Madison Futsal Rules & Respect

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For a complete list of FIFA laws of the game, please click here (note that this does not account for Madison Futsal house rules, see below)

FIFA & USYF Rules – Overview

General rules

  • There are 4 field players and a goal keeper (GK).
  • No offside in futsal
  • 25 minute halves for tournament and for league play.
  • 3 minutes for half time.
  • No time out.
  • 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..
  • The goalkeeper must wear a different color jersey than the outfield players
  • GK may wear long pants and/or other padding as deemed safe by the match referee.
  • GK may score directly with his feet during the run of play.
  • GK may not punt or drop-kick the ball. (Ball must settle to the ground or be touched first, no “air” under the ball when kicked.)

Substitutions

  • Free substitutions are made “on the fly”, including the goalkeeper
  • Player can only enter or leave the game in the substitution areas marked by 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 and an indirect free kick is taken from where the ball was situated when the game was stopped to caution the player. Player may be caution with a yellow card.
  • No switching benches or halves at half time, ensuring that all substitutions take place in the defensive half

Kick-off

  • Kick-offs are indirect. The ball must be played forward first. Tapped balls are not in play – the ball must move forward
  • Opposing players must give 5 yards until ball is in play.

Ball out of play / kick-in

  • A ball kicked out over the touch line (side line) by one team becomes the other teams’ ball.
  • The team kicking in has 4 seconds to get the ball back in play or it becomes opponent’s kick-in. Defense must give 5 yards distance.
  • The referee will give a visual count with his hand.
  • Players taking kick-in can not step into the field while kicking ball back into play.
  • Goals cannot be scored from kick-ins.
  • If the ball hits the ceiling, a kick in is taken at the closest point on the nearest touchline, running parallel to the goal line.
  • Kick ins are indirect. The ball must be placed on or no more than 10 inches behind the line and the kick must be taken within 4 seconds.
  • The kicker’s non-kicking foot must be out of bounds or on the line. (A kick-in that goes directly in the opposing goal is a goal clearance for the opposing team. A kick-in that goes directly in the defensive goal is a corner kick of the opposing team.)

Goal clearance:

  • When the offensive team puts the ball over the end line, the other team gets the ball.
  • The goalie must throw the ball within 4 seconds of retrieving it and put it back into play by throwing it.
  • 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, GK retakes the throw.
  • The GK cannot touch ball again until another player touches it.

Corner kick

  • 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

  • Direct Free Kicks: When a player kicks or attempts to kick an opponent, slide tackles an opponent or slides with an opponent near (automatic yellow card/caution), jumps at an opponent, charges at an opponent, strikes or attempts to strike an opponent, pushes an opponent, holds an opponent, spits at an opponent or handles the ball deliberately
  • Indirect Free Kicks: When a player plays in a dangerous manner, impedes an opponent (without playing the ball), slides, prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball with her hands or commits any offence for which play is stopped to caution or eject a player.
  • Yellow Card / Caution: The offending player is shown a yellow card. If a player earns two yellow cards in a match, he is shown a red card.
  • Red Card / Ejection: The offending team plays down for two minutes unless scored upon before the two-minute penalty expires. The offending player serves a minimum one-match suspension. Handling the ball deliberately, except for GK in their area. Denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving toward the goal. Player sent off cannot re-enter the game.  Substitution is allowed after 2 minutes.

6th accumulated foul

  • All penal fouls are recorded on the scoresheet. If red fouls blue a sixth time in one half, for that sixth penal foul and all subsequent penal fouls in that half, blue is awarded an accumulated fouls penalty kick. If the foul occurs farther from the attacking goal than the second penalty spot, the AFPK is taken from the second penalty spot. If the foul occurs nearer to the attacking goal than the second penalty spot (but outside the penalty area, of course), the attacking team may choose whether to take the AFPK from the second penalty spot or from the spot of the foul. All AFPK’s must be shot at goal by a clearly identified kicker. The defending team may not make a wall and may not be nearer to the ball than 16 feet and must be behind an imaginary line running from touchline to touchline even with the spot of the kick. The goalkeeper may be off her line, but may not be nearer than 16 feet from the ball. Accumulated fouls are reset to zero at the beginning of the second half.

Slide Tackle

  • Slide tackling around other players is a major foul in Futsal (please note Madison Futsal house rule, no slide tackling at all)

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 slid is reckless (a foot in air, a hook, rolling tackle) it is a foul and possibly a  cardable 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 the is not other defensive player close to the play.
  • Players and coaches should use this general rule–if you slide tackle near a player, assume if will be called a major penalty.

House Rules – Overview

  • No time out per game
  • No switching of benches between halves.
  • Games are 2 equal periods of 25 minutes with 3 minutes at half time
  • Ball does not have to cross half line nor touch an opposing player for a player to pass ball back to goalkeeper.
  • Goalkeepers CAN NOT throw from goal clearance over 6 feet 
  • Rule on modification:No sliding tackling at all, even in open spaces when other players are not around
  • New: Affiliation with US Soccer Federation and sanctioned with US Youth Futsal, will implement the “No Heading” rule for U11 and under

Key FIFA & Madison Futsal House Rules Review

FIFA Rules:

  • There is a 4 second limit on every restart (other then kick offs or PK)
  • No shoulder charging (a game of skills)
  • No slide tackling
  • No throw in, but kick in (4 seconds for kick in, ball & foot on line or behind, if not field, re-do but time adds from first attempt)
  • Goals cannot be scored directly from kick-ins
  • No goal kick but goal clearance (goalkeeper rolls the ball with hands)(can drop pass, drop kick, drop shoot from saving air ball).  If goal clearance more than 4 seconds = corner kick, also opposite
  • Goalkeeper can throw the ball in opposite half of the field from goal clearance
  • Substitutions are made “on the fly” (player has to leave the field before the other comes in)
  • Upon a team’s 6th accumulated foul in each half, the defending team cannot build a wall to block the kick
  • No offside rule
  • For free kicks, kick in, corner kick, kick offs – opponents have to be at least 5 m (16 ft) away from the ball
  • In a goal clearance players should be on the pitch and outside the penalty area of the team taking the goal clearance until the ball is in play
  • In a penalty kick all player other than the player taking the kick must be 5 m behind the ball
  • The rest of the soccer rules apply (penalty kick, indirect/direct free kick).
  • Red card = players leaves court and bench, 2 minutes play one player down, can send new player after 2 minutes
  • Whistle only necessary with penalty and kick off
  • Direct kick – referee counts onside not above head, so they can signal direct signal above head
  • Goalie has to be online for first penalty mark, can move outside for second penalty mark (as long as 5 meters behind ball)
  • Players can wear casts (no metal, and padded, staff assessed)
  • Only goal keepers can wear long pants
  • GK has only 4 seconds with his feet in his own half
  • Referee’s decisions are final, please respect their decision.

House Rules:

  • No time out per game
  • No switching of benches between halves.
  • Games are 2 equal periods of 25 minutes with 3 minutes at half time
  • Ball does not have to cross half line nor touch an opposing player for a player to pass ball back to goalkeeper.
  • Goalkeepers CAN NOT throw from goal clearance over 6 feet 
  • New:
  • Rule on modification:No sliding tackling at all, even in open spaces when other players are not around
  • New:Affiliation with US Soccer Federation and sanctioned with US Youth Futsal, will implement the “No Heading” rule for U11 and under

Clarifying Rules:

  • All about 6th foul: All About 6th Foul
  • Can a goal be scored directly form a goal clearance (goalies throw it with hands to the other side: NO
  • Can a goalie pick up ball with his hands if his player passes back: NO, this is same as outdoors
  • Can you score from a kick off: NO
  • Can you pass ball back to goalkeeper, without ball first crossing half of line or touching opponent: Yes, this is house rule number two
  • Can a player head the ball back to the goalkeeper and the goal keeper pick it up with hands: no this you can do outdoor but not in Futsal, in Futsal regardless which part of the body is used to play the ball back to the keeper, goal keeper can not use hands on a ball played back to him from his players.