Liquid Football Trophy: Laws of the Game

  • The Duration of each game is ten minutes.
  • Only five players per team will be permitted on the pitch at any one time.
  • The game will begin with one team taking kick off from the centre – decided by the toss of a coin, and the entire team must be behind the ball at kick off.
  • Teams playing consecutive games will be awarded kick off by default in their second game
  • A centre kick can be played in any direction. A goal may be scored directly from kick off
  • Rolling substitutions are permitted.
  • Only the defending goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball inside the area. Goalkeepers are also not permitted to deliberately leave the area. A penalty kick will be awarded if this rule is broken.
  • The goalkeeper must underarm-throw the ball back into play; he cannot play the ball out with his feet. A penalty will be awarded to the opposition if this rule is broken.
  • Fly/rush goalkeepers will be permitted for use during the match.
  • The goalkeepers can only be swapped for an outfield player during stoppage of play
  • Whilst a rush goalkeeper is being used, all standard outfield-player rules will apply to all five of your players
  • In the event of an outfield player blocking a clear would-be goal with his hand or arm whilst a fly/rush goalkeeper is in use; a penalty will be awarded to the opposition that will be taken against an open goal
  • If a goal is conceded whilst a fly/rush goalkeeper is being used, an outfield player will then be permitted to take on the role of the goalkeeper by underarm-throwing the ball back into play from inside the area – the player must then immediately leave the area after the ball has been played
  • Following a conceded goal, the goalkeeper must underarm-throw the ball back into play.
  • All penalties (including during a shootout) and free-kicks must be taken with one-step
  • A defending player may not stand closer than one meter from the ball when defending a free kick
  • When defending a penalty, the goalkeeper must remain close to his goal
  • Pass-backs are legal.
  • However, it is seen as timewasting when a goalkeeper is in possession and passes to a defender, who then passes straight back to the ‘keeper. This will result in an free kick to be taken from the position where the defender played the ball
  • The ball may not go above “head height”.
  • The ball may be headed, as long as the ball is below six feet
  • The ball will remain in play if the ball inadvertently goes above head height
  • If the ball goes out of bounds, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposition
  • The award of a free kick will be given when a general foul is committed.
  • When the ball goes into the corner, zero contact can be made to the player who reaches the ball first, until the ball is back in play. Contravention of this will result in a free kick.
  • Any player who slide tackles or charges/body-checks will have a free kick awarded against them.
  • A player can be sent off for the rest of the game in the case of serious foul play. In this case, his team will have to continue with one less player for the remainder of the game. The player may or may not be able to rejoin his team in their next game depending on the seriousness of the offence – at ref’s discretion.
  • In the event of a draw during the knockout stages, the game will go straight to a penalty shootout. Each team will be given 5 penalties each (and on to sudden death if tied after the five).
  • No… we do not have VAR, so don’t ask!