1.1 Teams will receive 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw and zero for a loss. League standings will be decided by points earned, followed by goal difference, followed by goals scored, followed by the aggregate result between the two teams in question, followed by a play-off.
1.2 Teams that cancel at any point before their scheduled match will result in a loss and deducted 3 points from their standings. (Exception: If both teams come to an agreement to re-schedule).
1.3 Teams may only register a maximum of 10 players (unless another figure is arranged by league organizers) and no player can be registered to more than one team in the same league division.
Any team playing an unregistered or suspended player will have 2 points deducted from their league total per suspended or unregistered player. Players playing while suspended will have a further three match ban added to the end of their current suspension.
1.5 All teams must be at the center and ready to begin the match at the appointed kick-off time. If a team is more than 5 minutes late their opponents may take a 1-0 lead. After 10 mins, this goes up an additional 2 goals to a 3-0 lead. After 15 mins, the game is abandoned and the team takes a 5-0 win.
2.1 Each team may have four outfield players and a goalkeeper on the field at any time.
2.2 Open Substitution, player must be 5 feet from door in order for substitution to take place. Illegal substitutions will be penalized with blue card for illegal substitution and indirect free kick from where play is stopped.
2.3 The match will consist of two equal minute halves – half lengths will vary depending on center.
2.4 Each half will begin with one team kicking off at midfield. After a goal has been scored the game will be re-started at midfield again. The ball must go backwards off a kickoff
2.5 The ball is in play as long as it remains inside the field of play. Balls may be played at any height and can be played on rebounds off boards, cage, and netting.
2.6 Headers are permitted.
2.7 No slide tackles are allowed. Infringement of this rule will lead to an indirect free kick being awarded against the offending player’s team.
2.8 Only the defending goalkeeper is allowed to play the ball inside the goal area and only he may handle the ball in this area.
2.9 An outfield player that enters his own goalkeeper’s area and plays the ball will have a PENALTY KICK awarded against his team.
2.10 A goalkeeper gaining or seeking to gain an advantage by playing the ball when it is outside the area will cause a PENALTY KICK to be awarded against his team.
Team mate receiving the ball directly from the goalkeeper may not return the ball back to the goalkeeper - the ball must first make contact with another team mate or an opponent. Infringement will lead to a PENALTY KICK being awarded against the offending team.
2.11 An outfield player entering his opponent’s goal area to seek advantage will be penalized by the award of an indirect free kick against the offending team from where the infringement took place.
2.12 Free kicks for fouls are direct. All other free kicks are indirect. Observe the referees signal. Opposition players must be at least five feet from where any free kick is taken.
2.13 Teams may not change their goalkeeper more than once during the course of the game. A change of goalkeeper must be authorized by the referee.
2.14 NO screw-in studded footwear is permitted to be worn by any player on the fields. Only training shoes, blades (not metal), molded studs and turf shoes may be worn. All Players must wear shin guards (dependent on organizer). The wearing of any jeweler is not permitted during play.
2.15 In the knockout stages (not league play), if the scores are level penalties will decide who progresses through to the next round. (No extra time is played)
Penalties consist of 3 per team - the winner is the team with the highest total. If scores are level after 3 penalties, the fourth and fifth player who finished the regular game MUST take the next penalties (inclusive of goalkeeper). Penalties from this point onwards (fourth penalty) are SUDDEN DEATH. No substitutes are allowed to take ANY of the penalties. After 5 penalties, if the scores are still level, teams continue to rotate kickers until a winner is decided. Players may not take any step before striking penalty kicks.
3.1 Players may be sent to the ‘sin bin’ at the referee’s discretion (Blue Card/Yellow Card) for minimum 2 minutes. Teams must play short handed for the extent of the 2 minutes. A player may only be sin binned once per game as a second offence would involve a sending off.
3.2 Players sent off for any reason will be suspended for one match and will miss the team’s next game. Players sent off for serious foul play, foul or abusive language will be suspended for further games at the discretion of the referee and management.
3.3 If a player is sent off whilst off the field of play (for unacceptable conduct on the sideline), the team must correspondingly reduce the number of players on the field.
3.4 If a team is given a 3rd red card the game will end. The match will be awarded 5-0 to their opponents. If the score at the time produces a goal difference greater than 3-0 then that score will stand.
3.5 If a match is abandoned for any reason the team at fault will receive a 5-0 defeat [In tournament play 3-0] unless the opposition already has a greater advantage in which case the score will stand. If both teams are judged to be at fault then both teams will receive 5-0 forfeits against them.
3.6 The decision of the referee in all matters pertaining to the playing rules of an individual game is final.
3.7 The decision of Goals management in all matters pertaining to the administration of the league is final.
3.8 Goals Management may overturn any rule if they feel a team is deliberately using an interpretation of the rules to gain an unfair advantage.
3.9. Players who are not on the field can never enter the field without substitution or ref’s permission. The result can be a forfeit.
Daytime, evening or weekend. You decide what suits.
Yes, if there is a vacancy you can join right away, if not you may choose another night or wait until a vacancy comes up on your chosen night.
It is better if you have a team, but if not we can place your details on our ‘Find A Player’ system and try to match you up with other players or a current team looking for players.
Yes, all Goals leagues are fully affiliated.
Every league match is refereed by fully qualified and affiliated referees.
We offer a full range of league competitions. Most consist of divisions of eight teams, although some leagues do vary from this standard size.
The standard league season sees all teams play each other twice and therefore a standard eight team division lasts 14 weeks.
All Goals clubs run a number of different leagues so you shouldn’t have to wait too long to get sorted! However, we can fix you up with pre-season grading games allowing us to place you in a division suitable to your team’s skill level.
At the end of each season, there is the added excitement as teams battle to gain promotion or to avoid relegation. Most of our leagues feature two-up and two-down promotion and relegation.
We will ensure that your team plays a grading game to help you find your niche before you join a Goals league. Thereafter, regular promotion and relegation will ensure that your team will continue to play at the level that suits them best.
At Goals, 5v5 has come a long way from coats down in the park days. High quality lockers and hot showers make changing all part of the enjoyment, and to rerun that sublime one-two or the perfect nutmeg, there’s a sports lounge with a great selection of drinks and big screen soccer. There is also free wi-fi available so you can start sharing the post-match banter straight away.
For 5v5 leagues a maximum of eight players per game may be used (for 6v6 add one player, for 7v7 add two players).
Teams may register up to 20 players and no player can be registered to more than one team in the same league division. Players may not transfer their registration to a team in the same division during the course of a season.
Yes, shin guards are compulsory for leagues play.
Training shoes, moulded soles or astro boots - No screw in studded footwear or blades.
No, but it does help. Wearing the same colour of top can be useful if you have no strips. Bibs are available for hire at most Goals clubs.
The winners receive the league cup and both the winners and runners-up receive individual trophies.
One player in every division is awarded the prestigious ‘Player of the Season’ award at the end of season Presentation Night.
It couldn’t be easier, just fill in the form on the left hand side or give us a call, email us or drop by the club. You can let us know what league you fancy or let us suggest on for you.
Yes, providing there is a vacancy available.