Winter League 2017-18 Info / Rules







SESSION I: December 2nd, 2017 - January 27th, 2018

SESSION II: February 3rd, 2018 to April 1st, 2018



1740 Quincy Avenue, Naperville IL 60540



Boys and Girls U8 – High School (Divisions by skill, not just age)

1st and 2nd divisions where applicable


League Fees

U8-U14   $700 - (1 US Soccer referee)

U14 +     $800 - (2 US Soccer referees)


# of Games
8 games per season
In addition to League Fees, each player must register with United States Youth Futsal $9.50 per player

New Rules

  • United States Youth Soccer age matix are in effect for this league.  
  • No heading for age U11 and younger


Due to the size of the league and the factors above, expect 9 weeks to complete the season (8 games plus 2 weeknds of Christmas/New Year).  

 2017/18 Chicagoland Futsal League Rules

Venue: Players Indoor Sports Center, 1740 Quincy Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540.

Courts are provided by Snapsports.  To keep the playing surfaces clean and dry, please instruct your players not to wear dirty or wet game shoes into the facilities.

Chicagoland Futsal is affiliated by US Soccer. We employ only US Soccer futsal certified referees for our games. We provides 2 referees for High School age teams. We believe it is critical that the older age groups have 2 experienced officials to call the game properly.


Age Divisions/Groups
Boys & Girls U8 - High School. Chciagoland Futsal reserves the right to drop or combine divisions or age groups.

When you register your teams, you will be allowed 2 conflicts.  No play 12/23, 12/24 and 12/30, 12/31.  There will be play before 3pm on Super Bowl Sunday.  If you plan on participating in the 6th Midwest Regional Futsal Tournament or the National Futsal Tournament please indicate that in the conflict section of your registration

There is no coaching license to coach a team. Any adult who is registered with the team as a coach or manager can sit the bench.  This is a great option for teams with outdoor coaches who want to take a break, but still want their teams to have fun and play.  There is no cost to register a coach.

Coaches with multiple teams
Gateway will accommodate coaches with multiple teams by scheduling them with back-to-back games at the same facility as much as possible.  We have been very successful in the past, so we encourage you to split your outdoor teams into two futsal teams.

Game Scorecards
Before each game, a pre-printed game card will be available from the referees. The cards will be populated with player names and numbers. Please check the cards for accuracy and then hand them back to the referees before the game begins. At the end of each game, the referee will hand the bench coaches the completed game cards. The coaches are to sign the cards and in doing so, verify the score. The scores on the signed cards are official and will be entered into the standings.

Competition Format & Rules
Official futsal FIFA Rules and Regulations as stated under the Laws of The Game will be enforced. Exceptions are noted below under House Rules. You may print up a copy of the Laws of the Game at the Gateway website.

House Rules to the Laws of the Game

  1. Goalkeeper can not throw the ball into the opponent’s penalty arc
  2. No scoring from kick-offs.
  3. Goalkeeper can not drop kick or punt the ball.
  4. No switching of benches between halves
  5. Game length is two x 20 minute halves

Important Changes to House Rules from previous years
The goalie pass back rule will be played at all age groups. Once the keeper touches the ball, they can not play the ball again until ball is touched by an opponent.

Player Registration Fee - All players must be registered with USYF and releases signed by player/parent/guardian (P/P/G).  The fee is $9.50 per player and is completed on line only.  When the team manager inputs a player into the roster, an e-mail is sent to P/P/G with instructions as to how to complete player registration.  There is no fee for managers, coaches, or assistant coaches, unless they are also players.

Players/Sister Teams/Double Rostering
1) A sister team is created from an outdoor team that split into two or more futsal teams. If you have a sister team in the league, you may borrow any amount of players from the sister team. 
2) Players may be double - rostered on non-sister teams with knowlege and permission from both coaches.

Game Balls
Size ball used by each age group

  • Under U12 (2006) - size 3 Futsal ball
  • U13 (2005) and older – size 4 Futsal ball

Do not bring outdoor balls into the facilities. They are not allowed for warm-up. Only futsal balls are allowed.

The wearing of shin pads will be mandatory for all players. Indoor, flat soled non-marking soccer shoes also must be worn.
Time Outs / Home Team Colors
Each team can call one 30 second time out per half
Home team is to wear white or lighter colors. If Home team complies and there is a conflict, the visiting team must change jerseys. If home team does not wear light/white and there is a conflict, home team must change jerseys. Visiting teams centers off first.
Forfeited Games
If a team fails to show for a scheduled match, the referee shall allow a 5 minute grace period. After the 5 minutes, if the team has not yet arrived or does not have enough players to field a team (4), the game will be forfeited. The game will be tallied as a 3 to 0 loss for the forfeiting team and a 3 to 0 win for their opponent.

If the referee terminates a match for reasons other than an act of God or field conditions, the Chicagoland Futsal Competition Committee will decide the result of the match after hearing the official reason from the referee, and both coaches.

Forfeited games are recorded as a 3 - 0 loss.

Chicagoland Futsal Point System and Tiebreakers
The determination within the group standings is as follows:  
3 points for a win
1 point for a tie
0 points for a loss
Forfeited games are recorded as a 3 - 0 loss


  1. Total Points
  2. Goal Difference (max 7 per game)
  3. Goals For
  4. Head-To-Head

There are no awards given for winners of divisions

Ejections - Red Cards
If a player is ejected from a match, the player’s pass together with a referee’s report of the incident shall be turned over to the Gateway administrator by the referee.

The minimum penalty for an ejection is that the player shall not be permitted to play in the immediate next match.

The maximum penalty, after review by the Gateway Competition Committee, may result in the individual players or teams’ expulsion from the competition.

If a player is ejected from a match the referee will hold onto the player pass, document red card on the back of the score sheet and present it to the Chicagoland League administrator. The player will have his/her pass returned after a one game suspension.

Coach Ejections
If a coach is ejected from any match, a referee’s report of the incident shall be turned over to the Chicagoland Futsal administrator by the referee.  The minimum penalty for an ejection is that the coach shall not be permitted to coach or remain on the player’s bench in the immediate next match.  The maximum penalty, after review by Chicagoland Futsal Competition Committee, may result in the individual coach or team’s expulsion from the League.
Games Cancelled by opponents
If an opponent cancels a game or does not show for the game, the other team may use the scheduled game time for their use. There are no refunds for games cancelled by opponents. If a team must cancel, call Chicagoland Futsal as soon as possible so we can notify the referees and give the other team a chance to plan accordingly. Cancelling a game not only short-changes your team, but your scheduled opponent.

At time of registration, each team is allowed multiple conflicts if entered into registration system before registration deadline. Chicagoland Futsal will schedule 8 games for each team.  While we will try to reschedule those games, we cannot guarantee that those games can be rescheduled.  We only can reschedule games if the facilities have available times to reschedule them.  If we reschedule games due to above, you will not be asked ahead of the rescheduling process if you are available for the make up game.  Your team will be given a makeup game time and if you cannot make that, we will not reschedule.

Games cancelled by Facilities / Chcicagoland Futsal
We reserve the right to postpone or cancel games at any time for any reason such as bad weather or facility problems. Chicagoland Futsal plays games in all weather and only cancels games if the facility cancels.  Cancellations are very rare events, so teams should plan on playing.  If there are games cancelled, reschedules are not guaranteed and refunds for cancelled games will not be provided.

If you have an interest in joining the Chicagoland Futsalreferee pool, please email Steve Jablow (SNG Assigning) at To be eligible for consideration, you must be licensed with US Soccer as an outdoor referee and be at least 17 years old..

Additional Questions
If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the Chicagoland Futsal, please feel free to contact us at

2017-18 Schedules / Standings