gol LAUNChed THIS SUMMER IN SYDNEY
The launch of GOL Beach Soccer powered by Ultimate Ears was a huge success, with the first ever event held at Dolls Point Beach in Sydney on Sunday, 31st January 2016:
- Dolls Point Site Plan with Field Positions and Field Names (below)
- Dolls Point Event Parking Map
- Quick Guide to GOL Rules
- Detailed Rules and Regulations
The tournament will be split into a morning session and an afternoon session.
- All Youth Divisions will play in the morning session
- Kick-Off in ALL divisions is 8am
- Finals will be completed by 12.30pm
- All Adult Divisions will play in the afternoon session
- Kick-Off in ALL divisions is 1pm
- Finals will be completed by 5.30pm
- Each division will consist of 6 teams (depending on team numbers)
- Each team will play a minimum of 4 matches
- The Top 4 teams will qualify for the semi finals
- The winner of the semi finals will contest the final
The usual drill. Sunnies, swimmers, towel, hat, thongs, water bottle. We’re at the beach after all…
GOL! is played without shoes. But (once the sun warms up) the sand can get pretty hot so don’t forget to bring a pair of socks to protect your feet.
Make sure you invite some of your family and friends to cheer you on.
The most important tool for staying safe on the beach.
We’d love you to take lots of photos and videos of all the action on the day – and don’t forget to share them on social media using the hashtag #LetsPlayGOL.
There are prizes to be won so make sure you’re on your game and ready for action
Our very first event will take place on the beautiful sands of Dolls Point Beach in Sydney.
It is a stunning, long, flat stretch of beach with plenty of space and grass, which makes it the perfect place to launch GOL Beach Soccer.
Dolls Point is a short 5 minute drive from Sydney Airport, and only 2 minutes from Brighton Le Sands.
Parking is available at Peter Depena Reserve, which you enter via McMilan Avenue.
TIPS FOR PLAYING GOL
Here are five simple tips for making the most of GOL Beach Soccer:
1) WARM UP
To avoid the possibility of injuries, it’s important that you make sure your body is warmed up and ready to go before you hit the sand. Go for a jog along the beach and do some simple stretches. Player safely is our number one concern, so we encourage everyone to come prepared.
If you have a chance, try playing a simple game of beach soccer with some friends before you come along to play GOL. Playing on sand is very different to playing on grass so it takes a bit of adjustment. Make sure you warm up and get used to passing, shooting and running on the sand.
3) USE YOUR SUBS
Plan your subs strategy before you hit the sand because the teams that use smart rotation have the best chance of winning. This game is played in short, sharp bursts, so make sure you give everyone a chance to rest, and try to rotate your players at the right moment to give you the best advantage.
4) PACE YOURSELF
GOL Beach Soccer is a fast and intense game, which makes it exciting to play and watch – but it also means you will get tired quickly. If you play smart and conserve your energy for the right moments, you’ll have a better game.
5) HAVE FUN
Playing GOL Beach Soccer is all about having a good time – so bring all your friends and family, enjoy yourself and HAVE A BALL!
Take a few minutes to read through the golden rules of GOL! Beach Soccer or for more details, read our Laws of the Game
1) THE REFEREE’S DECISION IS FINAL-
NEVER question the referee’s decision. The referee’s number one priority is player safety. Referees have been instructed to call a game off if they feel someone could get hurt. This could be due to dangerous play, actions on the field of play, abusive language, or violent or intimidating conduct from supporters. Teams may lose points, forfeit games or be kicked out of the competition if their players or supporters are guilty of improper conduct.
2) NO GOALKEEPERS
GOL requires less players so it’s easy to get a team together. Just grab a few friends and you’re set. And for all you Goalkeepers out there, don’t panic, GOL is perfect for ALL players! Socceroo Goalkeepers Clint Bolton and Zelko Kalac love playing GOL and are pretty good at it.
3) NO OFFSIDE
GOL is a small sided game so there is plenty of action and plenty of GOL You can score from anywhere and there are no offsides.
4) SCORE FROM ANYWHERE
A goal can be scored from anywhere inside the inflatable boundary. All restarts are indirect (except penalties) so the ball must be touched by another player before scoring.
5) NO DANGEROUS TACKLES- MINIMAL CONTACT ALLOWED
GOL Beach Soccer is all about skill, technique and having fun. GOL will NOT tolerate any physical or dangerous play and the referees will award fouls for any conduct or play that breaches the strict GOL guidelines. Players should try to block shots and steal the ball rather than tackling. GOL is played with bare feet (or socks) so referees are instructed to award a free kick for any tackles or play that could cause injuries.
6) ALL RESTARTS ARE INDIRECT
Except penalties that are a straight shot at goal.
7) FIVE SECOND RESTARTS
Players have 5 seconds to restart the game once the ball is placed on the sand. After 5 seconds the ball is LIVE and the opposition can play at the ball.
Once a ball is returned from out of bounds, it must be placed on the sand immediately. Any deliberate time wasting will be penalised with either a free kick a penalty kick to the opposing team. If your players are tired, you need to rotate and use your subs. Each team will receive one (1) warning each and then it will be at the referee’s discretion to award either a free kick or penalty kick to the opposing team.
8) ALL HANDBALLS ARE FOULS
To eliminate any doubt or confusion, all handballs are awarded fouls whether they are intentional or not. A handball that stops a GOL will result in a penalty from behind the goal line. A deliberate handball or foul that prevents a goal is a penalty from the half way line.
9) LATE ARRIVALS PENALISED
To ensure the competition runs on time, teams arriving late on the field to start a game will lose 1 goal per minute. After the 5th minute, the score will remain at 5-0 until the opposition arrives or the game is forfeited.
10) INFLATABLE LINE CALLS
If a ball hits any part of the inflatable and bounces back into play on the field, the point continues.
If the ball hits any part of the inflatable and then bounces out of the field, it is out.
Players can make a play at the ball if it goes over the inflatable boundary but hasn’t touched the sand or a spectator. However, players must still be in the field of play.
11) ENJOY YOURSELF
GOL Beach Soccer is all about having fun! Teams are expected to be honest and foster a high level of sportsmanship at all times.