General Rules: KICK-INS / KICK-OFFS
- Team cannot score directly from kick-off/center circle.
- No direct kicks are ever awarded from the center circle
- No scoring from kick-ins, player on the same team must touch the ball first before making a scoring attempt
- No slide tackles, Keepers can slide to block a shot, but should not make contact with opposing player
- No offside
- No throw-ins, only kick-ins
- Opponent allows for 3 yards distance from kick-ins, indirect kicks & corner kicks.
- Everything is indirect besides corner kicks.
- The team kicking in has 4 seconds to get the ball back in play or it becomes opponent’s kick in.
- If the ball hits the ceiling, restart at the center circle.
- If the goalie punches the ball to the ceiling and hits the net. It is a corner kick for the attacking team.
- When balls are kicked out of bounds the ball has to be completely stopped on the sideline before restarting play. It is OK to place the ball 12 to 14 inches off the line because of the netting.
- The goalie must throw the ball within 4 seconds of retrieving it and put it back into play by throwing it. The throw must leave the penalty area. The opposing team must stay out of penalty area during a goal clearance. If a player touches the ball before it leaves penalty area, GK retakes the throw.
- Goalie cannot throw the ball past the midline.
- If Goalkeeper throws ball directly over the halfway-line (without it first touching his own side of the pitch or any player, ball is then placed at center circle for opposing teams kick)
- Goalkeeper picks up or touches with his hands a back pass or kick-in (ball reset at the center circle to the opposing team)
- Free substitutions are made “on the fly”. A player entering the game may not step onto the field until the player he/she is replacing them is immediately in front of them.
- Players taking kick-in can not step into the field while kicking the ball back into play.
Fouls and Misconduct:
- Futsal is a minimum contact sport. However, some contact may occur, as long as it is done in a legal manner. It cannot be done by play that is careless, reckless, or with excessive force
- No slide tackling
- Slide tackling exception: The GK is allowed to slide in an attempt to clear the ball,if in referees’ judgment, the slide is an attempt only to make contact with the ball, not the opponent. If GK slide is at least careless (a foot in the air, a hook, rolling tackle) it is a foul and possibly a cardable offense. The result of such a tackle will be an immediate direct kick from the place of the foul. A penalty kick is awarded if the foul occurs within the goalie box.
* All fouls are indirect, until you have exceeded the 5 fouls allowed.
Each half there are only 5 fouls allowed.
6th Accumulated Foul
- Upon a team’s 6th accumulated foul in each half, the other team is awarded a free kick taken from the penalty mark. The defending team cannot build a wall to block the kick. The player taking the kick must be clearly identified and the player taking the kick must make an attempt at the goal.
- Accumulated Harsh Fouls resulting in a Direct Kick
- Kicking or attempting to kick an opponent, Tripping or attempting to trip an opponent, Jumping at an opponent, Charges an opponent, Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent, Pushes an opponent, slide tackling or missed tackle, Charging an opponent in a violent or dangerous manner, Charging an opponent from behind, Charging an opponent with shoulder (shoulder charge), Holding an opponent, Spits at an opponent, Handling the ball (except the GK in their own Penalty area)
Indirect Free Kick
- 3 yards of distance from kicker & wall, 4 seconds for kicker to take the kick
- Sending Off Fouls
- Blue Cards – 2-minute penalty
- Red Cards – Player not allowed to re-enter the game and must leave player bench area.
- According to referee’s discretion he/she may issue a blue or red card at any time during the game, especially if player has repeated fouls or displaying violent or reckless behavior.
BLUE CARD OFFENSES
- Substituting player enters the pitch from an incorrect position or before the player he is substituting has entirely left the pitch
- Player persistently infringes the Laws of the Game, shows dissent with any decision of referee, guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct.
Rules of Expulsion (BLUE CARDS: 2-minute penalty)
- The team of the player sent off can substitute for that player after 2 minutes of playing time.
- The substitute cannot come on until the ball is out of play and he has a referee’s consent.
RED CARD OFFENSES
(A) Serious foul play
(B) Violent conduct
(C) Foul or abusive language
(D) Second instance of cautionable offense (i.e., second blue)
(E) Intentionally impeding a clear goal opportunity (e.g. through a “professional foul”)
(F) Intentionally impeding a clear goal opportunity in the penalty area by handling the ball
Direct free kicks (or penalty kicks) accompany the expulsion for (a), (b), (e) and (f); indirect free kicks, for (c) and (d) (from the 6-meter line where the infringement takes place in the penalty area).
As a result of the law suit on Nov. 2, 2015, all organizations under U.S. soccer do not allow heading the ball for children 10 and under.
For other age groups, it is left to coach’s discretion.