SPECTATOR CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

It is important that all spectators at a Hyundai A-League match are able to enjoy that match in a safe and comfortable environment. To enable this to happen, Football Federation Australia have implemented a Spectator Code of Conduct that applies to all Hyundai A-League matches, and at all match venues. Any person who does not comply with this Code or who otherwise causes a disturbance may be evicted from the venue and banned from attending future matches.

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FIFA LAWS OF THE GAME

All matches under the jurisdiction of the Hyundai A-League will be played in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game. This includes the Hyundai A-League Pre-Season Cup and the Hyundai A-League Season.

The competition rules outlined below are in addition to those stipulated in the FIFA Laws of the Game.

A copy of the FIFA Laws of the Game can be found on the FIFA website www.fifa.com


1. HYUNDAI A-LEAGUE PRE-SEASON CUP SUMMARY

The 2006 Pre-Season Cup Draw is based around a Group Stage and cross pool “Bonus Round” followed by a Playoff and Finals phase to determine the result of the 2006 Pre-Season Cup.

Regional matches have been included to further enhance the Hyundai A-League and Club brands after season one (1) and the wider code soon after the Socceroos / World Cup Finals campaign.

Each team will have two (2) ‘home’ matches, with designated clubs allocated one (1) fixture to be played in a regional area throughout Australia or New Zealand. Some clubs may opt for additional regional fixtures.

A cross Group ‘Bonus Round’ has been inserted after the first three (3) Group rounds and before the Playoffs commence. This round will give teams that are hovering mid-table a chance to secure valuable extra points and lift themselves up their pool ladder and challenge for Playoff rankings.

The Tournament will provide each club with six (6) matches in total providing quality match time leading into the HAL Regular Season commencing 25 August 2006.

2. HYUNDAI A-LEAGUE PRE-SEASON CUP COMPETITION RULES

2.1 The eight (8) Hyundai A-League teams have been divided into two (2) groups comprising four (4) teams each as follows:

Group A

- Adelaide United FC
- Central Coast Mariners FC
- Melbourne Victory FC
- Perth Glory FC

Group B

- Newcastle Jets FC
- New Zealand Knights FC
- Queensland Roar FC
- Sydney FC

2.2 The complete draw for the Pre-Season Cup can be found below.

Competition Format – Group Phase

2.3 In this phase of the Cup, teams will play all other teams in their group once. Each team will have a minimum of one (1) home (or, where advised by the club, regional) match in this phase.

2.4 The following points will be awarded for matches in the Group Phase:

a. win 3 points
b. draw 1 point
c. loss 0 points


Competition Format - Bonus Round

2.5 At the completion of the Group Phase, teams will play a “cross group” fixture in the ‘Bonus Round’.

2.6 During the ‘Bonus Round’, the points system will remain the same as for the Group Phase (see 2.3 above), except for the addition of goal related bonus points as follows:

a. 2 goals scored by a team 1 bonus point

b. 3 goals scored by a team 2 bonus points

c. 4 or more goals scored by a team 3 bonus points

2.7 Bonus points apply to both teams win, lose or draw.

Procedures to Determine Group Placings

2.8 In each Group, teams are ranked from one (1) through to four (4), with all teams progressing to the Playoff Phase. The position of each team in the Group will be determined based on the following criteria:

a. highest number of points accumulated in the Group Phase and Bonus Round combined;

2.9 If two (2) or more teams are level on points accumulated, the following criteria shall be applied, in order, until one (1) of the teams can be determined as the higher ranked:

a. highest number of bonus points accumulated;

b. highest goal difference;

c. highest number of goals scored;

d. result of the match played between the teams concerned;

e. lowest number of red cards accumulated;

f. lowest number of yellow cards accumulated;

g. toss of a coin.

Competition Format – Play-off Phase

2.10 Teams will be placed in the Play-off phase as follows:

a. winner Group A v runner-up Group B (Match A)

b. runner-up Group A v winner Group B (Match B)

c. 3rd place Group A v 4th place Group B (Match C)

d. 4th place Group A v 3rd place Group B (Match D)

2.11 Home ground advantage will be given to the teams who finish first (1st) and third (3rd) in their respective groups, subject to the availability of the home venue at the nominated time and date.

Competition Format – Finals Phase

2.12 All teams will then play-off during the Finals Phase for positions one (1) through to eight (8) as follows, based on the results of the Play-off matches:

a. winner Match A v winner Match B play-off for 1st and 2nd place

b. loser Match A v loser Match B play-off for 3rd and 4th place

c. winner Match C v winner Match D play-off for 5th and 6th place

d. loser Match C v loser Match D play-off for 7th and 8th place

2.13 The venue for the Final will be determined based on the following criteria:

a. the team that finished highest in their group after the Group Phase and Bonus Round;

2.14 If two (2) teams had the same placing in their respective groups, the following criteria shall be applied, in order, until the ‘host club’ for the Final can be determined:

a. highest number of points accumulated in the Group Phase and Bonus Round combined;

b. highest number of Bonus Points;

c. highest goal difference in the Group Phase and Bonus Round combined ;

d. highest number of goals scored in the Group Phase and Bonus Round combined;

e. lowest number of red cards accumulated in the Group Phase and Bonus Round combined;

f. lowest number of yellow cards accumulated in the Group Phase and Bonus Round combined;

g. toss of a coin.

2.15 The selection of the ‘host club’ for any Pre-Season Cup Finals match is subject to the availability of the home venue at the nominated time and date window.

2.16 The Pre-Season Cup Final is proposed to be held 5.00pm kick off Sunday 20th August 2006, subject to 2.14 above.

2.17 The selection of venues, dates and kick off times for the for all Pre-Season Cup matches will occur in consultation with the FFA and a decision will be made based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to venue availability, commercial, marketing and financial considerations.

Procedures to Determine the Winner of a Match in the Play-off Phase and Finals Phase

2.18 If, at the conclusion of a Play-off match or a Finals match, the scores between the two (2) teams are tied, then extra time of two (2) equal periods of fifteen (15) minutes will be played. The conditions of FIFA Law 8 will apply.

2.19 If scores remain equal at the conclusion of both periods of extra time, penalty kicks will be taken in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game to determine the winner of the match.



HYUNDAI A-LEAGUE SEASON

The Hyundai A-League Season will consist of a Regular Season and a Finals Series featuring the top four (4) teams from the Regular Season, the winner of which will be crowned Hyundai A-League Champions.

Competition Format – Regular Season

The Hyundai A-League Regular Season will be played over twenty-one (21) home and away rounds with each team playing each other three (3) times.

The following points will be awarded for matches during the Regular Season:

a. win - 3 points
b. draw - 1 point
c. loss - 0 points


Procedures to Determine Placings after Regular Season

At the completion of the Regular Season teams are ranked from one (1) through to eight (8), with the first four (4) teams progressing to the Finals Series. The position of each team will be determined based on the following criteria:

a. highest number of points accumulated during the Regular Season;

If two (2) or more teams are level on points accumulated, the following criteria shall be applied, in order, until one (1) of the teams can be determined as the higher ranked:

a. highest goal difference;

b. highest number of goals scored;

c. highest number of points accumulated in matches between the teams concerned;

d. highest goal difference in matches between the teams concerned;

e. highest number of goals scored in matches between the teams concerned;

f. lowest number of red cards accumulated;

g. lowest number of yellow cards accumulated;

h. toss of a coin.

Competition Format – Finals Series

The top four (4) teams at the conclusion of the Regular Season will progress to the Finals Series. The Finals Series format will be as follows:

a. Major Semi Finals (matches A1 & A2) – To be played January 26-28 (1st Leg) and February 2-4 (2nd Leg). Will feature teams that finished 1st and 2nd at the conclusion of the Regular Season.

b. Minor Semi Finals (matches B1 & B2) - To be played January 26-28 (1st Leg) and February 2-4 (2nd Leg). Will feature teams that finished 3rd and 4th at the conclusion of the Regular Season. The loser is eliminated.

c. Preliminary Final (match C) – To be played February 11 between Loser A1-2 and Winner B1-2. The loser is eliminated.

d. Grand Final (match D) – To be played Februray 18 between Winner A1-2 and Winner C.

Finals Series – Home Ground Advantage

The teams who finish in first (1st) and third (3rd) positions at the conclusion of the Regular Season will have the option to play the first (1st) leg of their Semi Finals either at home or away.

The loser of the Major Semi Final (A1-2), will be entitled to host the Preliminary Final, subject to venue availability.

The winner of the Major Semi Final (A1-2), will have the option to host the Grand Final, subject to venue availability.

The selection of venues for Finals matches will occur in consultation with the Hyundai A-League.

The team who wins the Grand Final will become the Hyundai A-League Champions.

Procedures to Determine the Winner of Matches in the Finals Series

Semi Finals

Both the Major Semi Final and the Minor Semi Final will be conducted over two (2) legs (home and away).

The following criteria will be applied until one (1) team can be determined as the winner:

a. highest aggregate of goals scored over the two (2) legs;

b. highest number of away goals scored (away goals rule) over the two (2) legs;

If the winning team cannot be decided based on the above criteria, then the following will occur immediately after the conclusion of the second (2nd) leg:

a. extra time of two (2) equal periods of fifteen (15) minutes will be played in accordance with FIFA Law 8;


If at the conclusion of both periods of extra time:

a. no goals are scored – penalty kicks will be taken in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game;

b. both teams score the same number of goals – the away team will advance under the away goals rule.

Preliminary Final & Grand Final

If, at the conclusion of the Preliminary Final or Grand Final, the scores between the two (2) teams are tied, then extra time of two (2) equal periods of fifteen (15) minutes will be played. The conditions of FIFA Law 8 will apply.

If scores remain equal at the conclusion of both periods of extra time, penalty kicks will be taken in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game, to determine the winner of the match.


SUBSTITUTION RULES

For all matches played during the Hyundai A-League Pre-season Cup and the Hyundai A-League Regular Season, a maximum of four (4) Players may be selected as substitutes on the ‘Starting List’ including one (1) nominated goalkeeper.

For all matches played during the Hyundai A-League Finals Series, a maximum of five (5) Players may be selected as substitutes on the ‘Starting List’, including one (1) nominated goalkeeper.

Players’ numbered 1 and 20 are recognised as goalkeepers unless otherwise indicated where an outfield player ore replacement goalkeeper is nominated.

For all matches played during the 2006 Pre-Season Cup, up to a maximum of four (4) players (including a goalkeeper) may be replaced at any time during a match, up until the conclusion of normal playing time or extra time, if played.

For all matches played during the Hyundai A-League Regular Season and the Hyundai A-League Finals Series, up to a maximum of three (3) Players (including a goalkeeper) may be replaced at any time during a match, up until the conclusion of normal playing time or extra time, if played.

The nominated substitute goalkeeper may only take the field in place of the starting goalkeeper, and play as a goalkeeper.