2018 MWFA Semi-Final and Final Competition Rules

New in 2018

Effective in 2018, the MWFA has revised the procedures to determine the winner of junior semi-finals and finals; there is no longer any difference in procedure between junior and senior matches.

For all semi-finals, the winner shall be determined by golden goal in extra time or, if no goal is scored in extra time, then by kicks from the penalty mark. For all finals, the winner shall be determined by kicks from the penalty mark. There is no extra time in finals.

All referees must familiarise or re-familiarise themselves with the procedures of kicks from the penalty mark, which are quite complex and detailed in nature.

Referees must refer to Law 10 of the 2017-18 edition of the Laws of the Game. Previous editions have been superseded by the amendments and clarifications of the 2017-18 edition.

Referees are advised to bring a printed paper copy of these procedures with them to their semi-final and final appointments in case match day clarification is needed.

League Competitions

For all matches (including semi-finals and finals):

Unlimited player interchange operates in all grades and divisions except for Mens Premier League First Grade.

In Mens Premier League First Grade matches, up to a maximum of five substitutes may be used by each team.

In addition, referees are required to award Fair Play Points to each team in all Mens Premier League First Grade and Reserve Grade, Mens Amateur League 1 First Grade and Reserve Grade, and Womens Premier League First Grade and Reserve Grade matches.

For all semi-finals (both junior and senior):

If both teams have scored the same number of goals at the end of normal time, then extra time consisting of two equal periods of ten minutes shall be played.

Upon the first goal being scored in extra time, the match shall end and the team that has scored the goal shall be declared the winner of the match.

If no goal is scored in extra time, then kicks from the penalty mark shall be taken. The winner of these kicks shall be declared the winner of the match.

There shall be a five minute break between the end of normal time and the beginning of extra time. There shall be no break between the two periods of extra time.

For all finals (both junior and senior):

If both teams have scored the same number of goals at the end of normal time, then kicks from the penalty mark shall be taken. The winner of these kicks shall be declared the winner of the match.

There is no extra time.

Cup Competitions

For all Challenge Cup matches:

Unlimited player interchange operates in Womens Challenge Cup matches.

In Mens Challenge Cup matches, up to a maximum of five substitutes may be used by each team.

If both teams have scored the same number of goals at the end of normal time, then kicks from the penalty mark shall be taken. The winner of these kicks shall be declared the winner of the match.

There is no extra time.