1. Unlimited substitutions can be made unless it is in the last minute of the first half or the last 3 minutes of the 2nd half. Within these periods no substitutions can be made
2. Teams must play with a designated Goalkeeper (the goalkeeper can change throughout the game but must comply with the substitution rule).
3. Substitutions are only to be made when there is a stop in play and the team wanting to make the substitution has possession of the ball. The team without possession of the ball can make a substitution at this time. Both teams can make a substitution after a goal.
4. Kick offs must be played backwards and are indirect, meaning that it is not a goal unless it touches another player on route to goal.
5. Play is continuous off the boards – there are NO outs
6. For safety reasons, minimum contact with other players is permitted on or around the pitch kickboards
7. Players cannot rest against the kickboards and use it to their advantage. A warning will be given, followed by free kick will be awarded against the offending player
8. There is no offside
9. If the ball leaves the field, the opposite keeper to the team that last touched the ball will resume the match. If the ball gets stuck in the net, or the referee is uncertain whom the ball touched last, the Goalkeeper whom was closest to the ball will gain possession.
10. Outfield players are not allowed inside the ‘D’ area and Goalkeepers are not allowed to be outside the ‘D’ area. These rules do not apply if the violation does not affect play. If a team violates this rule in the opposition’s ‘D’ area, it will result a goalkeeper’s ball. If a team violates this rule in their own ‘D’ area it will result in a penalty kick against them. If the ball is touching the D line, it will be considered still in play (meaning that the keeper is not allowed to touch it).
11. Opposition players must move back 2 metres when free kicks are taken. If they fail to do so, a yellow card may be awarded. If the free kick is within 2 metres of the D, the ball is moved back 2 metres from the D to allow opposition players to defend. If the free kick occurs on the wall, the ball will be placed on the white marking line closest to the board.
12. Heading is not permitted; a free kick is awarded against this infringement. This does not include unintentional touches on the face
13. No tackling from behind – our referees are trained to watch this rule closely. This is to be interpreted as not to tackle a player in possession whilst their back is toward you, especially when they are around the walls. You are allowed to stand your ground, and a player backing into you will be called play-on
14. No slide tackles – if the referee deems a foul to be of a dangerous/harmful nature, a yellow or red card may be awarded.
15. Players may not play the ball while they are on the ground. A violation of this rule will result in an indirect free kick
16. A defender who has received the ball from the player’s goalkeeper may not intentionally return the ball directly with the goalkeeper. A minimum of one other player from either team must make contact with the ball first. A breach of this rule will result in an indirect free kick against the offending team, to be taken from where the ball was played. Should a goalkeeper decide not to touch the ball from a direct pass back, described above, but the ball stops inside their D area, this will be deemed a pass back as the goalkeeper has no option but to handle the ball.
17. Players must not use the corner or boards to waste time during a match. You will be asked by the referee to bring the ball out of the corner (given 3 seconds), and failure to do so will result in a free kick to the other team. There is an onus on the defending player as well to not ‘blockade’ a player in the corner
18. Players are not allowed to disrupt the goalkeepers attempt to release the ball (even if the player is outside the ‘D’ area).
19. The clock will always run unless there is a significant forced break in the match; these include injuries to players, time wasting (kicking the ball away) and also deliberate fouls towards the end of a half
20. Goalkeepers must release the ball in an underarm motion (less than 90 degrees). The ball may be put down and kicked by the goalkeeper, but may not be dropkicked or kicked out of the hands.
21. If the referee has to stop the game for reasons not mentioned, the Goalkeeper whom was closest to the ball will gain possession.
22. A goal will be rewarded only when the entire ball has crossed the line.
23. If the whole ball has not crossed the line when the siren goes it will not be considered a goal (except in the case of a penalty or direct free kick).
24. Direct free kicks and penalty kicks awarded before the siren, must be played.
25. A player may only take one step when taking a penalty (from their starting position) – all other players must stand behind the ball and the keeper must stay on their line until the ball has been kicked.
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