Deposits are only refundable in full on the condition that teams honour all fixtures.
Teams and individuals take part at their own risk and no liability for injury or death, other than that caused by negligence, is accepted. Individuals should arrange their own medical or other insurance policy where appropriate.
We reserve the right to exclude any player, team or organisation from any event, competition, league or match without giving a reason.
By entering an event, competition, league or match individuals and teams accept responsibility to read the rules as distributed and abide by them.
Individuals and teams further accept that by agreeing to take part in such an event they enter into a contractual agreement to pay the agreed fee for the event, whether or not they in fact take part.
Teams and individuals should be aware that in the event of early withdrawal or expulsion from a league, no refunds will be given.
Mobile telephone and email addresses for participants collected for the purpose of disseminating event information will not be passed to any organisation or third party without permission.
Under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998 you are entitled to receive a copy of the information held about you for a fee. Please contact us if you would like to do this.
5aside.org may from time to time take photo or video footage for marketing purposes. By playing in the league you agree to appear in any footage taken. If you do not want to appear in any images or video then please contact 5aside.org and we will ensure this is the case.
Any external parties wishing to use our leagues for photo or video footage must contact 5aside.org in order to be granted permission to do so. 5aside.org reserves the right to refuse photography requests.
Any players that play in 5aside.org leagues do so entirely at their own risk. 5aside.org or its agents do not accept liability for any personal injury or loss/damage to property, other than that caused by negligence.
It is the responsibility of each player to arrange their own insurance policy that will cover them for injury sustained while participating in sporting activities.
2.1 All players should be registered. You can register new players to your team at any point during the season, please add them to your team registration list via your online account.
2.2 The number of players that can be registered for a season is unlimited.
3.1 Teams are permitted to borrow players when they are short.
3.2 Teams are still liable to pay their full match fee when using ringers/borrowed players
4.1 All players must wear clothing suitable for playing sport in
4.2 All players must wear the appropriate footwear for their league. For leagues played on normal astroturf, no studs of any type are allowed. Rubber moulded studs are allowed on some 3G surfaces, please check with your league manager if moulds are allowed at your league
4.3 Shin pads are not a requirement but we do recommend them
5.1 Match fees shall be determined by 5aside.org and are subject to change, with notice
5.2 Match fees can be paid online via the website
5.3 The deposit (see 6) cannot be used against any match fees
6.1 All teams must pay a refundable deposit (either £50 or £100) to enter a league
6.2 To ensure the deposit is refunded in full, teams must pay all match fees during the season, turn up to all fixtures and give proper notice when leaving the league (see 7.2 below)
7.1 Teams absent for a fixture will lose the game 5-0
7.2 One match fee will be deducted from the deposit for any games missed
7.3 Teams absent for 2 games in a season may be removed from the league, or asked to pay a new deposit if they wish to continue
7.4 If you forfeit any matches and wish to continue for another season you must top up your team’s deposit.
1.1 Most matches consist of 2 halves, usually of 18 or 20 minutes, with a max of 1 min for half time
1.2 Please arrive 10 minutes before your kick off so you are ready to go at the start. If any teams are late by more than 5 minutes they potentially can forfeit the match.
2.1 Throw-ins must be taken underarm and under knee height, in a downward direction
2.2 Corners can be kicked or rolled
2.3 Opposition players must be a minimum of 2 yards from corners/throws
3.1 The goalkeeper cannot leave his area*
3.1.1 Outfield players cannot enter the area*
3.2 If the goalkeeper makes a save and part of his body slides out of the area, the referee must use his discretion in deciding when to award a penalty
3.3. Players gaining an advantage by entering the area will be penalised by the award of a penalty (defending) or the ball being returned to the goalkeeper (attacking)*
*This rule may differ in 6/7-a-side leagues. Please check with league management, or your referee if unsure.
4.1 Backkpass – when an outfield player receives the ball from the goalkeeper, the ball must be touched by another player before being returned to the goalkeeper
4.2 An indirect free kick is given if a backpass occurs and it is taken from where the player passed the ball back to the keeper.
5.1 All free kicks are direct, except those awarded for a backpass infringement
5.2 One step is allowed for penalties
5.3 Goalkeepers must not leave the goal line until the penalty is struck
6.1 No slide tackles/charging
6.2 If a slide tackle is committed a free kick is given
7.1 The ball can be played over head-height in majority of leagues*
*Some leagues differ please double check with league manager (London Bridge Marlborough Gardens/Finsbury Park)
8.1 The minimum number a team can play with is one less than a full team. (i.e. 4 players in a 5-a-side league, 5 players in a 6-a-side league, 6 players in a 7-a-side league)
8.2 There is no maximum number to a squad size
9.1 All leagues are roll on roll off subs
9.2 There is no minimum or maximum numbers of substitutions which can be made
6.1 Teams can only leave at the end of a season. If you pull out part way through a season you will not be refunded any leagues fees or deposit.
6.2 You need to confirm your place in for the next season by registering online and paying league fees by the deadline which will be stated in the renewal email sent by the league manager
6.3 Deposits are not refundable to teams removed from a league for disciplinary reasons