FUTSAL RULES

GENERAL RULES

  • No water bottles on the field & no Gum in the facility please.
  • No soccer balls allowed, Futsal balls only.  No cleats, rubber turf shoes OK on turf field, flat soles only on official futsal flooring.  Shin guards required at all times.
  • There are 4 field players and a Goal Keeper (GK)
  • No off sides
  • GK can only handle the ball (by feet or hands) for 4 seconds in their own half.  If they are in opponents half, they have no time-handling restrictions.
  • Only one pass-back to the GK per possession.  Unless all 4 teammates are on the offence side of the field or the ball  is touched by an opponent. GK can only play the ball with feet on a pass-back.
  • 22-minute halves for league play.  1 minute for half time and each coach may call (1) one-minute time out per game when in possession of the ball.  Time out requests are made to the referee.  Clock will stop during the time out.
  • Team switch sides during half time.
  • Substitutions  – Free substitutions are made “on the fly”.  Player can only enter or leave the game in the substitution areas immediately in front of their respective benches, and a player may only enter a game after the player they are replacing has left the field.  Failure to do so results in a caution.
  • Kick off – Opposing players must give 3 yards until ball is in play. Kick off MUST go forward.

BALL OUT OF PLAY

Kick in

  • A ball kicked out over the touch line (side line) by one team becomes the other team’s ball. The team kicking in has 4 seconds to get the ball back in play or it becomes the opponent’s kick in.  Defense must give 5 yards distance. The referee will give a visual count with his hand.  Players taking kick-in cannot step into the field while kicking ball back into play.  Ball must be on the line or out of the court when kicked in. The kicking player cannot touch the ball again until it touches another player.
  • If the ball hits the ceiling, a kick-in is taken at the closest point on the nearest touchline.
  • Goals cannot be scored from kick-ins.

Goal Clearance

  • When the offensive team puts the ball over the end line, the defending team gets the ball.  The goalie must throw the ball within 4 seconds of retrieving it and put it back into play.
  • The throw must leave the penalty area.
  • Opposing team must stay out of penalty area during a goal clearance.   If  opposing players touches ball before it leaves penalty area, the GK retakes the throw.  The GK cannot touch ball again until another player touches it.

Corner Kick

  • When a defensive player kicks the ball out over their own end line, a corner kick is awarded. There is no arc, kick is taken at the point where goal line and touch line meet (at corner).
  • Corner kicks are direct.

FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

Fouls

  • Futsal is a creative game, not destructive.  Referees will call the game  very tight.
  • Slide tackling is a major foul in Futsal.  It is not allowed in any  situation where there is contact between players or where referees believe that contact could have resulted.

Exceptions

  • The GK is allowed to slide in an attempt to clear the ball, if in referees’  judgment; his slide is an attempt only to make contact with the ball, not the opponent.  If GK slide is reckless (a foot in air, a hook, rolling tackle) it is a foul and possibly a card-able offense.
  • A field player may slide in instances where there is not an opponent close by and no injury is likely to occur. This would most likely happen when a player is attempting to stop the ball from going out of bound or an offensive player sliding to knock the ball into the goal where there is not another defensive player close to the play.

5th Accumulated Foul

  • Upon a team’s 5th accumulated foul in each half, the defending team cannot build a wall to block the kick. The player taking the kick must be clearly identified and the player taking the kick must make an attempt at the goal.  All other players must remain behind the ball.
  • Infringements occurring in penalty area (not deemed a PK) will be taken at the nearest point on the penalty arc.
  • Infringements occurring within 10 yards of the goal will be punished with a direct kick from the spot of the infringement.
  • Infringements occurring farther than 10 yards of the goal will be punished with a direct kick from the 10 yard penalty spot.

Accumulated Fouls resulting in Direct Kick

  • Kicking or attempting to kick an opponent
  • Tripping or attempting to trip an opponent
  • Jumping at an opponent
  • Charges an opponent (Shoulder Charging)
  • Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent
  • Pushes an opponent
  • Holding an opponent
  • Spits at an opponent
  • Slide tackles with exceptions above

Cautionable Offenses

  • Unsporting behavior
  • Dissent by word or action
  • Persistent infringement of the laws of the game
  • Delay of a restart
  • Failure to respect required distance from kick in or free-kick
  • Entering or re-entering without the referee’s permission or infringement of the substitution procedure
  • Cautioned player must leave the field and cannot return or be replaced for 2 minutes.

Sending Off Fouls

  • Serious foul play
  • Violent conduct
  • Spitting at someone
  • Denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (not including GK)
  • Denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity by any foul which would result in a direct free kick
  • Using abusive language or gestures
  • Receiving a second caution in the same game (or in consecutive/same round games in tournament play)
  • Player sent off cannot re-enter the game and must leave the playing area.
  • No shoulder charging.

Indirect Free Kicks

  • An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if the goal keeper commits any of the following:
    • Controls the ball with his feet or hands in own half for more than four seconds
    • After playing the ball, touches it again in his own half after been deliberately passed to him by a teammate without touching an opposing player
    • Touching the ball with hands inside own penalty box after deliberately being played by a teammate
    • A referee can also award an indirect kick if in their opinion, a player:
      • Plays in a dangerous manner in the presence of an opposing player
      • Impedes the progress of an opponent
      • Prevents the goal keeper from releasing the ball from his hands
      • Commits to a teammate, any of the direct fouls listed above
      • For any reason not listed for which play is stopped to caution or dismiss a player
  • 5 yards of distance from kicker to set up wall, and ball is in play after it has been touched.  If the kicking team takes more time than 4 seconds to take the kick, it becomes the opposition’s indirect kick.
  • Forfeit  games will result in a 7-0 win for Adults/High School and 5-0 for youth.