1. Game Ball – Official City Futsal Penalty Turf Ball #5 (provided) – Note: a team that kicks a ball out of the park is responsible for recovering the ball.
  2. Players – 5 per team, one of whom shall be the goalkeeper
    • Minimum Number of Players to Start Match: 3, one of whom shall be a goalkeeper
    • Minimum Number of Players to Finish Match: 3 
    • Roster size: Max 6 players – Players must be on the team’s roster in order to play. Rosters will be checked before each game. Players cannot be on two rosters. 
  1. Players Equipment – Players on the same team must wear the same color uniforms, goalkeepers must wear a different color jersey from that of their teammates and of the opposing team. Shin guards are recommended but not mandatory. Only AG and FG cleats are allowed, no SG cleats are allowed.– A player wearing a soft cast is permitted to play with the permission of the referee.
    – Hard casts are not permitted.
  2. Game Duration – two equal periods of 12 minutes, with 1 minute halftime. The referee manages the game clock. The game ends when the referee signals with a whistle. Time is prolonged only to take a direct free kick or penalty kick.
  3. Substitutions – Unlimited and on the fly. Must enter and exit from the area in front of the team bench, AND the incoming player cannot step on the field until their teammate is off. Penalized with an indirect free kick if a substitution is not done properly, taken from where the substitute entered the court. Note: Substitution of goalkeeper with permission of the referee.
  4. Keep a distance of 5 meters on all restarts (kickoffs, kick-ins, corner kicks, goal clearances, direct and indirect free kicks – The defending team cannot invade that space until the ball is played. The attacking player can opt to (a) play the ball quickly even if and when the defending team players aren’t keeping the required 5-meter distance or (b) ask the referee for the required distance before playing the ball. The referees are to remind the defending team players that they must be at least 5 meters from the point from which the kick-in is to be taken. When necessary the referees warn any defending players not respecting the the minimum distance before the kick in is taken. If a defending player interrupts the play initiated by the attacking player while within the required 5 meters, the referee may sanction an indirect free kick against the defending team. Repeated infractions of this type may also result in a yellow card. 
  5. Offside – no offside.
  6. Fouls and Misconduct

Direct free kicks are awarded if a player commits any of the following offenses against an opponent in a manner considered by the referees to be careless, reckless, or using excessive force:

  • charges 
  • kicks or attempts to kick 
  • pushes 
  • strikes or attempts to strike (including head-butt) 
  • trips or attempts to trip
    “Careless” is when a player shows a lack of attention or consideration
    when making a challenge or acts without precaution. No disciplinary
    sanction is needed.
    “Reckless” is when a player acts with disregard to the danger to or
    consequences for an opponent and must be cautioned.
    “Using excessive force” is when a player exceeds the necessary use of
    force and/or endangers the safety of an opponent and must be sent off.
    A direct free kick is also awarded for a handball (except the goalkeeper within his/her penalty area)

Penalty Kick

A penalty kick is awarded if a player commits a direct-free-kick offense inside his/her penalty area 

Indirect Free Kick

awarded when any of the following offenses is committed (kick taken from the edge of the penalty area when infringement takes place in the penalty area):

  • Dangerous play (e.g., attempting to kick the ball held by the goalkeeper) A scissors or bicycle kick is permissible, provided that it is not dangerous to an opponent.
  • Obstruction – impedes the progress of an opponent without any contact being made (moving into the opponent’s path to obstruct, block, slow down, or force a change of direction when the ball is not within playing distance)
  • if a player is guilty of dissent, using offensive, insulting, or abusive language and or gestures, or other verbal offenses.
  • If a player prevents the goalkeeper from releasing or shoving the ball from their hands or kicks or attempts to kick the ball when the goalkeeper is in the process of releasing or throwing it.
  • goalkeeper picks up or touches with their hands a pass by a teammate
  • goalkeeper picks up or touches with their hands a kick­ in from a teammate
  • on goal clearance the goalkeeper touches the ball again before it touches another player.
  • Illegal substitution (indirect free kick taken from the spot where the illegal substitution occurred) 
  • player taking a kickoff, direct or indirect free kick, or a kick-in plays the ball a second time before another player plays the ball.
  • If, when a free kick is taken, an attacking team player is less than 1m from a ”wall” formed by two or more defending team players, an indirect free kick is awarded to the defending team. 

Disciplinary Action: Players shall be cautioned (i.e., shown a yellow card) when:

· he/she commits a serious foul play or is continuously committing fouls. (this yellow card is punishable with a direct free kick taken from the point of infringement)

Players shall be sent off (i.e., shown the red card) for:

  1. violent foul play
  2. violent conduct
  3. foul or abusive language
  4. second instance of caution-able offense (i.e., second yellow card)
  5. intentionally impeding a clear goal opportunity (e.g., through a “professional foul”)
  6. intentionally impeding a clear goal opportunity in the penalty area by handling the ball

Rules of Expulsion: The player sent off (shown a red card) is out for the rest of the game and is not permitted to sit on the reserves’ bench.

  • The team of the player sent off can substitute for that player after 3 minutes of playing time.
  • The substitute cannot come on until the ball is out of play and he has a referee’s consent.

Free Kicks

Types: Direct free kicks and indirect free kicks

  • Wall: At least 5 meters away until the ball is in play
  • Ball in Play: when it is kicked and clearly moves.
  • Time Limit: Kick must be taken within 4 seconds
  • Restriction: The kicker cannot touch the ball again until it has been touched by another player.

An indirect free kick must be retaken if the referee fails to signal that the kick is indirect and the ball is kicked directly into the goal. 

If a direct free kick is kicked directly into the opponent’s goal, a goal is awarded.

  • If an indirect free kick is kicked directly into the opponents’ goal, a goal clearance is awarded to the opponents (unless the indirect-free-kick signal was not made by the referees, and kick must be retaken).
  • If a direct or indirect free kick is kicked directly into the kicker’s own goal, a corner kick is awarded to the opponents.

Procedure for penalty kicks:

  • To be taken from the penalty mark, or if no marking, spot at 10 meters from the goal line.
  • The player taking the penalty kick must be clearly identified. 
  • The defending goalkeeper must remain on the goal line, facing the kicker, between the goalposts and without touching them, the crossbar or goal net until the ball has been kicked.
  • The referee must signal for the kick to be taken
  • The kicker is to aim at goal, with the intention of scoring.
  • When the ball is kicked, the defending goalkeeper must have at least part of one foot touching, or in line with, the goal line. 
  • All players must be out of the penalty area, and behind the penalty spot. The players of the opposing team must also be at least 5 m from the penalty spot.
  • The kicker shall not play the ball a second time until it has been touched by another player.
  1. Kick Offs: Taken at the beginning of each half and after a score. Referee must signal with whistle for start. CAN SCORE DIRECTLY FROM A KICK OFF
  2. Goal kicks: A goal kick is awarded when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, having last touched a player of the attacking team, and a goal is not scored. The goalkeeper must placed anywhere inside the box (lines considered inside the box), and kicked or passed. Goalkeeper cannot touch the ball again until another player touches it. A goal may be scored directly from a goal kick. NOTE: if the ball doesn’t go out of play and is in possession of the goalkeeper, the ball is considered in live and they can play the ball with their hands or feet (Punts and drop kicks allowed and can score directly by these means, CANNOT score directly with a throw)
  3. Kick-ins: The ball must be on or behind the line and stationary. You cannot score directly from a kick-in. If the kick-in is not taken properly, a change of possession occurs from the spot where it was taken.
  4. Corner Kicks: the ball must be in the corner area. Can score directly from a corner kick. A goal clearance is awarded to the defending team if not taken properly.
  5. Point System in bracket play: 3 points for a win; 1 point for a tie; 0 points for a loss. A forfeited game is scored as a 3-0 win for the team present. 
  6. Tiebreakers: If teams tie in points, the division or pool winner will be determined by: 1) Head to Head result; if there is no clear winner, 2) Net Goal Differential, if there is no clear winner, 3) Most Goals Scored if no clear winner, 4) Penalty Kicks 
  7. Playoff Games Ending Tied:

The winner shall be decided by a penalty shootout. Only those players who were on the pitch at the game’s end can take a penalty kick. The goalkeeper can change for penalty kicks, but it must be for one of the other players on the pitch at the end of regulation. Each team will take five penalty kicks. If the penalty kick score is tied at the end of five kicks, the teams will continue to take alternating penalty kicks until there is a winner. 

All players on the field (including the keeper must kick before any player may kick a second time. Note: all players on the field at the end of the game MUST remain on the field, while all other players remain off the field. If a team is playing one down due to a red card, a substitute player must be added to complete five for the purpose of taking a penalty kick. If there is no substitute, then only four take the penalty kicks Team Captains will submit the order in which their players will take the penalty kicks.


There will be a maximum of a 3-minute grace period while the clock runs before the opponent is awarded the game. A forfeit will be scored 3-0.


There will be NO PROTESTS. Referee and Tournament Staff decisions are final. Decisions by the entity deciding any disputes may not be appealed.


Players, reserve players, managers, coaches, and fans are expected to conduct themselves within the letter and spirit of the “Laws of the Game.” The Tournament Staff has the authority and the responsibility to remove any person(s) from the tournament for abuses of conduct, in addition to any specific disciplinary action brought about by any other authority. 

The captain/manager/coach will be responsible for the behavior of their fans, and the referee will have the authority to warn and ultimately send off any manager/coach and the fans who behave in an abusive or disruptive manner.