International Laws & Rules
Governing Play and Players

Outdoor Version
Updated 13 Jan 1999


F.I.F.A. Rules shall apply with the following exceptions:

  1. Eligible for Competition:

  2. Amputee Classes A2/A4 (Outfield): A6/A8 (Goalkeeper).

    No team may field more than 2 Les Autres players at any one time. All Les Autres players must be identified to Match Officials before the start of play.

  3. Special Medical Conditions:


  4. The wearing of prosthetic device is not allowed during match play.

  5. Match Format:


  6. 3.1 Matches shall be played between teams of not more than 7 players – one of whom shall be the goalkeeper.

    3.2 All teams entering International Tournaments shall have a reserve goalkeeper.

    3.3 A match may not start if either team has less than 5 players and a substitute goalkeeper.

    3.4 If during the game a goalkeeper is sent off by the Referee he shall be accompanied by a nominated outfield player and both replaced by the reserve goalkeeper.

    3.5 Each team may name up to 7 substitutes (one of which must be a goalkeeper).

    3.6 A maximum of 2 substitutes may be used at any one time.

    3.7 All the named substitutes may be used during a match but only with the permission of the Senior Referee and during a stoppage in match play.

    3.8 All substituted players may return to the game in order to replace any player on the field of play.

  7. Time:
  8. Match duration shall be 2 x 25 minutes with a break not exceeding 10 minutes, after the first period.

    Play may be suspended for "Time - Outs" (not exceeding 1 minute). Each team shall be allowed 1 time – out per half.

  9. Extra Time:


  10. Where normal extra-time or golden-goal extra time is played it shall consist of two periods of 10 minutes maximum. At half time both teams will change ends and play will re-commence without delay.

    Each team shall be allowed 1 time-out per half during extra-time.

  11. General Game Rules:


  12. 6.1 The "Throw-in" shall be replaced by an indirect free kick taken at the point where the ball crosses the touch line.

    6.2 An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opponents goal area shall be taken from a point on the goal area line nearest to where the offence occurred.

    6.3 The offside rule shall not apply.

    6.4 The goalkeeper is not allowed to leave the goal area during match play – in the event of this happening and the encroachment being deemed by the Referee to be INTENTIONAL a penalty shall be awarded to the opposing team and the goalkeeper dismissed from the field of play, (red card).

    6.4 The goalkeeper shall be allowed to wear track suit bottoms during a match.

  13. The Tackle (Challenge):
  14.   

    7.1 In the interests of safety the "slide tackle" shall not be permitted – a direct free kick shall be awarded against an offending player and that player shall be cautioned by the Referee.

    7.2 Goalkeepers shall be allowed to dive to the ground with their playing arm spread but not feet first.

    7.3 Should an outfield player slip/fall to the ground and INTENTIONALLY play the ball with any part of his body or crutches an indirect free kick shall be awarded against that player.

    7.4 The goalkeeper shall not be tackled/challenged whilst he is in possession of the ball – this includes having his hand on the ball when the ball is on the ground. (Indirect free kick against the offending player).

  15. Equipment (Crutches):


  16. 8.1 These must not, either by construction or design, present a danger to any player.

    Before a player enters the field of play all wing nuts, bolts, fittings and metal wrist supports must be covered and taped. Players’ crutches shall be maintained at all times – rubber tips must be replaced when worn.

    8.2 In all competitions crutches shall be made identifiable by means of colored tape – this tape shall be the same colour as the team socks and shall be placed 40 cm from the base of the crutch..

    Color changes must be allowed for (where colour clash occurs between opposing teams) – lightweight plastic tubing safely secured may be considered.

    8.3 During match play crutches shall not be used to play/control/direct the ball. Any INTENTIONAL contact between crutch/ball shall be dealt with via the "handball" rule.

  17. Non-Playing Limb:
  18. 9.1 The non-playing limb (leg stumps of outfield players: arm stumps of goalkeepers) shall not be used to play/control/direct the ball. Any INTENTIONAL contact between non-playing limb/ball shall be dealt with via "handball" rule.

    9.2 Only if an obvious goal scoring opportunity is denied by the INTENTIONAL contact between non-playing limb/ball inside the goal area will the offending goalkeeper or outfield player be sent off.

    9.3 Outfield players, who are below knee amputees, shall wear a team sock on the stump area. It is recommended that all leg amputees wear stump protectors.

    9.4 Goalkeepers, who are below elbow amputees, shall wear tape around the lower arm up to the elbow – this tape shall be the same colour as his teams shirts and different from his own shirt.

  19. Dimensions:


  20. 10.1   Pitch Dimensions:
  21. Maximum Length   70 metres
  22. Minimum Length   55 metres
  23. Maximum Width     60 metres
  24. Minimum Width      30 metres
  25. The length shall always exceed the width.

  26. 10.2 Goal Dimensions: 2.2 metres high x 5 metres wide.

    The goals shall be of a suitable type and style agreed by W.A.F.F. and for safety reasons shall at all times be anchored to the ground.

    10.3   Goal Area: 10 metres x 6 metres. (See Diagram).

    10.4   Penalty Spot: 7 metres from centre of goal (1 metre outside the infield line of the goal area).

    10.5   Centre Circle: 6 metres radius from centre spot.

    10.6   Corner arc: 1 metre arc from corner spot.

    10.7   Penalty Kick Zone: 6 metres infield from penalty spot indicated by markings on both touch lines and infield. All players except the penalty taker and the defending goalkeeper shall be infield of these markings when a penalty is being taken.

    10.8   Line Markings: Shall not exceed 12cm in width.

    10.9   Free Kicks/Corners: Defending players shall retire 6 metres from the ball.

  27. Match Officials:


  28. 11.1 Two (2) Referees shall be appointed for each match and they will operate along opposite touch lines.

    11.2 The nominated Senior Referee will always operate along the touch line which control player substitution.

    11.3 For International tournaments a Reserve Official will be appointed to assist the Senior Referee with time-outs and substitutions.

End of rules updated 13 Jan 1999


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