1. The FIFA rules shall apply except when superseded by any of the following rules.
  2. Players must individually register online and pay a competition management fee of $80 per player before they are eligible to compete in the competition.
  3. Kick off times are set at 9.30 am or 11.30 am on Sunday mornings, unless otherwise agreed by both teams.
  4. If a team withdraws from the competition or is expelled, results will only stand if they have completed the majority of games in each half of the draw. (e.g. 8 team comp is 14 games/rounds. Games 1 to 7 are the first half of the draw and games 8 to 14 are the second half of the draw. So if a team plays all games in the first half of the draw but only two games in the second half, the two games in the second half will not count)
  5. Games will be 40 minutes each way with a 5 minute break at half time. 
  6. In Final matches the sudden death formula shall apply. That is the first team to score is declared the winner, if no score at the end of 10 minutes each way a penalty shoot out will follow. (For the penalty shoot out you may pick any eleven players on the team sheet from your team to participate provided they have not been sent off. Once you have picked your eleven players they cannot be changed). Other rules for shoot out as per F.I.F.A.
  7. QIF will hold a finals series dependant on finding suitable locations and sponsors. The number of teams in the finals will be dependent on the size of each division.
  8. SLIDE TACKLES ARE NOW OUTLAWED IN QUEENSLAND INDEPENDENT FOOTBALL.  It is an offence to commit any form of slide tackle (i.e. To promote the highest standards of player safety, all players must stay on their feet whilst challenging for the ball (in both attack and defence).  It will be considered “Careless Play” where a player has failed to do so, and the opposition team will be awarded an indirect free kick.  It will be considered “Reckless Play” where a player has failed to do so, and the player makes contact with an opposition player.  The opposition team will be awarded a direct free kick, and the offending player issued a blue card (10 minutes in the sin bin with no replacement).
  9. No more than seventeen (17) players shall appear on the team sheet and play for any team in any match. Players may be substituted as desired, and INTERCHANGE will be allowed (a match official can refuse a substitution if they think a team is time wasting). This is to be conducted at the half way line (for the player coming on) when the ball is dead and under the referee's direction (At all other times substitutes must remain seated. If they need to warm up, this should be done well away from the field of play). A player sent off by the Referee (other than the slide tackle rule) cannot be replaced by a substitute.
  10. Any player sent off while playing for a team in any QIF game will be automatically suspended up to the next fixture for that team unless otherwise advised (other than slide tackle rule). If you play for multiple teams you are not eligible to play until you have served the suspension for the team you were sent off for. (e.g. if you are sent off on Friday night and also play Sundays, you cannot play for the Sunday team until you have served the suspension for the team you were sent off for) Penalty for playing a suspended player will be loss on forfeit for all games up to and including the offending match (including previously un-played matches). If any further subsequent abuses, the team could be withdrawn from the competition. Players sent off may be required to appear before the Disciplinary Committee.
  11. The receiving of 4 yellow cards is an automatic one-week suspension. 8 yellow cards are an automatic three weeks suspension and you may also face the disciplinary committee. (Teams are to police and enforce this rule. Penalty for playing a suspended player is as per rule no 11)
  12. Any suspensions received in other competitions will be accepted by QIF and will also be served in the QIF competition.


13.  Referees will be appointed for all games. In the event of an official Referee being unavailable, the home team will be notified and shall supply the Referee, provided both teams agree. Referees so appointed shall be deemed official. Both teams shall share referee's fees. Official Referee MUST be paid prior to the start of the game. The fee is $80 (subject to change) and each team is to pay half that fee that is $40 per team.  Referees must be paid prior to the fixture commencing.

In cases of non-attendance of opposition, the attending team will pay the Referee the ($80) fee and QIF will reimburse upon receipt of team sheets. QIF will then obtain the full fee plus a fine of $40 from the offending team.  Where both teams have the same colours, the AWAYteam changes. (All shirts must have numbers on them). Each player appearing on the team sheet must have their own shirt. Shirts cannot be shared under any circumstances.


14.  Team sheets are to be utilised for all games. the home team manager is to sign the away team sheet before it is given to the opposition. The home and away teams are to complete details of surname, initials and jersey number of every player in NEAT PRINT together WITH THE SIGNATURE of every player on each of their respective sheets. No other person is permitted to sign for any participating player. Penalty will be loss on forfeit for all games up to and including the offending match.

Players should have identification on them when attending QIF games.  Team managers have the right to request the identification of any player on the team sheet. If a player fails to provide the above ID on request then they are not eligible to play in that match.  A team manager can request any player, whose name appears on the team sheet, to sign again in their presence.

Remember the home team is responsible for the following:-

  • Arranging the field and ensuring it is CLEARLY & PROPERLY MARKED and is the correct size. They must include nets and corner flags.
  • Supplying the match ball (must be good standard).
  • Ensuring the safety of the appointed Referee.