Today the Newcastle Jets are making their inaugural appearance at the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens, a tournament just shy of its 20th year.
You’re probably wondering about the format, the rules and the schedule, well here’s everything you need to know about the 7-a-side competition.
The majority of rules from the traditional format remain, with some minor changes:
- The tournament comprises matches between teams of seven players per side on a pitch that is approximately 90 metres in length by 55 metres in width.
- There shall be no application of the offside law.
- Each league game will last seven minutes each half, with a one-minute break at half-time.
- In the knockout phase of the Main Cup and Shield competitions, all games will last 10 minutes each half with a two-minute break at half-time.
There are also some changes to extra-time in the knockout phase, which are available at the below link.
For more information on the rules of the HKFC Citi Sevens click here
Day 1 Schedule:
The competition is broken up into two days, with the group stage on Saturday 19 May and the Main Cup and Shield knockouts on Sunday 20 May.
We’ve drawn Group C and will take on Glasgow Rangers, Newcastle United and Hong Kong Football Club.
Game 1: Glasgow Rangers – 10.08am (local) 12pm (AEST)
Game 2: Newcastle United – 12.07pm (local) 2.07pm (AEST)
Game 3: Hong Kong Football Club – 12.58pm (local) 2.58pm (AEST)
Live stream all the action click here
Hong Kong Soccer Sevens:
Group A: Wellington Phoenix, West Ham United, Kashima Antlers, Yau Yee Select
Group B: Aston Villa, Cagliari Calcio, Kitchee, HKFC Captain’s Select
Group C: Newcastle United, Glasgow Rangers, Newcastle Jets, Hong Kong Football Club
Group D: Leicester City, Brighton & Hove Albion, HKFA Red Dragons, Singapore Cricket Club
Newcastle Jets squad:
Solomon-John Moanhan-Vaiika (c), Jospeh O’Connor, Ryan Goodhew, Kent Harrison, Jack Simmons, Kieran Hayes, Jackson Frendo, Noah James, Angus Thurgate, Kaleb Cox
The Newcastle Jets are proudly sponsored by the University of Newcastle for the 2018 HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens.