ROOBALL & SSG RULES OF THE GAME 1. THE PITCH 2. THE GOALS 3. THE BALL 4. NUMBER OF PLAYERS 5. PLAYERS EQUIPMENT 6. REFEREE 7. DURATION OF THE MATCH 8. START AND RESTART OF PLAY 9. BALL IN AND OUT OF PLAY 10. METHOD OF SCORING 11. GOAL SCORING 12. FREE KICKS 13. THE KICK IN 14. THE THROW IN 15. FOULS AND MISCONDUCTS 16. GOAL KICK 17. CORNER KICK 1. The Pitch The pitch shall be rectangular in shape. The length of the touchline shall be greater than the length of the goal line. The minimum size of a field will be 30mt x 20mt. (6’s and 7’s) The maximum size of a field will be 45mt x 30mt. The Goal areas will be 7mt max and no less than 5mts. A mark is placed at the apex of the circle. It is preferable that a mark designate the centre of the field. Lines shall be marked 80mm wide minimum All goals must comply with Football NSW goal post safety bulletins and comply with Australian Standards for portable goal posts. Where possible, technical areas for substitutions may be marked. Other than the Goal Keeper, players are not permitted to touch the ball by hand inside the goal circle. A free kick will be awarded if the defending players infringe, a free kick from the apex of the goal circle will be awarded if the attacking team infringe. 2. Goals The goals must be made from suitable safe material. Under 6 & 7 Goals will be 1.8m by 900mm Width and made of a suitable material within the confines of the Goal Post Safety legislation. Under 8 Goals will be 4.5m by 1.5mm Width and made of a suitable material within the confines of the Goal Post Safety legislation. Please see Football NSW Goal Post Safety Bulletins. 3. The Ball The ball used must comply with the BDSFA Inc Bye Laws for correct ball size, weight etc for the age group of the players. Ball size will be Size 3. 4. Number of Players A maximum of 7 players may be registered per Under 6 team A maximum of 8 players may be registered per Under 7 team A maximum of 10 players may be registered per Under 8 team. Under 6’s: The number of on field players shall not exceed 4 & 3 substitutes Under 7’s: The number of on field players shall not exceed 5 & 3 substitutes Under 8’s: The number of on field players shall not exceed 7, one of whom must be the goalkeeper and 3 substitutes. Interchange is allowed. All substitutions will take place from the technical area (or designated area) with the permission of the referee. The on field player must leave the field entirely prior to the substitute taking the field of play. The Goal Keeper may change places with any other player with the permission of the referee. Note: For infringements of the above, the referee will stop play and award a caution to the player who is about to enter the field of play. The game is re-started by a free kick to the non-offending team from the place where the ball was located when the referee stopped play. 5. Players Equipment A player must not use any equipment, or wear anything (including any type of jewellery) that could be dangerous to himself or another player. Medic-Alert devises are exempt from this rule. The basic compulsory equipment consists of a numbered shirt, socks and shorts. Shin pads must be worn and must be a correct fit for the players’ size. They should be entirely covered by the socks and be made of a suitable safe material that provides a reasonable degree of protection. The goalkeeper must wear colours different from everyone else on the field. The Goal Keeper is permitted to wear long trousers or track pants. Note: For infringements of the above, the referee will stop play and award a caution to the player and remove them from the field of play. The game is re-started by a free kick to the non-offending team from the place where the ball was located when the referee stopped play. 6. The Referee A referee shall be appointed for all matches. The Association shall appoint suitable persons. The referee shall control all aspects of the match and shall make themselves aware of the laws of the game and the reporting procedures for any infringements. The referee shall be the sole keeper of time unless the rules stipulate a second official centrally times the match. The decisions of the referee concerning the facts of play are final. The referee may change a decision that is incorrect provided that play has not restarted or the match is not ended. 7. Duration of the Match The maximum time for Under 8’s shall be two 20-minute halves. The minimum time for Under 6’s & 7’s shall be two 15-minute halves. 8. Start and Restart of Play A coin will be tossed and the winner of the toss will determine which goal it will defend for the first half of the match, the team losing the toss will take the kick off. The second half will commence with both teams changing ends with the team who wins the toss taking the kick off for the second half start. A Kick Off is the way of starting the match or restarting the match. • At the start of the match • After a goal has been scored • At the start of the second half. A goal can not be scored directly from the kick off. • All players will be in their own half • The opponents of the team kicking off must be at least 5mt away from the ball • The ball shall be stationary on the centre spot. • The referee shall signal • The ball is deemed in play as soon as it moves forward. • The player kicking off may not touch the ball a second time until another player touches it. • If a team scores a goal, the kick off will be taken by the non-scoring team. Note: If the player taking the kick off touches the ball a second time, a free kick will be awarded to the non-offending team. In the event of any other infringement during kick off, the kick off will be re-taken. For all other stoppages, the referee will re-start play with a dropped ball provided the ball is within the field of play at the time of the stoppage. The ball is in play when it touches the field after being dropped by the referee. The referee will drop the ball again if a player touches it prior to the ball hitting the ground or if the ball leaves the field of play before being touched by a player. 9. Ball In and Out of Play The ball shall be deemed “out of play” when it completely crosses the touch or goal lines or if the referee has stopped play. The ball is “in play” if it rebounds from the goals directly onto the pitch or it hits the referee and rebounds directly onto the field of play. 10. Method of Scoring A goal is scored when the whole of the ball crosses the goal line between the goal posts and the cross bar providing the laws of the game have not been infringed prior. When the ball crosses the goal line after the referee has signalled half or full time the goal will not count. 11. Goal scoring Goals can be scored from anywhere except for the following:- • Directly from a kick off, goal kick, a kick in or off a throw in unless deflected. Goals can be scored directly from corners, 12. Free Kicks Free kicks will be awarded as per the FIFA Rules of The Game. The referee will signal the free kick is indirect. Other than the kicker, all other players must be 5mt away from the ball during a free kick. The free kick will be re-taken if players do not observe the above. The kicker cannot touch the ball a second time unless another player has touched it. All free kicks must be taken within 5 seconds of the ball being placed or the free kick will be awarded to the opposition. 13. The Kick In (Under 6’s and 7’s) When a ball is deemed by the referee to have gone out of play via the touchline, the ball is to be returned to play by a “kick in”. The ball will be placed on the touchline at a place to be determined by the referee. • The ball must be stationary on the side line prior to the kick in • All players must be 5mt from the ball. • The kicker may dribble the ball into play. • The ball is deemed in play as soon as it enters the field of play. 14. The Throw In (Under 8’s) When a ball is deemed by the referee to have gone out of play via the touchline, the ball is to be returned to play by a throw in. A player from the team who did not last touch the ball prior to it leaving the field of play will throw the ball back into play. Normal FIFA Rules apply other that THERE ARE NO FOUL THROWS. The player will be given two attempts to throw the ball in, and if necessary, be given instruction by the referee as how the ball is to be thrown. On the second attempt, the ball is deemed to be “in play”. 15. Fouls and Misconduct All matches will be officiated as per FIFA and BDSFA Rules. The referee will order an indirect free kick for all infringements and fouls. The referee may request the removal of a player who constantly infringes the rules of the game. 16. Goal Kicks A goal kick will occur when the whole of the ball has crossed the goal line after last being touched by an attacking player. The ball will be placed at the apex of the goal circle and kicked into play by the kicker. All players must be 5mt away from the ball. ALL PLAYERS EXCEPT FOR THEKICKER AND THE GOALKEEPER MUST BE OUT OF THE GOAL AREA DURING GOAL KICKS. A Goal cannot be scored direct from a goal kick. 17. Corner Kick In Under 8s a corner kick will occur when the whole of the ball has crossed the goal line after last being touched by a defending player. The ball will be placed on or inside the corner arc and kicked into play. All players must be 5mt away from the ball. A Goal can be scored direct from a corner kick. For Under 6s and Under 7s, all restarts of play for a ball crossing the goal line will be by a “goal kick”. 18. Off Side 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. Players should be encouraged not to stand near their opposition’s goal in general play.