FUTSALNH League Rules
At the end of this document is a summary of the most important futsal rules. House rules have been implemented where necessary.
- There are 4 field players and a Goal Keeper (GK)
- No offside
- GK can only handle the ball (by feet or hands) for 4 seconds in their own half. If they are in opponents half, they have no time-handling restrictions.
- 24 minute halves for tournament and for league play.
- 1 minute for half time
- One 30 second time out per half per team.
- If half time or the game ends during a direct kick foul or penalty kick, then the restart will be allowed to continue (meaning a shot or penalty kick will be allowed to be taken).
- 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.
- Opposing players must be outside the center arc until ball is in play.
- Kick off does not have to go forward first.
Ball Out of Play
- 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 3 yards distance.
- The referee will give a visual count with his hand.
- Players taking kick-in cannot 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.
- When the offensive team puts the ball over the end line, the other team gets the ball for a goal clearance.
- The goalie must throw the ball within 4 seconds of retrieving it and put it back into play by throwing it. This is up to the referees discretion as to when the count starts.
- The throw must leave the penalty area.
- Opposing team must stay out of penalty area during a goal clearance.
- If opposing players touches ball before it leaves penalty area, GK retakes the throw.
- The GK cannot touch ball again until another player touches it.
- The current rule is that the ball cannot be thrown in the air beyond the top of the other team’s penalty arc. This rule will be re-visited after a couple of weeks. As this is a game of skill the league is discouraging long goal clearances. If we determine that this is occurring, then we will limit the throw to over midfield.
- There is no arc
- Kick is taken at the point where goal line and touch line meet (at corner).
- Defense must give 4 yards distance
Fouls and Misconduct
Indirect Kick Fouls:
An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team for the following offenses:
- The GK touches or controls the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a teammate.
- The GK touches or controls the ball with his hands after he has received it directly from a kick-in taken by a teammate.
- The GK touches or controls the ball with his hands or feet, on any part of the playing court, for more than four seconds, except when he touches or controls the ball on the opponent’s half of the playing court.
- Playing in a dangerous manner.
- A player deliberately impedes the progress of an opponent when the ball is not being played.
- A player prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands.
- A player commits any other offense, not previously mentioned above for which play is stopped to caution or dismiss a player.
The indirect free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred, unless this was in the penalty area, in which case the indirect free kick is taken from the penalty area line at the place closest to where the infringement occurred. 4 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.
Direct Kick Fouls:
- 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
- Pushing an opponent
- Holding an opponent
- Spits at an opponent
- Slide tackles with exceptions above
- Handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper in his own penalty area)
6th Accumulated Foul:
- Accumulated fouls are those sanctioned by a direct free kick.
- Upon a team’s 6th accumulated foul in each half, the defending team cannot build a wall to block the kick.
- If the 6th accumulated foul occurs in the offensive half then it will result in a penalty kick from the 6 yard mark (free throw line). If the 6th accumulated foul occurs in the defensive half, then it will result in a penalty kick from the 8 yard mark (top of the 3 point line)
- The player taking the kick must be clearly identified and the player taking the kick must make an attempt at the goal.
- Slide tackling is a major foul in Futsal
- It is not allowed in any situation where there is contact between players or where referees believe that contact could have resulted.
- The GK is allowed to slide with hands first in an attempt to clear or save the ball, if in referees’ judgment, his slide is an attempt only to make contact with the ball and not the opponent
- If GK slide is reckless (a foot in air, a hook, rolling tackle) it is a foul and possibly a cardable offense.
A player is cautioned and shown a yellow card if the commits any of the following offenses:
- is guilty of unsporting conduct
- shows dissent by word or action
- persistently infringes the Laws of the Game
- delays the restart of play
- fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick or free kick (including kick-ins and direct/indirect restarts. As the outdoor game has an unwritten rule to stand close to the ball the prevent a restart. This will not be allowed as futsal is designed for speed of play. This is an automatic yellow card).
- enters or re-enters the playing court without the referee’s permission
- deliberately leaves the playing court without the referee’s permission
For any of these offenses, an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred. If the offense was committed within the penalty area the indirect free kick is taken from the penalty area line at the place nearest to where the infringement occurred. A caution is also given provided that no graver infringement of the Laws has been committed.
A player is sent off and shown the red card if he commits any of the following offenses:
- is guilty of serious foul play
- is guilty of violent conduct
- spits an opponent or any other person
- denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball
- denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offense punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick
- A player is sent off and shown the red card if he commits any of the following offenses
- uses offensive, insulting or abusive language
- receives a second caution in the same game
Upon receiving the red card the team that the player was on will play shorthanded for 2 minutes. The player is not allowed to re-enter the game. After 2 minutes another player is allowed as a substitute.
- A penalty kick is awarded against a team which commits any of the offenses for which a direct free kick is awarded inside its own penalty area and while the ball is in play.
- There are two penalty marks. 6 yards (free throw line) and 8 yards (top of penalty area which is the 3 point line).
- The penalty kick is taken at the 6 yard mark for any foul occurring in the penalty area.
- Penalty kicks are taken from the 8 yard mark for accumulated fouls starting with the 6th when they occur in the defensive half.
- Additional time is allowed for a penalty kick to be taken at the end of each half or at the end of each period of extra time.
- For penalty kicks from the second mark the goalkeeper is allowed to be 2 yards off his line and can move backwards or side to side.
Most Important FIFA and House Futsal Rules To Know
Here is a list of the easiest way to summarize the rules of Futsal with additional house rules:
1. There is a 4 second limit on every restart.
2. No shoulder charging.
3. No slide tackling around other players.
4. Kick-in instead of throw in.
5. Goals cannot be scored from kick-ins. Kick offs do not have to go forward first.
6. No goal kick but goal clearance (goal keeper rolls/throws the ball with hands).
7. Goalkeeper cannot drop kick or punt the ball.
8. Ball does not have to cross half line nor touch an opposing player for goalkeeper to play a pass back (meaning the futsal pass back rule to the goalkeeper is not in effect).
9. Goalkeeper cannot throw the ball in the air past the top of the opponent’s penalty arc.
10. Substitutions are made "on the fly"(player has to leave field before the other comes in)
11. Upon a team’s 6th accumulated foul in each half, the defending team cannot build a wall to block the kick and this results in a penalty kick from the first mark or second mark.
12. No offside rule.
13. Games are 2 equal periods of 24 minutes with 1 minute for half time.
14. One 30 second time out per team per half.
15. No switching of benches between halves.
16. For free kicks and corner kicks – opponents have to be at least 4 yards away from the ball. For kick-ins opponents have to be at least 3 yards award. Not adhering to the required distance is an automatic yellow card in futsal.
17. In a goal clearance players should be on the pitch and outside the penalty area of the team taking the goal clearance until the ball is in play.
18. In a penalty kick all player other than the player taking the kick must be 4 yards behind the ball.
19. Flat indoor shoes only, no cleats or turf shoes of any kind.
20. Please arrive for games 15 minutes early.
21. Referee’s decisions are final, please respect their decision.
22. Fighting is not tolerated in result in the player’s immediate removal from the league and the Director of FUTSALNH will make a decision regarding the team.