The basic Three Sided Football Rules shall apply:
- There will only be three teams on the pitch at any one time
- The winning team will be the team to have conceded the fewest goals
- The ball will be spherical.
- Games will be played in periods of equal thirds.
- The game will be played on a hexagonal pitch of equal sides. There will be three goals in total, positioned along alternating sides of the pitch.
Deptford 3SF League specific ‘Guidelines for Play’
A 27m sided hexagon. Goals will be 3.6m x 1.8m.
Each game will comprise three 20 minute periods, separated by a five minute break. Each period is known as a rotation. After each rotation the teams will move to defend the next goalmouth in a clockwise direction.
Each team will field five players during play. No team will have more than five players on the field at any one time.
One player is a designated goalkeeper. Only the goalkeeper can handle the ball and the goalkeeper can only handle the ball within the 10m diameter semi circular goal zone. Teams are able to change the designated goalkeeper whenever they wish
Each game is self officiated by the players of the game. A referee – known as the Match Official – will be present on each match day to keep tally of scores and to arbitrate if players cannot agree on an officiating decision. There will be one Official for each match day. The Official will blow a whistle to stop or (re)start play. The decision of the Official is final. The Official does not enter the field of play.
6. Kick off
At the commencement of each rotation the team playing from the designated goal will kick the ball into the air. The rotation will be commenced by the blowing of a long whistle by the match official. The end of each rotation will be similarly designated by the official.
7. Throw Ins
A throw in is awarded to the team of the opposing/collaborating player closest to the point where the ball leaves the field of play. The throw in must occur with one metre of the position from which the ball left the field of play.
A corner is awarded to the team in the goal closest to the point where the ball leaves the field of play. A corner must be kicked into play within one metre of the corner marker.
There are no principles against off-side play
10. Time wasting
There are no principles against time wasting play
A foul is awarded to the team whose player was fouled. A penalty is awarded to the team whose player was fouled if the foul occurs with the 10m diameter goal zone.
Offences will comprise:
A – handling of the ball by a player other than the goalkeeper (from elbow down)
B – dangerous or violent play
C – Abusive language or demeanour
Only one type of card exists, which shall be red – and the player who receives the card is sent off the field of play for ten minutes without the possibility of being substituted. The only offence to receive the card is dangerous or violent play. A sending off must be confirmed by the official.
A goal is determined to have been conceded once the ball crosses a goal-line.
The players of each team will wear an identical identifying colour which is clearly discernable from the colours of the other teams playing.
15. League scoring system
As with matches, the winning team will be the team that concedes the fewest points over the course of the season.
0 points for a win
1 point for coming second
2 points for a loss
For drawn outcomes:
A – a winning draw (e.g. 2.2.5) would give the two winning teams 1 point each and the single losing team 2 points
B – a winning loss (e.g. 2.5.5) would give the winning team 0 points and the two losing teams take 2 points each.
C – a full draw (e.g. 2.2.2) would give all three teams 1 point each.