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Summer Football



Welcome to our 2019/20 FC Nelson summer football competition at Neale Park. This football competition provides an opportunity for all ages and abilities to play the beautiful game in central Nelson. So grab your mates and organize a team and join in the summer football fun starting on Tuesday October 29th 2019 through to Tuesday March 3rd 2019. (Holiday break from December 17th to January 14th)


First of all - please join our “FC Nelson Summer football” Facebook group.
You will find all updates, draws, league tables here. Also please like our FC Nelson Facebook for all updates around events and programmes etc.

If you don’t have Facebook don’t worry - all draws will be sent out to the team captains via email.


Teams can chose to enter one of the three leagues - Social League
- Mixed Family League
- Youth League

The teams in each competition will be divided into different leagues (Divisions) after a couple of grading games played, based on ability and your teams preference.

The Leagues
Social - 6 aside with any combination of player - Divided into different grades (more competitive - more social)

Mixed Family - 6 aside must have 3 women or players under 14 years old on the field - Adults and player 14 and over cannot score. Women & girls allowed to score.

Youth League - 6 aside with any combination of players (girls or boys) 9th - 13th grade. 2 leagues in 2019 Junior (9 -11yrs) & Youth (12 - 13yrs)

We reserve the right to place more competitive/social teams in higher or lower grades - depending on how we see fit.

At the end of the day we want to create a positive and fun environment for everyone.

Entry fees will be $240 per team for Social, $180 for Mixed Family and $150 for youth teams.

Team fees MUST be paid by October 29th!!! - or within the first week of registering if we accept late registrations. Entries will be accepted in the order received. In the event of more teams seeking entry than we have capacity for, priority will be given to the teams that have paid their entry fee.


Simple rule, you don't pay, you won't play and we'll exclude you of the competition.

Registrations will be open until the end of the grading games (first two weeks of the competition, depending if spots are still available).

COMPETITION DATES & Kick off times Start - Tuesday, October 29th 2019.

End - Tuesday, March 3rd 2020.
The leagues will run for a period of 8 weeks prior to Christmas, with the last

game of the year on Tuesday December 17th 2019.
The games will re-commence for another 8 weeks from Tuesday January 14th

2020 and run until Tuesday March 3rd 2020.

The first two weeks (October 29th & Nov 5th) will be grading games!

Kick off times times are
- 5.15pm Youth League
- 6pm Family Mixed & Social League - 6.45pm & 7.30pm - Social League.



  1. The most important “rule” right away: HAVE FUN OUT THERE!! Nothing better than football at Neale Park under the evening Nelson sun. Please remember this is a SOCIAL competition (regardless of age, skill or division) Score and Winning is secondary - Fun and Enjoyment for everyone comes first! Don’t take yourselves to serious out there and play with a smile!

  2. Game duration is 40 minutes, per game, with a 3 minute half-time break to change ends. Games/halves will start with the “Hooter” and finish with the “Hooter”.

  3. In the Mixed family league there must be a minimum of 3 female players or players under 14 on the field at all times and players 14 and over cannot score (Women and girls are allowed to score).

  4. Kickoffs are taken at half way, the ball can go forward or back.

  5. When the ball goes out, the game will restart with a kick from the ground where the ball went out. There will not be any throw-ins. Goals cannot be scored directly from a kickoff, kick from the side line or corner kicks . Corner kicks are being taken from the "corner flag" when the ball gets kicked out by a defending player (not from the goal line).

  6. Only the goalkeeper is allowed in the penalty area at any time. If the opposition step into the penalty area, a free kick will be awarded to the defending team, with the restart of play (like a goal kick). If any player from the defending team steps into the penalty area actively defending, a penalty will be awarded to the attacking team.

  7. The goalkeeper is only allowed to pick up the ball in the penalty area and must distribute the ball within a time frame of six seconds. The goalkeeper is allowed to leave his or her penalty area to defend or distribute the ball with his feet.

  8. A goal is scored, if the whole of the ball has crossed the whole of the goal- line. If an attacking player successfully scores a goal and his or her momentum carries that player into the penalty box, a goal will be awarded provided the scoring motion occurred outside of the penalty area.

  9. There are no offsides and the back pass rules does not apply.

  10. No dangerous slide tackles are allowed a free kick will be awarded.

  1. Rolling substitutions are permitted at anytime. Players must swap on and off at the same point on the field. The substituted player must leave the field before the substitute enters.

  2. No verbal abuse from a team or their supporters will be tolerated, the team will be removed from the competition with no reimbursement of the entry fee.

  3. After the game the score must be recorded on the Summer Football score board. In order to keep the leagues accurate, please provide the game results right after your game (or if you forget - post @ Summer Footy Facebook Group). No scores in family leagues or Junior youth league.

  4. Each pitch will have a game ball (pitch numbers) assigned to it. The teams playing on the field are responsible the game ball doesn't go missing (or if lost to report to summer football organiser asap). Teams who play at 5.15pm or 6pm will get the game ball for their game from the organiser. The teams playing on the same field (@6.45 and 7pm) can just grab it off the teams playing before them. After the last game of the day on that pitch (usually 7.30pm games) please return the footballs to the Score board.

  5. All teams are asked to wear team shirts in the same colour. If team colours are clashing the organiser will have bibs available to wear.

  6. If a team defaults twice for no reason (no show) FC Nelson can remove the team from the competition with no reimbursement of the entry fee.

  7. There are no referees on the field, so teams need to look after themselves in this regard. Remember it’s social football and not the world cup so most calls should be easier to make.

  8. The FC Nelson Committee reserves the right to amend these rules at any time

  9. If at any time you need help or have questions please find Tj - Summer football coordinator.


Full payment of $240 per team registration fee for social, $180 for mixed family leagues or $150 for youth leagues is required by Tuesday October 29th 2019!!! (Or within the first week of the competition if we allow late registrations)

Please pay your fees into the FC Nelson Bank account • FC Nelson NBS account 03-1354-0260701-00

If you can’t pay all fees at once, please get in touch with us and we sort out a payment plan. Don’t ignore payment otherwise you will be excluded from the competition.



All updates: Draws, info, leagues, pictures etc are available @ our FC Nelson Summer Football Facebook Group - Please join!


Updated October 2019.

FC Nelson Summer Football is on Facebook - find all the information and stay up to date when joining our "FC Nelson - Summer Football" Facebook group.