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Football Qld Lightning Policy

Click here to access Football Queensland’s advice regarding lightning.

Remember the 30/30 rule. If there is less than 30 seconds between lightning and thunder then the storm is within 10km of the field and play must be stopped. Everyone is to move to an enclosed space (inside a car or building with walls) not a bbq shelter and not in the open.

Games can resume 30 minutes after lightning and thunder stops and can no longer be heard.

2020 Laws of the Game

In 2020 there will be a new edition of the Laws of the Game. 

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This edition includes some minor changes. All coaches, parents and players are encouraged to download the new Laws of the Game and to work through Football Federation Australia's online training on the Laws of the Game.

This online training is mandatory for all referees in 2020.


2020 Laws of the Game Changes

The following videos provide an overview of the 2020 changes to the Laws of the Game.
Each video is between 20 and 25 minutes long.

MiniRoos Playing Formats and Rules

Screen  Shot 2018- 03- 10 at 5. 45. 58 pmMiniroos competitions are for players from Under 6 to Under 11. Games are played on small sided fields with reduced numbers of players on the field. The Playing Formats are based on the concept of children learning from playing and field sizes ensure every player get the maximum opportunity to play with many touches of the ball. Click here to download the Miniroos Playing Formats and Rules.


The Offside rule is one of the least understood laws in football. This short video explains the offside law and how it is applied.

Law 9 - Ball in and out of Play

Ball over the lineThis law is one of the most mis-understood laws of the game. Coaches, Managers and Parents are often heard criticising referees and assistant referees about the ball being out. Despite this confusion, Law 9 has the fewest words in the entire law book.

1. Ball out of play
The ball is out of play when:
• it has wholly passed over the goal line or touchline on the ground or in the air 
• play has been stopped by the referee 
2. Ball in play
The ball is in play at all other times, including when it rebounds off a match official, goalpost, crossbar or corner flagpost and remains in the field of play

To be out of play, the whole of the ball needs to be over the whole of the line. This image is from the Laws of The Game and is used to explain when a goal is scored (Law 10). The same explanation can be used for the ball being in and out of play.

Club Assistant Referee Course Slides

Football Federation Australia has some fantastic resources for new referees.

This is a great resource for all new referees to consider before running the line. It is great for more experienced referees too.

TLFC Referee Scorecard

We have been providing referees with scorecards at the referees room in the Kinsellas Clubhouse and they have become very popular with referees across Brisbane.

If you would like to print your own, you can download the referee scorecard file by clicking here. This one is most suited to the Veto Referee Wallet and for games where substitutes need to be recorded (Capital and Premier League).

If you would like the simpler referee scorecard for Juniors and City League, you can download the Juniors version by clicking here. This scorecard is slightly smaller and is better suited to the Hart Sport Referee Wallet.

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