Rules for the Governance and Law - Gol Centres

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Rules for the Governance and Law - Gol Centres

    Rules for the Governance and Law

     Of Small Sided Football


    The following is a comprehensive list of rules and regulations relating to the playing of small-sided football at Gôl Centres Limited facilities.

    Small-sided football means 5, 6 or 7 a side football. It does not include mini-soccer.

In particular these rules relate to:

    1. The Terms and Conditions for playing

    2. The Laws of the game.

    3. The Discipline Procedures.

    The Terms and conditions for playing

    1.0 The Playing area.

    1.1 The pitch must be rectangular. The length of the touchline must be greater than the

    length of the goal line.

    Length: Minimum 25m

     Maximum 50m

    Width: Minimum 16.5m

     Maximum 35m

    1.2 The centre mark is indicated at the midpoint of the pitch.

    1.3 The pitch is surrounded by barriers, which shall mark the boundaries of the pitch. 1.4 Goals must be placed in the centre of the two smaller boundaries. 1.5 They consist of two upright posts equidistant from each corner and joined at the top

    by a horizontal crossbar.

    1.6 The distance (inside measurement) between the posts is maximum 5m, minimum 3m

    and the distance from the lower edge of the crossbar to the ground is maximum 2m,

    minimum 1.2m

    1.7 Both goalposts and crossbar have the same width and depths of 8cm. Nets, made of

    hemp, jute or nylon, are attached to the posts and crossbars behind the goals. 1.8 The goals may be portable but must be anchored securely to the ground. 1.9 The playing surface must be flat and even and may be of artificial material. 1.10 The ball is: Spherical, made of leather or other suitable material and of a size appropriate to the age group playing.

    1.11 If the ball bursts or becomes defective: the match is stopped, the ball replaced and

    play recommences with a drop from where the first ball became defective. 2.0 A Gôl Centres Limited “League”

    2.1 Each Gôl Centres Limited 5 or 7-a-side Division will consist of a minimum of six and

    a maximum of twelve clubs (hereafter known as “teams”).

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    2.2 A league season will normally constitute each team in the division playing each other

    twice; smaller divisions may operate a different procedure to enable all divisions to

    finish at the same time.

    2.3 Three points shall be awarded for a win, one for a draw and no points for a loss. 2.4 League position shall be decided by: a) Total points b) Results between teams c) Goal

    difference d) Goals scored

    2.5 Gôl Centres Limited policy is that 2 teams are promoted and two teams are relegated

    from each division at the end of the season. However in the event of teams not re-

    registering, withdrawing or being withdrawn from the league, Gôl Centres Limited

    reserves the right to promote, relegate or otherwise alter the fixtures of any team,

    within reason at any time.

    3.0 Team Entry

    3.1 Teams may be entered by the team organiser completing the prescribed league

    application form and player registration forms and paying the “registration fee”

    (including the “security deposit”) in full.

    3.2 Registration fees for the following season must be paid on the day or before the last

    day of the current season. A receipt will be issued for all registration fees paid. On the

    morning following the last game of a season all teams who have paid will be

    allocated a place in the new season. Teams who have failed to pay will risk losing

    their place to teams on the “standby list”.

    3.3 Newly registered teams may be placed on a “standby list and required to play grading

    games to ascertain their playing standard, whilst waiting for a suitable league place to

    become available.

    3.4 Gôl Centres Limited reserves the right to enter new teams into vacated league spaces

    at any stage during the season. These teams will take over the points and records of

    the team they replaced.

    3.5 No team owing money will be allowed to enter a new season. Records are kept of all

    monies owed.

    3.6 Team organisers must sign the league agreement form, noting the liability disclaimers

    contained within. Failure to sign the form will result in the team being withdrawn

    from the league.

    4.0 Player registration and availability

    4.1 All players must be registered with Gôl Centres Limited on the appropriate forms. 4.2 All players in adult leagues must be a minimum of 16 years of age and the team

    organiser must a minimum of 18 years of age.

    4.3 All teams may register a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 15 (20 for 7-a-side)

    players that can be used per season. Teams may add to their squad during a season as

    long as the number of players does not exceed a total of 15 (20 for 7-a-side). All

    players must be registered at reception by the team organiser prior to the

    commencement of play.

    4.4 Eight players may be selected from the team squad for each match, 5 players and

    three substitutes. For 7-a-side, ten players may be selected, 7 players and three


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    4.5 Players once registered for a particular team for a season may not transfer to another

    team in the same division. Transfers outwith a division must be registered with

    reception so that paperwork can be amended.

    4.6 Any team found with unregistered or suspended players on the field will have the

    match awarded to the opposition with a 10-0 score line; there will be no re-

    imbursement of match fee.

    4.7 Any team found to be falsifying team sheets will have the match points awarded to

    the opposition with a 10-0 score line.

    4.8 A team may use a maximum of 2 guest players on any single night, provided they are

    registered with reception. Guest players may not be permanently registered to another

    team in the same league division as the team they are guesting for.

    4.9 A breach of player registration or suspension rules entitles the opposing team to claim

    a 10-0 victory. Gôl Centres Limited may award a 10-0 forfeit whether the opposing

    team claim victory or not. Gôl Centres Limited reserves the right to deduct additional

    points if it suspects teams are deliberately attempting to gain an advantage, by

    playing unregistered or suspended players, they may also expel teams from the

    league if persistent breaches occur.

    4.10 A player may be allowed to stand in to play for another team within the same league

    set up, but only if the following conditions are met:

    i) The player in question is not precluded from playing by any disciplinary ban thii) The player or players may only make up to the 5 man and must be removed

    from the field of play if subsequently an officially registered player or players

    joins the team after kick off. A team may only have a maximum of 2 stand in

    players per game.

    iii) The players registered to another team within the same division cannot guest

    for a team within the same division.

    4.11 The Stand-in player must have permission prior to kick off from: Gôl Centres

    Limited management. The player must also be clearly marked on the sign-in sheet

    as a stand-in player.

    4.12 Team organisers must maintain a record of guest appearances in order to avoid

    persistent “guesting” does not occur.

    5.0 Prior to a League fixture

    5.1 The team organiser must pay the match fee at reception. On doing so they will receive

    the match team folder and are responsible for nominating the maximum 8 (10 for 7-

    a-side) players to take part in the match.

    5.2 The Match referee will not commence any game until he/she has received both teams

    match tickets and sign-in sheets.

    5.3 Any team arriving late for a scheduled fixture will begin their game 1-0 down. One

    goal will be awarded for every further 4 minute period after the scheduled kick off

    time. After 12 minutes the offending team will concede the game. The length of

    the game will be reduced accordingly.

    6.0 Cancellations, Postponements and Re-arrangements

    6.1 All games are to be played as per the original fixture list unless one of the following

    exceptions applies:

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    i) Adverse weather conditions making the pitches unplayable. Any decision to cancel the game can only be made by a member of Gôl Centres Limited Management. All games will be re-arranged by Gôl Centres Limited staff within an appropriate time scale.

    ii) Public Holiday, if the centre is closed, games will be re-arranged by Gôl Centres Limited staff. All rearrangements will be verified with the team organiser and once agreed will be final. If the centre is not closed, games will be as scheduled.

Procedure if you wish to rearrange a game or kick off time

Notice period given Opportunity to rearrange

    The match will be rearranged by the League Co-

    ordinator for any date before the end of the current

    season which can be agreed by both sides. If the In excess of 20 days match is not played by the end of the season the

    result will be awarded against the team who

    requested the fixture to be moved, however, there

    will be no match fee.

    The match can be rearranged but it must be played

    BEFORE its original scheduled date. If both sides

    can not agree on a date to play before hand it must

    be played as the original fixture list states. Gôl will Less than 20 days but more than always help to find guest players if individuals are 48 hours notice struggling for a team.

    If you do not play the game a walk over will be

    given against your side and you will need to pay

    both teams match fees.

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    Gôl are unable to rearrange a fixture with less than

    48 hours notice but will always help with players.

    This includes contacting players we know are

    looking for teams or even a member of staff helping Less than 48 hours notice you to fulfil your fixture.

    If you do not play the game a walk over will be

    given against your side and you will need to pay

    both teams match fees.

    6.1.1 The general rule is that a team may only request for one game to be rearranged

    per season. At the Centre Managers discretion a second game may be allowed in

    exceptional circumstances eg. Bank holidays.

    6.1.2 The request for rearrangement of a game must be given in writing. Dated and

    witnessed by a member of staff.

    6.1.3 If 20 days notice is given, but the opposition team (ie the team who did not

    request the game to be postponed) are intentionally unwilling to play the match,

    Gôl Centres will award the match 10-0 to their opposition as a result.

7.0 League Replacements and withdrawals

    7.1 If a league team pulls out or is removed at any point in the season, Gôl Centres

    Limited will attempt to replace them from teams on the standby list. The new team

    will inherit the points total and league position of the team they are replacing up to

    week 10, thereafter the matches will be awarded 10-0, but a friendly match must be

    played for the opposing team to gain these points, it is not automatic. If Gôl Centres

    Limited cannot replace the team immediately, all scheduled fixtures in the meantime

    will be awarded to the opposition by a score of 10-0, as well as 3 points. The results

    of matches involving the exiting team prior to their departure will stand. 7.2 Any team withdrawing from the league will be billed their team fee for the league

    games they are failing to fulfil, for the remainder of the season, or until their place in

    that league has been filled .

    8.0 Payment

    8.1 Teams are required to fulfil all fixtures and are liable to pay the fee whether the game

    is played or not. Failure to turn up for the game will result in the team being

     subject to the following conditions and payment regulations.

    i) If a team fails to turn up for any scheduled game or rearrangement the game

    will be declared a forfeit win to the opposition, 3 points and a 10-0 result. The

    opposing team must be available to play a friendly match in order to claim

    these points. The team which failed to turn up will also be docked 1 point. No


    ii) The team who cancelled or failed to turn up will be billed for both teams

    match fees.

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    iii) The Match fee/Good Faith Bond must be re-paid within 5 days.

    iv) Failure to make payment will result in a team being removed from the league

    (see league replacements and withdrawals)

    v) Any debts owed by a team will be subject to debt collection in the name of the

    team organiser.

    vi) Local rules will apply to junior leagues at the discretion of the Duty Manager.

    vii) Please note a repayment scheme can be arranged for Team organisers to pay

    outstanding bills over a three-week period.

    viii) Finally, should a game be abandoned at any stage with neither team at fault, a

    full-length replay with scores starting at 0-0 shall decide the match. The fees

    paid for the original match will be retained and the replay arranged free of


    9.0 Behaviour

    9.1 Any player caught consuming alcohol prior to a league game or thought to be under

    the influence of drugs, prescription or otherwise will not be permitted to play and

    risks having the game abandoned.

    9.2 Gôl Centres Limited can prevent anyone entering the premises if they think their

    behaviour or appearance is unsuitable.

    9.3 Players must show consideration for other people in the premises. Gôl Centres

    Limited will not tolerate rude or abusive language or the threat or use of violence

    towards other guests or its staff.

    9.4 Racial Abuse and/or acts of Discrimination will not be tolerated, any person(s) found

    to be engaging in such actions will be served a Life Ban from all Gôl Centres Limited


    9.5 Players must obey notices and signs on display in the premises. Players and their

    guests should ensure that their children or other junior members under their

    supervision keep to the rules displayed at all times whilst on the premises. Players are

    responsible for the behaviour and actions of their children at all times whilst they are

    on the premises or using the facilities.

    9.6 Unless the child is attending an organised Gôl Centres Limited activity, children

    under 16 must be supervised at all times whilst on the premises by a Parent or


    9.7 All teams will be responsible for supporters of their team, whether team members or

    not. Exclusion from the league will result for teams whose supporters consistently

    cause a nuisance. Referees have the authority to remove any unruly supporters from

    the pitch side, or if necessary abandon the game.

    9.8 If a supporter is guilty of verbal abuse toward either the referee or the opposing team,

    the game will be stopped and will not continue until the individual is in the building.

    Should the abuse continue then the game will be awarded to the opposition with a 10-

    0 score line.

    9.9 Any individual threatening to harm or inflicting harm on any Referee or Member of

    Gôl Centres Limited‟s Staff, will not only receive a life ban from Gôl Centres

    Limited, but the incident will also be reported to all relevant National associations,

    who have the power to enforce a ban from all forms of competitive football. The

    Police will also be involved.

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10.0 Health & Safety

    10.1 Shin Pads must be worn at all times during the game (including goalkeepers). 10.2 Jewellery must be removed or taped up during matches (including goalkeepers). 10.3 In the event of a fire, players and guests should make their way calmly to the nearest

    clearly marked exit.

    10.4 Crockery and glass are not to be taken into changing areas or onto the pitches. 10.5 Smoking is not permitted on the premises.

    10.6 Pets are not allowed on the premises or grounds (with the exception of guide dogs). 11.0 Lockers

    11.1 Pitch fees do not cover the cost of lockers. Players can hire lockers on a daily basis.

    If a key is lost to any locker hired, then the hirer will be liable for the cost of a new

    lock and key.

    11.2 Any property stored in lockers is done so entirely at the hirer‟s risk. Gôl Centres

    Limited accepts no responsibility.

    11.3 Gôl Centres Limited is not responsible for any items removed from lockers that have

    not been paid for or have been left behind.

    12.0 Lost property

    12.1 Any item of lost property found should be handed to Gôl Centres Limited Reception.

    Items found will be available for collection between 10am and 10pm. Gôl Centres

    Limited will retain lost items for 6 weeks maximum, thereafter they may be given

    to charity.

    13.0 Parking

    13.1 Players and guests must park only in the designated parking spaces. 13.2 Motorbikes or scooters are not permitted beside the pitches and must be parked in

    the car park or designated area.

    13.3 Gôl Centres Limited reserves the right to clamp or remove vehicles parked outside

    designated areas, or parked in disabled spaces when not entitled.

    13.4 Gôl Centres Limited accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage (howsoever

    caused) to players or guest‟s vehicles whilst on our premises.

    14.0 Telephone calls

    14.1 Gôl Centres Limited may record phone calls between players, their guests and

    members of staff.

    15.0 CCTV

    15.1 The Gôl Centres Limited premises are covered by CCTV cameras and activity is

    recorded 24 hours a day.

    16.0 Liability

    16.1 Gôl Centres Limited liability for damage or loss to user property is strictly limited to

    any damage or loss suffered as a result of Gôl Centres Limited negligence. With

    this exception Gôl Centres Limited will not accept liability for the safety of users

    personal property brought on to the premises. Any property stored in lockers is

    done so entirely at the user‟s risk. Vehicles parked on Gôl Centres Limited property

    and all contents contained within are also at the owner‟s risk.

    16.2 Gôl Centres Limited staff are expressly forbidden to hold valuables (including

    locker keys) of any kind on behalf of players. Gôl Centres Limited does not accept

    responsibility for any goods or items left within or in the care of its staff.

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    16.3 Gôl Centres Limited cannot accept any liability for any accident or injury to any

    member, child or user that may happen on the premises or within the grounds of the

    premises, other than liability that arises from Gôl Centres Limited‟s negligence. If

    any member (or other user) suffers an accident or injury whilst on the premises, it,

    and its circumstances must be reported immediately to the Duty Manager. 17.0 Physical Activity

    17.1 Five-a-side is a vigorous sport and players and their guests should only undertake

    the activity to a level, which reflects their level of fitness. Players and their guests

    are responsible for monitoring their own condition during play. Gôl Centres

    Limited will not be responsible for any harm you may suffer as a result of taking

    part in any activity on our premises unless it is caused by our negligence. 17.2 If any player or guest suffers any unusual reaction to playing or feels unwell, they

    must immediately:

    i) Stop the activity.

    ii) Report it to the Duty Manager.

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    The Laws of the Game

LAW 1. The number of players.

    A match is played between two teams, consisting of a maximum of 5 (7 in 7-a-side) players, one of whom is the goalkeeper.

    The minimum number of players permitted is 4 (5 for 7-a-side), one of whom must be the goalkeeper.

    Up to 8 players (10 for 7-a-side) may be named for a match.

    If any team is reduced to 3 players (or 4 players in the 7-a-aside version of the game) due to misconduct, the game will be awarded to their opponents with a score of 10-0. A reduction to 3 players (or 4 players in the 7-a-aside version of the game) means a permanent reduction through sending off, not temporarily two players in the sin bin. Where 3 players are sent to the sin bin at the same time then the game will be awarded to their opponents with a score of 10-0.

    Substitution Procedure.

    The maximum amount of substitutes permitted is three. The number of substitutions made during a match is unlimited. A player who has been replaced may return to the pitch as a substitute for another player.

Substitutions can only take place during a break in play, when the ball is deemed “dead”

    by the referee.

    The player entering the playing area must wait until the player being substituted has left the pitch.

The player entering the playing area immediately becomes „active‟ in play.

Changing places with the Goalkeeper

    Any of the other outfield players or substitutes may change places with the goalkeeper. There is no restriction to the amount of times the goalkeeper may be changed but the following conditions must be observed, as is the case with all substitutions:

    i) The referee must be informed before the change is made

    ii) The change can only be made during a stoppage in play

    iii) The referee is satisfied there is no intention to deliberately time waste.

    iv) The replacement goalkeeper must wear a jersey which distinguishes him/her

    from all other players.

Infringements/Sanctions relating to this law

    If whilst a substitution is being made, a substitute enters the pitch and play resumes before the departing player has completely left the field:

    i) The play will be stopped.

    ii) The player being replaced is instructed to leave the pitch.

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    iii) Play is restarted by the award of an indirect free kick, to the opposing team

    from the place where the ball was situated when the game was stopped.

    However if the ball was inside the penalty area then a free kick will be

    awarded to the opposition on the penalty line nearest to the position of the ball

    when play was stopped.

    iv) If a player repeatedly offends he/she may be sin binned or with further

    infringements, sent off, at the discretion of the referee.

    LAW 2. Players Equipment.


    A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself/herself or another player.

    Jewellery must be removed or taped up, this includes Goalkeepers wearing gloves who should remove rings or tape them up.

Basic equipment

    The basic compulsory equipment of a player is:

    a) A jersey or shirt, outfield players should wear a recognisable strip of the

    same colour. The Goalkeepers shirt should distinguish him/her from the

    other outfield players.

    b) Shorts or track suit bottoms

    c) Socks

    d) Shin guards must be worn. They should be covered entirely by the socks

    and be made of a suitable material that offers a reasonable degree of


    e) Footwear must be either: Astro-boots, Soft rubber moulded boots or

    Trainers. Screw-in studs and Blades are not permitted.

Infringements/Sanctions relating to this law

    The referee is instructed not to allow any game to take place where the player or players are not properly attired. This includes all the above. If the player or players are unable to wear the correct equipment then, in such cases the game will be awarded to the opposition 10-0 and the team infringing will forfeit its match fee.

    Players that can correct their equipment will be instructed to leave the field of play and do so. They may not return to the pitch without first checking with the referee that their equipment is now correct. This must take place during a stoppage in play.

LAW 3. The Referee

    The authority of the Referee

    Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game in connection with the match to which he/she has been appointed, from the moment he/she enters the locality where the pitch is situated until he/she leaves. Powers and duties

    The Referee:

    i) Enforces the Laws of the Game

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