League Rules


Louisville Futsal is the only United States Youth Futsal sanctioned futsal league in the City of Louisville. We use only Futsal certified officials to call our games, or previously certified referees that are in pursuit of getting re certified when assuring the game is played the way it should.

Participating Teams
Louisville Futsal is the largest local winter league entertaining a large part of the competitive soccer teams from the local soccer community.

Age Divisions/Groups
Boys & Girls U8 - U18. Louisville Futsal reserves the right to drop or combined divisions or age groups.

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
Louisville Futsal 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 prepared game card will be available from the referees. 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. Kick off is a direct kick restart.
  2. No switching of benches between halves.
  3. Game length is (two) 20 minute halves with a 5 minute halftime.
  4. NO SLIDE TACKLING; sliding is allowed when keeping the ball from going out of bounds, or going into the goal when blocking a shot or pass.

Pass back rule with Goalie in mind...
The pass back rule will be played at all age groups accept for the following division...U10 age group and younger. Once the keeper puts the ball back into play with their hands or feet the GK can not be pass backed to again in that team's possession unless one of the following has occurred...1. a stoppage has occurred (a foul was called, there is a kick in to re start play). 2. the other team has touched the ball (can be the slightest touch that the official observed). 3. if your team gained possession of the ball when winning it back from a defensive position.

Player Cards
Louisville Futsal will look at instituting the use of player cards at games. To be eligible to play, each player would need a card. Player cards would be issued only after full payment of fees, signed Medical / Media Release forms have been received and all players have been registered online. Louisville Futsal could 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. AGAIN, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT LFUTSAL WILL LOOK AT POSSIBLY ENFORCING, BUT THAT FINAL DECISION HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED YET.

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.
  3. Players in the H.S. age group division - can be double roster as long as the two teams are a club team and a H.S. team.

Futsal Balls...

To order balls e-mail rob.iliff@gmail.com. Include team name, gender and age, number of balls needed and size ball and contact info of the person ordering. Balls are $25 each, or $20 each if you order 3 or more balls.

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

Time Outs / Home Team Colors
Due to time allowed between the game being played and the next game to start, we will allow for 1 TO per team each half.

In the case that each team having similar or matching colors, pennies will need to be worn.  Louisville Futsal has pennies available at facilities. Please ask the referee for pennies.

Forfeited Games - Louisville Futsal values the playing of games vs forfeits / if league coordinator is notified in advance about cancellation of game we will do our best to reschedule the game since we want the players to play. However...

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 4 to 0 loss for the forfeiting team and a 4 to 0 win for their opponent.

If the referee terminates a match for reasons other than an act of God or field conditions, the Louisville Futsal 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 4 - 0 loss.

Louisville 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 4 - 0 loss

1. Head to Head
2. Goal Difference
3. Goals For
4. Fewest goals against
5. Most games won
6. Most shutouts

There are no awards given for winners of regular season divisions. Awards are given to winners and runner-ups in the end of the league season mini-tournament.

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 Louisville Futsal 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.  However, LFutsal reserve the rights with a technical committee of individuals that could issue more than a one game suspension, depending on the nature and/or severity of the red card offense.

The maximum penalty, after review by the Louisville 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 hold onto the player pass, document red card on the back of the score sheet and present it to the Louisivlle Futsal League administrator. The player will have his/her pass returned after a one game or more suspension has been served.

Coach Ejections
If a coach is ejected from any match, a referee’s report of the incident shall be turned over to the Louisville 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. However, LFutsal reserve the rights with a technical committee of individuals that could issue more than a one game suspension, depending on the nature and/or severity of the red card offense.

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

At time of registration, each team is allowed 2 conflicts if entered into registration system before registration deadline. However, if games need to be cancelled at a later date, Louisville Futsal League Coordinator will do its best to reschedule the game since the value of playing games is considered very highly.

Games cancelled by Louisville Futsal
We reserve the right to postpone or cancel games at any time for certain reason such as bad weather or facility problems (these cancelled situations will be announced on the home page of this website and at the Louisville Futsal Facebook page). 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 rob.iliff@louisvillefutsal.com. To be eligible for consideration, you must be licensed with US Soccer as an outdoor referee, or previously licensed and upon getting certified again.

Additional Questions
If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the Louisville Futsal, please feel free to contact us at rob.iliff@louisvillefutsal.com.