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The Rules of Competition (RoC) for the Football Federation Victoria (FFV)’s current winter season will be referred to where these rules are silent.  Within this document RCSC refers to Ringwood City Football Club, trading as Ringwood City Soccer Club. This document should be read in conjunction with the competition’s Terms and Conditions.

Player Eligibility

A player’s age group is as defined in the  current FFV RoC.  RCSC will organise competition age groups to best suit the teams and players registered.  The team’s age group will be determined by the age of the eldest player in the team.

The competition age groups may consist of aged groups merged from multiple adjoining age groups.  Wherever possible RCSC will try to ensure that a competition age group spans no more than two adjoining age groups.  Teams may also consist of players from multiple age groups.  RCSC would prefer that the ages of the players within a team also conform to the same ‘span of age’ principle.

The Players’ Equipment

  • Law 4 of the FIFA Laws of the Game applies.
  • Players may wear football boots or runners.
  • All players must wear shin guards to take the field.
  • No jewellery or any item which may be a danger to the player or others may be worn on the field of play.
  • All players must wear a top or shirt of the team’s designated colour.
    • Coloured bibs will be available for use in the event of a shirt colour clash
    • Players may wear shirts and socks of any colour

The Referee

  • Law 5 of the FIFA Laws of the Game applies
  • Team Managers and Captains are the only people who can communicate with the Referee immediately before, during and after the game.
  • At no time should any person enter the field of play unless instructed by the Referee.

The Field of Play

  • A pitch approximately ¼ or ½ of a full sized pitch (depending on age group) which will be marked out with cones or flat strips (diagrams 1 & 2).
  • The penalty area will be a 10m x 25m area, or other suitable dimension as determined by RCSC or the referee, marked out with flat strips (diagrams 1 & 2) will be used for games played on a half pitch.  For games played on a quarter pitch the penalty area will be 17m x 7m.
  • Either 3m x 2m or 5m x 2m goals will be used depending on pitch size or competition.  The goals used by RCSC comply with Australian safety standards but at no time should anybody hang from the goals.
  • Interchange players and team official must position themselves in the Home and Away areas (diagrams 1 and 2).
  • All spectators must remain outside the 1 metre fence surrounding the main pitch.

The Ball

Ball sizes will be consistent with the current FFV RoC.

The Number of Players

  • 7 v 7 – including goalkeeper..
  • Teams must field a minimum of 5 players for the game to commence.
  • Players may be rotated at any time but must wait until the interchanged player has left the field.  Violations of this rule may result in free kicks, penalties or loss of competition points being awarded against the offending team at the discretion of the referee and RCSC.


  • The goalkeeper is allowed to handle the ball anywhere in the penalty area.
  • To restart play after a save or gathering the ball with their hands, the goalkeeper is not allowed to kick or drop kick the ball directly from their hands.
  • The ball must be thrown or rolled from the hands or played from the ground with their feet, within 6 seconds.
  • Opponents must be outside the penalty area and cannot move inside the penalty area until the ball is in play.
  • The ball is in play once it moves outside of the penalty area.

Duration of the Game

  • 2 x 20 minutes for Wednesday night games, 2 x 25 minutes for Friday night games (Half time break 5 minutes).
  • The Referee may shorten the duration of both halves and/or half time to ensure the match finishes in the allocated time.

Late Start

  • The referee will shorten the duration of play to ensure that the game finishes at the appropriate time
  • A team with less than 5 players present at the scheduled start of play may elect to either forfeit the game and record a 3-0 defeat or play under a goal penalty of 1 goal for every 5 minutes of delay
  • If a team does not have 5 players present after 15 minutes the game is forfeit
  • If neither team has 5 players present after 15 minutes from the scheduled start then the game is abandoned and a 0-0 draw recorded for each team


There is no offside in the City7s competition.  Players should, however, refrain from positioning themselves close to their opposition goals for extended periods of time.  Referees may direct players away from such positions at their discretion.  Failure to comply with such directions may result in free kicks being awarded against the player.

Free Kicks and Penalties

  • Opposition players must be at least 5 metres from the ball when a free kick or penalty is taken
  • Penalties are taken from the edge of the penalty area opposite the centre point of the goal

Start of Play and Re-start after Goal

  • Kicked from the middle of the half way line.
  • All players must be in their own half of the field of play.
  • Opponents must be at least 5m away from the ball until it is in play.
  • The ball must touch a team mate before a goal can be scored.
  • The ball is in play once it moves.

Ball Crossing the Touch Line

  • Throw-in: A throw-in is the method of restarting play when the ball crosses the touch line.
  • A throw-in is awarded to the opponents of the player who last touches the ball when the whole of the ball crosses the touch line, either on the ground or in the air.
  • The ball in is play when it enters the pitch.
  • A goal may not be scored directly from a throw-in.
  • The player taking the throw-in must not touch the ball again until it has touched another player.
  • Opponents must be at least 5m away from the ball until it is in play.

Ball Crossing the Goal Line after Touching the Defending Team Last

  • Corner kick: A player from the attacking team places the ball on the corner nearest to the point where the ball crossed the line.
  • Opponents must be at least 5m away from the ball until it is in play.
  • The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves.
  • A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick.

Ball Crossing the Goal Line after Touching the Attacking Team Last

  • Goal kick from anywhere within the penalty area. Refer to the ‘Goalkeeper’ section.
  • Opponents remain outside the penalty area until the ball is in play.  The ball is in play once it is kicked directly out of the penalty area.

Fouls and Misdemeanours 

Laws 12 and 13 of the FIFA Laws of the Game applies


If a player receives a 2nd yellow card or a direct red card in one game they will be sent from the field of play with no replacement player.  Any further disciplinary action may be taken as the RCSC sees fit.


Any acts of misconduct, as defined in the FFV’s Grievance Disciplinary and Tribunal By-Law (GDT), will be dealt with in accordance with such by the RCSC.

Match Points/Results

Match points will be awarded as follows:

Result Award
Win 3 points
Draw 1 point
Loss Nil points


Ringwood City Football Club Inc., trading as Ringwood City Soccer Club (RCSC) acknowledges that the content of this document is sourced principally from the 2012 Rules of Competition of the Football Federation Victoria’s (FFV) Summer Sevens program.