5 v 5 Nomads Cup Rules 

Nomads Cup uses the official Fifa rules with the following exceptions:


4 field players and 1 goalie.

Game Length: 20 Min Games running clock ( 10 min halves with 3 halftime) 

Players must wear same color jerseys. All players must wear jerseys/shirts during play. 


No jewelry will be allowed, including earrings of any type, rope necklaces and bracelets. 

Substitution: Substitutions can be made on the fly.

Referees / Timing:
There will be no abuse of the referees tolerated, verbal or otherwise. No abuse of any player, coach or referee will be tolerated. Please keep all comments (cheering) positive.


Teams must be ready to enter the field at least 5 minutes prior to scheduled game time.

Kick Offs / Kick Ins / Direct and Indirect Kicks / Goal Kicks / Penalty Kicks:

Kick Offs

May be kicked in any direction. You cannot score directly from a kick off. The kick off is an indirect kick.


The ball shall be kicked into play from the sideline, rather than thrown in. The ball is considered in play when the ball is touched and changes position. This is an indirect kick, and a goal cannot be scored from this kick.

Direct and in-direct kicks

All dead-ball kicks (kick-ins, kick-offs, free kicks) are indirect with the exception of corner kicks and penalty kicks. Indirect kicks must only change position before the ball will be considered in play. If a free kick is awarded within five yards of the opposing goal line, the ball will be moved back to five yards from the line. It is the referee’s discretion where the ball will be placed.

Goal kicks

May be taken from any point of the goal box. All Goal Kicks are indirect kicks.

Penalty kicks

Shall be awarded if, in the referee’s opinion, a scoring opportunity was nullified by an infraction (the infraction does not automatically result in a red card). Penalty kicks are DIRECT kicks taken from  the edge of the box in the center of the goal.

Five-Yard Rule

In all dead-ball situations, defending players must stand at least five yards away from the ball. If the defensive player’s goal is closer than five yards, the ball shall be played five yards from the goal line in line with the direction of play prior to the penalty.

Goal Keepers / Off-sides / Hand Ball Clarification:

Goal keepers are restricted to using their hands only inside the penalty box. They cannot pick up on a pass back. 

There are NO offsides 

Hand Ball Clarification

Deliberate handling of the ball that denies a team of an obvious goal-scoring opportunity will result in the following: (1) A penalty kick (at the discretion of the referee) (2) A yellow or red card given to the player committing the hand ball (at the discretion of the referee).




Will go into golden goal for 5 minutes

If it’s not decided, then through penalty kicks 



You may have up to 8 players per team. Players are not allowed to change teams (regardless of injuries/lack of players). Teams will be disqualified if they change rosters during play. 

Final day of registration is Thursday, July 14 2022.  Payment of $50/team is due at the time of registration. Payments can be made to 716-280-1792 via zelle/venmo/cashapp. Registration is incomplete without payment. 

Bracket will be live and you can see updates. 

Registration is full. Check below for bracket 

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Nomads Cup 

2600 Harlem Rd,

Cheektowaga Town Park 14211

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