The world Cup may have started yesterday but the real game starts tomorrow with adidas and Baseline's Battle of the Benches. 1PM Kick-off at Civic Centre – City of Cape Town Match rules below...

Match Rules

  • Each team has 11 players and 3 reserves who can be called on to substitute injured or fatigued players.
  • The game is played on flat ground with one bench.
  • A coin toss will decide which team kicks off.
  • The team that wins the team toss will use their bench for the fist half of match play and will select a player to begin the game who will set the first trick (like a game of skate). He has one try to land something. If he lands it, the opposing team needs to match the trick. Each player on the opposing team has one try to match the trick. If they do, they draw and possession is transferred to the challenging team. If not, the team that set scores a point and gets to set again.
  • If a trick is failed to be set first try by a player, possession is passed to the other team who will then have one try to set the trick.
  • Each player only gets one turn to set. So once a player has set, he needs to wait for the entire team to set in rotation before he can set again. Setting out of turn will result in an off-sides offence upon which possession will be passed to the other team.
  • Same applies to the challenging team. Each player has one chance to match the set trick. Challenging out of turn will result in an off-sides offence upon which possession will be passed to the other team.
  • This process will repeat for the duration of the first half.
  • The challenging team will set the trick for the second half, their bench will be played and teams will swap ends.
  • 45 minutes per half
  • Half time of 15 minutes
  Over Time
  • Overtime will be added for injuries, substitutions or in the event of a draw.
  • Each time a team sets, they will have the option to wax the bench.
  • The challenging team may not wax the bench.
  • Each team may nominate a single player to act as goalkeeper for their side.
  • The goalkeeper will have 2 attempts on any challenge.
  • The goalkeeper may not be changed during the match unless he is injured or sent off upon which the team may select a new goalkeeper from their reserve players only.
  Out Of Play
  • If a players wheel goes out of the designated area, the trick will not be counted.
  Off Sides
  • A player setting or challenging out of turn (i.e.: a player setting twice before his entire team has attempted to set a trick or a challenging player trying to challenge the same trick twice) will result in a penalty upon which possession will be transferred to the other team and if it is the challenging team, the point will be allocated to the team that set.
  Hand Ball
  • A hand or hands touching the bench or the ground will constitute as an offence and will result in that trick not counting unless it is a deliberate move (like a layback grind, etc).
  Fouls and Misconduct
  • Both feet need to land on the board to constitute as a clean land. Dragging toes or excessive sketchiness or slow speed will also result in a the trick not counting at the discretion of the referee.
  Penalties and Free kicks  
  • The referee may award a penalty / free kick if an offence is committed.
  • A penalty / free kick will result in the following action:
  • The team which the free kick is awarded to will select a player to set a trick. If the player fails to set a trick, the game continues and the other team gains possession.
  • The opposing team will select a single player to challenge the set trick.
  • If the challenging player can match the trick, teams will draw and the game will continue.
  • If not, the team that set will be awarded a point.
  Penalty Shootout
  • In the result of a draw at the end of game play, The following procedure will take place:
  • The team to set the first trick is decided by a coin toss and the referee chooses the bench and direction to be played.
  • Each team will nominate only 1 player per set to compete for their team.
  • Each player can set and challenge only once per attempt.
  • No other player on either team, other than the designated players may enter the field during each set or challenge.
  • Teams take turns to set and challenge, until each has taken five attempts to set. However, if one side has scored more successful lands than the other could possibly reach with all of its remaining sets, the shoot-out ends regardless of the number of sets remaining.
  • If at the end of these five rounds of sets the teams have scored an equal number of successful lands, sudden death rounds of one set each are used until one side scores and the other does not.
  • Only players who were on the pitch at the end of play are allowed to participate in the shoot-out.
  • No player is allowed to take a second set or challenge until all other eligible players have taken a first set or challenge.
  • Goalkeeper double challenge attempts do not apply in a penalty shootout.
  • If it becomes necessary for players to take a second set or challenge (because the score has remained equal after all eligible players have taken their first set or challenge), teams are not required to follow the same order of players as was used for the first round.
  • If at the beginning of penalty shootout one side has more players on the pitch than the other, then the side with more players must select an appropriate number of players who will not take part. Players deselected cannot play any part in the procedure. This applies whether players are absent through injury or being sent off. However, if a player is injured or sent off during the shoot-out, the same principle does not apply and the referee does not reduce the number of players on the opposing team.
  The referee may show a yellow card to a player if he is:
  • Being unsporting
  • Showing dissent by word or action
  • Persistently breaking the laws
  • Delaying the restart of play
  • Not standing back far enough when the game is in play
  • Entering the field of play without permission
  • Exiting the field of play deliberately without permission
  The referee may show a yellow card to a non-playing substitute for:
  • Being unsporting
  • Showing dissent by word or action
  • Delaying the restart of play
  A player may be shown a red card for any of the following offences (they then have to leave the field and its vicinity):
  • Being guilty of serious foul play
  • Being guilty of violent conduct
  • Spitting at anyone
  • Stopping the opposition from scoring by interrupting play
  • Using offensive language or gestures
  • Receiving two cautions (yellow cards) in a match
  • It is the role of the referee to police the game, enforce the rules and keep the time.
  • He has the right to abandon the match under certain conditions, caution players, send players off and restart the match.
  • His decisions are final and non negotiable.