Teams play small-sided games in a format known as Mini Roos. The intention is that teams should mainly play for fun, rather than playing to win. Scores and league tables are not published.
Some details are shown below. Click HERE to read the complete game format and playing rules for Mini Roos.
For teams from U7 to U11, if teams are always being heavily beaten or are always winning by large margins then the MWFA may move them to a division that is more suited to their playing level.
U6 to U9 use a size 3 ball and U10 and U11 use a size 4 ball.
6,7 20 minutes each way
8,9 20 minutes each way
10,11 25 minutes each way
Recommended minimum number of players on the field **
** These minimums are a recommendation only. There are no official numbers defined.
During July and August the MWFA runs Gala Days for all W8-W11 Girls teams. These days replace the scheduled round of matches for the weekend on which they are held.
No team will be able to postpone a match due to COVID-19 in relation to players who have COVID-19 or are requested to isolate under the NSW Public Health Order and guidelines.
If a team has been impacted by COVID and players in that team must self-isolate in accordance with NSW Government regulations then that team can apply to borrow an additional two (2) extra players (to a maximum number of 6 borrowed players) to be able to play in the match.
All requests to borrow two extra players is ONLY valid for the next match.
The number of times a player can be borrowed, before having to change teams is 4.
For any further clarification on borrowing rules please refer to the VP, MWFA Liaison.
Youth and Senior teams play using the FIFA Laws of the Game (LoTG).
The MWFA have also defined many local rules that govern how the game is administered and played in our association. These are known as the MWFA Playing Rules.
The main “Local Laws” affecting play that you may need to be aware of are:
There are descriptions of the above three “local Laws” listed in the next section.
Click HERE to read the FIFA Laws of the Game. In a following section on this page you will also see a summary of major changes made to the LoTG in recent years that you should be aware of.
Click HERE to read the full version of the MWFA Playing Rules.
Teams play a round robin ‘home and away’ style points-based competition against teams from other clubs in the MWFA. Scores and league tables are published on the DRIBL website.
At the end of the season, the team in each division with the most points is awarded the Major Premiership and becomes the MWFA Champion of the division for that year.
Where a division has greater than 8 teams, once all teams have played each other once the MWFA may split that division into two halves for the remainder of the season’s matches.
U12 to U13 use a size 4 ball and U14 and above use a size 5 ball.
12 25 minutes each way
13,14 30 minutes each way
15,16 35 minutes each way
18 up 45 minutes each way
Goal Kicks and Free Kicks in Penalty Area
Goal kicks will be taken from an area enclosed by imaginary lines drawn through the penalty spot, parallel to the goal line, and the side lines of the goal area if they were extended to meet the imaginary line.
Free kicks awarded to a defending team for an infringement in the penalty area between the goal line and the imaginary line drawn through the penalty spot and parallel with the goal line, shall be brought forward, parallel to the touch line, and taken from an imaginary line drawn through the penalty spot.
Corner Kick (W12/U12)
Corner Kicks shall be taken from an imaginary 1 metre arc drawn from a point 7 metres out towards the corner from where the boundary of the penalty area meets the goal line.
25 Metre Rule (W12/U12-W14/U14)
The purpose of the “25m Rule” is to facilitate younger age groups playing out from the back with reduced pressure when they are awarded a goal kick or free kick in their penalty area.
The Clearance Zone is a rectangular area bounded by the touchlines, the goal line and an imaginary line parallel to and 25m from the goal line. This line must be indicated by cones, poles or other marking to assist the referee.
The 25m Rule applies to the W12/U12 through W14/U14 age groups and is in operation for goal kicks and also for free kicks awarded to the defending team in the penalty area.
The LoTG changes mainly involve minor changes to the definitions of fouls – handball, invalid back pass to the keeper and offensive non-violent actions.
Click HERE for a full summary of the 2022 LoTG changes prepared by the MWFRA.
A summary of the changes made in 2021 are:
Click HERE for a full summary of the 2021 LoTG changes prepared by the MWFRA.
A summary of some of the changes made in 2020 are:
Click HERE for a full summary of the 2020 LoTG changes prepared by the MWFRA.
Some of the changes made in 2019 are:
Click HERE for a full summary of the 2019 LoTG changes prepared by the MWFRA.
Changes made in 2018:
Changes made in 2016:
The MWFRA has guidelines aimed at reducing the prevalence of public swearing at matches – swearing that is audible to others but isn’t offensive, abusive or insulting. Repeated or high volume public swearing, especially if it is being done to show dissent, can result in a player or official being cautioned or a player being sin-binned.
Swearing that is offensive, abusive or insulting are dealt with by the normal playing rules and can result in a send off.
Click HERE to read the full guidelines of how referees manage public swearing.
Click HERE for an easy-to-read a summary of the MWFA Sin Bin procedure (with images showing how the referee indicates a Sin Bin).
During July and August the MWFA runs Gala Days for all W10-W16 Girls teams. These days replace the scheduled round of matches for the weekend on which they are held.
MWFA Grand Finals
When the Finals competition is a knockout format, only the top four teams in each division are involved and the matches are played as semi-finals (1v4 & 2v3) and a grand final. Teams finishing 5th or below play no “finals” matches.
When the Finals competition is a round robin points-based format, each division is divided into two halves and the teams in each half compete against each of the other teams from that same half or group. At the end of the “top half” round robin competition the top two teams progress to the grand final. At the end of the “bottom half” round robin competition the top two teams play off with the winner awarded the “Pennant Trophy”.
Champion of Champions
Competition teams that win the MWFA Division 1 Major Premiership in each age group are eligible to play in the Football NSW Champion of Champions knockout competition against winners from other associations.
The exceptions to this are the WU13 age groups for which FNSW does not run a competition.