Joeys Rules

The rules set by PJSA are based on but not limited to FFA rules. All such alterations shall be made prior to the commencement of the competition or, if of an urgent nature or as a matter of law, advised to all coaches prior to the implementation of the alteration.

  1. Field:
    The field of play shall be rectangular and may be played on the quarters of a main ‘adult’ field.
    a) Recommended field sizes: 40m x 30m
    b) There is to be a half-way line, a centre spot and a goal area. If a centre circle is marked, it is to be the same radius as the goal area.
    c) The size of the goal area: 6m radius from the goal line
    d) Corner areas are not required to be marked as corners may be taken from the point at which the goal line and side line meet.
    e) The size of the goal: 2.5 – 4 metres wide
  2. Match Duration:2 halves of 20 minutes each
    • The half time interval shall be 5 minutes maximum.
    • There is no allowance for added time to games.
    • A match is started by a kick-off from the centre mark.
    • The team winning the toss of a coin shall decide which goal it shall attack in the first half and shall take the first kick-off.
    • Following half time, the match is restarted with teams changing ends and the kick-off being taken by the other team.
  3. Match Ball:
    Match balls will be size 3 and will be supplied by the home team.
  4. Colours:
    Where there is a clash of colours, the home (or first mentioned) team will change. Bibs are available from the ground manager.
  5. Players:
    Teams will have a maximum squad size of 9. Games will be played 7v7, this includes a goalkeeper but should be played 6 v 6 by mutual consent if numbers are short.
    a) Interchange of players is permitted and may occur whilst the match is in play, without stoppage.
    b) Interchange must be made at the halfway line.
  6. Protests:
    Protests, disputes and complaints arising from any match and any other matters under the jurisdiction of the P & D Panel shall be investigated by that panel. The PJSA Committee will investigate all other complaints.
    All complaints not registered by an official referee must be put in writing and sent by email to
  7. Referees:
    It is the responsibility of the teams to supply a game leader.
  8. Scoring a goal:
    A goal is scored when the ball has wholly crossed the goal line between the goal posts. A goal cannot be scored direct from the kick-off.
  9. Ball out of play:
    The ball is out of play when it has wholly crossed the goal line or the sideline, or when stopped by the referee. These lines are part of the field of play:

    • When the ball leaves the field of play by crossing the side-line, it should be thrown in from the point at which it left the field of play. The player taking the throw-in must face the field with both feet on the ground and throw the ball into the field delivering the ball from the back of the head using both hands. Players should be given a second attempt if their first attempt is invalid. The referee or coach should assist the player to achieve the correct method. Following two foul attempts the throw-in is then given to the opposing team.
    • When the ball passes wholly over the goal line (but not between the goal posts) and was last touched by a player from the defending team then a corner kick is awarded. Opposing players should be 5 metres from the ball. A goal can be scored from a corner kick.
    • When the ball passes wholly over the goal line (but not between the goal posts) and was last touched by a player from the attacking team then a goal kick is awarded. Opposing players should return to the half way line to allow the attacking team to play the ball away from their area. A goal can be scored from a goal kick.
  10. Offside:
    There is no offside, but deliberately placing a player or players in an offside position is contrary to the spirit of the game and is discouraged.
  11. Goalkeeper:
    The goalkeeper is allowed to handle the ball anywhere in the goal area. To restart play after a save or gathering the ball with their hands, the ball must be thrown or rolled from the hands or played from the ground with their feet, within 6 seconds.
    The goalkeeper is not allowed to kick or drop kick the ball directly from their hands. Opponents must be at least 5m outside the goal area and cannot move inside the goal area until the ball is in play.
    The ball is in play once it moves out of the goal area.
  12. Free kicks:
    A player may not kick, trip, jump at, strike, hold, push, charge from behind or violently charge an opponent. The referee should consider the intention of players relative to the aboveoffences and at all times encourage sporting conduct.

    • All free kicks are deemed to be “indirect” (an indirect free-kick is one where a goal cannot be scored unless it has been touched by another player other than the kicker). Opposing players should be at least 7 metres from the ball when a free-kick is taken.
    • If a free-kick is awarded to the defending team within the goal area, the kick can be taken from anywhere inside the area. If a free-kick is awarded to the attacking team within the goal area, the free-kick should be taken from the edge of the goal area at the point from where the offence occurred.
    • Other free-kicks are taken from where the foul occurs.
    • Penalty kicks do not apply.
  13. Goal Area:
    No person shall be allowed within the area directly behind the goal area while the match is in play.
  14. League Table/Results:
    There shall be no results of league tables published for Joeys.