In keeping with the experimental nature of both the K4 format in general, as well as the current K4 competition, there are some rules changes which will become applicable from the K4 round held on the 17th of November. This is due to the official IKF K4 Rules being updated. None of the changes are significant, and some of the “changes” were present in the previous version of the rules, but had been thus far ignored.


  • Substitutes must enter the court in line with defensive post (penalty spot), only when own team has possession.
  • Goals and re-starts do not require a referees whistle. The ball shall placed on the ground (if gathered by the scoring team) and the restart taken without hindering from the opponent.
  • Free shot (penalty) must be taken by the player who receives the infringement, and they can either shoot from the spot of infringement or the penalty spot (it is the takers choice) without hindering from the opponent. Free shots are awarded for heavy or repeated infringement (free pass in K8) or loss of scoring opportunity (penalty in K8).
  • No free passes. Only re-start or free shot (penalty).
  • Yellow cards result in the recipient being sent off for 3 minutes or until next opposition goal is scored.


We acknowledge it can be problematic to alter rules midway through a competition. However, these changes are sufficiently minor so as to not cause any interruption. Additionally, it is important to note that the current K4 competition is being run, at least in part, to test the viability of K4 in Australia. As such, it is important that all facets of the game are tested, and it is simply unfortunate timing that the IKF has released updated ruled midway through our competition.


If there are any questions or concerns regarding these changes, please contact us as soon as possible.