SCHOOL LEAGUE RULES

Season 1 (January 2018)

*Last updated 16 Feb 2018

  • Games will consist of two halves of 15 minutes each (2 minute half time break)
  • The match will start on time regardless of whether both teams are ready. Please ensure your players are ready 5 minutes before stated kick-off time.
  • A maximum of 5 players on the pitch at any given time (1 Goal-keeper, 4 outfield)

Goalkeeper

  • The goalkeeper can leave the area at any time and involve themselves in outfield play
  • When distributing the ball, from open play or a start of play, it must be done with the hands
  • The goalkeeper cannot pick up a pass made by their own player (back pass). This will result in an indirect free kick for the opposition 2m outside of the area.
  • Goalkeepers are not permitted to throw the ball over the half-way line from open play or a goal-kick. They can, however, roll the ball along the ground to a team-mate in the opposition half.

Substitutions

  • Rolling subs are permitted at any time (even during open play). The referee must be notified and acknowledge the substitution when it takes place.
  • The referee must be notified before any change of goalkeeper takes place. Goalkeepers may only be substituted once during the game, except in the case where a goalkeeper incurs an injury and does not return to the game.
  • If a team is short of players, and wishes to rotate the goalkeeper regularly during the game, this is permitted provided the opposition agree.

Ball out of play

  • In the event that the ball leaves the perimeter play shall be restarted with a THROW-IN awarded to the appropriate team. This throw-in is indirect (cannot throw into the goal) and opponents must be at least 2m from the ball.
  • A goalkeeper can pick up/catch the ball if the throw-in is directed to them

Starts of play

  • Kick-offs can be played in any direction (backwards or forwards)
  • Players can shoot directly from kick-off
  • Goal-kicks are distributed by hand and cannot be distributed over the half-way line
  • Throw-ins must be taking with both feet on or behind the line. If a throw-in is taken incorrectly, the referee can allow it to be retaken, or change over possession.

Tackling

  • For the safety of all players, slide tackles are not allowed.
  • 2v1 tackling is permitted
  • Tackling from behind is permitted, however, fouls will be called at the referee’s discretion. Winning the ball from behind is fine, but any unnecessary/forceful contact with the player will result in a foul being awarded.

Fouls

  • Handballs and bad tackles are direct free-kicks (can shoot directly)
  • Picking up a back pass is indirect free-kicks (cannot shoot directly - must pass to team-mate)

Free Kicks

  • Players must retreat at least 2m away from where the ball is kicked, for any free-kick.
  • If a free-kick is awarded within 2m of the edge of the area, it should be moved back so that it is 2m from the edge of the area, allowing a defensive wall to form in front.
  • Failure to retreat the required distance, or in the event of dissent, the kick may be moved forward by two yards.
  • All free kicks are direct, except where specified above (back pass)
  • Defending team is permitted to make a “wall” in-front of any direct or indirect free-kick

Fair Play

  • Violent and aggressive play; unsporting behaviour; and foul and abusive language will not be tolerated. Players exhibiting such behaviour will be penalized by the referee.
  • The referee may punish infringements with a yellow or red card. A yellow card will result in the player being sin-binned for TWO minutes, in which time they may not be replaced by another player. The sin-binned player may only re-enter the field of play when the referee indicates they may do so.
  • Where a player is given a red card, they must leave the field immediately and may play no further part in the game. They may be replaced by another player after two minutes.

Penalties

  • The goalkeeper must be standing on the line when a penalty is taken.
  • The penalty taker is allowed one step before striking the ball.
  • Where either side has breached these rules to their advantage, the penalty will be re-taken.

Cancelations, Postponements and Delays

Cancelations and Postponements:

  • If a team needs to cancel of postpone a match, sufficient notice (48 hours minimum) is required.
  • We provide the full fixture list for all gameweek’s before the season kicks off so teams are able to prepare in advance.
  • Teams that fail to fulfil their fixtures or not provide sufficient notice will be forced to forfeit the match and the opposition will be awarded a 3-0.

Delays:

  • All matches will begin at the stated time. We request that all teams are at the venue at least 10 minutes before kick-off to ensure that games are started at the correct time.
  • Referees will start the matches regardless of whether the teams are ready or not.
  • Please respect your team mates and opposition by being ready for your matches each gameweek.