The duration of a League game is
Only 5 players will be permitted
on the pitch at any one time, one of which will be the goalkeeper.
Any team found with unregistered
or suspended players on the field will have the match awarded
against them by a score of 10-0
Up to 8 team players
only may be named for a match, who must be available for
inspection by the referee prior to the match starting. Players may
only play for one team in the same division but can play for another
team in another division. Any players found playing for more than
one team in the same division shall be disqualified and a 10-0
victory will be awarded to the opposition.
Players must be attired in proper
strips and footwear including shin pads. Jewelry must be removed or
The entire team must be behind the
ball at kick off.
The game will begin with one team
taking the kick off from the centre, decided by the toss of a coin.
A centre kick may be played in any direction and a goal may be
scored direct from the centre.
Only the defending keeper is
allowed to play the ball inside the area. The goalkeeper must
underarm through the ball at all times he cannot kick the ball into
play unless it is from a save.
A goal may be scored from any
point outside the goal area and within the field of play.
The goalkeeper must
return the ball into play by rolling it out of his area with an
under arm bowling action. A keeper failing to do this will be
penalized with an indirect kick being awarded against him 2M
outside the area.
The ball may not be returned to
the goalkeeper until at least 2 other players have touched it. An
indirect free kick will be awarded against the goalkeeper 2M outside
the area where a defender returns the ball directly back to him.
A keeper who deliberately leaves
the area in an attempt to gain an advantage, or plays the ball
outside the area under any circumstance, will be penalized with
the awarding of a penalty against him.
The awarding of a penalty will
penalize a defender who enters the area attempting to gain an
advantage, or who plays the ball when the ball is in the area.
Teams may change their keeper more
than once during a match and must gain the referees permission to do
so. It is at the Referee’s discretion.
Three substitutes per team are
allowed and can be used as often as required. All substitutions must
first be authorized by the referee and only made when the ball is
out of play.
If any team is reduced to 3
players due to misconduct, the game will be awarded to their
opponents with a score of 10-0, or the result at the time the game
ended should the goal difference be greater.
The ball may not be played above
head height. Head height is measured by the height of each
individual referee, and where the ball clearly travels over the
height of the referee.
The ball will remain in play if
after rebounding off the keeper, posts, crossbar or kick boards, or
when the ball inadvertently goes above head height.
The award of an indirect free kick
will be given for the following offences:
Ball played over head height
Goal keeper not returning the ball
Impending an opponent
Heading the ball
Player returning the ball directly
back to the keeper after receiving the ball from him.
A player who commits any of the
following offences will have a direct free kick awarded against him:
Charges an opponent
Body checks or slide tackles
Holding the fences
Any contact by a defending player
towards an attacking player whilst in the corners of the pitch
A player may not stand closer than
1M from the ball when defending a free kick. Contravention of this
rule will result in the kick being taken again from the place where
the defending player stood at the time the kick was taken. Free
kicks must be taken 2M from the boards / goal area.
Penalty kicks will be taken with a
one step rule.
Teams must be pitch side at least
5 minutes before there game starts. There will be a penalty clause
if teams are not on the pitch for there Kick Off. This will be at
the Manager’s discretion
of the rules in the first instance with referees discretion will
result in a player spending a minimum period of 2 minutes in the Sin
Bin Area (Blue Card).
A 2nd Blue card will result in that player receiving
suspension from immediate effect for that game only. Receiving of a
straight Red Card will result in Suspension from immediate effect
and a ban from playing at Powerleague (depending on the offence
committed) a minimum of 2 weeks will be served. This will be at
When the ball is played
into the corners of the pitch, the player who retrieves the ball
will be allowed to take the ball out unhindered by the opposition. A
defending player who makes contact with the ball player will have a
direct free kick awarded against him. The ball player will have no
more than 5 seconds to bring the ball back into play. NB
Referee’s have been instructed to allow only minimum contact
on all other areas of the kick boards.
Cancellation – NO team can cancel
any League/Friendly game as you have signed a 14 week contract to
play in a Powerleague 5-a-side League.