Winter League 2013-14 Info / Rules
Match Fit Academy Futsal



Deco decided his future would be served by starting off at the local car factory.  "I stopped playing normal football.  My dad was working in a Mercedes factory at the time, so I decided at that moment to just play futsal and work. I didn’t know whether I could be a footballer and I started to do this course with Mercedes.

Many things from my way of playing came from futsal. I don’t control the ball like this [points at the instep of his right foot], I step on the ball because in futsal it’s normal. Also, you always attack and defend, there’s no time to rest. Sometimes in normal football the ball is on the other side and you rest. In futsal it’s all the time and this was good for me. You need to think and do things quickly, decide before the ball gets to you where you will pass. These are all things which help you in football, especially if you are a playmaker."


December 2nd 2011 – March 4th 2012
West County - C4 Courts, Creve Coeur, MO
West County - Christian Academy of Greater St. Louis   St. Louis, MO
St. Charles - Gametime Sports (formerly Omni Sportsplex)    St. Peters, MO
Boys and Girls U7 – Adult
High School division by skill, not age
1st and 2nd divisions where applicable
U8-U13   $705 1 US Soccer referee $680 if paid by 10/5
U14 +     $755 2 US Soccer referees  $730 if paid by 10/5
# of Games
10 games
NOTICE - CHANGES FROM LAST YEAR                                                                                                    

We will not attempt to schedule 50% of a team’s games in their location of preference, as we did last year.  We did a superior job of this last year, but two factors make it impossible this year.   

Both Christmas and New Year’s eve and day, fall on Saturdays and Sundays, losing 4 entire days of play.  Also, some facilities are not making as much time available as last year.


Due to the size of the league and the factors above, expect 12 – 14 weeks to complete the season.  

**Gateway is the only futsal league in St. Louis sanctioned by US Soccer. We employ only US Soccer futsal certified referees for our games. Gateway is the only league that provides 2 referees for U14 and older teams. We think it is critical that the older age groups have 2 experienced officials to call the game properly.

 2011-12 Gateway Futsal League Rules

Gateway will use Christian Academy of St. Louis, C4 Courts and Gametime Sports / Omni Sportsplex
To keep the playing surfaces clean and dry, please instruct your players not to wear dirty or wet game shoes into the facilities.

Gateway is the only US Soccer sanctioned futsal league in St. Louis. We use only US Soccer futsal - certified officials to call our games, assuring the game is played the way it should. In addition, Gateway is the only St. Louis league that uses 2 experienced officials for U14 and older age groups.

Participating Teams
Gateway Futsal Winter league is one of the largest youth futsal leagues in the United States. The 2010-11 season had 204 teams and over 2000 players.
Age Divisions/Groups
Boys & Girls U7 - Adult. Gateway reserves the right to drop or combine divisions or age groups.

Team Registration
Registration Deadline for the 2011-12 Winter League is November 7th for all teams. Online registration only at the Gateway website

Season Play
Games begin December 2nd and season ends by March 4th, 2012. High school girls will finish league play before the MSHSAA mandated date. Gateway plays its games on weekday nights and weekends. In the past, Gateway had younger teams (U8-U11), playing on Saturday and Sunday mornings and early afternoons. Gateway plans on older teams to play on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings and weekday evenings. Due to the combined league size and composition the customary schedule could affect the target plans. Gateway will try to avoid younger teams playing late night and older teams playing late Friday and Saturday evenings / early weekend mornings, however, the schedule is dictated by the court times we secure from the facilities.

Teams will be scheduled to play 10 games
When you register your teams, you will be allowed 2 conflicts.  No play 12/24, 12/25 and 1/1.  There will be play before 2pm on New Year’s eve and Super Bowl. 

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.

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 24 minute halves

Important Changes to House Rules from previous years
The 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 goes over half line or is touched by an opponent.

League Fees
Fees register one team of 10 players and 2 coaches. The fees include referees’ fees. For rosters over 10 players, add $7.50 per player over 10th player.
U13 and Younger  $705 with 1 referee
U14 and Older       $755 with 2 referees. We feel that at these age groups, two experienced referees are necessary to assure the game is played the way it should be.

Player Cards
Gateway will institute the issuance of player cards. To be eligible to play, each player must have a card. Player cards are issued only after full payment of fees, signed Medical / Media Release forms have been received and all players have been registered online. Gateway will conduct a team check-in one week before league play begins to issue player cards. Players do not need to be present. Check-in time and place will be announced.

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 teams that are in different age divisions, but can not play down an age group.

Game Balls
The home team is responsible for providing the game ball. 
Size ball used by each age group
Under U12 - size 3 or a Select "Jinga Jr"
U13 and older – size 4 or a Select "Jinga"

To order balls e-mail  Include team name, gender and age, number of balls needed and size ball and contact info of the person ordering. Balls are $30 each.

Do not bring outdoor balls into the facilities. They are not allowed for warm-up. Only futsal balls are allowed. Home team is responsible for providing a game quality ball.

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
Due to tighter scheduling, we are eliminating time outs except for referee-called stoppages.
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 Gateway Competition Committee 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.

Gateway 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
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 Gateway 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 Gateway 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 Gateway 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 game time. There are no refunds for games cancelled by opponents. If a team must cancel, call Gateway 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 teams will not be rescheduled until the $100 reschedule fee is in Gateway. 

At time of registration, each team is allowed 2 conflicts if entered into registration system before registration deadline. If manager does not enter conflicts, no reschedules will be made unless a $100 rescheduling fee is received by Gateway.

Games cancelled by Gateway
We reserve the right to postpone or cancel games at any time for any reason such as bad weather or facility problems. If we do decide to cancel games, refunds will not be provided.

If you have an interest in joining the Gateway referee pool, please email us at To be eligible for consideration, you must be licensed with US Soccer as an outdoor referee.

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