Grade 7 – Fun Football – Turning 7 this calendar year (For 2023 season this means players born in 2016)
Fun Football (Grades 7) will play 8 rounds of football (weather permitting). Time to be confirmed.
All games to be played in Taupō at Crown Park.
Teams will play 2 * 20 minute games of 5-aside (no goalie).
||2 games x 20 mins
# Player number is indicative and can be amended by agreement with both coaches.
Retreating Line Rule to apply for goal kicks only.
Grade 7, each game to be against 2 different opposition each week.
Each team manager / coach must give equal playing time to all players over the course of the season. Should any teams feel this is not happening, please let the football committee know.
Each player will be put in the applicable grade based on their date of birth, regardless of what box is ticked on the registration form. If it is considered that a player would fit better in a lower or higher grade, then an email request must be made to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the close of registrations. This applies to players who may have played up or down a grade in the previous season.
Grade 7 Rules
START AND RESTART OF PLAY
A game is started with a kick to a team mate from the middle of the halfway line. The opposition must be 5m away from the ball at this time. In order to score a goal from kick off it must touch someone else on the field before entering the goal. When a goal is scored, play is restarted at the halfway line with the side conceding the goal taking the kick off as per the start of play.
A goal is scored when the whole ball crosses the line. Goals can only be scored from the opposition’s half as there are no goal keepers.
There is no offside rule in Fun Football. Players should be discouraged from permanently standing in blatant offside positions. However, blatant offsides should result in a free kick.
BALL CROSSING THE TOUCH LINE
There are no throw ins. The ball is to be kicked or dribbled into play from behind the touchline. To ensure players have as much contact with the ball as possible, players have approximately three seconds to recommence the play from a restart. The defending team should be retreat to 5m away from the ball until play is restarted. The ball must touch someone else on the field before a goal can be scored.
BALL CROSSING THE GOAL LINE
There are no corner kicks for Grade 7. Regardless of which team touched the ball last, a player from the team whose goal line the ball has crossed will place the ball anywhere along the goal line and pass or dribble the ball into play. Opponents must retreat to the half way line and can move once the ball is in play. The ball must touch someone else on the field before a goal can be scored.
FOULS & MISCONDUCT
Most acts of handball or fouls and misconduct at this level are caused by accident and with little intent. In this case try and give the advantage to the attacking team and continue play. If you decide a deliberate or serious act of handball, foul or misconduct has occurred, explain to the child how they have broken the rules and that they should try not do this again. Indirect free kicks are awarded for acts of handball or fouls and misconduct (An indirect free kick is where a goal can be scored only if the ball subsequently touches another player before it enters the goal). Opponents must be at least 5m away from the ball when the indirect free kick is taken.