Competition Rules

  1. 1.Players and Equipment:

    A team can have a Minimum of 10 players for any one game- 7 players of which one must be a goalkeeper and 3 substitutes.

    A minimum of 5 players are required for the game to go ahead.

    1. Any written or oral complaint made to the organizers regarding teams playing unregistered players, will lead to the deduction of 3 points and a fine of N20,000 which must be paid before the next game.
    2. ALL PLAYERS MUST BE VERIFIED LEGAL PRACTITIONERS
    1. ALL TEAMS MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF THE MEANS OF I.D AND CALL TO BAR CERTIFICATES OF ALL THEIR
    2. ANY PLAYER WITHOUT THESE DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON THE FIELD OF PLAY BY THE MATCH COMMISSIONERS.
    3. A team list shall be submitted 30 minutes before every
    4. Players are advised to arrive 30 minutes before their games for verification.
    5. All players must wear the same colored shirt (except GK).
    6. All players are advised to wear shin guards and knee high
    7. Players must wear football
    8. A player whose footwear or shinguard is lost accidentally must replace it as soon as possible and no later than when the ball goes out of play; if before doing so, the player plays the ball and/or scores a goal, the goal is awarded.
    9. The two teams must wear colours that distinguish them from each other and the match officials.
    10. Each goalkeeper must wear colours that are distinguishable from the other players and the match officials.
    11. If the two goalkeepers’ shirts are the same colour and neither has another shirt, the referee shall instruct one of the goal keepers to wear a distinguishing bib after tossing a coin.
    12. IRON STUDS SHALL NOT BE ALLOWED ON THE PITCH
    13. ONLY PLAYERS VERIFIED BY THE MATCH COMMISSIONERS SHALL BE ALLOWED ON THE PITCH
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  3. 2. Referees

    Please respect the referees, dissent will not be tolerated. All refereeing decisions are final.

     

    3. Goalkeeper

    1. The GK is allowed out of his area, when he does he will be treated as an outfield
    2. There are no restrictions on the GK using his feet in the area during active play.
    3. The GK can pick up a back

     

    4. Duration of the match

    The match is fixed for 40mins, 20mins for each half. A maximum of 10 minutes is given to change ends at half time, injury time is at the discretion of the referee.

    Failure of either of the teams to show up at the scheduled time of their game will result into reduction in the duration of the game.

     

    5. Substitutions

    1. Unlimited substitutions are allowed as long as the referee is made aware of the
    2. Substitutes must enter and leave the field of play from the closest exit.
    3. Substitutions can only be made when the referee gives permission and play has
  4. 6.  Fouls and Misconduct

    1. The referee will deal with all fouls and misconduct which will be punished
    2. Slide tackles are not allowed (direct free kick) although players can slide to keep the ball in play if
    3. Every slide tackle shall be a foul except as described in 6(a) above.
    4. Any free kick is direct and the defending team must retreat at least 5 yards from the

    7.  Discipline

    1. Verbal warning
    2. 1st offence, Yellow Card
    3. 2nd Offence (2nd Yellow) amounts to a Red Card – player will play no further part in the game and shall pay a fine of N1000 and he shall miss the next
    4. The fine must be paid before he can feature in the next game after his

    8. Penalty Area

    Any player is allowed in the penalty area to play the ball. A penalty (2 steps maximum) will be awarded for any infringement by the defending team in the area.

    9.  Abandoned Games

    A grace of 15 minutes from the time of kick off shall be given to an incomplete team and the match shall be deemed abandoned by the incomplete team. In all cases where a match has been abandoned through the fault of one of the teams, the match shall be awarded to the opposition with 3 goals.

     

    10.  General Playing Rules

    1. A goal can be scored directly from any kick
    2. Back pass rule – the GK can pick up a back
    3. There are NO
    4. Throw-ins shall be done in line with the rules of football
    5. Corner-Kicks shall be played in line with the rules of football.
    6. Where there is a deadlock, the match shall be determined by penalties after regulation time.
    7. There shall be no Extra-Time
    8. 5 Penalty kicks shall be taken by each team to determine who proceeds.
    9. For all other rules the laws of Association football will

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