Mini Masters – Rules & Info

Rules

Mini Masters Age Groups

  • Under 8/9 Entry fee covers 14 players and 3 officials
  • Under 10/11 Entry fee covers 16 players and 3 officials

Mini Masters Playing Format

Mini Masters Playing Rules

Goalkeeper

The goalkeeper is allowed to handle the ball anywhere in the penalty area. To restart play after a save or gathering the ball with their hands, the ball must be thrown or rolled from the hands or played from the ground with their feet, within 6 seconds.

The goalkeeper is not allowed to kick or drop kick the ball directly from their hands. The ball must be stationary before it is kicked.

Opponents must be at least 10 metres outside the penalty area and cannot move inside the penalty area until the ball is in play. The ball is in play once it moves out of the penalty area. An indirect free kick is awarded if the goalkeeper touches the ball with their hands after it has been deliberately kicked to them by a team mate.

Ball crossing the touch line
Throw in.

Player faces the field of play, has part of each foot on the ground either on or behind the touch line, uses both hands and delivers the ball from behind and over their head. The thrower must not touch the ball again until it has touched another player. Opponents must be at least 5 metres away from the ball until it is in play. The ball is in play once it enters the field of play. A goal cannot be scored directly from a throw in eg. must touch another player before entering the goal.

Ball crossing the goal line after touching the defending team last
Corner kick.

A player from the attacking team places the ball inside the corner arc nearest to the point where the ball crossed the line. Opponents must be at least 5 metres away from the ball until it is in play. The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves. A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick.

Ball crossing the goal line after touching the attacking team last

Goal kick from anywhere within the penalty area. Opponents remain at least 5 metres outside the penalty area until the ball is in play. Referees should not restart play until they are satisfied all opposition players are at least 5 metres outside the penalty area. The ball is in play once it is kicked directly out of the penalty area.

Offside

Under 10 & 11 – An offside line will be mark half way between the goal line and half way line. The offside line will be identified by a dotted line. The official offside rule (Law 11, FIFA Laws of the Game) will apply from the dotted line. The offside call will be made at the referee’s discretion.

Substitutions

Each team can make unlimited substitutions. Play does not need to stop for substitution. Player leaving the field must be off before the substitute can enter the field of play. The player leaving the pitch cannot interfere with play when they are exiting the field.

Fouls and misconduct

Indirect free kicks are awarded for all acts of handball or fouls and misconduct. Opponents must be at least 5 metres away from the ball when the indirect free kick is taken. (An indirect free kick is where a goal can be scored only if the ball subsequently touches another player before it enters the goal). For deliberate or serious acts of handball or fouls and misconduct in the penalty area, a penalty kick is awarded from an 8 metre penalty mark with only a goalkeeper in position. All other players must be outside the penalty area and be at least 5 metres behind the penalty mark.

Fouls and misconduct are:

  • kicks or attempts to kick an opponent;
  • trips or attempts to trip an opponent;
  • jumps at an opponent;
  • charges at an opponent;
  • pushes an opponent;
  • tackles an opponent from behind to gain possession of the ball;
  • makes contact with the opponent before touching the ball;
  • holds an opponent;
  • handles the ball deliberately;
  • plays in a dangerous manner;
  • impedes the progress of a player.

Issuing of Cards.

Cards may be issued to players for

  • Dissent by word or gesture;
  • Use of offensive or insulting or abusive language;
  • Intentionally strikes or attempting to strike an opponent;
  • spiting at an opponent or any other person;
  • repeated fouls and misconducts (as above)

A yellow card will be issued as a warning to players. Player will be required to leave the field for 5min. Player can be substituted.

A red card will be issued to a player receiving a second yellow card in a game.

A red card will also be issued to a player if the severity of the offence warrants issuing.

A red card will require the player to miss the remainder of the game. No substitute will be allowed. Depending on the severity of the offence an additional penalty may be enforced.

A repeat red card offender will be bought to the attention of the tournament directors. The directors will decide the penalty that will be issued to the player.

Bench Officials will be issued cards for any of the above offences.

A yellow card will require the bench official to leave the technical area for the remainder of the game. The bench official will be allowed to attend the next game.

A red card will require the bench official to miss the remainder of the tournament. This issue can be bought to the attention of the tournament directors for review or further ruling.

Tournament Rules & Information

Tournament Dates

The tournament dates are available on the tournament website.

As a condition of entry, all teams agree to be available to participate on all days listed for their competition.

Tournament Format/Matches

Participating teams will play a minimum of 4 games during the Tournament. The fixtures will be located on the main page of the tournament website.

Team Nominations

We accept team nominations from (but not limited to):

  • FFA Football Clubs
  • Non- FFA Football Clubs
  • Schools
  • Church League
  • Academies

There are no limits to the amount of guest players a team may register.

Each team may nominate up to 14 players in the Under 8/9 and 16 players in the Under 10/11 and 3 officials for all age groups.

All team nominations must be registered on the tournament website.

All team participants must be entered on the website no later that 1st September. This includes all original proof of age documents and required information as stated on the registration page eg Photo ID, FFA Number (if relevant), DOB etc.

Tournament Directors reserve the right to refuse any nomination.

Player Registrations

  • Each team may register up to 14 players in the Under 8/9 and 16 players in the 10/11, however only 11 players in the Under 8/9 and 13 players in the Under 10/11 may participate in any one match.
  • All original proof of age documents must be submitted to tournament officials by 1st September.
  • All team’s participants must have Photo ID’s, with proof of age, available during the tournament when requested by a Tournament Official.
  • Players need not be registered by FFA. All players fall under social registration through Football Queensland which his cover in their entry fee.
  • A team may register any number of guest players. Guest players must be the correct age within the rules to participate.
  • An over age player, upon request, may be granted approval by the tournament directors to play in a team if they feel the request is valid. All request are conditional.
  • No player is permitted to play across in another team in the same age group.
  • Players are permitted to play up an age group.
  • To qualify for finals, a player must have played in the team at least twice during the tournament.
  • Upon request, a team may be permitted to bring in a player from outside or from within the tournament to fill their team through injury or a reason the tournament directors feel is legitimate.

Tournament Entry Fee & Requirements

Teams can nominate at any time. All team fees are due as follows.

  • A non-refundable deposit of 50% will be due by 1st July
  • 100% entry fee will be due by 1st August. Entry fee is non refundable by this date.

Payment secures a teams nomination. Failure to pay will result in the teams nomination being revoked.

The entry fee pays for facilities and ground hire, lighted fields, facilities cleaning, referees, catering and other associated costs. The Gold Coast Champions Cup is hosted by Mudgeeraba Soccer Club, a non-profit organisation and any profits are reinvested into youth development programs each year.

Tournament Team Coaches/Managers Briefing

All team coaches and managers are required to attend the mandatory tournament briefing meeting. The venue and time of the Tournament coaches and managers briefing meeting will be advised in due course.

Tournament Awards
Trophies/medals will be awarded for the winners/runners up in each age category.

Tournament Rules
All matches will be played under the rules of FIFA with the following notes:- Each team will play a minimum four matches in a random selection round-robin format in the preliminary rounds of the tournament. Match points will be awarded in accordance with the following:
– Win 2 Points
– Draw 1 Point
– Loss 0 Points
– Forfeit 2 Points (Result will be deemed as 3-0)

No stoppage time added for any injuries throughout the game. Play will stop while any injured players are removed from the field at the discretion of the first aid personnel. The First Aid organisation attending the event will oversee the removal of seriously injured players from the field.

At the discretion of tournament directors, if a game is deemed abandoned due to injury, that game may be rescheduled.

Some Semi-finals will be played, these are based on the results of the point’s table after preliminary rounds for those concerned. If two teams in contention for a semi-final place finish on equal points their positions will be determined by the following criteria:

  • Goals Difference; if still equal, then
  • Goals For; if still equal, then
  • Goals Against; if still equal, then
  • Most Wins; if still equal, then
  • Most Draws; if still equal, then
  • Least Losses; if still equal, then
  • Penalty Shoot out

An explanation of the draw and process of finals will be located for each age group on the fixtures page.

Final Series Scoring
During the semi-finals any game equal at the end of normal time will be decided by a penalty shootout. If a penalty shootout does occur there will be:

  • Five selected penalty takers from each team; if still even, then
  • Sudden Death
  • All players on the team sheet are able to participate after the first 5 selected players
  • Bench officials are allowed on the field for team support

During Grand Finals any match drawn at the end of normal time will be extended for a further 10 mins (2 x 5 mins) with no interval between periods. A 5-minute break will be allowed prior to the commencement of extra time. Any game still equal at the end of extra time will be decided by a penalty shoot-out. If a penalty shoot- out does occur there will be:

  • Five selected penalty takers from each team; if still even, then
  • Sudden Death
  • All players on the team sheet are able to participate after the first 5 selected players
  • Bench officials are allowed on the field for team support

Blood Rule

When a player suffers from a blood injury and blood is obvious on themselves or their uniforms, or the uniforms of another player, the game will be stopped by the referee and the player/s will be removed from the field for first-aid. If the referee deems that the blood on the player or his uniform poses no further danger, the player may be permitted, at the referee’s discretion, to return to the field.

First Aid

First Aid is provided on site – we ask that Coaches and Managers familiarise themselves with the location of these facilities prior to the commencement of each day’s matches.

Drinks Breaks

Drinks breaks are permitted if both teams agree. There will be no extra time added for drinks breaks. All players must remain on the field.

If First Aid deems it a health issue, drinks breaks may be made mandatory. No extra time for mandatory drinks breaks. All players must remain on the field.

Uniforms

The following is compulsory:

  • Shin Pads
  • Long Socks
  • No Peaked Caps
  • No jewellery or accessories of any kind
  • No plaster casts
  • Shin Pads Stays and Skins of any colour accepted
  • Eyewear – must be safety specs.

If two teams are wearing uniforms deemed by the referee to be too similar in colour, the team listed second in the official draw will be required to change. Therefore, it will be necessary for teams to have an alternative strip for use in play if required. Bibs, with or without numbers, of a different colour, will be accepted for an alternate strip. Goalkeepers will also require an additional guernsey.

Match Ball

The Home Team is responsible for supplying 3 match balls. The Home Team is the first team on that games fixture.

Forfeits

Any team not having five or more players changed and ready to take the field five minutes before kick-off time will be required to forfeit the match. Score 3-0.

Protests

All protests regarding a match must be recorded on the match report in which the situation occurred. This will then be referred to the rules committee for consideration.

Complaints

All complaints must be entered into the complaints book. Complaints will only be accepted from registered team officials.

Complaints will be reviewed by the Tournament Directors and the complainant will be informed of the outcome. Once informed the matter will be deemed resolved.

Rain

If a game is washed out due to rain and there is no availability for rescheduling, the game will be recorded at a 1-1 draw.

Team Sheets

A team sheet is required for every game.
The team sheet is to be handed to the referee prior to the commencement of the game. All players Photo Id’s must be available at this time.

Names may be placed on the team sheet in anticipation of a player’s late arrival, but no name is to be added once the game has commenced.
At the conclusion of the game, the referee will record the result and team managers from both teams must then check the sheets, sign them, and hand them back to the referee for submission to the match committee.
All injuries are to be recorded on the team sheets.
Only the 11 players for Under 8/9 and 13 players for Under 10/11 permitted on the team sheet

Results

Results will be posted on the tournament fixture website, location can be found on the main tournament website. The results are updated throughout the day.

Draw

The tournament draw will be made available prior to the commencement of the tournament and is subject to change at any time at the discretion of the tournament committee.

Spectators

Spectators are to comply comply with the FFA Spectators Code of Conduct.

The tournament directors reserve the right to remove any offending spectator. If deemed necessary, a further sanction may be imposed on the offending spectators team.