6-a-Side Soccer

6-A-Side Soccer Rules

1. Location
All games will be played on the O’Grady Park fields located in Fairfield.

2. Game Commencement
Teams should arrive 10 minutes prior to the commencement of their match to allow for smooth transition of games.

If there are not enough players present on a team by the end of the first half of the game a 3-0 forfeit is recorded, with points awarded to the opposition.

Note that as this competition is social, the game may go ahead after the first half; however the 0-3 loss will stand regardless.

There are 60 minutes allocated for each game with games running for two 25-minute halves so all teams must be ready for their scheduled game. In all circumstances the game must finish at the scheduled time.

3. Players’ Equipment and Attire
Shirt
QUT SPORT advises that players in a team should all wear the same colour t-shirt or singlet.

Shoes
It is compulsory for all players to wear appropriate enclosed sports shoes. Moulded-soled shoes or boots with tags will not be permitted under any circumstance. Players are also not permitted to wear work boots or hiking boots.

Safety
No player can take the field with bare feet or while wearing jewellery of any kind. All watches, necklaces, dangling earrings, bracelets, rings which are not bands MUST be removed prior to the game. The referee will ask any player breaking this rule to remove the piece of jewellery.

4. Number of Players
Each team shall field no more than 6 players at any one time. Teams that play with less than 2 females will play short. No more than 4 guys on the field at any time. There is no limit for females. You can have up to 6 females and no guys if you want. You are able to play with a minimum of 4 people (1 has to be female). Teams may pick up subs during the regular season to prevent forfeits.

Interchanges can be made at any time of the game as long as they do not exceed the limits.

5. Time
Play will be divided into (2) 20-minute halves separated by a 5-minute break. There will be a running clock maintained by a referee who will advise both teams when there is one minute remaining in each half.

6. The Games/Scoring
Win: 3 points
Draw: 1 points each team
Loss: 0 point
Forfeit: 3 points to winning team, 0 point to team forfeited.

7. Footwear
Studded plastic footwear is permitted particular for wet conditions on astro turf. This does not warrant metal stud wear. Players must wear appropriate closed-toe footwear. No shin-guards are highly recommended, however are not mandatory.

8. General Rules
Start and Restart of Play

To either start play, or restart play (after a goal) a kick-off is used in the centre spot of the field. Goals cannot be taken directly at the kick-off. The ball must be place on the half-way line and is in play when it is kicked either forward or backward and moves. The kicking player may not touch the ball again until it has been touched by a different player.

The Playing and Goal Areas
Goal Kicks
In the event that the ball is kicked over the goal line by an attacking player a goal kick is awarded to the defending team. A player of the defending team must place the ball within a 5m perimeter around the goal. This will be estimated and judged on the referees behalf. The player cannot kick it to themselves nor have a team mate pass the ball back to the keeper to pick up.

If the player taking goal kick touches the ball a second time before another player, the referee will blow his whistle and instruct the player that they must kick it to another player before they can touch it again. The goal kick is then retaken. If this rule is broke again, an indirect free kick shall be awarded to the attacking team from where the player touched the ball a second time. A goal can be scored directly from a goal-kick.

Corner Kicks
In the event that the ball is kicked over the goal line by a defending player a corner kick will be awarded to the attacking team. A player of the attacking team must place the ball on the ground in the corner of the field which the referee indicates, where the goal line and the sideline intersect, and then kick it to another player. This player cannot kick it to themselves.

If the player taking the corner kick touches the ball a second time before another player, the referee will blow his whistle and instruct the player that they must kick it to another player before they can touch it again. The corner is then retaken. If this rule is broken again, an indirect free kick shall be awarded to the defending team from where the player touched the ball a second time. A goal can be scored directly from a corner kick.

Pass-Ins/Kick-Ins
In the event that the ball is kicked over the sideline by a defending player a pass-in is awarded to the attacking team. If an attacking player kicks the ball over the sideline, the kick in is awarded to the defending team. A pass-in is taken by placing the ball on the sideline at the place where the ball was kicked out. A goal cannot be scored directly from a pass-in. Players must be 5 metres away from the ball when corners and side kick ins are taken.

The player taking the pass-in must kick it to another player before he/she can touch the ball again. If he/she touches the ball again before another player, the referee will blow their whistle and instruct the player that another player must touch the ball after they have kicked it, before he/she can touch it again. If this rule is broken again, an indirect kick shall be awarded to the opposing team to be taken from where the infringement occurred.

Goals
Goals can be scored from anywhere on the field. A shot at goal cannot be taken at the kick off or kick-in, without another player touching it first.

The Tackle
The defending player without the ball can gain repossession of the ball by performing a legitimate tackle. A legitimate tackle can be performed by taking possession of the ball cleanly from the attacking player.

A non legitmate tackle and player misconducts include:
• Being tackled from behind
• Contact from the foot that does not engage with the ball but the player
• A slide tackle (even if the ball is taken cleanly)
• Late contact on a player off the ball
• Unsportsman like contact on a player
• Pushes from behind
• Hold a player with forearms and hands (shoulder to should will count as legitimate contact)

Any non legitmate tackles and player miscontacts will result in an indirect free kick to the opposing team, unless advantage is deemed to the opposing team by the referee in which the attacking team maintains the ball.

Handling The Ball/The Goal Keeper

The only player that can handle the ball is the goalkeeper within the estimated 5m perimeter around the goal. Players must select one goalkeeper from the team in which must be indicated by the team to the referee. Goal keeper changes can happen as many times as the team wishes to as long as the referee is aware.

Any incident in which a player makes contact with the ball (accidental or not) with their forearm or hand, will result in an indirect free kick to the opposing team unless advantage is deemed to the opposing team by the referee in which the opposing team maintains the ball.

9. Draws
A draw will be awarded in any regular game and both teams will receive 2 points each.

10. Finals
All players must play at least two regular games to be eligible for finals matches. If a team uses a player who is not eligible to play in the finals there will be an automatic forfeit and disqualification will be recorded to the offending team.

All finals matches must have a winning outcome for one team. Draws will result in overtime of 5mins. If the game is still a draw the team with overall points for the season wins the match.

11. Injury and Insurance
A player may call for ‘time’ due to an injury or illness, although the decision to stop play shall be at the sole discretion of the Referee. If a player is injured, it is their or their team mate’s responsibility to immediately inform the referee. The referee may stop the game at any time.

For a minor injury, the referee should send the injured player or a bystander to the Convenor for first aid treatment and to collect an Injury Report Form (this must be completed by the injured or another responsible person before they leave the venue for further treatment).

If a player has a minor injury (or blood on their clothing or their person), they have a maximum of 2 minutes to be treated (or remove all signs of blood) on court, or they will have to be substituted with another player.

After 2 minutes have elapsed, the referee should immediately restart the game. Time for injury will not be added on to the final half during grading or round games. The referee can stop a game for any period of time to deal with an emergency.

For a medical emergency, the referee is to remain with the injured player and send somebody else to inform the Convenor of the emergency.
Time for medical emergencies will not be added on to the final half during grading or round
games. See section 13 for information regarding the protocol for games that cannot continue due to injury.

During time for injury, all players must remain on the court unless involved in a substitution. In the event that a player is bleeding, they must leave the court immediately (for health and safety reasons) and not return until the wound has been cleaned and all blood and blood stained items have been removed and covered. If necessary, the ball and court surface shall be cleaned before play resumes.

During finals matches the above injury rules apply with injury time added to the final half (ie. In quarters three and four). This includes any time taken for an emergency. However the injury time able to be accumulated is to be a maximum of 10 minutes.

Many injuries that occur during officially sanctioned and managed QUT SPORT activities are covered by our insurance policy. For further information regarding insurance please email sport@qutguild.com or call 07 3138 5536 or in the case of a very urgent matter call either 0428 798 022 or 0405 649 545. For emergencies please contact the emergency hotline on 3138 8888.

12. Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures
Should any player, team or official conduct themselves in a manner that is deemed inappropriate, discriminatory, disrespectful or dangerous, then action will be taken by QUT Sport Officials and Management.

If you feel that a player, team or official has conducted themselves in such a manner, you may lodge a formal Grievance Form in order to report the incident.

Disciplinary Procedures are in place to ensure that action is taken against any player, team or official who has acted in an inappropriate manner. Any action(s) taken will be at the sole discretion of QUT Sport Officials and Management.