8-aside Rules


1.Number of Players -  8

· Minimum Number of Players to Start Match: 6, one of whom shall be a goalkeeper 

·Substitution Limit: None

· Substitution Method: No “Flying substitution” Referee must be aware of any substitution taken 

2. Main Referee Duties

Enforce the laws, apply the advantage rule, keep a record of all incidents before, during and after game, stop game when deemed necessary, caution or expel players guilty of misconduct, violent conduct or other ungentlemanly behavior, allow no others to enter the pitch, stop game to have injured players removed, signal for game to be restarted after every stoppage, decide that the ball meets with the stipulated requirements. 

3. Duration of the Game

· Duration: Two equal periods of 40 minutes

· Half-time: 10 minutes 

4. The Start of Play Procedure

Coin toss followed by kickoff; opposing team waits outside center circle; ball deemed in play once it has been touched; the kicker shall not touch ball before someone else touches it; ensuing kick-offs taken after goals scored and at start of second half. 

5. Ball in and out of Play

· Ball out of play: When it has wholly crossed the goal line or touchline; when the game has been stopped by a referee.

· Lines: Touchlines and goal lines are considered inside the playing area. 

6. Fouls and Misconduct

Direct free kick awarded when a player intentionally commits any of the following 11 offenses (penalty kick awarded when infringement takes place in penalty area)

· kicking or attempting to kick an opponent

· tripping an opponent · jumping at an opponent

· charging an opponent in a violent or dangerous manner  

· charging an opponent from behind · striking, attempting to strike, or spitting at an opponent

· holding an opponent · pushing an opponent · charging an opponent with shoulder (i.e., shoulder charge)

· handling the ball (except goalkeeper)

Indirect free kick awarded when any of the following 8 offenses is committed (kick taken from the 9-meter line when infringement takes place in penalty area):

·dangerous play (e.g. attempting to kick ball held by goalkeeper)

· obstruction

· charging the goalkeeper in the penalty area (i.e., goalkeeper charge)

· goalkeeper picks up or touches with his hands a back pass

· goalkeeper picks up or touches with his hands a kick-in from a teammate 

zheltaya-kartochka.png  Shown yellow card when :

· a substituting player enters the pitch from an incorrect position or before the player he is substituting has entirely left the pitch

· he persistently infringes the Laws of the Game

· he shows dissent with any decision of the referee

· he is guilty of ungentlemanly conduct  

2000px-red_cardsvg.png  Players shall be sent off (i.e., shown the red card) for:

· (a) serious foul play

 ·(b) violent conduct

· (c) abusive language

· (d) second instance of cautionable offense (i.e., second yellow card)

· (e) intentionally impeding a clear goal opportunity (e.g. through a “professional foul”)

· (f) intentionally impeding a clear goal opportunity in the penalty area by handling the ball

Direct free kicks (or penalty kicks) accompany the expulsion for (a), (b), (e) and (f); indirect free kicks, for (c) and (d) (from the penalty point when the infringement takes place in the penalty area).   

Rules of Expulsion: · The player sent off (shown a red card) is out for the rest of the game  

7. Free Kick

· Types: Direct free kicks and indirect free kicks

· Wall: At least 7 meters away until the ball is in play

· Ball in Play: After it has traveled the distance of its own circumference

· Time Limit: Kick must be taken within 6 seconds

· Restriction: Kicker cannot touch the ball again until it has been touched by another player 

8. Penalty Kick

· To be taken from the penalty mark on the mid-point of the 8-m-line.

· The kicker is to aim at goal, with the intention of scoring.

· All players must be out of the penalty area, and the players of the opposing team must also be at least 7 m from the penalty spot.

· The kicker shall not play the ball a second time until it has been touched by another player. 


 CIFL 8-aside CODEX

Organization of the Competition

The season is starting in May and there will be 8 teams. Each team will play the other teams in their division once during the season.   


Matches must be played according to the schedule determined by the CIFL officials. Results from the preceding matchday's fixtures will be posted on the CIFL website.


Final rankings will be determined by the number of points each team has at the end of the season. In the event of teams having equal number of points then ranking will be determined in the following priority order:

1. The higher goal difference.

2.The league result between the two teams .

3. Penalty shootouts

Goal difference will decide: Where two or more teams have the same points at the end of the season, overall goal difference will determine their final league position. 

“No-Show” of Team

Any team not appearing for a scheduled match without the prior agreement (48 hours in advance) of CIFL officials also will be deemed to have lost the match 0-3. 

Abandoned Matches

Teams are responsible for the actions of their players, supporters and people associated with their team. If the actions of a player, supporter or person associated with the particular team results in the abandonment of a game by the referee or match official, then that team bears full responsibility. The team that is responsible for the abandonment will forfeit the match 0-6. Both teams are still responsible for paying their match fees before leaving the pitch. If a match is abandoned for any reason the team must e-mail a report to the CIFL officials within 24 hours following the scheduled kick off.

Organization of friendlies

In case of a no-show of a CIFL team we will organize a friendly match for their opponents when possible. The CIFL team which showed up must play the friendly game and pay 50% of the matchday fee. Regardless of the friendly match result the team that showed up gets 3 points and the 3-0 score in their table. In case of a no-show for the friendly the team receives 0 points and a 0-3 result in the table.

Inclement Weather

If due to inclement weather there is doubt as to whether a match is to be played, both teams must check with the CIFL officials to see if the ground they are scheduled to use is officially closed.  Weather related decisions will be taken 3 hours prior to a match.   Pollution Policy If the pollution level is higher than 300 2 hours before the game kicks off, the game will be canceled. Two hours before the game kicks off CIFL officials will: Check the level of pollution here http://aqicn.org/city/beijing/shunyixincheng/cn/ when matches held at YuanSu Park and http://aqicn.org/city/beijing/dongchengdongsi/cn/ when matches are held in DiTan Sports Center. Only CIFL officials can decide if the game is cancelled or not and it is the team leaders’ responsibility to inform their players.     


Disputes with Officials

The decisions of the Referee and match officials during the match are final. Dissent will be considered a serious breach of discipline. If a team wishes retrospectively to dispute the decisions of the officials or to report on their conduct, it must submit a written report to the CIFL officials within 48 hours of the scheduled start of the match. 

Disciplinary Guidelines

The following guidelines constitute an indication of the action that may be taken by CIFL officials or the disciplinary committee in respect of breaches of discipline These guidelines and rules are subject to regular review by the CIFL officials, and may be updated or amended before the new season without consulting to the member clubs. Any changes will be communicated to members and clubs via the CIFL website. The CIFL official reserves the right to set the levels of punishment for any player or team for any breach of the rules at levels beyond those of the Disciplinary Guidelines. This includes the suspension or banning of players and also the suspension of teams. The CIFL officials also reserves the right to vary a punishment in cases that have a direct bearing on promotion, relegation or prizes by taking into consideration whether or not the rules were broken for the purposes of obtaining an unfair advantage. 

Non-Appearance of Teams

Any team failing to appear for a scheduled match without the agreement of the CIFL officials will be deemed to have lost the match 0-3. 

Team Sheets

Teams and referees who receive poor consecutive grading on the team sheet will be subjected to a performance appraisal by the CIFL officials.

Discreditable Conduct

Any player found guilty of hitting or spitting to opponent, will be suspended for one match. Any player found guilty of fighting, including hitting or spitting for a second time, shall be automatically banned from the tournament in course. Any teams found to have been involved in a prolonged period of fighting without intervention from the team management to stop the incident may be subject to suspension from the League or expulsion from the league.    

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