IMPORTANT

After purchasing a registration through the league website or through a  team leader it means you agree with all these rules and there won’t be a refund.

 

READ RULES BEFORE COMMITTING TO A TEAM

AGE LIMIT 16-39

Basic/Standard rules

  • Corner kick

  • Firm Ground Cleats

  • Offsides

  • Throw ins

  • 35 minute halves

  • 10 minute rest in between halves

  • Direct and indirect free kicks

  • Slide tackles are permitted

  • 6 Substitutions per game

  • Substitutions can only be made in 4 time window period

  • Decisions made at referees discretion

  • $ Fines 

Number of players

 

The match is played 11 v 11

No more than 11 players for each team can be on the pitch, one of those 11 players is a GK.

 

Substitutes

6 Substitutions  per game.

Teams are only allowed to stop the game in 4 occasions to make their 6 changes.

4th official must be informed of the substitution along with the players ID.

Players that are ready for a substitution must enter the field from the middle.

The substitution occurs at referees discretion.

Players must follow substitution procedure.

 

Failure to show up sanctions

  • The clock starts running at the time of set fixture

  • Teams need at least 7 players on the field for the game to start

  • Teams that fail to have 7 players on the field after 10 minutes it will result in 1 goal against them after 15 minutes another goal will be sanctioned against and after 20 minutes of a team being late will result in a 3-0 forfeit

  • On the pitch forfeit can result in a $150 fine or a 3 point deduction

 

Forfeits

  • 3-0 Game Loss will be marked for teams that forfeit

  • Teams are not allowed to forfeit within 24 hours prior to scheduled fixture

  • Teams that forfeit without a 24 hour notice can result in points deduction and monetary fine up tp $100

  • Teams that fail to pay the fine prior their next game will not be allowed to play and another $100 fine will added + a 3-0 forfeit

Safety

A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player (including jewelry of any kind)

* Digital Watches or Watches of any kind are not permitted.

 

Basic Equipment

The basic compulsory equipment of a player comprises the following separate items:

  • A teams issued jersey - if undergarments are worn, the color of the sleeve must be the same as the as the main color of the the jersey or the jersey’s sleeves

  • Shorts - if undershorts or tights are worn, they must be the same as main color of issued shorts

  • Stockings - if tape or similar material is applied externally it must be the same color as that part of the stocking is applied. Stockings that are branded must be Adidas if not players must cover the logo of branded stocking

  • Socks - when a player cuts the bottom of issued socks the main socks must be over the regular ankle size socks.

Shinguards are enforced.

 

Colors

  • The two teams must wear colors that distinguish them from each other in this case the jersey, referees and goal keepers must wear colors than distinguish them from the other players

 

 

Equipment Infringements and sanctions

In the event of any infringement of this Rule:

  • The player at fault is instructed by the referee to leave the field of play to correct his equipment

  • The player leaves the field of play when the next ball ceases to be in play

  • Any player that leaves the field of play to correct equipment can not re-enter the field of play without referee’s permission

 

 

 

Authority of the referee

Each match is controlled by the referee who has full authority to enforce laws of the game.

 

Authority of the Volt League Staff

Every Sunday staff members will assist to enforce equipment rules and spatial rules as making sure players are seated in their designated area as well as family, friends or fans as well as not allowing teams or players to play if referee fees, fines etc are not paid. Staff members do not interfere with in game decisions made by the referee.

Powers and duties by referee

  • enforces the Laws of the Game

  • ensures that any ball used meets the requirements.

  • ensures that the players’ equipment meets the requirements.

  • acts as timekeeper and keeps a record of the match.

  • stops, suspends or abandons the match, at his discretion, for any

  • infringements of the Laws.

  • stops, suspends or abandons the match because of outside interference of any kind.

  • stops the match if, in his opinion, a player is seriously injured and ensures hat he is removed from the field of play.

  • An injured player may only return to the field of play after the match has restarted.
    allows play to continue until the ball is out of play if a player is, in his  opinion, only slightly injured  ensures that any player bleeding from a wound leaves the field of play.

  • The player may only return on receiving a signal from the referee, who must be  satisfied that the bleeding has stopped

  • allows play to continue when the team against which an offense has been committed will benefit from such an advantage and penalizes the original  offense if the anticipated advantage does not ensue at that time  punishes the more serious offense when a player commits more than one offense at the same time.
    takes disciplinary action against players guilty of cautionable and sending-off offenses. He is not obliged to take this action immediately but must do so when the ball next goes out of play.

 

Slide tackle rule

  • Only goal keepers are allowed to slide tackle to stop a play outside or inside the box

  • Players are not allowed to slide tackle another player to stop or steal the ball.

  • Intentional slide tackles result in an automatic yellow card

  • Once a players knee touches the ground when trying to steal the ball from another player counts as a slide tackle

  • While a player might slip when trying to steal the ball from another player will count as a foul but it is to the referees discretion wether to give out a yellow card or just caution the player

  • Players are allowed to slide when stopping a shot that is at a fair distance from the player taking a shot and it is not close to be dangerous enough to injure a player.

  • Players that strike the ball first followed with a slide as that play action takes place are allowed to score

  • Clean or not clean slide tackles when trying to retrieve the ball from another player will count as foul

 

Indirect/Direct Free Kicks

It is purely at the referees discretion.

 

Goals

  • Goals can be scored from anywhere on the field from any players including the GK

  • Goal from throw ins are not allowed unless it has first touched a player from own or opposite team

Referee fee

 included in the Season 4 pass ($350) it covers for a full officiating team (4)

(1) Main referee

(2) Sideline Referees

(1) 4th Official 

 

Red/Yellow Cards

  • direct red card result in 1 game ban + a $25 Fine

  • 2 yellow cards result in $35 fine or 1 game ban

  • 3 yellow card accumulation results in $35 fine

  • 1 yellow card results in a $5 dollar fine

 

Throw in procedure

  • Feet must be on the ground

  • Ball must be released when the ball is over the head

 

Free Kicks

Free kicks will be called at referees discretion

10 yards of space for free kick taker (player must ask the referee for the space)

A quick free can take place only if the referee is  aware of the play

Players that stop showing up

  • Players are not entitled to keep a spot in the league if they miss more than 4 games (volt cup does not count as an absence)

  • After a player misses 4 games the team leader/organizer can replace the player

  • Missing 4 games can result in a ban from the league

  • Injured players must turn in their kit the team leader in order to be put in the injured player list so it does not affect an absence

 

Transfer Market Window

Transfer window opens on week 6 and closes on at the end of week 7 of the league

When the transfer window is open teams can add players to their roster or trade players

Transfer window is the only time where players will be added.

Only 3 new Players can be added to each team

If a team has suffered from injuries or player quitting the max cap of adding new players will be 4 during transfer window

Cost to add players $185 during transfer window

 

Roster Capacity

  • 21 Players per squad is the max capacity

  • 16 Players are needed for a team to count as completed

 

Offside position

It is not an offence to be in an offside position.

A player is in an offside position if:

  • any part of the head, body or feet is in the opponents’ half (excluding the halfway line) and

  • any part of the head, body or feet is nearer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent

The hands and arms of all players, including the goalkeepers, are not considered. For the purposes of determining offside, the upper boundary of the arm is in line with the bottom of the armpit.

A player is not in an offside position if level with the:

  • second-last opponent or

  • last two opponents

Offside offence

A player in an offside position at the moment the ball is played or touched* by a team-mate is only penalised on becoming involved in active play by:

  • interfering with play by playing or touching a ball passed or touched by a team-mate or

  • interfering with an opponent by:

  • preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent’s line of vision or

  • challenging an opponent for the ball or

  • clearly attempting to play a ball which is close when this action impacts on an opponent or

  • making an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball

or

  • gaining an advantage by playing the ball or interfering with an opponent when it has:

  • rebounded or been deflected off the goalpost, crossbar or an opponent

  • been deliberately saved by any opponent

A player in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent who deliberately plays the ball, including by deliberate handball, is not considered to have gained an advantage, unless it was a deliberate save by any opponent. 

A ‘save’ is when a player stops, or attempts to stop, a ball which is going into or very close to the goal with any part of the body except the hands/arms (unless the goalkeeper within the penalty area).

In situations where:

  • a player moving from, or standing in, an offside position is in the way of an opponent and interferes with the movement of the opponent towards the ball this is an offside offence if it impacts on the ability of the opponent to play or challenge for the ball; if the player moves into the way of an opponent and impedes the opponent's progress (e.g blocks the opponent) the offence should be penalised under Law 12

  • a player in an offside position is moving towards the ball with the intention of playing the ball and is fouled before playing or attempting to play the ball, or challenging an opponent for the ball, the foul is penalised as it has occurred before the offside offence

  • an offence is committed against a player in an offside position who is already playing or attempting to play the ball, or challenging an opponent for the ball, the offside offence is penalised as it has occurred before the foul challenge

*The first point of contact of the 'play' or 'touch' of the ball should be used

No offence

There is no offside offence if a player receives the ball directly from:

  • a goal kick

  • a throw-in

  • a corner kick

Offences and sanctions

If an offside offence occurs, the referee awards an indirect free kick where the offence occurred, including if it is in the player’s own half of the field of play.

A defending player who leaves the field of play without the referee’s permission shall be considered to be on the goal line or touchline for the purposes of offside until the next stoppage in play or until the defending team has played the ball towards the halfway line and it is outside its penalty area. If the player left the field of play deliberately, the player must be cautioned when the ball is next out of play.

An attacking player may step or stay off the field of play not to be involved in active play. If the player re-enters from the goal line and becomes involved in play before the next stoppage in play, or the defending team has played the ball towards the halfway line and it is outside its penalty area, the player shall be considered to be positioned on the goal line for the purposes of offside. A player who deliberately leaves the field of play and re-enters without the referee’s permission and is not penalised for offside and gains an advantage, must be cautioned.

If an attacking player remains stationary between the goalposts and inside the goal as the ball enters the goal, a goal must be awarded unless the player commits an offside offence or Law 12 offence in which case play is restarted with an indirect or direct free kick.

Live Games

  • All players must follow live games protocols

  • Players must follow staff directions when Live games are going on

Racism / Hate

  • Racism of any kind will not be tolerated and it results in an permanent ban

  • Hate over social media will result in a $60 ban or a permanent ban

  • Insults on Live Games will not be tolerated it can result in a 2-3 game ban

  • Insults towards staff members during game time or social media will result in $75 fine or a permanent ban

  • Fights will be investigated and players involved will be fined and permanently banned

No refunds

No refunds will be given to injured players, banned players or players that decide to quit.