Match Rules

  1. All games will be 10 minutes each way. In the knockout stages drawn games will be settled by a penalty shootout (3 penalties, then sudden death).


  1. Each team will consist of 5 players with (at most) 2 substitutes.


  1. Each half will start with a drop ball on the centre spot.

(After a goal the game will resume with the other team taking a kickback from the centre spot.)


  1. The ball is not allowed to be played above head height (approximately 6 feet). If this happens then the opponents will be awarded an indirect free kick from where the ball was played. If the goalkeeper plays the ball over head height then play will resume with possession being handed over to the opposition goalkeeper who can then roll or kick the ball out. If the ball goes over head height by deflecting off the cross-bar or by deflecting off the sportshall skirting board then play will go on without a free kick.


  1. The ball IS ALLOWED to be played off the wall


  1. The ball CAN be deliberately passed back to the goalkeeper who MAY pick the ball up (but doesn’t have to), however if the goalkeeper then plays the ball back to the same player a free kick will be awarded to the opposite team where the player first touched the ball on receiving the return pass. (Note that this rule does not apply in reverse – i.e. If a player receives a pass from the goalkeeper he IS allowed to pass the ball back to the goalkeeper)


  1. The goalkeeper may not come out of the red penalty area. If he does then a free kick is awarded to the attacking team 6 feet outside the penalty area.


  1. Other players may not go in the red penalty area. (The semicircular area is assumed to continue straight to where it would meet the wall). If an attacker goes into the area play resumes with possession given to the goalkeeper. If a defender goes into the area then a penalty kick will be awarded to the attacking team.

Note: The following circumstances DO NOT constitute “going into the area” .

A player is pushed in by an opponent.

A player runs into the area after taking a shot or making a tackle simply due to his momentum.

Beware that if the ball is on the floor inside the area (e.g. a foot inside) and the player stretches his leg inside to get the ball without touching the ground  then this is still deemed to be “inside the area” because  the player has broken the plane of the area. i.e. It is where the ball is played from which matters.


  1. If the goalkeeper has the ball under his control (whether at his feet or in his

      hands) inside the penalty area he then has 6 seconds to pass the ball. If this

      rule is broken then a free kick will be awarded to the attacking team 6 feet

      outside the penalty area.


  1. When defending a free kick players must stand at least 6 feet from the kick. If                                           

The kick is within 6 feet of the area then it will be moved back to 6 feet.


  1.  No sliding tackles are allowed. This means that players must attempt to stay

       on their feet at all times. This rule is to prevent injury.


12.  Substitutions will be allowed at half time or if one is required during the game the team wishing to make the substitution must have the ball in the hands of their goalkeeper at which point the request can be made. Once substituted a player is permitted to return to the game later by way of another substitution.


  1. The referees decision is final. Any dissent will lead to an immediate penalty

      kick being awarded to the opponents regardless of the position on the pitch.

      Any foul and abusive language will result in the player being sent off and

      banned from the remaining matches in the tournament.                              

                                                                  Paul Rispin (tournament organiser)