The Ball - The Futsal ball is a size four low bounce, which makes it easier to control.
The Goals - Futsal Style (Approx 3m x 2m high) – although not necessary.
Futsal is not played against the walls. The actual court dimensions are:
Length - Min 25m - Max 42m, Width - Min 15m - Max 25m. These dimensions may be altered dependent on where the event is held.
Again depending on venue, a GK’s box may be provided. There is no box restriction though (ie GKs are allowed out – Outfield players are allowed in)
The Game - When the ball goes out of play, a kick in is taken to restart the match (in the same way as a throw in). The ball must be on the line and the player should have both feet behind the line.
When the ball goes behind the goal-line, the goalkeeper returns it into play with a throw out. If the defending team puts the ball over its own goal line, the attacking team gets a corner kick.
The goalkeeper can kick the ball after he has made a save (i.e. the ball has not gone out of play) and can score from this kick.
The game starts with a kick-off, where the ball must be played forwards.
The defending team must be three metres away from the ball.
A goal can be scored direct from kick-off.
In all other cases, the defending team must be five metres away from the kicker at corners, kick-ins or free kicks. The attacking team has four seconds to return the ball into play (given a reasonable time to retrieve the ball).
Substitutions can be made at any time from in front of the team bench.
The team may consist of up to 10 players with 5 players including the goalkeeper being on the field at any one time and there is no limit to substitutions. The player leaving the field must have done so before the player entering joins the game.
Each game will have a referee/administrator. The referee is solely responsible for the game; will record fouls, bookings, dismissals and sendings off.
The duration of each game will be a minimum game of 20 minutes
(2x10mins) and up to a maximum of 40 minutes (2x20mins).
FOULS & MISCONDUCT
Direct Free Kick - A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offences in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:
• Kicks, or attempts to kick, an opponent
• Trips, or attempts to trip, an opponent
• Jumps at an opponent
• Charges an opponent, even with the shoulder
• Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent • Pushes an opponent
• Holds an opponent
• Spits at an opponent
• Slides, in an attempt to play the ball, when it is being played or attempted to be played by an opponent (sliding tackle) - except, in the case of the goalkeeper in his own penalty area, and provided he does not play in a careless or reckless manner or uses excessive force
• Handles the ball deliberately (except the goalkeeper in his own penalty area)
These rules apply to any offence which takes place in the penalty area with the penalty being taken from the six metre spot.
Indirect Free Kick - An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper commits one of the following offences:
• Touches or controls the ball with his hands, after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a team-mate (this applies to kick-ins from a team-mate also)
• Plays the ball in his own half for more than four seconds
An indirect free kick is awarded, taken from where the infringement occurred, if, in the opinion of the referee, a player:
• Plays in a dangerous manner • Deliberately impedes the progress of an opponent
• Prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands
• Commits any other offence not mentioned previously
A yellow card is issued when a player:
• Is guilty of unsporting behaviour • Shows dissent by word or action
• Persistently infringes the laws • Delays the restart of play
• Fails to retreat the required distance when play is restarted
• Enters or re-enters the pitch without the referee’s permission or infringes the substitution procedure
• Deliberately leaves the pitch without the referee’s permission
A red card is issued when a player:
• Is guilty of serious foul play • Is guilty of violent conduct
• Spits at an opponent or any other person
• Denies the opposition a goal or obvious goal scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (except the goalkeeper in his own penalty area)
• Denies an obvious goal scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or penalty kick
• Uses offensive, insulting or abusive language
• Receives a second caution in the same match