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Ultimate5aside Rules

No one really likes rules, but the following are designed to ensure that no opposition is left without a game and Ultimate5aside leagues run smoothly aiming for maximum contentment for the maximum number of players. Please respect your fellow footballers, the referee and yourselves.


1.1 For 5 a side leagues each team may field 4 outfield players and a goalkeeper on the pitch at any one time (for 6 a side add one outfield player, for 7 a side add two outfield players).

1.2 Substitutions are unlimited during the game, can only be made when the ball is dead and only with the Referees consent. Outgoing substitutes must leave the field of play before the replacement enters the playing area. The oncoming players are active immediately and can receive the ball. Substitutes must stand outside the pitch perimeter and spectators must not enter the field of play under any circumstances.

1.3 A change of goalkeeper must be authorized by the referee.

1.4 No screw in studded footwear or blades are permitted to be worn by any player. Only training shoes, moulded soles and astro boots may be worn. All Players must wear shin pads. The wearing of any form of jewellery (including, without limitation, watches) is not permitted during play. Players should refer to the footwear guidelines available from their respective Ultimate5aside venue. Referees may refuse to allow players to play with inappropriate footwear, without shin pads and/or are wearing any form of jewellery.

1.5 The match will consist of two equal halves. The length of half will be determined by each league.

1.6 The first half will begin with one team taking a centre; the second half will begin with the other team taking a centre. After a goal has been scored the game will be re-started by the team who conceded the goal taking a centre.

1.7 Only the defending goalkeeper is allowed to play the ball inside the goal area and only he may handle the ball in this area.

1.8 An outfield player gaining or seeking to gain an advantage by entering his own goal area will have a penalty kick awarded against his team.

1.9 An outfield player entering his opponent’s penalty area will be penalised. The game will be re-started from the goalkeeper.

1.10 A goalkeeper gaining or seeking to gain an advantage by leaving his area or by playing the ball when it is outside the area will have a penalty awarded against his team.

1.11 A teammate receiving the ball from the ‘keeper may not return the ball directly to him – the ball must first be touched by another teammate or an opponent. A free kick will be awarded against the offending team from the place where the defending player returned the ball unless it is deemed by the Referee that a player returning the ball to the Goal-Keeper is gaining an advantage then a penalty will be awarded.

1.12 From a goal kick goalkeepers can kick, throw (under arm only) to anywhere on the pitch but the ball must remain under head height. However from open play a goalkeepers can kick, throw (under arm only) to anywhere on the pitch without height restriction.

1.13 Corners are taken using feet and can be crossed at any height.

1.14 Throw ins are taken using feet, but throw ins must be kept under head height.

1.15 A goal may be scored from any point within the field of play.

1.16 No slide tackles are allowed. Infringement of this rule will lead to a free kick being awarded against the offending players’ team.

1.17 Professional fouls will be penalised with a penalty and the guilty player may face disciplinary action.

1.18 The referees decision is final

1.19 Opposition players must be at least two meters from where any free-kick is taken. If opposing players do not retreat the required two meters the kick may be moved forward one meter. If a free kick is awarded on or near the goal area it can be moved up to two meters backwards to allow defenders to be two meters from the ball.

1.20 The Goal keeper must be on the goal line when a penalty is being taken. Players may only take one step whilst taking a penalty.

1.21 These League Rules are not exhaustive and may be added to or amended at any time.

1.22 The Referees decision on all on-field matters is final and no discussions will be entered into either on or off the field with him about any decision. The Referees jurisdiction on disciplinary matters will apply until players have entered the changing rooms. Players repeatedly disputing decisions may have further disciplinary action taken against them.

1.23 Teams with a valid complaint against a match official must be put in writing within 48 hours of the match taking place. The complaint should be addressed to their respective Ultimate5aside League Manager who will take the appropriate action necessary.


2.1 In a league season each team will play the other teams in their division twice.

2.2 At the end of each season the top 2 teams from each division will be promoted and the bottom 2 teams will be relegated (may vary) and a new season will start the following week.

2.3 Teams will receive 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and zero for a loss. League placings will be decided by points gained, followed by goal difference, followed by goals scored, followed by the aggregate result between the two teams in question.

2.4 All players should be registered by completing the necessary forms prior to competing for any team. Teams may register up to 20 players and no player can be registered to more than one team on the same league night. Players may only transfer their registration to another team on 2 occasions in the same division during the course of a season.

2.5 For 5 a side Leagues a maximum of 10 players per game may be used. All players must be named on the team sheet prior to kick off. (for 6 a side add one player, for 7 a side add two players).

2.6 Any team playing an unregistered or suspended player will automatically lose the match 5 – 0 and be deducted 3 points. Players playing whilst suspended will have a further three match ban added to the end of their then current suspension.

2.7 Teams are asked to arrive 10 minutes prior to scheduled kick off times.

2.8 Teams must be on the pitch and ready to begin the match at the appointed kick-off time. If a team is more than 10 minutes late their opponents may claim a 1 – 0 head start, and at the referees discretion a goal is added every 5 minutes. If a team isn’t available to start playing before the 1st half the team forfeits the game 5-0 and pays both teams match fees for the game.

2.9 Teams may be replaced at any stage of the season. Replacement teams inherit the scores and points of their predecessors. No team joining after the halfway point can be awarded first or second place at the end of the season.

The following rules are designed to ensure that no opposition is left without a game and fixtures run smoothly. For repeated absence, offending teams may be ejected from the League.

2.10 If a team fails to turn up for a fixture without informing the league manager (minimum of 48 hrs prior to Kick off time), they pay for the whole match (both team fees) and forfeit the match 0-5.

2.11 If league manager is informed a team can’t make a fixture 48 hrs (or more) prior to kick off time, the team pay just their match fees and forfeit match 0-5

2.12 If league manager is informed a team can’t make a fixture a week (or more) prior to kick off time, the team forfeits the match 0-5

2.13 In the event that a team refuses to play another team the match will be awarded to the other team 3 – 0 and the team refusing to play will be deducted 3 points

2.14 In the event that a team refuses to complete a match which has already started, the match will be awarded to the other team 5 – 0 and the team refusing to complete the match will be deducted 3 points. If the score at the time produces a goal difference greater than 5-0 then that score will stand.

2.15 All fixtures are to be played unless adverse weather conditions make the pitches unplayable. Any decision to cancel a game can only be made by Ultimate5aside management. Postponements are not allowed, except in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion ofUltimate5aside management.

2.16 Any player or team suspended by any local Football Association, other governing body or by any Ultimate5aside League nationwide may not participate in any Leagues or Tournaments held at Ultimate5aside Leagues.

2.17 A fixture list will be displayed on the Company’s website https://5aside.com/. All league results will be displayed on the website, but Ultimate5aside will not accept any responsibility for any omissions from or inaccuracies in any such fixture lists and/or results.

2.18 Fixtures are only cancelled if:
– The transport network is significantly affected by weather or accident
– The venue is closed due to adverse weather or other conditions


3.1 Players may be sent to the ‘sin bin’ at the referee’s discretion depending on the offence. The duration of the sin bin will be 5 mins for which a yellow card will be shown. A player may only be sin binned once per game as a second offence would involve a second yellow card which would automatically be followed by a red card and being ‘sent off’ sending off. A ‘sin binned’’ or ‘sent off’ player can not be replaced by another teammate and the players’ team will continue to play with 1 less player.

3.2 A player sent off for a second offence will be suspended for a minimum of 1 WEEK. In the case serious foul play, foul or abusive language the suspension will be extended to 2 WEEKS or longer should Ultimate5aside deem this necessary. In certain circumstances the player concerned may also face local FA disciplinary action.

3.3 If a player is given a red card whilst off the field of play (for unacceptable conduct on the sideline), the team must correspondingly reduce the number of players on the field.

3.4 If a team is permanently reduced by 2 players, or temporarily reduced by 3 players the game will end. The match will be awarded 5-0 to their opponents and they will be deducted 3 points. If the score at the time produces a goal difference greater than 5-0 then that score will stand (for 6 a side add one player, for 7 a side add two players).

3.5 If a match is abandoned for any reason the team at fault will receive a 5-0 defeat and be deducted 3 points unless the opposing team already has a greater advantage in which case the score will stand. If both teams are judged to be at fault the game will be void and no points will be awarded.

3.6 Violent conduct on or off the pitch will result in the immediate suspension of the individual and could result in a ban from all Ultimate5aside competitions. Ultimate5aside reserve the right to ban an individual or team from further participation in all competitions. Leagues that are affiliated to the local County FA can report all such matters. This may result in the individual concerned being banned from all affiliated competitions if the Referee’s report deems this necessary. To ensure that Ultimate5aside remain aware of all suspensions and bans imposed by the County FA all correspondence will be issued to teams via Ultimate5aside. Teams not cooperating with Ultimate5aside or the County FA will be removed from the league programme.

3.7 Referees must be treated with respect from all teams. Teams found guilty of abusing Referees will be removed from the Leagues, as will Teams in material or persistent breach of these Rules.

3.8 The decision of Ultimate5aside management in all matters pertaining to the administration of the league is final.

3.9 Ultimate5aside management may overturn any rule if they feel a team is deliberately using an interpretation of the rules to gain an unfair advantage.


4.1 Captains or a player from team must fill out the digital team sheet (on referees phone) prior to the match kickoff.

4.2 After a goal is scored, the referee will ask for the goal scorer & creator (assist) – If you dont tell him he can’t tell your league manager and it won’t be published.  The referee will choose MOM. After a few weeks the referee will know most of the names anyway, so will become even more efficient.

4.3 If you believe that there has been a mistake in collating the score, scorers, assisters or MOM on the website then teams/players can contact their league manager


MARYLEBONE (King Solomon Academy)

5.1 If a player kicks the ball out of the venue it is their team’s responsibility to retrieve that ball. One of their subs must actively find a passer by to throw the ball back or fetch it themselves exiting out through reception. If the referee deems that the team have not retrieved a ball within the game or shortly after the league manager will be notified and this happens more than once in a season the offending team will be required to replenish a reduction(to pay for balls) £10 from their deposit before their next match.

5.2 A player deemed to be deliberately kicking the ball out of a venue will receive a yellow card and be ‘sin binned’. If the player continues then a red card and ‘sending off’ will follow.

5.3 Players must abide by the venue’s policies stated on (KSA venue) image below

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