A Summer of Soccer…


  • Seven-a-side is Shepparton Junior Soccer Association’s social football competition.
  • The playing format is 7 v 7 played on a modified smaller pitch using 5 x 2 m goals.
  • The emphasis on fun, fitness and has social benefits that only a team sport can offer, it is suitable for people of all ages and skill levels.
  • The competition runs for 6 weeks.
  • Seven-a-side is aimed at players aged 8 and above and provides everyone with the opportunity to touch the ball more often, improve your skills and play in a fun and social environment.


  • Teams have 7 players on the pitch, including the goalkeeper
  • The maximum players that can be registered for a team is 14
  • Five players are required to kick-off a game


  • All players must be registered through Play Football
  • Any player who has not played during the during the 2019 season, either with SJSA or other competition, will need to register on Play Football. An additional cost will apply for insurance purposes
    • Seniors (18years & above): $30.00
    • Juniors (Under 18 years): $20.00

Competition Categories/Age Groups

  • Juniors
    • Boys: Under 10, Under 12, Under 16
    • Girls: Under 10, Under 12, Under 16
  • Seniors
    • Men: Open (16 – 35 years)
    • Over 35
    • Women: Open
  • Mixed
    • Open – a minimum of three (3) females must be on the field at any given time
    • If there are not enough teams to run a stand-alone Open Women Competition, an all-female team may play in a mixed competition.
  • A minimum of four (4) teams are required for an age group/category to go ahead.


  • Football boots or runners may be worn
  • Shin guards are compulsory for all on-field players
  • Shin guards must be completely covered by socks
  • Teams should wear shirts of a matching or similar colour; matching uniforms are not essential
  • Goalkeepers should wear a different coloured shirt to the rest of the team
  • Matching shorts and socks are not essential
  • Bibs will be provided in the case of opposing teams wearing similar colours
  • Jewellery of any kind is not permitted to be worn; taping of jewellery is not permitted

Playing the Game

  • The match will consist of two (2) twenty (20) minute halves with a ten (10) minute half-time break
  • The SJSA Coordinator (not the Match Official) may change the duration of both halves and/or half-time to ensure the match finishes by the scheduled time
  • Games are played on approximately half of a full-size pitch
  • The offside rule does not apply
  • Throw-ins are not permitted when the whole ball crosses the touchline, it must be kicked into the field of play
  • Kick-ins are indirect
  • All free kicks are indirect unless otherwise stated by the Match Official
  • Opponents must be 5m away from the ball at the start of play, free kicks, corner kicks, and kick-ins
  • Opponents must be 5m away from the penalty area for goal kicks
  • The ball is in play when it is kicked and moves
  • All decisions from the Match Official is final
  • The goalkeeper may handle the ball inside the penalty area only
  • After gathering the ball with their hands, goalkeepers must throw or roll the ball into play or place it on the floor and kick it (no drop kicks)
  • The ball must be played within six (6) seconds of a save
  • The ball is in play when it leaves the penalty area
  • The interchange system shall apply
  • There is no maximum number of substitutions that can be made during the match
  • Players can be interchanged without notifying the Match Official
  • Players must leave the field before another player replaces them

Fouls and Misdemeanours

  • Red & yellow cards will apply
  • If a player receives two (2) yellow cards or a direct red card in a match, they will be sent from the field of play with no replacement player permitted
  • A red card issued will incur an automatic one game suspension for the player’s next match
  • Disciplinary action for team and player misconduct is at the discretion of SJSA, including:
    • Failure to control the poor behaviour of a player
    • Persistent poor team behaviour throughout the season
    • Poor team behaviour will be taken into account when considering future admission into the competition


  • Including prior to 24 hours of scheduled kick-off time & failure to not show will incur a match payment penalty
  • If a team is late for the game by less than five (5) minutes, they will be penalized one (1) goal
  • If the team is not ready to take the field 5 minutes after the scheduled kick off time, they will forfeit the game 3-0

Match Points/Results

  • WIN: 3 points
  • DRAW: 1 point
  • LOSS: 0 points


  • The team finishing on top of the table in each category/age group at the end of the competition will be Champions
  • Goal difference will be used to separate teams
  • If two teams cannot be separated, then they will declared dual champions

Register your Expression of Interest

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