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MINIROOS FOOTBALL

 

GUIDELINES FOR UNDER 5 , 6 and 7

 

BALL SIZE: 3

 

NOTE: Only balls authorised by Football NSW are to be used.

 

NUMBER OF PLAYERS : 4 (no goalkeeper) plus up to 3 interchange players

 

Interchange is encouraged to provide each player with equal time and a chance for a supportive coach to help the young players. The interchange can be conducted while the game is in play and take place at the halfway mark. Players should not enter the field of play until the player being replaced has left the field of play.

 

NOTE: A ‘Game Leader’ from each team, usually the Coach, may be on the field to assist players in fair and correct play. There are no referees.

 

PLAYERS EQUIPMENT

 

Players should not wear anything which is dangerous to another player. This includes jewellery and plaster/plastic casts. Boots or training shoes must be worn at all times. Shin pads, fully covered with socks, must be worn.

 

DURATION OF GAME: 2 x 15 minute halves. Half time break of 5 minutes.

 

START OF PLAY

Game Leaders are to agree who kicks off. A kick forward to a team mate from the middle of the halfway line begins the match. At the time of kick-off, the opposition players must be at least 5m from the ball. The ball must touch a team mate before a goal can be scored.

 

When a goal is scored, the kick-off to restart the game is taken from the halfway point by a player from the team who conceded the goal. Opposition players must be 5m from the ball.

 

BALL IN AND OUT OF PLAY

The ball is out of play when it has wholly crossed the back line or side line, or when play is stopped by the Game Leaders.

 

Ball over Side Line (Touch Line)

When the ball crosses the side line, the game is restarted by a kick or dribble from behind the side line by a player of the team that did not last touch the ball. Game Leaders should encourage players to take no more than 3 seconds to restart play.

 

The ball must be touched by another player before a goal can be scored.

 

Ball over Back Line

No corner kick or goal kick. When the ball crosses the back line, regardless of who last touched the ball, a player from the team defending that end of the field takes a kick from anywhere behind the goal line and may pass or dribble the ball into play .

 

Opponents must go back behind the half-way line and can only move after the ball has been kicked into play.

 

The ball must touch another player before a goal can be scored.

NO OFFSIDE

There is no offside. Deliberately placing a player in an offside position is contrary to the spirit of the game and is to be discouraged.

 

METHODS OF SCORING

A goal is scored when the whole of the ball crosses the goal line and enters the goal. A goal can only be scored during general play; a goal cannot be scored directly from a kick-off or restart of play.

 

 

FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

These include: kicks or attempts to kick an opponent; trips or attempts to trip an opponent; jumps at an opponent; charges an opponent; strikes or attempts to strike an opponent; pushes an opponent; tackles an opponent from behind to gain possession of the ball; makes contact with an opponent before touching the ball; holds an opponent; spits at an opponent; deliberately handles the ball; plays in a dangerous manner; impedes the progress of an opponent.

 

Generally at this age, fouls and misconduct are due to lack of co-ordination and are not deliberate. Game leaders should try to give advantage to the opposing team. Be fair and consistent to both teams.

 

FREE KICKS

All free kicks are indirect, that is the ball must touch another player before a goal can be scored. Opposing players must be 5 metres from the ball when the kick is taken.

 

 

ENCOURAGING FAIR PLAY

 

In order to encourage team play and a fair go for all, if an individual is dominating play and scores 3 goals, he/she may only score another goal after one of their team mates has scored a goal.

 

Players are not to constantly stand in front of their goal in a defensive manner.

 

Frequent interchange is encouraged so that all players have an equal amount of playing time.

 

Encourage players to pass or dribble the ball into play rather than big kicks.

 

 

SPECTATOR LINES

 

All spectators must remain behind the spectator line. Only the Coach or Manager of each team and their replacement players are allowed inside this line.

 

 

MINIROOS FOOTBALL

 

GUIDELINES FOR UNDER 8 and 9

 

BALL SIZE: 3

 

NOTE: Only balls authorised by Football NSW are to be used.

 

NUMBER OF PLAYERS : 7 (including a goalkeeper) plus up to 3 interchange players

 

Interchange is encouraged to provide each player with equal time and a chance for a supportive coach to help the players. The interchange can be conducted while the game is in play and take place at the halfway mark. Players should not enter the field of play until the player being replaced has left the field of play.

 

PLAYERS EQUIPMENT

Players should not wear anything which is dangerous to another player. This includes jewellery and plaster/plastic casts. Boots or training shoes must be worn at all times. Shin pads, fully covered with socks, must be worn. Goalkeepers should wear a different coloured shirt to their team.

 

DURATION OF GAME: 2 x 20 minute halves. Half time break of 5 minutes.

 

START OF PLAY

Instructing referee will toss a coin to decide who kicks off. A kick forward to a team mate from the middle of the halfway line begins the match. At the time of kick-off, the opposition players must be at least 5m from the ball. The ball must touch a team mate before a goal can be scored.

 

When a goal is scored, the kick-off to restart the game is taken from the halfway point by a player from the team who conceded the goal. Opposition players must be 5m from the ball.

 

BALL IN AND OUT OF PLAY

The ball is out of play when it has wholly crossed the back line or side line, or when play is stopped by the referee.

 

Ball over Side Line (Touch Line)

Throw in from behind the side line by a player of the team that did not last touch the ball. Opposition players should be 5m from the thrower until the ball is thrown into play.

The ball must be touched by another player before a goal can be scored.

 

Ball over Back Line after touching the defending team last

Corner kick. Opposition players should be 5m from the ball until the ball is kicked into play.

 

Ball over Back Line after touching the attacking team last

Goal kick from anywhere inside the penalty area. Opposition players should be 5m outside the penalty area until the ball is kicked into play and outside the penalty area.

 

NO OFFSIDE

There is no offside. Deliberately placing a player in an offside position is contrary to the spirit of the game and is to be discouraged.

METHODS OF SCORING

A goal is scored when the whole of the ball crosses the goal line and enters the goal. A goal can only be scored during general play; a goal cannot be scored directly from a kick-off or restart of play.

 

 

GOALKEEPERS

Keepers are allowed to handle the ball anywhere inside the penalty area. Keepers are not to ‘drop kick’ the ball from their hands. After a save or gathering the ball with the hands the keeper may throw, roll or place the ball on the floor and kick it into play within 6 seconds. Opposition players must move 5m outside the area to allow the keeper to throw, roll or place the ball and kick it into play. The ball is in play when it leaves the penalty area.

 

 

FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

These include: kicks or attempts to kick an opponent; trips or attempts to trip an opponent; jumps at an opponent; charges an opponent; strikes or attempts to strike an opponent; pushes an opponent; tackles an opponent from behind to gain possession of the ball; makes contact with an opponent before touching the ball; holds an opponent; spits at an opponent; deliberately handles the ball; plays in a dangerous manner; impedes the progress of an opponent.

 

Generally at this age, fouls and misconduct are due to lack of co-ordination and are not deliberate. The referee should try to give advantage to the opposing team. Be fair and consistent to both teams.

 

FREE KICKS

All free kicks are indirect, that is the ball must touch another player before a goal can be scored. Opposing players must be 5 metres from the ball when the kick is taken.

 

 

ENCOURAGING FAIR PLAY

 

In order to encourage team play and a fair go for all, if an individual is dominating play and scores 3 goals, he/she may only score another goal after one of their team mates has scored a goal.

 

Frequent interchange is encouraged so that all players have an equal amount of playing time.

 

SPECTATOR LINES

 

All spectators must remain behind the spectator line. Only the Coach or Manager of each team and their replacement players are allowed inside this line.

 

INSTRUCTING REFEREES

Referees are usually children of age 11 - 13. Their role is to try to ensure the game is played in a fluent manner and to instruct the players in correct play with minimal whistle blowing and stoppage in play. They are to assist with correct throw ins, goal kicks, free kicks etc. Referees may give players more than one attempt at these in order to correct mistakes.

 

 

MINIROOS FOOTBALL

 

GUIDELINES FOR UNDER 10 - 11

 

BALL SIZE: 4

 

NOTE: Only balls authorised by Football NSW are to be used.

 

NUMBER OF PLAYERS : 9 (including a goalkeeper) plus up to 3 interchange players

Interchange is encouraged to provide each player with equal time and a chance for a supportive coach to help the players. The interchange can be conducted while the game is in play and take place at the halfway mark. Players should not enter the field of play until the player being replaced has left the field of play.

 

PLAYERS EQUIPMENT

Players should not wear anything which is dangerous to another player. This includes jewellery and plaster/plastic casts. Boots or training shoes must be worn at all times. Shin pads, fully covered with socks, must be worn. Goalkeepers should wear a different colour shirt to their team.

 

DURATION OF GAME: 2 x 25 minute halves. Half time break of 5 minutes.

 

START and RESTART of PLAY AFTER A GOAL IS SCORED

Kick the ball forward to a team mate from the middle of the halfway line. All players must be inside their own half of the field. Opponents must be at least 5m from the ball until it is in play. A goal cannot be scored directly from the kick off as the ball must be touched by a team mate before a goal can be awarded.

 

BALL IN AND OUT OF PLAY

The ball is out of play when it has wholly crossed the back line or side line, or when play is stopped by the referee.

 

Ball over Side Line (Touch Line)

Throw in from behind the side line by a player of the team that did not last touch the ball. Opposition players should be 5m from the thrower until the ball is thrown into play.

The ball must be touched by another player before a goal can be scored.

 

Ball over Back Line after touching the defending team last

Corner kick. Opposition players should be 5m from the ball until the ball is kicked into play.

 

Ball over Back Line after touching the attacking team last

Goal kick from anywhere inside the penalty area. Opposition players should be 5m outside the penalty area until the ball is kicked into play and outside the penalty area.

 

NO OFFSIDE

There is no offside. Deliberately placing a player in an offside position is contrary to the spirit of the game and is to be discouraged.

 

METHODS OF SCORING

A goal is scored when the whole of the ball crosses the goal line and enters the goal. A goal can only be scored during general play; a goal cannot be scored directly from a kick-off or restart of play.

 

 

GOALKEEPERS

Keepers are allowed to handle the ball anywhere inside the penalty area. Keepers are not to ‘drop kick’ the ball from their hands. After a save or gathering the ball with the hands the keeper may throw, roll or place the ball on the floor and kick it into play within 6 seconds. Opposition players must move 5m outside the area to allow the keeper to throw, roll or place the ball and kick it into play. The ball is in play when it leaves the penalty area or the goalkeeper places it on the ground.

 

 

FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

These include: kicks or attempts to kick an opponent; trips or attempts to trip an opponent; jumps at an opponent; charges an opponent; strikes or attempts to strike an opponent; pushes an opponent; tackles an opponent from behind to gain possession of the ball; makes contact with an opponent before touching the ball; holds an opponent; spits at an opponent; deliberately handles the ball; plays in a dangerous manner; impedes the progress of an opponent.

 

Generally at this age, fouls and misconduct are due to lack of co-ordination and are not deliberate. The referee should try to give advantage to the opposing team. Be fair and consistent to both teams.

 

Offence of FOULS and MISCONDUCT are:

Charges an opponent

Handle the ball deliberately

Holds an opponent

Impede the progress of a player

Jumps at an opponent

Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent

Making contact with an opponent before touching the ball

Plays in a dangerous manner

Pushes an opponent

Spits at an opponent

Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent

Tackles an opponent from behind to gain possession of the ball

Trips or attempts to trip an opponent

 

FREE KICKS

All free kicks are indirect, that is the ball must touch another player before a goal can be scored. Opposing players must be 5 metres from the ball when the kick is taken.

 

NOTE: For deliberate or serious acts of handball or fouls and misconduct in the penalty area, a penalty kick is awarded from an 8m penalty mark with only a goalkeeper in position. All other players must be outside the penalty area and be at least 5m behind the penalty mark. Should a player be penalised for any serious acts on the field of play, it would become the coach/managers duty to remove the player from the field and give instruction on how to improve and enhance that player’s behaviour.

 

Free kicks awarded to the defending team inside their own penalty area will be taken from anywhere within the penalty area. Opponents must remain at least 5m outside the penalty area until the ball is in play. The ball is in play once it is kicked directly out of the penalty area.

 

SPECTATOR LINES

All spectators must remain behind the spectator line. Only the Coach or Manager of each team and their replacement players are allowed inside this line.

 

INSTRUCTING REFEREES

The main roll of the referee is to control the game to insure it is played fluently, instruct and correct the players (with minimal whistle blowing) on how to behave and what the rules are, e.g. fouls, free kicks & throw in etc... If the appointed referee has not arrived by the schedule KO time a Club official, parent or capable person would assume the role of the instructing referee.

 

FFA advise that Optus Small-Sided Football be played in the correct spirit and give all players the best possible chance to develop their skills. The keeping of point’s tables and playing of finals must not be done

 

 

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