centre; the second half will begin with the other team kicking off from the centre. After a goal has been scored the game will be re-started by the team who conceded the goal kicking off from the centre. Both teams must be in their own half at kick off. Play is not live until the ball is played after the referees whistle.

Only the defending goalkeeper is allowed to play the ball inside the goal area and only he may handle the ball in this area.

A goalkeeper gaining or seeking to gain an advantage by leaving his area or by playing the ball when it is outside the area will have a penalty awarded against his team. A goalkeeper who leaves his box immediately before, during or as part of a save will have a penalty awarded against them.

An outfield player gaining or seeking to gain an advantage by entering his own goal area will have a penalty kick awarded against his team.

An outfield player entering his opponent’s penalty area will be penalized. The game will be re-started from the goalkeeper.

The goalkeeper can return the ball into play by throwing it or kicking it.

The goalkeeper can only score if he plays the ball from the ground, the ball must be placed on the ground and be stationary before he kicks it. No drop kick goals are allowed.

The first player to receive the ball from his goalkeeper cannot pass it back to the goalkeeper. A penalty will be awarded against the offending team.

If the ball goes out of play off the goalkeeper, the game will be restarted by the same goalkeeper as ‘goalie’s ball’.

No sliding or slide tackles are allowed. Infringement of this rule will lead to a free kick being awarded against the offending players’ team, a player who commits a slide tackle will receive an automatic yellow card and may be sin binned at the referee’s discretion.

If the last defending player commits a foul the team will be penalized with a penalty and the player who committed the foul will receive a yellow card and a 2 min sin bin.

When the ball goes into the corner then the closest player attacking or defending has the right to the ball. The opposing player must remain 2 metres from the corner and allow the player to turn and play the ball. Any opposing player who goes to close, makes a tackle or has ‘a poke’ will be penalized with a free kick in the corner to the other team.

All free kicks will be indirect.

Opposition players must be at least two meters from where any freekick is taken. If opposing players do not retreat the required two meters they may receive a yellow card. Free Kicks less than 2 metres from the goal area of the opposition team will be moved back to the 2 metre mark to allow opposition defenders an opportunity to defend.

The Goalkeeper must be on the goal line when a penalty is being taken. Players may only take one step whilst taking a penalty. If any doubt, Referees will demonstrate prior to the kick.

White Line on the area is Goalkeepers ball.

These League Rules are not exhaustive and may be added to or amended at any time.

The Referees decision on all on-field matters is final and no discussions will be entered into either on or off the field with him about any decision. The Referees jurisdiction on disciplinary matters will apply until players have entered the changing rooms. Players repeatedly disputing decisions may have further disciplinary action taken against them.

Teams with a valid complaint against a match official must be put in writing within 48 hours of the said match. The complaint should be addressed to Soccer5s Centre Management, who will make a decision. This decision is final.

A player sent off for a second offence may be suspended for a minimum of 1 WEEK. A straight red card will result in an automatic 1 WEEK suspension. In the case serious foul play, foul or abusive language the suspension may be extended should Soccer5s deem this necessary.

If a player is given a red card whilst off the field of play (for unacceptable conduct on the sideline), the team must correspondingly reduce the number of players on the field.

If a team is 3 players or less for any reason the match will end. The result will be awarded 10-0 to their opponents. If the score at the time produces a goal difference greater than 10-0 then that score will stand.

If a match is abandoned for any reason the team at fault will receive a 10-0 defeat unless the opposing team already has a greater advantage in which case the score will stand. If both teams are judged to be at fault the game will be void and both teams may be deducted 5 points.

Violent conduct on or off the pitch will result in the immediate suspension of the individual and could result in a ban from all Soccer5s premises. Soccer5s reserve the right to ban an individual or team from further participation in any or all activities within Soccer5s. Any teams found not cooperating with Soccer5s or attempting to deceive could be removed from the league program.

Referees must be treated with respect from all teams. Teams found guilty of abusing Referees will be removed from the Leagues, as will Teams in material or persistent breach of these Rules.

The decision of Soccer5s management in all matters pertaining to the administration of the league is final.

FINALS RULES

8 teams will make the Quarter Finals. The bottom 2 will meet in a Wooden Spoon playoff match, with the loser being awarded the Wooden Spoon. These finals will take place the week after your League fixtures have finished. The Finals have already been scheduled on your Fixture List so please have a look at this. Games will be 40 minutes and match fees will apply to both Quarter and Semi Final matches. If you win your Quarter Final, we will see you the following week, if you lose, we will see you in the Bar but unfortunately not the following week in the Semi Finals.

If you are lucky enough to win your Quarter Final Games, Congratulations you have made it to the Semi Finals! Here your team will play a 40 minute Game (match fee applies). If you are successful you will then progress to the GRAND FINAL on the same night! The Grand Final (no match fees) will be played on the SAME NIGHT as the Semi allowing you a brief rest period to prepare your team. Semi Finals and Grand Finals are both 40 minute games. In Junior Leagues U7 – U10 All finals are 30 minute games.

Teams must field the same players in the Finals as they used throughout the season.

As of 2014, Finals in all competitions will see the “Challenge Rule” brought into play. The Challenge Rule is based in the Finals part of the Season only. The Challenge can ONLY be made in the first 2 minutes of the Finals if a player thought not to be part of the squad enters the field of play. The Rule in place allows a team to make a Challenge against the Opposition to the Referee if they feel a team has fielded an ineligible team who haven’t played in their Comp during the Season. The Referee will then speak with Management who will then make a decision, which is final. This rule has been brought in to stop teams fielding higher grade players in lower grade Leagues just for Finals.

RULES – JUNIOR LEAGUES

Rules are exact to the above for ages U11 thru to U16. Junior Age groups run Jan-Dec. E.g An U12 is a player born in Jan – Dec 2002

MINI ROOS –  U7 – U10 Age Group

6 a-side & 30 minute games (15 minutes each half)

Start of play & re-start after a goal – Pass forward to a team mate from the middle of the half way line. All players must be in their own half of the field of play. Opponents must be at least 2m away from the ball until it is in play. The ball must touch a team mate before a goal can be scored.

Ball crossing the goal line after touching the defending team last – Corner kick. Opponents must be at least 2m away from the ball until it is in play.

Ball crossing the goal line after touching the attacking team last – Goal kick from anywhere within the penalty area. Opponents remain at least 2m outside the penalty area until the ball is in play. The ball is in play once it is kicked directly out of the penalty area

Goalkeepers – The goalkeeper is allowed to handle the ball anywhere in the penalty area. To restart play after a save or gathering the ball with their hands, the ball must be thrown or rolled from the hands or played from the ground with their feet, within 6 seconds. The goalkeeper is allowed to kick or drop kick the ball directly from their hands (Goals do not count direct from drop goal kick). Opponents must be at least 2m outside the penalty area and cannot move inside the penalty area at any time.

The ball is in play once it moves out of the penalty area.

Fouls and misconduct – Indirect free kicks are awarded for all acts of handball or fouls and misconduct with opponents at least 2m away from the ball. (An indirect free kick is where a goal can be scored only if the ball subsequently touches another player before it enters the goal). For deliberate or serious acts of handball or fouls and misconduct in the penalty area, a penalty kick is awarded from an 8m penalty mark with only a goalkeeper in position. All other players must be outside the penalty area and be at least 2m behind the penalty mark.

There is no offside. Even though there isn’t an offside rule as such Coaches and Parents should not encourage Players to stand in blatant offside positions as this practice isn’t in the spirit of the game and will have a negative impact on the football experience for everyone.

Soccer5s reserves the right to alter the rules and punish accordingly if teams or individual players are attempting to gain unfair advantage by using an interpretation of rules set by Soccer5s