12th SABIS® Regional Tournament Bahrain 2019


Rules and Regulations

  1. The off-side rule that is usually followed in the FIFA will not apply in this tournament.
  2. Rolling substitutions will be allowed provided that the players enter and leave from the center of the side line. The substitution of the goalkeeper is only to be done by the officials. If a player being substituted plays the ball, a free kick will be awarded from the position he played it.
  3. To put the ball back into play, the goalkeeper is only allowed to kick the ball and not throw it in with his hands.
  4. Coaches must cross-check the names with the technical committee representative present at the court 30 minutes before the beginning of each game. The Technical Committee will then submit the names to the officials at each game. Students must arrive to court wearing their identification badges to be checked by officials prior to game start.
  5. Each winning team will be awarded 3 points. In the case of a draw, each team will be awarded 1 point. The losing team will not receive any points.
  6. Each game consists of 2 halves, with a five-minute break in between. Under 14 will play 20 minute halves throughout the tournament, and the under 10 will play 15 minute halves for the qualifications games, and 20 minute halves during the finals.
  7. If a team is absent or late for their game, they will be immediately considered the losing team and the score of 3 – 0 would be awarded against them.
  8. The table below clearly defines slight variations regarding under 10 and under 14 football tournaments:
    U 10 U 14
    Number of Players 6 players + 2 substitutes 8 players + 2 substitutes
    Pitch Dimensions 45m X 26m 60m X 45m
    Penalty Area Dimensions 12m X 6m 13m X 9m
    Goalpost Dimensions 3.6m X 1.8m 3.6 X 2m
    Distance from the Penalty Kick Spot to the Goal line 7m 7.3m
  9. Except for what is mentioned above, the FIFA rules and regulations apply for the football games of this tournament.

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DID You Know?


It is quite known that a goalkeeper is allowed to handle the ball with his/her hands within the penalty area. However, there are some rules to consider:

  • The goalkeeper can handle the ball after it has touched one of the teammates, as long as the ball was not deliberately passed to the goalkeeper.
  • If a teammate passes the ball, the goalkeeper must dribble the ball and gain control before picking it up.
  • The goalkeeper cannot handle a ball from a teammate's throw-in; but a ball that is headed to the goalkeeper by a teammate can be handled.
  • The goalkeeper has six seconds to distribute the ball from the moment of gaining control. Deliberately taking more time will result in a verbal warning from the referee and a yellow card caution on subsequent infractions.