Start and End of Match
1a Play is started by the referee either, dropping the ball between two players at the centre circle, or giving the ball to one or other team alternately at the start of each half from the centre circle.
1b At the start of play the ball must touch the surface before it is kicked by any player.
1c Game duration is 13 or 18 minutes each way.
1d Where applicable, the referees whistle overrules the hooter.
1e There shall be 9 players maximum per squad in one night. Guest players
2a A team is allowed no more than two guest players per match and all guest players should be agreed before kick-off with the opposing captain and the referee.
2b The referee reserves the right to refuse guest players if, in his opinion, the outcome of the match would be considerably altered.
2c Teams may not use guest players as substitutes.
2d If a team uses a guest player, that team is still liable to pay their full match fee.
2e If a guest player is disciplined during the game then the team captain is responsible for any fine incurred. Penalties
3a In the event of a penalty being awarded, time shall be added at the end of either half.
3b The penalty taker is allowed no more than two steps before striking the ball.
3c The keeper must remain on his line and not move until the ball is struck.
3d It is the responsibility of teams to clarify to the referee who is taking the penalty kick. Teams will be penalised and the penalty disallowed if the referee feels the goalkeeper was placed at a disadvantage by the opposing teams not making it clear who was taking the penalty kick.
3e In the absence of a penalty spot being visible, the penalty kick shall be taken 1 yard back from the edge of the area. The Goalkeeper/The Area
4a After a goal is scored, the goalkeeper shall roll the ball out with an underarm action to restart play.
4b The goalkeeper must not leave his area.
4c If the goalkeeper makes a save and part of his body slides out of the area, then the referee shall use his discretion. However, in this instance, for the referee to rule in favour of the goalkeeper, the ball must have remained in the area and part of the goalkeepers body must also have remained in the area. If, in the referees opinion, the goalkeeper started a sliding save too near to the edge of the area, which he could have reasonably foreseen would have taken the majority of his body out of the area (even though the ball may have remained in the area) then the referee shall penalize the goalkeeper. The referee shall take into account the conditions of the surface in determining how far goalkeepers may slide out of the area.
4d If a defensive side has a free-kick near to the goalkeepers area, then the referee may elect to continue play with an underarm roll-out by the goalkeeper.
4e The goalkeeper must always roll the ball out with an underarm action and he shall be penalised if either the ball goes above head height or his roll out is above the level of the shoulder.
4f If a team makes a change of goalkeeper during the match then the referee must be notified before the change is made.
4g If an attacker kicks the ball near the area the action of the kick must have started and finished outside the area, however the momentum of the kick is allowed to travel in the area.
4h Attacking players may also enter the opposing area through momentum only however, the referee shall be the sole judge of momentum and the attacker should make every reasonable effort not to enter the area.
4i No player shall be penalised if, through no fault of their own, they enter the area when they have made a reasonable attempt not to enter the area. This particularly applies to attacking players who may push defending players into the area.
4j In all matters relating to the area the overriding rule should be that, with discretions, the ball should not have been played in the area. Discretions apply to momentum only.
4k The goalkeeper may not kick the ball under any circumstances except in the course of making a save.
4l Players who run through the area and in doing so gain an advantage, will be penalised. Backpasses
5a When an outfield player receives the ball from the goalkeeper, the ball must be touched by another player before being passed back to the goalkeeper. Clothing
6a Outfield players may not play either with a cap or hat, jeans or shoes. The goalkeeper is allowed to wear a cap.
6b Players may not play without a shirt on. Substitutes
7a Teams are allowed three substitutes who must stand behind the goal which is occupied by their goalkeeper.
7b More than one substitution is allowed at any one time however, if there are more than the allotted players on court at any one time the teams shall be penalised.
7c Substitutes can only enter play when their team is in an attacking position in the oppositions half.
7d Substitutes can be used as often and whenever the team wishes.
7e Substitutes are not allowed onto the playing area until the substitutes player has left.
7f If substitutes do not stand behind the goal and the ball strikes them then the referee shall award a penalty. The Head-Height Rule
8a The ball cannot be played above head-height in indoor leagues.
8b The referee shall decide what constitutes head-height, however, head-height is determined as an infringement when the whole ball passes above the height of the tallest player on the pitch.
8c When the head-height rule is infringed, the free-kick shall be taken where the ball was originally played.
8d If the ball goes above head-height off the goalkeeper, goalposts, fixed equipment or, in the case of sports halls, the bottom boarding, then play shall continue.
8e If the ball goes above head-height off a wall or netting then, the referee shall decide whether an infringement has occurred.
8f The heading of the ball is allowed. Free Kicks
9a On all free kicks, players should be two yards from the ball. When a free kick is on the edge of the area, the ball should be played two yards back.
9b If a player refuses to retreat two yards from the free kick or, as the free kick is being taken extends any part of his body towards the ball which means that he is no longer two yards from the free kick then he shall be penalised. The ball should be stationary before the free kick is taken. The Two Yard Rule
10a If a player fails to retreat two yards or, the ball hits a player from the free kick who has not retreated two yards, or who has extended his leg towards the ball meaning that he is no longer two yards from the ball, then the referee shall move play forward two yards and allow the kick to be taken again.
10b Players that show dissent towards the referee or his decision at a free kick, will result in the kick being moved forward two yards.
10c The referee may move the kick forward at two yard intervals, however many times he wishes.
10d If by moving the ball forward two yards, the free kick then becomes within the area of the defending side, a penalty shall be awarded. General Rules
11a If applicable, the referees scoring overrules the scoreboard.
11b The referee will be the sole judge of whether a tackle is dangerous or not in the best interests of the spirit of the game.
11c Teams must not alter or move equipment to gain an advantage.
11d Teams should make every attempt to play in similar colours or use the coloured bibs provided.
11e Teams who arrive late for their kick off time may be subject to forfeiture of the match.
11f The signing of the entry form indemnifies Leisure Leagues from any responsibility for personal injury or lost property whilst participating in the organised leagues. Teams are responsible for arranging their own personal insurance cover at centres where this is not automatically applicable.
11g If teams wish to cancel a match, they automatically lose 5-0 (Leisure Leagues allow a flexible squad system) and their opponents will play a friendly arranged by Leisure Leagues.
11h The match referee has sole discretion to alter the timings for games as may be necessary.
11i If a team fails to turn up for a scheduled fixture without giving Leisure Leagues 7 days notice, they lose the fixture 5-0 and will be charged the full match fee for the missed game. Teams who wish to withdraw from the league need to give two weeks notice of their intent to withdraw from the league, failure to do so will result in the team being charged their full two weeks match fees.
11j United Kingdom Minifootball Association (UKMA) disciplinary procedure and the disciplinary procedure is indicated on the card and it also indicates that any players disciplined will not play until the fine is paid to UKMA who are the governing body we affiliate to.ORDINARY CAUTION (YELLOW) FINE BAND 1 (£10)
ORDINARY DISMISSAL (2 YELLOWS) FINE BAND 2 (£15)
DISMISSAL FINE BAND 3 (£20) (includes dangerous play, sarcasm and swearing at official)
SERIOUS DISMISSAL FINE BAND 4 (£50) (includes persistent verbal abuse towards official, blows exchanged between players or fighting)
DISMISSAL & EXCLUSION FINE BAND 5 (£100) (includes physical abuse towards official plus serious incidents involving other players or spectators.
The Sin Bin
12a There is a disciplinary procedure in place for all leagues and it is the responsibility of all teams captains to adhere to this. However, if a player is shown the yellow card then he is sin-binned for two minutes and must wait behind his own goal until the referee instructs him to come back onto the field of play. If the player refuses to leave the pitch immediately then a red card and dismissal will occur. The referee shall be the sole timekeeper in cases of sin-bin. Dismissal
13a If a player is dismissed then he should leave the pitch immediately. Failure to do so will result in the referee automatically awarding the match to his opponents. Time Wasting
14a In small-sided football, officials are instructed to take a more active approach towards time wasting.
14b If a player is guilty of time wasting at any point then the referee has full discretion to either award a free kick or a penalty kick as he see fit.
14c The player does not need to be warned about time wasting. Penalties For Infringement Of The Rules 15a ALL FREE KICKS ARE INDIRECT AND INCLUDE
1. Intentional handball (and the player gains an advantage by doing so).
2. The ball going above head-height
3. Players time wasting
4. At a drop ball situation, a player does not allow the ball to touch the surface before striking it.
5. An attacker entering the opposition area.
6. A player not retreating two yards from the ball or showing dissent (this may also result in a penalty, see earlier rules).
7. A direct pass back to the keeper. In this instance the free kick should be taken two yards outside the area where the ball left the area (the back pass must be intentional and the keeper must touch the ball. If however, the ball rolls to a halt after the back pass has been made without it touching the keeper and without the ball entering the goal, then the referee should award an indirect free kick as if the keeper has touched the ball.
8. The goalkeeper making a foul throw. In this instance the free kick should be taken two yards outside the area where the ball left the area from the goalkeeper.
9. A player committing a slide tackle (players are allowed to slide in the course of making a pass, however, they are not allowed to slide when making a tackle and this is for the players’ own safety).
10. Kicking the ball away. This may also result in the referee yellow carding the offending player.
11. A part of a players attire, or more particularly, his shoe, comes off during the course of the match (if the players shoe comes off then the referee should consider this a serious offence and this may warrant a yellow card. The referee should then instruct the player to tie up his shoelace, however, the match should continue. If a goal is scored by a player whose shoe comes off during the course of kicking the ball into the goal then the goal shall be disallowed and a direct free kick awarded to the opposition where the player kicks the ball from).
12. Fouls & Obstruction
13. A player attempting to play or playing the ball or being on the court with his shirt off. 15b A PENALTY SHALL BE AWARDED WHEN,
1. The goalkeeper comes out of the area and, at the referees discretion (see previous ruling) has gained an advantage in so doing.
2. A defender enters his own area and by so doing gains an advantage.
3. A defender enters his own area when he could reasonably have made an attempt not to encroach upon the area. 15c REFEREES DISCRETION
1. The referee may award either an indirect free kick, a direct free kick or a penalty if a team plays with more than its allotted number of players on the pitch at any one time. The referee should award the free kick (if that is his choice) when the offence is spotted and where he spotted the offence. Extra Rules For Astroturf leagues
16a Where the ball leaves the area of play, the referee shall award a kick-in to the appropriate team. At a kick-in the ball should be stationary and the opposing player should be two yards from the ball.
16b Rule 7f does not apply. Extra Rules For Indoor/Sports Hall Leagues
17a Where walls or boarding is used at the side of the pitch, the referee shall be more severe and impose greater punishment upon players who push or foul opponents near to the wall.
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