Competition Rules


GAMES DURATION

15 minutes each way; no half time break. Games to start on time regardless of team numbers present.

SIX A SIDE GOALS

To be used, with a semi-circle to mark goalkeeper’s restricted area.

INFRINGEMENT PENALTIES APPLY AS FOLLOWS

a. Defender enters area: Penalty to opponents to be taken from center spot on semicircle. Player taking penalty may enter area on follow through but must not play the ball a second time. Goalkeeper to stand on the goal line.
b. Attackers entering area: Free kick to opponents taken by the Goalkeeper unless attacker is on the follow through from a kick outside the box.

GOALKEEPERS

Are not allowed outside their semi-circle area, penalty awarded to opposing team.

BACKPASSES

Backpasses are only allowed where the ball passed to the keeper is then played to another player. If the next person to touch the ball after a keeper clears a backpass is the same player as passed it to the keeper, a free kick will be awarded where the ball was touched. Keepers may not handle a backpass, and may not keep the ball within their area for more than six seconds, otherwise a penalty may be awarded against them.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Can be made at any time from the half way from listed registered players. Goalkeepers can only change when the referee is notified. No team to have more than six players on the field at any one time.

REFEREES

May “Sin Bin” a player up to five minutes for dissent or foul play. Players may not re-enter field of play without the referee’s permission. EXCEPT FOR THE ABOVE: the general rules of soccer apply.

BIBS

Will be provided and must be worn to avoid “Colour Clash” at the referees discretion. Please return bibs immediately at the end of the game. Loss of bibs will result in a charge of $50.00 to the offending team.

TEAM SHEETS

Teams may register up to 14 players, at least two of which must be women. Players may only register for one team. No unregistered players allowed. Infringement will result in loss of game to opposing team and suspension of player concerned for one match.

TRANSFERS

The organiser to be notified for all transfers.

REGISTERED PLAYERS

Northern League players are not eligible to play in this competition. A Northern League player is defined as being someone who has started in two or more northern league matches in the past two seasons. No team is allowed more than two registered Saturday players on the pitch at any one time in the A Division, or more than one player on the pitch in the B Division. A registered player is one that has been registered to play in the last two seasons.

Teams in division A or B may play a registered player who is over 40. This player is not classed as registered (unless they play in goal).

Players under the age of 16 are not considered as registered players for the purposes of this competition.

No Saturday registered players will be permitted in the lowest division.

FEMALE PLAYERS

At least one female player must be on the field during the game at all times, if you cannot supply a female you must play with one less player which means five males. Female players are not classified as registered players for this competition.

ALL TEAMS

Have to nominate a team organiser as the first point of contact.

JUDICIAL COMMITTEE

A judicial committee will be available each night to consider disputes. Protests to be lodged within 15 minutes of game completion. The decision of the committee is final. No negotiation will be entered into.

POINTS

WIN = 3, DRAW = 1, LOSS 0

DEFAULTED GAME

3 points plus 2 goals to the opposing team.

LEAGUE TABLES

In the event of a tie goal difference will apply. If points are equal, then most goals for takes precedence.

PLEASE REMEMBER

If you have a 5.40pm kick off your team is responsible for taking out one six a side goal to your ground. If your kick off is at 6.50pm then please remember it is your team’s responsibility to bring in one goal from your ground. All teams are to provide a soccer ball.

All teams should record their match score on the results sheet at the clubrooms bar.

Soft footwear RUBBER ONLY during play. Turf shoes, or soft (pliable) rubber blades are allowed, but no metal, plastic or hard studs. The organising committee will rule on ground conditions for safety in the event of wet or damp weather conditions.

CANCELLATIONS

If play is cancelled for the evening, a notice will be placed on the Melville United website by 4pm and teams will be notified by email where possible.

MOST IMPORTANTLY PLEASE REMEMBER IT IS SOCIAL SOCCER SO ENJOY YOURSELVES.