Rules & Regulations 2022/23

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General note: Rules and regulations are set up with a firm belief in mutual trust, respect and flexibility. However, in case severe misconduct occurs, the penalties will be harsh. We will listen to reason, but if we have to, we will enforce that the word of the league management is final.

1.0 – Tournament Entry Requirements

  • Each team may register an unlimited number of players. Players do not have to be employed with the company for which they are playing. Ladies are also welcome to participate in this event.
  • Enrolment fee for 22/23 is €900 + VAT
  • All teams must provide the coordinating team with contact details of two different members in charge of the team. We also ask for email addresses of all team members to ease communication.
  • All teams shall send a list of players before first match. Players can be added at any time; however they must be added to the list at least 2 days before their first game. Players must be registered in time and have played at least one game in order to participate in the PAI cup.

2.0 – Schedule and Tournament Structure

  • Matches are normally played in the evening on weekdays.
  • The league management will try to accommodate all reasonable requests regarding when to play, including rescheduling (which teams should obviously try to avoid). The league management reserves the right to introduce new rules when it comes to scheduling.
  • All games are played at Luxol Playground in Pembroke.
  • Calculate 1 hour for each match.
  • There will be a break during SiGMA Week (SiGMA Cup will be played instead, register separately via email to, and in January and February.
  • Cup matches will be played in the same format as league matches (but see below re: penalty shootouts).
  • For league and cup play we will try to avoid games on Maltese public holidays.

3.0 – Match Info

  • Matches start strictly 5 minutes past the half or full hour (in order to give teams a chance to warm up on the pitch).
  • 2 x 24 minute matches.
  • 4 minutes for halftime and (forced) change of sides. The time for the halftime can be adjusted by referee when needed.
  • In case of a tie in the Cup Stage, matches go straight to penalty shootout due to pitch time restrictions. Penalty shootouts are conducted 1 by 1 and concluded as soon as one team scores and the other doesn’t. If both players score or miss, each team gets another penalty. A player that has already shot a penalty cannot shoot again until all other players have shot.
  • 2 X 5 players on the pitch. A referee can decide to award a walk over if one team does not have enough players to field.
  • Each match will be presided over by a referee.
  • We will not be asking teams to send line-ups after each game. However, if complaints are received, investigated and a team is found guilty of fielding an ineligible player, the team will be suspended for the rest of the season and, depending on the severity, possibly be suspended for future seasons as well.
  • No dates or times of fixtures are to be changed without the consent of the coordinating team.
  • League ties shall be decided in descending order:
    • Points
    • Direct confrontation
    • Goal difference
    • Goals scored in favour
    • Rock, scissor, paper between team captains or coin flip by league management.
    • This counts for all phases.
  • At the end of each game, both captains are responsible to confirm the score together with the referee.
  • If the kits of both teams match in color, the away team is responsible for arranging different color shirts or bibs. Bibs will normally be given by the pitch office at Luxol (between pitch 2 and the restaurant).

4.0 – Game Play Laws

  • Referee decisions are final and players will be warned/sent off if the referee (or other players) are abused verbally or physically.
  • There is a zero-tolerance towards violence. Any violence will result in an immediate ban for the rest of the season (possibly longer). The team captain is obliged to provide the referee with the name of the person(s) in question. If a false name is given or the name of the person(s) in question is not provided, the league management reserves the right to ban the whole team for the rest of the season.
  • An accumulation of 2 yellow bookings will lead to a suspension of one match.
  • Sliding tackles are NOT ALLOWED
  • Players shall be cautious when challenging close to the walls. Any dangerous challenges shall be strictly punished.
  • If the ball hits the wall on the sides there will be a kick-in.
  • If the ball hits roof net there will be a kick in from the side closest to where the ball hit.
  • If the whole ball goes past a line next to a goal it’s out (ball does not have to hit the wall to be out).
  • A back pass can be played to the goalkeeper, but he can’t play the ball with this hands. This is subject that the ball is played directly by the defender to the goalkeeper and by his feet.
  • A goalkeeper can score if he plays the ball with his feet. If the goalkeeper catches the ball with his hand in his area and he then plays the ball with his feet he can score. This means that a goalkeeper can’t score a goal directly with his hands.
  • Balls will be provided but we encourage teams to bring balls of their own to be safe. The referee will decide the best ball to be used to play the match.
  • Kick-off has to be back pass.
  • Goalkeeper can not hand throw the ball over a half pitch.
  • No offside rule.
  • No goal kicks. Goalkeepers shall place the ball back in play with their hands. Goalkeepers are unable to score directly with a hand throw, unless the ball is touched by a fellow player or opponent prior to entering in goal.
  • Direct free kick & indirect free kick: a referee puts up his hand when he signals for an indirect free kick only.
  • Distances: 3 meters distance for fouls and 2 meter kick-in.
  • All players must wear appropriate shoes (no long studs etc.). Referee will decide what is appropriate (not dangerous).
  • Preferably all kits must have a number on their backs.
  • A player who has been sent off must leave the vicinity of the pitch. The team cannot replace a player which has been sent off.

4.1 – Substitutions

  • No clock stoppage for substitutions. A substitution may be made at any time, regardless of whether the ball is in play or not. These are better known as fly-substitutions.
  • The referees can punish teams with yellow card(s) if the substitution is done in a way that gives the substituting team an advantage or their opponents a disadvantage.

4.3 – Walkover & Match rescheduling

  • Walkovers will be assigned as 6 – 0 on the scoreboard, in favor of the team present on pitch. A walkover will be enforced if a team fails to present itself on the pitch within 5 (five) minutes of game start whistle blow.
  • A walkover during cup phase will mean the qualification for the next round of the opposing team.
  • Walkovers will also be assigned also if a team presents itself with less than four players on the pitch. However, if a team has four players on pitch, the game may start. Late team players may join the ongoing game given that the maximum of 10 players in total (on pitch & as substitutes) is maintained.
  • Requests for rescheduling match has to be sent to one week before kick-off. On Friday of each week we’ll finalize fixtures for following week. If both teams accept, the game will be postponed to the last week of the season.
  • If a game is not played because one team does not show up, the ground can be used for training.
  • League management reserves the right to ban the team for a number of games or for the rest of the season if they fail to show up or request a rescheduling in due course.
  • If any matches are to be cancelled due to bad weather, the ground assistant will inform the League Manager which will advise all the captains of the matches of the day. The matches will be rescheduled as soon as possible.
  • If a team decides to retire from the tournament, all its remaining games will be given as walkover. No money will be given back and old results will be retained. The committee may decide to call the next team in the waiting list to replace the team retired. This is to avoid further walkovers. All results of games contested will remain untouched. Once retired this team is not allowed to compete in any further phase of the tournament and will not be eligible to any awards. No money will be refunded back.
  • No litter can be left on the pitch. Before leaving, please clean up and take your trash (esp empty bottles/cans and used napkins) with you.

6.0 – League Management

  • The league management consists of Mr. Nikola Mraović and Mr. Roy Pedersen.
  • The role of the league management is to coordinate the running of the league, take extraordinary decisions, investigate and act as communication agency.
  • Finances shall be managed by the league management.
  • The league management may at any point in time ask participating teams for proof of identification.

7.0 – Ground Facilities

  • Showers will be available for everyone.