General Rules
There  are 4 field players and a Goal Keeper (GK).

  • No offside.
  • GK can only play the ball (by feet or hands) for 4 seconds in their own half. If they are in opponents half, they  have no playing restrictions. Once the GK plays the ball, they cannot touch the ball a second time in their own half unless it has been touched by an opponent.
  • 24 minute halves for tournament and for league play; 3 minutes for half time and each coach may call (1) one-minute  time out per half (use or lose) when in possession of the ball. There are no time outs in overtime/extra periods. Time out requests are made to the referee.

Free  substitutions are made “on the fly”.  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.

Kick off
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 team’s 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.

Goal Clearance
Futsal for goal kick.  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 a player touches ball before it  leaves penalty area, GK retakes the throw.  The GK cannot touch ball again until  an opponent  touches it.

Corner Kick
To be taken  inside the corner arc, If there is no arc, kick is taken at the point where goal  line and touch line meet (at corner).

Fouls  and Misconduct

Futsal is a minimum contact sport. However, some  contact may occur, as long as it is done in a legal manner. It cannot be done by  play that is careless, reckless or with excessive  force.

Slide tackling is allowed in futsal  under certain conditions, if in the opinion of the referee:

  1. No opponents are nearby, a player may slide to intercept or direct the ball. No  foul results.
  2. The slide is dangerous to an opponent, but no contact is made. Dangerous play  foul results in an IFK.
  3. Contact is made with an opponent  in a careless, reckless or excessive force manner (or if referees believe that  such contact could have resulted). An accumulated foul results in a  DFK.

The GK is allowed to slide in an attempt to clear the ball, if in referees’ judgment, the slide is an attempt only to make contact  with the ball, not the opponent. If GK slide is at least careless (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 a foul may be  called.

6th Accumulated  Foul
Upon a team’s  6th accumulated foul in each half and all other accumulated fouls  within the half, the other team is awarded a free kick taken from the 10 meter  penalty mark or where the infraction occured it is in a more favorable spot.   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.

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
  • Strikes or attempts to strike an  opponent
  • Pushes  an opponent
  • Tackling
  • Holding an  opponent
  • Spits at  an opponent
  • Handling the ball (except the GK in their own penalty area)

Sending Off  Fouls

  • Handling the ball deliberately, except for GK in their  area.
  • Denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity by handling  the ball (except the GK in their own penalty area).
  • Denying an obvious  goal-scoring opportunity by fouling an opponent moving toward the goal. Player sent off cannot re-enter the game.  Substitution is allowed after 2 minutes.

Indirect Free Kick
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.