IFAB Laws of the Game
Our athletes are football players and therefore play the game according to the International Football Association Board (IFAB) Laws of the Game. It is important that the football opportunities we provide are as near as possible to those watched on the TV by young fans who fall in love with the game through the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League and domestic professional leagues such as the English Premier League, La Liga in Spain or the Bundeslige in Germany.
Utilising the IFAB Laws of the Game as a basis for the sport rules of CP Football ensures a universal understanding and affords a foundation to work from which has been created through great expertise and resource.
IFCPF Modifications to the Laws of the Game
The IFAB Laws of the game are accompaned by the 'IFCPF Modifications to the Laws of the Game' to make the sport of CP Football more attractive and accessible for ambulant players with Cerebral Palsy and other neurological conditions.
This document states the 'IFCPF Modifications to the Laws of the Game' which are applicable in all IFCPF sanctioned tournaments for CP Football. The 'IFCPF Modifications to the Laws of the Game' should be read in conjunction with the current issue of the 'IFCPF Competition Rules'.
These amendments to the IFAB Laws of the Game applicable to CP Football (also known as Football 7-a-side) should be read in conjunction with the current issue of the IFAB Laws of the Game which are available at www.theifab.com
|Some of the Modifications for CP Football|
|The match lasts two equal periods of 30 minutes|
|Field of Play dimensions Length: 70m Width: 50m|
|A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than seven players, one of whom is the goalkeeper. A match may not start if either team consists of fewer than 4 players|
|Within the 60 minutes of normal time, a maximum of five (5) substitutes may be made within a maximum of three (3) opportunities in any match.|
|Limited to classes FT1, FT2 and FT3. Each team must field at least one (1) class FT1 player on the field of play at all times during a game, or the team will play with one less player. Each team may have a maximum of one (1) class FT3 player on the field of play at all times during a game.|
|The offside rule does not apply in CP Football|
|A player may choose to roll the ball into play. If rolled into play the ball must touch the ground immediately once it has left the players hand. (Within approximately 1m).|
IFCPF Competition Rules
This document states the IFCPF Competition Rules which are applicable in all IFCPF sanctioned tournaments for CP Football. The IFCPF Competition Rules should be read in conjunction with the current issue of the IFCPF Modifications to the Laws of the Game.
Application of the Laws for development activity
Subject to the agreement of the national football association concerned, and provided the principles of these Laws are maintained, the Laws may be modified in their application for matches for players of under 16 years of age, for women footballers and for veteran footballers (over 35 years of age) in any or all of the following ways:
- number of players i.e. use of small-sided formats
- size of the field of play
- size, weight and material of the ball
- width between the goalposts and height of the crossbar from the ground
- duration of the two (2) (equal) halves of the game (and two (2) equal halves of extra
- the use of return substitutions
- the use of temporary dismissals (sin bins) for some/all cautions (YCs)