Rules and Formats

Match Formats

Under 6 Under 8 Under 10 Under 12 Under 14
users-bold Team Size
Under 6 4 vs 4
Under 8 5 vs 5
Under 10 7 vs 7
Under 12 7 vs 7
Under 14 7 vs 7
caret-left-bold Minimum No of Players
Under 6 3
Under 8 4
Under 10 5
Under 12 5
Under 14 5
caret-right-bold Maximum Squad Size
Under 6 8
Under 8 10
Under 10 12
Under 12 12
Under 14 12
soccer-ball-bold Ball Size
Under 6 3
Under 8 4
Under 10 4
Under 12 4
Under 14 5
timer-bold.svg Match Duration
Under 6 1 x 12 mins
Under 8 1 x 16 mins
Under 10 1 x 16 mins
Under 12 1 x 20 mins
Under 14 1 x 16 mins
arrow-arc-right-bold Offside Rule
Under 6 Not applicable
hand-bold Throw Ins
Under 6 Kick/Dribble in
Under 8 Kick in
Under 10 Throw in
Under 12 Throw in
Under 14 Throw in
arrow-up-right-bold Shots from Kick Off
Under 6 No direct shots from kick off
arrow-arc-left-bold Back Pass Rule
Under 6 Not applicable
Under 8 Applicable
Under 10 Applicable
Under 12 Applicable
Under 14 Applicable
repeat-bold Substitutions
Under 6 Rolling subs

Tournament Rules

1. Age Cut Offs

All players must abide strictly to the age categories as listed below, with the exception of female players who may be two years older in each age category.

  • Under 6: Born 2016 and later
  • Under 8: Born 2014 and later
  • Under 10: Born 2012 and later
  • Under 12: Born 2010 and later
  • Under 14: Born 2008 and later


2. Player Registration

All players must be registered via the Liga Suparimau Admin app.

Players may play for 1 team only.

On event day, teams are required to report to the admin tent with their whole team no later than 30 minutes before the start of their first match to verify their players.

All players are required to produce their original IC or Passport when registering on day 1 of the tournament.

(Players under the age of 12 with no photo ID may present their original birth certificate as a replacement. All players above the age of 12 must have a valid photo ID displaying their IC or passport number.)

After verification by the Liga Suparimau admin team, players will receive a wristband which will allow them to play in the tournament. The official wristband must be worn throughout the tournament and should not be removed until after the team’s last match has been played on Sunday.

All teams are required to have team kits with player numbers on the back of the jerseys.


3. Pitch and Equipment

Playing area is an artificial turf pitch. Players may wear plastic-studded soccer shoes (metal-studded soccer boots are not allowed). Players must wear shin-guards throughout the course of the tournament.


4. Red and Yellow Cards

Players shown a red card are sent off immediately and banned from play for one full match. Yellow cards will not be carried through the tournament.

No cards will be given in the Under 6 competition, however the referee can enforce a substitution.

5. Scoring from Kick Off, Goal Kicks and Kick Ins

Teams cannot score directly from kick offs or goal kicks, or from kick-ins in any age group competition. The ball must be touched by another player from the same team before a goal is scored.


6. Substitutions

When a team makes a substitution, the substitute must wait for the player to leave the pitch before entering.

When substituting, the team must notify the referee when the ball is out-of-bounds for the substitution to happen.

Substituted players shall be allowed to re-enter during the same match (rolling substitutions).


7. Time Allowance

A maximum of five (5) minutes allowance shall be allowed after the starting whistle by the referee, failing which a walkover may be awarded to the opponents with full points and a registered score of 3-0.


8. Teams Tied in Group Stages

In the case that 2 teams are tied at the end of the Group Stages, placing will be determined by the following, in order:

  •  Best goal difference
  •  Most goals scored
  •  Fewest goals conceded
  •  Winner of head to head match
  • Sudden death penalty shootout


9. Teams Tied in Knockout Stages

In the event of a tie in the Under 14 Knockout Stages, matches will move directly to a sudden death penalty shootout.

A winner will be determined when 1 team scores and the other fails to score in the same round.

Note: Only players on the pitch at the end of ordinary time may take a penalty

Under 6, Under 8, Under 10 and  Under 12 competitions will have no knockout matches.


10. Conduct

Coaches, team managers and supporters shall not question the referee’s decision. The use of foul language and/or aggressive behaviour could lead to a team being removed from the tournament.

All teams are reminded that this is a youth tournament and that positive support is strongly encouraged.


11. Bad Weather Protocol

In the event that lightning or bad weather causes a stop in play, a match result will stand if more than 10 minutes of that match has been played. If less than 10 minutes of a match has been played at the time of the stoppage, the remainder of the match will be played once conditions are deemed safe by the organiser.

In the case of severe weather, the organiser reserves the right to amend the schedule and formats in order to complete the tournament according to our principles of safety.


12. Insurance and Risk

A medical team will be on site to aid injured players, however players must have their own medical insurance. The tournament organisers are not liable for any death, disability, personal injury, loss of property or any other loss howsoever arising from any cause whatsoever at any time during the course of this tournament.

The organising team will take all reasonable precaution, but each player is responsible for his or her personal health and safety upon agreement to participate in this tournament.


13. Jurisdiction

In the event of a protest or dispute, the Tournament Committee shall have sole jurisdiction in settling the matter.