Walking Football Rules (Good for insomnia)


Law 1 The Field of Play

General Principle Where not stated, the normal IFAB Laws of Association Football apply with exceptions notably that there is no offside in Walking Football. The Pitch Walking Football may be played with or  without barriers. Dimensions: The playing area must be rectangular. The length of the touchline must be greater than the length of the goal line.
For 5 and 6-a-side football the following dimensions are recommended Length: minimum 25m  maximum 50m Width:  minimum 16m  maximum 35m For 7-a-side football the following dimensions are recommended Length: minimum 50m  maximum 60m Width;  minimum 30m  maximum 40m Area Markings The playing area is marked with lines. The two longer boundary lines are called touchlines. The two shorter lines are called goal lines. All lines are 8cm wide.
The playing area is divided into two halves by the halfway line. The centre mark is indicated at the midpoint of the halfway line. A circle with a radius of 3 m is marked around it.
A penalty area is defined at each end of the pitch  as follows:
A semi circle of 6m radius shall be drawn from the centre of each goal line. The extremities of these semi-circles should reach the goal line, barrier or wall regardless of whether or not the goal posts encroach onto the playing area. Penalty Mark A penalty mark is drawn 6m from the midpoint between the goal posts and equidistant from them. The Corner Arc Where barriers do not surround the playing area, a quarter circle with a radius of 25cm from each corner is drawn inside the playing area.

Law 2 The Ball

Qualities and Measurements The ball is:
• spherical • made of leather or other suitable material • size appropriate to the group playing
Replacement of a Defective Ball If the ball bursts or becomes defective during the course of a game:
• the game is stopped • the game is restarted by dropping the     replacement ball at the place where the first   ball became defective
If the ball bursts or becomes defective while not in play:
• the game is restarted according to the Laws
The ball may not be changed during the match without the permission of the referee.

Law 3 The Players

A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than the following number of players and substitutes for each format: 5-a-side =  5 players per team and 3 substitutes  (total of 8 players) 6-a-side =  6 players per team and 3 substitutes  (total of 9 players) 7-a-side =  7 players per team and 3 substitutes  (total of 10 players) Substitution Procedure The maximum number of substitutes permitted  is three.
The number of substitutions made during a game is unlimited. A player who has been replaced may return to the pitch as a substitute for another player.
Substitutions should take place when play is stopped or during play if the second official is involved in refereeing the game. This will be determined by the Competition Rules.
A substitution is made when the ball is in or out  of play, for which the following conditions must  be observed:
• the player entering the playing area may not do  so until the player leaving the playing area has    passed completely over the boundary line • where barricades are used, the players must use    the opening onto the playing area • a substitution is complete when the substitute  enters the playing area from which moment the    substitute becomes a player and the player who is   replaced ceases to be a player
A substitute is subject to the authority and jurisdiction of the referee, whether called upon to play or not. Changing the Goalkeeper Any of the players or substitutes, may change places with the goalkeeper. The following conditions must be observed:
• the referee must be informed before the change    is made • the change may only be made during a stoppage    in play • the replacement goalkeeper must wear a jersey    which distinguishes them from all other players    and the referee Infringements/Sanctions If, while a substitution is being made, a substitute enters the playing area before the player being replaced has completely left:
• play is stopped • the player being replaced is instructed to leave    the playing area • the substitute is ‘sin binned’ for the agreed period • play is restarted by an indirect free kick to be    taken by the opposing team from the place where   the ball was situated when the game was stopped  However, if the ball was inside the penalty area,    the indirect free kick is taken 3m from the penalty   area line, at the place nearest to the position of the ball when play was stopped.

Where barricades are used; if, while a substitution is being made, a substitute enters the playing area or a player being replaced leaves it from a place other than the recognised opening in the barricades:
• play is stopped • the substitute is ‘sin binned’ for the   agreed period • play is restarted by an indirect free kick to be    taken by the opposing team from the place where   the ball was situated when the game was stopped.  However, if the ball was inside the penalty area,    the indirect free kick is taken 3m from the penalty  area line, at the place nearest to the position of    the ball when play was stopped
Validity of a Match – Playing Numbers A match should not be considered valid if the playing strength of either team is permanently reduced by:
• more than two players for 5–a-side • more than two players for 6-a-side • more than three players for 7–a-side
However, this should only apply when players are permanently excluded or lost through injury rather than within the ‘sin bin’ for a two minute suspension.

LAW 4 The Players’ Equipment

Safety A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to themselves or another player, including any kind of jewellery. Jewellery must be removed. Basic Equipment The basic compulsory equipment of a player is:
• a jersey or shirt • shorts or track suit trousers • socks • shinguards • footwear – which is subject and appropriate to    local conditions and surface type Shinguards • are covered entirely by the socks • are made of a suitable material (rubber, plastic or    similar material) • provide a reasonable degree of protection Goalkeepers • the goalkeeper is permitted to wear long trousers • each goalkeeper wears colours which easily    distinguish them from the other players and   the referees
Infringements/Sanctions For any Infringements of this Law:
• the player at fault is instructed by the referee  to leave the playing area to correct their     equipment or to obtain any missing item of  equipment. The player may not return to the    playing area without first reporting to the referee,   who then checks that the player’s equipment is    correct. The player is only allowed to re-enter the    playing area when the ball is out of play • players can return to play whilst the ball is in play    if a second official has checked the equipment. If  no second official is present the player must wait    for play to stop in order for the referee to check    the faulty equipment.

LAW 5 The Referee

The Authority of the Referee Each game is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game in connection with the game to which they have been appointed, from the moment they enter the locality where the playing area is situated until they leave. Powers and Duties The Referee:
• enforces the Laws of the Game • allows play to continue when the team against  which an offence has been committed will benefit   from such an advantage, and penalises the  original offence if the anticipated advantage does   not ensue at that time • keeps a record of the match and provides the    appropriate authorities with a game report which    includes information on any disciplinary action  taken against players and/or team officials and    any other incidents which occur before, during or    after the game • acts as timekeeper • stops, suspends or terminates the game for any  infringement of the Laws or due to any kind of  outside interference • takes disciplinary action against players guilty of  cautionable, ‘sin bin’ and sending-off offences • takes action against team officials who fail to    conduct themselves in a responsible manner and  may, at their discretion, expel them from the    playing area and its immediate surrounds • ensures that no unauthorised persons enter the    playing area • stops the game if, in their opinion, upon injury  assessment a player is seriously injured and    ensures that they are removed from the   playing area • ensures any player bleeding from a wound leaves   the playing area
• allows play to continue until there is a stoppage   in play if a player is, in their opinion, only   slightly injured • ensures that any ball used meets the     requirements of Law 2 • make use of timed suspensions to exclude    temporarily players guilty of infringements of   the Laws • in the absence of a second official, the referee    should make excluded players aware of the end of   their period of suspension Decisions of the Referee The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play are final.

LAW 6 The Match Official

Duties The duties of the Match Official are to assist the referee in the control of the game in the  following areas:
• control of the substitution procedure, ensuring    that the player to be replaced has left the playing    area before the substitute is allowed to enter the    playing area • check the equipment of all the substitutes    entering the playing area • ensure that a player sent from the playing area    by the referee, to replace any missing or defective   equipment, is checked before being allowed back   on to the playing area • if a player has been removed from the playing    area by the referee to have a ‘blood injury’ treated,   the match official must ensure that the bleeding  has stopped before the player is allowed to   re-enter the playing area • keep a full record of the game details • act as the timekeeper for any player who has  been given a temporary suspension from   the game • report to the referee any misconduct by any of  the team players or officials in the technical /    bench / substitute area • carry out any other duties as requested by   the referee

LAW 7 The Duration of the Match

The duration of the match shall be divided between two and four equal periods of over 5 and up to 30 minutes each, subject to the following:

• allowance shall be made in either period for time    lost through stoppages as decided by the referee • the duration of any period shall be extended to    enable a penalty kick to be taken • between periods the interval shall not exceed five   minutes, except by consent of the Referee • competition rules may allow for a game to     be played in its entirety without any interval or    requirement to change ends
For games ending in a draw, competition rules may state provisions involving extra time or other procedures approved by the International FA Board to determine the winner of the game.

LAW 8 The Start and Restart of Play

Preliminaries The choice of ends is decided by the toss of a coin. The team winning the toss decides which goal it wishes to attack in the first period of the game.
The other team takes the kick-off to start the game. Kick-off A kick-off is a way of starting or restarting play:
• at the start of the game • after a goal has been scored • at the start of any period of the game • at the start of each period of extra time,   where applicable
A goal may be scored directly from the kick-off. Procedure • all players are in their own half of the playing area • the opponents of the team taking the kick-off are    at least 3m from the ball until it is in play • the ball is stationary on the centre mark • the referee gives a signal • the ball is in play when it is kicked and moves in    any direction • the kicker may not touch the ball a second time    until it has touched another player
After a team scores a goal, the other team takes the kick-off. Infringements/Sanctions If the kicker touches the ball for a second time before it has been touched by another player:
 
 • an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing  team to be taken from the place where the  infringement occurred. For any other  infringement of the kick-off procedure, the kick-off   is retaken Drop Ball A drop ball is a way of restarting the game after a temporary stoppage. A goal cannot be scored directly from a drop ball situation.
If a dropped ball enters the goal without touching at least two players, play is restarted with;
• a goal kick if it enters the opponents’ goal • a corner kick if it enters the team’s goal
 Procedure The referee drops the ball at the place where it was located when play was stopped, unless it was in the goalkeeper’s possession, when the goalkeeper shall, at the referee’s signal; return the ball into play by dropping the ball from any point within the  Penalty Area.

Play restarts when the ball touches the ground.

Where barricades are in use and a drop ball is required, the referee shall drop the ball 2m from the barricade at the appropriate point.
 Infringements/Sanctions The ball is dropped again:

• if it is touched by a player before it makes contact   with the ground • if the ball leaves the playing area after it makes  contact with the ground, without a player     touching it

LAW 9 The Ball In and Out of Play

 The choice of ends is decided by the toss of a coin. The team winning the toss decides which goal it wishes to attack in the first period of the game.
The other team takes the kick-off to start the game. Kick-off A kick-off is a way of starting or restarting play:
• at the start of the game • after a goal has been scored • at the start of any period of the game • at the start of each period of extra time,   where applicable
A goal may be scored directly from the kick-off. Procedure • all players are in their own half of the playing area • the opponents of the team taking the kick-off are    at least 3m from the ball until it is in play • the ball is stationary on the centre mark • the referee gives a signal • the ball is in play when it is kicked and moves in    any direction • the kicker may not touch the ball a second time    until it has touched another player
After a team scores a goal, the other team takes the kick-off. Infringements/Sanctions If the kicker touches the ball for a second time before it has been touched by another player:

Ball Out of Play The ball is out of play when:

• it has wholly crossed the goal line or touch line,    whether on the ground or in the air • play has been stopped by the referee • when playing indoors, it hits the ceiling
 
Ball In Play The ball is in play at all other times including when:

• it rebounds from a goal post, the crossbar, or the    barricades onto the playing area • it rebounds from the referee when on the   playing area Decisions When a game is being played on an indoor playing area and the ball hits the ceiling, the game is restarted by an indirect free kick awarded to the opposing team to the one which last touched the ball.
The indirect free kick should be taken from the point at which the ball began to rise. Should this occur in the penalty area, the free kick should be taken 3m from the penalty area line nearest to where the offence was committed. The exception to this rule is when the ball hits the ceiling following a deliberate ‘save’ (as opposed to a clearance) by the goalkeeper. In this case teams should play on.
Height of Ball Restrictions A height restriction is set at a designated height of 6ft (1.83metres), above which an indirect free kick shall be awarded to the opposing team. The only exception to this is if the height of the crossbar exceeds 6ft, in which instance the height restriction is played to the height of the crossbar. If a height infringement occurs within the penalty area and is committed by the goalkeeper, an indirect free kick should be awarded 3m from the penalty area line nearest to where the offence took place.
The exception to this rule shall be when the ball rises above the designated height restriction resulting from a save or block performed by a goalkeeper. Play should continue in this circumstance. Should another player then play the ball whilst it is at a height above the designated height restriction, this will result in an indirect free kick to the opposing team.

LAW 10 Determining the Outcome of a Match

Goal Scored Except otherwise provided by these Laws, a goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar, unless it has been thrown, carried or intentionally propelled by the hand or arm by a player of the attacking side. Under no circumstance is the goalkeeper from the attacking side allowed to score. If the goalkeeper does play the ball in to the opponents’ goal, play is restarted with a goal kick. Winning Team The team scoring the greater number of goals during a game is the winner. If both teams score an equal number of goals or if no goals are scored, the game  is drawn. Competition Rules For games ending in a draw, competition rules may state provisions involving extra time or other procedures to determine the winner of a game  (see p14). Kicks from the Penalty Mark Procedure Taking kicks from the penalty mark is a method of determining the winning team if competition rules require there to be a winning team after a match has been drawn. Procedure • the referee tosses a coin to choose the goal   at which the kicks will be taken • the referee tosses a coin and the team whose    captain wins the toss decides whether to take the   first or second kick • the referee keeps a record of the kicks   being taken

Competition Rules will determine the number of   kicks with the kicks taken as described hereafter:
• the kicks are taken alternately • the names of the players taking the kicks are    announced to the referee by the captains of   each team before the kicks from the penalty  mark are taken and must be among those  included on the list of players submitted before  the match. Only those players on the pitch at the  completion of the game are eligible to take part in  kicks from the Penalty Mark. Unless there is a  player in the ‘sin bin’ at the completion of the  game, in which case they are permitted   to participate • where a player(s) has been sent off by the  referee, the opposing team must reduce the  number of players to equalise the participants in    each team prior to the kicks from the Penalty    Mark commencing • if, before both teams have taken their designated    number of kicks, one has scored more goals than    the other could score, even if it were to complete    its designated number of kicks, no more kicks   are taken • if, after both teams have taken the designated  number of kicks, both have scored the same  number of goals, kicks continue to be taken in   the same order, until one team has scored one    goal more than the other from the same number    of kicks • any player who has been sent off may not take    part in the kicks from the penalty mark • any eligible player may change places with   the goalkeeper • only the eligible players and match officials are    permitted to remain on the pitch when kicks from   the penalty mark are taken • all players, except the player taking the kick and    the two goalkeepers, must remain in the opposite   half to that where the kicks are being taken • if a goalkeeper is injured during the kicks from the   penalty mark procedure, they may be replaced by   a substitute Procedures to Determine the Winner of a Match To determine the winner of a match, tied after fulltime, the following procedures or a combination of these procedures may be used:
• extra time • kicks from the penalty mark

Use of these procedures should be detailed in the competition rules.

LAW 11 Fouls and Misconduct

Fouls and misconduct are penalised as follows:

Direct Free Kick : A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following seven offences in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:
• kicks or attempts to kick an opponent • trips or attempts to trip an opponent • jumps at an opponent • charges an opponent, even with the shoulder • strikes or attempts to strike an opponent • pushes an opponent • tackles an opponent

A direct free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offences:
• running • deliberately heading the ball • holds an opponent • spits at an opponent • slides in an attempt to play the ball when it    is being played or attempted to be played by an  opponent (sliding tackle).

Additionally no playing   from the floor is permitted • handles the ball deliberately, except for the    goalkeeper in their own penalty area • where barriers are in place, players are not    permitted to hold onto barriers to shield the   ball and should be penalised by the referee   for holding

A direct free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred.

Indirect Free Kick : An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper commits one of the following offences:
• touches or controls the ball with their hands or    feet, in the penalty area, for more than six seconds • receives the ball back directly from a team mate    to whom they have just passed the ball without  the ball having made contact with any other player • allows the ball to stop in a stationary position in    the penalty area without touching it for more   than six seconds • if a height infringement occurs within the penalty   area and is committed by the goalkeeper, an    indirect free kick should be awarded 3m from the  penalty area line nearest to where the offence    took place • the exception to this rule shall be when the ball  rises above the designated height restriction    resulting from a save or block performed by a  goalkeeper. Play should continue in this     circumstance unless the ball hits the roof when    play should be restarted with a drop ball. However,   should another player play the ball whilst it is at    a height above the designated height restriction,  this will result in an indirect free kick to the    opposing team • a goalkeeper exits their own penalty area

An indirect free kick is also awarded to the opposing team, to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred, if, in the opinion of the referee, a player:  plays in a dangerous manner • deliberately impedes the progress of an opponent   when the ball is not being played
 • prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball    from their hands • commits any other offence, not previously    mentioned in Law 12, for which play is stopped   to caution or dismiss a player

The indirect free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred, unless this was in the penalty area, in which case the indirect free kick is taken 3m from the penalty area line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. Disciplinary Sanctions The use of temporary time suspensions (‘sin bin’s) and the exclusion of a player arising from the issuing of a red card are the recommended disciplinary sanctions for use in walking football. Match officials should employ the use of temporary timed suspensions (blue cards) in all cases traditionally regarded as cautionable offences.

The options for a match official imposing disciplinary sanctions are therefore;
• player issued with a blue card and temporarily    suspended from play • player issued with a red card and permanently    excluded from play

 A blue card offence should always be accompanied by a temporary suspension from play.

The period of timed suspension in walking football shall be two minutes. The release of players from a temporary suspension should be at the direction of the Referee or a Match Official if one is available.
 
Temporary Timed Suspensions – Procedures A player temporarily suspended from play will be shown a blue card by the match official and informed that he/she shall be suspended from play for two minutes.
The player is obliged to leave the playing area and remain in a designated ‘‘sin bin’’ area for the required suspension time. Separate ‘‘sin bin’’ areas should be identified for each team. If no designated ‘‘sin bin’’ areas are provided, then suspended players should remain in the area where they can be seen by the referee and adjacent to team officials and substitutes.
A player will be informed as to the end of a period of suspension by the referee or match official and invited to rejoin the game. Where barricades are  used, the players must use the opening onto the playing area.

Temporary Timed Suspensions A player is shown the blue card and temporarily excluded from play if he/she commits any of the following offences:
C1 is guilty of unsporting behaviour
C2 shows dissent by word or action
C3 persistently infringes the Laws of the Game
C4 delays the restart of play
C5 fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, kick-in, free kick or goal clearance.
C6 enters or re-enters the playing area without the referee’s permission or infringes the substitution procedure
C7 deliberately leaves the playing area without the referee’s permission outside of a substitution.

For any of these offences, an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred. If the offence was commits within the penalty area, the indirect free kick is taken 3m from the penalty area line at the place nearest to where the infringement occurred. Exception to the use of ‘Blue Cards’ and  Temporary Timed Suspensions The only exception to the use of ‘Blue Cards’ and Temporary Timed Suspensions is in facilities where, if a player is excluded for two minutes, they are unable to take up a position which is still in the eye line of the Referee but outside the boundaries of the pitch. This might be the case in an enclosed sports hall or in a complex of caged pitches. In such circumstances safety considerations requires the Referee to employ the use of yellow cards, with all players remaining on the pitch unless excluded permanently. In this situation normal disciplinary sanctions will apply after the game as per the competition rules. If 2 yellow cards are given to an individual, the player will be shown a red card and dismissed.

Sending-Off Offences A player is sent off and shown the red card if he/she commits any of the following offences:
1. S1 is guilty of serious foul play
2. S2 is guilty of violent conduct
3. S3 spits at an opponent or any other person
4. S4 denies the opposing team a goal or an  obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a    goalkeeper within their own penalty area)
5. S5 denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity  to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or   a penalty kick
6. S6 uses offensive, insulting or abusive language 7. S7receives a second blue/yellow card in the  same match
 
If play is stopped for a player to be sent from the playing area without having committed any additional infringement of the Laws, the game is restarted by an indirect free kick, awarded to the opposing team, to be taken at the place where the infringement occurred. However, if the offence is committed in the penalty area, the indirect free kick is taken 3m from the penalty area line at the place nearest to where the infringement occurred. Decisions A player who has been sent off may not take any further part in the game nor may he/she sit on the substitutes’ bench, where provided. Following a 2 minute time suspension after the sending-off incident, the offending team is allowed to replace the sent-off player with a substitute.

LAW 12 Free Kicks

Types of Free Kicks Free kicks are either direct or indirect.

For both direct and indirect free kicks, the ball must be stationary when the kick is taken and the kicker may not touch the ball a second time until it has touched another player.

The Direct Free Kick • if a direct free kick is kicked directly into the    opponents’ goal, a goal is awarded

The Indirect Free Kick • a goal can be scored only if the ball subsequently    touches another player before it enters the goal

Position of Free Kick • all opponents must be at least 3m from the ball    until it is in play • the ball is in play after it has been touched   or played

Infringements/Sanctions If, when a free kick is taken, an opponent is closer to the ball than the required distance:
• the kick is retaken
If, after the ball is in play, the kicker touches the ball a second time before it has touched another player:
• an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing  team, taken from the place where the     infringement occurred
 
Signals Direct Free Kick:
• the referee keeps one arm horizontal, pointing in    the direction the kick has to be taken

Indirect Free Kick:
• the referee indicates an indirect free kick by    raising their arm above their head.
• they maintain their arm in that position until the  kick has been taken and the ball has touched    another player or goes out of play
 
LAW 13 The Penalty Kick

A penalty kick is awarded against a team which commits any of the following offences:
• a defending player enters their own penalty area • a goalkeeper commits any of the seven sending    off offences within their penalty area
A goal may be scored directly from a penalty kick.
Additional time is allowed for a penalty kick to be taken at the end of each period or at the end of each period of extra time. Position of the Ball and the Players The ball:
• is placed on the penalty mark
The player taking the penalty kick:
• is properly identified
The defending goalkeeper:
• remains on their goal line, facing the kicker,  between the goalposts, until the ball has   been kicked
The players other than the kicker are located:
• inside the pitch • outside the penalty area • behind or to the side of the penalty mark • at least 3m from the ball
Procedure • the player taking the penalty kicks the ball forward • they may not play the ball a second time until it    has touched another player • the ball is in play when it is kicked and   clearly moves • the player must take a maximum of one step    when making their run up
When a penalty kick is taken during the normal course of play, or time has been extended at halftime or full time to allow a penalty kick to be taken or retaken, a goal is awarded if, before passing the goalposts and under the crossbar:
• the ball touches either or both of the goalposts,    and/or the crossbar and/or the goalkeeper Infringements/Sanctions If any of the following situations occur:
A player of the defending team infringes this Law:
• the kick is retaken, only if a goal is not scored • the kick is not retaken if a goal is scored
A team-mate of the player taking the kick infringes this Law of the Game:
• the kick is retaken if a goal is scored • the kick is not retaken if a goal is not scored
The player taking the kick infringes this Law of the Game after the ball is in play:
• an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing  team, the kick to be taken from the place where    the infringement occurred, unless this was in  the penalty area, in which case the indirect free    kick is taken 3m from the penalty area line at the    place nearest to where the infringement occurred

Outcome of the Penalty Kick:

Encroachment by attacking player : Goal - Penalty is retaken. No Goal -  Indirect free kick
Encroachment by defending player : Goal or Penalty is retaken if No Goal
Offence by goalkeeper : Goal or Penalty is retaken and caution for goalkeeper if No Goal
Ball kicked backwards : Indirect free kick
Illegal feinting : Indirect free kick and caution for kicker
Wrong kicker : Indirect free kick  and caution for wrong kicker

LAW 14 The Kick-In/Roll-In

A kick-in/roll-in is a method of restarting play.
A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick-in/roll-in.
A kick-in/roll-in is awarded:
• when the whole of the ball passes over a   touchline, either on the ground or in the air, or hits   the ceiling • from the place where it crossed the touch line or    2m into the playing area adjacent to where the  ball left the playing area when barricades are   in use • to the opponents of the player who last touched    the ball Position of the Ball and the Players The ball:
• has to be stationary on the touch line; or 2m into    the playing area from the barrier where barricades   are in use when taking a kick-in • is kicked into play in any direction
The player taking the kick-in/roll-in:
• has part of each foot either on the touch line or on   the ground outside the touch line at the moment    of kicking/rolling the ball; or • must stand between the ball and the barricade    where in use • must use an underarm action when rolling the   ball in
The players of the defending team:
• are at least 3m from the place where the kick-in   is taken
 
 
Procedure • the player taking the kick-in may not play the ball    a second time until it has touched another player • the ball is in play immediately after it is kicked   or touched Infringements/Sanctions The kick-in is retaken by a player of the opposing team if:
• the kick-in is taken incorrectly • the kick-in is taken from a position other than the  place where the ball passed over the touch line or  where indicated by the referee where barricades    are in use • an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposition  if the player taking the kick-in plays the ball a    second time before it has been played by   another player

LAW 15 The Goal Clearance

A goal clearance is a method of restarting play.
A goal may not be scored directly from a goal clearance.
The goal clearance is awarded when:
• the whole of the ball, having last touched a player   of the attacking team, passes over the goal line,    either on the ground or in the air, and a goal is not   scored in accordance with Law 10 Procedure • opponents remain outside the penalty area • the goalkeeper does not play the ball a second    time until it has touched another player • the ball is in play when the ball is thrown underarm  or kicked from any stationary point within the    penalty area by the goalkeeper of the   defending team Infringements/Sanctions If the ball is not thrown or kicked directly beyond the penalty area:
• the goal clearance is retaken
If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper touches the ball, before it has touched another player:
• an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing    team 3m from the penalty area line from the place   nearest to where the infringement occurred

If the goalkeeper receives the ball from a team mate in open play the goalkeeper is permitted to touch the ball and to pick the ball up. After the goalkeeper has distributed the ball, he/she may only receive a pass if the ball has either touched an opponent or if the ball has been touched by at least two of the goalkeeper’s team mates, otherwise:
• an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing  team, to be taken 3m from the penalty area   line from the place nearest to where the     infringement occurred
 
LAW 16 The Corner Kick

A corner kick is a method of restarting play.
A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick, but only against the opposing team.
A corner kick is awarded when:
• the whole of the ball, having last touched a player   of the defending team, passes over the goal line,    either on the ground or in the air, and a goal is not   scored in accordance with Law 10 Procedure • the ball is placed inside the corner arc at the    nearest corner • opponents remain at least 3m from the ball until it   is in play • the ball is kicked by a player of the attacking team • the ball is in play when it is kicked or touched • the kicker does not play the ball a second time  until it has been played by or touched   another player

LAW 17 Walking

Walking is defined as ‘always having at least one foot in contact with the ground’. Infringements/Sanctions The referee will award a direct free kick against any player who is seen to be not walking.
If a player is penalised on three occasions for infringing the walking rule, they receive a blue card and are ‘sin binned’ for duration of two minutes.
Infringements/Sanctions An indirect free kick is taken by the opposing team if:
• the player taking the corner kick plays the ball   a second time before it has been played by or  touched another player. The indirect free kick    is taken from the place where the   infringement occurred
For any other infringement:
• the corner kick is retaken
Where the playing area is surrounded by barricades, the corner kick is replaced by a kick-in at a point 2m inside the playing area at the corner nearest the point where the ball left the playing area.

Appendix A Notes on the Laws for Small  Sided Football – Modifications


Provided the principles of these laws are maintained, the Laws may be modified in their application for matches, including for players with disabilities as outlined below.
Any or all of the following modifications are permissible:
• size of the playing area • size, weight and material of the ball • width between the goalposts and height of the    crossbar from the ground • the duration of the periods of play • substitutions • number of designated penalties to be taken when   deciding the outcome of a game • Players are not permitted to hold onto barriers    when in place to shield the ball and should be    penalised by the referee for holding and a direct    free kick awarded.
 
Modifications to the laws should be detailed in the   competition regulations.