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Futsal Rules & Respect

FIFA Rules

  • There is a 4 second limit on every restart (other than kick-offs or PK)
  • 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 the first attempt)
  • Goals cannot be scored directly from kick-ins
  • No goal kick but goal clearance (goalkeeper rolls/throws the ball with hands) Cannot drop-kick or punt. If goal clearance is longer than 4 seconds = indirect free kick
  • 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, and kick-offs – opponents have to be at least 5 m (16 ft) away from the ball
  • 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 leave court and bench, 2 minutes play one player down, can send new player after 2 minutes or after scored upon
  • Whistle only necessary with a penalty and kick-off
  • Direct kick – referee counts chest level to horizontal
  • The goalkeeper has to be on line for the first penalty mark, and can move outside for the second penalty mark (as long as 5 meters behind the ball)
  • Players can wear casts if cleared by medical professional (no metal, and padded, staff assessed)
  • No jewelry (earrings, etc. Must be removed and may not be taped) 
  • Only goalkeepers can wear long pants
  • Goalkeepers have only 4 seconds with their feet in their own half

Click here to view FIFA Laws of the Game 

House Rules

  • No time out per game
  • No switching of benches between halves.
  • Games are 2 periods of 25 minutes running clock 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 the ball higher than 6 feet
  • No sliding tackling other than GK
  • No heavy shoulder charging
  • No heading rule for U11 and under
  • Positive sportsmanship, please see league policies for more.
  • Referee’s decisions are final, please respect their decision

Clarifying Rules

  • All About 6th Foul
  • Can a goal be scored directly from a goal clearance (goalies throw it with hands to the other side: NO
  • Can goalkeepers pick up the ball with their hands if their player passes back: NO, this is the same as outdoors
  • Can you score from a kickoff: Yes
  • Can you pass the ball back to the goalkeeper, without the ball first crossing half of the line or touching the opponent: Yes, this is a house rule

 

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