Rules & Regulations

Vejlefjord IFT additions to the regulations


  1. Referees are hired from DBU’s pool of available refs. We understand that the referees are not infallible but their decisions will be taken as final, regardless of their ability to referee. Arguing with any of the referees will not be tolerated.
    1. Disobeying: Arguing with a referee, will result in being sent off the pitch immediately or in a worse case scenario being disqualified from the tournament. 
    2. VAR: Even though the event is filmed there is no active VAR (Video Assisted Referee), so on principle don’t expect to be given a second opinion


As mention in the below rules by DBU non-marking shoes are not allowed this includes all shoes with black souls. Yellow are or light souls are preferred.

DBU indoor football

LAWS OF THE GAME – small goals

The legal basis for indoor soccer is football Act published by the Board with the changes, additions and exceptions found in the following paragraphs.
See the latest edition of the Football Laws .

1. The Playing Area
§ 2. The Ball
§ 3. Players
§ 4. The players’ Equipment
§ 5. The Match Official
§ 6. The Other Team of Officials
§ 7. The Duration of the Game
§ 8. Start of Play
§ 9. The Ball In and Out of Play
§ 10. The Match Result
§ 11. Off-side
§ 12. Fouls and Misconduct
§ 13. Freekicks
§ 14. The Penalty Kick
§ 15. The Throw In
§ 16. The Goal kick
§ 17. The Corner Throw In

§ 1. Course

The playing area shall be as follows:

Handball pitch (minimum 18 x 36 meters).

Area markings:
Handball pitch markings used:
1. The center line.
2. The Goal area marked by the semi-circular solid line as the Penalty Area.
3. The penalty throw line as the penalty mark.
4. The dotted three-meter line as the distance indicator, etc.
5. The Goals.

The playing area outside the goalposts is surrounded by a barrier that is 1 meter high.

The goal posts and crossbar are considered as part of the barrier.

§ 2. Ball
Cf.. Football Law and tournament rules.

§ 3. Players
A team consists of 4 players plus up to three replacement players.

A match may not start if either team consists of fewer than three players.

On a team there is no real goalkeeper, since no player is intentionally allowed to play ball with the hand or arm.
Substitution should take place from the tournament directors designated place and can take place anytime.

While the ball is in play, a “new” player can not enter the court until the “replaced” the player has completely left.

Incorrect substitution reduces the offending by one player.

A player may be expelled:
1. Without the use of cards (excluded for the next scoring – can then be reinstated or replaced by another player).
2. With the use of yellow card (excluded for the rest of the game – can be replaced by another player after scoring).
3. With the use of the red card (excluded for the rest of the game and the team’s remaining games on the same day – can be replaced by another player in the remaining matches).

At tournaments where there is a disciplinary panel present, the quarantine duration of the “red card” is set by said panel.

If a team has all players sent off, the opponents are allowed to score within 10 seconds. The game is restarted by the referee who lets the ball fall on the centre spot. If a goal is scored, the suspended players can be reinstated.
If no goal is scored, the game is stopped and the suspended players can be reinstated or replaced as after a goal, and the referee restarts with a drop ball on the centre spot.

§ 4. The players’ equipment
Non-marking indoor shoes are to be used.
Shin guards are not mandatory.

Tournament Management determines which team shall change if both teams wesar the same colour shirt.

§ 5. The Match Official 
The referee’s jersey colour is black.
It is not required that players must change jerseys if the judge uses other than black.

§ 6. The other team of judges
Not in use.

§ 7. The Duration of the Game 
The playing time determined by the tournament directors and can be played as 1 or 2 time periods.

§ 8. Start of Play 
The players of the team that did not kick-off, must be at least 3 meters from the ball until it is in play. With the kick-off after a goal, the team that does not take the kick-off can be located on both halves of the pitch.
Thereafter, there may be a maximum of 3 players in their own half.

Tournament Management determines which team takes the kick-off.

Should the referee stop the game because of a player injury or other outside agent, the game resumes with a free kick – fair play free kick – to the team that the referee finds would probably be in possession of the ball, if that interruption situation had not arisen.
The resumption takes place where the ball was at the time of the interruption, see. However, §§ 12 and 13.

A goal cannot be scored scored directly from kick-off or fair play free kick, but if the ball hits the barrier and then enters the goal, the goal will stand.

§ 9. The ball in and out of play
Cf. Football Laws.

§ 10. The match result
Cf. Football Laws.

§ 11. Off-side
The rule is not used.

§ 12. Fouls and Misconduct 
A player is penalized with a direct free kick and expulsion, if he commits any of the following offences:
1. One of the Football Laws, § 12, named offences which cause direct or indirect free kick.
Only lighter – not sliding – tackles and softer contact in tackles with shoulder are allowed.
2. Causing violent contact with an opponent.
3. Gain an advantage by deliberately being 4 players in own half when the ball is in play.
4. Acquire an advantage by deliberately holding the barrier.
5. Illegal substitution.
6. Intentionally slowing down the game, deliberately not creating scoring opportunities or failing to exploit them (does not cause expulsion).
7. Playing the ball in the ceiling, hitting lights, beams or the likewise over the pitch (does not cause expulsion).
8. After a penalty kick, the penalty taker plays the ball before it is touched by another player. After kick-offs, free kicks, throw-ins, goal kicks and corner throws the taker plays the ball again before it is touched by another player or the barrier (does not cause expulsion).

Should the offence take place in his own penalty area, there shall be a penalty if the offence is committed against an opponent, a team-mate, reserve, replaced player, official or the referee, or the ball is intentionally played with the hand or arm.
Other offences in his own penalty area are punishable by a free kick from the point on the dotted 3-meter line, which is closest to the place where the offence was committed.

Prior to a possible decision under. Paragraph. 1, no. 6, the referee usually forewarns this by raising an arm in the air.

Yellow and red cards are used by the rules of Football Law, § 12, although with denial of goal or obvious scoring opportunity only yellow card is awarded.
Playing the ball intentionally out of bounds, at the ceiling, toward lights, beams or likewise in order to slow down the game, this will be considered unsportsmanlike behaviour.

§ 13. Fouls
There are only direct free kicks.

A free kick to the attacking team within the dotted 3-meter line taken from the point on the dotted line, which is closest to the place where the offence was committed.

Opposition team must be at least 3 meters from the ball when the free kick is taken.

With a free kick in his own penalty area, the opposing team should be outside the dotted 3-meter line.

§ 14. Penalty
With the exception of the player who guards the goal, and the player who takes the penalty, the other players be at least 3 meters from the penalty mark and outside the dotted 3-meter line.

If the player who guards the goal, moves forward before the kick is taken and the ball does not enter the goal, the kick should be retaken, but the player should not be expelled. If the offence is repeated during the re-take, the player who guards the goal is expelled.

§ 15. The Throw in
The thrower must be positioned inside the barrier, such that at least one foot is in close proximity to it.
The thrower cannot use the side barrier, from where the throw is taken as “partner” and thus again play the ball.
A goal cannot not be scored directly from a throw, but if the ball hits the barrier and then crosses the goal line, the goal stands.

With an improperly executed throw, a throw in is awarded to the opponents.

§ 16 The Goal kick
With a Goal kick the opponents must be outside the dotted 3-meter line.

§ 17. The Corner Throw
A Corner Throw is performed as throw in.