Football Rules

General rules

  1. No player is permitted to participate in any Dublin Indoor Sports league without first reading, understanding and signing the Dublin Indoor Sports Indemnity forms. It is an individual's and captain's responsibility to ensure that this is done. Please ask the Venue co-ordinator for this form.
  2. Nails must be cut short and jewellery removed. Jewellery (i.e. earrings, rings, necklaces, watches etc) is NOT permitted on the court for safety purposes. In cases where jewellery cannot be removed (e.g. wedding bands, earrings) these must be taped to the skin.
  3. Appropriate behaviour must be adhered to at all times from all participants (i.e. players, team officials, supporters, parents). Dublin Indoor Sports reserve the right to ask any person(s) to leave the premises or, for more severe cases, ban person(s) from future participation.
  4. All players must play no less than three games for a team if he/she wishes to play in the semi finals and finals. Before each game the captain must advise the Sports Co-ordinator on duty who is playing for his or her team.
  5. All players must be registered and have paid their registration fee in order to qualify to play in the semi finals and finals.

Game rules

  1. The game is played in two 20-minute halves, or two 15-minute halves, dependent on the grade. Teams change ends at half time. The half time break will be a maximum time of two minutes.
  2. Teams are made up of 5 or 6 individuals dependent on the league.
  3. All mixed teams must ensure a minimum of one male, or a maximum of four males only are on the court at any one time.
  4. Players may substitute at any time - notification of the referee is not necessary. (There is no restriction on the amount of subs that teams have).
  5. All goals scored by males are worth one point. All goals scored by females are worth two points.
  6. The goal keeper is restricted to his or her goal circle but may change positions with another player at any time during the game.
  7. Only the goal keeper may touch the ball with their hands if they are within the goal keeper's circle. No other player may touch the ball with his or her hands.
  8. The goal keeper may not pick the ball up if it is passed back from a player from his/her own team.
  9. Only the Goal Keeper is allowed in the goal circle. A penalty kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a defending player moves offside preventing a goal being scored.
  10. The Goal Keeper must off-load the ball within 3 seconds.
  11. Goals cannot be scored from within the opponent's goal circle. Therefore the attacking players must shoot for a goal outside the goal circle.
  12. Goals may be scored from your defensive half.
  13. The ball may be kicked above shoulder height but cannot touch the wall above a certain point. This point is defined by lines on the wall. The ball cannot touch any part of the ceiling. This will ensure that no damage is caused to lights, windows and other players.
  14. A free kick is awarded against whoever touched the ball last causing the height restriction rule to come into effect. If the ball comes off the goal keeper and goes over the height restricted area the ball is returned to the goal keeper.
  15. All free kicks are indirect which means you cannot shoot for a goal but must pass the ball to another player.
  16. All defending players must be at least 3 feet away from the player taking a free kick.
  17. Players are not permitted to play at the ball while not on their feet except for the goal keeper when inside the circle. Therefore no slide tackling is allowed!
  18. Direct penalties are taken from the top of the circle. The opposing player is permitted a run up of no more than 2 steps. Only the goal keeper is allowed in the circle when a penalty shot is taken.
  19. A team must default a game if they cannot field a team of at least four registered players.