ANU SportANU Football ClubANU Women’s Football Club and ANU Futsal Club are jointly hosting a FREE mixed gender small-sided tournament. Participation is open to all ANU students and ANU Sport members.

For new students this tournament provides a fantastic opportunity to play football, meet new people and have fun in a friendly, social environment.

For existing ANU Sport members this tournament provides a great chance to meet other members of the ANU football family and show off the fun, friendly, opportunity that football provides to new ANU students.

When you register, tournament organisers will place you in a team to participate on the day. The tournament will run for a full day and will include group stages as well as finals. All teams will play at least 100 minutes of football over the course of the day.

The only equipment you need is a pair of football boots and shin pads. All other equipment such as balls and bibs will be supplied on the day.


Sunday 23rd February with the first matches kicking off at 9am. Please check your attendance before 8:45am. Teams will be organised and instructions for the day will be given at 8:45am.  


South Oval is the large Oval located on Ward Road adjacent Sullivan’s Creek, near Ursala Hall, Burgmann College and John’s College. Please check your attendance with the event organisers at the South Oval Pavillion next to the Canteen when you arrive.

How to register?

Are you ready to play? Simply fill in the form below to register, and our event organiser will be in touch.


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General rules:   

  • Six or seven-a-side tournament depending on registrant numbers. Teams will be confirmed on Friday before the tournament begins. Each team includes one goalkeeper.
  • Team squads shall consist of a minimum of 7 players and a maximum of 10 players
  • Two halves of twelve minutes per game. Field size: 50m L by 35m W; Goal size: 5m L by 2m H
  • Group stages,  Ranking games (position 5 to 16), Quarter-finals,  Semi-finals, 3rd place game, Final  


  • The top two teams from each group advance to the Cup quarter-finals.
  • Teams placed three and four in each group advance to the Plate quarter-finals.
  • In the group stage, teams will be awarded 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss.
  • If two or more teams are equal on points, head-to-head results will determine rankings. If teams are equal based on head-to-head results, then for-and-against will determine ranking. If the teams are equal based on for-and-against results then goal scored will determine rankings. If the teams are equal based on goal scored then a coin toss, with a representative from each team present, will determine rankings.
  • Specific knockout structure will depend on the number of teams. The following assumes a 16 team tournament.
  • Quarter-final winners from the Cup (Plate) advance to the Cup (Plate) semi-finals.
  • Quarter-finals losers will play ranking games to finalise positions 5/6, 7/8, 13/14 and 15/16. 
  • A field player officially registered for one team cannot be borrowed by another team or exchanged for a team member of another team.
  • Goalkeepers may be shared between teams.
  • An unlimited number of substitutions may be made during a game. However, only three players are allowed to be on the substitution list for each game.
  • Teams must wear the provided bibs of distinctly different color during each match.
  • If a team is more than 30 minutes late to the start of the tournament, as per the tournament schedule provided to each team, then the team forfeits the game and a ‘ghost team’ will play instead (see below for ghost team rules)
  • If a team is more than 10 minutes late for any game during the tournament, as per the tournament schedule provided to each team, then the team forfeits the game and a ‘ghost team’ will play instead (see below for ghost team rules)

Ghost team

  • If a ghost team is required to replace an absent team, then all others teams have to supply one player to create a “ghost team”. The purpose is to ensure that teams that abide by the tournament schedule play a full schedule of games.
  • “Ghost players” may still play for their original team.
  • The player allocated to the “ghost team” can change from one game to another
  • If a team, for any reason, does not provide a ghost player, then two points will be deducted from that team.
  • Ghost teams do not gain points regardless of the game result.
  • However, the other team will be awarded 3 points if they win, 1 point if they draw and 0 points if they lose. 

Knockout games

  • If a knockout game is drawn the end of regular time, there will be at most two five-minute halves of extra time played. The winner is the first team to score during extra time.
  • If not team scores during extra time, five penalty kicks for each team will be used to determine the winner.
  • If the first five penalties end in a draw, a sudden death penalty shootout begins for the next round of penalties. The winner is determined by one team scoring and the other missing.
  • Only players registered for that game are allowed to take a penalty including the goalkeeper. Players not on the game sheet or subs list cannot participate in the shootout.
  • Goalkeepers must keep on foot on their goal line when the penalty is taken. They cannot move off the goal line to dive before the player kicks the ball.

Players’ Guide

  1. The players’ equipment
  2. The Referee
  3. Duration of play
  4. Playing the match
  5. Making Substitutions and Changes
  6. Fouls and free- kicks
  7. Discipline Process
  8. Returning the ball back into play
  9. Modifications to the Laws

The Normal Laws of Association Football apply with exceptions:

  1. The Players’ Equipment
    A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player. All jewellery must be removed. Shin guards, must be covered entirely by the socks, made of a suitable material (rubber, plastic or similar substances) and provide a reasonable degree of protection. Goalkeepers are permitted to wear long trousers and must wear colours, which easily distinguish him from the other players and the referees
  2. The Authority of the Referee
    Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game in connection with the match to which he has been appointed, from the moment he enters the locality where the playing area is situated until he leaves.
  3. The Duration of the Game
      1. The game shall be divided into two equal periods of 12 minutes each period subject to the following:
      2. No allowance shall be made in either period for time lost through stoppages.
      3. The duration of either period shall be extended to enable a penalty kick to be taken.
      4. The Half Time interval shall equal 2 minutes except by consent of the Referee.
  4. 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 the second half of the game, and at the start of each period of extra time, where applicable. A goal may be scored directly from the kick-off. All players must be 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 must be stationary on the centre mark until the referee gives a signal. The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves. The kicker may not touch the ball a second time until it has touched another player.

    Drop Ball
    Is a way of restarting the match after a temporary stoppage. If the ball is in a goalkeeper’s area at the time of the stoppage, the goalkeeper will be given the ball to restart play.  Otherwise, the team without control of the ball at the time of stoppage must be 3m away from the drop ball location until play restarts. The play restarts when the ball touches the ground.

    Ball Out of Play
    The ball is out of play when: it has wholly crossed the goal line or touchline, whether on the ground or in the air, when the referee has stopped play.

    Ball In Play
    The ball is in play at all other times including when: it rebounds from a goal post, the crossbar, or if it rebounds from the referee when on the playing area.

    Height of ball restrictions
    If a height restriction is to be introduced the competition rules should identify the height above which an indirect free kick shall be awarded to the opposing team. If a height infringement occurs within the penalty area and is committed by the defending team an indirect free kick should be awarded on 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 or deflection of a player. 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.

    There is no offside.

    Areas of Play – All players
    Both attackers and defenders are permitted to play within the penalty area. Goals can be scored within the penalty area. Modified rules may determine that access to the penalty area is restricted except for the goalkeeper.

  5. Substitution Procedure
    The maximum number of substitutions is three. The number of substitutions made during a match is unlimited. A player who has been replaced may return to the pitch as a substitute for another player. Substitutions may only take place when there is a break in play.

    Changing Places with the Goalkeeper
    Any of the other 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; a change may only be made during a stoppage in play, the replacement goalkeeper must wear a jersey, which distinguishes him from all other players, and the referee.

    Viability of a match (Playing Numbers)
    For 6- a side if a team loses at any time more than 2 members of their team the match should be abandoned. For 7-a-side this number should be more than 3 members of a team. However for all formats this should only apply when players are permanently excluded or lost through injury rather than within the ‘Sin Bin’ for a two-minute suspension.

  6. A Direct Free Kick
    A direct free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred and can be kicked directly into the opponent’s goal to score a goal. The referee keeps one arm horizontal pointing in the direction the kick has to be taken. A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offences in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:
    • Trips or attempts to trip an opponent
    • Jumps at, pushes or charges an opponent (even with the shoulder)
    • Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent
    • Tackles an opponent (the keywords are doing it carelessly, recklessly or with excessive force).

    In addition direct free kicks will also be awarded if a player:

    • 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).
    • Handles the ball deliberately except for the goalkeeper in his penalty area
    • Holds an opponent

    A Penalty Kick
    Is awarded against a team, which commits any of the offences for which a direct free kick is awarded inside its own penalty area and while the ball is in play. Additional time is allowed for a penalty kick to be taken at the end of each half or at the end of each period of extra time.

    Position of the Ball and the Players for a Penalty kick
    The ball is placed on the penalty mark; the player taking the penalty kick is properly identified. One foot of the defending goalkeeper must remain on his 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 5m from the ball. The player taking the penalty must kick 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 moves.

    Indirect Free Kicks
    An 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 from the penalty area line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. An indirect free kick is awarded for the following offences:

    • A Goalkeeper touches or controls the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately kicked or thrown to him by a team-mate.
    • A Goalkeeper Touches or controls the ball with his hands or feet, in the penalty area, for more than four seconds.
    • The ball exceeds the height of ball restrictions (optional modification).
    • 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 his hands, commits any other offence, not previously mentioned for which play is stopped to administer a temporary timed suspension or dismiss a player.

    From an Indirect Free Kick a goal can be scored only if the ball subsequently touches another player before it enters the goal. For an Indirect Free Kick the referee indicates an indirect free kick by raising his arm above his head. He maintains his arm in that position until the kick has been taken and the ball has touched another player or goes out of play.

    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.

  7. Disciplinary Sanctions
    The use of temporary time suspensions (‘sin bins) and the exclusion of a player arising from the issuing of a red card are the recommended disciplinary sanctions for use in small-sided football. Match officials should employ the use of temporary timed suspensions (blue cards) in all cases traditionally regarded as cautionable offences. Yellow cards are no longer to be used in small-sided football unless the use of temporary timed suspensions is impractical due to the nature of the venue i.e. referees cannot supervise players who have been dismissed. In these cases, yellow cards may continue to be used. The options for a match official imposing disciplinary sanctions are, therefore:
    • Player shown a blue card is temporarily suspended from play
    • Player issued with a discretionary second 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 of two minutes in duration. 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
    A player is shown the blue card and temporarily excluded from play if he commits any of the following offences: is guilty of unsporting behaviour, shows dissent by word or action, persistently infringes the Laws of the Game, delays the restart of play, fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, kick-in, free kick or goal clearance. Enters or re-enters the pitch without the referee’s permission or infringes the substitution procedure, deliberately leaves the pitch without the referee’s permission. 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 committed within the penalty area the indirect free kick is taken from the penalty area line at the place nearest to where the infringement occurred.

    Sending-Off Offences
    A player is sent off and shown the red card if he commits any of the following offences: is guilty of serious foul play, is guilty of violent conduct, spits at an opponent or any other person, 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 his own penalty area). 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. Uses offensive, insulting or abusive language. Or if a player receives a second/third blue card in the same match.

    A player who has been sent off may not take any further part in the match nor may he sit on the substitutes’ bench, where provided.

  8. The Kick-In
    Is a method of restarting play. A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick-in. A kick-in is awarded if; the whole of the ball passes over a touch line, either on the ground or in the air. A Kick-in is taken from the place where it crossed the touchline. The kick is awarded to the opponents of the player who last touched the ball. 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. The players of the defending team must be at least 3m from the place where the kick-in is taken. The feet of the player taking the kick-in must not cross the line.

    The Corner Kick
    A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick.

  9. Modifications to the Laws
    Any or all of the following modifications are permissible:
    • Size of the field of play
    • 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
    • Height of ball restrictions
    • Access to penalty areas being restricted only to goalkeepers.
    • Goalkeeper unable to receive ‘pass backs’ unless the ball has been touched by an opponent or been touched by at least two of his team-mates.
    • Goalkeepers can only distribute the ball through underarm throws.
    • Goalkeeper restarts if the ball crosses the goal line

    Modifications to the laws should be detailed in the competition regulations