The Normal laws of Association Football apply with exceptions.
Played on a 3G surface without barriers.
All lines are 8cm wide.
The pitch is divided into two halves by the halfway line in Red.
The centre mark is indicated at the midpoint of the halfway line.
A penalty area is defined at each end of the pitch as follows:
semi circle of 6m radius shall be drawn from the centre of each goal
line. The extremities of these semi-circles should reach the goal line,
barrier or wall regardless of whether or not the goal posts encroach onto the
A penalty mark is drawn 6 m from the midpoint between the goal posts and equidistant from them.
Goals must be placed on the centre of each goal line.
They consist of two upright posts equidistant from each corner and joined at the top by a horizontal crossbar.
The distance (inside measurement) between the posts is maximum 5m, minimum 3m and the distance from the lower edge of the crossbar to the ground is maximum 2m minimum 1.20m.
Both goal posts and the crossbar have the same width and depth of 8cm. Nets, made of hemp, jute or nylon, are attached to the posts and crossbars behind the goals. Curved bars or some other adequate support supports the lower part.
The goals may be portable but they must be anchored securely to the ground during play as per Health and Safety requirements.
are to be played on smooth, flat and non-abrasive Artificial Surface.
The Number of Players:
A match is played by two teams, each consisting of seven players + 2 substitutes, one of whom is the goalkeeper.
The maximum number of substitutes permitted is two.
The number of substitutions made during a match is unlimited. A player who has been replaced may return to the pitch as a substitute for another player.
Substitutions should take place when there is a break in play.
The player entering the playing area may not do so until the player leaving the playing area has passed completely over the boundary line.
A substitution is complete when the substitute enters the playing area from which moment he becomes a player and the player he is replacing ceases to be a player.
A substitute is subject to the authority and jurisdiction of the referee whether called upon to play or not.
Changing Places with the Goalkeeper:
Any of the other players, or substitutes, may change places with the goalkeeper. The following conditions must be observed:
Goalkeepers are allowed to leave their areas during games.
Referee must be informed before the change is made
Change may only be made during a stoppage in play
The replacement goalkeeper must wear a jersey, which distinguishes him from all other players
If, while a substitution is being made, a substitute enters the pitch before the player being replaced has completely left:
Play is stopped:
The player being replaced is instructed to leave the pitch.
The substitute is ‘sin binned’ for the agreed period.
Play is restarted by an indirect free kick to be taken by the opposing team from the place where the ball was situated when the game was stopped. However, if the ball was inside the penalty area, the indirect free kick is taken on the penalty area line, at the place nearest to the position of the ball when play was stopped
A match should not be considered valid if the playing strength of either team is reduced by more than three.
Borrowing of players:
Any team may borrow a player should they be one player short with the only stipulation being that player must play in goal. This means that the actual goalkeeper for the team must play on pitch.
Borrowed players must be approved by league organisers and captain of the opposition can not be goalkeepers from other sides.
No team is allowed to borrow more than 2 players for a match. Should a team need to borrow more than 2 players the match is awarded to the opposition and a friendly is played with borrowed players with goalscorers having goals put towards their season totals. A 5-0 win will also be awarded to the opposition in this circumstances.
The Players’ Equipment.
A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player, including any kind of jewellery. Jewellery, which is potentially dangerous and cannot be easily removed, should be taped.
The basic compulsory equipment of a player is:
A jersey or shirt
Shorts or tracksuit trousers
If thermal undershorts are worn under shorts, they should be of the same main colour as the shorts
Footwear – Plastic Moulded Studs are recommended, Under no circumstances may metal studded boots, blades or flat soled trainers/plimsolls be worn.
Are covered entirely by the socks
Are made of a suitable material (rubber, plastic or similar substances)
Provide a reasonable degree of protection
The goalkeeper is permitted to wear long trousers
Each goalkeeper wears colours, which easily distinguish him from the other players and the referees
For any Infringements of this Law:
The player at fault is instructed by the referee to leave the pitch to correct his equipment or to obtain any missing item of equipment. The player may not return to the pitch without first reporting to the referee, who then checks that the player’s equipment is now correct. The player is only allowed to re-enter the match when the ball is out of play.
Players can return to play whilst the ball is in play if a second official has checked the equipment. If no second official is present the player must wait for a break in play in order for the referee to check the faulty equipment.
All players are advised to consider their own private insurance to cover claims arising from their own injury or that of another player.
The Authority of the Referee:
Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game in connection with the match to which he has been appointed, from the moment he enters the locality where the pitch is situated until he leaves.
Powers and Duties
Enforces the Laws of the Game.
Allows play to continue when the team against which an offence has been committed will benefit from such an advantage and penalises the original offence if the anticipated advantage does not ensue at that time.
Keeps a record of the match and provides the appropriate authorities with a match report which includes information on any disciplinary action taken against players, and/or team officials and any other incidents which occur before, during or after the match.
Acts as timekeeper.
Stops, suspends or terminates the match for any infringement of the Laws or due to any kind of outside interference.
Takes disciplinary action against players guilty of cautionable and sending-off offences
Takes action against team officials who fail to conduct themselves in a responsible manner and may, at his discretion, expel them from the playing area and its immediate surrounds
Ensures that no unauthorised persons enter the pitch
Stops the match if, in his opinion, a player is seriously injured and ensures that he is removed from the pitch
Ensures any player bleeding from a wound leaves the playing area
Allows play to continue until the ball is out of play if a player is, in his opinion, only slightly injured
Ensures that any ball used meets the requirements of Law 2
Make use of timed suspensions to exclude temporarily players guilty of infringements of the laws.
In the absence of a second official, the referee should make excluded players aware of the end of their period of suspension.
Decisions of the Referee:
The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play are final and all players are all subject to the disciplinary processes of the County Football Association.
League Edstreme operates a strict disciplinary process for foul abusive language, aggressive behavior and also risk of injuring opponents during games with situations arising being dealt with as follows:-
Players (In a season):
1 Red Card = 3 week Ban minimum with the player possibly missing the remainder of the season if decided by League Edstreme that the situation is warranted.
2 Red Cards = Removal from League Edstreme and banned until further notice.
Teams (In a season):
1 Red Card = Warning notice from League Edstreme.
2 Red Cards = Removal from League Edstreme and banned permanently.
Please note that sending offs for incidents such as handballs are not subject to the stipulations listed above. League Edstreme understands that sometimes players will react in a situation to protect themselves from the ball or do something such as block the balls route during a game. Any possible ban will be advised by League Edstreme in the days following the incident.
Match Official. (Not needed in League Edstreme)
The duties of the Match Official are to assist the referee in the control of the game in the following areas: -
Control of the substitution procedure, ensuring that the player to be replaced has left the FOP before the substitute is allowed to enter the FOP
Check the equipment of all the substitutes entering the FOP
Ensure that a player sent from the FOP by the referee, to replace any missing or defective equipment is checked before being allowed back on to the FOP
If a player has been sent from the FOP by the referee to have a ‘blood injury’ treated that the bleeding has stopped before that player is allowed back on to the FOP
Keep a full record of the match details
Act as the timekeeper for any player who has been given a temporary suspension from the game
Report to the referee any misconduct by any of the team players or officials in the technical / bench / substitute area
Carry out any other duties as requested by the referee
The Duration of the Match:
The duration of the game is 28 minutes with no half time and will be subject to the following:
The watch will not be stopped throughout the game.
Allowance may be made by the referee following any stoppages for injury but this is at the discretion of the referee only
Competition rules may allow for a game to be played in its entirety without a half time interval or requirement to change ends.
Start of Play:
The referee decides which side kicks off the game.
A kick-off is a way of starting or restarting play:
At the start of the match
After a goal has been scored
At the start of the second half of the match
At the start of each period of extra time, where applicable
A goal may be scored directly from the kick-off.
All players are in their own half of the field
The opponents of the team taking the kick-off are at least 2m from the ball until it is in play
The ball is stationary on the centre mark
The referee gives a signal
The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves forward
The kicker may not touch the ball a second time until it has touched another player
After a team scores a goal, the other team takes the kick-off.
If the kicker touches the ball a second time before it has touched another player:
An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred. For any other infringement of the kick-off procedure the kick-off is retaken.
A dropped ball is a way of restarting the match after a temporary stoppage.
The referee drops the ball at the place where it was located when play was stopped, unless it was in the goalkeepers possession, when the goalkeeper shall, at the referee’s signal, return the ball into play by throwing the ball from any point within the Penalty Area.
Play restarts when the ball touches the ground.
The ball is dropped again:
If a player before touches it it makes contact with the ground
If the ball leaves the pitch after it makes contact with the ground, without a player touching it
The Ball In and Out of Play.
Ball Out of Play:
The ball is out of play when:
It has wholly crossed the goal line or touch line, whether on the ground or in the air
Play has been stopped by the referee
Restarted by the way of a kick in rather than a throw in
Ball in Play:
The ball is in play at all other times including when:
It rebounds from a goal post, the crossbar.
It rebounds from the referee when on the pitch.
The Method of Scoring.
Except otherwise provided by these Laws, a goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar, unless it has been thrown, carried or intentionally propelled by the hand or arm by a player of the attacking side, the goalkeeper included.
The winning side in a game will be awarded 3 points, with the losing side receiving 0 points.
For matches ending in a draw, 1 point will be awarded to each participating side.
If a game begins and one side fails to complete the game then the result will be awarded to the opposition side 5-0.
There is no offside.
Fouls and Misconduct.
Fouls and misconduct are penalised as follows:
Direct Free Kick:
A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following six offences in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:
Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent.
Trips or attempts to trip an opponent.
Jumps at an opponent.
Charges an opponent, even with the shoulder.
Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent.
Pushes an opponent.
A direct free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offences:
Holds an opponent.
Spits at an opponent.
Slides in an attempt to play the ball when it is being played or attempted to be played by an opponent (sliding tackle), except when the match is being played on a natural or artificial grass-playing surface.
Handles the ball deliberately, except for the goalkeeper in his own penalty area.
A direct free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred.
A penalty kick is awarded if a player commits any of the aforementioned offences inside his own penalty area, irrespective of the position of the ball but provided that it is in play.
Indirect Free Kick:
An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper commits one of the following offences:
Touches or controls the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a team-mate.
Touches or controls the ball with his hands after he has received it directly from a kick-in taken by a teammate.
Touches or controls the ball with his hands or feet, in the penalty area, for more than four seconds.
An indirect free kick is also awarded to the opposing team, to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred, if, in the opinion of the referee, a player:
Plays in a dangerous manner.
Deliberately impedes the progress of an opponent when the ball is not being played.
Prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands.
Commits any other offence, not previously mentioned in Law 12, for which play is stopped to caution or dismiss a player.
The indirect free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred, unless this was in the penalty area, in which case the indirect free kick is taken from the penalty area line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.
The use of temporary time suspensions (‘sin bins) and the exclusion of a player arising from the issuing of a red card are the disciplinary sanctions for use in small-sided football. Match officials should employ the use of temporary timed suspensions in all cases traditionally regarded as cautionable offences. Yellow cards are no longer to be used in small-sided football.
The options for a match official imposing disciplinary sanctions are therefore;
Player shown a blue card and temporarily suspended from play
Player issued with a second blue card and permanently excluded from play
Player issued with a red card and permanently excluded from play
blue card offence should always be accompanied by a temporary suspension from
The period of timed suspension should be on the following tariff. The release of players from a temporary suspension should be at the direction of the Referee or a Match Official if one is available.
Temporary Timed Suspensions – Procedures:
A player temporarily suspended from play will be shown a blue card by the match official and informed as to the length of time he/she will be suspended from play.
The player is obliged to leave the pitch and remain in a designated ‘sin bin’ area for the required suspension area. Separate ‘sin bin’ areas should be identified for each team. If no designated ‘sin bin’ areas are provided then suspended players should remain in the area where they can be seen by the referee and adjacent to team officials and substitutes.
A player will be informed as to the end of a period of suspension by the referee or match official and invited to rejoin the game. Where barricades are used the players must use the opening onto the playing area.
Temporary Timed Suspensions:
A player is shown the blue card and temporarily excluded from play if he commits any of the following offences:
Is guilty of unsporting behaviour.
Shows dissent by word or action.
Persistently infringes the Laws of the Game.
Delays the restart of play.
Fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, kick-in, free kick or goal clearance.
Enters or re-enters the pitch without the referee’s permission or infringes the substitution procedure.
Deliberately leaves the pitch without the referee’s permission.
For any of these offences, an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred. If the offence was committed within the penalty area the indirect free kick is taken from the penalty area line at the place nearest to where the infringement occurred.
A player is sent off and shown the red card if he commits any of the following offences:
Is guilty of serious foul play
Is guilty of violent conduct
Spits at an opponent or any other person
Denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within his own penalty area)
Denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick
Uses offensive, insulting or abusive language
Receives a second blue card in the same match
If play is stopped because a player is sent off the pitch for offenc, without having committed any additional infringement of the Laws, the game is restarted by an indirect free kick, awarded to the opposing team, to be taken at the place where the infringement occurred. However, if the offence is committed in the penalty area, the indirect free kick is taken from the penalty area line at the place nearest to where the infringement occurred.
All players are all subject to the disciplinary processes of the County Football Association.
A player who has been sent off may not take any further part in the match nor may he sit on the substitutes’ bench, where provided.
Types of Free Kicks:
Free kicks are either direct or indirect.
For both direct and indirect free kicks, the ball must be stationary when the kick is taken and the kicker may not touch the ball a second time until it has touched another player.
The Direct Free Kick:
If a direct free kick is kicked directly into the opponent’s goal, a goal is awarded.
The Indirect Free Kick:
A goal can be scored only if the ball subsequently touches another player before it enters the goal.
Position of Free Kick:
All opponents must be at least 1m from the ball until it is in play
The ball is in play after it has been touched or played
If, when a free kick is taken, an opponent is closer to the ball than the required distance:
The kick is retaken.
If, after the ball is in play, the kicker touches the ball a second time before it has touched another player:
An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, taken from the place where the infringement occurred. However, if this offence is committed in the penalty area, the indirect free kick is taken from the penalty area line at the place nearest to where the infringement occurred
Direct Free Kick: the referee keeps one arm horizontal pointing in the direction the kick has to be taken.
Indirect Free Kick: the referee indicates an indirect free kick by raising his arm above his head. He maintains his arm in that position until the kick has been taken and the ball has touched another player or goes out of play.
The Penalty Kick:
A penalty kick is awarded against a team, which commits any of the offences for which a direct free kick is awarded, inside its own penalty area and while the ball is in play.
A goal may be scored directly from a penalty kick.
Additional time is allowed for a penalty kick to be taken at the end of each half or at the end of each period of extra time.
Position of the Ball and the Players:
Is placed on the penalty mark.
The player taking the penalty kick:
Is properly identified.
The defending goalkeeper:
Remains on his goal line, facing the kicker, between the goalposts, until the ball has been kicked.
The players other than the kicker are located:
Inside the pitch.
Outside the penalty area.
Behind or to the side of the penalty mark.
At least 5m.
The player taking the penalty kicks the ball forward.
He may not play the ball a second time until it has touched another player.
The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves forward.
When a penalty kick is taken during the normal course of play, or time has been extended at half-time or full time to allow a penalty kick to be taken or retaken, a goal is awarded if, before passing the goalposts and under the crossbar:
The ball touches either or both of the goalposts, and/or the crossbar and/or the goalkeeper.
If any of the following situations occur:
A player of the defending team infringes this Law:
The kick is retaken, only if a goal is not scored.
The kick is not retaken if a goal is scored.
A teammate of the player taking the kick infringes this Law of the Game:
The kick is retaken if a goal is scored.
The kick is not retaken if a goal is not scored.
The player taking the kick infringes this Law of the Game after the ball is in play:
An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred, unless this was in the penalty area, in which case the indirect free kick is taken from the penalty area line at the place nearest to where the infringement occurred.
A kick-in is a method of restarting play.
A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick-in.
A kick-in is awarded:
When the whole of the ball passes over a touchline, either on the ground or in the air.
From the place where it crossed the touchline or 2m into the playing area adjacent to where the ball left the playing area when barricades are in use.
To the opponents of the player who last touched the ball.
Position of the Ball and the Players.
Has to be stationary on the touchline; or 2m into the playing area from the barrier where barricades are in use
Is kicked into play in any direction
The player taking the kick-in:
Has part of each foot either on the touchline or on the ground outside the touchline at the moment of kicking the ball; or.
Must stand between the ball and the barricade where in use.
The players of the defending team:
Are at least 1m from the place where the kick-in is taken
The player taking the kick-in may not play the ball a second time until it has touched another player
The ball is in play immediately after it is kicked or touched
The kick-in is retaken by a player of the opposing team if:
The kick-in is taken incorrectly
The kick-in is taken from a position other than the place where the ball passed over the touch line or where indicated by the referee where barricades are in use
Any other infringement of the Law occurs
The Goal Clearance:
A goal clearance is a method of restarting play.
A goal may not be scored directly from a goal clearance.
The goal clearance is awarded when:
The whole of the ball, having last touched a player of the attacking team, passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, and a goal is not scored in accordance with Law 10.
Opponents remain outside the penalty area
The goalkeeper does not play the ball a second time until it has touched another player
The ball is in play when the ball is thrown or kicked from any point within the penalty area by the goalkeeper of the defending team
If the ball is not thrown or kicked directly beyond the penalty area:
The goal clearance is retaken.
If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper touches the ball, before it has touched another player:
An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team from the penalty area line from the place nearest to where the infringement occurred.
If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper picks the ball up after it has been returned from a teammate as a back pass played with the foot:
An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, to be from the penalty area line from the place nearest to where the infringement occurred.
The Corner Kick.
A corner kick is a method of restarting play.
A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick, but only against the opposing team.
A corner kick is awarded when:
The whole of the ball, having last touched a player of the defending team, passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, and a goal is not scored in accordance with Law 10
The ball is placed inside the corner arc at the nearest corner
Opponents remain at least 1m from the ball until it is in play
The ball is kicked by a player of the attacking team
The ball is in play when it is kicked or touched
The kicker does not play the ball a second time until it has touched another player
An indirect free kick is taken by the opposing team if:
The player taking the corner kick plays the ball a second time before it has touched another player. The indirect free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred
For any other infringement:
The corner kick is retaken
Kicks From The Penalty Mark Procedure:
Taking kicks from the penalty mark is a method of determining the winning team where competition rules require there to be a winning team after a match has been drawn
The referee chooses the goal at which the kicks will be taken.
The referee tosses a coin and the team whose captain wins the toss decides whether to take the first or second kick.
The referee keeps a record of the kicks being taken.
In principle each team takes five kicks, depending on the circumstances described hereafter.
The kicks are taken alternately.
The names of the players taking the kicks are announced to the referee by the captains of each team before the kicks from the penalty mark are taken and must be among those included on the list of players submitted before the match. Only those players on the pitch at the completion of the game are eligible to take part in Kicks from the Penalty Mark.
Where a player(s) has been sent off by the referee the opposing team must reduce the number of players to equalise the participants in each team prior to the Kicks from the Penalty Mark commencing.
If, before both teams have taken five kicks, one has scored more goals than the other could score, even if it were to complete its five kicks, no more kicks are taken.
If, after both teams have taken five kicks, both have scored the same number of goals or have not scored any goals, kicks continue to be taken in the same order, until one team has scored one goal more than the other from the same number of kicks.
Any player who has been sent off may not take part in the kicks from the penalty mark.
Any eligible player may change places with his goalkeeper.
Only the eligible players and match officials are permitted to remain on the pitch when kicks from the penalty mark are taken.
All players, except the player taking the kick and the two goalkeepers, must remain in the opposite half to that where the kicks are being taken.
to Determine the Winner of a Match:
To determine the winner of a match, tied after fulltime Kicks from the penalty mark will be used.