Tournament Info

Mini Masters Information

Mini Masters Age Groups










8/9 Entry fee covers 15 players and officials
10/11 Entry fee covers 17 players and officials

Mini Masters Playing Format

Mini Masters Rules


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. Opponents must be at least 5 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.


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.

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 require the player to sit out for 5min. Players can be subbed in to replace the offending player.

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


General Tournament Information

Tournament Age Groups



















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 Format/Matches

Participating teams will play a minimum of 4 games during the Tournament. A tournament program will be included in the Tournament satchel given to each team in attendance at the Tournament Coaches and Managers briefing meeting.

Tournament Match Duration

Tournament Entry Fee
Includes 20 players and officials. The entry fees pay 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 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. A first aid room is available for use. The First Aid organization attending the event will oversight the removal of seriously injured players from the field.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

Semi-final winners will proceed to the grand final in each division.
Where there are 3 pools involved, when it comes to semi finals, teams will be drawn from a hat to see who will be playing who; ie winner pool A will not necessarily be playing winner pool B etc. This way no pool is guaranteed to have an unfair advantage by playing the second best team.

Final Series Scoring
During the final series, any match drawn at the end of normal time will be extended for a further 20 mins (2 x 10 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

Player Registrations
Each team may register as many players as it wishes, however only sixteen players may participate in any one match.All original proof of age documents must be submitted to tournament officials prior to commencement of of the tournament. Only 4 guest  players allowed per club and all players must be currently registered with FFA (under there local authority) Referees will check all registration credentials of players in each team prior to commencement of each match.

A team consisting of 5 or more guest players may be required to play up an age group.

All Player interchange will take place under FIFA rules. All interchange will take place in a clearly marked interchange zone, which will be located just off the field of play. Any interchange will take place while the ball is out of the field of play, whilst observing the following rules:

  • Any player leaving the field shall do so at the touchline and enter the interchange zone;
  • The player entering the field shall enter from the interchange zone but shall not enter the field until the leaving player has crossed the touchline;
  • A player awaiting interchange is subject to the authority of the referee, whether he takes the field of play or not.

The number of interchanges during a match is unlimited.
Any player entering the field prior to the replaced player leaving will be cautioned by the referee.
Any player entering or leaving the field in any area other than the interchange zone will be cautioned by the referee.

Blood Rule
When a player suffers form 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 familiarize themselves with the location of these facilities prior to the commencement of each day’s matches.


Shin pads are a compulsory part of the uniform as per FIFA regulations.
Bicycle shorts may be worn beneath the shorts, but they must be the same colour as the shorts and not cover the knee.
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. Goalkeepers will also require an additional Guernsey.


Any team not having seven 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.


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.

Yellow and Red Cards

Any player accumulating 2 yellow cards in a match will be excluded from the first half of the following match.
Yellow cards cannot be appealed.
Any player receiving a red card in a match will cause the judiciary panel to meet and to determine the penalty. Coach/manager will be notified as to the result.
Further punishment may be imposed by the rules committee if they believe an offence is serious enough to warrant further action.
No appeal will be available for a red card. Rain No Game Draw 1 – 1

Team Sheets

To be handed to the referee prior to the commencement of the game. 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
16 Players only on team sheet per game


Results will be posted at the Administration Office and Coaches/Managers are asked to check the Noticeboard there prior to matches so as to be aware of any changes. Website updated regularly.


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


16 Players permitted to participate in any one match/game
Re 4 players allowed in team from outside regular club provided all players are currently registered with FFA (under there local authority) with permission to play from own club or meet other approval criteria.
Upon request, 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.
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.
Please note all players must be FFA registered, and identification will be required.
Nominations from Representative Teams can be accepted with the understanding that the team entered may be requested to play in an older age group – it is then the decision of the team nominating whether they participate or not.
The Directors reserve the right to determine that if a Representative team meets a certain criteria – that is in relation to the size (no.of players) of the region that is being represented, it may be accepted as nominated.

Rules Committee

The tournament rules committee will arbitrate on any issue/s participants may have concerning the operation of thee tournament.

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First Aid

First Aid will be provided for the duration of the Tournament. The Tournament First Aid Centre will be located in the tournament village. First Aid outposts will operated from clearly marked stations on the fields.Tournament Administration
The Tournament administration centre will be located in the games village and clearly marked. The Tournament administration centre will be open from 10.30am on Saturday 28th September then for the duration of the Tournament from 8.00am-5.00pm. All communication related to the Tournament should be directed in the first instance to the Tournament Administration Centre.