1. Format, Roster Size & Rules of Futsal

Format: 5v5 -- Includes the goal keeper

Ages: U8-U19

Max Roster Size: 11 players (if you have 12 or more players, you can create and register 2 sister teams and be able to use all players in either team. See more details in the SISTER TEAMS GUEST PLAY POLICY in section 4.3a below.

Max Number of registered team officials: 3

GAME BALLS
The home team is responsible for providing the game ball. 
Size ball used by each age group
U12 and under - size 3, a.k.a. JUNIOR size (size 4 OK upon agreement of both coaches)
U13 and older – size 4, a.k.a SENIOR size.

A Quick Guide to the Rules of Futsal

The Futsal Court

2. League Summary & Team Registration

YOUTH FUTSAL LEAGUE - 2 sessions! (U8-U19)

- TEAM REGISTRATION FOR  SEASON 1 (AUTUMN) (Nov 4 - Dec 17, 2021) is closed.

- TEAM REGISTRATION FOR SEASON 2 (WINTER) (Jan 12 - Feb 21, 2022) is open now! Registration closes Sun, Jan 2nd, 2022 or when brackets are full.

Idaho Futsal League

Boise Area (Ada County Conference) &

Middleton Area (Canyon County Conference)

League Dates

Weekly games! Games are on Thursdays and Fridays! (Wednesdays possible)

Season 1 (Autumn) - Nov 4 - Dec 17, 2021

Note: No games on Nov 25-26 (Thanksgiving)

Team registration is closed.

 

Season 2 (Winter) - Jan 12 - Feb 18, 2022 (some games may be played the week of Feb 21st)

Team Registration is open now!

Team Registration closes, Sun, Jan 2, 2022

Facilities

ADA COUNTY: Joplin Elementary, Lowell Scott Middle.

CANYON COUNTY:  Middleton Heights Elementary. 

Note: Every Team is assigned a home venue (home games), in your county, to the best of our ability.

NO TRAVELING TO EVERY GAME OUTSIDE YOUR COUNTY!

Venues Directions.

Divisions

U8 - U19 (Male and Female)

Team Fee

$350 per team 

 

# of Games

6 games minimum: Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays - We will try to set most homes games for a given team the same day of the week but it is no ensured due to the space being very tight. 

Player Fee

(USYF pass

valid until

July 31, 

2022)

All players must register with USYF for $13.50 (annual fee, good from Aug 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022). Once a team manager or coach registers his/her team, enters his/her team roster and assigns the players (roster) to the registered team, all parents will automatically get a link to register their kids with USYF.  

NOTE: Players who plays in season 1 (Nov 4- Dec 17, 2021), do NOT need to pay this $13.50 player fee again in season 2 (Winter, Jan 12-Feb 18,2022).

Referee Fee

Referee Fees (each team pays cash before each game to Referee):

U13 and under: $7/game/team.

U14-U16: $8/game/team

U17-U19: $9/game/team

All our officials are US Soccer Futsal Certified!

Awards Given to League Champions!

 

3. COACHES/VOLUNTEERS REQUIREMENTS

  • (1) LIMIT OF COACHES/MANAGERS PER GAME

Besides players, there is a limit of 3 people per team on the bench. These are coaches, assistant coaches or/and managers. These 3 people need to be fully registered with USYF. See below.

Referees will not deal with excess people or unregistered people/players in attendance directly. Instead, they will ask the coach or coaches to deal with the problem. If the problem cannot be resolved with the help of the coaches, referees may choose to abandon the match and make a notation on their game report. Team penalties and sanctions can be found here.

  • (2) USYF REGISTRATION/BACKGROUND CHECK 

Submit data for your background check here.

Note 1: Cost for coaches/managers/volunteers to register with USYF is $10 (good from Aug 1, 2021- July 31, 2022.

Note 2: An IYSA background check is not transferible to USYF.

Note 3: You will upload your SafeSport certificate during your background check/registration (more details about SafeSport below)

  • (3) COMPLETE THE SAFESPORT ONLINE COURSE - SafeSport or a refresher must be completed EACH year.

3.1 If you completed  the SafeSport course within a year from when you register for the futsal league, you will upload this certificate to your background check registration.

3.2 If you completed the SafeSport course in a previous year, you must complete the REFRESHER course.  Log into SafeSport here www.safesport.org.  Please download and SAVE your most recent certificate (must be dated within the last year).  You will upload this certificate to your background check registration.

3.3 First time users: to enroll in the free course, please click here to begin your Safe Sport training. You will need to use the US Soccer access code YC3E-6P5G-YYIL-CS2M.  You can take the 90 minute course all at once, or over a period of time as SafeSport will save your progress. Once the SAFESPORT modules are completed, you will have earned a master “SAFESPORT Trained” certificate. Please download and SAVE this certificate. You will upload this certificate to your background check registration.

For SafeSport Tech Support contact the Help Desk at (720) 676-6417  Link: SafeSport.org

4. 2021-2022 Idaho Futsal Rules and Info

4.1 Venues

  • Ada County Conference - See tables above
  • Canyon County Conference - See tables above

4.2 Respect of Facilities

  • COVID-19 policy for the Fall 2021 session 

Joplin Elementary: Face Masks are only needed if 1 meter physical distance is not possible.

Heights Elementary: No masks required, per School District policy

Stay home if you are sick.

If any player, coach, team official, referee, or spectator is exhibiting any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19 they must not attend Idaho Futsal League games until they are cleared by a medical professional or meet the CDC guidelines for return from self-isolation.

o Signs/Symptoms of COVID-19 (from CDC): ▪ Fever or chills ▪ Cough ▪ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing ▪ Fatigue ▪ Muscle or body aches ▪ Headache ▪ New loss of taste or smell ▪ Sore throat ▪ Congestion or runny nose ▪ Nausea or vomiting ▪ Diarrhea

  • 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.  
  • Only registered players are allowed to use the gym - other individuals cannot play on the court league is playing - this includes the half-time break period

4.3 GUEST PLAY POLICY, PLAY UPS, PLAY DOWNS, and ROSTER FREEZE

A. "SISTER TEAMS": GUEST PLAY POLICY

We encourage outdoor teams to split into 2 futsal teams.  A sister team is created from an outdoor team that splits into two or more futsal teams.  If you as a coach have a sister team in the league and it is:

- in the same age bracket as your team: you may borrow any amount of players from the sister team,

- in an upper age bracket: you may borrow only age appropriate players for your age bracket.

- in a lower age bracket: you may borrow any amount of players from the sister team.

- Sharing of players between sister teams are allowed for all games, including games after the roster freeze before game 4.

PROOF OF YOUR OUTDOOR ROSTER SPLIT MAY BE REQUIRED.

B. PLAY UPS: GUEST PLAY POLICY

You can borrow unlimited players from another team in your club, regardless of bracketing, as long as it is a play up player in the borrowing team. 

C. SAME DIVISION TEAMS: GUEST PLAY POLICY

Guest Players from other futsal teams in your own club/organization are allowed in a given game  when the club of the two teams represented in that match are in the same  division. In that case two guest players maximum are allowed per team. Exceptions:

- See "A. Sister Teams: Guest Play Policy" exception above.

- See "B. Play Ups: Guest Play Policy" exception above.

DOCUMENTATION OF CLUB PLAY UPS AND SAME DIVISION CLUB TEAMS GUEST PLAYERS (section B and C above)

When bringing club guest players of the type described in section B and C above, US Youth Futsal official roster from the team (from the your same club) you are loaning players from must be fetched by the referee. Let your ref know which is the loaning team name. They have all rosters. The Guest Players can only play two games maximum in one given day.

D. GIRLS PLAYING IN BOYS TEAMS: GUEST PLAY POLICY

Boys teams Coaches can invite any age appropriate registered girl (from a league registered team of the same club) to play in their team.

Play Ups

Two year play ups allowed. For 3 year play ups, please contact us.

For High school age teams, freshmen can play up in a Varsity team.

Play Downs

Play downs are Not allowed. For special circumnstances (teams from small size towns etc.) please write to help@idahoyouthfutsal.org detailing your request.

SANCTIONS
Failure to meet any of the requirements above will result in forfeits for all games for the teams where the player has played.

ROSTER FREEZE

Before your 4th game, your roster is set and no more players can be added to the roster. This is to ensure the last decisive games do not see teams trying to stack up their teams. 

For the Fall 2021 session (Nov-Dec 2021), the deadline to add a player to a roster so that player is eligible to start playing the following week, is the Sunday of the week you are adding the player, at 11:59PM. The last Sunday to add players is DEC 5th, 2021 at 11:59PM. 

For the Winter 2022 session (Jan-Feb 2022), the deadline to add a player to a roster so that player is eligible to start playing the following week, is the Sunday of the week you are adding the player, at 11:59PM. The last Sunday to add players is FEB 6th, 2021 at 11:59PM. 

Coaches and Managers can be added anytime but please let us know when you do so at help@idahoyouthfutsal.org so we can send updated official rosters to the referee assignor.

4.4 Referees
We use only US Soccer futsal - certified officials to call our games, assuring the game is played the way it should.  

4.5 Age Divisions/Groups
Boys & Girls U7 - U19 Idaho Futsal reserves the right to drop or combine divisions or age groups.

4.6 Team Registration
See deadlines and registration links for session 1 and session 2 in the table in section 2 above.

4.7 Season Dates, # of games & Awards

Ada County Conference (Boise Venue)  - see summary table in section 2 above.

Canyon County Conference (Middleton Venue) - see summary table in section 2 above.

Teams will be scheduled to play 6 games minimum.

Awards given to Champion Teams!


4.8 IMPORTANT COACHES/MANAGERS/VOLUNTEERS 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 in 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, develop and play games. 

All adults working with players (coaches, managers or volunteers) need to register with USYF and complete the background check data section. They also need to complete the safesports module. Please click on the "FOR COACHES and MANAGERS" menu at the top of this page or directly, go here.

Coaches with multiple teams
We will accommodate coaches with multiple teams by attempting to schedule them with back-to-back games.  So you are encouraged to split your outdoor teams into two futsal teams, and we will make every effort to schedule your games back to back, however, there may be an occasional gap (one hour) between games if there are multiple sister teams in a bracket.  If you coach more than two teams and need to be at all the games, please let us know.  We will make every attempt to accommodate this request (coaching more than two teams). 

Player/Coaches Registration Fees - 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 online only.  When the team manager inputs a player into his/her roster, an e-mail is sent to P/P/G with instructions as to how to complete player registration. 

Coaches/Managers/Volunteers pay $10 to register with USYF which includes an extensive background check. To register as a coach or manager and complete all requirements, please go here.


4.9 Futsal FIFA Rules, House Rules, Point System and Ejections

Official futsal FIFA Rules and Regulations as stated under the Laws of The Game will be enforced. Exceptions are noted below under House Rules. The Futsal Laws of the Game can be found here. 
 
House Rules

  • 20 minute halves, running clock
  • Coaches have 1 time out available in each half. Time outs are 1 minute long.
  • No GK punting or drop kicking.
  • 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 two minutes, 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
  • No heading in matches involving U12 or younger teams. When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the penalty area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the penalty area line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue.

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 6 - 0 loss

Tiebreakers

  1. Total Points
  2. Goal Difference (max 6 per game)
  3. Goals For
  4. Head-To-Head

FIFA “Kicks from the Penalty Mark”

If “Kicks from the Penalty Mark” are required, they will be scheduled shortly after the game or when time and field availability permits. Coin Toss will be used to break the tie when PKs are not viable because field unavailability. 

The PK series is of 3 per team. If a tie persists after the series, then one kick for each team alternating, until there is a winner.

EJECTIONS 
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 or facility 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.

4.10 TEAM CHECK-IN & REFEREE FEE

Official Rosters
To be eligible to play, each player must be on the official roster. Rosters are issued only after full payment of fees, signed Medical / Media Release forms have been received, and all players and adults have been registered online.

You have access to your roster using you HTGsports login and will see what kids have completed their wavers and payments to USYF.

You can add players any time during your first 3 games. Send an email to help@idahoyouthfutsal.org if you have added players so we can send rosters to the referee head for distribution. Again, the official roster is frozen the Sunday before your 4th your game. Max player roster size is 11 players.

Referees will have the official roster cards so coaches do not need to bring them.

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 Youth Futsal.  

Pay your Referee

Referee Fees (each team pays cash before each game to Referee):

U13 and under: $7/game/team.

U14-U16: $8/game/team

U17-U19: $9/game/team

If your team is playing up, please pay the fee corresponding to the division you are playing in.

All our officials are US Soccer Futsal Certified!

If a team fails to pay its referee cash fee before the beginning of its game, it will be considered a forfeit. The game will be tallied as a 6 to 0 loss for the forfeiting team and a 6 to 0 win for their opponent.

The actual fee + a $25 penalty must be paid before the next game to remain in good standing in the league. Contact Idaho Youth Futsal at help@idahoyouthfutsal.org to arrange for payment.

4.11 UNIFORM CONVENTION & EQUIPMENT

UNIFORMS

  • Home team (listed first in schedule) wears its primary colors.
  • Visitor team will wear a uniform no conflicting with the home team colors.

This convention is present with most soccer/futsal leagues in the world and also in High School soccer in Idaho.

You can enter your primary and alternate colors by editing your team. Clicking on a game in the online schedule shows your uniform info so the other team knows.

GAME BALLS
The home team is responsible for providing the game ball. 
Size ball used by each age group
U12 and under - size 3, a.k.a. JUNIOR size (size 4 OK upon agreement of both coaches)
U13 and older – size 4, a.k.a SENIOR size.

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.

SHINGUARDS
The wearing of shin guards will be mandatory for all players.

INDOOR/FUTSAL SHOES

Indoor, flat soled soccer shoes must be worn. No cleats allowed.

4.12 FORFEITED GAMES

-Failing to show
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, does not have enough players to field a team (4), or at least 1 registered coach or team rep is present, the game will be forfeited. The game will be tallied as a 6 to 0 loss for the forfeiting team and a 6 to 0 win for their opponent. The No Show fee amount is $200 plus the full ref fees for both teams.

Note: Only the team that showed up can use the court time for training or intra scrimmage.

-Not Paying your Ref

If a team fails to pay its referee cash fee before the beginning of its game, it will be considered a forfeit. The game will be tallied as a 6 to 0 loss for the forfeiting team and a 6 to 0 win for their opponent.

The fee and a $25 penalty must be paid before the next game to remain in good standing in the league. Contact Idaho Youth Futsal at help@idahoyouthfutsal.org to arrange for payment.

For referee fees see the tables at the top of this page.

-Games Cancelled

See section "GAME CANCELLATIONS and RESCHEDULES" below.

-Other reasons
If the referee terminates a match for reasons other than force majeure or field conditions, the Idaho Futsal Competition Committee will decide the result of the match after hearing the official reason from the referee (and both coaches, if needed).

Referees will not deal with excess people or unregistered people/players in attendance directly. Instead, they will ask the coach or coaches to deal with the problem. If the problem cannot be resolved with the help of the coaches, referees may choose to abandon the match and make a notation on their game report. Team penalties and sanctions can be found here. Idaho Futsal will not need to speak with the coaches in this case to decide the result. 

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 6 - 0 loss.

4.13 GAME CANCELLATIONS and RESCHEDULES

Games Cancelled by a Team
If an opponent cancels a game or does not show for the game, the other team may use the field of play for the scheduled game time for practice or scrimmage. There are no refunds for games cancelled by opponents.

If a team must cancel a game , call the Idaho Futsal administrator 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 a team will incur the following fees:

Less than 1 week notice: $100 + Full Referees fees for both teams

More than 1 week notice: $50

This is in addition to the $150 reschedule fee (see below), if the team cancelling the game wants to reschedule it and the opponent agrees.

Reschedules

There is no games reschedules (a forfeit will be reflected). There is one exception: If we have court space available before the league concludes and the opposite team agrees to play the match, a reschedule can be requested.

However, if there is space, games cancelled by teams will not be rescheduled until a $150 reschedule fee, paid by the team that cancelled, is received by Idaho Futsal. Contact us at help@idahoyouthfutsal.org to arrange for payment.

TIMING OF RESCHEDULE - A team that cancels a game and wants to still play the game (see above) must request the reschedule (once it contacted the other team and they agreed to play) and pay the reschedule fee within 1 week of the date when the match should have been played. After this 1 week period, the forfeit becomes official.

Games Cancelled by Facilities 
We reserve the right to postpone or cancel games at any time for any reason such as facility problems.  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.

4.14 Referees 
If you have an interest in joining the Idaho State Futsal referee pool, please email us at assignor.idaho@gmail.com 

4.15 Additional Questions
If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding Idaho Futsal, or IFF please feel free to contact us at  help@idahoyouthfutsal.org