Indoor Footy Rules

  • The court:
    • The court is divided into 3 zones: one midfield zone, and one forward zone for either team.
    • At the start of play, each team must have 3 players in the midfield zone on their defensive side of the ball up, and 2 players in each of the forward and defensive zones. Forwards must wear clear identification.
    • After the start/restart of play, players can move freely between zones regardless of position.

 

  • Start and restart of play
    • The game commences with a ball up at the center of the court.
    • After a goal, play is restarted with a ball up at the center of the court.
    • The team winning the tap down from the ball up has total right to take possession of the ball without interference, once a player from the team has possession of the ball the umpire shall call “play on” and regular play will commence.

 

  • Out of bounds
    • When the ball goes out of bounds (completely over the line) on a side boundary the nearest opponent kicks the ball back into play at the spot the ball crossed the boundary.
    • When a ball goes out of bounds along either end boundary as a result of a missed shot on goal, an opposing defender kicks the ball back into play from directly in front of the goal.

 

  • Possession
    • Players can advance the ball in any direction.
    • A player in possession of the ball cannot take more than 5 steps in any direction without either disposing of the ball or touching it to the ground.
    • The ball must be disposed of by a handball (hitting the ball with a closed fist) or kick. Players are not permitted to throw or hand the ball to another player.

 

  • Marks
    • The umpire will award a mark if a player catches or takes control of the football that has been kicked and has:
      • Travelled at least 10 feet
      • Not touched the ground
      • Not touched another player
    • When a player is awarded a mark or free kick:
      • An opposing player may stand at the position where the mark or free kick was awarded
      • No other opposing player may be closer to the player paid the mark than 5 feet in any direction until the umpire calls “play on”

 

  • Playing on
    • The umpire shall call “play on” in the following circumstances:
      • When a player after taking a mark runs around or over the spot “the mark” where he/she caught the ball.
      • The ball has been touched between being kicked and being caught and controlled
    • A player awarded a mark or free kick will have a reasonable amount of time to dispose of the ball or play on. If he/she delays, the umpire will give the player notice, then call “play on”.

 

  • Scoring
    • A goal is scored when the ball is kicked between the goalposts, at any height or along the ground, under the following circumstances:
      • By a properly identified forward within their forward zone
      • The ball is not touched by any other player prior to passing between the goalposts
    • Goals can be scored from marks or free kicks except:
      • Turnovers awarded from the ball touching the ground
      • Free kicks from out of bounds
    • Goals are worth 6 points when scored by a male player, and 9 points when scored by a female player or a player under the age of 18.

 

  • Turnovers
    • Ground ball
      • If the ball touches the ground, the umpire shall award a free kick to the nearest opposition player, with the following exceptions:
        • A shot for goal that is not touched by another payer prior to passing through the goal posts
        • A controlled bounce or touch to the ground as a player is advancing the ball
        • A tap down from a ball up
      • The opposition team receiving a turnover from the ball hitting the ground is decided by which team last had possession of the ball. Touching a handball or kick in transit does not constitute possession.
    • Tagged players
      • If a player with possession of the ball is touched with one or two hands by an opposing player, they can take no more than two additional steps and must dispose of the ball within two seconds or the umpire shall award a free kick to the tagging player.
    • Two zones
      • If a ball is kicked or handballed directly from a team’s defensive zone to its forward zone without being touched or possessed in the midfield zone, the umpire will award a free kick to the nearest opposing player where the ball lands.

 

  • Additional free kicks
    • Illegal contact
      • The umpire shall award a free kick against any player initiating contact with a member of the opposing team, with the following exceptions:
        • A light tag to the player with possession of the ball
        • Incidental contact during a ball up
        • Contact that is unintentional, non-forceful, and does not obstruct or impede a player’s movement
      • The umpire has complete discretion to determine whether contact falls under these exceptions.
    • Improper disposal
      • The umpire shall award a free kick against any player that does not properly dispose of the ball with a kick or handball.
    • Goaltending
      • The umpire shall award a free kick against any player that continuously remains in the goal square for longer than 3 seconds (with the exception of free kicks awarded in the goal square).

 

  • Penalties
    • The umpire can call a penalty against a team, at their discretion, for:
      • Forceful or dangerous contact
      • Interference with a mark before play on is called
      • Any verbal disagreement with the umpire
      • Any verbal abuse towards another player
      • Failing to quickly give the ball to a player of the opposing team who has been awarded a free kick, if in possession of the ball
    • If a penalty is called against a team, the opposing team is awarded a free kick one zone forward of where the penalty was called.
    • If a penalty is called against a team within the opposing team’s forward zone, the opposing team is given a free kick in the goal square.

 

  • Ejections
    • The umpire has complete discretion to eject a player from the game for dangerous or abusive behavior.