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Football Rules & Regulations

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FIFA Laws of the Game can be accessed here

Pitches will be sized within the following parameters: 30m wide, 50m long

Penalty box will be determined by size of pitch but is usually 2.5 times the width of the goals are the following parameters: 3.6m wide and 1.8m high

All matches will be played according to the Laws of the Game with the following exceptions:

  • Teams will be told which way they are kicking at start of game.
  • Teams cannot score directly from a kick off.
  • There is no offside
  • All free kicks and corners are direct and opposition must be 3 metres away.
  • Goal kicks to be taken anywhere inside penalty area. Opposition must be 3 metres away and ball must leave penalty area for play to recommence.
  • Substitutions can be made at any time from the half way line. Substituted player must leave the pitch before replacement goes on.
  • Compulsory line up and handshake to finish.
  • Games will be 10 minutes each way in duration with a 2 minute half time
  • There is a 6 minute gap between each game. Teams must be ready to take the pitch as soon as the previous match has concluded.
  • A size 4 football shall be used
  • Teams to have a matching kits in school colours with goalkeeper having a distinctly different coloured shirt – a bib may be used to facilitate this differentiation
  • Correct equipment i.e. long socks, shin pads, football is a compulsory requirement



To determine the overall final positions in the tournaments the points allocated will be:

Win – 4 points, Draw – 2 points, Defeat – 1 point

The deciding criteria for “breaking” a tie is as follows:

1. Head to head result

2. Points difference (goal difference) (between tied teams)

3. Points scored (between tied teams)

4. Points against (between tied teams)

If there is still a tie:

5. Points difference (goal difference) (between all teams)

6. Points scored (between all teams)

7. Points against (between all teams)

The procedure for “breaking” a 3 way tie follows the same criteria as above

Once a tie break has been resolved additional ties will be resolved in the same format using the same sequence of procedures beginning with the head to head result (point 1)

There is no extra time scheduled for round robin games in football.