Our volunteers have been working hard since 9am this morning to ensure that today’s game could go ahead but unfortunately it just would not stop raining. Following a pitch inspection, the game against Biggleswade United has been called off.

It is the time of year when games are more often off than on so if like us you are beginning to forget the rules of football due to not watching, here are some of them with some additional rain based comments thrown in 😉

Field of Play.  The game can be played on either natural or artificial surfaces, the surface must be green and rectangular in shape (Ed: and mostly dry).  The two long sides of the rectangle are called touch lines and the two shorter sides are called goal lines.  The field is divided in half by the halfway line.

Ball.  Must be spherical, made of leather (or similar) 68-70 cm in circumference and of a certain pressure (Ed: and waterproof).

Number of Players.  Two teams of no more than 11 players (one of which is the goalkeeper).  A game cannot start if either team has less than 7 players. (Ed: Ability to swim optional)

Equipment.  Players must wear a jersey, shorts, stockings, shinguards and footwear. (Ed: Cagouls not allowed)

Fouls/Misconduct.  These are many and varied, broadly speaking it is an offence to use excessive force whilst playing the game either deliberately or undeliberately or to handle the ball (unless you are a goal keeper).  The referee may show the yellow card to caution players for less serious offences and the red card for more serious offences resulting in the player being sent off.  Two yellow cards are equivalent to one red card. (Ed: Diving at this time of year should include at least one somersault for added effect)


Next up for the Blues is away to London Lions in the Challenge Trophy on 7th January at 7:45pm.


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