Match Rules

  • All teams must take the field with five players
  • Mixed teams must take the field with a minimum of two female outfield players. Either gender is allowed in goals
  • Unlimited interchange will be allowed for all matches
  • Kick offs will be taken from half way
  • No slide tackles
  • No offsides
  • No throw ins
  • No corners
  • If the ball hits any part of the net behind the goalkeeper off a shot, keeper save or deflection, the ball automatically goes to the goalkeeper for a restart. An indirect free kick shall be awarded at the referees discretion should a player kick the ball into their own back net.
  • Goalkeepers can pass the ball out with their feet or throw it out with their hands
  • Goalkeepers cannot come outside of their goal circle at anytime
  • Goalkeepers may not pick the ball up if it has been passed to them from a team mate
  • Goalkeepers cannot kick the ball out of their hands
  • Goalkeepers must release the ball within 6 seconds
  • If a team kicks the ball out of the pitch, the match will be a restart with the goalkeeper of the opposing team
  • All free kicks are indirect
  • No pushing or grinding into the rebound boards
  • Serious foul play will be punishable by yellow and red cards
  • In the event of a penalty being awarded all penalty takers can only take one step before striking the ball

Northern NSW Football reserves the right to make amendments to the match rules at any time.