CP Football Rules and Regulations

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.


  • IFAB Laws of the Game 22/23
    IFAB Laws of the Game 22/23
  • IFCPF Modifications to the Laws of the Game - 2023
    IFCPF Modifications to the Laws of the Game - 2023
  • IFCPF Competition Rules - 2023
    IFCPF Competition Rules - 2023
  • IFCPF - Athlete Nationality Policy
    IFCPF - Athlete Nationality Policy
Some of the Modifications for CP Football
The match lasts two equal periods of 30 minutes
Field of Play dimensions Length: 70m Width:ย 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.ย 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).ย 

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
  • time)
  • the use of return substitutions
  • the use of temporary dismissals (sin bins) for some/all cautions (YCs)