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Information and Code of Ethics

Match Ball 

  • A size 3 football for under 7T if available and size 4 football for all other seven a side games.
  • A size 4 ball must be used in all league and cup competitions except for under 13 to under 19 competitions where a size 5 ball must be used.

Duration of game 7-a-side

  • For 7's ,8's and 9's - 2 x 20 minute periods
  • For 10's and 11's 9 a side - 2 x 25 minute periods with 5 min. break.
  • For 10's (9-a-side)- 2 x 30 minute periods

The duration of the game 11-a-side is as follows;

  • 11/12/13's - 30 minutes each way
  • 14's - 35 minutes each way
  • 15/16's - 40 minutes each way
  • 17/18's/19's 45 minutes each way.


Postponement of Game 

  • A team wishing to postpone a game must have prior approval of the Fixture committee. This should be done no later than 14 days in writing prior to the game.
  • Games postponed due to bad weather, or any other reason, must be reported to the League, by the manager of the home team, within three days of the time scheduled for the game to be played. Home team will have two opportunities to have the cup match played or the game will revert on the second weekend to the opposition ground.


General rules and Information



1.       The names and signatures of up to 4 (four) players may be obtained at half time in a game and the names and signatures of any substitutes used in the second half of a game may be obtained when the game has concluded. The referee should be consulted before any names or signatures are requested.


Suspended Players 

2.       A player sent off is regarded as a suspended player and his/her club is automatically fined.

3.       A suspended player is automatically suspended from the next competitve fixture. New FIFA rule to apply.


Law 6 Free Kick 7/9 a side game

The opposition must be at least 6 yards from the ball at the taking of a free kick.


For Under 7's, 8's, 9's,
Each team will consist of a max 10 players. Only seven players in each team, one nominated as a goalkeeper, will be on the field of play at any one time.


The numbers of players 10's (9-a-side)
Each team may consist of  max 12 players. Only 9 players in each team, one nominated as a goalkeeper, will be on the field of play at any one time.  




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Woodlawn FC Committee


Executive Committee

Chairman Kevin Boylan 087-6339380

Hon Club Secretary  David Neary 087-2901475

Assistant Secretary Frank Harrison 087-6200413

Hon Treasurer  Mick Murray 086-3685146

Club Development Officer Noel Kearney 086-7813460


Club Committee

11 a side Secretary David Neary 087-2901475

7 a Side Secretary Paula Neary 086-3685146

Club Coach Richie Power 087-9277740

Child Liason  Ken Redmond 086-3909117

Website Donal Gannon 087-9787196


Lotto/Fundraising Brian Maye 086-8360133 / David Connick 087-2395187




Woodlawn Football Club is committed to providing a safe and positive environment for all our members participating in the club's activities. The safety and welfare of each child will be our first priority and will supersede all other considerations. The club will ensure that this policy is incorporated into all clubs policies and activities and that every coach/leader within the club is familiar with the policy and principles that underpin it. It is the duty of all adults involved in or supporting the club to ensure that this policy is followed at all times. We should all work together to create and maintain a positive atmosphere.

The club will have the principle of 'fair play' as its core ethos. Fair play is about much more than just rules. It relates to the creation of a positive atmosphere in our club, which will be friendly to all (members and guests) and allow everyone to enjoy all aspects of the game.



It goes without saying that without people being willing to give up their time to train and run teams we wouldn’t be in a position to run our club. The club appreciates and acknowledges the commitment of all those involved and will at all times use its best endeavours to ensure that all reasonable support and assistance is provided to managers/coaches. It is vital that our managers/coaches act as good role models at all times and that their first priority will be their players safety and enjoyment of the game

Guidelines for Coaches/Managers

Children respect and look up to coaches and therefore it is vital that good example is shown at all times, both on and off the pitch.

  • Never be alone with a child in a closed area (dressing room, car,etc) and use a “TWO-DEEP” supervision policy. If another coach is not available try to get a parent or other adult to accompany you if you are going to be alone with a child.
  • If a child sustains an injury requiring either the calling of an ambulance or being brought to hospital the parents should be notified immediately and requested to come either to the grounds or meet at the hospital.
  • Coaches should never make winning the only objective.  Children play for fun and enjoyment and this should take precedence over competition and winning.
  • Your behaviour to opposing teams/officials will have an effect on your players and therefore should be respectful in all situations.
  • Parents should be advised to be positive in their support and that negative comments should be kept to themselves.
  • Care should be taken, however unintentionally, not to embarrass a child by the use of sarcastic or flippant remarks about the child or their family.  Any confidential information you may receive must be kept so.
  • Bullying should never be allowed and coaches should be vigilant to ensure that this is not allowed to creep into any squad or between players


Parents must be at all times conscious of the vital role that they exercise in promoting their child’s participation in sport.  Parents expectations and behaviour have a crucial bearing on how their child participates and shapes their sense of how to engage with their peers and adults involved in all aspects of the game.  Parents can show good example by:-Showing appreciation of and respect for coaches and their decisions.Encouraging discipline in their child’s attitude to the rules of the game.

  • Behaving responsibly on the sidelines, parents should never harass referees or players/supporters of opposing teams. 
  • Supporting coaches and offering appropriate assistance eg. lifts to games, fixing nets for games, ensuring child is on time with the correct gear etc.
  • Ensuring that any issue of concern is brought to the attention of the coach/child protection officer as appropriate.
  • Parents should advise coaches of any medical condition, planned birthdays or other family situations that may affect either the player’s performance or attendance.

Woodlawn Fc is conscious of its role in the overall development of our members and how children’s experience in sport will shape their values and attitudes in adult life. The Club tries to encourage the enjoyment and personal achievement of the individual with the benefit of greater skill and physical fitness which will in turn lead to higher self esteem and improved social skills.


Everyone involved in the Club should familiarise themselves with the Club’s policies in regard to child protection. Children are very astute and can quickly pick up on any inappropriate actions and emulate them. Adults must at all times try to show good example and be role models where appropriate.  Any adult who witnesses inappropriate behaviour should intervene if the situation warrants it or report it to the Committee as soon as possible.



Children should understand that their parents and all those working in the game on a voluntary basis do so for their enjoyment and must respect them for this. In order for all children to participate and gain most from sport children must:-

  • Play fairly and do their best, cheating is self defeating and will not be tolerated.  
  • Accept defeat and be respectful to losing opposition (modest in victory, gracious in defeat).
  • Respect officials and always accept referee’s decisions.
  • Set the highest personal standards.
  • Advise their parents/children’s’ officers of any concerns that they may have.
  • Never bully, spread rumours or tell lies about other children or adults.