1. INTERPRETATION
    • Day to day interpretation of these by-laws shall be the responsibility of the Umpire present at the time.
    • Appeals against interpretation shall be taken up with the on duty Leisure Program Attendant on the day.
    • Unresolved appeals against interpretation can be lodged in writing to Centre Management.
    • The FIFA Futsal Laws of the game shall apply unless otherwise provided for in these by-laws.
  2. REGISTRATION
    • Teams are required to pay a two (2) game upfront payment prior to the first match (in addition to the first game fee). This fee will be used as a bond.
    • The team bond will be used in lieu of the two (2) finals matches (Semi Final and Grand Final match week) games fees, provided teams are financial (i.e. paid their game fee) and that the bond has not been lost for other reasons. The loss of team bond and/or use of the team bond in lieu of finals game fees will be entirely at Centre Management discretion. There will be no bond refunds.
    • No premiership points will be awarded to non-financial teams and they may be withdrawn from the competition with loss of bond.
    • All players must have current first and last names registered on official team registration forms. Captains and vice-captains must have first and last names, addresses, contact numbers and email addresses registered on official team registration form.
    • In the event of a player, fill in or guest player not having sufficient information on team registration to cover official correspondence, including the processing of a Management Inquiry, the designated team contact will be required to take the responsibility of identifying and informing that player of the situation.
    • Failure to assist in these matters may result in action against the team which may include withdrawing the team from the competition.
    • Grading and re-grading of teams will be at the sole discretion of Centre Management.
    • A team contact, whether it is a coordinator, coach or manager, must distribute copies of the Centre By-Laws and Centre Conditions of Entry to all players and supporters.
  3. FORFEIT FEES
    • If no match is played, then a forfeit fee of one (1) team game fee will apply to the team responsible for the forfeit. If a team wants to forfeit they must notify the centre.
    • In the event of a forfeit and no match conducted, the game fee paid by the non-offending team will be credited to the following week’s game. If a scratch match occurs (A scratch match is defined as a ‘friendly’ game between the two fixtured sides) then no credit will be awarded to the following week to cover court/umpire costs incurred by the centre.
    • Any team forfeiting twice in any one season can be replaced without notice at the discretion of Centre Management.
    • No further premiership points will be awarded to forfeiting teams until such time as the forfeit fine has been paid in full. Lost points are NOT redeemable. Forfeit fees must be paid by the next fixtured game.
    • Registrations for new seasons will not be accepted from teams with outstanding debts.
    • Team bond are not able to be used to pay for a forfeit fee unless an arrangement is made with Centre Management.
  4. TEAM UNIFORMS
    • All players in each team are required to present themselves in conforming uniforms for each match (same coloured tops).
    • Four (4) weeks grace will be allowed from the commencement of a season for players to produce conforming uniforms. If players are not in correct uniforms after this time a one (1) goal penalty will be enforced.
    • Any new player/s joining a team during the course of a season will be required to wear conforming uniform.
    • A team replacing another team at any time during the season in progress shall be allowed four (4) weeks grace to comply with conforming team uniform.
    • In the event of two teams with similar coloured uniforms, the team listed second on the draw must wear bibs provided by the centre.
    • Board Shorts, Denim Shorts/Jeans and track pants are not considered as suitable attire
    • Player’s shoes must be enclosed; leisure based, non-marking and not contain steel caps.
    • Fill in players must wear similar uniform to avoid penalties against the team. This will be at discretion of the Leisure Program Attendant on duty.
  5. ELIGIBILITY OF PLAYERS
    • Teams are required to ensure score cards display the players that are present and ready to play for the fixtured match. To register a new player to the team an email must be sent to the centre.
    • Penalty for including the names of players who are not present and ready to play in the match is a loss of all premiership points accrued for that season.
    • Late arrival players who are ready to, play, may have their name included on the official match score sheet before half time. Should it be discovered during the course of a match that the name of an on-court player does not appear on the score sheet, the players name may be added without penalty.
    • A substitute player who is present and ready to play but does not actually participate in the match shall be considered a legal player as long as they are financial (i.e. paid their game fee) and have their name on the score sheet.
    • Any registered player shall not be permitted to play for another team in the same grade unless approved By Centre Management.
    • Players are ineligible to fill in for lower ranked divisions than their registered team. If this occurs it will result in an immediate forfeit. The game may continue to be played with no refunds given.
    • Whilst we recognise the right to introduce new players during the season, we observe the right not to allow teams to increase their playing strength beyond the capability of the grade in which they play by the introduction of such players.
    • A player is only permitted to play in more than one (1) game on one night at the same venue to assist a team avoids a forfeit. Players may only play for one team during finals weeks.
    • The team captain may (in writing) ask for special permission from Centre Management for non-eligible players to play finals matches. The decision will be case by case with no guarantees.
  6. FINAL MATCHES
    • To qualify for finals matches, a player must have played at least four (4) minor round matches for that team during the season.
    • A player is not permitted to play for more than one (1) team during the final series and can only play for the team they are registered to play for.
    • Centre Management has the right to ask for proof of identification for any player believed to be playing under another name.
    • Due to a team’s inability to play finals, Centre Management has the right to approve teams to play in place of the team unable to play.
  7. TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES
    • All teams must provide their own scorer for the duration of the game. Failure to provide a scorer will leave the offending teams no recourse to challenge the score.
    • A team shall be held responsible for the conduct of its members and spectators. Umpires have the capacity to penalise offending teams and teams from which offending spectators come and may be removed from the courts and facility.
    • Team Captains can approach the umpires during quarter and half time to discuss any queries with umpire decisions.
    • All players must ensure, to the satisfaction of the Umpire that fingernails, rings, chains, piercings, jewellery, medical casts, and other apparel do not present a hazard to other players. This may include cutting, taping of medical bracelets, or removal of items.
  8. PLAYER REPORTS BY OFFICALS
    • Players, teams, team officials and supporters shall be subject to a management inquiry for any form of misconduct.
    • If Centre Management receives a written complaint about any player, team, team official or spectator or if the management deems it necessary, then they may tender a case against that player, team, team official or spectator for misconduct.
    • Misconduct shall include but not be limited to abusive language, unsporting conduct, undue rough play, resisting, striking and attempted striking or any action or behaviour that contravenes the Code of Conduct, Conditions of Entry or Competition By-Laws.
    • The Swan Active official shall complete an Incident Report Form which shall be lodged at the centre.
    • The Centre may deem it necessary, at Centre Management’s discretion, to conduct a Management Inquiry.
    • A Management Inquiry will be conducted entirely at the discretion of Centre Management.
    • All players, teams, team officials, parents and supporters are required to participate in a Management Inquiry and provide requested information to Centre Management if asked to do so. Failure to cooperate with a Management Inquiry by the reported person or other relevant participants without prior written notification to the centre may be interpreted as an admission of guilt and Centre Management may hand down any penalty they consider appropriate in that person’s absence.
    • A player or team official found guilty from the Management Inquiry may appeal the decision.
    • The appellant player or team official must lodge the appeal in writing to Centre Management within 48 hours with sufficient grounds for the appeal as well as an appeal fee of one match payment.
    • All appeal decisions will be final.
  9. ABANDONED MATCHES
    • In the event of misconduct by players, substitutes, coaches or spectators, the umpires have the authority to abandon matches. Decisions in relation to the outcome of abandoned matches will be determined by Centre Management.
  10. ILLEGAL PLAYERS
    • The penalty for playing illegal players is the automatic forfeit of the match or matches in which the offences occurred.
      Illegal players are defined as follows:

      • Playing in more than one grade on one night unless approved by Centre Management
      • Failing to pay the appropriate game fee.
      • Playing under an assumed name.
      • Non- observance of the qualifications criteria for finals matches.
      • Playing while under suspension.
      • Playing while under suspension by any affiliated association.
  11. PREMIERSHIP POINTS
    • Teams joining the competition after the commencement of the season will receive premiership equal with the last team, nil for or against scores. This will be at Centre Management discretion.
    • Premiership points accumulated throughout the grading period will not carry across to their graded divisions.
    • Points shall be awarded on the following basis;
      • Win 3 points
      • Loss 1 point
      • Draw 2 points
      • Bye 2 points
      • Forfeit 0 points
  12. PROTESTS
    • Protests from teams or players are to be lodged in writing to Centre Management within forty eight (48) hours of the incident.
  13. COMMENCEMENT OF MATCHES
    • A match cannot commence until both teams present proof of payment to the umpire and full names appear on the score sheet.
    • A match cannot commence with less than four (4) players. When a team has four (4) players ready to play, the match must commence.
    • If a team does not have four (4) players ready to start, a penalty of one (1) goal per five (5) minutes or part thereof will be awarded until four (4) players are on the playing court ready to start.
    • Should the other player/s arrive ready to play before the expiration of ten (10) minutes after the official starting time, the match will proceed as a normal game. If no other players arrive within ten (10) minutes of the start time the game will be considered a forfeit and points awarded to the opposition team accordingly.
    • The final score awarded for a forfeit will be five (5) goals to nil.
  14. DRAWN MATCHES
    • In the event of an equal score at the conclusion of full time of any non-final match, then the match will be considered a draw and each team will be awarded two (2) premiership points.
    • In the event of a draw in any finals match at the conclusion of full time, the match will be continued by one period of five (5) minutes. If the scores are still tied after this extra period of time then the match will be decided by sets of five (5) penalty kicks.
  15. TIME CLOCK OPERATIONS
    • In final matches play shall only be stopped for an injury at the umpire’s discretion for a period not exceeding three minutes after which the match shall be recommenced.
    • In minor round matches time cannot be held for injury.
    • Any player who cannot be moved from the court should not do so. If due to injury the game is abandoned, Centre Management shall decide the outcome of the match.
    • No time outs may be taken in the last two (2) minutes of the last half.
    • Games shall commence and finish on the centre timing sirens.
    • Time clocks will start at scheduled game times. Time clocks will not be delayed to wait for the arrival of teams or players.
  16. LENGTH OF MATCHES
    • All matches shall consist of the following times unless indicated otherwise by Centre Management. Two (2) fifteen (15) minute halves with a two (2) minute interval at half time.
  17. PRIZES
    • Trophies or prizes shall be awarded to winning premiership teams and runners up to a maximum of seven (7) players.
  18. TEAM WITHDRAWAL
    • Teams withdrawing from the competition prior to the end of the season will not receive a refund of bond.
    • There will be no carryover of bonds unless arranged with Centre Management.
  19. WARNINGS, DISQUALIFICATIONS AND REPORTS
    • Level One
      Verbal warning to offending player/s if officials perceive misconduct, officials will establish why warning was given (game can be halted to enable this).
    • Level two
      Yellow card shown to a player indicating a recorded foul on the score sheet and a warning for misconduct. A player may be removed from the court for two (2) minutes at discretion of umpire. If a player accumulates three (3) yellow cards in any one season the penalty will be automatic suspension of one game.
    • Level Three
      Red card shown to the player indicating suspension from the game for misconduct for that night. The player will receive an automatic one (1) week suspension. A player who receives three (3) red cards during the season will be investigated by Management Inquiry and may be suspended.
    • Officials have the right to enforce any level at any time based on the severity of the incident.
    • Disqualified Player
      In the event of a player being expelled from the game a substitute player is not permitted to replace the expelled player.
    • Player Reports
      It is not necessary for a player to be issued any level of warning/disqualifications prior to being reported. Players can be reported by centre umpires for any form of misconduct. Centre umpires may report a player without first any level of warnings/disqualifications.
  20. MATCH EQUIPMENT
    • The centre provides the game balls, bibs and score clocks. Please do not abuse the equipment provided. It is the captain’s responsibility to ensure that all bibs are neatly returned to the centre after each game concludes.
    • If any equipment is damaged or not to standard please report this information to the Leisure Program Attendant on duty.
  21. CUSTOMER SERVICE DESK AND PAYMENTS
    • Payments must be paid to the customer service desk prior to the game commencement. The game will not commence until both teams can provide proof of payment to the umpires.
    • Please note Fees and Charges are subject to change annually and are effective in July each year (mid- season).
  22. FIXTURES
    • Fixturing of games will be at the sole discretion of Centre Management
    • Centre Management reserve the right to change fixtures where necessary during the season.
    • Fixtures are available online. It is the team captain’s responsibility to ensure each player has a current copy of their game time.
  23. FREE KICKS
    • A direct free kick (or penalty kick if the infringement occurs in the goal area) will be awarded to the opposing team for the following infringements where a player:
      • Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent
      • Trips an opponent
      • Jumps at or throws himself at an opponent
      • Charges at an opponent from behind unless the latter is obstructing
      • Charges at an opponent in a violent or dangerous manner
      • Strikes or attempts to strike at an opponent
      • Holds an opponent
      • Pushes an opponent
      • Slides in an attempt to play the ball, whether touching an opponent or not (sliding tackle)
      • Handles the ball, except for the goalkeeper in his area
      • Charges an opponent with the shoulder
    • An indirect free kick (or penalty kick if the infringement occurs in the goal area) will be awarded to the opposing team for the following infringements where a player:
      • Playing in a manner considered by the referee to be dangerous (e.g. Attempting to kick the ball out of the goalkeeper’s hands)
      • When not playing the ball, intentionally obstructing an opponent
      • A delay by the goalkeeper for more than 5 seconds putting the ball back into play after he has received it or the ball declared into play.
      • Obstructing the play of the ball, by falling on it, by holding the ball with the feet, or preventing the movement of the body (with the exception of the goal keeper).
      • Playing the ball on the floor.
      • Any player who delays by more than 5 seconds in putting the ball in play from a free kick, goal kick, throw-in or penalty kick.
      • To use a verbal expression in order to distract his opponent with the intention of gaining an unfair advantage.
    • Penalty kicks.
      • This is taken from the penalty mark, which will be 6 steps out from the goalmouth.
      • At the moment of the kick, the goalkeeper will be on his own goal line and all other players apart from the player taking the kick will be at least 2 meters behind the line of the penalty spot
      • The penalty kicker cannot touch the ball twice in a row.
      • In the event of a penalty shoot-out, the goalkeeper cannot be changed between penalties (unless severely injured).
      • The player kicking the penalty must only take two steps before kicking the ball.
  24. GOALKEEPERS
    • Goalkeepers must always throw the ball under arm into play.
    • Goalkeepers cannot throw the ball over the halfway mark; it must bounce on his team’s own half before it passes the halfway.
    • Goalkeepers cannot pick up a ball that is passed back by a teammate.
    • Goalkeepers may walk out of his area but cannot handle the ball outside of this.
    • When in an offensive move, if the attacking player kicks the ball out behind the goalkeeper’s goal, the goal keeper may only pass the ball back into play to his player if his player is standing OUTSIDE the keeper’s area.
    • If in a similar offensive move the goalkeeper ‘saves’ the ball and manages it to control it or ‘catch’ it, he may then pass the ball to his player even if that player is standing inside the goalkeeper’s area
    • The goalkeeper is allowed to slide in his own area as long as he does not foul the oncoming attacker
    • If the goalkeeper saves a shot but does not control the ball fully with his hands or does not pick up the ball, he may proceed to play with it with his feet and is still allowed to pick it up when and if he sees fit to do so.
    • The goalkeeper is allowed to use their hands but only in the specified goal area. The goal area is indicated by the blue line that creates a semi-circle around the goal.