Official Rules

Please read these carefully:

  • 1 keeper (goalie) + 4 players per team on the pitch at one time
  • No slide tackles allowed
  • A yellow card (foul) is 2 minutes off the pitch – 1 red or 2 yellow cards is elimination from game + next game. Next game the team gets to play with full five players.
  • No head-height rules – the ball may go as high as necessary without hitting another surface
  • If the ball leaves the pitch it is kicked in from the ground (not thrown in)
  • Football balls (size 5)
  • If points are tied in round robin stages then: 1. Goal difference 2. Goals for 3. Head to head
  • Ties in the knockout rounds are decided by 5 penalty kicks followed by sudden death



Football 5-a-side Rules

  • The referee’s decision is final; players must only play to the referee’s whistle. Players are not allowed to argue the referee’s decision
  • Substitutes will be “rolling”. Players coming on to the field may not do so until the player being replaced has come off – substitute players cannot stand inside the field of play – they must wait outside the nets
  • Minimum 4 players on the pitch for game to start. A game is called a forfeit if players on a team fall below 4 or if a team shows up 15 mins. late
  • No off side rule
  • All free-kicks are indirect – a deflected goal will count (even off the goal keeper)
  • If a ball goes out of bounds, the ball has to be kicked in (not thrown in)
  • Goal keeper must immediately return the ball into play with an under-arm bowling action. It must not be thrown over-head nor kicked.
  • A goal cannot be scored from goalie kick or kick in when the ball goes out of bounds
  • Goal keeper cannot pick up a back pass. A free kick will be awarded
  • A penalty kick shall be taken from the penalty mark and, except for the defending goal keeper, only the player taking the kick can enter the penalty area. After the penalty is taken, a player can score a goal if the penalty is deflected back into the playing field by the goal keeper
  • A yellow card will result in a 2 minute time out for the player; the team cannot introduce a substitute during the 2 minutes
  • A red card will result in the player being banned from the match and the next match; the team cannot introduce a substitute for the player in that match. The team can introduce a substitute player for the next match.
  • Violent conduct OR swearing at the opposing player OR referee may result in a yellow/red or suspension from the tournament depending on the severity of the conduct duration of the game
  • Allowance shall be made in either period for time lost through stoppages as decided by the referee
  • Footwear must be worn in accordance with the laws of the game
  • Wearing of shin guards is recommended. Any player who fails to wear shin guards does so at his or her own risk
  • Opposition players must be 5 steps away when a free kick is taken. Player must wait for the referee’s whistle
  • Opposition players must be 2 steps away when a kick in is taken
  • Only 1 step can be taken by the penalty taker
  • The goal keeper cannot come off the line when a penalty is being taken


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