We've listened to our league players and we've changed our rule book to ensure you get the most out of your league games at Goals - the biggest and best place to play! Download the rules below as a PDF, or view them directly on webpage below.
Teams will receive 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss. League placings will be decided by points gained, followed by goal difference, followed by goals scored, followed by the aggregate result between the two teams in question.
All players must be registered by completing the necessary forms in full prior to competing for any team. No player can be registered to more than one team in the same division. Players may only transfer their registration to another team on one occasion in the same division during the course of a season.
For 5-a-side Leagues a maximum of eight players per game may be used. All players must be named on the team sheet prior to kick-off. (For 6-a-side add one player, for 7-a-side add two players).
Any team playing an unregistered or suspended player will automatically lose the match 5 – 0 and be deducted 3 points. Players playing whilst suspended will have a further three-match ban added to the end of their then current suspension.
Teams are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled kick off times.
All Teams MUST pay in full before kick off without exception and hand the match official a match receipt. Any Team paying via the app can collect this from reception on the way in.
Team Captains are asked to confirm next week’s fixture using the fixture sheet at the desk.
All Teams MUST sign all players in with the match official before kick off
Teams must be on the pitch and ready to begin the match at the appointed kick-off time. If a team is more than 10 minutes late their opponents may claim a 3 – 0 head start or 1 Goal for every 5 minutes late, and at the League Managers / Referees discretion a 5 - 0 win will be awarded and the team in late will be deducted 3 points.
Teams may be replaced at any stage of the season. Replacement teams inherit the scores and points of their predecessors. No team joining after the halfway point can be awarded first or second place at the end of the season. New Teams may be awarded a maximum of 1 point for each game they have missed up to the midway point.
Cancellations are not permitted and all teams are expected to play all fixtures for the integrity of the League. In the extreme event that you do need to cancel Goals require to be informed at least the day before a fixture.
All Teams that cancel a fixture including with or without notice will have the match awarded to their opponents 5 – 0 and they will be deducted 3 points.
Goals do not reschedule games on the day of a game, any reschedule requests must be submitted to the League Manager in advance so this can be discussed with the opposition. If your opponent is unwilling to move the fixture then it must stay at the original time and date scheduled. (Please note rescheduled games will only be considered in extreme circumstances not for injuries, work or lack of players)
If a team has repeated absence of 2 or more games per season they may be ejected from the league.
In the event that your opposition cancel or your team are due to play a vacancy in the League you will automatically have a League Cup Game scheduled by your League Manager. All teams must play the League Cup Game to receive the 5-0 victory and the 3 points.
In the event that a team refuses to play another team the match will be awarded to the other team 5 – 0 providing they play a league cup game arranged by the club. The team refusing to play will also be deducted 3 points.
In the event that a team refuses to complete a match which has already started, the match will be awarded to the other team 5 - 0 and the team refusing to complete the match will be deducted 3 points. If the score at the time produces a goal difference greater than 5-0 then that score will stand.
All fixtures are to be played unless adverse weather conditions make the pitches unplayable. Any decision to cancel a game can only be made by Goals management. Postponements are not allowed, except in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of Goals management.
Any player or team suspended by any local Football Association, other governing body or by any Goals club nationwide may not participate in any Leagues or Tournaments held at Goals clubs.
Any Player who refuses to give their name to the referee when asked for disciplinary reasons will automatically be banned from the League.
Goals Code of Conduct must be followed at all times and Teams may be removed from the League at any time if this conduct is not displayed.
Squad sizes were once limited. We have listened to our league players' feedback and teams are now open to having unlimited players signed to their teams.