Rules

Highway Football Park works on a strictly pay-before-you-play policy.

LAWS OF THE GAME

Unless otherwise stated, the game shall follow the rules set out by the FIFA Laws of the Game. Each rule is numbered to correspond with the Laws of the Game.

1. PLAYING AREA

2. THE BALL

The ball used shall be a weighted size four ball.

3. NUMBER OF PLAYERS

(a) A maximum of twelve players and a minimum of five players shall be allowed to register per team.
(b) The match shall be played by two teams of five players each. One player of each team shall be the goalkeeper, who must wear distinguishing colours.
(c) Three “rolling substitutes” per team shall be permitted at any time during a game.

A player who has been replaced may return to the playing area as a substitute for another player. A “rolling” substitution is one which is made when the ball is still in play and is subject to the following conditions:

(i) the player leaving the playing area shall do so from the entrance to the courts.
(ii) the player entering the playing area shall do so from the substitution area but not until the player leaving the playing area has exited the field of play.
(d) Any of the other players may change places with the goalkeeper, provided that the referee is informed before the change is made, and provided also that the change is made during a stoppage in the game.
(e) A match should not be considered valid if the playing strength of either team is reduced by more than two players.

4. PLAYERS’ EQUIPMENT

(a) No studded footwear shall be worn on the synthetic courts.
(b) The wearing of shinguards, which must be covered by stockings, in accordance with the Laws of the Game is compulsory. Any player who fails to wear shinguards do so at their own risk.

5. REFEREES

A referee shall be appointed to officiate in each game. He shall have the same powers and duties as laid down in the Laws of the Game.

6. TIMEKEEPER/SCORER

An independent timekeeper/scorer may be appointed to assist the referee.
This official shall:

(a) record goals scored;
(b) act as timekeeper and signify half-time and full-time by an agreed signal;
(c) suspend time on the referee’s instructions for all stoppages and add that time to the end of each half.
(d) supervise the use of “rolling” substitutes.
If an independent timekeeper/scorer is not appointed the above duties are the responsibility of the referee.

7. DURATION OF THE GAME

The duration of the game shall be divided into two equal periods of twenty minutes subject to the following:
(a) allowance shall be made in either period for time lost through stoppages as decided by the referee;
(b) the duration of either half shall be extended to enable a penalty kick to be taken. At half time the interval shall not exceed two minutes except by consent of the referee;
(c) The management of Highway Football Park reserves the right to postpone or reschedule matches in the case of inclement weather or any adverse conditions that may affect play or jeopardise the safety of the players and the referee:

(i) An abandoned match shall be replayed unless stated otherwise.
(ii) In the case of a temporary suspension, for any reason, the referee shall restart the game with a dropped ball from the position of the ball when play was stopped. The match shall resume such as it was before the suspension of play.

8. START OF PLAY

Start of play shall follow the rules as laid down in the Laws of Game.

9. BALL IN AND OUT OF PLAY

The ball shall be in play at all times from the start of the game unless:

(a) the ball has crossed the goal-line, side-lines or the barricades surrounding the playing area;
(c) the referee, if appointed, has given the signal for half or full-time;
(d) the game has been stopped by the referee;

10. SCORING

A goal is scored when the whole of the ball crosses the goal-line between the goal posts and under the crossbar, provided it has not been thrown, carried or propelled by hand or arm by a player of the attacking side.

11. OFFSIDE

There is no offside. Players may place themselves in any part of the playing area outside the penalty areas.

12. FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

(a) Charging/sliding tackles are forbidden and shall be penalised by the awarding of a direct free kick.
(b) Tackles from behind and tackles against the wall are forbidden and shall be penalised by the awarding of a direct free kick.
(c) No two-on-one tackles are permitted and shall be penalised by the awarding of a direct free kick.
(d) A player who unfairly impedes the progress of an opponent when not playing the ball shall be penalised by the awarding of an indirect free kick.
(e) Hanging on the nets is not permitted and shall be penalised by the awarding of a direct free kick.

A player who is sent off shall not be allowed to take any further part in the competition on that day. No substitute is allowed for a player dismissed for misconduct during the game in which the offence occurred.

Any player receiving a yellow card shall leave the field of play for 5 minutes. A player receiving two consecutive yellow cards shall receive a red card.

No racist, foul or abusive or language shall be permitted and shall be punishable by a red card.

13. FREE KICK

When a player is taking a direct or indirect free kick all of the opposing players shall be at least 2 metres from the ball until it is in play. Only a one man wall is permitted. All free kicks given against the defending side for infringements committed in or near the penalty area shall be taken from a distance not less than 2 metres outside the penalty area at the nearest point towhere the offence occurred.

14. PENALTY KICK

A penalty kick shall awarded for infringements taking place in the within the penalty area (the “D” area). The penalty shall be taken from the penalty mark with no run-up allowed. No players from either team are allowed in the area.

15. KICK-IN

Should the ball be put out of play over the side netting, a kick-in (an indirect free kick) will be awarded to the opponents of the player who last touched the ball when the ball was put out of play.

16. GOALKEEPER RETURNING THE BALL INTO PLAY

After holding the ball the goalkeeper must immediately return the ball into play with a throw. It must not be kicked.
Punishment for Infringement:
An indirect free kick shall be taken by a player of the opposing team from a point 2 metres outside the penalty area nearest to where the infringement occurred.

17. CORNERS

When a player has position of the ball in the corner of the pitch, the opposing player shall be at least 1 metre from the player (outside the demarcated area). The player in possession of the ball has 5 seconds to release the ball, failing which, an indirect free kick shall be awarded to the opposing team.

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