Rules

CONSTITUTIONAL RULES

1.1 Teams are asked to arrive 10/15 minutes prior to scheduled kick off times.

1.2 Teams must pay match fees before kick-off to the referee or paid into our bank account

1.3 Each team will play the opposition teams in their league twice during the season.

1.4 Teams will receive three points for a win, one point for a draw and zero for a loss. League positions will be decided by points gained, followed by goal difference, followed by goals scored, followed by the aggregate result between the two teams in question.

1.5 For 5-a-side leagues a maximum of eight players per game may be used. All players must be named on the team sheet prior to kick off (for 6-a-side maximum of 9 players).

1.6 Any team playing a suspended player will automatically lose the match 5-0 and be deducted 3 points (match fees will not be refunded). Players playing whilst suspended will have a further one match ban added to the end of their then current suspension.

1.7 Teams must be on the pitch and ready to begin the match at the appointed kick-off time. If a team is more than 10 minutes late their opponents may claim a 3-0 head start, and at the referees discretion a 5-0 win.

1.8 Teams may be replaced at any stage of the season. Replacement teams inherit the scores and points of their predecessors.

1.9 Teams failing to appear for their designated fixture or not giving notice the day before of cancellation will have the match awarded 5-0 to their opponents, for repeated absence may be ejected from the league. Match fees will still have to be paid.

1.10 In the event that a team refuses to play another team the match will be awarded to the other team 5-0. Match fees still have to be paid.

1.11 In the event that a team refuses to complete a match which has already started, the match will be awarded to the other team 5-0. If the score at the time produces a goal difference greater than 5-0 then that score will stand.

1.12 All fixtures are to be played unless adverse weather conditions make the pitches unplayable. Any decision to cancel a game can only be made by 5ASIDE FC.

1.13 Fixtures, results and league tables will be displayed on the Company’s website www.5asidefc.com . 5ASIDE FC will not accept any responsibility for any omissions from or inaccuracies.

1.14 The signing of the entry form indemnifies 5ASIDE FC from any responsibility for personal injury or lost property whilst participating in the organised leagues. Teams are responsible for arranging their own personal insurance cover.

PLAYING RULES

2.1 For 5-a-side leagues each team may field four outfield players and a goalkeeper on the pitch at any one time (for 6-a-side add one outfield player). Teams short of players can ask players from other teams or the referee to play. The opposition team will have the final decision.

2.2 Substitutions are unlimited during the game, can only be made when the ball is not in play and only with the referee’s consent. Outgoing substitutes must leave the field of play before the replacement enters the playing area. The oncoming players are active immediately and can receive the ball. Substitutes must stand outside the pitch perimeter and spectators must not enter the field of play under any circumstances.

2.3 Teams may change their goalkeeper more than once during the course of the game. A change of goalkeeper must be authorised by the referee.

2.4 No screw-in studded footwear or blades are permitted to be worn by any player. Only trainers, moulded boots and astroturf boots may be worn. We recommend that all players should wear shin pads. The wearing of any form of jewellery (including watches) is not permitted during play. Referees may refuse to allow players to play with inappropriate footwear and/or are wearing any form of jewellery.

2.5 The match will consist of two equal halves. The length of the half will be determined by each league.

2.6 The first half will begin with the home team taking a centre and the second half will begin with the away team taking a centre. After a goal has been scored the game will be re-started by the team who conceded the goal taking a centre.

2.7 Outfield players are allowed to enter their own goalkeeper area only but cannot enter opposition goalkeeper area. Defending players will be given an initial warning first, and penalised thereafter with an in-direct free kick against them should the referee deem that defending player/s is wasting time with the ball in their own area. London Bridge leagues the outfield players are NOT allowed in the goalkeeper areas. Penalty kicks will be awarded for defending players entering the area.

2.8 A goalkeeper gaining or seeking to gain an advantage by leaving his area or by playing the ball when it is outside the area will be awarded an indirect free kick against his team and referee’s discretion will award a yellow card to the goalkeeper.

2.9 The goalkeeper must play the ball into play with an under-arm action only. If the ball is returned any other way an indirect free-kick will be given to the opposition at the place where the ball is received or dropped.

2.10 A teammate receiving the ball from the goalkeeper may not return the ball directly to him – the ball must first be touched by another teammate or an opponent. An indirect free kick will be awarded against the offending team from the place where the defending player returned the ball.

2.11 A goal can be scored from any point within the field of play (except the penalty area). Goals cannot be scored by goalkeepers, throw-ins and rebounds off the fence/wall. Own goals scored in the goal keeper areas are counted.

2.12 No slide tackles are allowed. Infringement of this rule will lead to a free kick being awarded against the offending players’ team.

2.13 Opposition players must be at least two meters from where any free-kick is taken. If a free kick is awarded on or near the goal area it can be moved up to two meters away to allow defenders to be two meters from the ball.

2.14 The Goalkeeper must be on the goal line when a penalty is being taken. Players may only take one step whilst taking a penalty.

2.15 Throw-ins are played in underarm and corner kicks are kicked in.

2.16 Outfield players may not play either with a cap or hat, jeans or shoes. The goalkeeper is allowed to wear a cap. Players cannot play without a shirt on.

2.17 Teams should make every attempt to play in similar colours or use the coloured bibs provided.

2.18 The league rules are not exhaustive and may be added to or amended at any time.

2.19 The referee’s decisions on all on-field matters is final and no discussions will be entered into either on or off the field with him about any decision. Players repeatedly disputing decisions may have further disciplinary action taken against them.

DISCIPLINARY RULES

3.1 Players receiving a yellow card will be sent to the ‘sin bin’ and the duration of the sin bin will be 2 minutes. A player may only be sin binned once per game as a second offence would involve a second yellow card which would automatically be followed by a red card and a sending off.

3.2 A player sent off for a second offence will be suspended for a minimum of 1 game. In the case serious foul play, foul or abusive language the suspension will be extended to 2 games or longer should 5ASIDE FC deem this necessary.

3.3 If a player is given a red card whilst off the field of play (for unacceptable conduct on the touch line), the team must correspondingly reduce the number of players on the field.

3.4 If a team is permanently reduced by 2 players, or temporarily reduced by 3 players the game will end. The match will be awarded 5-0 to their opponents. If the score at the time produces a goal difference greater than 5-0 then that score will stand.

3.6 Violent conduct on or off the pitch will result in the immediate suspension of the individual and could result in a ban from 5ASIDE FC. 5ASIDE FC reserve the right to ban an individual or team from further participation in all competitions. Teams not co-operating with 5ASIDE FC will be removed from the league programme.

3.7 Referees must be treated with respect at all times from all teams. Teams found guilty of abusing referees will be removed from the leagues, as will teams in material or persistent breach of these rules.

3.8 The decision of 5ASIDE FC in all matters pertaining to the administration of the league is final.

3.9 5ASIDE FC may overturn any rule if they feel a team is deliberately using an interpretation of the rules to gain an unfair advantage.