YOUTH FUTSAL LEAGUE RULES
PLAYERS & ROSTERS
The match is played 5v5, one of whom is the goalkeeper.
A match may start if either team has a minimum of 3 players.
Roster size: A maximum of 12 players can be suited to play in a game. All players must have their parents sign a waiver before each season.
Game Duration – 23-minute halves, running clock, with a 2-minute halftime.
BASIC GAME RULES
- Substitutions – Unlimited and on the fly. They must enter and exit between the substitution zone lines, and the incoming player cannot step on the court until their teammate is off. Penalized with an indirect free kick if a substitution is not done properly, taken from the spot where the illegal substitution took place. Note: Substituting the goalkeeper is the same as with any other player.
- Keep a distance of 5 meters on all restarts (kick-offs, kick-ins, and corner kicks. Defending team cannot invade that space until the ball is played. If a defending player within the 5-meter area attempts to play the ball, the referee may sanction an indirect free kick against the defending team. Repeated infractions of this type may also result in a yellow card.
- Kick-Ins: The ball must be on or behind the line, stationary, and played within 4 seconds. Cannot score directly from a kick-in. A change of possession from the spot where the kick-in was taken occurs if it is not taken properly. TIP: encourage players to spot the ball with their hand, not their feet, before executing a kick-in.
- Corner Kicks: The ball must be on the corner area, stationary, and played onto the court within 4 seconds. Can score directly from a corner kick. A goal clearance is awarded to the defending team if not taken properly. TIP: encourage players to spot the ball with their hand, not their feet, before executing a kick-in.
- Four seconds on all restarts: on kick-ins, corner kicks, goal clearances, kick-offs, direct and indirect free kicks. The referee will make the count visible except on indirect free kicks when the count is silent. If the ball isn’t played within the four-second count, an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the ball, except on kick-ins (kick-in awarded to the opposing team) and corner kicks (a goal clearance is awarded to the defending team) NOTE: Referee must signal with whistle on kick-offs, direct kicks, and indirect free kicks (unless played quickly) and penalty kicks.
- Pass back to the goalkeeper rule: once the goalkeeper plays the ball, the ball cannot be passed back to him/her unless there is a change of possession. An indirect free kick is awarded against the team for this violation at the spot where the goalkeeper received the pass back. Note: if received inside the penalty area, the indirect free kick is taken at the edge of the penalty area.
- Goal clearances: A goal clearance 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 play the ball with their hands and on their own half to restart. An indirect kick at the halfway line is awarded if the ball is played directly over the halfway line. A goal may not be scored directly from a goal clearance. NOTE: if the ball doesn’t go out of play and is in possession of the goalkeeper, they can play it anywhere on the court with their hands or feet. (Punts and drop kicks are allowed and can score directly by these means, you CAN NOT score directly with a throw)
- The goalkeeper has four seconds to play the ball. When the goalkeeper comes in contact with the ball, they have 4 seconds to play it. An indirect free kick is awarded against the team for this violation at the spot where the goalkeeper had the ball at the time of the violation. Note 1: if inside the penalty area, the indirect free kick is taken at the edge of the penalty area. Note 2: there is no four-second count if the goalkeeper possesses the ball in his attacking half.
- Time outs: each team has one, 1 minute time out per half. A timeout can only be taken when the ball is in the team’s possession and is out of play. The coach must ask the referee for the timeout.
- Accumulated fouls: all fouls awarded a direct free kick are accumulated fouls. Once a team reaches five accumulated fouls in a half, every accumulated foul after is a direct free kick from the second penalty spot and without a wall. Note: The referee will announce when a team has reached five fouls in a half. Once the second half starts all accumulated fouls from the first half are erased.
- Kick-Offs: Taken at the beginning of each half and after a score. The referee must signal with the whistle for the start. CAN SCORE DIRECTLY FROM A KICK-OFF
Score Table is & Game Time – The referee manages the score table and keeps time.
Ball – Futsal ball of the proper size for the age playing. Size 3 is for U6 through U13, and size 4 is for U14 and older.
*The home team provides the game ball.
Uniforms – Players on the same team must wear the same color uniforms — Shin guards and footwear with flat soles (no turf or cleats allowed). The goalkeeper’s uniform must be a distinctly different color from that of his team, the opposing team, and the referees. The home team changes color in case of conflicting colors. For league play, uniform numbers aren’t mandatory.
– A player wearing a soft cast can play with the referee’s permission.
– Hard casts are not permitted.
The referee’s whistle indicates the start and end of each period.
Time is extended if a penalty kick or direct free kick must be taken or retaken; the period in question is extended until the direct free kick has been taken.
Time Outs – Each team has ONE timeout per half and can only be taken when in possession of the ball and it’s out of play.
NOTE: Referee can ask for a time-out at his discretion at any time.
FOULS & VIOLATIONS
A direct free kick is 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:
- Jumps at
- Kicks or attempts to kick
- Strikes or attempts to strike (including head-butt)
- Tackles or challenges
- 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 if a player commits any of the following offenses:
- a handball (except the goalkeeper within his/her penalty area)
- holding an opponent
- impeding an opponent with contact
- Biting or spitting at someone
- Throwing/kicking an object at the ball, an opponent, or a match official, or making contact with the ball with a held object.
All the offenses listed in this section count as accumulated fouls (All offenses awarded with a direct free kick [a penalty kick if committed inside the pearly area] count as accumulated fouls)
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 a ball held by the goalkeeper) A scissors or bicycle kick is permissible, provided 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, abusive language and/or gestures, or other verbal offenses.
- If a player prevents the goalkeeper from releasing or showing the ball from the hands or kicks or attempts to kick the ball when the goalkeeper is in the process of releasing or throwing it.
- The goalkeeper picks up or touches with his hands a back pass
- The goalkeeper picks up or touches with his hands a kick-in from a teammate
- The goalkeeper controls the ball with any part of his body for more than 4 seconds on his or her half. NOTE: The 4-second rule doesn’t apply to goalkeepers when they control the ball with his or her feet in their attacking half.
- Goalkeeper touches with any part of his body a back pass that has been played back to him/her before the ball has changed possession or been touched by an opponent
- On a goal clearance, the goalkeeper touches the ball again before it touches another player.
- Illegal substitution (kick taken from spot where illegal substitution occurred)
- A player taking a direct or indirect free kick, a kick in, or a corner kick plays the ball a second time before another player plays the ball.
- On a goal clearance, the goalkeeper throws the ball over the half-line when the ball has previously gone out of play.
- 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.
- If a direct or indirect free kick is not taken within four seconds, an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team from the spot where the free kick was to be taken.
Indirect free kicks are taken from where the infraction occurred unless it occurs in the penalty area, then taken at the edge of the penalty area.
Foul language, obscenity, obscene gestures, and even arguing can be considered technical fouls. A player, manager, or coach ejected will have an automatic minimum one (1) game suspension regardless of the cause of the ejection. Depending upon the severity of the unacceptable conduct, suspensions for more games may occur.
Yellow Cards are not accumulated from game to game. If a Red Card is given to a player/coach and sent off, they must leave the court and cannot remain on the bench. A game suspension is served during the next scheduled match.
*CONTROL OF SIDELINE CONDUCT*
Players, managers, coaches, and fans are expected to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner. League Staff has the authority and the responsibility to remove any person(s) from the facility for conducting abuses. The team manager/coach will be responsible for their fans’ behavior. 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.
Games that end due to disruptive behavior will also result in a fine of $100
A forfeit communicated within 24 hours of a scheduled game results in a $45 Forfeit Fee. No-shows result in a $60 no-show Fee. In either case, the fee must be paid within 24 hours by Venmo to @cityfutsal (Esteban Mariel – 1952).
Your safety and enjoyment are our utmost priorities. We understand that weather can be unpredictable and want to ensure everyone is informed and prepared. Here is our policy for game days:
- Temperature and Lightning: We will cancel or postpone games if:
- The temperature falls to 29°F or below.
- Lightning is present in the vicinity.
- Proactive Communication: In case of cancellation or postponement, we will inform all teams in advance. This communication will be relayed through your team manager or coach.
- Game Status: If you have not received any updates from us, please assume that the game is going ahead as planned. We encourage you to prepare for the game while watching the weather.
We thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Working together can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.