Girls Football – Rules

What are the rules in Girls Football?

 

 

U10 U12, U13 U14 U15, U16 and U18
Players 15 a side plus up to 5 interchange. 16 a side plus up to 8 interchange.

24 players in total.

11 players needed to start an official match.

16 a side plus up to 8 interchange.

24 players in total.

11 players needed to start an official match.

16 a side plus up to 8 interchange.

24 players in total.

11 players needed to start an official match.

Maximum ground sizes/use of zones 100m x 80m

3 equal zones

Full Size Full Size Full Size
Match Length 4 x 12min

 

4 x 15 min

¼ & ¾ time- 5mins

½ time – 10mins

4 x 20min

¼ & ¾ time- 5mins

½ time – 10mins

4 x 20min

¼ & ¾ time- 5mins

½ time – 10mins

Contact Modified tackle*/no bump.

Players cannot bump/push an opponent, knock/steal the ball out of their hands or smother an opponents kick.

Full tackling is permitted.

(no sling tackling)

Full tackling is permitted.

(no sling tackling)

Full tackling is permitted.

(no sling tackling)

The ball Size 2 Synthetic Size 3 Synthetic Size 4 Synthetic Size 4 Leather
Umpiring 1 field, 2 goals.

Parents.

1 field, 2 goal and 2 boundary umpires.

Club/association

1 field, 2 goal, 2 boundary umpires.

Club/association.

1 or 2 field, 2 goal umpires, 2 boundary

Club/association

Coaching Onfield (1) Sideline Sideline Sideline
Bounces 2 bounces before disposing 2 bounces before disposing 2 bounces before disposing 2 bounces before disposing
Marking A mark is awarded, irrespective of the distance the ball has travelled, to any player who catches it or makes a reasonable attempt to mark it. A mark is awarded when a player catches the ball directly from another players kick that has travelled at least 10 metres A mark is awarded when a player catches the ball directly from another players kick that has travelled at least 10 metres A mark is awarded when a player catches the ball directly from another players kick that has travelled at least 10 metres
Out of Bounds From a kick, a free kick is awarded against the player who last kicked the ball. From hands, or if there is doubt, the umpire shall call a ball-up 10m in from boundary. Boundary throw-in. Boundary throw-in. Boundary throw-in.
Kick off the ground Not permitted unless accidental. Not permitted unless accidental. Not permitted unless accidental. Not permitted unless accidental.
Stealing, smothering, sheparding, barging No stealing, smotheringm, sheparding or barging. Permitted Permitted Permitted
Penalties 10m 25m 25m 25m

 

*  Note – Modified Tackle – A player in possession of the ball may be tackled by an opponent wrapping both arms around the area below the top of the shoulders and on/above the knees.  The tackle may be from either side or from behind, providing the tackle from behind does not thrust forward player with the ball (i.e. push the player in the back).

If the player in possession of the ball is taken to the ground in the act of tackling, they will receive a free kick.

If the umpire feels the player drops to the ground deliberately in order to receive a free kick, they will be penalised for holding the ball.