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FOOTBALL LEAGUE RULES

For All Junction Sports & Leisure Centre Associated Leagues

1.   All players must be a minimum of 16 years old for insurance purposes.
2. a Teams can borrow a maximum of 2 players from another team if short.
  b The Team borrowing players must check in advance with the team they are playing to see if they object. (Team Manager responsible for contacting team)
  c Any queries or problems with a team borrowing players, must be raised before kick-off.
3   Contact to be minimal, if a foul is committed then a free kick will be awarded. All free kicks are direct (fouls or head height) Serious foul play can be awarded with a straight penalty being given regardless of where the foul is on the pitch (This is at the referee’s discretion).
4   No over head height (all decisions are at the referee’s discretion)
5   Sliding tackles are not allowed. If a player continues to slide then a blue/yellow card will be shown, (2 - 4 mins sin bin).
6   No player is to enter their own goal area intentionally; this will result in a penalty being given. The goalkeeper may not leave the area at anytime. If the goalkeeper leaves the area whilst making a save this will be dealt with at the referee’s discretion. No player may enter their opponents goal area. This will result in the goalkeeper regaining possession of the ball.
7   The Goalkeeper may only return the ball into play by rolling it underarm, the ball must not go above the knee. The ball must touch 2 players before it can be returned to the goalkeeper.
8   Players must be a minimum of 6 feet from the ball when a free kick is being taken.
9   Substitutions can only be made at half time or for an injured player.
10   Players must not place both hands on the wall at the same time.
11   Any cancelled match will result in a 6-0 win for the opposing team. Any team missing 3 games in a row without prior reason will be removed from the league automatically.
12   Teams are awarded: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss
13   SIN BIN - Will be sanctioned for serious foul play/abuse, the player will receive 2 - 4 minutes in the sin bin. If a player then continues after returning to the pitch then a red card will be shown and the player sent off. If yellow/blue carded near the end of the game the 2 - 4 minutes will carry on to the next game.
14   The referee may, at his discretion play advantage on any fouls/over head height to keep the game flowing were possible.
15   PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE REFEREE’S DECISION IS FINAL IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, AND THAT FOUL/ABUSIVE LANGUAGE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
16   Shin-pads must be worn every game!!! ... no shin-pads ... no game!!!

Any queries please speak to Martin Stockley (Leagues Co-ordinator) direct.