SICM Sevens general rules

Season 2015 / 2016

General rules on entering a team

The games are played at Coseley Leisure Centre and we have four slots booked each Monday.  All kick off times are 9pm and each game is 50 minutes.

The pitch is outdoor  astroturf and is floodlit. It is full-sized and is broken down into quarters (across the pitch) and each game will take place on one quarter. 

Registration for the season is £15 per team. Entry into a cup competition only is £5 (ideal for a team wanting to test the water). Individual player registration is £1.50. Players can be signed at any time during the season and eligible to play immediately.

All players must be signed before the game. All must be on the official form and anyone under 18 must have parent or guardian signature.

Anyone playing under a false name will incur a 5-point deduction.

Match sheets to be filled in and handed over on the night. We’ll be there to assist any new teams, it’s all straightforward though.

Match fees are £4 per player.

There is a private Facebook group for team officials for communication and information purposes.

Each team must have 2 balls available for each game.

The League is based on 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw. If a team is unable to complete their fixture an automatic 5-0 victory is given to the opposition. Likewise if a team drops out of the League at any time, a 5-0 score line will be credited to their opponents. (In the event that a team hasn’t fulfilled a third of their fixtures, all games will be removed).

In the event that a referee cannot make a particular game and the League hasn’t been able to produce another at short notice, we will follow the procedure as per the previous seasons, which has worked very well. If both team managers can agree on a referee (providing someone is available), then the game will go ahead. Failing that, a friendly will be played, so at least people haven’t turned up and had a wasted evening.  The fee will be just £1 per person. If you do manage to sort out a referee then the full fee will be paid by the League to the person who steps in.

Once fixtures have been published then teams must fulfil them. In the event that a team would like to request a particular slot to be kept free, we are happy to do this. But the request must be made before fixtures have been published. Therefore it is the responsibility of each team to think ahead. Once fixtures are on the site (we work about a month in advance) then no changes are allowed. A post is made on the officials’ group in advance of fixture publications inviting free slots. Please note that the rule regarding cancelled games is set in stone, there can be no exceptions

If a team does fail to fulfil the fixture then an automatic 0-5 result will be entered, plus £28.00  penalty charge which covers the pitch which still has to be paid for and topped up to the basic match fee (regardless of whether a friendly has been organised or not). In addition there will be a five-point deduction. The five-point  deduction will apply to the first two cancelled games and from then on it  will be ten points per cancelled game. If a game is cancelled late and we are unable to get hold of the referee, then his fee will also be payable by the team  that cancelled. In other words if a referee turns up, he must be paid, albeit at a half fee just to cover his expenses

We have relaxed kit fines this season so only shirts are penalised (50p per item). Bibs are allowed.

Playing rules

Kick off to be from   the goalkeeper, also any re-starts from goals.

Substitutions can be made at any time that either goalkeeper has the ball. The referee to be  notified and the players simply swap places, players must come from behind     their own goal. No restrictions on the numbers of substitutions, or how many  times players come on and off during the game. The only rule is that there  should not be in excess of seven players on the pitch at any one time. Any change of goalkeeper to de done while that team has possession of the ball.

All throw-ins to be taken in the traditional way. Foul throws will apply at all times and when the referee calls a foul throw, it will then be awarded to the opposite team.

The goalkeeper’s  area is the yellow line immediately in front of the goal, extending to the  width of the pitch. Handling outside the area will be penalised with a free kick. Due to the area being small there will be no penalties. Any foul committed inside the box by the home team will be treated in the same way as a foul committed anywhere else on the pitch.

The goalkeeper is allowed outside of the box (but must not handle the ball) and other players are allowed inside.

All free kicks are  direct and require a 5-yard distance, unless it is in the advantage of the person taking the kick to do so immediately the referee has blown his whistle. In the case of the kick being less than 5 yards from the goal, then defending players must stand on the base line itself prior to the kick being taken.

Balls going behind  the goal will be either corners or will be balls in possession of the goalkeeper to distribute as he sees fit i.e. either a goal kick or a ball thrown or kicked.

Pass-backs are allowed and the goalkeeper can pick up the ball. The goalkeeper must distribute any  ball within 6 seconds otherwise a free kick will be awarded against him.

No off-sides.

No slide tackles.  However a player can slide to reach a ball providing that there is no opposition player within contact range.

In the event of  a ball going over the perimeter fence the game to be re-started with a spare ball. If substitutes could be used to retrieve any lost balls that would be helpful to the flow of the game.

Match fees are payable  by anyone that plays during the game. Non-playing squad members do not have to pay. The costs to the league involve pitch hire, referee fees and the trophies  at the end of the season. Any surplus funds go into SICM’s work in Africa.  (SICM is a registered charity – number 1057488 – and is involved in school projects, orphanages etc. You can get details on SICM so that you can see what you’ve helped to support)

All players must  wear trainers or astroturf trainers. Studded boots of any description are  not allowed. Shin pads must also be worn. In addition, jewellery and watches     are not allowed. These rules are for safety purposes. Although players sign a form to say that they play at their own risk, the League organisers have to ensure that we also fulfil our responsibility. The referees will enforce these rules as directed by the League. Any player that is unable to conform to the rules will not be able to play. We encourage players to inform the referee if anyone from the opposition contravenes any of these rules.

The referees are  being directed by the League to be firm regarding discipline on the pitch, and any cards issued are not for the sake of them, but to ensure that every     game is played in the right spirit and that certain excesses are eliminated. As per the usual rules of the game, yellow cards will be issued for fouls, persistent fouling, foul and abusive language, time wasting etc.

But one point that  we really want to make is that the abuse of referees will not be tolerated at all. They are human beings with feelings and do not come along each week     to get abused. They may not get it right all the time, after all they are just human (like the rest of us) but there is a line that players must not step over. If you feel that the referee has had a bad game, then mark it on the report sheet. That is the proper way to deal with things.

Anyway, what’s the point in arguing with a referee, he’s made his decision, just accept it. Our referees are not cheats, they have no vested interest in the League and they simply do their best each week, which is all we ask of them. They can only give what they see in terms of decisions.

Language directed at the referee is an automatic red card and a minimum 2-match ban.

A yellow card will result in a £3 fine, a red card (or two yellows in one match) a £5 fine. We don’t have the benefit of video evidence and the time to bring committees  together to discuss individual cases, so on that basis there is no appeal as such. However, before any offences that may incur penalties beyond the minimum are imposed, all parties will be given the opportunity to put their case forward.

A red card will result in an automatic ban of minimum 2 games. This will be decided by the  committee (We have a small committee that makes decisions on the length of bans) and announced asap after the event. The second yellow a player collects during the season, in any competition, will result in a one game ban. Bans will begin with the next fixture. In the event of a cancelled game, this does not count as game played.

About Stewart Bloor

Fish a lot. Christian. Work in the world of professional football media. British nature. Passionate about much, obsessed about nothing.

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