A chance to play football over summer!


Our aim is to provide you and your friends the opportunity to have a ‘FUN’ night out, playing the ’Beautiful Game’.


  • All games are played at Avery Field.  Entry is via Saxton Field or Champion Road.

  • All games are 6-aside with rolling subs.

  • All games are played on either Mondays and Wednesdays (Competitive/Social), Tuesdays (Families).

  • The games start at either 6pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm and are 20 minutes each way.

  • League winners are found by adding up the points from all league games.

  • Limited to 100 teams

  • Competition dates 30 October - 6 December 2023, 15th January - 14 February 2024.

  • Family, Competitive, Social, Mixed teams cost of entry is $260 per team. 

  • Players playing in Competitive teams CANNOT fill in for Social teams.  A 3-0 win will go to the team affected by their opposing team not complying to this rule.

  • Family Grade - Only 2 adults max on the field at one time, no adults can play as goal keepers, adults CANNOT shoot/score.  Players 15+ years are classed adults!  

  • Registrations closed 22 September 2023.

  • Payments due by 30 September 2023.  Teams unpaid by this date will be eliminated from the competition!  Payment details below.

  • Follow the Nelson Suburbs Facebook page for all updates throughout the summer season.


  • Competitive (ages 15+) grades 1, 2 and 3 played on Mondays and Wednesdays.

  • Family grade will be played on Tuesdays.

  • Social grades 1, 2 and 3 played on Mondays and Wednesdays.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Teams/players that choose to ignore our rules will be elimated from the competition.  No refund will be issued!


The draws will be published on our website.  Please check these each week as we will not be emailing these out regularly.  We will have paper draws on display for you outside.

It is important that someone is responsible for entering your score on the paper draw after each game.  Failure to do this will result in no score being recorded which will affect your overall standing.


All the rules of Football apply with the variations as set out below.  Games are not refereed, so it is up to the teams to ensure that all players know the rules and to play the game in an honest manner and play fairly.

  • The goal half circle line is a vertical line from the ground to the sky. Contact with the ball must be made outside this line. The only person who may play the ball when the whole ball is within the half circle is the goalie. If a player is standing outside the line but makes contact inside the line they are offside and a free kick is to be awarded to the goalie to be taken anywhere inside the circle. If a player makes contact with the ball outside the circle and their momentum takes them into the circle they are not offside unless they interfere with the goalie. Where the ball is on the half circle line the ball is deemed to be in play and contact may be made by field players provided they are not within the half circle.

  • The goalie is the only player allowed in the goal half circle. If an attacking player enters and interferes with play a free kick is awarded to the goalkeeper. If a defender enters and interferes with play a penalty is awarded to the attacking team at the middle point of the circle. A one step run up is all that is allowed for the person taking the penalty. Teams must agree on whether a penalty applies at the time. If the game progresses beyond this point without a penalty it is deemed that no penalty was applicable.

  • When the ball leaves the field of play:Over the side line - it is kicked in where it went out.Over the goal line - it is a corner or a goal kick. Corner - Where the defending team kicks the ball out over the goal line the kick in is taken from the corner point of the field.Goal kick - Where the attacking team kicks the ball out over the goal line the defending team goalkeeper takes a goal kick from anywhere inside the half circle.The ball is deemed 'out of play' when the whole ball is over the field boundary line. Please note a goal cannot be scored directly from a side line kick in, a corner, or from a kick off.

  • Substitutions can occur at any time and players must swap on and off at the same point on the field. If substitutions occur for territorial advantage a free kick can be awarded for ungentlemanly conduct. Goalie substitutions may only occur when the ball is dead.

  • The opposing team must retire three metres when any goal kick, kick in or free kick is taken.

  • Offside and back pass rules to goalies do not apply. Kick offs at the start of game and when goals are scored can be forward or backward.

  • No slide tackles are allowed. In particular slide tackles from behind the player with the ball and entering a tackle with studs directed to the opposite player are deemed dangerous play that warrants a free kick and potentially the dismissal of the player involved.

  • Players can play for more than one team including more than one team in each grade so long as they are regular players for that team. If you are short of players you can call on players from teams in a lower grade (excluded in this are known football players who would be seen to be giving your team an advantage). The only exception to this is a higher league player who is not a goalie filling in as a goalie. A team found to have played a fill in player in breach of this rule will be deemed to have forfeited the game and the result would be recorded as a 3-0 loss to the team in breach of this rule

  • If a team defaults twice they will be removed from the competition with no reimbursement of entry fee.

  • The Nelson Suburbs Football Club Committee reserves the right to amend these Rules at any time to ensure they provide appropriate guidance to players for the safe playing of games.


We'll post these on our Facebook page, Nelson Suburbs Football Club, and send out an email to the team managers, by 4.30 pm if we have to cancel. 


To register, your team must have a team manager who we can contact by email and phone. The team managers will be our point of contact.  They are also responsible for making sure that the whole team knows the Summer Football Rules and for enforcing that the games are played in the ‘Summer Football Spirit’

Please fill out the form below. Please note that registration is not complete until payment is made. PLEASE MAKE PAYMENT TO - NELSON SUBURBS FC, WESTPAC, NELSON, 030703 0354112-02 (enter your ‘Team Name’ and ‘Summer Football’ as the reference. If you have any questions or require help please contact Sandy Hamson at  [email protected].