|5 a side Rules
Squads should consist of no more than 8 boys. If more
than one team is entered, boys cannot be moved between teams.
Substitutions are not permitted during a game except in case of serious
Start of Play
Drop ball in the centre
circle between opposing players. Teams must be in their own halves.
Ball out of Play
Vertical: An indirect
free kick is conceded if the ball is played above head height. Exceptions
are when the ball is deflected off either a player or the goal posts. Head
height will be determined by the height of the shortest player in each
Horizontal: An underarm roll in is conceded.
A direct free kick is conceded
at the point of infringement for:
contact - charging, pushing, kicking, and tripping.
free kick is conceded for:
Only the Goal Keeper is
allowed in the goal area.
Infringement by the defending team - Penalty
awarded if entry is deliberate or the ball is played.
the attacking team - Goal Keepers ball.
A goal scored from outside the
area which results in the attacker's momentum carrying him into the area
is allowed if entry into the goal area is not deliberate and the Goal
Keeper is not impeded.
The Goal Keeper must roll the ball out under arm
and below knee height. Infringement will result in a re-roll, or indirect
free kick if repeated.
The back pass rule will not be actioned however,
the Goal Keeper must not directly receive the ball from the same defender
as he has released it to.
The Goal Keeper is allowed to leave the goal
area but must not use his hands outside the area otherwise a direct free
kick will be conceded.
The referee may use a drop
ball to restart the game if no side is responsible for the stoppage.
Penalties & Free Kicks
a penalty or free kick, a player may only take 2 steps before striking the
The duration of each match will
be set once the number of team entries is confirmed and will be announced
shortly before the first match.
Games will be played
Shin pads must be worn by all players whilst on the
Players must wear moulded boots or trainers. Metal and plastic
studded boots are not permitted.
Teams that arrive more than 15 minutes
late will concede any matches that should have been played before their
Teams must be on the pitch ready to start a match within 30
seconds of the previous match finishing, or the match may be