1. The FIFA rules shall apply except when superseded by any of the following rules.

  2. Each team nomination form must be accompanied by $400 for existing teams and $450 for new teams. Registration covers the first 20 players. For each player in excess of 20 an additional registration fee of $25 will apply. (Players must be registered for your team before they are eligible to play, see rule16). Replacement ID cards at player or team cost $10

  3. Matches are to be played at 9.30 am or 11.30 am on Sunday mornings, fields as arranged. Friday night FOOTBALL matches are to commence as detailed in the draw. Any team with less than seven (7) players shall forfeit the game.

  4. Points shall be awarded for the regular competition as follows:-

    • 3 for a win (win on a forfeit)

    • 1 for a draw

    • 0 for a loss

    • -3 Points and -3 goals or your average goals against whichever is greater for a loss on forfeit.

  5. A win on forfeit will be awarded three (3) goals or the average goals conceded by the opposition whichever is greater for the purpose of calculating goal difference.

  6. 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)

  7. Regular competition matches and knockout cup matches shall be 45 minutes each way with 10 minutes break at half time. No extra time shall be played in the event of a drawn match, except for cup matches and finals. In cup and 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.

  8. Commercial FOOTBALL 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.

  9. SLIDE TACKLES ARE NOW OUTLAWED IN QUEENSLAND INDEPENDENT FOOTBALL.  It is now an offence to commit any form of slide tackle (i.e. you must be standing on two feet to tackle for the ball) in QIF.  If a player slide tackles they will be sent from the field of play for a period of 10 minutes. That offending player can be substituted.  If a player repeats the offence when they are allowed back on they will be sent off for the remainder of the match. In this instance the player that is sent off can be substituted but only after a 10 minute waiting period. (This send off does not carry the one-week suspension).  All other send offs are as per rules.

  10. 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.

  11. Any player sent off while playing for a team in any QIF game will be automatically suspended up to the next fixture or cup match 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.

  12. 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)

  13. Any suspensions imposed by the A.S.F. and its affiliates shall apply to the Commercial FOOTBALL. A $200 appeal fee, must accompany applications for appeal against any suspension/decision, this is refundable if appeal is 100% successful. (This applies to ALL suspensions/decisions). Appeals must be lodged within seven (7) days from date of notification of suspension or disciplinary decision. An appeal against an automatic one week suspension must be lodged by 6pm the immediate following Tuesday.

 14.  Any player in (FFA/A.S.F/Q.S.F/Brisbane Mens FOOTBALL.) above Metro division including reserves and youth grades shall be ineligible to play in QIF in the corresponding calendar year (If you are unsure of eligibility please contact us). This does not apply to OIF premier league teams. Penalty will be loss on forfeit for all games up to and including the offending match. For premier league teams there is no restriction but all players above metro division must apply to gain eligibility. QIF will then inform the club the player is registered with so they are aware of the actions of the concerned player.


    • Players appearing on ANY retained or open to transfer list shall be ineligible to play QIF.

    • Penalty for breach of the above rules will be automatic loss of points up to and including offending match.

    • For semi-final and final matches and cup finals (including cup semis and finals) only persons who have played in FIVE (5) previous matches (for your team only and excluding friendly matches) during the season are eligible to compete.

    • Only players that are registered with the QIF for YOUR team are eligible to participate in QIF matches for your team only. Penalty for playing a player not registered with your team will be loss of all points on forfeit up to and including the offending match(s) (including any previously un-played matches). Teams may also be fined or expelled from the competition. (This means you cannot use fill in players unless you have registered them for your team). Players may be duel registered and play for more than one team or club. These players must complete player registration forms for each team they play for.  No new registrations for a team will be accepted after June 30th 2010. (This includes teams playing within the same club)


15.  Official Referees shall be appointed for all games (this is organised by the refereeā€™s co-ordinator). 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 $90 (subject to change) and each team is to pay half that fee that is $45 per team.


    • In cases of non-attendance of opposition, the attending team will pay the Referee the ($90) fee and Commercial FOOTBALL will reimburse upon receipt of team sheets. Commercial FOOTBALL will then obtain the full fee plus a fine of $45 from the offending team.

    • In cases of both teams having the same colours, the AWAY team 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.


16.  Home and Away Team sheets are to be provided by the HOME team. 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.


    • All teams must have the new ID cards for the 2011 season. ID cards for each player appearing on the team sheet must be handed to the referee prior to kick off (even for players who are arriving late). If you do not have an ID card for a player then that player is not permitted to take any part in the match. Penalty for playing a player without an ID card will be loss of points on forfeit for that match. If the said player is not registered then penalty is loss on forfeit of all matches up to and including the offending match. Replacement cards at player or team cost $10

    • Team managers have the right to request the identification of any player on the team sheet. Acceptable identification is any of the following: Commercial QIF Football ID Card ONLY. No other forms of identification are acceptable. If a player fails to provide the above ID on request then they are not eligible to play in that match.

    • All players' names that are expected to play in that game must be written on the team sheet prior to kick-off, including those who are expected to arrive later (and have ID card as per rule 23).

    • A team manager can request any player, whose name appears on the team sheet, to sign again in their presence.

    • Failure to provide identification will mean that player is unable to play. Failure to sign a second time (Rule 24) on request will mean that player is also unable to play. If a team does play an unidentified player, or a player who does not sign on request, the team will automatically lose on forfeit all games up to and including the offending match.

    • Managers are required to sign both team sheets. Failure to do so may result in penalties or fines to be imposed.  The completed team sheets will then be given to the Referee no less than five minutes before kick-off. The Referee is to complete details on the team sheet.

    • Details of send-off, bookings and substitutions are to be recorded by the Referee. The Referee may also record any comments he may feel necessary on the reverse and sign.

    • All teams are responsible for e-mailing the results of their game played in that round by 6 PM on the Monday following that weekend. The team sheets are to be retained by the referees to be forwarded to divisional co-ordinators Failure to phone in the scores will result in the offending team being fined $40 and or other penalties for each occurrence, unless a satisfactory reason can be provided.

    • Players arriving after kick-off will also be required to sign the team sheet and be identified as per above, before entering the field. Said players must already be on the team sheet to be eligible to play. If the players name is on the team sheet then they may join the match at any stage including the second half. The Referee will add time on for any late signings.


    • QIF has the right to overrule any rule or decision it deems necessary to act in their opinion for the best interest of the competition/sport.

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 payment of official Referee (PRIOR TO KICK OFF).

  • Providing the team sheets.

  • Arranging a referee (must be agreed upon by both managers), if the co-ordinator does not appoint one. (Phone to confirm).

  • Failure to comply with any of the above rules will result in penalties. (To be stipulated) Poor treatment of Referees will result with the Club being dealt with by Commercial FOOTBALL.

  • Submission of incorrect results will result in forfeiture of points for the game.

  • The Commercial FOOTBALL officials have the right to overrule any decision or rule it deems necessary to act in the best interest of the competition.

  • This competition is strictly amateur and all persons participating do so at their own risk. QUEENSLAND INDEPENDENT FOOTBALL takes no responsibility for injury incurred whilst competing in this competition, nor for damage to property belonging to participants or spectators before, during or after any Commercial FOOTBALL game. Managers are responsible for informing their players that they are not covered by any compensation or insurance in this competition. QUEENSLAND INDEPENDENT FOOTBALL is not responsible for any grounds or facilities that teams play on.