Starting a Match
A coin toss shall be used at the start of a game to determine whether a team
wishes to kick-off or choose which end they wish to attack. The team winning
the toss is granted first choice.
The match shall commence only when the referee blows the whistle
A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick-off, even in the event of a deflection into the goal from an opposing player or the goalkeeper. The goal should be disallowed and a free kick awarded to the opposing team.
Stopping and Resuming Play
If the referee stops play by blowing the whistle,play should only be resumed
upon a further blow of the whistle. Quick free kicks (for example), without a referee’s whistle to resume play, are not permitted. Referees are not obliged to delay play any longer than they feel necessary and, if safe do to so, may blow the whistle to restart a game immediately after a free kick has been awarded.
A drop ball may be used to resume play when it is not possible to determine which team should have possession – for example, following a sudden halt in play caused through injury.
A kick-in shall resume play (on pitches with touchlines) at the point where the ball left the field of play.
A corner kick shall resume play (on pitches with goal lines) on the same side of the pitch that the ball left the field of play.
Goalkeepers may distribute the ball when grounded. Unlimited back passes between a player and goalkeeper are permitted. Goalkeepers can handle the ball directly from a back pass. Goals may be scored by any player (except a goalkeeper) from any outfield position. In the event of a goalkeeper scoring, the goal should be disallowed, and the ball (deemed dead) retained by the opposing goalkeeper.
Kick-ins and Corners
Kick-ins and corners are indirect, with opposing players being at least 3
metres from the ball. A goal will only be allowed following a kick-in or corner once the ball has been played by another player: direct shots at goal from a kick-in or corner are not permitted and any such goals will be disallowed, even if deflected in off another player (goalkeeper included). A player executing a kick-in or corner is not permitted to take more than one step immediately prior to striking the ball. The ball should not be kicked with undue force or in a manner likely to cause injury
Playing an Advantage
Although the decision to play an advantage can depend on many circumstances, WFA referees are advised to only take such action if:
- it benefits the team which did not commit the infringement
- it is safe to do so and unlikely to result in a confrontation, especially following physical contact
Referees should clearly indicate that an advantage is being allowed and also ensure that they take the appropriate remedial action (blue card, warning/advice) when it is safe and appropriate to do so.
Section E. Safety
- Players must refrain from openly wearing jewellery or watches. Tape may be used to cover rings.
- All players must wear shin pads, covered by their socks.