The Rules

The Rules

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The Basics

  1. circle rules football is played on a circular field (~50 meters diameter) with one goal in the center (2 or 4 meters wide, 3 meters tall), and a circle rules gameball
  2. Each team scores through opposite directions of the same goal
  3. Players can touch the ball with any part of their body so long as they do not hold it or trap it.
  4. Around the goal there is a circle called the ‘key’ (6 or 8 meters diameter)
  5. KEY VIOLATIONS: If a player on the defense touches the ball inside the key, the opposing team takes a penalty shot, a direct kick 10 meters from the goal, with all other players remaining on the opposite side of the midline until the ball crosses the midline (like a free throw).  If a player on offense touches the ball inside the key, that player is suspended for one minute with no substitute. The opposing team gets an indirect kick from the spot of the foul.
  6. When playing with five or more players per team, each team is allowed only one goalkeeper inside the key. These goalkeepers may not score for their own team, but may defend.
  7. Key violations in goalkeeper games (10+ players), are all penalized as one minute suspensions. In addition, non-goalkeeper players who enter the key but do not touch the ball are suspended for 30 seconds.
  8. Goalkeepers (when applicable) have full open-hand contact with each other within the key. Striking, grappling, and contact above the neck is prohibited.  (Think of it like boxing out in basketball or offensive line in American Football)
  9. Contact between players (goalkeepers excluded) is minimal. ‘Go for the ball, not the player’. Stationary picks or screens are allowed.
  10. When a goal is scored, the scoring team starts inside the key, and may kickoff in any direction they choose. The kicking team may not leave the key until the receiving team has touched the ball.
  11. An Official game is typically played in four, fifteen minute periods.

For a free rulebook with complete rules and guidelines, click the link below.