MOF Leagues and Friendlies FAQ

(Participation & playing in any of our leagues or friendly games or activities constitute acceptance of the below, thank you!)

  1. What is the procedure in the event of rain/lightning/inclement weather/other types of delay (like gate locked)?

In the event of heavy rain or inclement weather or other delay (like locked gate) BEFORE your game kicks off, please note you are still required to be present at the field, as will our referee official and the opponent. Please present yourself to the referee to avoid any doubt that you are walking over. Please wait out up to 40 minutes after your scheduled game time before a decision can be made on status of the game.

– Teams are not to leave until we give the all clear that game has been cancelled if inclement weather persists/lightning alert is still on after waiting out time for weather to clear’. pls present yourself to the referees to ensure that your team are present at the field in the eventuality that the game is able to kick off after weather has cleared/lightning alert is off.

– Teams may wait up till 60 minutes for league games, and 75 minutes for friendly games (in order to achieve at least 55 min of game time for league games, and 45 min for friendly games, so that your trips down for the game is not wasted). Do note: In such a case, there may be no complimentary photography as our photographer may not be able to wait (or bad weather prevents decent pictures from being taken)

– if any teams depart assuming that there is ‘no game’ without getting all clear/confirmation from MOF, then that team will be liable for a walkover where they will bear the costs for both sides of the game in the eventuality that the game is able to kick off when weather clears up/lightning alert goes off after waiting out time.

Below is the procedure in the event that your game is called off mid-way due to rain/lightning alert/inclement weather/other delay:

FOR LEAGUE GAMES

1. If less than 20 minutes is played, no charges for the game, scores are voided and teams are to replay the game on a later date

2. 20 – less than 60 minutes played, teams are to pay half the game fees, scores are voided and teams are to replay the game on a later date

3. 60 minutes and above played, teams are to pay full amount of game and scores are considered as is. No further games will be replayed. Game stands as full game.

*to note exactly HOW MINUTES THE GAME HAS PROGRESSED before play was stopped, our MOF hotline will brief you after the game. Please do not check with the referee (as many cases of miscommunication has happened. If MOF is late in informing you, payment can be delayed, not a problem. So wait to hear from our MOF Hotline!

FOR FRIENDLY GAMES

1. payment for the friendly can be rolled over or refunded if the game is not able to kick off at all.

2. payment for the friendly will be refunded in half if the game is played for 40 minutes or less prior to the game being rained off. This refund will take the form of credit held by MOF for the team and can be utilized for future games. However, this credit must be utilized within 6 months.

3. There will be no refund in the event that the game time exceeds 40 minutes prior to the game being rained off.

*to note exactly HOW MINUTES THE GAME HAS PROGRESSED before play was stopped, our MOF hotline will brief you after the game. Please do not check with the referee (as many cases of miscommunication has happened. If MOF is late in informing you, payment can be delayed, not a problem. So wait to hear from our MOF Hotline!

 

2. Why is my team not allowed to play even though there is no rain or lightning?

if the lightning alert at the field is ON, the game is not allowed to proceed for safety reasons. this is per rules and policy mandated by Sport Singapore who are in charge of the fields. Flouting of this policy puts all parties involved and MOF at risk with the authorities (chargeable offence). Safety of our teams and players are our number 1 priority.

4. Are water-breaks given during the game?

Yes, quarterly water breaks are given when temperature reaches 31 degrees celcius on the day of the game, following FIFA water protocols in hot weather/climate gameplay. However, it is contingent on every team manager to ensure their players are fit for game play and unfit players who are not well rested, injured or not sufficiently hydrated should not be allowed to play.

5. Is photography guaranteed for my game?

photography for all MOF games is complimentary, i.e not included in the cost. a photographer is assigned for all league and friendly games, and in the event of inclement weather, bad traffic conditions or any unforeseen circumstances that render the photographers unable to be at the venue, there will be not be a discount for the cost of the game.

6. Are there linesmen provided for the game?

Only one center referee is provided for all leagues and friendly games. no linesmen are provided for social football games to keep costs of games affordable for everyone. (Adding two linesmen will increase the cost per team per game – and will make the cost of playing prohibitive for you)

7A. What if both my team and my opponents did not bring balls for the game?

Every team at every MOF game must bring TWO SIZE 5 fully inflated soccer balls. This is to cut down on stoppage time. In this case if both teams are unable to obtain a properly inflated size 5 ball in time to kick off the game for it to be played in its full duration, both teams will still be required to bear the costs for their side of the game. If only one ball is able to be obtained in this scenario, and the ball goes over the fence or into the school compound and cannot be retrieved, both teams will still be required to bear the costs for their side of the game if the game cannot continue as a result. To keep costs affordable to social teams, we do not deploy manpower to every game to bring balls to you – that will make the cost of playing prohibitive for you.

7B. What if my team balls are kicked out by ourselves or by our opponents?
If the ball is kicked out of bounds and cannot be retrieved, we seek your understanding that lost balls are part and parcel of urban soccer playing. It is impossible (and our referee have strict instructions not to be involved) to determine who is responsible for the ball being out of bounds/irretrievable – especially in the intensity of gameplay. The solution we offer is a good training ball for sale at a low price. You may contact us for more information. Under no circumstances are you permitted to enter, trespass  schools or other private property – there has been a past incident where two footballers did so, and were called up and investigated by the police, after the school caught them on CCTV footage.

 

8. What if the gate at the field is locked?

if the gate at the field is locked, please WhatsApp us and our league managers will contact the Sports Centre in charge of the field to contact the warden. Do not call as we need to make outbound calls and in case (though very rare more than one venue is affected). Please allow us some time to do this and update you as the wardens are not under MOF, but under Sport Singapore who are the ones who will be contacting the wardens in these cases.

9. What if I don’t see the referee or what if the referee is late?

If the referee is late or if you do not see the referee, please check the changing room at the field in case the referee might be getting ready in there. if you still do not see the referee after checking, please WhatsApp us, do not call us as our league managers might be attending to similar requests/matters, on WhatsApp we would be able to deal with these requests simultaneously.

10. What if both teams are wearing the same colour?

If the clash of jersey colours is caused because one team did not stick to the pre-assigned jersey colours, that team will be required to bear the costs of both sides for the game should the game not be able to proceed due to the clash of colours, unless said team is able to find another alternative for their kits which does not clash with the opponents.

If the clash of jersey colours is caused by both teams not sticking to the pre-assigned jersey colours, both teams will be required to bear the costs of their side of the game should the game not be able to proceed due to the clash of colours, unless one or both of teams are able to find another alternative for their kits which does not clash with each other.

11. Complaints against referees

If you wish to make a complaint against the referee, please inform us via WhatsApp and indicate your reasons behind your complaint. We will initiate our protocol if you wish to make a formal complaint, where we will seek the views of all parties involved in the game – your team, your opponents and the photographer if he/she was present at the time of the incident(s). And also allow the referee a chance to explain his view of the said incident(s). Under no circumstances are any players permitted to verbally abuse, argue, challenge the referee’s decision. The referee does not have the aid of linesmen (this allows you to enjoy an affordable social game), and hence there may be close calls that appear challengeable to you – nevertheless the referee’s decision is final.

Have a look at our expectations of referees to: http://ministryoffootball.com.sg/commandments-of-an-mof-referee/

Also, pls note: if you are a ‘noisy team’ or aggressive team prone to verbal abuse or complaints or big rally cries – some referees may fear for their safety and stay a bit away – and this may lead to him being unable to see calls properly, and make bad calls. Referees are human beings too, like you and us, and they do their jobs for a small fee. If they sense that a team might be aggressive, they will stay away – and report bad behavior to us, and we will investigate and warn or ban the teams, as we do without hesitation. Our number one priority is to create and maintain a safe league that will improve social football standards. We stick to the fundamental belief that when overall social football etiquette and standards rise, so will semi- and professional football standards in Singapore.

Almost always, complaints against the referees come from the losing teams. We seek all teams to exercise a policy of restraint when unhappiness sets in. In addition, kindly accept that we are unable to solely take your word – we need to be fair and obtain viewpoints from the referee and the opposing team.

 

12. MOF’s stance towards violence during our games

MOF strongly reiterates that any form of improper, violent and uncouth conduct during our games will not be tolerated – verbal or physical abuse towards the referee/starting or instigating altercations during the game. Guilty teams/players have been dealt with harshly and will continue to be the case for the safety and integrity of the participants in MOF games – http://ministryoffootball.com.sg/teams-expelled-from-mof-leaguescups/

13. Additional Information for FRIENDLIES (paying and/or playing in our games is deemed acceptance of the below):

– Payment and NRIC  (both sides with the number, picture, fingerprint and barcode blanked out except for Last 3 digits + letter, and showing your residential address so u can be located ) must be submitted before the friendly before we can confirm your team (we have been advised by police authorities to obtain the NRIC of one team manager per team in order to assist the police authorities with identification in the rare event of an altercation. Your NRIC is not stored manually and resides only in the  encrypted whatsapp chat message channel which you have transmitted through, and remains deletable by you or upon request by you through the same whatsapp chat message channel. 

– in the event of a walkover where your team fails to turn up or fails to show up in the stated jersey colour or fails to change jersey colour where advised by MOF thus rendering the game unplayable due to a clash of jersey colours, you are also liable to pay for the other team’s fees, where unpaid fees will be claimed via Small Claims Tribunal.

– the first team to confirm their slot with payment are given the first right of refusal to jersey colours (i.e if both teams’ jersey colours clash, the team that confirmed their slot first will get to choose wear that particular jersey colour and the other team has to wear another jersey colour that does not clash with the particular jersey colour)

– cancellation/withdrawal from friendly game is not allowed once payment has been made and/or confirmation message has been sent to you.

– in the event that your team decides to withdraw from the friendly, payment will for the friendly will not be refunded and the forfeiting team is liable to pay for the other team’s fee.

– In the event of non-payment and Debt collector/Courts/Small Claims Tribunal action is commenced, a further collection fee of $300 or 20% of the outstanding amount (whichever is higher) will be levied.

– we have a very strong NO FIGHTING policy and reserve all rights to pass all relevant details and pictures to the police authorities should there be any altercations / verbal abuse towards any player or referee.

– we have a very strong NO SMOKING policy at the venues. Fines and bans will be imposed on players and teams if caught, and if requested, all relevant details and pictures will be passed to the police authorities.

– We reserve the right to award to the team that makes full payment and provide full ID documents first.

– In the event of inclement weather (torrential downpour rendering the game not be able to be played/continued):

  • payment for the friendly can be rolled over or refunded if the game is not able to kick off at all.
  • payment for the friendly will be refunded in half if the game is played for 40 minutes or less prior to the game being rained off. This refund will take the form of credit held by MOF for the team and can be utilized for future games. However, this credit must be utilized within 6 months.
  • There will be no refund in the event that the game time exceeds 40 minutes prior to the game being rained off. 

– In the event of  instances where an unfortunate death or unforeseen life threatening injury results in teams not being able to field enough players for a match and this incident occurs less than 72 hours before the scheduled game. In this instant, Team Manager(s) are required to submit a valid death certificate or medical report within 48 hours after the scheduled game. Upon receipt of the valid document, MOF will charge the team the full game cost for the team only and reschedule the match to another date. If no valid documents are received, the team will then bear the full game costs of both teams and the match will then be awarded as a walkover in favour of the opposing team. 

– photography is complimentary and MOF will always make fullest effort to capture photography of your friendly game. However, in situations of bad weather (DSLR cameras cannot work in wet weather; traffic congestion; unpredictable circumstances etc) photography may not be provided. In the event photography is not provided, as it is complimentary, there is no discounting of the game fee. 

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