Competition Rules

Players can only be registered for 1 team. They can only play if registered at the start of the day at the Tournament desk.

Maximum squad sizes:

  • Under 6s, 7s and 8s – 8 players
  • Under 9s, 10s, 11s, 12s and 13s – 10 players

The first named team will choose ends; the second named team will kick-off.

In the event of a colour clash the second named team will change (bibs are acceptable).

Teams not ready on time for a game may forfeit the points.

Match durations will be advised on the day. Matches will be played straight through.

U6s, U7s & U8s will be non-competitive. All players in these age groups will receive a trophy.

U9s to U13s – There is a Main and a Colts competition in each age bracket with two groups of 6 in each competition. The top 4 teams in each group will advance to the knock-out stages of their respective competitions. The winners of the Main and Colts competitions will win a cup and the players from the winning team and the runners-up will receive individual trophies.

If teams are equal on points after group matches, league positions will be decided based on goals scored. If the same number of goals have been scored, positions will be decided based on goal difference. If goal differences are the same, a best of 3 penalty shoot-out (followed by sudden death if needed) will be used to determine the winner.

If teams are level in knock-out games after FT, extra time of 3 minutes will be played and then, if required, a 3-shot penalty shoot-out going to sudden death if needed.

There will be no yellow or red cards issued in the Under 6s, 7s, 8s, 9s or 10s age groups. For the Under 11s, 12s and 13s a yellow card will mean that a player misses the next game. A red card will mean that a player misses 3 games.

The goalkeeper cannot pick the ball up from a back pass.

Goalkeepers may not kick the ball from their hands. They can throw the ball out. Overarm or underarm throws are OK. The goalkeeper cannot roll the ball out of the area and then kick it.

Goal kicks should be taken by the goalkeeper rolling the ball out of the penalty area with an underarm throw.

Opponents must stand at least 3 metres from dead balls.

The Retreat Rule will apply for age groups up to and including Under 10s.

Rolling substitutions – you can make as many substitutions as you like during any game.