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MATCH RULES

1) PENALTY AREA
All outfield players are ALLOWED inside the penalty area.
Please Note: In very rare instances this rule could be different at a venue, if this is the case you will told at the start of the league.

2) HEAD HEIGHT RULE
The ball is ALLOWED to go above head height any time in the match.

3) BACK PASSES
All outfield players are ALLOWED to pass the ball back to their goalkeeper at anytime in the match.

4) KICK OFF
The Referee will start the match by throwing the ball in the air at the centre of the pitch.

5) NO HALF TIME
All matches are straight through for the full time of the match unless on the night there is a big advantage for a team playing with the wind or a big disadvantage for a team playing with sun in their eyes then for that night the match would be divided into two half’s.

6) KICK OFF AFTER A GOAL
After a goal is scored, the goalkeeper will re-start the match either with a THROW OUT or KICK OUT.

7) THROW INS
We have replaced a throw in with a KICK IN when the ball leaves the area of play along the touchline.

8) GOAL KICKS
We have replaced the goal kick with either a THROW OUT or a KICK OUT when the ball leaves the area of play behind the goal line and it is the goalkeeper’s ball.

9) CORNERS
It is a normal corner kick when the ball leaves the area of play behind the goal line and it is the attacking team’s ball.

10) SLIDE TACKLES (Going to ground)
All outfield players are NOT PERMITTED to go to ground when making a tackle or trying to make a tackle, if this happens inside the penalty area the apposing team will be awarded a penalty, if outside the penalty area the apposing team will be awarded an indirect free kick.
All outfield players are ALLOWED to go to ground when they are ONLY playing the ball and there are no opposing players within 3 yds of the player.

11) FREE KICKS
All free kicks inside the penalty area are a penalty.
ALL free kicks outside the penalty area are INDIRECT free kicks.
The ball must be stationary before you take the indirect free kick.
All opposing players must be 2 yards from the ball for all indirect free kicks.
When an indirect free kick is on the edge of the penalty area the ball will be placed 2 yds back from the penalty area.

12) PENALTIES
In the absence of a penalty spot being visible, the penalty shall be taken 1 yd forward from the edge of the penalty area.
The penalty taker is only ALLOWED one step before kicking the ball.
The goalkeeper must remain on his line and not move until the ball is kicked.
The players must tell the referee who is taking the penalty kick.

13) PENALTIES WILL BE AWARDED
Any team caught with more than 6 players playing in the match the apposing team will be awarded a penalty.
Any defending player tripping, pushing the opposing player inside the penalty area the apposing team will be awarded a penalty.
Any defending outfield player touching the ball with his arm or hand inside the penalty area the opposing team will be awarded a penalty.
Any defending outfield player that goes to ground when making a tackle or trying to make a tackle inside the penalty area the apposing team will be awarded a penalty.
If the goalkeeper goes outside the penalty area the apposing team will be awarded a penalty.

14) GOALKEEPER
The goalkeeper is NOT PERMITTED to volley or half volley the ball from his hands, if this happens the apposing team will be awarded an indirect free kick 2 yds outside the penalty area.
The goalkeeper is NOT PERMITTED to go outside the penalty area, if this happens the apposing team will be awarded a penalty.
The goalkeeper is ALLOWED to slide or fall outside the penalty area when he is trying to make any type of save INSIDE the penalty area.
The goalkeeper is ALLOWED to go to ground when he is trying to make any type of save.
The goalkeeper is ALLOWED to THROW OUT the ball underarm or overarm when passing to his outfield players.
The goalkeeper is ALLOWED to place the ball onto the pitch then KICK the ball when passing to his outfield players.
When the goalkeeper places the ball onto the pitch the ball is then IN PLAY for the opposing players.
If the team make a change of goalkeeper during the match the players must notify the referee and then wait for a signal from the referee before making the change of goalkeeper.

15) SUBSTITUTES
The substitutes must stand behind the goal which is occupied by their goalkeeper or in the viewing area.
Substitutions are ALLOWED when needed as we operate a roll on – roll off system.
Any team that makes a substitution during the match must ensure the player being substituted is totally off the field of play before the oncoming player comes on to the pitch.
Any team caught with more than 6 players playing in the match the apposing team will be awarded a penalty.

16) TIME WASTING
The referees are told to take a positive action for time wasting especially when a team is winning or drawing a match and start to waste time.
If a goalkeeper passes the ball to his team members and receives the ball back numerous times to gain an advantage for his team this will be classed as time wasting and it will be an indirect free kick 2 yds outside the penalty area.
If players start to take their time taking a KICK IN, THROW OUT or KICK OUT to gain an advantage for their team this will be classed as time wasting and it be an indirect free kick either 2 yds outside the penalty area or where the incident took place.
If players start to kick the ball away when the opposing team have FREE KICKS or KICK INS to gain an advantage for their team this will be classed as time wasting and it be a SIN BIN (Yellow Card) for that player.

17) THE SIN BIN (Yellow Card)
Any player that is given a yellow card will be sin-binned for 2 minutes and must leave the pitch until the referee instructs him to come back onto the field of play.
The referee shall be the sole timekeeper.
Any player that is given a yellow card and refuses to leave the pitch he will be dismissed.

18) DISMISSAL (Red Card)
Any player that shows aggression towards another player for example ‘throws a punch’ or ‘kicks a player’ or ‘spits at a player’ or ‘grabs a player around the neck’ will be sent off.
Any player who is sent off will have the incident reviewed by the League Manager which could result in a ban from Premier Soccer UK leagues.
Any player that persistently gives verbal abuse, physical abuse or throws a punch towards the referee will be sent off and will receive an immediate ban from Premier Soccer UK leagues.
Any player that is sent off must leave the pitch immediately, failure to leave the pitch will result in the referee awarding the match to the opposing team.

19) REFEREE
The Referee at times will use his discretion when making a final decision.
The final decision must be accepted by ALL players at all times.
Any player that shows dissent to the referee will be given a yellow or red card.

20) DISCIPLINE
The team manager is fully responsible for ALL his players discipline.
Premier Soccer UK reserves the right to remove any player from the league without giving reason.

MATCH NIGHT RULES

1) LEAGUE POINTS
The scoring system is 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.

2) MATCH DURATION
Match duration depends on the league that you play in. The duration of the match will be stated on your League details when signing up your team.

3) SQUAD
We operate a flexible squad system. Teams may use as many players as they wish during the season, however only 10 players may be used for any one match night. Players may only play for ONE team in the league unless they become a guest player just for the night.
If your team is short you have the right to use a guest player(s) from the league but this must be cleared by the referee and the opposition manager/captain prior to kicking off your match.

4) CLOTHING
Outfield players must not play with jeans, shoes or without a shirt.
The goalkeeper is ALLOWED play with a cap.
All teams must use the bibs provided unless the whole team are using the same colour shirt.

AWARD PACKAGE FOR THE WINNER & RUNNER UP OF THE LEAGUE
We will discuss with the players what types of award packages they think are appropriate when you win or finish runners up in the league. We want to get this award package correct so each team play with real effort to win the league because the award package is valued by the player.
Currently we will give each team 5 options;
1. Shopping vouchers
2. Football for each player
3. Football shirt for each player by size
4. Beer Mug or Coffee Mug
5. Trophy