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NSW Primary Schools Sports Association – Handbook

Section 6.9 – Football Knockout Competition – Boys and Girls

Amended 2015

Football NSW Shields

6.9.1 Refer to General Knockout Rules.

6.9.2 Rules and conditions


(i) Competition is to be on an open primary age basis, i.e. pupils must be thirteen (13) years or under in the year of the competition.

(b) Rules

(i) All teams to consist of a maximum of fourteen (14) players. Game to proceed with 11 players v 11 players on the field.

(ii) Each team may make unlimited interchanges during a game.

(iii) Interchanges shall take place sideline at the interchange zone at any stoppage in play after the referee's permission has been obtained.

(iv) Corner kicks will be taken eight (8) metres from the penalty area.

(v) Game to be played on a full-size field with full sized goals.

(c) Draw

Draw will be made on an association basis association Sub-Convener.

(d) Duration of play

All boys and girls games shall be twenty five (25) minutes each way with five (5) minutes for half time (injury and interchange time allowed). The referee shall be the sole timekeeper.

(e) Drawn games

In all matches except the final

(i) Corners shall be counted by the referee in both normal and extra time (if required).

(ii) If goals scored are equal or the score is 0-0 at the completion of normal time, then 5 minutes extra time each way to be played.

(iii) If goals scored are equal or the score is 0-0 at the completion of extra time, the team scoring the most corners throughout the match (including extra time) will be determined the winner.

(iv) If goals and corners are equal at the completion of extra time, a penalty shootout will take place in accordance with FIFA Law with the winner of the shootout being declared the winner.

(f) The final

In the result of a draw in the final both teams will be named joint champions.(Corners will not be counted and there will be no extra time).

(g) Match rules

The fixtures will be played accordance to FIFA Rules.

(h) Results

Results must be forwarded by the winning school to the Convener or his nominee within one (1) day of match being completed.

(i) Suspensions

If a player is sent from the field of play, he/she is given an automatic one (1) match SUSPENSION. This suspension is to be served in the next knockout match in the same competition. The associational convener must be notified of such an incident by the school of the dismissed.

(j) Clash of colours

Should a clash of colours occur, the visiting team must supply an alternate strip.

(k) Use of shinpads

Shinpads must be worn by all players. Players will not be able to take the field of play at any time during a match without wearing shinpads.

6.9.3 Duties of home school

Home teams shall provide the following:

(i) Regulation size football field – properly marked.

(ii) Size four (4) football.

(iii) Qualified referee and two (2) assistant referees if possible.

(iv) Nets and corner posts if possible.

(v) First aid kit, and if possible a First Aid Officer.

All players are required to wear correct football gear.

6.9.4 Medals

Fourteen (14) medals will be awarded to the winning school team and fourteen (14) medals to the runners-up on the day of the final plus one (1) medal for the Team Coach and one (1) medal for the school

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