Rules


Quick list of Rules

GAME CANCELLATION PROCEDURE BY A CAPTAIN
If a team cannot make a scheduled fixture they must contact the manager of the venue AT LEAST 12hrs before the scheduled fixture.
All contact details can be found on our website under CONTACT

Failure to do so will result in the following:

  • -2 points deduction
  • Potential fine of the game fee if we are unable to find a replacement team for the opposition

Objective: Get the ball in the back of the opposition goal as many times as possible

Our 7 A side rules are basically regulation 11 A Side rules with the following exceptions:

  • All players must be loaded into the team profile. The info required is: Name, Surname, Mobile & e-mail
    1. Captains can do so by logging in adding them
    2. Sending the details to the league manager who will load them in for you.
  • Players must play at the following amount of game during regular season to be eligible for playoffs
    • Based on an 10 week season with 1 grading game (minimum of 3 round robin games)
    • Based on an 10 week season with 2/3 grading games (minimum of 2 round robin games)
  • Limited Sliding
  • There are no off-sides
  • The Goal-keeper cannot punt or drop kick the ball out of their hands
  • 2 Match balls provided per game (Players kicking the ball out of bounds (over fences) must go fetch them before the spare ball will be introduced into play)

And Remember

  • Limited Sliding
    • Sliding Definition: Leaving your feet in a reckless manner be it forwards, backwards or sideways direction from an upright position when players are near you, where the referee feels it was unsafe or may have led to a dangerous outcome.
    • We will allow players to slide to:
      • Intercept a pass
      • Stop a ball from going out
      • Slide to score a goal / prevent a goal if no other player is nearby i.e. The goal keeper / defender or striker
        • Please note this will be up to the discretion of the referee, on what he / she would deem to be unsafe.
        • If they feel the defender has slid in the box in a dangerous manner then a penalty will be awarded.
    • Goal Keepers are still allowed to slide as long as they are within the goal area, but should remember to do this with the correct technique
  • No verbal abuse towards the referee or players – we’re all here to have fun!

 

 Protocol Regarding using Ringers/fill-in players

  • Firstly  your team organizer should speak with the opposing team organizer. Explain your situation and ask them if they mind if you get a one or two players to play for your team
  • If they conform to this then you should only get players that play in your age group, division or a division below. If you are unsure of the age or division that the player plays in simply ask the players or the referee (Don’t risk it if you’re not sure)
  • If your registered players turn up during the game then you should substitute the fill-in players and they should not take any further part in the game. Do not continue to use the fill-ins as subs
  • If the opposition captain doesn’t allow you to have the fill-ins (and he/she is perfectly in their right to do so) then you’ll either need to play the game with less players or risk losing the game by default
  • Any complaints must be lodged with the referee prior to the commencement of the game or at such time the unregistered player takes the field of play

Comprehensive List of Rules

Introduction

  • The following is a comprehensive list of rules and regulations relating to the playing of 7-A-Side Football at Football 7s

Team Structure

  • There will be a maximum of 7 players per team on the field at any one time
    1. Mixed League Requirement – Min of 3 Ladies on the field at all time, you may play more ladies if you want i.e 4 ladies & 3 men
    2. Each team may field six outfield players and a goalkeeper on the pitch at any one time
    3. Each team can use a maximum of 12 players per game unless prior permission is given by the referee
    4. You can have a larger squad (Up to 15 players registered) and rotate players each week

Substitutions

  • Substitutions are unlimited during the game, can only be made when the ball is out of play and only with the Referees consent
    1. Outgoing substitutes must leave the field of play at the halfway line and before the replacement enters the playing area
    2. The oncoming players are active immediately and can receive the ball.
    3. Substitutes must stand outside the pitch perimeter and spectators must not enter the field of play under any circumstances
    4. A change of goalkeeper must be authorized by the referee
      1. Unless prior consent is given by the referee and opposition
      2. A change of goalkeeper must be authorized by the referee
      3. No change will be permitted during a free kick or if a penalty is awarded.

Game Structure

  • The match will consist of two equal halves
    1. The length of each half will be 19 minutes
    2. The first half will begin with one team taking a centre; the second half will begin with the other team taking a centre
    3. After a goal has been scored the game will be re-started by the team who conceded the goal taking a centre
      1. The ball may be kicked forward or backward from the kick-off (centre), however a goal cannot be scored directly from a kick-off (It must touch another player)
    4. Half-Time will be a straight change around with a one minute break

Field Restrictions

  • There are no field restrictions in 7-a-side football

Outlines

  • The referee will indicate the outlines of your pitch before the start of your game
  • The ball is deemed out of play if it hits the rugby post (College Rifles only)
  • A throw in will be used to re-start the game
  • The use of two hands and best attempt must be used to throw the ball in

General Play

  • Regulation 11 a side rules apply with the following exceptions:
  1. There are no off-sides
  2. The Goal-keeper cannot punt or drop kick the ball out of their hands
  3. Limited sliding

Re-Starting the game

  • If the ball goes out of play over the side-line a Throw-in will be awarded depending on which team had the final touch
    1. A proper throw-in technique must be used
  • If the ball goes out of play behind the end line, a corner kick or a goal kick will be awarded depending on which team had the final touch

Special Rules pertaining to goalkeeper distribution:

Goal Kicks

  1. The goal kick must be taken from the ground
  2. The ball can be placed anywhere inside the penalty area
  3. They must either throw it or place the ball on the ground and play it with their feet.
  4. However once they place the ball on the ground it is then deemed in play and they cannot pick it back up again
  • If the Goalkeeper makes a save and collects the ball in their hands they cannot kick the ball directly out of their hands
  • If the Goalkeeper kicks the ball out of their hands, an in-direct free kick is to be awarded to the opposition where the ball lands

Free Kicks and Penalty Kicks

  • All free kicks with the exception of the goalkeeper being penalised for incorrect distribution are as per FIFA rules
  1. Opposition players must be at least Five meters from where any free-kick is taken
    1. If opposing players do not retreat the required Five (5) meters the kick may be moved forward one meter
    2. A penalty kick will be placed directly in the centre of the goal, eight (8) metres from the goal line
    3. The Goalkeeper must be on the goal line when a penalty is being taken.
  • A penalty kick will be awarded for any infringement of the laws of the game inside the penalty area
  • When games need to be decided by penalty kicks the last player in goals at the time of then of game siren or referees whistle will be the goal keeper.
    • Best of 3 penalty kicks and if no winner then sudden death (One player to score and one player to miss)

Player Safety -* It must be stressed that player safety is a primary concern for Football Fix

  1. The wearing of any form of jewellery (including watches) is not permitted during play.
  2. Suitable footwear must be worn. Turf shoes are recommended but football boots with moulded blades or moulded studs are acceptable
    1. Football boots with removable sprigs or boots with metal cleats are not allowed as they cause damage to the artificial turf.
  3. Football Fix Strongly recommends that all players wear shin pads, but this is not compulsory
    1. Football Fix will not take any responsibility for injuries caused to players not wearing shin pads as it is understood that this is the individual players own decision
  4. Dangerous tackles will be punished with either a yellow or red card
  5. Anyone instigating or retaliating with violent behaviour will be immediately shown a red card

Disciplinary

  • Forced Substitutions
  1. A Blue card will be shown to any player who the referee feels needs to tone down their behaviour
    1. Either towards the referee or towards the opposition
  2. A player who receives a blue card must leave the field of play for 4 minutes
  3. That team may bring on a another player to replace the player who has received the Blue card
  4. If a team does not have any substitutes then that team will be down a player for 4 minutes
  • Yellow Card & Red Cards
  1. A player who receives a yellow card must leave the field of play for 4 minutes
  2. A player who receives two yellow cards in one game must leave the field of play for the entire game
  3. A player who receives a straight red card must leave the field of play immediately and for the entire game
  4. A player who is either sin binned or sent off cannot be replaced by another player
  5. If a player is given a red card whilst off the field of play (for unacceptable conduct on the side-line), the team must correspondingly reduce the number of players on the field.
  • Suspension
  1. A player who is sent off may receive a suspension of 1 game
  2. A player who receives a red card for violent conduct will be reported to the board with the possibility of the offense escalating to a longer ban
  3. In the case serious foul play or foul/abusive language the suspension will be extended to 2 Games or longer should Football Fix deem this necessary
  4. Players playing whilst suspended will have a further three match ban added to the end of their current suspension.
  5. Teams that continue to have poor player discipline may be removed from the competition
  6. Players playing whilst suspended will have a further three match ban added to the end of their current suspension.
  7. A player who receives a red card for violent conduct will be reported to the board with the possibility of the offense escalating to AFF
  8. In the case serious foul play or foul/abusive language the suspension will be extended to 2 WEEKS or longer should Football7s deem this necessary. The player concerned may also face local FA disciplinary action.

DISPUTES/DISCIPLINE

  1. The Referees decision 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
    1. The Referees jurisdiction on disciplinary matters will apply until players have entered the changing rooms
    2. Players repeatedly disputing decisions may have further disciplinary action taken against them
  2. Teams with a valid complaint against a match official must be put in writing within 48 hours of the match taking place
  3. The complaint should be addressed to our general manager at Football 7s and emailed to admin@football7s.org.nz

RESPECT

  • Football7s believes the game should be enjoyed by everyone involved. Please show respect to officials, opposition, and spectators.
  • The decision of Football7s management in all matters pertaining to the administration of the league is final.
  • Football7s management may overturn any rule if they feel a team is deliberately using an interpretation of the rules to gain an unfair advantage.

Please Enjoy Your Football!