Q. How many players in a team?
U6 and U7 teams must have at least 4 players in a team (we recommend no more than 6 players to ensure an adequate amount of time on the field for all players). All other age groups must have at least 6 players in a team. It is recommended to have at least 2 additional players for substitutions and in case of illness or injury. There is no limit as to the number of players in a team, however teams should consider a balance that allows as much time as possible for players on the field in a short game alongside the need to have an adequate number of reserves.
Q. What is the valid age range for players in a team?
The age group for a player is the age they will be turning by the end of the current year. Players can play in their own age group or up to 2 age groups above their age group. So for eg: a child turning 10 this year will normally play in their own U10 age group, however they can also play in the U11s or U12s if they would like more of a challenge.
Q. How are teams formed?
Forest Summer Football is a social competition and is structured so that players form their own team amongst their friends, winter team mates, social and other sporting groups.
If you do not have a team to join (or cannot form your own team), please complete this brief online form for Individual Players so that we can help you find a team. When we are able to find a team looking for an additional player, we will contact you to put you in direct contact with that team or other players in the same situation.
Please do not register individually until you are part of a team.
Q. Can I add or change players in the team throughout the season?
Yes, as long as all players joining the team are registered to ensure that they are insured to play. There are no exceptions to this condition.
For any new players added to the team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the player’s name and team name. Please ensure that the rules for representative players is adhered to when adding players to your team.
Q. Does skill level matter?
All levels of players are welcome and encouraged in this competition. We always have many teams who try out Soccer for the first time and normally play different sports during Winter.
If there are enough teams in an age group, teams will be allocated a division (usually up to 2), however this is not always possible. Teams may also be split into groups after a number of rounds to ensure that teams of comparable skill level play each other in later rounds.
Q. Can I enlist players to help out the team throughout the season?
Yes, you can seek help and borrow a player to help out your team if you are occasionally short on players. However the player MUST be either registered with this competition, or they must become registered with the competition. There is a single, reduced registration fee per game for borrowed players.
PLEASE NOTE it is very important that Borrowed Players follow all of the same rules as regular players in the competition. Please ensure you have read the Borrowed Player rules.
Borrowed Players are strictly available to assist a team when they are short a player, NOT to increase the skill level of a team.
Q. Can our team still play even if we are short players?
Yes. U6 and U7 teams must have a minimum of 3 players on the field. All other teams U8 and above must have a minimum of 4 players on the field. Players arriving late after a match has commenced may join in the game immediately.
Q. Can a player play for more than one team throughout the competition?
Yes. Players can play for a different team as long as the age group fixtures for the additional team are at a different time slot. There is a reduced registration fee of $70 (plus any additional kit if required) for players wanting to play in a 2nd team. Please email email@example.com to arrange the 2nd registration.
Q. Can representative players play in this competition?
Yes, however if a team consists of more than 2 representative players, the team MUST play up at least one age group. If a team has 5 or 6 representative players, they should consider playing up 2 age groups to ensure a fairer competition. Please remember this is a SOCIAL competition.
Q. What restrictions are there in the Senior Mixed competitions?
The additional rule for AL Mixed and O35 Mixed teams are that there can be no more than 2 males on the field throughout the game, not including the goalkeeper who can be male or female.
Please note that Mixed teams can still play in the Mens competition. The new AL Mixed and O35 Mixed competitions are for those teams who wish to ONLY Play against other teams consisting of both female and male players.