League Rules

Last updated March 3rd, 2024

General Rules

Each kick off will be from the centre spot; the ball is permitted to only go backwards.

If the ball leaves the arena from an intentional direct shot, clearance or pass the ball will be returned to the opposition goalkeeper.

If the ball leaves the arena via a defensive deflection, including a save from the goalkeeper, then play will restart from the defensive keeper.

Outside the box, the ball is in play from kick-off/free kick when it is touched; when the ball is inside the box the ball is in play when it leaves the box.

Goalkeepers cannot score. Game will be restarted with the keeper's ball.

Subs can be made at any time, but it is the responsibility of the team making the sub to ensure it's completed whilst play has stopped. Reasonable notice needs to be given to the referee to make the change. If this is not followed neither team are obliged to stop play.

Kick off or restart of play will not be signalled until both goalkeepers are fully ready. This includes ensuring both goalkeepers have gloves fully equipped.

Players who do not wear shin pads play at their own risk

Metal studs or metal tipped boots are not allowed.

Sportswear should be worn. Team kits/same colours desired. Strictly no jeans or caps. Caps are for goalkeepers only.

Headers are allowed.

Pass backs to the keeper are permitted; keepers can pick up back passes.

Start and Restart of Play

Games are started with a kick-off on the centre spot; the referee will identify which team kicks off.

The game is restarted after a goal from a kick-off on the centre spot by the conceding team.

All free kicks are indirect and opposition players must be at least two yards from where the free-kick is taken.

Fouls and Free Kick Offences

Players entering their own team's box who gain an advantage will result in a penalty kick to the opposition.

Players entering the opposition area who gain an advantage will result in the Goalkeepers ball.

Players touching the ball in their own box will result in a penalty.

Players touching the ball in the opposition box will result in the game being restarted from the opposition keeper.

Only Goalkeepers are permitted in the goal area. Goalkeepers leaving the area to gain advantage will result in a penalty kick to the opposition.

The white line of the box will count as the box itself, any decisions of the ball being in the box will be the responsibility of the referee and them alone based on their view of the incident.

Players aren't permitted to slide or play the ball while the player is on the floor (within playing distance of the ball).

Players are not permitted to play the ball down on one knee.

Denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity will be penalised with a penalty and the guilty player may face further punishment if deemed as serious foul play or violent conduct.

Players may only take one step towards the ball to take a penalty and must be all one movement no stopping or stuttering. If a player fails to do it correctly no retakes will be allowed. Goalkeepers must remain on the goal line until the player taking the penalty has touched the ball. All other players must stand behind the penalty taker and cannot move towards the ball or goal until after the penalty taker has touched the ball.

Outfield players must not obstruct a goalkeeper from releasing the ball by blocking, or attempting to block, the release. Doing so will result in a free kick.

If a player has the ball in the corner of the field, opposition players must give the player with the ball due space to allow them to move the ball out the corner of the field. Failure to do so, will result in a free kick to the team who's player has been "trapped" in the corner.

Unsporting behaviour, such as deliberately shouting to put off an opponent, will result in a free kick.

Players trying to circumvent the laws of the game will result in a foul to the opposition; an example would be using passing back to the keeper to, in the referees opinion, waste time or frustrate the opposition.

Once a keeper has released the ball from their hands, they cannot pick the ball back up until it has been touched by another player. This is punishable by an indirect free kick.


Yellow cards for reckless play will be punished with a 3 minute sin bin.

2 yellow cards = a red and the player will be permanently sent off. A player receiving a red card will result in the player being suspended from all team fixtures that week.

Yellow cards for dissent will not be punishable by sin bin. Dissent is at the tolerance of the referee. In most instances players will receive a warning before receiving a yellow card however if the referee feels it is necessary a straight yellow card will be shown.

Persistent fouling and/or unsporting behaviour will result in a yellow card.

Foul and abusive language toward a referee or other player result in a red card.

Violent conduct and dangerous play will result in a red card.

A team cannot replace a player currently in the sin bin with a substitution player. If a team has a player in the 3 minute sin bin, they are to continue to play with the number of on field players minus that player. They may substitute any non-sin bin player during this time.

Kick off or restart of play will not be signalled until both goalkeepers are fully ready. This includes ensuring both goalkeepers have gloves fully equipped.

The Referee

Respect the referee, the referees decision is final. No Ref, No Game.

Each game is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game in connection with the game to which they have been appointed, from the moment they enter the locality where the playing area is situated until they leave.

The Referee is responsible for the following:

Allows play to continue when the team against which an offence has been committed will benefit from such an advantage and penalises the original offence if the anticipated advantage does not ensue at that time

Keeps a record of the match and provides the appropriate authorities with a game report which includes information on any disciplinary action taken against players, and/or team officials and any other incidents which occur before, during or after the game

Acts as timekeeper

Stops, suspends or terminates the game for any infringement of the Laws or due to any kind of outside interference

Takes disciplinary action against players guilty of cautionable and sending-off offences

Takes action against team officials/substitutes who fail to conduct themselves in a responsible manner and may, at their discretion, expel them from the playing area and its immediate surrounds

Ensures that no unauthorised persons enter the playing area

Stops the game if, in their opinion, upon injury assessment a player is seriously injured and ensures that he is removed from the playing area

Ensures any player bleeding from a wound leaves the playing area

Enforces the Laws of the Game within the spirit of Fat Fives Football

Verbal abuse to refs will be punished as the refs see fit on the pitch. Any abuse discovered and confirmed post game will result in retrospective punishment which will be at the discretion of the league commissioner. This can include but not limited to: player suspension and exclusion from the league indefinitely.


Maximum of 13 players registered to a team per season.

Players can only be registered to 1 team per season unless sanctioned and informed by league management.

Teams can request an additional player in their squad, if they have injuries or irregular attendance etc.

If a team borrows a player, the team would concede 1 point from the total amount of positive points they obtain from their match result. The must have a minimum of 3 of their OWN players to take this option.

The opposition get no say in a team's decision ahead of the game, but the opposing captains (or player in the absence of a captain) will be able to confer and all captains must agree to substitution prior to first match kicking off.

If a team has less than 3 OWN players, the game is forfeit and a 3 goal loss is attributed to the team lacking in players.