Match Format (UK)

MastersFootball™ UK – fast and furious

The UK MastersFootball™ tournaments are made up of 6-a-side matches, played on a custom-designed indoor pitch.

The playing surface is 60m long x 30m wide, and is a distinctive blue synthetic slip-resistant ‘carpet’ which gives a true and predictable bounce.

Players love the surface because it’s reliable and comfortable to play on, and doesn’t give players burns like the old astroturf or wooden board floors used to!

In most tournaments, the regional events are made up of four local teams which play each other once, with the top two teams contesting a play-off to decide which of them progresses to the national finals. When there are six local teams, there are two leagues of three, with the winners of each playing off.

Matches are 8 minutes each way, there’s no offside, and misbehaving players can be sent to a ‘sin bin’ for 2 minutes!

Rules for 6-a-side MastersFootball™ Matches

  1. All football games will be played on pitches 60 × 30 metres, surrounded by perimeter boards.
  2. Each match will be 8 minutes each way.
  3. Each football team can use a squad of 9 players for each game, with a maximum of 6 on the pitch at any one time. An unlimited number of substitutions can be made by each team at any time during the game.
  4. At least one footballer must be in the opposition’s half at all times or a free-kick will be awarded to the opposition on the halfway line. This rule does not apply to a team which has had a player sent off.
  5. There is no offside.
  6. All free kicks must take place within 5 seconds or the decision is reversed. The opposition must be 5 metres away at free kicks.
  7. No minor injuries will be treated on the pitch. The clock will only be stopped for serious injury or time-wasting.
  8. The Sin Bin will be used in an unofficial capacity for yellow card offences. The referee will suggest the player leaves the pitch for two minutes.
  9. Any player who receives a red card will be sent off immediately, cannot be replaced and will be banned for the next match. In the most extreme of cases, players will be banned from playing MastersFootball™ indefinitely.

Player eligibility

Players must be 35 in the year of the tournament.

Emergency loans

In the unlikely event of a team being unable to field the requisite number of eligible players, an emergency loan system is in place to ensure team participation.

The Masters PitchThe Masters Pitch

60m long x 30m wide


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TV side Perimeter advertising boards:
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Jeff Winter – Jeff arrived as a referee in the top flight after a number of years as one of the country’s top linesmen. He pent six seasons as a Football League referee’s assistant, before becoming a Premiership referee in the 1996/97 season.
Previously a financial services advisor by trade, Jeff’s early career highlights included taking charge of the women’s FA Cup Final and being fourth official in the 1989 FA Cup Final. He was to be later chosen to referee the 2004 FA Cup Final between Man United and Millwall.

Uriah Rennie – Uriah was appointed to the Football League list of referees in 1994 and given his first Premiership appointment on 23 August 1997. In 2000, he became a FIFA referee.
In 2001, he joined the Select Group of professional referees. Keith Hackett, then head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, described him as “the fittest referee we have ever seen on the national and world scene”. At the end of the 2004-05 season he retired from the FIFA list, at the compulsory age of 45, and eventually stepped down from the Select Group of referees in May 2009 due to persistent injury.
He practices both kick-boxing and aikido, and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Law. He is also a magistrate in Sheffield.

Dermot Gallagher – after twenty five years as a referee, Dermot has only just hung up his whistle as a top official. On the National for nine, he remains one of the most recognisable and respected of the men in black.
A budding footballer in his day, his love of the game brought him into refereeing and led him to officiating 14 international matches, 8 international cup finals, as well as the Under 20s World Cup final between Brazil and Argentina.