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					                                SOCCER 7’s RULES


2009/10 Season



1    Team registration forms have to be filled in to register. Team names are not to represent
     official NZ soccer clubs.
2    All teams must be fully paid up by September 30th or do not play. The fees are $540,
     includes gst, per team. Tax invoices are available on request.
3    The Tuesday and Wednesday teams can register a maximum of ten players. The
     Monday Mixed teams can register up to twelve players.
4    The Player Registration form has to be completed and handed in before tournament start
     day or a point will be deducted from the offending team each week until form returned.
5    For safety reasons no person under the age of sixteen will be allowed to participate in the
     Wednesday Open Tournament and no one under the age of fourteen in the Monday &
     Tuesday tournaments. Players will have to reach the minimum age in 2009.
6    There can be no transfer of players between teams in the same grade, after the season
7    Teams may change their squad names during the season by emailing the changes to These changes must be made before the new players take
     part in the tournament. There will be a maximum of ten changes per team per season.
8    Points may be deducted from a team, or a result reversed, if after a complaint, a team is
     found to be guilty of playing unregistered players.
9    In the social competitions if teams are short of players they may ask the opposition
     manager’s permission to use other players for that game. Failure to ask permission could
     result in forfeiture of the game.
10   Any players sent off during a game for violent behaviour or verbal abuse to an official or
     another player will result in a point being deducted from their team.
11   Continuous bad behaviour by individual players from a team will result in that team being
     expelled from the tournament with no redress.
12   The organisers will determine, during the duration of the tournament, the value of any
     prize-money and/or trophies that are to be awarded at the end of the tournament.
13   Any issues that may arise during the tournament and are not covered by these rules will
     be decided upon by the organisers and will be binding.



1       The tournament will consist of three separate competitions. The mixed competition will
        take place on Monday evenings, the Men’s social competition on Tuesdays and the
        men’s open competition will take place on Wednesday evenings.

2       Mixed Tournament, Monday evenings:

        Start Date                 Monday 2nd November 2009
        Break up Date              Monday 14th December 2009
        Resume Date                Monday 11th January 2010
        Final Date                 Monday 1st March 2010

3       Men’s Social Tournament Tuesday evenings:

        Start Date                 Tuesday 3rd November 2009
        Break up Date              Tuesday 15th December 2009
        Resume Date                Tuesday 19th January 2010
        Final Date                 Tuesday 2nd March 2010

        Men’s Open Tournament Wednesday evenings:

        Start Date                 Wednesday 4th November 2009
        Break up Date              Wednesday 16th December 2008
        Resume Date                Wednesday 20th January 2010
        Final Date                 Wednesday 3rd March 2010

    •   There will be a maximum of 48 teams per night. The competitions will be structured
        depending on the final number of teams participating in each category.
    •   Teams will be graded into separate groups, up to six groups in each competition,
        depending on numbers.
    •   Each team will play a total of fourteen games.
    •   There are three kick off times on Tuesday and Wednesdays, 6pm, 6:45pm & 7:30pm.
        Groups will be rotated around these times.
    •   The games will consist of two 20 minute halves with a quick turnaround at half time.
    •   The games to start and stop on the siren and the referee’s whistle.
    •   All outfield players must wear the same colour shirt and the goalkeeper’s shirt must be a
        different colour from all the outfield players.
    •   Moulded sole football boots or trainers only allowed. No hard screw-in studs.
    •   All players in the men’s open competition to wear shin guards. This is optional for the
        social competition players.
    •   A maximum of seven players, per team, to be on the field at any one time, one of which
        must be the goalkeeper.
    •   In the Mixed Grade a minimum of three women players must be on the outfield of play at
        any time.
    •   The referees will provide the match ball.
    •   To start a game a team must have 5 players on the field. There is a 5 minute grace
        period. The referee will award the game to the opposition if a team cannot field 5 players
        within the grace period. If a team wins by default then a 2-0 result is awarded.
        •     Up to three rolling substitutes can be used during the game on Tuesdays and
              Wednesdays and five on Mondays. Substitutes can only enter the field of play at the half-
              way line and after the player being substituted has left the field.
        •     In the Men’s Open competition on Wednesdays, each team must provide a linesman, this
              can be a substitute or non-player.

Normal FIFA playing rules apply except for the following differences.

There are no off-sides in seven-a-side soccer.

Throw in

        (i)      Rule: When the ball goes out of play over the sideline, the team awarded the throw
                 can elect to either kick the ball into play or to throw in as normal.
                 If kicking the ball in then the ball must be stationary and positioned on the line where
                 the ball went out of play. The opposition players must retire six metres from the ball.
                 If throwing the ball in then it must be done as per FIFA rules and the opposition must
                 retire two metres,
              Decision: If the ‘throw in’ is not taken correctly, the throw goes to the other team.
(ii)          Rule: A goal cannot be scored direct from a ‘throw in’.
              Decision: Goal kick if attacking player ‘scores’, or a corner if a defender ‘scores’.

General Play

(i)           Rule: When a free kick is being taken opposing players may be asked to retire 6 metres.
              Decision: Refusal to retire 6 metres could result in sin binning for each player involved.

Goalkeeper Rules

(i)           Note: The goalkeeper is allowed out of his area to play the ball as an outfield player.
(ii)          Rule: The goalkeeper cannot deliberately handle the ball outside the penalty area.
              Decision: Direct free kick and the goalkeeper must leave the field of play and take no
              further part in the game. No substitute will be allowed but an outfield player must take his
              place in goal.
(iii)         Rule: The goalkeeper cannot pick the ball up from a back pass.
              Decision: Indirect free kick from the edge of the penalty area, closest to the
(iv)          Rule: When in possession of the ball, during open play, the goalkeeper must throw the
              ball back into play or roll the ball on the ground and pass. No punts or drop kicks allowed.
              Decision: Indirect free kick from the edge of the penalty area, closest to the
(v)           Rule: Once the goalkeeper has possession of the ball in hand he has six seconds to
              distribute it to another player or drop the ball on the ground.
              Decision: Indirect free kick from the edge of the penalty area.

Foul play

(i)         Rule: The slide tackle is outlawed in the social competitions. Players must stay on their
            feet when making a tackle.
            Decision: Free kick or penalty if committed in the tacklers own penalty area.
(ii)        Rule: If, in the referee’s opinion, a player is guilty of reckless, dangerous or persistent
            foul play, or deliberately handles the ball, that player will be given a yellow card and sin-
            binned for two minutes.
            Decision: The player must leave the field of play and stand by the halfway line, until the
            referee allows him to re-enter the field. No substitute will be allowed to take his place.
(iii)       Rule: If, in the referee’s opinion, a player is guilty of violent play, or is abusive, or is guilty
            of a second sin-bin offence, then that player will be given a red card and sent off.
            Decision: The player must leave the field of play and take no further part in the game.
            No substitute will be allowed to take his place.
(iv)        Rule: Any form of dissent, after a free kick has been awarded against a team, will result
            in the kick being moved forward.
            Decision: The referee will reposition the ball 6 metres forward of the place of
            infringement. If the new position is inside the penalty area then the free kick will be taken
            on the edge of the penalty area.
(v)         Rule: No player is allowed to ‘slide in’ on the goalkeeper.
            Decision: Yellow card
(vi)        Rule: Any deliberate foul on a goalkeeper will result in a yellow card.
(vii)       Rule: Once the goalkeeper has the ball in his hands all opposing players must
            immediately retire and not obstruct the keeper.
            Decision: Yellow card

Indirect Free Kicks

        •   If an indirect free kick is awarded to the attacking team for an offence in the opposition’s
            penalty area then the ball will be placed on the penalty area semi-circle line closest to
            where the offence took place.

Penalty Spot

        •   The penalty spot is six metres from the centre of the goal line.