To celebrate women's Football and heighten awareness of the Womens FIFA World Cup to be hosted in 2023 join us for our Womens Social 7s Tournament at Forsyth Barr stadium on the 11th of September between 10am & 4pm.  

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Laws of the Game:  

Note: where the law is not specified, refer to FIFA’s Laws of the Game. This also includes descriptions of penalties for infringement.  

Field of Play:  

  • Size of Field 55x35m  

  • The Field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway cone, which joins the midpoints of the two touchlines.  

  • Size of Goal Box 8m x 16m  


  • A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player (including any kind of jewelry).  

  • Players must wear appropriate clean normal football boots or artificial turf books.  

  • The wearing of shin guards is compulsory, and must be covered by socks, in accordance with the Laws of the Game is compulsory. 

  • All teams will need to provide their own uniform (be wearing the same color as your assigned country). If a team's uniform clashes with their opponents, bibs will be provided for the away team to distinguish between teams.  

The Players:  

  • A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than seven players, one of whom is the goalkeeper.  

  • All players must be at least 16 years old.  


  • The keeper is allowed out of the goal area (whilst he will be treated like any other player).  

  • The keeper is allowed to save or stop the ball with their hands inside the goal area only.  

  • The Keeper can return the ball into play with a throw inside the box.  

  • The keeper is not allowed to handle the ball after a pass or kick-in from their own team but may use their feet to distribute the ball.  

  • After holding the ball, the goalkeeper must immediately return the ball into play with a throw or kick within 4 seconds.  

  • If the ball deflects off a cone used for field marking, for example, the goal area, the goal shall stand as the cone is a part of the field of play.  

Game Duration 

  • All games are played: 2 x 15-minute halves with a 2-minute halftime interval; games will start on the whistle from the referee and finish on a whistle. Teams must be ready to take the field at kickoff time.  

  • All games will kick off and finish at the scheduled time.  

  • If a team is more than 5 minutes late: they have defaulted (referee’s discretion) and will lose the game with 3 goals.  

  • If a penalty kick must be taken or retaken at the end of either half, the duration of either half is extended until the penalty kick is completed.  


  • There shall be 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.  

  • There shall be 3 goals allocated for a defaulted game.  

Start of Play: 

  • The home team, listed as the first team on the draw, starts the game with a kickoff from the center spot.  

  • The opponents of the team taking the kick-off are at least 4m from the ball until the ball is in play.  

  • The ball may go in any direction.  

  • In the event of any infringement of the kick-off procedure, the kick-off is retaken.  

Disciplinary Procedures: 

  • A player receiving a direct red card is suspended for the rest of that game and the following game.  A player that has been sent off can be replaced after 2mins or a goal conceded.  

  • A player committing a second yellow card offence will be issued with a red card and sent off for the rest of that game and the following game.  

  • The player sent off must give their full details to the referee.  

  • If a player doesn’t give their name, the referee has the right to withdraw from the game and the team loses 3 points plus the game.  

Free Kick: 

  • The opposition must stay 4m away from the location of the free kick. 

Penalty Kick:  

  • A penalty kick is awarded against a team that commits an offence inside the goal area.  

  • The ball is taken from 6m from the goal at point is determined by the referee.  

  • The player taking the penalty kick must be properly identified before taking the kick.  

  • The player taking the penalty kick must take a two (2) step run up when taking the penalty.  

  • The defending goalkeeper must remain on their goal line, facing the kicker, between the goalposts until the ball has been kicked.  

  • All players must be behind the ball.  

Kick in:  

  • Kick-ins are taken from both sidelines of the pitch when the ball goes out of play.  

  • The opposition must stay 4m away.  

  • A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick in.  

Goal Throws:  

  • A goal throw is awarded when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, having last touched a player of the attacking team, and a goal is not scored. 

  • The keeper can return the ball into play within the goal box using their hands only.  

  • All players must be outside of the goal box until the keeper releases the ball.  

Corner Kick:  

  • A corner kick is awarded when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, having last touched a player of the defending team, and a goal is not scored.  

  • A goal may be scored directly from the corner kick.  

  • The ball must be placed within 30cm of the corner cone nearest to the point where the ball crossed the goal line.  

  • The corner cone must not be moved.  

  • Opponents must remain at least 4m from the ball until the ball is in play.  


Please note that Football South does not provide insurance cover for personal injury. Football South will not be held responsible for personal injuries. Please note that this competition is a social competition and Football South reserves the right to remove teams from the tournament should they be deemed to be playing in the wrong grade or not in the spirit of the Tournament.