1. It is a truth universally acknowledged that
(a) Players have fun
2. PITCH DIMENSIONS
(a) Penalty Area
A semi-circle of 5 metres radius from the centre of each goal line.
(b) Penalty Mark
A penalty mark is at a point 6 metres from the centre of each goal.
The goals are 3.78 metres wide and 1.22 metres high
3. THE BALL
The ball used shall be a five-a-side ball, size five
4. THE SKATERS
(a) The match shall be played by two (2) teams each consisting of five skaters. A further five skaters may act as substitutes. Maximum team size is ten skaters.
(b) There is no designated goalkeeper. Any number of onfield skaters may tend the goal but the use of hands/arms is strictly forbidden and will result in either a free kick (if the offence is outside the penalty area) or a penalty kick (inside the penalty area) in favour of the opposing side.
(c) Substitutions. All substitutions not in the field of play must remain out of the playing area until a substituting onfield skater has left the field. There is no limited to the number of substitutions however each one must occur at the entrance to the sports hall. Under no circumstances should a team have more than 4 skaters on the playing area at any one time. The match referee will deal with such instances as and how he or she feels fit.
5. SKATERS’ EQUIPMENT
(a) Inline skates or quads (roller-skates) as well as a skate/bike helmet is compulsory.
(b) The wearing of wrist, knee and elbow pads is optional but strongly recommended.
(c) Teams shall wear different coloured t shirts. In the instance of similar colours, the match referee will toss a coin to determine which team has precedence
A referee shall be appointed to officiate in each game. He or she shall have the same powers and duties as laid down in the Laws of the Game.
An independent timekeeper/scorer may be appointed to assist the referee.
This official shall:-
(a) record goals scored;
(b) act as timekeeper and signify half-time and full-time by an agreed signal;
(c) suspend time on the referee’s instructions for all stoppages and add that time to the end of each half.
(d) supervise the use of “rolling” substitutes
If an independent timekeeper/scorer is not appointed the above duties are the responsibility of the referee.
8. DURATION OF THE GAME
The duration of the game shall be divided into two equal periods of a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes and a maximum of twenty (20) minutes subject to the following:-
(a) allowance shall be made in either period for time lost through stoppages as decided by the referee and recorded by the timekeeper if appointed;
(b) the duration of either half shall be extended to enable a penalty kick to be taken. At half time the interval shall not exceed two (2) minutes except by consent of the referee,
9. START OF PLAY
(a) At the beginning of a game the choice of ends shall be decided by the toss of a coin.
(b) Play shall be started by the referee dropping the ball on to the centre mark between one skater from each side, each of whom shall stand not less than 1 metre from the centre mark.
(c) After a goal has been scored the game shall restart from the corresponding goal with all skaters of the scoring side in their own half.
(d) After any other stoppage the game shall be re-started by the referee dropping the ball at a point nearest to where it was when play was suspended.
The referee shall not drop the ball within 2 metres of the lines marking the goal areas or within 2 metres of surrounding walls, side-lines or barricades, if in use.
10. BALL IN AND OUT OF PLAY
The ball shall be in play at all times from the start of the game unless:-
(a) The ball has crossed the goal-line or the barricades surrounding the playing area;
(b) the timekeeper, if appointed, has given the signal for half or full-time;
(c) the game has been stopped by the referee;
Skaters may shoot from any point into the opposition goal but only direct shots placed from within the green area (see pitch dimensions above) will count as goals.
The one exception is this rule is for shots that originate or are deflected from the defending team. Own goals may be scored from any point on the pitch.
A goal is scored when the whole of the ball crosses the goal-line between the goal posts and under the crossbar, provided it has not been thrown, carried or propelled by hand or arm by a skater of the attacking side.
There is no offside.
13. FOULS AND MISCONDUCT
(a) Charging/sliding tackles are forbidden.
(b) A skater making contact with the ground with any part of the body other than their skates is no longer considered part of the game. The skater may rejoin the game once they return to skate-only contact with the ground.
(c) A skater who unfairly impedes the progress of an opponent when not playing the ball shall be penalised by the awarding of an indirect free kick.
(d) A skater who is sent off shall be automatically banned for the following match. No substitute is allowed for a skater dismissed for misconduct during the game in which the offence occurred. Violent conduct may result in a ban of more matches.
(e) Yellow/red cards may be awarded by the match referee for any of points a, b, c or d. Cards may also be handed out for deliberate handball or dissent.
14. FREE KICKS
When a skater is taking a direct or indirect free kick all of the opposing skaters shall be at least 2 metres from the ball until it is in play. All free kicks given against the defending side for infringements committed in or near the penalty area shall be taken from a distance not less than 2 metres outside the penalty area at the nearest point to where the offence occurred.
15. PENALTY KICK
A penalty kick shall be taken from the penalty mark and, except for a designated defending 'goalkeeper', only the skater taking the kick may be present between the goal and penalty mark. All other skaters to migrate behine the red mark.
If the designated goalkeeper touches the ball with his or her finger, hand or arm then the goal is automatically awarded.
If a goal is not scored from a penalty kick then play automatically continues.
16. EXTRA TIME / PENALTIES (APPLICABLE ONLY TO THIRD PLACE, SEMIFINALS AND FINALS)
If the scores are level after normal and injury time then an extra period of 2 x 5 minutes, known as extra time, will commence.
There is no silver or golden goal rule.
If the scores are still level after extra time then each team takes 4 alternating penalties, followed by sudden death (the first team to miss in each round of kicks goes out).
All skaters in the squad may take part in penalties and each skater must take one penalty each before any skater takes their second kick.
Note that for penalties at the end of matches play does not continue (no shots from rebounds)
17. DETERMINATION OF POSITION (LEAGUE PHASE)
In this order positions will be determined by the following conditions
(a) Most points attained (3 for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss)
(b) Goal difference
(c) Goals scored
(d) Result in match played between sides concerned
(e) Goals scored in match played between sides concerned
(f) Best disciplinary record
(g) Drawing lots