13th SABIS® Global Sports Tournament Sharjah & Ajman 2023


Rules and Regulations

  1. Coaches must cross-check the names with the technical committee representative present at the court 30 minutes before the beginning of each game. The technical committee will then submit the names to the officials at each game. Students must arrive at court wearing their identification badges to be checked by officials prior to the start of the game.
  2. The FIFA rules and regulations apply to the football games of this tournament. Except for what is mentioned below:
    1. The off-side rule that is usually followed in FIFA will not apply in this tournament.
    2. Rolling substitutions will be allowed provided that the players enter and leave from the center of the sideline. The substitution of the goalkeeper is only to be done by the officials. If a player being substituted plays the ball, a free kick will be awarded from the position he played it.
    3. Each game consists of 2 halves, with a five-minute break in between. The Under 14 team will play 20-minute halves throughout the tournament, and the Under 10 team will play 15-minute halves for the qualifications games and 20-minute halves during the finals.
    4. The table below clearly defines the variations between Under 10 and Under 14 football tournaments:
      U 10 U 14
      Number of Players 6 players + 2 substitutes 8 players + 2 substitutes
      Pitch Dimensions 45m X 26m 60m X 45m
      Penalty Area Dimensions 12m X 6m 13m X 9m
      Goalpost Dimensions 3.6m X 1.8m 3.6 X 2m
      Distance from the Penalty Kick Spot to the Goal line 7m 7.3m
  3. Each winning team will be awarded 3 points. In case of a draw, each team will be awarded 1 point. The losing team will not receive any points.
  4. If a team is absent or late for their game, they will be immediately considered the losing team and a score of 3-0 would be awarded against them.

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DID You Know?


There are ancient records of football dating back thousands of years. Evidence shows that Ancient Greeks and the Chinese played games very similar to football.

Football in Ancient Greece was called Episkyros, where two teams of 12 to 14 players each had to throw the ball over the heads of the other team beyond the white line behind each team. The use of hands was allowed back then.

The ancient Chinese version of the game was called “Cuju” or “Tsu Chu.” The aim was to get the ball (made from rubber and filled with fur or feathers) through a small opening in the net without using the hands. Teams consisted of 12-16 players, sometimes including women.