BLACKTOWN & DISTRICTS SOCCER FOOTBALL
Based on 2007 By Laws
The following contains extracts from the By Laws of the BDSFA Inc. Whilst it is not
meant to be the only required reading by team officials, it is an abridged version of the
Objects Rules and By Laws pertaining to on field and competition conditions.
It is to be read in conjunction with the complete document.
45 PLAYER EQUIPMENT
45.1 Each Club within the B.D.S.F.A. Inc. shall register their colours (i.e., shirts, shorts and socks)
with the B.D.S.F.A. Inc. annually.
45.2 If a colour or style change occurs, Clubs shall supply a photograph of a team in full strip.
45.3 If a colour or style change of the alternate strip occurs, Clubs shall supply a photograph of a
team in full alternate strip.
45.4 Alternate colour(s) shall also be registered for use as change strip only.
45.5 Player’s competing in official matches must appear in proper uniforms (as per officially
supplied photograph), comprising shirt or jersey in the Club colours, socks, shorts, shin pads
and approved footwear. Bicycle shorts are allowed only if they are the same colour as those
colours nominated to the M.C. as Club Colours.
45.6 All player’s shall have a number on the back of the shirts corresponding with the number on
the team sheet, except where a player’s number is greater than that shown on the team sheet,
in which case, the number on the team sheet is altered.
45.7 Where the colours of opposing teams clash the “away” team shall change.
45.8 Where more than one Club seeks to register the same or similar colours preference will be
given to the Club who participated in the previous season’s competition, provided the same
colours are retained. If a change in the design of a registered strip clashes with the strip of
another Club, then the alternate strip must be used both home and away when playing that
45.9 No team shall be allowed to have two player’s displaying identical numbers on the back of
their jerseys, at any time during an official match.
45.10 No jewellery is allowed, including wedding rings and hidden piercings.
45.11 Spectacles may be worn only if they comply with safety standards and with the referees’ permission.
45.12 Plaster or solid Casts are not allowed
Note: players are not allowed jewellery at any time, including wedding rings etc. The final
judgement is the sole responsibility of the referee and is not to be questioned.
46 REFEREES AND REFEREES FEES
46.1 Referees fees shall be determined each year for each grade of the Competition by relevant
46.2 The M.C. shall determine the way in which Referees are paid for services by presenting a
format to the General Meeting for acceptance.
46.3 In the case of an official referee and/or linesman being in attendance when a team does not
show up for a game, the fees involved shall be paid by the Association from the fines and
expenses levied from the offending team.
46.4 Referees shall be appointed to all matches by the Referees Association or at the direction of
the B.D.S.F.A. Inc. M.C.
46.5 In the event that a referee is not in attendance, in all competition matches, a substitute must be
appointed with the following preference:-
1. An official referee from any Branch
2. Home Team Club Referee
3. Away Team Club Referee
4. Any other Club Referee
5. Another capable person.
46.6 A team sheet shall be completed in all instances and submitted to the Registrar in the usual
manner. Teams unable to nominate the minimum number of player’s, as per the By-Laws,
shall be deemed to have forfeited the match.
46.7 Once a substitute is appointed he shall assume all responsibilities of an officially appointed
referee and shall make themselves aware of their obligations in regard to submitting reports to
the B.D.S.F.A. Inc.
Note: All matches must be played on the day, and all steps must be taken to find a suitable
referee, if none can be found, the game may not be replayed, but voided by the BDSFA Inc
Competition Secretary in their role as Match Review Chairman.
51 REGISTRATION OF COACHES
51.1 Any person wishing to work with Children within the Association must meet the criteria set
down by the NSWS State Government for Working with Children.
51.2 Any person wishing to coach any team, Under 9 and above, within the B.D.S.F.A. Inc. must
be accredited and must be duly registered. Persons not accredited may show that they are
nominated to take a Junior License, or its equivalent, course prior to 30th April in that same
51.3 Coaches are responsible for the upkeep of their accreditation.
51.4 To register, a person must fill in the appropriate form as supplied by the Association, all such
forms to be forwarded to the Association by the Club’s Registrar.
51.5 A current photograph is required, to be taken either on site at the Club or by the Association.
51.6 Suspended or disqualified persons shall not be allowed to register.
51.7 All persons shall register under their own names except in circumstance set down by the M.C.
51.8 Should an I.D. Card be lost, a new one must be issues by the Association at the Club’s
51.9 A registration fee shall be set at the discretion of the M.C.; such fees will accord automatic
entrance to the B.D.S.F.A. Inc. Coaches Association.
51.10 Team Officials must have their Association ID Card visible at all times during a match.
Note: License accreditation is for four (4) years only. Points accrue for your coaching activities
and depending on the type of license you possess; coaching a team may not necessarily
obtain the minimum amount of points to keep your accreditation. Coaches must apply for a
log book which must be kept updated annually by the Club Secretary. At times extra points
may be required to keep your accreditation.
53 IDENTITY CARDS
53.1 Immediately prior to the match commencing, both teams will meet on the field of play at the
half way point sand present their ID Cards to their opposition players.
53.2 Should either Team Manager not be in possession of a player(s) I.D. Card prior to the start of
a match, then the player(s) cannot take the field.
53.3 No I.D. Card is valid unless it is the current Association I.D. Card. Failure to produce a
current Identity Card at any official match shall make a player ineligible and loss of points and
a fine shall be exacted in accordance with the By-Laws. The opposing team Manager shall
make notation, to this effect on the team sheet in ink.
53.4 Should a player’s I.D. Card be lost the Association Registrar should be informed by the Club,
in writing whereupon a new I.D. Card will be forwarded at the Clubs expense. Such player(s)
cannot play until he is in possession of his new Identity Card.
53.5 Any Club receiving a request for a player’s I.D. Card to enable a transfer to another Club,
must have the I.D. Card with the Association within 7 days.
53.6 There will be no Protests or Disputes allowed on player identity unless an ID Card check has preceded
Note: It is imperative that all ID Cards are checked prior to the match. If an eligible player takes
the field and subsequently performs an illegal act, you could be culpable.
54 COMPETITION RULES
54.1 The Competition proper shall start on a date to be fixed by the M.C.
54.2 When a complete round is washed out it will be replayed on the opposite day of play for that
team. All matches will be set down by The Competition Secretary and no correspondence will
be entered into.
54.3 When other than a complete round is washed out, the matches will be set down by The
Competition Secretary at their discretion and no correspondence will be entered into. The
M.C. may void round if necessary to complete the season.
54.4 Games to be played, where possible on Saturdays for Under 6 to Under 16 age groups
inclusive and on Sundays for the Under 17 to All Age Premiers inclusive.
54.5 Female players may play in mixed sex competitions up to and including the age of 12.
54.6 All fixtures will be played at a time and venue as set down by the Competition Secretary.
54.7 Should such venue not be available and fixtures have to be postponed, the fixture will be
rearranged by the competition Secretary.
54.8 No amendment will be allowed to any fixture once set down by the Competition Secretary
except where specified in the By-Laws, unavailability of ground or as directed by the M.C.
54.9 The association Competition Secretary is to advise ALL CLUB’S Competition Secretaries the
times and venues of all matches.
54.10 Where possible, all games for divisions and age groups to be played at the same time each
54.11 Unless other wise specifically designated in a relevant By-Law the first named team in the
draw shall be the “home” team.
54.12 In the event of inclement weather causing postponement of matches, as many games as
possible shall be played on the day.
54.13 Where a team is participating in a competition conducted by the B.D.S.F.A. match will be
postponed, upon application to the M.C./E.C., to be played within fourteen (14) days of the
original date, as set down by the Competition Secretary.
54.14 At the end of the Season the four highest placed teams will enter a final series.
Note: There is NO allotted waiting time for a team to arrive for a match. It is appreciated that at
times matches may be running late and may kick off later than that time set down by the
Competition Secretary. In all other situations, the match must commence at the correct
time, all else is a forfeit.
55 CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS
55.1 Teams eligible to enter the Champions of Champions must inform the MC prior to the Age Groups
being nominated to Soccer NSW of their intentions to represent the Association.
55.2 At the discretion of the M.C. a First Division Finalist in all competitions Under 10 to Under
21 and All Age Ladies and Premier Division may be entered into the Champion of Champions as
a./ If the team placed first prior to the finals wins Game 1, then they may enter the Champion of
Champions at the discretion of the M.C.
b./ If the team placed first prior to the Finals loses Game 1, but wins the Final, they may enter
the Champion of Champions at the discretion of the M.C.
c./ If the team placed first prior to the Finals loses Game 1 and Game 2, the winner of the Final
may enter the Champion of Champions at the discretion of the M.C.
56 DURATION OF MATCHES
56.1 Duration of matches shall be (excluding 5 minutes interval)
56.2 Under 6 and 7 30 minutes
56.3 Under 8 and 9 40 minutes
56.4 Under 10, 11 and 12 50 minutes
56.5 Under 13 60 minutes
56.6 Under 14 60 minutes
56.7 Under 15 and 16 70 minutes
56.8 Under 17 80 minutes
56.9 Under 18, 21 and All Age 90 minutes
56.10 Equal halves will be played in accordance with the Laws of the game.
Note: The referee is the sole keeper of time and if he says the halves were equal, they indeed were.
57 BALL SIZES
Match ball to be used shall be: -
57.1 up to and including Under 9 age group size 3
57.2 Under 10 to 13 inclusive size 4
57.3 Under 14 to all age inclusive size 5
57.4 A size 3 ball shall not be less than 22” circumference and not more than 23” circumference.
57.5 A size 4 ball shall not be less than 25” circumference and not more than 26” circumference.
57.6 A size 5 ball shall not be less than 27” circumference and not more than 28” circumference. 57.7
The pressure shall be equal to 9.0 to 10.5lb/sq.in (600 to 700 gms/sq.cm.)
58.1 In competition, points will be awarded as follows:-
Win (by result or forfeit) 4 points
Score Draw 2 points
Scoreless Draw 1 point
Loss 0 points
Bye 0 points
58.2 Points lost by protest or dispute shall be awarded to the opposing team. A score of two goals
to nil shall be awarded to the non-offending side. (Except where By-Laws conflict)
59 CORNER KICKS
59.1 For Under 9 to Under 12 age groups, corner kicks shall be taken 8 yards from the penalty line
on the goal line.
59.2 For all other age groups the corner kicks shall be taken in accordance with the Laws of the
60 GOAL KICKS
60.1 For Under 9 to Under 12 age groups goal kicks shall be taken from an imaginary line drawn
through the penalty spot.
60.2 For all other age groups the goal kicks will be taken in accordance with the Laws of the Game.
61 FREE KICKS
61.1 For Under 9 age groups free kicks for infringements by the attacking side with the 12 yard of
the goal line in the penalty box, shall be taken from an imaginary line drawn through the
61.2 For all other age groups free kicks will be taken in accordance with the relevant Laws of the
62.1 In all competition games played, a maximum of 5 players may be substituted at any time in
the match PROVIDED that the names and registration numbers of such substitutes have been
entered on the team sheet prior to the commencement of the match.
62.2 All substitutes and players arriving after kick off must present their I.D. Cards to the referee
and/or the opposition manager before taking the field of play.
62.3 In all games played, once a player is substituted, he may not resume play in that particular
62.4 In all games a maximum of 5 interchange players will be allowed. These players may enter
and/or leave the field of play with the express permission of the referee.
62.5 Interchange players must be on the Team Sheet prior to the commencement of the match, and
the referee must be made aware that those players are interchange players, not substitutes.
62.6 Interchange player’s MUST remain in the designated area for interchange players.
Note: The difference between interchange and substitution must be understood correctly and all
clubs must provide a technical area.
71 MATCH DAY SUPERVISOR
71.1 The Match Day Supervisor is the person empowered to ensure all rules, policies and safety issues are
71.2 The Match Day Supervisor MUST be minimum18 years old.
71.3 The Match Day Supervisor is to check the following prior to the start of the day, or match, as
a. Ensure the ground is fit for play.
b. Check for dangerous objects such as syringes, glass and other
c. Ensure field is marked and flagged as per the rules
d. Ensure match balls are the correct size and suitably inflated.
71.4 Introduce yourself, and identify the Ground Officials, to the referee prior to the match.
71.5 Ensure the referee/assistants is present, and supervise the appointment of Club Referees if not
71.6 Ensure referee payments are made as per the rules.
71.7 Ensure team sheets are available and that they are completed correctly both by teams’ management.
71.8 That the Team Sheets are returned as per the rules.
71.9 Ensure the Ground Officials are aware of their duties and perform same.
71.10 Report any problems, rule violations, injuries etc by completing the Incident Report or reporting to the
person responsible for completing reports.
Note: The Match Day Supervisor is there to assist in all matters pertaining to “on field” issues
and it is important that this person is physically there and able to assist.
72 CONTROL OF SPECTATORS
72.1 It shall be the responsibility of the home Club to control spectators at all times. The away Club
will render whatever assistance they can.
72.2 One Ground Official, suitably identified by an Association approved apparel, shall be
provided by each team.
72.3 The Ground Official shall not be under the age of 18 years and shall not be a player noted on
the team sheet for that match.
72.4 The Ground Official shall be presented to the referee on demand by him.
72.5 Failure to comply with all of the above Rules will result in a fine of $50.00.
73.1 Matches shall be played on grounds set down by the Association and shall commence at
stipulated times, except where extenuating circumstances have delayed the previous games
and it is not possible for a game to commence at the stipulated time.
73.2 In such cases the games will commence immediately following the preceding game,
73.3 Any team not in attendance at the designated ground and ready to take the field at the due time
shall be deemed to have forfeited the match.
73.4 The referee shall endorse the team sheet to the effect that: - “team….. were not ready to take
73.5 A team must field a minimum of seven (7) players on the field at all times.
73.6 Failure to have the minimum of seven (7) players, ready to take the field at the
commencement of the match shall be deemed a forfeit to the opposing team.
73.7 Failure to maintain a minimum of seven (7) players, on the field at all times shall result in the referee
terminating the game whereupon a forfeit win will be awarded to the non-offending team.
73.8 The referee shall report such matters in the usual way, which will be dealt with as per the By-
73.9 Team forfeiting on three occasions shall be removed from the competition.
73.10 Where there is a forfeit in Competition or Round Robin the non-offending team shall be
awarded the points and a score of 2-0.
73.11 When a game is forfeited without notice to the Association, the team to whom the game is
forfeited shall submit a team sheet in the usual manner, signed by the referee, who shall note
on the team sheet that the other team did not turn up.
73.12 In the event of that the appointed referee is not present, a Club official shall sign the team
sheet with the notation that the opposing team did not turn up.
73.13 When a game is abandoned by a referee, for any cause whatsoever, or players become involved in
violence before or after the match, the matter shall be referred to the Match Review Committee who
will investigate the circumstances appertaining to the abandonment and shall be authorised to :-
a. Make recommendations to the M.C. on the following:-
i/ To determine the result of the fixture
ii/ To determine if the match should be replayed in full or part and under what conditions.
iii/ To impose such penalties, as it shall deem fit, on Clubs, officials, players, spectators adjudged
by the M.C. to be associated with the abandonment.
b. When a match is terminated because of violence the MRC will investigate the matter and
i/ Make recommendations to the M.C. to award a forfeit to the non-offending team.
ii/ Make recommendations to cause the offending team to forfeit their next competition match.
iii/ Make recommendations to cause both teams to forfeit their next competition match.
iv/ Make recommendations to impose penalties on players, teams and clubs.
c. Make recommendations to the M.C. for further penalties where required.
73.14 The action of the M.C. in respect to penalties imposed in this regard shall be distinct from
decisions as determined by the P. & D.C. in respect of player’s charged with offences by
73.15 Any team which caused a match to be terminated before its natural conclusion through a mass
“Walk Off” or refusal to allow play to continue, shall be deemed to have committed serious
misconduct against the B.D.S.F.A. Inc. Officials of the Club shall be summoned to appear
before the P. & D.C. of the B.D.S.F.A. Inc. and shall be liable to such penalty as should be
determined by the P. & D.C.
73.16 Any team that is deemed to have forfeited a game to gain advantage or to disadvantage
another team may be dealt with by the P. & D.C. as it may see fit.
73.17 Where no official referee was in attendance and the game was not played, the M.C. will award
a forfeit to the team it deems the “non-offender”. If such cannot be determined, the match will
be declared” void”.
Note: I suggest that you read this section again. It is very important that you understand the
concepts in this passage.
74 TEAM SHEETS
74.1 In all matches team managers shall, before the start of the match, complete a team sheet with
the names and registration numbers of all player’s taking part, PRINTED IN BIRO.
The Goal Keeper should be placed first on the team sheet and have GK inserted as well as the number
of his shirt. All teams must have a nominated goal keeper.
Other than the Goalkeeper, players should be listed in alphabetical order and have their shirt number
entered in the space provided.
Players from other teams (upgrades) must be entered on the team sheet immediately after the last
alphabetical listing of the actual team. Upgraded players must be noted with “UG” in the “signature”
area of the team sheet along with their team of origin.
Teams may only nominate the amount of player the Team Sheet allows.
74.2 When a player’s identity is challenged for any reason, the player is to sign the team sheet in the space
provided. The BDSFA Inc Registrar will then check the validity of the player’s credentials.
74.3 Should player(s) nominated on the team sheet not take the field, the name(s) and registration number(s)
must be crossed out from the team sheet after the match in the presence of the opposing team manager.
Such alteration to be signed by both team managers unless crossed off the team sheet as above, all
player’s nominated on the team sheet shall be deemed to have played despite that this may contravene
74.4 The team manager shall sign the team sheet in the required space.
74.5 The team sheet shall be handed to the referee before the start of the match,
74.6 Only those player’s nominated on the team sheet may take part in the match, with the
exception that if a team does not have 11 player’s, to take the field at the commencement of
the match they may enter additional name(s) and registration number(s) on the team sheet to
make up 11 player’s, after the game has commenced.
74.7 Player’s whose names and registration numbers are added to the team sheet, in line with the
above paragraph of this By-Law, must present themselves to the opposing team manager with
their I.D. cards prior to taking the field. This section does not apply to substitutes, whose
names have been entered prior to the match.
74.8 At the completion of the match the referee shall return the team sheet to the home team
74.9 Completed Team Sheets must be in the hands of the referee at least 10 minutes prior to the
official kick off time. Both Teams are subject to fines at the discretion of the M.C. for failure
to comply with the Rules.
74.10 All Clubs who have held games in the previous 7 days shall be responsible for the delivery of
all Team Sheets of all matches to the Association Office before 7.00pm each Sunday.
74.11 In the event of a team sheet not arriving, the host Club shall be fined and/or suffer loss of
points at the discretion of the M.C.
74.12 Any team playing as a home team whilst being hosted who does not return the team sheet to
the host Club at the end of the match will be fined and/or suffer loss of points at the discretion
of the M.C.
74.13 Refer also to By-Law regarding I.D. Cards in its entirety.
74.14 Any alterations are to be signed by the opposition manager.
74.15 The use of correctette is not allowed on team sheets, (ie. Liquid Paper etc.) player deemed ineligible,
fine $10.00 + Loss of Points and 2 goals to the non offending team, or score to stand whichever is the
74.16 Once signed by the Team Managers, all information contained on Team Sheets will be deemed as
correct, unless an Official Letter from the Club, showing proof to the contrary, is received within 48
hours of the finish of the match.
Note: The team sheet is the only legal document we have on our match and is therefore very
important. We have to keep team sheets as records and your correct completion is
75.1 All results will be checked by the Recorder with the team sheets.
75.2 Results will be tabled by the Recorder at each M.C.M. Once tabled and agreed upon, there
will be no further alterations.
76 PLAYER’S & OFFICIALS SENT FROM THE FIELD, CAUTIONED OR
76.1 Where the word PLAYER is used in this section it shall be taken as meaning any Registered
Player of a Club.
76.2 Where the word OFFICIAL is used in this Section it shall be taken as meaning any Official of
a Club, any Coach or Manager of a Club and any Referee or Linesperson.
76.3 It is the responsibility of the Club’s to ensure that Coaches, Manager’s, Player’s and Official’s
of their Club are made aware of the contents of the By-Law “PLAYER’S & OFFICIALS SENT
FROM THE FIELD, CAUTIONED OR CITED” in its entirety.
79.4 Any Player being sent from the field of play will automatically serve one competition match
suspension and have his case referred to the P & D C Chairman for categorisation.
76.5 The P & D C Chairman or their officer will inform the players club of all suspensions. Players wishing
to defend their sentence are responsible for contacting their club P & D C Official Contact who will
make an appointment with the P. & D.C. Chairman. Mandatory Sentences offered by the P&D C
Chairman in the first instance will not apply should the players’ case not be proven.
76.6 Player’s accepting the minimum Mandatory Sentence without a hearing shall have no right of Appeal.
76.7 Persons eligible to attend the P. & D.C. for hearing of a player’s case:-
The player’s Coach and/or Manager
One Club Official
Player’s parent if the player is under the age of 16 years
Witnesses necessary to the case at the discretion of the P. & D.C. Chairman.
76.8 Player’s attending the P. & D.C. to defend a case, must be accompanied by a Club Official.
Should a player not be so represented, the P. & D.C. shall impose a Sentence without the case
being heard and the player shall have no right of Appeal. The player’s Club may be fined at
the discretion of the Chairman of the P. & D.C.
76.9 The P. & D.C. shall accept any correspondence pertaining to a case.
76.10 A Referee sending a player from the filed of play shall submit a report of the incident to the
next ensuing P. & D.C. meeting.
76.11 Should no such report be received by the P. & D.C., the player’s Club shall be informed by the
Chairman and the player allowed to take part in any matches played until the next ensuing P.
& D.C. where the case will again be heard. Should a report not be in evidence at the second
hearing, the player shall be exonerated.
76.12 When a player is suspended, his I.D. card shall be retained by the Player’s Club who is solely
responsible for the completion of sentence. Clubs are to email the Office as each match suspension is
If the player subsequently takes part in a game prior to the completion of their suspension, or fails to
have his I.D. card present prior to the match when he resumes, the player will be rendered ineligible.
76.13 A suspension may only be served in the team to which the player is graded.
a. Where a suspension is given in “matches” the suspended player will be eligible to play in modified
versions of the game.
b. Where a suspension is given in “week, months or years” the player will be ineligible to play in
modified versions of the game.
76.14 Officials cited to appear before the P. & D.C. do not appear until requested to do so by the
76.15 When a player has received five cautions he will be suspended for one match.
76.16 When a player has received seven cautions he will be suspended for two matches.
76.17 A player who has received 10 cautions will be stood down until he attends the next P. & D.C.
where he will show cause why he should not be further suspended.
76.18 Any player, whose cautions are such that he should be stood down, must receive official
confirmation from the Association Secretary before standing down. Any stand down before
receiving official confirmation will not be recognised.
76.19 The count of cautions and/or penalties will apply for one season only and will not be carried
over into the next season.
76.20 Appeals by suspended persons shall automatically be heard on the Friday night following the
P. & D.C. meeting at which his sentence was given.
76.21 At a date to be fixed at the end of each season, the P. & D.C. will hear all outstanding cases.
Persons not attending will have their cases arbitrarily heard in their absence. Appeals will be
allowed for persons attending, no appeals will be allowed for those cases hear ex-party.
76.22 The P. & D.C. reserve the right to increase or decrease any sentence where serious injury is
occasioned to the victim to which the offence has been alleged.
76.23 The P. & D.C. may refer an incident to the M.C. for categorisation or clarification. At the
discretion of the P. & D.C., depending on the severity of the offence, the player may, or may
not, be given permission to play until the matter has been clarified.
77 PERSISTING OFFENDERS
77.1 In case of repetition, that is if the same player or same official, during the same season is
reported for other offences, even if the infraction is not of the same nature, more severe
sanctions may be imposed at the discretion of the P. & D.C.
80 FINES AND PENALTIES.
80.1 Playing ineligible player(s) as set out below in a/ and b/ will incur an automatic loss of points and a
minimum fine of $200.00 and a maximum fine of $1000.00.
Playing ineligible player(s) as set out below in c/ to p/ will incur an automatic loss of points and a fine
of $200.00 per offence.
The non-offending team may be awarded the points and a score of 2 – 0 or their own score to zero
which ever is the highest.
When the MC determines that a team has not sought to gain advantage, fines may be limited to a
maximum $400.00 per team sheet.
Large fines may be reviewed at the sole discretion of the M.C.
a/ Playing under an assumed name.
b/ A player who is not registered with the B.D.S.F.A. Inc.
c/ A player currently on suspension or disqualification or has been stood down due to accumulated
d/ A player registering with two or more clubs in any one year without first obtaining a Clearance
e/ A player not in possession of a current I.D. card
f/ A player whose I.D. card has been lost and not replaced
g/ A player who has played representative soccer in the same season and does not have a clearance
h/ A player found playing in an age group younger than that to which he is eligible
i/ A player who has played in competition with another Association in the same season and does not
have a clearance.
j/ A player not receiving a clearance from a “Senior Club”
k/ A team using substitutes incorrectly or using more than 5 substitutes (all excess player’s are
l/ A substituted player retaking the field
m/ Premier Division only, contravention of “Player Eligibility” By-Laws
n/ A player, once graded, then playing for a lower age group or division
o/ A player who is sent from the field of play by the referee and is cited to the P. & D.C. and fails to
p/ A player whose name and/or registration number is entered over correctette (white out)
Note. The ineligible player may be suspended and/or fined at the discretion of the M.C. / E.C.
The player whose name is on the team sheet may be suspended and/or fined at the discretion of the M.C./E.C.
The Manager and/or Coach of team may be suspended and/or fined at the discretion of the M.C./E.C. and all
other player’s on the team sheet may be suspended and/or fined at the discretion of the M.C./E.C.
The Club may be suspended and/or fined at the discretion of the M.C./E.C.
80.2 Forfeits: Any team forfeiting without giving notice by 7.00pm on Thursday for weekend
matches and within 48 hours prior to kick off for a mid-week match shall be liable for a fine
equal to the referee and linesmens fee applicable for that team, plus a fine of $50.00. The
$50.00 fine may be distributed by the M.C. upon receipt of a claim by a Club.
80.3 With the exception of Roo Ball team sheets incorrectly filled in: $2.00 each offence, with a
maximum of $10.00 per team sheet.
80.4 With the exception of Roo Ball team sheets not arriving at the Association Office by 7.00pm
Sunday, of the week the match took place: $25.00 , second and subsequent offences; the fine
will be compounded and doubled.
80.5 During the first 3 (three) rounds of competition a “non-fining period” will exist whereby the
dollar value of fines levied for incorrect player information will be waived.
80.6 Grounds not properly marked out and/or goal posts not correct, and/or goal nets not up, and/or
corner flags not up $10.00 per offence.
80.7 Club compensating any player in any shape or form:
Player, team and Club to be fined $50.00 each. Player and team to be suspended at the discretion of the
80.8 Any fines imposed by the P. & D.C. shall be payable within 21 days of receipt of Account
unless the Club intends to Appeal such fine, whereupon it must be paid prior to the Appeal.
80.9 Any bonds imposed by the P. & D.C. shall be payable within 21 days of the date of receipt of
Account unless the Club intends to Appeal such fine, whereupon it must be paid prior to the
Appeal. Such bond will be held by the Association for such period as the P. & D.C. shall
80.10 Any suspension handed down by the P. & D.C. shall be served in games under the control of
the B.D.S.F.A. Inc., and/or the and/or with the exception of games classed as “Special
Matches” in the By-Laws. Games classed as “Special Matches” and games not under the
control of the B.D.S.F.A. Inc., and/or, and/or, shall not count towards such suspensions nor
shall suspended player’s, officials or other persons be allowed to take place in such games.
80.11 Any suspensions handed down by the P. & D.C. which cannot be served in the current season
due to the length of the sentence being longer than the length of the season remaining, shall be
carried over to the next season.
80.12 Any “Suspended Sentence” handed down by the P. & D.C. shall remain in force for a period
of 12 months from the date of the P. & D.C. meeting in which the sentence was handed down,
unless the P. & D.C. designates a longer period of time for such “Suspended Sentence”.
80.13 Any “Suspended Sentence” may be served if any player, official or other person, is found
guilty by the P. & D.C. during the time of the “Suspended Sentence” plus any additional
sentence handed down by the P. & D.C.
80.14 If any such Member, Official or person, after receiving due notice, fails to appear to answer
such questions/charges, may, at the discretion of the M.C. unless he gives a reasonable excuse,
be disqualified from taking part in the affairs of the Association during its pleasure and from
holding any position under the Association. Due notice to attend any meeting shall be taken as
meaning a minimum of seven (7) days.
80.15 Unless otherwise stated, all bonds are to be for a period of 12 months, payable from the date
of the meeting at which they were handed down.
80.16 Initial bonds are to be $200.00. Should a bond be forfeited, then a bond equal to twice the
original bond will be set.
83 RULES FOR MINI SOCCER
83.1 Where not specifically noted – all other B.D.S.F.A. Inc. Rules and By-Laws apply.
83.2 Mini Soccer will be played on a non competitive basis, points and/or goals will not be
83.3 All Mini Soccer players must be registered players as per the Rules of the Association.
83.4 It shall be at the discretion of the M.C. which age groups shall play Mini Soccer and on which
size field those games take place.
83.5 Clubs are not to allow publicity regarding the scores and/or scorers in Mini Soccer. Clubs will
be fined $500.00 for non-adherence.
84 TEAM NOMINATIONS
84.1 Nominations for Mini Soccer teams shall be in the hands of the Secretary of the B.D.S.F.A.
Inc. at a date to be fixed by the M.C.
84.2 Any Club withdrawing a team after 3 weeks prior to the commencement of the competition
shall incur such fines as are designated by the M.C.
85 TEAM GRADINGS
85.1 Teams will be placed into groups, with preference being given to location where possible.
85.2 Player’s may interchange within the groups of their own age group, or older age group, as
often as they wish.
85.3 Player’s may NOT play in an age group younger than that age group into which they are
86 FIELD SIZE
86.1 There shall be two sizes of field for RooBall.
86.2 The smaller shall be approximately 45mt x 30mt.
86.3 The larger shall be played on a separately marked field, or across a full sized field with the
side lines being the existing half way line and an imaginary line continued through the
existing 18 yard line. The goals shall be placed at the full sized field sidelines at a position
half way along the “mini goal” line.
87.1 The smaller field will be marked with side and goal lines. A line or mark to designate half way
is preferable, but optional.
87.2 The goal area will be semi circle with a 7mts radius.
87.3 The half a full field will use the existing markings, but a semi circle of 7 metres radius must b
marked for the goal areas. It is preferable that domes be used to make a line parallel to the
goal line so that player’s will not collide with the full field goal posts.
88.1 Mini Soccer Goals will be 1.5mts high and 4.5mts wide and made of a suitable material.
88.2 All goals MUST be fixed to the ground in a manner to provide maximum safety for players.
89.1 Under 6 and Under 7 30 Minutes
89.2 Under 8 40 Minutes
90 BALL SIZE
90.1 Under 6,7,8 Size 3
91 NUMBER OF PLAYER’S
91.1 Under 6 and Under 7 6 Players including the goalkeeper
91.2 Other Mini Soccer 9 Players including the goalkeeper.
92.1 Mini Soccer allows 3 substitutes. All substitutes are interchangeable and may come off and on
the field at any time continuously, with the permission of the referee.
93 PLAYER EQUIPMENT
93.1 Player’s are to take the field in Club Colours as designated by the Club to the B.D.S.F.A. Inc.
SHIN PADS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES. SUITABLE FOOTWEAR MUST BE
RULES OF THE GAME:
94 OFF SIDE
94.1 There will be no off side Rule, other than that player’s must be within their own half of the
field of play during the kick offs.
95 THROW INS
95.1 THERE ARE NO FOUL THROWS.
95.2 Throw ins are to be taken from a place on the sideline designated by the referee.
95.3 The player will be given two attempts to throw the ball in, and if necessary, be given
instruction by the referee as to how the ball is to be thrown. On the second attempt, the ball is
deemed to be “in play”.
96 FOULS AND MISCONDUCT
96.1 A player may not intentionally kick, trip, jump at, strike, hold, push, charge from behind or
violently charge an opponent.
96.2 HAND BALL
ONLY THE GOALKEEPER MAY TOUCH THE BALL, IN PLAY, WITH HIS HANDS, AND
THEN ONLY WITHIN HIS GOAL AREA.
96.3 A deliberate handball by any other player will result in a free kick against his team.
97 FREE KICKS
97.1 ALL FREE KICKS ARE INDIRECT.
97.2 If an infringement occurs within the goal area :-
(a) For Smaller field games:-
All kicks are to be taken from the centre of the goal arc.
(b) For Larger field games:-
The free kick is to be taken on the goal arc at a point designated by the referee to be that point
nearest to the point at which the incident occurred.
THIS APPLIES TO ALL FOULS BY EITHER SIDE.
98 GOAL KICKS
98.1 (a) FOR SMALLER FIELD GAMES :-
From the centre of the goal arc.
(b) FOR LARGER FIELD GAMES :-
May be taken from anywhere on that side of the goal arc designated by the referee to be that
side on which the ball was played from the field.
98.2 ALL PLAYER’S EXCEPT THE KICKER AND/OR THE GOALKEEPER MUST BE OUT OF THE
GOAL AREA DURING GOAL KICKS.
99 CORNER KICKS
99.1 To be taken from the corners on that side specified by the referee.
100 ON ALL OCCASIONS, OPPOSING PLAYER’S MUST BE 4 MT AWAY FROM THE BALL
DURING FREE KICKS, GOAL KICKS, CORNER AND KICK OFFS.