Futsal Rules

Futsal Rules

WJFL Futsal League Rules of Play (UEFA)   A close up of a sign

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The rules are quite simple and through playing you will soon pick it up. On a full court we are following UEFA and FIFA rulings. You play with 4 field players and one goalie. There are no off sides. It won’t be long before your players settle into it and our Referees understand you may be new to this format
  • Duration of play is 30 minutes one way. This is within FA Futsal General Rules, Duration of Play and Timeouts, Rule 13.
  • The ball must go forward when starting/restarting the game. A goal may NOT be scored directly from the kick off. (Law 8 The start and restart of play (b) Kick Off). You cannot score directly from the kick off
  • The ball is a low bounce ball.
  • There are no throw-ins but kick-ins. To restart the game after a ball has gone out of play, the ball is kicked back into play from the touch line. The ball must be stationary on the touch line or within 25cm of the touch line but not on the pitch. The feet of the player taking the kick-in must not cross the line. Player has 4 seconds to kick the ball into a teammate (it is like an indirect free kick so no trying to score a goal from the side-line as it will not count unless it touches another player). Opposing players must stand 5 metres away from the kick in and the same distance for free kicks and goalkeeper clearances. 3 metres away for restarts after goals are scored. WJFL uses a RED retreat line.
  • The goalie cannot kick the ball out as he must start the ball with his hands and has 4 seconds to put it in play by throwing or rolling to a team mate. An Indirect free kick on the edge of the goal area will be awarded against the keeper if the 4 second rule is broke, or the ball is kicked out. The keeper can drop the ball to the floor and play with his feet but still only has 4 seconds possession in his own half.
  • The ball must touch an opposition player after leaving the goalkeepers hands before it can be passed back to him from his own player. (receive with feet only) (Year 2010 2nd Touch Rule does not apply)
  • No back pass (The Goalkeeper cannot pick the ball up if received from a team mate). This will result in an indirect free kick on the edge of the goal area.
  • Any deliberate handling of the ball outside of the area by the Goalkeeper will result in a sending off and a direct free kick been awarded. The keeper then takes no further part in the game but after 2 minutes have elapsed a replacement player may enter the pitch unless the opposition score within the 2 minutes where the replacement can enter the pitch with the referee’s permission. Only the referee can time the 2 minutes. This does not include a keeper misjudging the area from a throw out where an indirect free kick is awarded.
  • Slide tackling is allowed. A direct free kick will be awarded if contact is made with an opposition’s player and deemed dangerous as a result of sliding and/or the opponent has the ball
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  • There is unlimited roll on roll off substitutions at any time (except goalkeeper changes which must be through the referee). The new player must not enter the field of play until the old player has left. So, time your substitutions right. The referee will stop the game and an indirect free kick is awarded. The ball will be placed wherever it is in play at the time. If within the goal area, it will be placed on the edge of the goal area.
  • If a lace needs tying, you must make a substitution to do this. This can be forced by the referee. Once tied the player can return to the field of play.
  • When a team commits 5 fouls in the same half of the game a 10-metre penalty is awarded upon the 6th foul. Every foul afterwards within the same half is awarded as a penalty. The number of fouls committed is reset at half time.
  • Should a player be sent off he must leave the pitch and the team must play with 4 for a period of 2 minutes. He cannot return but another player can be used after the 2 minutes have elapsed or if the opposition score a goal first. You must have the Referees permission to re-enter the pitch. The referees is responsible for the 2 minute countdown and the team Manager must go by this clock only.
 
  • There will be a 20 second time out allowed but the clock will keep rolling – This can be used to refocus your team or deal with other team matters. 1 per team per game permitted. This is done by informing the referee.
  • The match Referee keeps the score and time using the equipment and only this is official.
  • The referee’s word is final but if initially you do not understand a decision please speak to a member of Wirral Futsal who will explain the ruling. The referee is there to officiate the game and his word is final.
  • Remember Futsal is about what you do with the ball and not how physical you are. There will be free kicks given for challenges that will be totally acceptable in grass football but not in Futsal and as players and coaches you must recognise this.
  • Bad or un-sporting behaviour will not be tolerated. Let’s be about the game and player development. Kicking the ball away will result in an indirect free kick and a second offence by the same player will result in a sending off.