CFA's goal is to help the players develop, while they are having fun competing. Below are the major law differences between soccer and futsal. If the rule is not addressed below, you can assume that the laws of play are the same as outdoor.
Each player must have a signed WAIVER
Code of Conduct:
No foul languages will be tolerated toward referees or teammates or other participants. Any disturbances are grounds for immediate removal from the league and premises. Our goal is to provide a positive, family-friendly environment at Chicago Futsal Academy and any action or behavior that detracts from our core mission is not permitted.
Beginning Of The Game:
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 is immediately in front of them, and away from the ball. Failure to do so results in a caution and an indirect free kick is taken from where the ball was situated when the game was stopped to caution the player.
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
Contact is made with an opponent in a careless, reckless or excessive force manner (or if referees believe that such contact could have resulted). An accumulated foul results in a direct free kick
**No slide tackling is allowed. The consequences will be a direct kick from the spot of the foul. A penalty kick is awarded if foul occurs within the goalie box. **
6th Accumulated Foul
* All fouls are indirect, until you have exceeded the 5 fouls allowed. Each half there are only 5 fouls allowed.
Upon a team’s 6th accumulated foul in each half and all other accumulated fouls within the half, the other team is awarded a free kick taken from the penalty mark or where the infraction occurred. 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
Indirect Free Kick
3 yards of distance from kicker to set up the wall, and the ball is in play after it has been touched. If the kicking team takes more time than 4 seconds to take the kick, it becomes the opposition’s indirect 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 the player has repeated fouls or displaying violent or reckless behavior.
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).
**The player sent off (shown a red card) is out for the rest of the game and is not even permitted to sit on the reserves’ bench
Rules of Expulsion (BLUE CARDS: 2 minute penalty)
Free Kick: (Direct and Indirect)
Wall: At least 3 yards away until the ball is in play
Ball in Play: After it has traveled the distance of its own circumference Time Limit: Kick must be taken within 4 seconds Restriction: Kicker cannot touch the ball again until it has been touched by another player
Corner Kick: Ball placed on the corner (no corner-kick arc). If ball is misplaced, the corner kick is taken over
Penalty Kick Shoot-Out:
Consequences for lateness will occur accordingly: 5 min late = 1 goal added to opposing team, 10 minutes late another goal added to opposing team (0 – 2). Anything after 10 minutes will result in a 3-0 forfeit unless opposing coach agrees to play out the remainder of the clock, the late team still with goal deficit.
Referee’s decisions are final.
** CFA follows US Futsal Laws of the Game
*** Rules are subject to change at any time without notice at the discretion of Chicago Futsal Academy.
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