Tournament Rules - Football

1. Teams, Number of players & Substitutions

  • 7 players on each side including goalkeeper (7 Vs 7)
  • Teams allowed up to 8 substitutes (squads of 15 players)
  • Substitutes to remain in “substitute area” by halfway line on side of pitch
  • Unlimited roll on/off substitutes (referee to be alerted prior to making substitution)

2. General rules

  • Ball allowed over head height
  • Goalkeeper NOT allowed to handle from a pass-back from own team mate
  • Goal kicks to be taken from dead ball, anywhere within penalty area
  • Defending players to stand 5 yards from ball for free kicks
  • Penalties to be taken from edge of penalty area (or penalty sport), with no limitation on run-up
  • Automatic sudden death penalties for knockout stages (no extra time)
  • Players allowed inside and able to score within penalty areas
  • 7 aside pitches marked with 16ft x 7ft match goals
  • No offside rule
  • Match timings as follows:
    • Group matches to be 10 minutes one way (no half time)
    • Knock-out stages to be 15 minutes one way (no half time)
    • Final to be 20 minutes one way (two halves of 10 minutes)
  • Overhead throw ins as normal (both feet on the ground)

3. Bookings, suspensions and match forfeits

  • Bookings:
    • Yellow cards will be issued for deliberate handball and reckless challenges. Two bookings would mean a one match suspension during tournament
    • Red cards will be issued for serious foul /dangerous play (resulting in two match suspension), or violent and abusive behaviour (resulting in suspension from entire tournament).
  • Teams must be ready for matches 5 minutes before allocated kick off time. Teams who fail to field a side 5 minutes after allocated kick off time will forfeit the match (with a 3-0 score-line awarded to opposition)

4. Kit & Equipment

  • Appropriate kit & footwear to be warn by all players
  • Shin pads to be warn by all players (players will be refused on pitch without shin pads)
  • All jewellery to be removed before entering the field of play