The 2017-2018 League Registration is NOW OPEN!

Referees

If you have an interest in joining the referee pool, please email us at admin@minnesotafutsalleague.com. To be eligible for consideration, you must be licensed with US Soccer as an outdoor referee and complete the online Futsal certification found at the Minnesota State Referee Website.

MINNESOTA FUTSAL 2017 - 2018 WINTER LEAGUE

Dates Nov 12 - Mar 25

Facilities

MINNEAPOLIS SPORTS CENTER, MIDTOWN YWCA, 2121 E LAKE ST, MPLS, MN 55407

Divisions

Boys and Girls U8 – U18

1st and 2nd divisions where applicable

League Fees

U8             $1200 - 1 US Soccer referee

U9-U13      $1400 - 1 US Soccer referee

U14 +        $1500 - 2 US Soccer referees

# of League Games

14 games.  Game dates include: 11/12, 11/19, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 2/4, 2/10, 2/11 (Sat), 2/25, 3/4, 3/10 (Sat), 3/11, 3/25

Free Tournament Entry Each league registration will also include a free registration into our Minnesota Futsal Festival December 1-3 (at no additional charge)
In addition to League Fees, each player must register with United States Youth Futsal $10 per player

League Rules

Venues
We will use the courts at Minneapolis Sports Center at the Midtown YWCA.  To keep the playing surfaces clean and dry, please instruct your players not to wear dirty or wet game shoes into the facilities.

Referees
We are the only United States Youth Futsal sanctioned and United States Soccer affiliated futsal league in Minnesota. We use only US Soccer futsal - certified officials to call our games, assuring the game is played the way it should. In addition, we are the only Minnesota league that uses 2 experienced officials for U14 and older age groups.

Participating Teams
The Minnesota Futsal League is one of the largest youth futsal leagues in the United States.  Our goal is to create an exciting and competitive environment to help develop our players.

Age Divisions/Groups
Boys & Girls U8 - U18. We reserve the right to drop or combine divisions or age groups as needed.

USYSA AGE GROUP CHART 2017-2018 SEASON

U8 Players born in 2010 U13 Players born in 2005
U9 Players born in 2009 U14 Players born in 2004
U10 Players born in 2008 U15 Players born in 2003
U11 Players born in 2007 U16 Players born in 2002
U12 Players born in 2006 U18 Players born in 2000-2001



Team Registration
Registration is now OPEN. You can also email admin@minnesotafutsalleague.com to request information on the upcoming 2017-2018 season.

Season Play
The season will run from November-March.

Teams will be scheduled to play 14 games.  The first 2-3 games of the season will be considered friendlies and final scores will not count toward the league standings.

Conflicts
If you are unable to field a team for a specific week, it will be considered a forfeit.   If you plan on participating in the USYF Midwest Regional Futsal Tournament or the USYF National Tournament, please indicate that in the conflict section of your registration. 

IMPORTANT COACH INFORMATION
There is no coaching license required 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
We will do our best to 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.

House Rules to the Laws of the Game

  1. Goalkeeper can not throw the ball into the opponent’s penalty arc
  2. No scoring directly from kick-offs.
  3. No switching of benches between halves
  4. Game length is two 24 minute halves
  5. No sliding or slide tackling
  6. No drop kicks or punts by the goalie, the ball must settle (no air under the ball) before the goalie passes or shoots the ball.
  7. No Heading the ball U9, U10, U11.

League Fees
U8: $1200 with 1 referee
U9-U13: $1400 with 1 referee
U14 and Older: $1500 with 2 referees. We feel that at these age groups two experienced referees are necessary to assure the game is safe, competitive, and officiated as the game was designed.

Player Registration Fee - All players must be registered with USYF and releases signed by player/parent/guardian (P/P/G).  The fee is $10 per player and is completed online 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.

Roster Cards
We will institute the issuance of roster cards. To be eligible to play, each player must be listed on the approved roster card issued by the league. Roster cards are issued only after full payment of fees, signed Medical / Media Release forms have been received and all players have been registered online. We will conduct a team check-in prior to the team's first game.  Players do not need to be present.  The team manager will be asked to provide player passes (we will accept MYSA and/or US Club) or a copy of birth certificate for each player at check-in.  Rosters will be frozen as of January 1st and no additional players may be added after that point.

Pre-game Check-In
Roster cards will be checked before games.  This is to assure that all players are registered and the league remains sanctioned by US Youth Futsal and affiliated with US Soccer.  Team managers are to carry the roster cards with them for inspection before games.

Game Balls
We will provide the game ball. 
Size ball used by each age group

U12 and under - size 3 or a Select "Jinga Jr"

U13 and older – size 4 or a Select "Jinga"

Equipment
The wearing of shin pads will be mandatory for all players. Indoor, flat soled soccer shoes also must be worn.

Time Outs / Home Team Colors
Each team can call one time out per half (1 minute)
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 Minnesota Futsal League Administrators will decide the result of the match after hearing the official reason from the referee, and both coaches.

Teams forfeiting a match will not receive a refund on their registration fee.

Forfeited games are recorded as a 3 - 0 loss.

Minnesota Futsal League 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

Tiebreakers

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

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 league 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 league administrators, 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 league administrators. The player will have his/her pass returned after a minimum 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 league 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 the league administrators, 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 the league administrators 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. 

Games cancelled by Facilities
We reserve the right to postpone or cancel games at any time for any reason such as bad weather or facility problems. The Minnesota Futsal League 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.

Referees 
If you have an interest in joining the referee pool, please email us at admin@minnesotafutsalleague.com. To be eligible for consideration, you must be licensed with US Soccer as an outdoor referee and complete the online Futsal certification found at the Minnesota State Referee Website www.minnesotasrc.com/.

Additional Questions
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at admin@minnesotafutsalleague.com.