League Rules

*** All 2018-2019 Referee fee are $12 per team per game. Please pay the official before the start of the game.

Great Lakes Futsal is proud to present top quality futsal play in multiple convenient locations across NE Ohio.

To keep the playing surfaces clean and dry, please instruct your players, siblings and parents not to wear dirty or wet game shoes, boots, etc. into the facilities.

The use of regular SOCCER balls on the courts during league play dates IS NOT PERMITTED.

Nets have been hung to protect players and spectators. DO NOT CLIMB UNDER or LIFT UP NETTING at any facility.

Respect referees, opposing coaches, teams and spectators. Belligerent behavior will not be tolerated.

PROFANITY, PHYSICAL or VERBAL ABUSE & FIGHTING are not tolerated at any Great Lakes Futsal facility or event.

Great Lakes Futsal is the only US Soccer sanctioned futsal league in NE Ohio. We use only US Soccer futsal-certified referees to officiate our games, assuring play is conducted according to the FIFA Laws of the Game of Futsal.

Participating Teams
Great Lakes Futsal is one of the largest youth futsal leagues in the United States with our locations including almost 400 teams and over 3000 players.

Age Divisions/Groups
Boys & Girls U7 - Adult. Great Lakes Futsal puts a premium on creating the most competitive divisions possible. For this reason Great Lakes Futsal reserves the right to drop or combine divisions or age groups as needed.

High School Teams that are playing into November will have their games scheduled as needed to accommodate their play-off run. Online registration only at our website www.GreatLakesFutsal.com

Season Play
Session ONE games will begin for most teams on the second weekend of November and the session will end with the Regional Tournament on Martin Luther King weekend in January. Teams can expect or request double-headers to accomodate travel and other team schedules. High school teams may finish later as needed due to their late start. Great Lakes Futsal plays its games on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at all sites. Teams will be scheduled to play 8 games

Important Coach Information
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.

HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS are permitted to play together as a team (playing more than 5 players together when playing indoor on turf without boards violates OHSAA compliance regulations). Keep your teams together and play the fastest most productive version of indoor soccer known! Teams may also split into two rosters and share the same goalkeeper.

Coaches With Multiple Teams
Great Lakes Futsal will accommodate coaches with multiple teams by scheduling them with back-to-back (maximum 2 hours between games) at a given facility whenever possible.  

We take great pride in our service and ability to schedule teams according to their requests. Because we have 10 courts available for play we encourage the splitting of 11.v.11 outdoor teams into two futsal teams of 7-9 players. We will create a schedule that minimizes your travel time and maximizes the court time for your players.

Game Scorecards
Before each game, a pre-printed game card will be available from the referees. The cards are populated with places for scorers to mark goals, fouls, etc. Please check the cards for accuracy and the scorers will fill in the game info from the scorers table. At the end of each game, the referee will ask each coach to attest to the game statistics and final score and sign the game card. The referee then drops the gamecard into our drop box at each location. The scores on the signed cards are then considered 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.

GREAT LAKES FUTSAL - House Rules to the Laws of the Game
1. Goalkeeper MAY receive the ball multiple times during a team possession according to the OLD passback rule. Once the keeper touches the ball they cannot play the ball again until it:

a. goes out of bounds. b. touches an opposing player. c. goes over mid court.

Our league does not enforce the FIFA goalkeeper passback rule. We believe that our house rule promotes using the goalkeeper and gives less experienced teams an opportunity to possess the ball. The FIFA rule was written for international play at a very high level.) 

2. NO scoring directly from a kick-off.

3. No switching of benches at halftime. (Due to spilling of water and time constraints. Tournament play does mandate the switching of benches.)

4. Game length consists of 2, 25 minute halves a 3 minute warm-up, 3 minute halftime and 1, :45 second time out per team per half.

5. NO Slide tackling will be allowed at any facility. This rule also contradicts the FIFA letter of the law. We promote a non-contact game and believe that youth players do not have enough control over their bodies and that our referees are not experienced enough to allow slide tackling to be a part of our league games. Safety-First is our priority.

6. Physical contact prior to receiving the ball is kept to the bare minimum. Futsal is a game of skill, timing, speed and coordinated movement NOT a game of physical strength.

Go to HeartandSoleFutsal.com to register as an individual layer or for individual training.

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
Great Lakes Futsal provides game balls or personal futsal balls may be used pending the approval of the referee.. 
Size ball used by each age group
Under 8 - uses a Junior Ball     Under U12 - uses an Intermediate Ball      U13 and older – uses an Adult Ball

To order balls e-mail otto@futsalfactory.com Include team name, gender and age, number and sizes of balls needed. Please include contact information of the person ordering. Balls are $30 each. (Orders of 12 or more $25 each).

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 is mandatory for all players. Indoor, flat soled soccer shoes also must be worn.

Futsal Shoes, Goalkeeper Gloves, Balls, Official and Inflatable Futsal Goals and a Variety of Futsal T-shirts are available upon request.

Home Team Colors
If home team does not wear light/white and there is a conflict, home team must wear pinnies (provided by Great Lakes Futsal). If the visiting team also wears a light jersey the visiting team is required to wear the pinnies. 

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 there has been no contact or prior agreement), 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 Great Lakes Futsal 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.

Great Lakes 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
3. Goals For
4. Head-To-Head

Ejections - Red Cards
If a player is ejected from a match, a referee’s report of the incident shall be turned over to the Great Lakes Futsal administrator by the referee. The maximum penalty, after review by the Great Lakes Futsal 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 take first and last name, school, team names and parents contact phone number. Document the red card on the front (back if no more room) of the score sheet and present it to the Great Lakes Futsal League administrator. The player will be allowed to return after the 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 Great Lakes 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 Great Lakes 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 game time. There are no refunds for games cancelled by opponents. If a team must cancel, call Chris Dore (440)320-2390 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 $75 (first offense) reschedule fee clears in the Great Lakes Futsal account. 

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 Great Lakes Futsal.

Games Cancelled By Great Lakes Futsal
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 United States Youth Futsal referee pool, please email us at GreatLakesFutsal@gmail.com. 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 Great Lakes Futsal, please feel free to contact us at:

Chris Dore, info@greatlakesfutsal.com, 440-320-2390

Otto Orf, otto@greatlakesfutsal.com, 330-329-5883