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Rules and Regulations

1. THE PITCH
1.1 The recommended playing surface is 3G artificial turf pitch.
1.2 The playing field shall be marked clearly with white lines, of 10cm thickness, to indicate the
outer perimeter, central line, goal box, penalty box, centre circle, centre spot and penalty spot


2. THE GOAL
2.1 The minimum goal size for 6 a side tournament should be at least 12 ft. x 6 ft.


3. THE BALL
3.1 The ball may not be changed during the match without the permission of the referee.
3.2 If the ball goes out of play it will be thrown-in from the side-line. If the ball is lost, or out of
bounds, a replacement ball shall be provided by the referee.
3.3 If the ball bursts or becomes defective during the course of the game then the game shall be
stopped and a replacement ball will be dropped at the place where the first ball became
defective.


4. TEAMS
4.1 The playing 11 should contain of 1 goalkeeper and 5 outfield players
4.2 The maximum squad size should be 10
4.3 Players should be at least 16 years old.


5. REFEREES
5.1 Matches are officiated by two on-field referees who each patrol a flank of the pitch.
5.2 A third referee will administer substitutions at the halfway line on the side of the pitch where
the benches are located and monitor the behaviour of the players, ensuring all substitutes are
seated throughout the game.
5.3 The fourth referee, positioned at the table, will act as timekeeper and keep a record of all
scores, red and yellow cards and any other incidents in the referee’s match report.
5.4 The referees officiating each game will not comprise of anyone of the same nationality as
the two competing teams.
5.5 The referee has the authority to:
a. Start, suspend and restart the game as appropriate for infringement of the rules, injury or
other reason as they see fit
b. Act as timekeeper, including adding extra time for any delays to the game
c. Warn or take disciplinary actions against players for both on and off-field behaviour
d. Ensure that no unauthorised persons enter the playing area
e. Monitor the substitution process
f. Exercise discretionary power
g. Ensure that teams clothing and match equipment comply with the match regulations
h. Keep a full record of all game details in the match report


6. CLOTHING
6.1 Each team should wear the kit specified to them in the tournament kit schedule which
consists of jersey, shorts and socks.

6.2 Players can wear shin-pads but they should be entirely covered by their socks.
6.3 Players are forbidden from wearing jewellery or any other items which may injure
themselves or any other player.
6.4 Footwear must be appropriate for the playing surface. For 3G playing surfaces metal studs
and blades are prohibited.
6.5 The goal keeper’s kit should be a different colour to the rest of their team.
6.6 In the case that a goalkeeper is substituted for an outfield player, the outfield player must
wear a different coloured jersey or bib to the rest of the team.
6.7 Referees will wear black or yellow to avoid colour clashes with participating teams.


7. TIMING
7.1 The duration of the game will be of total 25 min with each half containing of 12 min
7.2 There will be no stoppages in play unless there is a serious injury, foul or the ball becomes
defective.
7.3 The referee must add extra time to the game if it was interrupted due to injury, deliberate
delaying etc.
7.4 The game may be extended to accommodate penalties if there is a tied result at the end of
regular play ( For knockout games only)
7.5 If a match is suspended part-way through, due to any unforeseeable circumstance, then the
rescheduled match will resume at the exact point at which it was suspended.
7.6 All teams are required to be at the pitch side at least 10 minutes before their kick off time.
7.7 If a team arrives more than 5 minutes late then they will forfeit the game and the opposition
team shall be awarded a 3-0 win.
7.8 Time keeping shall be controlled by the fourth referee.


8. START OF PLAY
8.1 The team manager/ leader/ delegate must be in place at least 30 minutes before the start of
the game to complete the match card.
8.2 The choice of ends is pre-determined by the match organisers.
8.3 The team listed first in the fixtures (the ‘home’ team) will go along the line and shake hands
with the referees and their opponents.
8.4 The decision over which team will kick off shall be determined by a coin toss. The winning
team captain shall decide whether they prefer to kick off the first or second half.
8.5 To kick off, all players must be in their own half of the playing area. When the referee signals
the ball shall be kicked from the centre mark by the team selected by the winner of the coin
toss.

9. GENERAL RULES
9.1 There are no ball height restrictions.
9.2 There is no offside rule.
9.3 Slide tackles are not allowed. General sliding to control or stop the ball is permitted only if
there is no opponent nearby.

9.4 Substitutions are unlimited and may occur at any time during play, under the observation of
the referee positioned at the halfway line. The exiting player must have left the playing area
before the substitute player crosses the sideline. If a player is injured they may leave the field
from another point, but the player replacing them must enter at the halfway line upon
authorisation of the referee.


10. RE-STARTS
10.1 The ball goes out of play when:
a. It has crossed the side or goal lines
b. It hits any foreign object in the arena
c. Play has been stopped by the referee for a foul, injury or any other reason.
10.2 Throw-ins are awarded when the ball leaves the field of play over the side lines, to the
opposing team to that which last touched the ball.
10.3 If the ball passes the goal line (but there was no goal) and the ball was last touched by the
attacking team then the goal keeper must restart the game by a kick-off or throw in.
10.4 If a goal is scored the goalkeeper shall restart the game with the ball in their hands.
10.5 If the ball passes the goal line (but there was no goal) and the ball was last touched by the
defending team then a corner is awarded to the attacking team.
10.6 A drop ball will be used to restart the game after a temporary stoppage, such as a serious
injury, the ball bursting or the ball hitting a foreign object.
10.7 If play is stopped because a player has fouled, play shall be restarted by a free kick by the
opposing team. If the offence is committed in the penalty area, a penalty kick is taken from the
penalty line at the place nearest to where the infringement occurred.


11. SCORING
11.1 A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goal
posts and under the crossbar, unless it has been thrown, carried or intentionally propelled by
hand or arm by a player of the attacking side, the goalkeeper included.
11.2 A goal may not be scored directly from a kick-off or a throw in.
11.3 A goal may be scored directly from a corner, free kick or penalty kick.
11.4 A goal may be scored if the ball goes directly from one goalkeeper to the opposing goal.
11.5 If a match is drawn, and a winner must be determined, there will be three penalties from
each side, which alternate in turn. This will usually apply to games at the knockout stages of an
ISF tournament and not during the group stages, unless otherwise stated. A coin toss between
team captains shall determine which team is first to take their penalty.
11.6 If, before both teams have taken three penalties, one team has scored more goals than the
other could score, even if it were to complete its three penalties, no more penalties are to be
taken.
11.7 If the teams still cannot be separated after the first three penalties then the game will go to
sudden death penalties until a winner is found. The players taking the sudden death penalties
must be different to the players who have taken the first three penalties. A player who has
received a red card may not take a penalty.
11.8 All players, except the player taking the penalty and the goalkeeper, must remain in the
opposite half of the pitch to where the penalty is being taken.

11.9 If a team is more than 5 minutes late to their match the result shall be 3-0 in favour of the
opposition. 11.10 If a team cannot play or continue to play due to injury, suspensions or red
cards they will forfeit that game and the result shall be 3-0 in favour of the opposition.


12. FOULS AND MISCONDUCT
12.1 A free kick shall be awarded to the opposing team if a player commits the following
offences:
a. Kicks, trips, strikes, holds or pushes an opponent (or similar)
b. Slide tackles
c. Plays in a dangerous manner
d. Deliberately impedes the progress of an opponent when the ball is not being played
e. Deliberately handles the ball (excluding the goalkeeper)
f. The player responsible for a kick off, free kick, throw in or corner touches the ball a second
time before it is touched by any other player.
12.2 The free kick is taken from the place where the foul occurred.
12.3 Free kicks are taken from one-step back and the player must not extend their run up
beyond this point.
12.4 The recommended distance between the ball and the opponents at a free kick is 5 metres.
If an opponent is closer to the ball than the required distance, the kick is retaken.
12.5 A penalty kick shall be awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the
offences listed at 12.1. inside their own penalty area.
12.6 Penalty kicks are taken from one-step back and the player must not extend their run up
beyond this point. The players, other than the kicker, should be outside of the penalty area,
behind or to the side of the penalty mark, and at least 5 metres from the ball. If an opponent is
closer to the ball than the required distance the kick will be retaken if no goal is scored but will
not be retaken if the player scores. If a teammate is closer to the ball than the required distance
the kick will be retaken if a goal is scored but shall not be retaken if the player does not score.
12.7 A yellow card shall be awarded if a player commits the following offences:
a. Persistent fouling
b. Unsporting behaviour
c. Dissent by words or action
d. Failure to respect the required distance when play is restarted by throw in, corner or free kick
e. Deliberately delaying game
f. Entering/ leaving the pitch without the referees permission
12.8 A red card shall be awarded if a player commits the following offences:
a. Two yellow cards in the same match
b. Serious foul play
c. Violent conduct
d. Offensive or abusive language
e. Deliberately handles the ball when the opposing team has a goal scoring opportunity
(excluding the goalkeeper)
f. Denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal
by an offence punishable by a freekick or penalty kick.
12.9 A red card results in the exclusion of the relevant player for the rest of the game.

12.10 A player who receives a direct red card will be banned from playing in the subsequent
game.
12.11 A player who receives a yellow card in two consecutive games is banned from playing in
the subsequent game.
12.12 The Tournament Director or Senior referee may exclude any player from the entire
tournament for any serious offences.


13. Conduct
13.1 Players must conduct themselves in a civil manner throughout the tournament.
13.2 Players must not act maliciously toward any other person for any reason.
13.3 Players must at all times behave respectfully toward other players as well as officials and
volunteers.
13.4 Violating any of the rules and/or any inappropriate behaviour will result in immediate
disqualification of the player.


14. Officials and Committee
14.1 The Committee comprises of but not limited to Head of officials, Officials and Team
Members. The Committee has the authority to modify or create rules based on unfolding
circumstances during the course of the tournament.
14.2 Officials have complete authority and the decision of the Committee is final and binding on
all participants on all matters.


15. Complaints, disputes, protests, and appeals
15.1 Players may not make allegations of cheating in public or on any social media. They must
immediately go to the Tournament Official for any complaints. They can even submit a letter
regarding the same.
15.2 All players are encouraged to report to match officials, any suspicions (with or without
evidence) if they see some infractions of rules by other teams or players. These reports must be
made during the course of the tournament, with the details of the player/team.


16. Media, Publicity and PR
16.1 Players must agree to the use of their images for the purpose of Tournament Promotion or
for the media.
16.2 Players must not through their actions harm the reputation and any action that is
considered harmful to the Tournament Reputation may result in disqualification.


17. Compliance
17.1 All players must pass inspection of mandatory requirements before starting the match.
17.2 It is the responsibility of the players to ensure that compliance, especially to the rules, is
strictly adhered to, for the entire duration of the race.


18. Littering
18.1 Players should not litter, throw garbage, plastic etc., at any point during the course of the
tournament.

18.2 All waste must be disposed of at private or public garbage bins.
18.3 If any player or team is caught littering the tournament premises, action will be taken
against them.


19. Substance Abuse
19.1 Consumption of alcoholic beverages, drugs, narcotics, or any other substance that may
have an effect of intoxication or impediment to functionality is STRICTLY PROHIBITED for all
players!
19.2 This rule applies from the day the tournament starts till the last day. All players are
expected to impose this restriction on themselves and each other.
19.3 Volunteers will take the strictest action upon breach of rules, even in case of suspicion or
suspicious behaviour.