GDSFA & GDFRA Local Requirements
Transcript GDSFA & GDFRA Local Requirements
The FIFA Laws of the Game are written for use in all matches,
however in accordance with the FIFA Statutes, local
associations are allowed to modify the laws with respect to
their application for:
– Players under 17 years of age.
– Women footballers.
– Veteran footballers (over 35 years of age).
– Players with disabilities.
There are a number of modifications with Granville District and
Football NSW which you need to remember.
In all matches run by Granville Football (GDSFA) these are the
In all ages (Except Premier League 1st Grade) INTERCHANGE
is allowed instead of substitutions
Interchanges are to follow the following basic procedure:
They can only happen during a stoppage in play,
Referee must be notified and aware an interchange is being made
Player off the bench must enter the field from half way
Player leaving the field must leave the field at half way.
For full interchange procedure read you law book (Page 80)
Don’t get confused, DO NOT STOP the game because the
coach/manager wants an interchange, an interchange happens
when there is a stoppage in play (i.e. throw-in, free kick,
penalty, corner or goal kick).
Treatment of Injured Players
Players who are injured during a match and are able to be
moved after assessment on the field of play will now be
required, as per the laws of the game, to leave the field of play
after being assessed.
This is a mandatory requirement for all age groups.
In a match where interchange is played, the injured player can
be simply interchanged with a bench player. In a match where
substitutions only are permitted, the team will either play short
until the player is ready to return to the field and the referee
gives their permission to return, or substitute the player.
Clubs will be informed of this requirement and GDFRA expect it
to be enforced in Round 1 this season.
Timing of matches / Match Ball
In Law 7 each match consists of 2 equal periods of 45 minutes.
In Football NSW (FNSW) and GDSFA competitions, this
procedure is different
Timing of matches is dependent on the age of the participating
The Ball (Law 2) also advises that the size and shape of the
ball must conform to the requirements under this law.
In GDSFA and FNSW competitions the size of the ball used is
dependent also on the age of the participants
The timing of matches and ball size are as follows for each age
Under 12’s – 25 minutes e/w, Size 4 Ball
Under 13’s – 30 minutes e/w, Size 4 Ball
Under 14’s – 30 minutes e/w, Size 5 Ball
Under 15’s and U16’s – 35 minutes e/w, Size 5 Ball
Under 17’s – 40 minutes e/w
Under 18’s Under 21’s and AAM / AAW
45 minutes e/w, Size 5 Ball
Over 35’s, Over 45’s Over 30 Women
40 minutes e/w, Size 5 Ball
Timing of matches.
In Granville, half time consists of 5 minutes whistle-to-whistle.
This applies to all levels of football, junior, senior and females.
Also, Matches must kick off at the correct time, if a match is
running late the referee must take time off each half of the
game to ensure following matches kick off on time.
All 3pm fixtures must kick off at 3pm, NO EXCEPTIONS.
Referee of the prior game to calculate time and reduce each
half appropriately to ensure the match finishes at or before
2:50pm, so the 3pm fixture kicks off on time.
ID Cards / Team Sheets
Referees do not undertake the ID Check, this is to be facilitated
between the two teams.
Referees should only get involved in ID Card issues if there is a
player wearing glasses, or an issue in the ID check.
Referees do NOT need to collect ID cards if they send a player
All players must be listed on the team sheet (including
borrowed players) before kickoff. Once the Referee has the
team sheet in his possession, NO ALTERATION BY WAY OF
ADDING PLAYERS NAMES IS TO BE ALLOWED.
If a coach can’t remember all his players numbers and they are
arriving late, he is allowed to add numbers, BUT NOT NAMES.
ID Cards / Team Sheets
Team sheets now come in printed format for the ease of use by
NO MATCH IS TO START WITHOUT THE TEAM SHEET
BEING IN POSSESSION OF THE REFEREE PRIOR TO
No team sheet = no game
No ID Cards = no game
Referee to make notification on the team sheet advising of the
circumstances surrounding a team not playing in the match.
GDSFA will determine if match is to be forfeit / replayed etc…
Jewellery requirements is as per Law 4 – Players Equipment,
A player must not use equipment, or wear anything that is
dangerous to himself or another player (including any kind of
In GDSFA this is a mandatory requirement, the only exception
is a flat wedding band (not taped), and medical alert
bracelets/necklace, which must be taped down.
We expect all referees to ensure this is enforced.
Over 30 and 35’s Slide Tackles
Slide tackles are not permitted in Over 35’s, Over 45’s and
Over 30 Womens fixtures within GDSFA competition.
This rule applies in situations where a player commits a slide
tackle (sliding for the ball with an opponent within playing
distance of him and the ball). He is punished with an Indirect
If a slide tackle is ruled careless, and involves contact with an
opponent, then a Direct Free Kick is to be awarded as per the
Laws of the Game
Repeat offenders shall be sanctioned appropriately.
Remember that it is not an offence to bend down to control the
ball, or get on your knees to control the ball, but this rule
applies to the act of sliding for the ball with an opponent within
Players are allowed to wear glasses to play in so long as the
photo on their ID card clearly shows the player wearing the
Referees can check this for clarification should the need arise.
If it is obvious that the glasses the player is wearing are
different to the glasses on the ID Card, the referee must make
a judgement call as to whether the glasses could pose a risk to
the player themselves, or an opponent.
Referees should let the GDFRA Secretary know if there is a
dispute about appropriate glasses.
Hand Ball – Girls and Ladies Competitions
THIS RULE HAS NOW CHANGED AND IS TO BE
ENFORCED IN ENTIRETY!
GDSFA NO longer allows female players to protect their chest
against the ball by allowing their arms in front of, or across their
GDFRA expect referees to enforce this mandatory requirement
from Round 1 of this season.
Any player who is wearing a plaster cast, or is wearing a
hardened arm brace, is NOT allowed to play.
Even if the player has wrapped the cast / brace in foam or
bandages, the player must not play.
For this rule there are NO EXCEPTIONS!
Corner Kicks in Under 12’s
In Under 12’s fixtures, corner kicks shall be taken from an
imaginary point 8 yards (approximately 8 steps) from the edge
of the penalty area
The ball may be placed up to 1 metre inside the field of play.
On some fields in GDSFA the fields are not large enough for
the 8 yard requirement, therefore they are to take the GK from
the corner arc in accordance with the laws of the game.
GDSFA have requested that GDFRA officials who send off
players are to provide a send-off report with 48 HOURS of the
AR’s only need to provide a report if they provided advice to the
referee which results in a player being sent off.
In instances of serious misconduct by team officials,
spectators, mass brawl, assault on match official etc…the
referee and his assistant(s) must submit incident reports within
48 HOURS of the match being played.
You may be asked to attend Judiciary, if you are GDFRA will
provide a mentor to attend along side you.