Summer Six-a-Side

Summer Six-a-Side - Rules

Summer Six-a-Side Football requires both teams involved to play in a fair manner, in the spirit of the game. 

Each game night will have an official who will deal with matters relating to the competition, and will be relying on the following rules as a guide.

1) The Field and Ball
a) Games will be played on a modified-size field. The boundaries will be clearly
identified on the grass. The goal keeper’s area will be the small half-circle
directly in front of the goal.
b) Regulation size 5 football balls will be used.

2) The Number of Players
a) Teams may have a maximum of 10 players per team; 6 players are on the
field at one time; 5 open-field players and 1 goalkeeper.
b) There are unlimited, rolling substitutions.
d) The opposition must be notified if the goalkeeper is changed.

3) The Player’s Equipment
a) All players within a team must wear the same colour playing shirt or
uniform. In the event there is clash between two teams, bibs will be
b) All players must wear appropriate sporting footwear.

4) The Duration of the Match
a) Games will be 2 x 15 minutes halves with a 2-minute break for half
b) There will be a break of eight minutes between games.

5) The Start and Restart of Play
a) From a kick off, the ball can travel in any direction. A goal cannot be scored
directly from a kick off.
The opposing team must be outside of the centre circle, or 3m from the kickoff point.

6) The Ball in and Out of Play
a) When the ball goes out over the side line, it is then placed on the side line,
or up to 25cm behind the line. From a stationary position, the ball is kicked
into the field of play to another player.
b) Corner kicks will be taken in the instance a ball touches a defending player
before crossing the end line. A goal kick will be awarded in the instance an
attacking player is the last to touch it before it crosses the end line. Goal
keepers may kick the ball to restart play. A goal-kick must touch another
player before crossing halfway.

c) Any kicked ball that goes above shoulder height of the tallest player on the pitch is deemed a “dead-ball” and a free kick is provided to the opposition.  This does not include deflections off players or posts.

d) All kick-ins (including corners and free kicks) must be completed within 6
seconds. The 6 seconds begins at the opposition’s discretion.
e) The opposing team must be at least 3ms away from the ball for any restart
of play.
f) For a ball to be out of play or a goal scored; all of the ball must be over the
f) A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick-in or restart of play.

7) Free Kicks
a) Direct and indirect free kicks will be awarded where appropriate.
b) A direct free kick allows the kick taker to make a scoring attempt from the
free kick.
c) An indirect free kick must touch another player before attempting to score.
d) A direct free kick will be awarded in the following instances;
– A foul e.g. tackle from behind, incorrect slide tackle, careless/excessive
contact. A direct free kick may also be awarded if the opposition deems a
player to have acted in an unsportsmanlike manner e.g. purposely stopped
the ball with his/her hand etc.
e) An indirect free kick will be awarded for all other offences such as;
– accidental handball, goalkeeping infringement, breach of the goalkeeping
area by open-field players, restart of play.
f) All opposing players must be 3m from the ball on direct and indirect free

8) Fouls and Misconduct
a) There is no slide tackles or tackling a player from behind. Playing on the
ground is permitted when not endangering a player.
b) Minimal shoulder-to-shoulder contact will be allowed. A direct free kick will be awarded in the instance of excessive
c) There are NO offside.
d) Match night official has the ability to remove a player from the game for
unsportsmanlike conduct. This may result in a temporary ‘sin-bin’ or
complete removal from the remainder of the game.
e) A ‘sin-bin’ will result in a player being removed from the field of play for 5
minutes, with no substitute.

9) The Penalty Kick
a) A penalty kick is awarded if a defending teams’ player commits an offence
denying an attacking player an obvious goal scoring opportunity e.g.
defender enters the goalkeeper area to block, goalkeeper handles the ball
outside the area, foul in the act of shooting.
b) The penalty taker must be identified, and taken from 2 metres beyond the
goalkeeper’s area.
c) All players must be 3m away from the ball, and behind the line of the ball.

10) Goal Keepers
a) Goalkeepers have 6 seconds to control the ball inside their own area.
b) Goalkeepers are not allowed to pick up a back pass from any of their team
c) A goal clearance is when the ball travels outside the goalkeeper D area,
d) Goalkeepers can restart with an indirect kick when the ball has gone out of
play behind their goal. This restart cannot travel beyond halfway before
touching another player.
either by pass or dribbling.

11) Competition
a) Defaults will be recorded as a 3-0 victory to the non-offending team. Multiple
defaults will be met with a warning, and subsequent removal from the
league should it continue.
b) Teams that are late, or are late to meet minimum team requirements of the
game (gender specifications, minimum players etc), will be penalised one
goal a minute up to 5 minutes
c) Should a team not have the minimum player requirements after 5 minutes of
the games start time, non-offending teams will be allowed the option to
– record the game as a default;
– play on as normal with new parameters of the game agreed upon by both
teams and the match day official prior to the game starting.
d) Teams are paired up to play against teams who are in a similar position on
the ladder as they are. The last two weeks of competition are used for SemiFinals and Finals. The Semi Final and Final are the only matches which will
go to penalty shoot-out if there is a draw.