Rotary Cup: Rules & Regulations

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*FIFA rules apply if not modified within. The following rules have been designed to ensure fair play for all participants. Each player is expected to understand these rules prior to their participation in the Rotary Cup 2019.


Players: Only Five (5) may play on the field at once including a Goal Keeper.

Game Duration: Games will be 14-20 minutes each with a 2 minute halftime. A coin toss will determine direction and possession before the start of the game. Games tied after regulation play in the knockout stage shall be decided on penalties. The game clock does not stop for injuries.

Forfeit: A minimum of three (3) players must be present to start the game to avoid a forfeit.

Field: Field will be approximately 20-30 yards wide by 30-40 yards long.



Kick Off: The kick off may be taken in any direction; it is an indirect kick.

Kick-Ins: The ball shall be kicked into play from the sidelines, instead of thrown in.There are no throw-ins.

Direct & Indirect Kicks: All dead-ball kicks (kick-ins, free kicks, kick offs) are indirect with the exception of corner/penalty kicks which are direct kicks.

Goal Kicks: Goal kicks may be taken from any point of the end line or D-box; they are indirect kicks

Corner Kicks: A corner kick is a direct free kick. A goal can be scored directly from a corner kick.

Penalty Kicks: Shall be awarded if, in the referee’s opinion, a scoring opportunity was nullified by an infraction (the infraction does not automatically result in a red card). Penalty kicks are dead ball infractions. If a goal is not scored, the defense obtains possession with a goal kick.

Goal Scoring: A goal cannot be scored from an indirect kick, such as a kick-in from out-of-bounds.

Five Yard Rule: In all dead-ball situations, defending players must stand at least five (5) yards away from the ball. If the defensive player’s goal is closer than five (5) yards, the ball shall be played five (5) yards from the goal, in line with the place of the penalty.

Substitution: Substitution is on the fly (at any time).

Goal Keepers: Goalkeepers are allowed.

Offside: The offside rule is not in effect.

Slide Tackling: Playing the ball while on the ground is not permitted with other players within striking distance. This is considered “dangerous play” and will be called at the discretion of the referee. Slide tackling infractions will result in an automatic yellow card

Hand Ball Clarification:

Deliberate handling of the ball that denies a team of an obvious goal-scoring opportunity may result in the following:

  • a penalty kick (at the discretion of the referee)
  • a yellow or red card given to the player committing the hand ball (at the discretion of the referee).

Conduct: A yellow/red card system will be used to control unsportsmanlike conduct and improper behavior (persistent infringement of any rules of the game). Any player receiving two yellow cards during one game or a red card will be ejected and must sit out their team’s next game.

Yellow/Red cards may be issued for the following:

Yellow Card

  • Persistently infringes upon any of the rules of the game
  • Shows dissent by word of mouth or action to decisions given by the referee
  • Is guilty of any incidental vulgar or profane language
  • Is guilty of unsporting conduct
  • Slide tackling

Red Card

  • Is guilty of violent conduct or serious foul play
  • Is abusive in language or gesture towards a player or official
  • Persists in misconduct after receiving a caution

Protests of Rules: Referee calls are final. Referee judgement calls are NOT grounds for a protest. Play protests may result in a yellow or red card.

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