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League Rules

5s Football

All players must be Newcastle University Students or Staff and be members of Newcastle University Sport & Fitness Centre.

If a team fields non-Newcastle University students/staff and/or non-Sports Centre members, the sanctions for that team will be as follows:

First offence

  • Lose the game 5-0
  • 3 point deduction
  • £50 fine

Second offence

  • Lose the game 5-0
  • 6 point deduction
  • £100 fine

Third offence

  • Lose the game 5-0
  • Expelled from the league


  1. All fixtures, league tables and results can be accessed on the Centre’s website.
  2. Matches should start at the time specified and certainly no later than 5 minutes after the designated start time. Where a late start occurs, games should be shortened accordingly and not run over into another booking.
  3. All games are 40 minutes in duration, with 2 x 20 minute quarters and 1 minute rest between halves.
  4. Three points will be awarded for a win and one point for a draw.
  5. A £6 referee’s fee is required from both teams prior to the start of the game.
  6. No jewellery may be worn on the pitch.
  7. Any injuries resulting in bleeding must be dealt with immediately. No bleeding players are allowed on the pitch.
  8. The referee has the authority to sin bin players for up to 5 minutes or send players off for misconduct or continuous infringement of the rules if necessary.
  9. If a team fails to turn up, the match is awarded as a 10-0 walkover to the opposing team. The team failing to show up will also have point deducted from their league table points.
  10. If a team fails to turn up to play on two occasions, they will be immediately withdrawn from the league, with no refund given.
  11. Any team failing to show up for a fixture is responsible for paying the full referee’s fee of £12
  12. The ball can not go above head height.
  13. Sliding tackles are not permitted. Infringements of this rule results in a free-kick. The referee has the authority to sin bin players for dangerous sliding tackles.
  14. The goalkeeper can pick up a back pass from their teammates, but not directly back from the first player to recieve the ball from the keeper. 
  15. When a goal is scored, play is restarted from the keeper.
  16. The keeper can throw or kick (ground or hands) the ball out at all times (in play or dead ball situation)
  17. Players (attackers and defenders) are allowed in the box and goals can be scored in the box. Goalkeepers are also allowed to come out of the box and play the ball.
  18. All free kicks are direct and defending players must be 2 metres from free kicks.
  19. Players taking a penalty, having addressed the ball, may only take one step before striking the ball.
  20. Heading the ball is not allowed.
  21. If a player kicks the ball over the dividing partition (but below “head-height”) play is restarted with a kick in from the side by the other team.
  22. Substitutes are roll on, roll off.
  23. All matches must be played on the date and time as stated on the original fixture list.
  24. Maximum of 9 players attending on a matchday (no more than 4 subs on the bench)

Play Off Rules

  1. Top four teams of each league will qualify for the play-offs.
  2. Games commence as QF, SF & Final
  3. No extra time – penalty shoot out with 3 penalties per team followed by sudden death (if required).