5.1 MATCH DURATION: Matches consist of 2 x 18 minute halves and teams change ends at half time. Furthermore, there is a one-minute break at half-time.
5.2 SEASON LENGTH: In most competitions a season duration is between 14-20 rounds plus a 2-week Finals Series, played over 2 competition nights.
5.3 MATCH RECORD: Upon arrival to each competition venue the team captain or delegate MUST complete the game sheet with full details of all players for the match, including shirt number, first name and surname. This must be completed before play can commence.
5.4 PAYMENT OF MATCH FEES: Payment of match fees is to be made PRIOR to the commencement of the game. If this cannot occur, please have the courtesy to notify the League Administrator, however failing to pay before kick-off is a breach of competition rules and will be reported by the Competition Administrator.
5.5 LEAGUE FIXTURES: Fixtures will be sent to each team captain and available for viewing online on the Futsal HQ website. It is the captain’s responsibility to ensure an active email address is provided to Futsal HQ at all times.
5.6 COMPOSITION OF LEAGUE DIVISIONS : Futsal HQ Management reserves the right to determine an appropriate division for new and/or existing team entries, taking into account the previous season’s results (if applicable), vacancies, availability and the formation of a division.
5.7 MATCH TIMES: Match times are set and cannot be altered in order to suit team’s preferences. Please note: misreading the fixture will not be considered an acceptable excuse for failing to attend a scheduled match and forfeit fees will apply (i.e. the competition bond will be used). In fairness to all teams, we always look to have an even spread. However, teams can request certain time slots (e.g. only games between 6:00pm-8:00pm) however we cannot guarantee all requests will be granted and it will depend on several circumstances. Providing a reason for requiring early or late match times improves your chances!
Not all teams like playing the earliest/latest games of the night however we do our best to accommodate all team’s requests. Any requests MUST be submitted via email no less than 2 weeks before a new season commences.
5.8 COMPETITION POINTS: In all league fixtures, match points will be awarded as follows:
WIN : 3 POINTS
LOSS : 0 POINTS
DRAW : 1 POINT
BYE : 1 POINT
WIN ON FORFEIT : 3 POINTS + 5-0 WIN
LOSS ON FORFEIT : 0 POINTS + 5-0 LOSS
Note 1: BYEs count as matches played – excluding Player Suspensions.
Note 2: Forfeits count as matches played with the exception of cases whereby a Player Suspension was to apply (i.e. the player must serve a suspension round where a match has been participated in by the respective team).
5.9 TEAM COMMUNICATION:
Teams are required to have a Captain who will act as a reliable contact person with an active email address along with a current contact phone number. If there is ever a change in contact-person we request that you email our Management Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the earliest possible opportunity. Emails are sent to teams throughout each competition season and we certainly like to keep all participants informed of any news or league information.
5.10 PLAYER EQUIPMENT & ATTIRE:
Team Jerseys: All team members must wear the SAME ‘primary coloured’ shirts except for the goal keeper. All shirts must be numbered and must have sleeves (singlets / sleeveless jerseys are NOT permitted) and there are to be no duplicate numbers. Variation in trim (e.g. stripes, monograms, patterns, etc.) on jerseys is allowed provided that such trim does not become the dominant colour of the uniform. Exception to the shirt colour rule: A fill-in player is provided by the centre or another team (only if a team is genuinely short of players – as per section’s 2 and 3 in the Rules of Competition).
Colour clashes: Where there is a clash of team colours in a respective fixture, the ‘away team’ (i.e. second-named team on the fixture) must wear bibs provided by the Competition Administrator at the respective facility.
Teams are discouraged from wearing predominantly black jerseys in our leagues as our referees’ kit is predominantly black in colour. Shin Pads: must be worn by ALL players at ALL times in ALL competitions as dictated by our Insurance Policy.
Jewellery: ALL players must remove jewellery (any part of the body) prior to entering the court and includes but not limited to items such as watches, chains, rings, earrings, studs, bracelets as it presents a danger to the individual and other players. The only `taping’ that may be permitted, is that of a flat wedding band and this is at the referee’s discretion.
Footwear: Appropriate non-marking footwear must be worn to play at all times. Player’s may be excluded from participating in a fixture they do not have appropriate footwear and their footwear is marking the court. No studs or spikes are permitted.
Headwear: All hats, caps, non-religious / non-medical headwear must be removed before entering a court. Sweatbands & headbands are permitted provided it does not present a danger to the individual or any other player.
Eyewear: Players are permitted to wear sports goggles or sports glasses as long as, in the referee’s opinion, the glasses pose no danger to the player wearing the glasses or any other player on the court. All edges, arms, corners, frames should be rounded to minimise the risk of jabbing / spiking to other players, especially but not limited to, the face and eye area. Contact lenses are strongly encouraged.
*Note: The appointed referee, at any time, has the right to order a player wearing potentially dangerous eyewear, to vacate the court. If a match has commenced, the appointed referee will consider challenges for the ball, competitive headers and ‘near misses’ when considering such a decision.
Player Casts: No player may use equipment that is of danger to him/herself or another player. Players wearing a ‘soft cast’ or a ‘soft protection guard’ may be permitted to play if the cast does not present a danger to the individual or any other player. The rule the appointed referee will apply if presented with such circumstances is to gauge: ‘does the guard applied feel like an arm?’. The appointed referee will make the final decision as to the acceptability of any cast. Hard plaster casts are considered to pose a danger to both the wearer and other players and are not permitted to be worn. In some cases the practice of padding a hard plaster cast does not reduce the element of danger and this includes ‘fibreglass casts’.
Matters Not Covered Above Regarding Attire:
Sporting attire is to be worn at all times and includes : sports jerseys, shorts, socks, shin pads, leggings, bike shorts, sports skins, non-marking futsal/indoor soccer shoes/runners and appropriate tracksuit pants.
No article of clothing shall contain pockets, buckles, loops or other objects that may cause a risk to the safety of other players.
Jeans are not permitted to be worn under any circumstances.
Any matter not appropriately covered within the Futsal HQ Rules of Competition shall be at the discretion of the appointed match referee of Futsal HQ.
5.11 ILLEGAL DRUGS/ALCOHOL: No individual will be permitted to participate in a match if it is suspected that he/she is under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol (a report will be made to the Management Team). Spectators and players are also prohibited from bringing and/or consuming alcohol or drugs at a Futsal HQ venue. Don’t risk it, offending players / teams will face serious consequences, most likely team or player de-registration from the league.