If you want the continuity of playing with a regular team but in a more informal environment, Saints Sport runs a variety of seasonal leagues and competitions which are open to all. You don’t have to be a member of a club or team – just gather a group of friends and sign-up!
The six-a-side weeknight football leagues run all year round and are open to all students, staff and the local community.
Next leagues: Starting 13 September 2021
When: Mondays 8pm, 9pm
Tuesdays 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 9.30pm
Thursdays 9.30pm What: 10-week six-a-side football leagues Where: Sand-dressed Pitch, University Sports Centre Who: Students, staff, community
About the leagues
Each team MUST have a COVID Officer who must complete the sportscotland Covid-19 Officer training and will be responsible for the team.
Teams will need to complete a match day form prior to each match and then email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org at the end of each game, alongside the final score.
COVID Officers will pick up a temperature gun from reception and note the temperatures of every team member on the match day form prior to play. Temperature guns must be returned to reception fully sanitised.
If a player records a high temperature they will need to go home. The team must then decide if they wish to continue the game or forfeit the match.
Every PLAYER must complete Track and Trace prior to every match. Please put “Student Sport Participation” then your team name in the “Name of Group/Bubble”.
Teams are responsible for cleaning equipment after use.
Bibs are unavailable to use at this time, we therefore ask that your team wear similar colours to help distinguish yourselves.
Entrance to and exit from the Sand-dressed Pitch will be via the ambulance entrance, accessed from the path to DRA.
Only the captain and/or COVID Officer will be able to go through reception to collect equipment, temperature guns and to make payment.
Matches will take the format of 20 minutes each way, 2 minutes for half time and 5 minutes for cleaning equipment at the end of the match. Please ensure you have left the pitch after 55 minutes.
Team captains are responsible for ensuring that all players within their team abide by the rules of the tournament, adhere to Saints Sport’s Terms and Conditions and maintain the highest standards of sporting behaviour. The success of the competition depends on it.
As there are no official referee’s any controversial decisions have to be agreed by both captains. All other rules are as per Scottish Football Association Rules.
Matches last 40 minutes, 20 minutes each way. There is a time allowance for warming up within the 1-hour booking, but the matches must start and finish within the stated time slot.
All players must be off the pitch and all equipment sanitised within the 55 minute slot.
Matches will start with the home team (first named team on fixture sheet) kicking off from the centre with the away team kicking off the second half.
After a goal has been scored the team losing the goal will restart the match again from the centre line.
If the ball goes out of play from the side-line then the game is restarted by a throw in*
*Please note that under current guidelines throw in’s must now be kicked in and opposition players must be a minimum of 2 meters from corners/throws.
If the ball goes out of play behind a goal then it is either the goalkeeper’s ball or it is a corner kick depending on which team last touched the ball.
Goalkeepers must throw the ball out by using an under arm throw only. If a goalkeeper kicks the ball out or throws the ball out overarm then a direct free kick will be awarded 2m outside the goal semi-circle. There is no ‘set distance’ to which the ball cannot travel. If the underarm through reaches the halfway line then so be it.
If the goalkeeper saves a shot by using his feet and the ball comes back into play then the game shall continue as normal. The goalkeeper may control the ball with his feet inside the semi-circle. These are the only occasions where a goalkeeper can use their feet.
The goalkeeper may not deliberately come outside of their semi-circle. If they do, a penalty will be awarded to the opposing team.
Pass Back Rule: once the goalkeeper has thrown the ball out of the semi-circle the ball must come into contact with 2 outfield players before it can be passed back to the goalkeeper. A direct free kick 2m outside the circle will result if the ball is passed back directly to the goalkeeper from their throw out.
The awarding of a free kick to the defending team will penalise any attacking player encroaching into the semi-circle deliberately.
An attacking player encroaching into the semi-circle through their momentum (after shooting from outside the box) will not be penalised.
Any defending players encroaching into their own semi-circle deliberately will be penalised by a penalty kick being awarded to the attacking team.
Any defending player encroaching into their own semi-circle through his momentum (cannot stop after making a tackle), will not be penalised.
In any dead ball situation, the defending team must be at least 2 meters away from the ball. If an offence takes place within 2m of the semi-circle the ball shall be placed 2m away from the semi-circle and the defending team will be allowed to stand on the line of the circle.
There is no slide tackling. Any slide tackle will result in a direct free kick.
Substitutions can take place as often as the team requires so long as the player coming off has left the field of play before the substitute coming on enters the field of play.
No blades or metal studs are permitted on the Sand-dressed Pitch. Any players found to be wearing inappropriate footwear will be asked to leave the field of play, as will players with no footwear.
We expect the captain of the team to communicate as early as possible if they will not be able to field a team. Efforts will be made to reschedule if this notice is given in plenty of time. However, if a rescheduled match cannot be accommodated the team will forfeit 5-0.
The 11-a-side Sunday football league is open to all students and runs from September to April each year.
Next league: Starting January 2022
When: Sundays What: 11-a-side football league Where: Rubbercrumb and grass pitches, University Sports Centre Who: Students
About the league
The Saints Sunday League is organised to ensure that teams are competing against opponents of a similar ability. Promotion and relegation at the end of each season helps to build excitement and guarantees that fixtures will be competitive right to the end.
The Semester 1 season runs from September to December, with leagues returning in February of Semester 2 and running until April. Matches are scheduled back-to-back, with kick off times varying throughout a Sunday Morning and Afternoon.
The format for the Sunday League is as follows:
Maximum 16 players per squad
Each match is two halves of 45 minutes
All matches officiated
Number of entries dictates competition format
Students must show their matriculation cards to play
Applications for the 2021 league are now closed. Applications for the next league will open at the start of Semester 2 in 2022.
Places are allocated on a first come first serve basis.
Please note that payment must be made at the Sports Centre reception by CARD ONLY and a picture of your receipt will be sent with the application via email.