Openfoot match rules

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  1. The Pitch
  • The dimensions shall be 30 m length and 15 m width.
  • The perpendicular distance between the center of the two goal post and the penalty area line shall be 5 m.
  1. Players
  • Each team can have a squad of 8 players.
  • No more than 5 players must be present on the pitch at any one time.
  • A match may not start if either team consists of fewer than four players.
  • The match is forfeited if one of the teams has fewer than four players on the pitch, resulting in a 3-0 loss or the prevailing match score, whichever is higher.
  • Substitutions are unlimited during any game.
  • A substitution may be made at any time, whether the ball is in play or not.
  • A substitute can only get on to the pitch once the player he is replacing has come off through the only gate allowed for his team for substitution.
  • Any of the substitutes may change places with the goalkeeper without informing the referees or waiting for a stoppage in the match.
  • Any player may change places with the goalkeeper. The player changing places with the goalkeeper must do so during a stoppage in the match and must inform the referees before the change is made.
  • A player or substitute replacing the goalkeeper must wear a goalkeeper’s jersey with his number on the back.
  • If a substitute enters the pitch before the player being replaced has left, the referees shall stop play (although not immediately if they can apply the advantage) to caution him. If the referees have stopped play, it is restarted with an indirect free kick to the opposing team from the position of the ball at the time of the stoppage.
  1. Clothing / Attire
  • Suitable footwear must be worn at all times. Blades and studded boots are not allowed.
  • All players must wear a numbered shirt at all times and teams must make every attempt to ensure that all players play in similar colors. Players must wear bibs where applicable and instructed by the referee.
  • For the safety of all players, all items of jewelry should be removed before entering the field of play, including watches. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that all players wear shin guards.
  • Where not addressed specifically in these rules, judgments over the suitability of player’s equipment are at the discretion of the referee. Players who refuse to remove jewelry; have inappropriate footwear, or wearing attire that is not, in the referee’s view suitable, will be asked to leave the field of play.
  1. The Duration of the Match
  • Games will be a total of 30 minutes played in 15 minutes halves with no halftime.
  • Any team that reports for a match later than 5 minutes from kick off time or with less than 4 players, will forfeit the match 3-0.
  1. The Ball In and Out of Play
  • The ball shall not be out of play if it touches the barriers and the nets on the touch line.
  • If the ball touches the net behind the goal line and outside the goal post, the match will restart with a goal clearance.
  • Corner kick will not be awarded. The match will be restart with a goal clearance. If a player uses a deliberate trick to put the ball out of play behind the goal line and outside the goal post in order to circumvent the Law, a PENALTY will be awarded to against the team.
  • Kick in shall be applicable only if the ball goes beyond the side netting/barriers.
  • The opponents must be at a distance of no less than 4m from the place on the touch line where the kick-in is taken.
  • If, when a kick-in is taken, an opponent is closer to the ball than the required distance, the kick-in is retaken by the same team and the offending player is cautioned, unless the advantage can be applied or an offence punishable by a free kick or penalty kick is committed by the opposing team of the player taking the kick-in.
  • If an opponent unfairly distracts or impedes the player taking the kick-in he is cautioned for unsporting behavior.
  • A goal may not be scored directly from a kick-in.
  1. Dropped ball
  • If, after the ball has made contact with the ground, a player kicks it once directly towards one of the goals and the ball goes directly
    into the opponent’s goal, a goal clearance is awarded
    – into the team’s own goal, an indirect free kick on the penalty area line will be awarded to the opposing team
  • If, after the ball has made contact with the ground, a player kicks the ball with more than one touch towards one of the goals and the ball enters one of the goals, a goal is awarded.
  1. Kick-off
  • A kick-off is a way of starting or restarting play:
  • at the start of the match
  • after a goal has been scored
  • at the start of the second half of the match
  • at the start of extra time, where applicable
  • Players may shoot and score directly from the kick-off.
  • The referee must give the signal.
  • The ball must be played forward and may not be touched again by the taker until kicked by another player.
  1. The Method of Scoring
  • A goal can be scored from anywhere including the opposition’s penalty box.
  • A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar, provided that no infringement of the Laws of Open Foot Five has been committed previously by the team scoring the goal.
  • A goal is disallowed if the goalkeeper of the attacking team throws or hits the ball intentionally with his hand or arm from inside his own penalty area and is the last player to touch or play the ball. The match is restarted with a goal clearance to the opposing team.
  • If, after a goal is scored, the referees realise, before play restarts, that the team that scored the goal was playing with an extra player or had carried out a substitution incorrectly, they must disallow the goal and restart play with an indirect free kick to be taken by the opponents of the offending player from any point inside the penalty area.
  • If the goal was scored by the other team, they must allow it.
  1. Free Kicks
  • All Free kicks will be indirect. However, if a goal is scored via a deflection (via team mate or opposition), it shall count.
  • A foul inside the penalty area will be sanctioned by a penalty unless otherwise stated.
  • Free kick outside the penalty area
    All opponents must be at least 4 m from the ball until it is in play.
    The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves.
  • Free kick inside the penalty area to the defending team
    All opponents must remain outside the penalty area until the ball is in play.
    The ball is in play when it is kicked directly out of the penalty area.
    A free kick awarded in the penalty area may be taken from any point inside that area.
  • Time wastage by the goalkeeper will be sanctioned with an indirect free kick on the penalty area line.
  • Indirect free kick inside the penalty area to the attacking team
    An indirect free kick conceded in the penalty area is taken on the penalty area line at the point nearest to where the offence was committed. The wall shall be on the goal line and the goalkeeper one step ahead.
  1. Offside
  2. There is no offside in Open Foot Five
  3. Fouls and Misconduct
  4. TACKLES are not allowed
  5. Any team who argue excessively/is verbally aggressive/using foul languages towards the referee will be automatically disqualified from the tournament.
  1. The Penalty Kick
  2. While taking a penalty, a player MUST have his standing foot in line with the ball. He may take one step back to shoot. The standing foot MUST not leave the ground at any point.
  1. The penalty taker must be identified to the referee before the penalty is taken.
  2. The goalkeeper must be standing on the line when a penalty is taken. However, he may take steps to either the left or the right.
  1. Goalkeepers
  • Goalkeepers are allowed to go forward (outside the box) during open play.
  • Goalkeepers are allowed to take penalties or free kicks.
  • Goalkeepers may use any part of his body to make a save inside the box including his hands.
  • If a goalkeeper handles the ball outside the box, it shall result in a red card if an opponent is in playing distance to the ball.
  • Goalkeepers are not allowed to pick up or handle back passes inside the box. This shall result in a free kick & yellow card.
  • There are no goal kicks. If a ball is kicked out for a goal kick, the goalkeeper must return the ball into play within 4 seconds by throwing it out using either an under arm or side arm action.
  • An over arm throw will result in an indirect free kick at the edge of the box.
  • While saving a penalty, the goalkeeper cannot take a step forward. However, he may take steps to either the left or the right.
  1. The Referee
  • The referee’s decision is final. Any fouls or penalties will be awarded at the sole discretion of the referee.
  • The referee reserves the right to penalise a player for aggressive behavior or excessive arguments towards the referee.
  • The referee also reserves the right to penalise coaches/substitutes situated on the bench, including and not limited to, a red card for any of the aforementioned parties.
  • The referee may restart play using a dropped ball if he is required to stop play temporarily for any extenuating circumstances.
  1. Yellow Cards
  • A yellow card will result in a 2 minutes suspension. During this period, the player must exit the field.
  • The suspension ends after 2 minutes accordingly or if the opposition scores a goal, whichever comes first.
  • Two yellow cards in the same game will result in a red card. (Details can be found in red card section).
  • If more than two players receive yellow cards at the same time during a game, the match will be forfeited resulting in a 3-0 loss or the prevailing match score, whichever is higher
  1. Red Cards
  • A red card will result in an immediate suspension for the player who must exit the field and the substitution zone immediately.
  • The team cannot replace the player and must finish the game with only 4 players.
  • The player who receives the red card will serve at least 1 match ban which will result in him not being eligible for the following game as well. If a team receives two red cards during a game, it will result in an immediate 3-0 forfeit or the prevailing match score, whichever is higher and, the game will stop. The two players will also serve at least 1 match ban for the following game.
  1. Use of Barriers
  • Players must not hold on to the barriers in order to gain advantage. Aggressive play against the barrier will not be permitted.
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