FUTSAL ON TURF LEAGUE RULES – YOUTH
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 field 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 was made. Goalkeeper Substitution is the same as any other player. A team’s substitution zone is situated in the half of the pitch defended by the said team. Each team’s substitution zone changes in the second half of the match (teams switch sides and benches at halftime.)
- Keep a distance of 5 meters on all restarts (kickoffs, 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 and must be stationary. 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.
- Corner Kicks: The ball must be on the corner area and stationary. Can score directly from a corner kick. A goal clearance is awarded to the defending team if not taken properly.
- Goal Clearance: A goal clearance is awarded when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line on the floor or in the air, having last touched a player of the attacking team, and a goal is not scored.
- To be taken in place of goal kick.
- From inside the penalty area, the goalkeeper puts the ball into play with their hands.
- The ball is in play when it is thrown or released and clearly moves.
- The ball must be put into play by the goalkeeper within four seconds.
- The ball must be played to a teammate.
- The ball can be played inside the penalty area
- The ball cannot be thrown over the hallway line.
- If, after the ball is in play, the goalkeeper who took the goal clearance touches the ball again before it has touched another player, an indirect free kick is awarded
- Opponents must be outside the penalty area until the ball is in play. NOTE: When the ball has not gone out of play and is in the goalkeeper’s control, the ball is considered live; therefore, it IS NOT a goal clearance, and they may throw, punt, drop kick, and or kick the ball anywhere on the court, including playing (rolling it) to themselves.
- Must play the ball within 4 seconds
- Can score directly from a punt, drop-kick, or kick
- 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
- 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-ins 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.
- 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.
- Offside – no offside
- 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 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.
Procedure for direct free kicks from the second penalty spot without a wall:
– To be taken from the second penalty mark, or if there is no marking, spot at 10 meters from the goal line.
- The player taking the kick must be clearly identified.
- The defending goalkeeper can be positioned up to 5 meters from the second penalty spot.
- The referee must signal for the kick to be taken
- The kicker is to aim at the goal with the intention of scoring.
- All players must be behind the second penalty spot. The opposing team’s players must also be at least 5 m from the second penalty spot.
Ball – City Futsal Turf ball #4 (provided)
Uniforms – Players on the same team must wear the same color uniforms — Shin guards and footwear (cleats ARE 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 clashing colors. All players must wear numbered jerseys, and no two players on the same team may have identical uniform numbers.
– A player wearing a soft cast can play with the referee’s permission.
– Hard casts are not permitted.
There are two 23-minute halves, a running clock, and a 2-minute halftime.
The referee’s whistle indicates each period’s start and end.
Time is extended if a penalty kick or direct free kick must be taken or retaken; the period in question is extended until the kick has been taken.
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.
FOULS & VIOLATIONS
Direct and indirect free kicks and penalty kicks can only be awarded for offenses committed when the ball is in play.
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 disregards the danger to, or
consequences for, an opponent and must be cautioned with a yellow card.
“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.
- Slide tackling
NOTE ON SLIDE TACKLING: Sliding to block a shot or a pass is permitted as long as the referee doesn’t interpret it as dangerous to who is shooting or passing the ball.
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 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)
- Charging the goalkeeper in the penalty area (i.e., goalkeeper charge)
- 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
- On a goal kick, 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.
- 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.
- Distance infringement on restarts.
Indirect free kicks are taken from the place where the infraction occurred unless it occurs in the penalty area; then, it’s taken at the edge of the penalty area.
Foul language, obscenity, obscene gestures, and even arguing can be considered a technical foul, and technical details regarding filling in the scorebook improperly. 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, a suspension for more games may occur.
Yellow Cards are not accumulated from game to game. If a Straight Red Card is given to a player/coach and they are sent off, they must serve a one-game suspension during the next scheduled match.
CONTROL OF SIDELINE CONDUCT
Players, managers, coaches, and fans are expected to conduct themselves within the letter and spirit of the “Laws of the Game.” League Staff has the authority and the responsibility to remove any person(s) from the facility for conduct 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 the game is going 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.