Soccer Sixes League Rules



Start and End of Match

1a Play is started by the referee giving the ball to one or other team alternately at the start of each half from the centre circle. 
1b Game duration is 20 minutes each way.
1c Where applicable, the referees whistle overrules everything.
1d There shall be 9 players maximum per squad in one game, Team rosters may be up to 15 players.

Guest players

2a A team is allowed no guest players.
2b The referee reserves the right to allow a player if the player is not on the a) game roster b) Registered on roster .
2c If a team uses an illegal player, that team is still liable to pay their full match fee and will incur a forfiet plus fine.


3a The penalty taker is allowed no more than one step before striking the ball.
3b The keeper must remain on his line and not move until the ball is struck.
3c It is the responsibility of teams to clarify to the referee who is taking the penalty kick. Teams will be penalised and the penalty disallowed if the referee feels the goalkeeper was placed at a disadvantage by the opposing teams not making it clear who was taking the penalty kick.
3d In the absence of a penalty spot being visible, the penalty kick shall be taken 1 yard back from the edge of the area.

The Goalkeeper/The Area

4a After a goal is scored, the goalkeeper shall roll the ball out with an underarm action to restart play.
4b The goalkeeper must not leave his area.
4c If the goalkeeper makes a save and part of his body slides out of the area, then the referee shall use his discretion. However, in this instance, for the referee to rule in favour of the goalkeeper, the ball must have remained in the area and part of the goalkeepers body must also have remained in the area. If, in the referees opinion, the goalkeeper started a sliding save too near to the edge of the area, which he could have reasonably foreseen would have taken the majority of his body out of the area (even though the ball may have remained in the area) then the referee shall penalize the goalkeeper. The referee shall take into account the conditions of the surface in determining how far goalkeepers may slide out of the area.
4d If a defensive side has a free-kick near to the goalkeepers area, then the referee may elect to continue play with an underarm roll-out by the goalkeeper.
4e The goalkeeper must always roll the ball out with an underarm action, an indirect free kick shall be awarded if either the ball goes above head height or his roll out is above the level of the shoulder
4f If a team makes a change of goalkeeper during the match then the referee must be notified before the change is made.
4g If an attacker kicks the ball near the area the action of the kick must have started and finished outside the area, however the momentum of the kick is allowed to travel in the area.
4h Attacking players may also enter the opposing area through momentum only however, the referee shall be the sole judge of momentum and the attacker should make every reasonable effort not to enter the area.
4i No player shall be penalised if, through no fault of their own, they enter the area when they have made a reasonable attempt not to enter the area. This particularly applies to attacking players who may push defending players into the area.
4j In all matters relating to the area the overriding rule should be that, with discretions, the ball should not have been played in the area. Discretions apply to momentum only.
4k The goalkeeper may not kick the ball under any circumstances except in the course of making a save. If the goalkeeper does kick the ball, an indirect free kick will be given, two yards outside the area.
4l Players who run through the area and in doing so gain an advantage, will be penalised.

5a When an outfield player receives the ball from the goalkeeper, the ball must be touched by another player before being passed back to the goalkeeper. This is punishable with an indirect free kick, 2 yards outside the area.

5b An outfield player may play the ball back to the keeper and the keeper can pick up but must distribute to another player other than the player who made the backpass.


6a Outfield players may not play either with a cap or hat, jeans or shoes. The goalkeeper is allowed to wear a cap.
6b Players must play with the same color jerseys with a number.


7a Teams are allowed three substitutes who must stand behind the goal which is occupied by their goalkeeper.
7b More than one substitution is allowed at any one time however, if there are more than the allotted players on court at any one time the teams shall be penalised.
7c Substitutes can only enter play when their team is in an attacking position in the oppositions half.
7d Substitutes can be used as often and whenever the team wishes.
7e Substitutes are not allowed onto the playing area until the substitutes player has left.
7f If substitutes do not stand behind the goal and the ball strikes them then the referee shall award a penalty.

The Head-Height Rule

8a The ball can be played above head-height.
8b The heading of the ball is allowed.

Free Kicks, Kick ins & Corners

9a All free kicks, kick ins and corners are indirect.
9b On all free kicks, players should be two yards from the ball. When a free kick is on the edge of the area, the ball should be played two yards back.
9c If a player refuses to retreat two yards from the free kick or, as the free kick is being taken extends any part of his body towards the ball which means that he is no longer two yards from the free kick then he shall be penalised. The ball should be stationary before the free kick is taken.

The Two Yard Rule

10a If a player fails to retreat two yards or, the ball hits a player from the free kick who has not retreated two yards, or who has extended his leg towards the ball meaning that he is no longer two yards from the ball, then the referee shall move play forward two yards and allow the kick to be taken again.
10b Players that show dissent towards the referee or his decision at a free kick, will result in the kick being moved forward two yards.
10c The referee may move the kick forward at two yard intervals, however many times he wishes.
10d If by moving the ball forward two yards, the free kick then becomes within the area of the defending side, a penalty shall be awarded.

General Rules

11a The referrees final score record will be the only score that counts.
11b The referee will be the sole judge of whether a tackle is dangerous or not in the best interests of the spirit of the game.
11c Teams must not alter or move equipment to gain an advantage.
11d Teams should make every attempt to play in similar jerseys.
11e Teams who arrive late for their kick off time may be subject to forfeiture of the match.
11f The signing of the entry form indemnifies Storm FC and its Leagues and affiliates from any responsibility for personal injury or lost property whilst participating in the organised leagues. Teams are responsible for arranging their own personal insurance cover if they so wish.
11g If teams wish to cancel a match, they automatically lose 5-0 and their opponents will play a friendly.
11h – If there are one or more vacancies in any league a friendly fixture will be arranged for the team(s) who are scheduled to play a ‘Points Match’ for that particular date. Teams are required to attend all scheduled Points Match fixtures, pay their full match fee and play the pre-arranged friendly as normal; the relevant team will then receive a 5-0 win towards the league.
11i If a team fails to turn up for a scheduled fixture without giving Summer Soccer Sixes  7 days’ notice, they lose the fixture 5-0 and will be charged the full match fee for the missed game. Teams may not withdraw from the league.
11j If a team fails to attend two consecutive matches and fails to inform Storm FC or Summer Soccer Sixes of their intention then they will be liable for both missed match fees and will also be charged all match fees.



DISMISSAL FINE BAND 3 ($20) (includes dangerous play, sarcasm)

SERIOUS DISMISSAL FINE BAND 4 ($50) (includes persistent verbal abuse towards official, blows exchanged between players or fighting, And swearing at official and will be given a 3 match ban)

DISMISSAL & EXCLUSION FINE BAND 5 ($100) (includes physical abuse towards official plus serious incidents involving other players or spectators and those individuals will be banned).

The Sin Bin

12a There is a disciplinary procedure in place for all leagues and it is the responsibility of all teams captains to adhere to this. However, if a player is shown the yellow card then he is sin-binned for two minutes and must wait behind his own goal until the referee instructs him to come back onto the field of play. If the player refuses to leave the pitch immediately then a red card and dismissal will occur. The referee shall be the sole timekeeper in cases of sin-bin.

12b Team plays down a player for the duration of teh sin bin regardless of goals scored.


13a If a player is dismissed then he should leave the pitch immediately. Failure to do so will result in the referee automatically awarding the match to his opponents.

Time Wasting

14a In small-sided football, officials are instructed to take a more active approach towards time wasting.
14b If a player is guilty of time wasting at any point then the referee has full discretion to either award a free kick or a penalty kick as he see fit.
14c The player does not need to be warned about time wasting.

Penalties For Infringement Of The Rules

1. Intentional handball (and the player gains an advantage by doing so).
2. The ball going above head-height (at a league where the head-height rule applies)
3. Players time wasting
4. At a drop ball situation, a player does not allow the ball to touch the surface before striking it.
5. An attacker entering the opposition area.
6. A player not retreating two yards from the ball or showing dissent (this may also result in a penalty, see earlier rules).
7. A direct pass back to the keeper. In this instance the free kick should be taken two yards outside the area where the ball left the area (the back pass must be intentional and the keeper must touch the ball. If however, the ball rolls to a halt after the back pass has been made without it touching the keeper and without the ball entering the goal, then the referee should award an indirect free kick as if the keeper has touched the ball.
8. The goalkeeper making a foul throw. In this instance the free kick should be taken two yards outside the area where the ball left the area from the goalkeeper.
9. A player committing a slide tackle (players are allowed to slide in the course of making a pass or a block, however, they are not allowed to slide when making a tackle and this is for the players’ own safety). If a player slides and intercepts a pass then this is classed as a slide block. If a player slides and dispossess a player that has the ball under control then this is classed as a slide tackle. However, the difference is the discretion of the referee.
10. Kicking the ball away. This may also result in the referee yellow carding the offending player.
11. A part of a players attire, or more particularly, his shoe, comes off during the course of the match (if the players shoe comes off then the referee should consider this a serious offence and this may warrant a yellow card. The referee should then instruct the player to tie up his shoelace, however, the match should continue. If a goal is scored by a player whose shoe comes off during the course of kicking the ball into the goal then the goal shall be disallowed and a direct free kick awarded to the opposition where the player kicks the ball from).
12. Fouls & Obstruction
13. A player attempting to play or playing the ball or being on the court with his shirt off.
1. The goalkeeper comes out of the area and, at the referees discretion (see previous ruling) has gained an advantage in so doing.
2. A defender enters his own area and by so doing gains an advantage.
3. A defender enters his own area when he could reasonably have made an attempt not to encroach upon the area.
1. The referee may award either an indirect free kick, a direct free kick or a penalty if a team plays with more than its allotted number of players on the pitch at any one time. The referee should award the free kick (if that is his choice) when the offence is spotted and where he spotted the offence.

Extra Rules For Astroturf leagues
16a Where the ball leaves the area of play, the referee shall award a kick-in to the appropriate team. At a kick-in the ball should be stationary and the opposing player should be two yards from the ball.
16b Rule 7f does not apply.

Health and Safety

18a All participants understand that these events are contact sports and contain risk to the person participating for which the organiser cannot be held responsible.

18b All participants agree that we have no control over the safety of the premises we hire, or persons admitted to the venues we hire and it is the sole responsibility of the team captain to ensure their team's players do not start any game unless they are satisfied  that the surface and other conditions are satisfactory and safe for the activity in question having due regard for the participants. We cannot be held responsible for any defects to the fieldswhich may cause injury and all team captains understand this when participating.

18c Team captains must inspect the pitch and playing conditions and must report any issues prior to their game commencing to the officials on duty otherwise it will be deemed that the team captain and their players have accepted any risks and any ensuing liability for any subsequent injury.


19a Please note that the Team Captain is responsible for the conduct of all players and all spectators connected with the team. Failure to control the conduct of players or spectators will result in the Team Captain being responsible for any resulting fines which will need to be paid in full


What Does Your Player Fee Cover?

The player fee is $65 and allows you to be registered to ONE team.

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