League Rules



Respect of Facilities

  • To keep the playing surfaces clean and dry, please instruct your players not to wear dirty or wet game shoes into the facilities.
  • We play at the pleasure of the facilities and ask for your cooperation in order to renew our contracts with them
  • No ball playing / warm up in facilities except on courts
  • Futsal balls only allowed on courts
  • Please supervise children at all times.  No one is allowed in the upper areas of of the YMCA.
  • Only registered players are allowed to use the gym - other individuals cannot play on the court league is playing.

Other SVF Policies

  • We encourage outdoor team to split into 2 futsal teams.  A sister/brother 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. 
  • Players may be double - rostered on non-sister teams with knowledge and permission from both coaches

We train our own referees to the highest standards possible.  We have a vision of how we would like the game to be played with skill and respect to all and within the rules of the game. 

Team Registration
Registration Is now Open and will close 11/03/2017.

Season Play
Games begin November 29 and the season ends by March 4, 2020. We will play games on Saturdays after 12 and Sundays after 12.  The schedule is dictated by the court times we secure from the facilities.

Teams will be scheduled to play 10 games

Conflicts/Requests – Submission Deadline November 15.
Must be requested prior to the registration deadline; there can be no guarantees. All conflict and requests must be entered on-line using the "comments" section of the team's detail page.  Email or telephone requests made to Susquehanna staff will not be taken into consideration as the scheduler creates the season’s schedule. Please only one entire full weekend conflict is allowed per team.  We will schedule around indoor league schedules if given to us by the deadline.  We give priority to teams with the multiple team coaches in order to schedule back to back games for them.

CONFLICTS NOT ENTERED IN THE CONFLICT BOXES BEFORE THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE of November 15 , WILL NOT BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION.  Even if you had previously e-mailed us, talked with USYF staff or any other type of communication regarding a conflict or request , IT NEEDS TO BE ENTERED HERE OR IT WILL NOT BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION.  If you have no conflicts or coach multiple teams, put NA in the box., put N/A in the "Conflict Comments" box. 

Playing time requests cannot be considered in fairness to the other team in your bracket, such as “we only want to play on Saturday afternoons”.  Generally, we try to schedule the younger teams to play earlier in the day, but often an age group will utilize all the availability in a venue so it is possible that a "younger" (U12 and younger) will play to 7 or 8 pm. The older teams (U13 and older) will occasionally play until 9 or 10 pm on a Saturday or Sunday.  

No games December 25, January 1st or after 4pm on Super Bowl Sunday.  The weekends we do not play December 22-23, 29-30 .

All coaches and managers must take the SafeSport course and have a background check.  The course is online and takes approximatly 90 min. and needs to be only done onece.  The background check will need to be done every two years.  There is no coaching license to coach a team.  No coaching liscencse is neccesary.  Any adult who is registered with the team as a coach or manager and has done the course and passed the clearances may sit on 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

For those coaches with multiple teams we will do the best we can to give you back to back games.  

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. Upon completion of the game, the winning coach should sign the card and return to referee

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 SVF website.
House Rules

  • 24 minute halves, running clock
  • No GK punting.
  • GK can throw ball anywhere on the court on a fly with the exception of the opponent’s penalty area
  • No changing of benches during half-time, but teams switch court direction
  • Halftimes are one minute, which basically allows for a quick drink by players and then taking positions on the court.  Teams should switch halves after first half has ended and clear off courts immediately after end of game.  Coaches are not allowed to interfere with the next game by meeting with their team on the court.
  • GK pass back rule is in effect for all ages
  • Due to tight scheduling, there are NO time outs except for referee-called stoppages (the clock continues to run). 


Player Registration Fee - All players must be registered with USYF and releases signed by player/parent/guardian (P/P/G).  The fee is $13.50 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.

Roster Cards
SVF will institute the issuance of roster cards if required. To be eligible to play, each player must be on the roster. 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. 

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

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

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 guards will be mandatory for all players. Indoor, flat soled soccer shoes also must be worn.
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 you know that your team will not make a match for whatever reason please let us know.  This is a common courtesy so the other team gets somebody to play against.  It is no trouble to find another team for your opponent to play against if you let us know ahead of time.  

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

Teams forfeiting a match and the opponent of a team that forfeited will not receive a refund on their registration fee.
Forfeited games are recorded as a 3 - 0 loss.

Point System and Tiebreakers
Please note, SVF does not publish division standings.  However, the scheduling system allows teams to track progress if desired.  Since the divisions are played such that not every team plays each other an even number of times the standings do not mean much.  

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


No tiebreakers for league play.

Division Awards/Playoffs

For most divisions there is not an even number of games for all opponents playing against each other.  Because of this there are no playoffs and/or awards given to those who are shown by our system to be the top of their divisions.  This league is for fun off soccer season playing.  It is natural for kids to be highly competitive during a match that is part of the fun of it.  However,  the attitude we like to foster during a futsal season is not "win at all costs "but rather "play hard and have fun".  Therefore, respect your opponent, for he or she is there for the same reason. This applies to the parents and coaches as well.  

Ejections - Red Cards
The minimum penalty for an ejection is that the player shall not be permitted to play in the immediate next match of play.  If the player is rostered on two teams and has a scheduled match on the same day after the red card, the player is ineligible to play in that game. If the player who received the red card, does not have another match that day, then the player must sit out the next immediate scheduled match. The League, in consultation with the Head Referee, will then decide if the player or coach will sit out an additional game (s) the following week   The player or coach receiving the red card must sit out a minimum of one game.  

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, remain on the player’s bench or in the gymnasium in the immediate next match.

The maximum penalty, after review by the Competition Committee, may result in the individual coach or team’s expulsion from the League.

Games Cancelled by Opponents
If you know you cannot make a game for whatever reason let us know.  It is easy for us to find another team to play in you place as long as we know ahead of time.  Also it give us time to inform the referees.  Cancelling a game not only short-changes your team, but your scheduled opponent as well. 

At time of registration, each team is allowed multiple conflicts if entered into registration system before registration deadline. If manager does not enter conflicts, no reschedules will be made.  

Games cancelled by Facilities / SVF
We reserve the right to postpone or cancel games at any time for any reason such as bad weather or facility problems. However SVF 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 you cannot make it just let the league director know.  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 SVF Futsal referee pool, please email us at http://whunt@svfutsal.com