Our guide to the Cambridge Summer League

About the Onyx Cambridge Summer League

The primary aim of the Cambridge Summer Leagues is to encourage players to have fun.

Teams are seeded on the basis of their stated objective – whether they aim to be “serious”, “semi-serious” or purely “social”.

We encourage teams to play within the spirit of these objectives and provide the following rules and guidelines for their enjoyment:


Games are played between 6pm and 8pm every Wednesday. If necessary (to play catch-up games) additional games might be scheduled for 8pm.

Teams usually play two matches each evening.

Format of the league

Teams will play in groups according to their stated level of ability/desire to compete.

Our aim is to arrange evenly-matched games.

In the event that it becomes apparent a team is significantly mis-matched, the organisers reserve the right to move the team to a higher or lower level.


Teams can learn of their next week’s draw, and follow their results, at our club website. This will be the primary source of information about the league.


Referees are not provided and we rely on players to make decisions in the spirit of the game. Please remember that teams include young adults and women and we rely on common sense when competing for the ball/making tackles.

The games

Games are 30 minutes and will start/end when the hooter sounds.

You can have up to 10 players in your squad but no more than five players on the pitch at any time. Players must be 13+ and teams can be male/female/mixed.

Rolling subs are allowed but players must enter at the halfway line and subs can’t enter the field of play until the outgoing player is off the field.

Only the goalkeeper is allowed in the goal area. Other players are not allowed to run across the goal area or enter it. Goalkeepers are not allowed to play outside of the goal area.

There are no overhead throw-ins – the ball is returned to the field of play by rolling it onto the pitch.


Wins earn their teams 3 league points. Draws earn each team 1 point. Where teams are level on points, their league standing is based on goal difference. If that is level, position is decided on goals scored.

It is the responsibility of each team to advise the league organiser of their result. If only one team reports the result, their reported result will be used.

If neither team reports the match result, it will be recorded as a 0-0 draw.

If a team defaults, the result will be recorded as a 2-0 win to their opponents.

Team colours

It’s up to teams to decide their playing colours. If there is a significant clash of colours, one team will wear bibs.


Players are welcome to make use of our clubrooms and changing facilities.

Exceptions are if our clubrooms have been booked for private functions.

We have a licensed bar that also serves low alcohol and non-alcohol options. Please remember our licence forbids the consumption of alcohol not bought on our premises, and alcohol can not be taken outside of our clubrooms.

Our club and its grounds are 100% smokefree. Waipa District Council bylaws also forbid dog owners taking their pets to our grounds.


We encourage players to enjoy a visit to our sponsor, Onyx Cambridge who are in Alpha St, Cambridge.