Sports rules, by-laws and code of conduct

 Gameplay Rules

  1. The game of Futsal is played on an indoor basketball court, all games run for two 17 minute halves with a 1 minute half time break.
  2. From a kick off, the ball must be played forward. A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick off. 
  3. A team consists of 5 players for seniors and 7 players for junior competitions, 4 court players and 1 goalkeeper; the maximum number of players in a team is 12, to start game there must be a minimum of 3 players for seniors and 5 players for juniors
  4. No tackling from behind or dangerous slide tackling is allowed.  
  5. Dangerous play is not allowed. 
  6. All players must be registered with City of Mandurah Recreation Centres. 
  7. Shin pads are desirable.
  8. Long socks covering shin pads are compulsory. 
  9. Players are not permitted to use objects that might endanger them or others, including any kind of accessories, jewellery and/or glasses. (no taping, no gloves accepted)
  10. Unlimited ‘flying’ substitutions. Players can re-enter the game as many times without notifying the referee, this also includes the Goalkeeper (games will not be stopped for substitutions). Substitutions must be made in the substitution area. A substitute player can only enter after the player they are substituting has exited the court, or an indirect kick will be applied.
  11. There is no offside in Futsal, and players can score from anywhere in the court of play. 
  12. When the ball goes out over the sideline, it is then placed on the sideline; it must be stationary and kicked into the court to another player. All opposing players must be at least 3 metres from the ball, the foot not kicking the ball must be out of the court or part of the foot touching the side line. 
  13. A goal cannot be scored directly from a sideline kick-in, but you can from a corner kick-in.
  14. The goalkeeper cannot throw the ball over the 2/3 line on a small court, or over ½ way line on an International size court, once the Goalkeeper uses their hands to handle the ball, they must throw the ball back into play, however if the goalkeeper does not handle the ball with their hands, they are free to kick the ball any length and even score.  
  15. The Goalkeeper is not allowed to drop-kick the ball at any time. 
  16. Goal Clearance or Goalkeepers throw, the goalkeeper throws the ball from the marked goal area to restart play after the ball has gone over the goal line, last being touched by an attacking player. 
  17. The goalkeeper has 5 seconds time limit to control the ball and release it from their possession in their own half of the pitch. 
  18. Goalkeepers are not allowed to pick up the ball with their hands from a deliberate back pass from any of their team mates. 
  19. The game has a 5 second time limit at all kick-ins, corner kicks and free kicks. 
  20. Free Kicks, the opposition must be back 3mtrs from the taking of any free kicks, unless the team awarded the free kick decides to take a quick free kick. 
  21. Hand ball is when a ball touches a player from the shoulder down (not including the shoulder). A deliberate hand ball will be awarded with a direct free kick/penalty to the opposition. An accidental hand ball will be awarded an indirect free kick to the opposition; unless the opposing team gains advantage (advantage rule); this decision is up to the referee’s discretion. Female players are allowed to protect their chest area and male players are allowed to protect their groin area with their hands and arms, as long as there is no movement of the hands and arms towards the ball. 
  22. Each team has 5 team fouls per half, any fouls after the 5th will be penalised with a ten meter penalty shot by the opposition.  
  23. During the game, a referee has the option of using 2 cards, Yellow and Red, if you receive 2 yellow cards within the season you will have a one match suspension, the consecutive week. 
  24. Referees have the right to warn, ask to leave or eject from the Stadium, any spectator or player whom they feel is bringing the game into disrepute. 
  25. Minimum age of participation is 16, however, children between the ages of 13-15 years are permitted to play in the competition, providing they have signed parental permission. A parent declaration is located on the back of the scoresheet and must be signed by a parent or guardian before the game commences.


Player Infringements

Serious Foul Play

The following offences will receive either a yellow or red card depending on the severity of the infringement (referees discretion): 

  • Stopping an obvious goal scoring opportunity by tripping, holding, impeding, and handball 
  • Deliberate kicking an opponent 
  • Deliberate elbowing an opponent  
  • Violent tackle from behind 
  • Over the ball tackle  

Serious Violent Conduct

The following offences are red card/suspension, which results in immediate game removal, plus 1 consecutive week suspension.

  • Striking an official or player 
  • Spitting at an official or player 
  • Threaten an official or player with physical violence 
  • Attempting to strike an official or player with ball or other object 
  • Pushing an official with open hand, shoulder or hip 

In addition, Disciplinary Action may result in ejection or removal from all sports competitions and a ban from attending City of Mandurah Recreation Centres.

Use of Foul and Abusive Language:

The following are caution offences with a yellow or red card depending on the severity of the infringement (referees discretion)

  • Making obscene gestures
  • Offensive insults or abusive language
  • Should a player be sent from the court for a red card offence, the referee will record the player's name and ID number and fill out the “send-off incident form’.

Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary action may be taken if a player / team behaves in a manner not consistent with the Codes of Conduct. Disciplinary action may take the following forms:

  • Official report
  • Ejection and or removal from all competitions, including a ban from attending City of Mandurah Recreation Centres

Please note: After a player or team has been ejected or removed from a competition, re-entering the competition after the ban period must be requested in writing and is subject to approval from Centre Management.


Cards, Disciplinary Actions, Tribunals and Penalties

Yellow Cards

  • Each player will be allowed a total of three (3) yellow cards for the season
  • Once a player receives three (3) yellow cards they will automatically receive a one week suspension
  • Any yellow cards thereafter will incur an additional one-week suspension

Red Cards 

  • Any player who receives a red card cannot be replaced on the pitch for the remainder of the game
  • Offences are recorded across all sports in all competitions at the City of Mandurah Recreation Centres and have a cumulative effect
  • Cards / offences are recorded by the Umpire – explaining who / what / when so that Management can monitor all card-able offences

Basic Information

  • Teams are to provide their own uniforms, all uniforms need to be the same colour
  • Teams need to provide their own coaches and team managers
  • Fees are to paid at the start of the season, or at the time of nomination
  • Finals will be played in the final week of term

Junior netball

Full netball rules and by-laws (below) apply throughout the game with the exception of:

  • Players will have 5 seconds to throw the ball   
  • The goal post will be lowered to 8 feet   
  • Defending in or out of the circle will be allowed but players must be 4 feet away   
  • Players will be picked up for stepping, off side, replay, breaking and over a third and the ball will be given to the other team
  • Contact and obstruction will result in the player being put out of play   

All netball


1.1 All Australian Netball Association Rules shall apply unless otherwise provided for in these by-laws.   
1.2 The Management of the City of Mandurah Recreation Centres reserves the right to change or amend the by-laws at any time without prior notice. Where possible the Centre will attempt to inform teams of changes, but it is the teams’ responsibility to remain up to date with the By-Laws and rules of the game.  
1.3 Day to day interpretation of these shall be the responsibility of the senior official present at the time.  Appeals against interpretation shall be lodged in writing with the Sports and Activities team within 24 hours of the incident.   


2.1 The nomination form is to be completed and either emailed to or printed and handed in at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre reception by a team member.
2.2 This is an application to join one of the competitions at M.A.R.C and no guarantee is given that this application will be successful. Where teams cannot be included they will be notified. Late nominations will be accepted subject to availability within the competition. 
2.3 Nomination forms must be fully completed. This includes the inclusion of full names, email addresses and contact numbers of all players.
2.4 Team names must not be deemed offensive or inappropriate. Centre Management reserves the right to enforce a name change.   
2.5 Nominations for new seasons will not be accepted from teams with outstanding debts.   
2.6 New players may be introduced during the season, provided that they comply with By-Law requirements and are registered on the Nomination Form after playing 3 games.   


3.1 Teams are to register all players as per 2.3 above. Failure to do so will result in team members not being notified of important competition information and may result in an ineligibility for finals matches.
3.2 New teams joining after the start of a season can be introduced into a competition but will only be eligible to play in the finals at the discretion of the Sports Team Leader.  Fairness to all participating teams will be taken into account when making this decision.


4.1 With the exception of the City of Mandurah Noahs Ark team, registered players are NOT eligible to play in lower grades. 
4.2 Registered players can play in higher grades in any position.  
4.3 Same grade players are eligible to fill-in for another team in the position of WA or WD only
4.4 Un-registered players can play in any grade, any position
4.5 The minimum age for a player to participate in the competition is 13 years of age.   
4.6 All players must demonstrate to the officials that they possess a level of skill that is appropriate to the competition.   
4.7 Fill-ins are not eligible for finals.   Team members on initial registration form and fill-in players who have played a minimum of 3 games (not registered with another team) and have been added to the nomination form are able to play finals. Team Captain’s must formerly asked for extra players to be added during the season by emailing
4.8 Whilst we recognise the right to introduce new players during the season, we observe the right not to allow teams to increase their playing strength beyond the capability of the grade in which they play by the introduction of such players.   
4.9 All registered players must take the court, if present, before utilising a substitute player, unless ill or injured.  A same grade player may join in but will have to play WA or WD.
4.91 A minimum of four registered players must be on the court at all times with fill in’s to make up the required number of players. Fill-ins must play in the positions of WA, WD or C.


5.1 All teams must provide their own scorer for the duration of the game. Failure to provide a scorer will leave the offending teams no recourse to challenge the score. 
5.5 A team shall be held responsible for the conduct of its members and spectators. Umpires have the capacity to penalise offending teams and teams from which offending spectators come from. Teams with spectators not abiding by this requirement may be penalised with a cancelled match.
5.6 Supporters of teams must be seated during game time. Spectators and Supporter’s must abide by the Centre rules.  
5.7 Any player deemed to be under the influence or alcohol* or drugs shall be denied entry to the playing area and will be subject to report by match officials (*determined if alcohol can be detected on player’s breath, or behaving in an intoxicated manner). 
5.8 Centre Management reserve the right to automatically exclude a team from any further fixtured games, if in their view, they have persisted with verbal abuse, threats or physical intimidation. 
5.9 Players with children under the age of 12 who are attending games must ensure that the child/ren is accompanied by an adult at ALL times. This includes being seated on the sidelines. No child is to be left on their own. Failure to ensure a child is accompanied will result in the players removal of the game. If available, the Centre recommends utilising the on-site crèche facilities.


6.1 It is the Captain’s responsibility to collect monies and pay the applicable fees at front reception prior to the commencement of games. 
6.2 Team Captains must ensure the score sheet is signed by all players prior to game commencement.
6.3 It is the Captains responsibility to ensure all registered players are aware of Centre Rules and Guidelines. 
6.4 The team captain is required to ensure that players are present and ready to play and have signed the match scoresheet before the commencement of play.   
6.5 The team captain (for the night) must be identified by signing the “Team Captain” section on the scoresheet


7.1  Two umpires will be provided per court / where possible
7.2 Responsibility of the umpires: 
Prior to the match:
(a)Performs toss with team captains
(b)Inspects the condition of playing area, ball and equipment
(c)Inspects players nail length, and ensures all jewellery is removed or taped
(d)Ensure teams have paid the game fee as required
7.3 During the match Umpires may:
(a) Sanction misconduct and delays
(b) Call all faults and infractions of play
7.4 After the match:
(a) Collection of ball and equipment
(b) Signs scoresheet
7.5 The umpire’s decision is final. He\She shall not permit any discussion about his/her decision during game time. However, at the request of the game captain, he\she will give an explanation on the application of interpretation of the rules he\she has based his\her decision on, at half or full-time. 


8.1 All players, where possible are required to present themselves in conforming team uniforms (tops and bottoms) for each match.   
8.2 Teams are required to provide their own Netball Bibs, these can be hired at a cost of $8 per game if required.  Centre Management reserves the right to request a change in colour. Teams are encouraged to seek approval for colour before purchasing bibs.   
8.3 Fingernails must be cut short, alternatively gloves may be worn, players play at own risk. 
8.4 Any jewellery, including hair combs and head bands are not permitted.   TAPE is ACCEPTED for piercings, players choose to play at their own risk.  Medic Alert Bracelets are to be taped.  


9.1 The penalty for playing illegal players is the loss of all premiership points accrued for that season or automatic forfeit of the match or matches in which the offences occurred. 
9.2 Illegal players are defined as follows: Failing to pay the appropriate fee; Playing under an assumed name; Playing whilst under suspension.    


10.1 The clock will be started at the fixture game time.  Teams who are ready to play (i.e. have paid the game fee, presented receipt to umpire, filled in scoresheet, and are on court ready to play) will receive one (1) goal for every minute or part thereof until play begins, if the opposition are not ready.  After 10 minutes if play has not commenced, the game will be called a forfeit. 
10.2 In minor round matches time will continue in the event of an injury 
10.3 Any player who cannot be moved from the court should not do so.  If due to injury the game is abandoned, the Centre Manager shall decide the outcome of the match. 
10.4 Games shall commence and finish on the whistle. 


11.1 Points shall be awarded on the following basis:  
Win    2  points;  Loss  0 points; Draw  1 point;  Bye 2 points;  Forfeit  0 points; Forfeit against 2 points. 


12.1 FORFEITING teams will be penalised by the loss of their upfront game fee.  
12.3 Any team forfeiting three times in any one season may be replaced without notice at the discretion of the Management of Mandurah Recreation Centres.    


13.1 To qualify for finals matches all players must be registered on the nomination form and have played a minimum of 3 games. The team captain is advised to check with the Sports and Activities staff regarding the eligibility of team players for finals. 
13.2 Players must have played a minimum of 3 games to be eligible for finals and only be registered with one team.  
13.3 It is the Captain’s responsibility to add new players to their team nomination form at the reception of the recreation centre, or in writing to the Sports and Activities team to enable player’s qualification for final matches. 
13.4 A player may only play finals matches for the team in which they are registered.
13.5 The team with the highest amount of points on the ladder at the end of the season will automatically be placed into the higher grade upon re-nomination for the next season.


14.1 In the event of misconduct by players, substitutes, team officials or spectators, the most senior match official has the authority to abandon matches.  Any match abandoned due to misconduct will result in a forfeit against the offending team and a win recorded for the opposing team.  
14.2 In the event of external circumstances (such as a power outage) which end a match before half time, the game will be deemed a draw with a score of 20-20 awarded to both teams.  In this case, the game fee will be credited to the following week. Should the game be abandoned after half time, the score will be recorded as it stands and No game credit will be awarded.   


Misconduct is any behaviour that is contrary to accepted standards of good sportsmanship 
15.1 A team shall be held responsible for the conduct of its members and spectators. 
15.2 Players, team members, team officials and spectators shall be subject to report by any official of the Centre for any form of misconduct. 
15.3 Misconduct shall include abusive language, unsporting conduct, undue rough play, resisting, striking and attempted striking and player warnings 
15.4 The official shall complete a Disciplinary Notice Form that will be lodged at the centre. Upon investigation Centre management will decide on a course of action which reflects the severity of the misconduct. Players may be excluded or suspended. 
15.5 Any player, team, team official or spectator who has a complaint lodged against him/her shall receive the following: 
1. An email outlining the Misconduct offence or offences that the player is accountable for and the penalty that applies to the offence.
15.6 Penalties for Player Misconduct range from reprimands through to several weeks suspension, or expulsion from the Recreation Centres. Penalties are dependent on the type of Player Misconduct committed and its severity. Teams should familiarise themselves with the consequences that members may be faced with when reported by an Official for Misconduct. 
15.7 An umpire may discipline a player for Misconduct in the following ways 

  • Caution/Warn the offending player, which may result in the presentation of a yellow/red card
  • Standing the offending player off the court for a period of two minutes 
  • Ordering the offending player to leave the court and take no further part in the game, resulting in a disciplinary report form being lodged. 
  • Giving an advance penalty to the opposing team of the offending player, whereby the opposing team is given an undefended shot at goal

15.8 Where a spectator engages in misconduct in support of a team, the umpire may, at his/her discretion

  • Issue a warning to the spectator
  • Order that the spectator be removed from the venue
  • Award goals to the team not associated with the spectator
  • If the spectator continues to engage in misconduct, the umpire may award a forfeit in favour of the team not associated with the spectator

15.9 City of Mandurah Recreation Centres may suspend a player who engages in any form of misconduct from playing the remainder of any game and or from playing any further number of games that in its discretion, thinks appropriate. 
15.91 Registered players of a team that has been excluded will not be able to register for any other netball team participating in fixtured matches managed by the City of Mandurah Recreation Centres in ensuing seasons, i.e. both the team and the players will be excluded forthwith


In addition to the player code of conduct the City of Mandurah Recreation Centres ask that you meet the following guidelines in regard to your conduct during your role as team player within the Centre. 
16.1 Conduct yourself in a responsible manner relating to language, temper and punctuality.
16.2  Maintain a high standard of personal behaviour at all times.
16.3  Abide by the rules and respect the decision of the umpires. Be courteous and use the correct process when seeking a rule clarification.
16.4 It is an offence for any player, on or off the court, to intentionally intimidate an umpire or any other player before or after the game


17.1 A team payment option must be selected and paid before the commencement of the season. Teams will not be permitted to take the court if payment is not up-to-date. 

Payments Options
1.One Full Upfront Season Payment   
2.Two Part Season Payment  
17.2 Nomination forms accompanied with either payment options as above, late forms will be accepted subject to availability within the competition and payment will be adjusted accordingly. 
17.3 Team payments are season based, not game based. No refunds will be issued in the event of a forfeit or bye.


18.1 Competition Enquiries regarding new players or current competitions can be made to the Sports and Activities Team of the City Mandurah Recreation Centres by email:, or by visiting M.A.R.C or the website.


19.1 Teams will not be allowed to commence the match without first presenting their game fee receipt with their team name to the match official 
19.2 When a team has (5) players on the scoresheet, the match must start.  A late player may only take the court in the period after a goal has been scored and prior to the whistle of the next centre pass. 
19.3 If a team has less than five (5) players, then for every minute or part thereof that team is late commencing, the opposing team will be awarded one (1) goal per minute until ten (10) minute have expired. 
19.4 If a team does not have five (5) players on the court and ready to play within ten (10) minutes of the scheduled starting time, they must forfeit the game.  The final score awarded for a forfeit will be 20-0. 


20.1 In the event of an equal score at the conclusion of full time of any non-final match, then the match will be considered a draw and each team will be awarded one premiership point. 
20.2 In the event of an equal score at the conclusion of any finals match then, after a 1 minute rest,  the match will be continued by two, five (5) minute time periods, with no rest, but changing ends between rounds. If a result is not achieved after this additional time, the first team to be ahead by two (2) goals will be deemed the winner.   


21.1 All matches shall consist of the following times unless indicated otherwise by Centre Management:  4 x 10 minute quarters with a 1 minute half time break and 30 second break at quarter and third quarter time. 


22.1 Substitutions may be made at the break between any quarter, and a player substituted shall be entitled to re-enter the game at any quarter time break. 
22.2 A player substituted due to injury shall be entitled to re-enter the game at any quarter time break. 
22.3 An immediate substitution can be made in the case of a player on court being injured or becoming ill.  At such time, the opposing team shall be allowed to change playing positions if desired. 
22.4 After injury or illness when no substitution is made, the injured or ill player may return to the vacant position after notifying the umpire of her/his intention to return to the game and after a goal has been scored. 
22.5   A player sent off for disciplinary action by umpires, may not be substituted unless they are playing at the position of Centre (C). This includes if the suspended time frame contains a quarter break.  


23.1 Trophies or similar shall be awarded to winning premiership teams and runners up to a maximum of 9 players. 
23.2   The City of Mandurah Recreation Centres retains the right to decide the nature of prizes provided, which may include trophies, glasses, drink bottles, or other products deemed suitable. 
22.3 Only players who play in the finals match are eligible for prizes. 


24.1 Teams withdrawing from the competition prior to the end of the season will not be refunded, unless approved by management. 
24.2   All requests to withdrawal from the competition are to be made in writing and directed to the Sports and Activities Supervisor. 


25.1 A player may transfer from one team or club to another team once during the season provided that transfers are presented to Management in writing before the night/day that the player plays for the new club or team.


26.1 Supporters of teams must be seated in the Stadium courts during game time. Spectators and Supporter’s must abide by the Centre rules, teams with spectators not abiding by this requirement may be penalised with a cancelled match.  
26.2 Children under the age of 12 must remain seated and must be supervised by an adult as identified by City of Mandurah Recreation Centre Staff. Unsupervised children are a danger to themselves, other players and umpires and if not correctly supervised, a parent shall be required to attend to them off court with no substitution allowed.  
26.3 Please take note that children are to be fully supervised behind the netting at Halls Head Community Recreation Centre at all times, at any time the umpire where required will stop the game and advise the parent on court to look after their child in regards, with no substitution or replacement unless playing C.  


27.1 Day Time Competitions – Will run year round, breaking during school holidays, with no competition on most public holidays. 
27.2 Evening Competitions – Will run year round, breaking during school holidays, (exception Futsal). Games will also be played on Australia Day, Labour Day and Queens Birthday public holidays, subject to centre discretion. 
27.3 The City of Mandurah Recreation Centres reserve the right to change dates, sporting fixtures and grading systems at any time without notice.


28.1 Pregnancy, Injury or Illness
City of Mandurah Recreation Centres is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for all its members, including Injured, Pregnant or Ill players. Please seek medical confirmation from you doctors before playing to eliminate yourself from any risk, if pregnant the City of Mandurah Recreation Centre advises the player to see the Netball Australia website in regards to pregnancy and playing netball.


29.1 All players are responsible for their own insurance.
29.2 All players play at their own risk.
29.3 All participants authorise the Mandurah Aquatic & Recreation Centre to obtain medical/ambulance assistance for them in the case of an accident or emergency involving them, and agree to reimburse M.A.R.C on demand for all costs we incur in obtaining such assistance

Play for Fun, Friendship and Fairness


The FIFA Futsal Laws of the game shall apply unless otherwise provided for in these rules. 

To Play

A team must have a minimum of four registered players entered on a scoresheet who are ready to take the court at the commencement of the game.

Age Eligibility

To be eligible for a junior competition, a player must be the age of or younger of the competition they wish to participate in at the registration date at the start of the season. Age groups include ages 7-8, 9-10 & 11-12


A player may only take the court in the second half of play if he/she is included on the scoresheet before half time and has played during the first half of the game.
Substitutions can be made at any time during a game provided the referee has been advised the substitution is to take place. Goalkeeper substitutions must be made at a stoppage in play.


All players in each team are required to present themselves in conforming uniforms for each match. Teams will be given three weeks to conform to the uniform requirements. If the teams do not comply with uniform requirements after the period of time, they will be penalised four points per person out of uniform.

All players must wear the same coloured shirt, as well as the same coloured shorts.

As jewellery is not considered part of the uniform, it may not be worn. Items that are dangerous must not be worn. The only exception to this ruling is a Medic Alert Bracelet, which must be taped (apart from the information plate).

Game Times

All games will be played on a time limit of 40 minutes playing time with two x 17 minute halves with two minute half time break. Junior competitions are played in term 4 and 1 only. 
Game times are as follows;
PM Competitions - Between 3.30pm – 6.30pm (last game to be finished by 5.50pm). These game times may be altered according to the requirements of the competition. 

Start Times

The game shall start on the exact time given in the fixtures. After ten minutes, the game shall be declared a forfeit if a team is not present or does not have enough players.


In the event of a forfeit, the non-offending team shall receive a credit unless they take part in a scratch match or practice session. The non-offending team winning points. 


Late Penalties - If a team has less than the minimum required players to start the match, then for every two minutes that play is late commencing, the opposing team will be awarded one goal, up until the ten minutes has expired. If a team does not have the minimum required players on court and ready to play within ten minutes of the scheduled starting time it shall lose the match on a forfeit.
Finals Penalty Shootout 

In the event of a draw in any finals match, teams will go straight to a penalty shootout with the winner being the team who scores the most goals from five attempts. If there is still a draw after each team has had their five attempts, they will go to sudden death (goal for goal basis) where the winner will be the team who scores the first goal unmatched by the other team. 

Each player must only have one attempt at the penalty shootout until all other players on the team have had an attempt.

Rules of Play

  1. The playing area is as designated by the Centre with a semi-circle defining the goal box area.
  2. Teams may be of any number, however only 5 are allowed on the playing area at one time, one of which must be the goalkeeper.
  3. Any stoppage is at the referee’s discretion. 
  4. Goalkeepers may only be interchanged during a normal stoppage in play, such as free kicks, or if the ball is in possession of any goalkeeper.
  5. Should the ball cross the side line, it is an indirect free kick to the opposition from the point it crossed the line.
  6. Slide tackles are not allowed. Infringement of this rule will result in a free kick to the opposition.
  7. Players may not play the ball unless upright. Infringement of this rule will result in a free kick to the opposition.
  8. The keeper cannot kick or throw the ball over the halfway line on the full. The exception is if a save is being made. Infringement of this rule will result in a free kick to the opposition from the point where it crossed the halfway line.
  9. Players have 6 seconds to play the ball after a free kick is awarded or the advantage will be reversed. Referees are encouraged to warn players when they are nearing their 6 second restriction before issuing any free kicks to the opposition.
  10. The goalkeeper has 6 seconds to get the ball back into play once he/she has possession or a penalty will be awarded to the opposition. Referees are encouraged to warn players when they are nearing their 6 second restriction before issuing any free kicks to the opposition.
  11. Free kicks are ALL direct except from the halfway line and side lines. The opposition must stand at least 2 metres from the ball for all free kicks. Should the opposition player stand too close, the referee will ask only once for them to step back after which a yellow card could be issued.
  12. If a free kick is awarded with a goal scoring opportunity before time expires and the siren sounds before the free kick is taken, the team will be allowed to take the free kick on the condition that it is taken within the 6 second limit. Only one touch of the ball is allowed for the free kick, any touch from the attacking team thereafter ends the play. If the free kick is scored off the one touch the goal will count.
  13. Should the keeper step outside his area, a penalty will be awarded to the opposition. There are exceptions to this rule depending on the circumstances and it is at the referee’s discretion. Please see the referee after the game if you require clarification as to why a penalty was or was not given in a particular instance.
  14. The referee will indicate an area (roughly 1 metre) in which players are allowed to perform a run up to take a penalty kick.
  15. There is no offside rule and no throw-ins.
  16. Referees may allow play to continue rather than award a free kick for an infringement of any of the rules if they feel an advantage is gained by the non-offending team. This is solely at the referee’s discretion.
  17. Spectators/players are expected to respect all referees and players. Harassing, abusing or arguing with the referee will not be tolerated. Referees can issue a technical foul and/or a red/yellow card in these circumstances and award a penalty to the opposition. Continuing harassment etc. will be severely dealt with by Centre Management. 
  18. A yellow card results in a two minute suspension from the game during which the player may not be substituted. The referee will indicate when the player can return to the game which will be during a stoppage in play. 
  19. A red card results in suspension from the rest of the game during which time the player may not be substituted. The offending player also suffers a ban from the team’s next game. Two red cards in a season will result in reporting to Centre management and a possible tribunal hearing.

All other rules are as per FIFA football rules of play.


Appropriate Behaviour

The City of Mandurah Recreation Centre has a no tolerance policy in regards to the use of abusive or inappropriate language, violence and misconduct from players and/or spectators. A breach of these rules will result in a technical foul, with a repeat offence resulting in the player and/or spectator being asked to leave the centre. This may also result in a player and/or spectator being excluded from the completion and/or Centre. This ruling is based on the judgment of the Sport Supervisor.



  • Play by the rules
  • Never argue with an official. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the official during a break or after the match.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviours in any sport.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and/or your team. Your team’s performance will benefit, so will you.
  • Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether they are made by your team or the opposition.
  • Treat all participants in your sport as you like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage of another competitor.
  • Cooperate with your coach, team mates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.
  • Participate for your enjoyment and benefit, not just to please parents and coaches.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.


  • Remember that young people participate for pleasure and winning is only part of the fun.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a young player for making a mistake or not coming first.
  • Be reasonable in your demands on players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.
  • Operate within the rules and spirit of the sport and teach your players to do the same.
  • Ensure that the time players spend with you is a positive experience. All young people are deserving of equal attention and opportunities.
  • Avoid overplaying the talented player; the just average need and deserve equal time.
  • Display control, respect and professionalism to all involved with the sport. This includes opponents, coaches, officials, administrations, parents and spectators. Encourage your players
    to do the same.
  • Show concern and caution towards sick and injured players. Follow the advice of a physician when determining whether an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition.
  • Obtain appropriate qualifications and keep up to date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of young people.
  • Any physical contact with a young person should be appropriate to the situation.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Parents and Spectators

  • Remember that everyone participates in sport for their enjoyment not yours.
  • Encourage all players to participate do not force them.
  • Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
  • Encourage players to always play according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a player for making a mistake or losing a match.
  • Remember that players learn best by example. Appreciate good performances and skillful plays by all participants.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Respect official’s decisions.
  • Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, without them your child could not participate.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, whether it is by spectators, coaches, officials or players.
  • Show respect for your team’s opponents without them there would be no game.
  • Do not use foul language, sledge or harass players, coaches or officials.
  • Applaud good performance and efforts from all individuals and teams. Congratulate participants on their performance regardless of the game outcome.

Play for Fun, Play Fair

The following terms and conditions relate to all our adult and junior social sports programs.


This is an application to join one of the competitions at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre and no guarantee is given that this application will be successful. Where teams cannot be included they will be notified.

Nomination forms must be fully completed. This includes the inclusion of full names, email and contact phone numbers of all players.

Withdrawal from a competition will result in full loss of any monies held in credit. Advance payments are non-refundable.

Withdrawal from a competition must be done so in writing or via email to the relevant Sports & Activity Officer. Four weeks’ notice must be given and any games not played in that four week period will be charged as per normal game fee.

A team will not be considered to have withdrawn and will continue to acquire additional playing fees until all outstanding fees have been paid.


Teams are to register all players as per the conditions above. Failure to do so will result in team members not being notified of important competition information (including fixtures) and ineligibility for finals games.

New teams joining after the start of a season can be introduced into a competition but will only be eligible to play in the finals at the discretion of the Sports Team Leader. Fairness to all participating team will be taken into account when making this decision.


All players are responsible for their own insurance. All players play at their own risk.


Teams forfeiting a regular game are required to pay their normal game fee. No refunds are given to any team for forfeits or byes. 

To Play

Prior to the game commencing, all teams are required to have paid their game fee in advance, either in the form of their deposit (weekly payments), or as part of an upfront full or half season payment.


Season lengths for junior and day time senior teams vary, and must be paid for upfront by a responsible adult.

Junior sport team fees are paid upfront for the length of the term.

Senior sport team fees are based on season payments

All payments received (including the initial upfront deposit payment) are non-refundable. Deposit payments may be used as credit for games once a team has informed Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre of its intention to withdraw from competitions.

Team Captains acknowledge that it is their responsibility to formally communicate to City of Mandurah Recreation Centre’s that they wish to opt out of their participation in sports competitions. If no contact is made by the Team Captain, then the Team Captain acknowledges that the Mandurah Recreation Centre’s will operate on the understanding the team’s involvement in the competition will be continuing.

Upfront Full Season

No deposit required. Games paid for in advance. A 15% discount is applied. Full season costs will be calculated at time of nomination, depending on the length of the season.

Upfront Half Payment

No deposit required. Games are paid for in advance. A discount of 10% is applied. The payment will consist of two half payments. Amounts will be calculated at the time of nomination.

Outstanding Debts

Any teams with outstanding debt will be contacted directly by a Sports and Activities Officer. If a payment dispute cannot be resolved by the next payment cycle, a team’s participation in a competition may be suspended until the account can be settled.

Team Responsibilities

The team will be held responsible for the conduct of its members and spectators. Furthermore, teams are expected to conduct themselves in keeping with the ethos of participation, enjoyment and healthy competition.

Team Captain

Responsibilities of the team captain/contact are

Prior to the match:

  • Organise their team
  • Inform a Recreation Centre staff member if they need assistance
  • Ensure that their fixture has been paid for in advance (either through the upfront, or weekly payment systems).

During the match

  • To ensure all team members and supporters behave in a sportsmanlike way

After the match

  • Thank umpires and opposition team
  • Communicate the needs and wants of his or her team to the Sports and Activities Team

Team Uniforms

All players in each team are required to present themselves in conforming uniforms for each match. Uniforms are to have the same color and shade.

The City of Mandurah Recreation Centres endorses that all junior sport programs should be based on the principle of equality of participation.  All players should be given equal playing time and should be provided the opportunity to play different positions.

Whilst playing games at the Recreation Centres the match scores are kept, it’s the responsibility of coaches, officials, parents and support staff to ensure the focus is on promoting enjoyment and development of fundamental motor skills and not on who wins and loses.


Sport participation during childhood offers many immediate and long-term benefits including:

  • The formation of positive physical activity behaviours
  • Development of life-skills
  • Physical literacy
  • Cognitive and social function


In addition to the well-known health benefits, the physiological and social development gained through participation in sport can impart valuable life skills such as confidence, self-esteem, teamwork, decision making and resilience.  All of these skills can contribute to maintaining healthy physical activity levels into adulthood. 
Recognition that motivation for participation is based upon enjoyment, which may include many things such as having fun, acquiring skills and experiencing positive self-concept and interaction with others. 
At this age the emphasis should be on play and all activities should be focused on recreational participation (creative play).

Parent's Roles and Responsibilities 

Before the Game

You don’t need to tell your child that winning doesn’t matter because they know it has some meaning.  Instead, help them to develop a healthy competitive attitude for trying hard and having fun

Tell your child to “go for it, give it your best shot and have fun”

During the Game 

  • Don’t yell instructions at your child during the game.  The coach has given them instructions and their teammates are also calling out to them; too much input is confusing 
  • Cheer and acknowledge good play by both teams 
  • Never criticise a mistake, only make motivational comments
  • Respect the decisions made by the officials. Your child will learn to respect authority by seeing you do the same 
  • Accept the decision of where your child may play during that game.  All participants will play in all positions during the season

After the Game 

  • Thanks the officials and the coach
  • Congratulate your child and their teammates on their efforts 
  • Compliment individual players on good plays they made during the game
  • Focus on the way your child played rather than winning or losing 
  • If your child is upset with losing, help them not to focus on the outcome

During the Car Ride Home 

  • Point out a good play your child made during the game 
  • Avoid criticising or correcting mistakes 
  • Ask questions like:
    What was fun about netball/soccer today?
    What was something you did well today?
    What did you learn from the game?

We Play Fair for Fun and Fitness