5 a side soccer rules



1.1 Most Liga seasons last 16 weeks and each team will play the other teams in their division once during the season.

1.2 At the end of each season the top team from each division will be asked if they would like to be promoted and the bottom team will be relegated and a new season will start the following week.

1.3 Teams will receive 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and zero for a loss. Liga placing will be decided by points gained, followed by goal difference, followed by goals scored, followed by the aggregate result between the two teams in question.

1.4 All players must be registered by completing the necessary forms prior to competing for any team. Teams may register up to 12 players and no player can be registered to more than one team on the same Liga night. Players may only transfer their registration to another team on one occasion in the same division during the course of a season.

1.5 A maximum of nine players per game may be used.

1.6 Any team playing an unregistered or suspended player will automatically lose the match 3 – 0 and be deducted 3 points. Players playing whilst suspended will have a further three match ban added to the end of their then current suspension.

1.7 Teams are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled kick off times.

1.8 Teams must be on the pitch and ready to begin the match at the appointed kick-off time. If a team is more than 5 minutes late their opponents may claim a 3 - 0 win (and deduction of 3 points to the losers).

1.9 5 a side soccer teams may be replaced at any stage of the season. Replacement teams inherit the scores and points of their predecessors. No team joining after the halfway point can be awarded first or second place at the end of the season.

1.10 Teams failing to appear for their designated fixture or not giving notice the day before of cancellation, will have the match awarded to their opponents 3 – 0, will be deducted 3 points and, for repeated absence, may be ejected from the Liga.

1.11 In the event that a team refuses to play another team the match will be awarded to the other team 3 - 0 and the team refusing to play will be deducted 3 points.

1.12 In the event that a team refuses to complete a match which has already started, the match will be awarded to the other team 3 - 0 and the team refusing to complete the match will be deducted 3 points. If the score at the time produces a goal difference greater than 3-0 then that score will stand.

1.13 All fixtures are to be played unless adverse weather conditions make the pitches unplayable. Any decision to cancel a game can only be made by Area 5 Football. Postponements are not allowed, except in exceptional circumstances

and at the discretion of Area 5 Football.

1.14 Any player or team suspended may not participate in any Liga or Tournaments held at Area 5 Football until further.

1.15 A fixture list will be issued at the start of each season and will be displayed on the Company’s website www.area5football.com. All Liga results will be displayed on the Area 5 Football website and Facebook.




2.1 A player sent off for an offence will be suspended for a minimum of 1 week. In the case serious foul play, foul or abusive language the suspension will be extended to 2 weeks or longer if Area 5 Football thinks its necessary.

2.2 If a player is given a red card whilst off the field of play (for unacceptable conduct on the sideline), the team must correspondingly reduce the number of players on the field and may replace him or her after a goal is scored or 2 minutes.

2.3 If a team is permanently reduced by 2 players, or temporarily reduced by 3 players the game will end. The match will be awarded 3-0 to their opponents and they will be deducted 3 points. If the score at the time produces a goal difference greater than 3-0 then that score will stand.

2.4 If a match is abandoned for any reason the team at fault will receive a 3-0 defeat and be deducted 3 points unless the opposing team already has a greater advantage in which case the score will stand. If both teams are judged to be at fault the game will be void and no points will be awarded.

2.5 Violent conduct on or off the pitch will result in the immediate suspension of the individual and could result in a ban from all Area 5 Football 5 a side soccer centress. Area 5 Football reserves the right to ban an individual or team from further participation in all competitions. This may result in the individual concerned being banned from all affiliated competitions if the Referee’s report deems this necessary. Teams not cooperating with Area 5 Football will be removed from the league program.

2.6 If removed from any competition the captain of the team will be liable for any monies owing to Area 5 Football from the night / date of ejection and any remaining games until the end of the season.

2.7 Referees must be treated with respect from all teams. Teams found guilty of abusing Referees will be removed from the Leagues.

2.8 The decision of Area 5 Football in all matters pertaining to the administration of the league is final.

2.9 Area 5 Football may overturn any rule if they feel a team is deliberately using an interpretation of the rules to gain an unfair advantage



3.1 For 5 a side soccer Liga’s each team may field four outfield players and a goalkeeper on the pitch at any one time

3.2 Substitutions are unlimited during the game, can only be made when the ball is dead and only with the Referees consent. Outgoing substitutes must leave the field of play before the replacement enters the playing area. The oncoming players are active immediately and can receive the ball. Substitutes must stand outside the pitch perimeter and spectators must not enter the field of play under any circumstances.

3.3 Teams can change their goalkeeper unlimited times during the course of the game. The referee must authorize a change of goalkeeper.

3.4 NO screw in studded footwear are permitted to be worn by any player. Only soccer boots plastic studs, training shoes, molded soles and astro boots may be worn. All Players are instructed to wear shin pads however not essentials but play at own risk of injury. The wearing of any form of jewellery (including, without limitation, watches) is not permitted during play. Players should refer to the footwear guidelines available from Area 5 Football. Referees may refuse to allow players to play with inappropriate footwear, without or with shin pads and/or are wearing any form of jewellery.

3.5 The match will consist of two equal halves. The length of half will be 17 minutes each half.

3.6 After a goal has been scored the game will be re-started by the team who conceded the goal taking a centre.

3.7 If the ball goes out, the game will continue with a kick in on the line.

3.8 A goal may be scored from any point within the field of play.

3.9 No slide tackles are allowed. Infringement of this rule will lead to a free kick being awarded against the offending players’ team.

3.10 Professional fouls will be penalized with a penalty or free Kick and the guilty player may face disciplinary action.

3.11 Opposition players must be at least two meters from where any free-kick is taken. If opposing players do not retreat the required two meters the kick may be moved forward one meter. If a free kick is awarded on or near the goal area it can be moved up to two meters backwards to allow defenders to be two meters from the ball.

3.12 The Goalkeeper must be on the goal line when a penalty is being taken.

3.13 These Liga Rules are not exhaustive and may be added to or amended at any time.

3.14 All games will be played with a size 4 outdoor ball.

3.15 Penalty Kicks shall be taken with only one step by penalty taker

3.16 Area 5 Football offer the players to insure themselves for a year with a cost otherwise all teams and players are playing at their own risk.

3.17 The Referees decision on all on-field matters is final and no discussions will be entered into either on or off the field with him about any decision. The Referees jurisdiction on disciplinary matters will apply until players have entered the changing rooms. Players repeatedly disputing decisions may have further disciplinary action taken against them.

3.18 Teams with a valid complaint against a match official must be put in writing within 48 hours of the match taking place. The complaint should be addressed to Area 5 Football Manager.