Walking Futsal Rules

FIFA FUTSAL RULES WILL BE FOLLOWED WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE FOLLOWING WALKING FUTSAL SPECIFIC RULES.

RUNNING:

No jogging, sprinting, running on or off the ball by any player at any time.

Players observed to be running off the ball but not directly influencing play or the outcome of play, or gaining an advantage through their actions may be warned of their actions by the referee during the course of play without the need to stop play. Continuation of this infringement may result in further disciplinary action.

A player gaining an advantage of position or influence of play by a running action will be in breach of the ‘no running rule’ and will have a free kick awarded against that person and the team that person represents. Persistent further infringements to the ‘no running’ rule by that same person will have further disciplinary measures taken against them.

What constitutes a ‘run?’ – If in the course of making a stride both feet are off the ground.

One foot must remain on the ground at all times when in motion.

Power walking is an accepted action in Walking Futsal.

As a general: If it looks like running – it probably is.

CONTACT:

Minimal contact is permitted during the course of Walking Futsal.

Tackling, interception, blocking by standing ground, is an accepted part of the game.

Tackling from behind where contact is made; ankle-rapping from the sides, clumsy, ill-timed, or forceful tackling is not an acceptable part of play and will be deemed as an infringement and dealt with by appropriate measures.

HEAD HEIGHT RESTRICTION:

Walking Futsal competition games will have a head height restriction on play, regardless of games being played outdoors.

If a ball in play has been deemed to be an infringement of the head height restriction, an indirect free kick will be given to the opponents of the person that caused the ball to rise above head height by deliberate kick or a deflection off that person; to be taken from where the ball was originally kicked or in the case of a deflection, at the place where the ball last hit the person causing it to rise above the head height restriction.

The only exception is when the ball is saved or deflected by the goalkeeper in the process of making a save. The ball shall in this instance be retained by the goalkeeper if it rises above head height.

Should a goalkeeper intentionally throw the ball or kick the ball from the penalty area and it rises above head height an indirect free kick shall be awarded to the opponents, to be taken 2 yards outside the penalty area to where the infringement occurred.

The height restriction shall be set from the tallest/average player on the pitch and shall be no shorter than the height of the crossbar of the goal. The referee determines the head height and has the final say as to whether or not the ball has infringed the head height restriction.

FREE KICKS:

Free kicks in Walking Futsal shall be indirect unless the team is awarded a penalty kick as outlined below. Play resumes only when the referee has blown the whistle.

GOALKEEPERS AND THE PENALTY AREAS:

The penalty areas should be marked by lines, the distances preferably as stated in Small Sided Football Laws of the Game. Venues may have differing size penalty areas, and this has to be taken into consideration.

The goalkeeper is the only player permitted in the penalty area.

Should the goalkeeper leave the penalty area intentionally or they have not made sufficient effort to stay within the confines of the penalty area, egresses to deny a goal scoring opportunity, a penalty shall be awarded to the opposition.

If in the course of making a save the goalkeeper has by momentum left the area, play should continue.

A goalkeeper may not run in the process of making a save, or in attempting to cover ground whilst in the area.

If a defender encroaches into the penalty area and an advantage has clearly been attained, or denies a clear goal scoring opportunity a penalty is awarded to the opposition.

A defender that has entered the penalty area by momentum, or has made efforts to stop themselves despite entering the area, and has gained no advantage, will be deemed acceptable, with no infringement sanction applied.

An attacking player entering the penalty area will have a free kick awarded against them, to be taken where the infringement occurred by the goalkeeper.

If in the course of play an attacker enters the area through contact with another player, but has not gained an advantage in the outcome, play will continue.

If an attacking player has taken a shot on goal outside the area but momentum has carried that player into the area, play should continue, and a goal awarded should the outcome have been so.

If an attacking player has entered the area and has made efforts to stop themselves, no action is required if there is no advantage gained.

During a goal clearance, Goalkeepers must use an under arm motion and the ball must clear the penalty area.

Generally speaking – the game is played in the right spirit, and players are fully aware of the rules regarding entry into the penalty areas. Accidental or intentional intrusional entry into the penalty area where advantage is gained or not is determined by the referee.

KICK-INS:

Throw-ins will not be permitted. Kick-ins only!

A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick-off, kick- in, drop ball or free kick – unless it has touched another outfield player.

PASS BACKS:

Goalkeepers may receive the ball from team mates. Players may play the ball back to the keeper after they have received it from the keeper.

The goalkeeper may take longer than four seconds to play the ball out, but not long enough that it is considered time wasting as determined by the referee.

When a goalkeeper receives a pass back they may elect to either pick the ball up and throw it with an under arm motion out of the area, or they may use their feet and play the ball out without the need to pick it up.

EXCLUSION DISTANCE:

From kick-offs, kick-ins, drop balls and free kicks – all opponent players must be 3 yards from the ball.

The 3-yard exclusion allows space and time for the free kick to occur in relative ease and without congestion. The distance is proportionally reflective with the full size regular game.

If an offensive free kick is awarded close to the penalty area, the ball is moved 3 yards away from the penalty area line so that the defense is able to be positioned between the ball and the penalty area.

SCORING:

Scoring may occur from any part of the pitch except the goal areas and occurs when the ball crosses the end line between the uprights and under the crossbar of the goal.

‘SIN BIN’:

The referee has the discretion to apply a blue card 2-minute time-out sanction on players guilty of infringements. A further second blue card exclusion to the same player can be handed out for another infringement. A player handed a third blue card exclusion will have a red card accompany the blue card. That player is sent off and may not play any further part in the game.

RED CARD:

Should a red card be applied to a player, that person may play no further part in the game that they have been excluded from, or during the course of a penalty shoot-out to determine the outcome of a result from a tied match.

A team having a player sent off may substitute that player after 5 minutes of further play or if the other team score a goal- whichever occurs first.

In the small sided game of futsal, a team having a player sent off will be at a significant disadvantage throughout the remainder of the game with such small numbered sides. This does not impact as significantly in regular football as much as in games with low numbered participants.

Ultimately, all calls are up to the official referee whose decisions are based on the fundamental rules of futsal as well as the added rules applied to Walking Futsal listed above.

POINTS IN POOL PLAY:

Games will be awarded points according to the following: 3 points for a win; 1 points for a tie; 0 points for a loss

TIEBREAKERS:

In pool play, ties between two or more teams will be broken by; 1) head-to-head results between tied teams; 2) goal difference in pool play; 3) Fewest goals against in pool play; 4) Playoff team shootout with entire rosters.

FORFEITS:

A forfeit shall be scored as 5-0.

SPORTSMANSHIP:

Players, coaches and spectators are expected to act in the nature of good sportsmanship at all times. Abuse of the referees will not be tolerated. Any instance of such conduct will disqualify the responsible team from the event.

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST CARRY PROOF OF AGE, IE; PLAYER PASS, DRIVER’S LICENSE OR
BIRTH CERTIFICATE. SITUATIONS OR OCCURRENCES THAT THESE RULES DO NOT ADDRESS
SHALL BE LEFT TO THE SOLE DISCRETION OF THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR.