Competition

The Mini Soccer competition will involve a 7 week Mini League followed by a 2 week Mini Cup depending on the number of teams (8 teams maximum per category).

Quarter – final, Semi-final and final draw will be notified to participants following completion of the Mini League. All teams play during Quarter Finals, Semi finals and Finals! 

Drawn games in finals will be decided on a penalty shootout. 

Trophy and medals awarded to winning team and medals to the runner up. Best player awards will be presented at the end of the competition.

Points and finals

Win: 3 points Draw: 1-point   Loss: 0 points. No bonus points, ranking will be based on goal difference, followed by most goals scored.

Kick off times – Juniors  

Under 6:  plays at 9 & 9.30am

Under 8:  plays at 10 & 10.30am

Under 10: plays at 11 & 11.30am

Under 12: plays at 12 & 12.30pm

Under 14: plays at 1 & 1.30pm

Teams must start play at the scheduled kick off times notified to them.

Discipline:  (Yellow cards, red cards blue cards)

Players will receive yellow and red cards as per regular FIFA rules (including dangerous or reckless tackling, foul and abusive language, professional fouls, persistent fouls or any violence directed at any other player or official). 

Pitch 

The pitch is a Futsal pitch. 

Referees

Referees will be provided.

Verbal or physical abuse or intimidation or threats of violence or the persistent questioning of decisions of a referee by players, coaches or spectators, will not be tolerated and is unacceptable in this competition.

Suspensions and/or team expulsions will occur if players or team supporters are found guilty of any of this behaviour.

Any player behaving in this manner stated above will be sent off and suspended and the entire team risks expulsion.

The offending player’s team may, at the competition manager’s discretion, get points deducted for the behaviour and risk team expulsion from the competition.

The spectators found guilty of this behaviour will be asked to stop and if they don’t will be asked to leave the ground and not to return. If a team’s spectators behave in the manner described above risk expulsion from the competition, never to return. 

Registration Checks

Unregistered Players/ players used from other teams 

Teams cannot play an unregistered player at any time. Players will be expelled on the spot 

Teams cannot play a disqualified or suspended or expelled player at any time.

You can register new players up until the 6th round, so don’t risk it. 

Player numbers before the start of a match

If a team has 3 or less players the game is declared a forfeit. A forfeit can only be declared by the supervisor or competition manager (not the referee). 

If a team has 4 players ready to play, the game is ‘live’ and will count. 

Players can register for more than 2 teams but must pay the additional registration fee.

Players that have registered for a team but have not completed payment will not be allowed to play until full registration fee is paid- no exceptions.

If you have registered 2 or more teams registered in a specific comp you cannot transfer players now at all. That is players cannot play in 2 teams unless they are registered and paid for both teams.

Registrations – Non-Transferable

Player registrations are not transferable. If a player can no longer play for any reason their registration fee cannot be transferred to a new player. No exceptions. Refunds will not be provided

Registration- Other 

All players must be registered to play, teams risk being expelled if they play unregistered players  

Refunds will not be given if a player stops playing for whatever reason.   

You cannot have another player take over a registration of a player who has decided to stop playing (i.e. if injured).  

You can register additional players up to 6 weeks into the competition.  

Mini Soccer Cup has the final say if a team can or cannot participate in its competition. Factors such as past suspensions/bans ( FNSW) will be considered. 

Mini Soccer Cup can expel (without refund) any player or team on the spot at any time during the competition for any violent behaviour or non-conforming registration related issue relating to its team, members of team and its spectators.  

No sibling or student discounts available 

Registration includes comprehensive injury insurance, fully dressed pitches or fields, balls, goals, reliable referees, marshals, competition scheduling and tables, prizes for the winners.

Full refunds will be given to teams if a competition does not go ahead  

Forfeit 

Forfeited games result in 3 points being credited to the non-forfeiting team. The forfeiting team will lose an additional 3 points if Mini Soccer Cup is not notified 2 days prior to kick off .

Teams forfeiting 3 times will be expelled from the competition, without refund. (If your players are unreliable, register more!)

Mini Soccer Cup  may expel any team that forfeits 3 games without valid cause.  No refunds will be paid to teams expelled or withdraw from the competition.

The referee cannot rule a game forfeited. The competition manager or the supervising official will determine if a game is forfeited after consultation with the field referee.

Expulsion/withdrawal

Mini Soccer Cup reserves the right to expel or suspend players or teams or team spectators involved in any sort of on or off field violence, including verbal abuse, intimidation (including questioning of decisions) or assault of officials- without any refund.

Serious violence will be reported to the police and Mini Soccer Cup will prosecute serious offences and also assist victims of violence in prosecution

Players or teams expelled will not be allowed back into the competition. Teams can also be expelled for playing unregistered players at any time.

Team Withdrawal   

If a team withdraws from a competition, all previous games played against this team will be nullified (win, lose or draw). No refunds will be paid to teams expelled or withdraw from the competition.

Wet Weather

If it’s been raining it is the responsibility of each player and team to check the Mini Soccer Cup website for updates to see if games are still on or cancelled. If a round is cancelled due to rain or lighting Mini Soccer Cup will email all registered participants. 

If any of the games are cancelled due to wet weather each team will receive a point and the round/games and will not be replayed. 

Lost round due to rain or lightning will not be replayed. 

If we are affected by thunderstorms and/or lightning. Games will be stopped all spectators and players will be directed to take cover. 

An assessment to recommence or suspend all remaining games will be made. We ask people to take cover in the club house or in their cars. If play is suspended for more than 30 minutes, all remaining games will be called off.

Player numbers per team

Each squad is to comprise at least 7 players and a maximum of 10.  Teams to field 5 players including a goalkeeper for each game.  Goalkeeper is to wear a shirt coloured different to outfield players.

Teams will be permitted to commence play with not less than 4 players and bring on any late arriving players after kick off.

Games will not be delayed for teams short of players waiting for their players to turn up.  

Substitutes

Unlimited provided replacement does not enter play until player being replaced has left field.  To be taken from halfway 

Footwear/ shin pads

Boots with moulded studs only. Touch football trainers or “grass cats” are acceptable. Officials will check footwear before every game 

Shin pads must be worn; this is not negotiable. Players will be asked to leave the field if they are found not to be wearing shin pads

Uniform/Kit

Teams to field players wearing same colour shirts and must be numbered. Numbers must match the numbers provided in original team registration form.  

Teams will not be allowed to play unless shirts are numbered. 

Bibs provided when colours of opposing teams similar. 

Balls 

All balls will be supplied – We don’t have ball boys or girls, so it is each teams responsibility to ensure balls do not go missing. Balls must be retrieved during game time; substitutes and goalkeepers are responsible for retrieving balls. Balls must be returned to referee at the end of each game. Only  two balls per game will be supplied

Game Duration – Junior games

Each game will start on or close to scheduled time, any delays will result in a shortened game length.

Each game 25 minutes in duration with no half time.  

Entering the playing Field

Spectators, coaches, substitutes or suspended players are not allowed to enter the field of play under any other circumstances other than described below. We take this very seriously and will throw teams out if this happens!

Spectators are to be behind the fence and not enter the field at any time.

A substitute can come onto field to replace another player and must only come on from half way.

A coach can attend to an injured player after permission is sought from official.

Warm up areas

There are no dedicated warm up areas. 

Abusive Language and Swearing

We do not tolerate foul or abusive language or swearing by players or spectators. Teams/spectators will be warned if this occurs.  Referees will caution players for swearing or who use abusive language towards other players/officials or spectators.  Referees or ground officials will also caution spectators who use abusive language or swear at officials, players or other spectators. 

Referees will report on team’s spectators who continue to use foul or abusive language. Teams may lose points if they or their spectators use inappropriate or bad language. Teams may be expelled without refund if this behaviour continues by the players or their spectators.

Code of Conduct

All players coaches and spectators associated with a team must read and at all times conduct themselves in line with Mini Soccer Cup’s code of conduct. If teams are guilty conducting themselves in a manner that contravenes the code of conduct- the team could get suspended or expelled from the competition without refund

Parking

There is ample parking onsite.

Rubbish

All rubbish is to be placed in the bins provided, including tape and empty drink bottles.

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