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LAW II - The Ball

· Size #4
· Circumference: 62-64 cm
· Weight: 390-430 grams
· Bounce: 55-65 cm on first bounce
· Material: Leather or other suitable material (i.e., not dangerous)

LAW III - Number of Players

· Minimum Number of Players to Start Match: 4, one of whom shall be a goalkeeper
· Minimum Number of Players to Finish Match: 3
· Maximum Number of Substitutes: 7
· Substitution Limit: None
· Substitution Method: "Flying substitution" (all players but the goalkeeper enter and
· leave as they please; goalkeeper substitutions can only be made when the ball is out of play and with a referee's consent)

LAW IV - Players' Equipment

Usual Equipment: Numbered shirts, shorts, socks, protective shin-guards and footwear with rubber soles

LAW V - Main Referee

· Duties: Enforce the laws, apply the advantage rule, keep a record of all incidents before, during and after game, stop game when deemed necessary, caution or expel players guilty of misconduct, violent conduct or other ungentlemanly behavior, allow no others to enter the pitch, stop game to have injured players removed, signal for game to be restarted after every stoppage, decide that the ball meets with the stipulated requirements.

· Position: The side opposite to the player benches

· Power Unique to Main Referee: Can overrule Assistant Referee's calls.

LAW VI: Second Referee (used for semis & finals)

· Duties: Same as Main Referee, with the addition of keeping a check on the2-minute punishment period after a player has been sent off, ensuring that substitutions are carried out properly, and keeping a check on the 1-minute time-out.

· Position: The same side as the player benches

LAW VII - Timekeeper (N/A to any competition games)

· Duties: Start game clock after kick-off, stop it when the ball is out of play, and restart it after all restarts; keep a check on 2-minute. punishment for sending off; indicate end of first half and match with some sort of sound; record time-outs and fouls (and indicate when a team has exceeded the 5-foul limit); record game stoppages, scorers, players cautioned and sent off, and other
information relevant to the game.

· Position: Outside halfway line on the same side as the substitution zone (i.e., the players' bench side)

LAW VIII - Duration of the Game

· Duration: Two equal periods (check your nights format); Time can be prolonged only to take a penalty kick.

· Half-time: 1-2min

LAW IX - The Start of Play

Procedure: Coin toss (or Referees decision) followed by kickoff; opposing team waits outside center circle; ball deemed in play once it has been touched; the
kicker shall not touch ball before someone else touches it; ensuing kick-offs taken after goals scored and at start of second half.

LAW X - Ball in and out of Play

· Ball out of play: When it has wholly crossed the goal line or touchline; when the game has been stopped by a referee; when the ball
hits the ceiling (restart: kick-in at the place closest to where the ball touched the ceiling).

· Lines: Touchlines and goal lines are considered inside the playing area.

LAW XI - Method of Scoring

When the whole of the ball has passed over the goal line, between the goal posts and under the crossbar (except by illegal means).

LAW XII - Fouls and Misconduct

Direct free kick awarded when a player intentionally commits any of the following 11 offenses (penalty kick awarded when infringement takes place in penalty area)

· kicking or attempting to kick an opponent

· tripping an opponent

· jumping at an opponent

· charging an opponent in a violent or dangerous manner

· charging an opponent from behind

· striking, attempting to strike, or spitting at an opponent

· holding an opponent

· pushing an opponent

· charging an opponent with shoulder (i.e., shoulder charge)

· sliding at an opponent (i.e., sliding tackle)

· handling the ball (except goalkeeper)

Indirect free kick awarded when any of the following 8 offenses is committed (kick taken from the 6-meter line when infringement takes place in penalty area):

· dangerous play (e.g. attempting to kick ball held by goalkeeper)

· obstruction

· charging the goalkeeper in the penalty area (i.e., goalkeeper charge)

· goalkeeper picks up or touches with his hands a back pass -please see a more detailed explanation on our facebook page.

· goalkeeper picks up or touches with his hands a kick-in from a teammate

· goalkeeper controls the ball with any part of his body for more than 4 seconds

· goalkeeper touches with any part of his body a back pass that has been played back to him before the ball has been touched by an opponent

Players shall be cautioned (i.e., shown yellow card) when:

· a substituting player enters the pitch from an incorrect position or before the player he is substituting has entirely left the pitch

· he persistently infringes the Laws of the Game

· he shows dissent with any decision of the referee

· he is guilty of ungentlemanly conduct

These 4 yellow-card offenses are punishable by an indirect free kick taken from the point of infringement (or from the 6-meter line when the infringement takes place in penalty area).

Players shall be sent off (i.e., shown the red card) for:

· (a) serious foul play

· (b) violent conduct

· (c) foul or abusive language

· (d) second instance of cautionable offense (i.e., second yellow card)

· (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 when the infringement takes place in the penalty area).

Rules of Expulsion:

· 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.

· The team of the player sent off can substitute for that player after 2 minutes of playing time or after the opposing team scores --
which ever comes first.

· The 2-minute punishment shall be checked by the timekeeper (or by the assistant referee, if there is no timekeeper).

· The substitute cannot come on until the ball is out of play and he has a referee's consent.

LAW XIII - Free Kick

· Ty pes: Direct free kicks and indirect free kicks

· W all: At least 5 meters away until the ball is in play

· B all 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

LAW XIV - Accumulated Fouls

Accumulated fouls refer only to all the fouls mentioned in Law XII (a through k(1 to 11).

Once a team has accumulated 5 fouls (3 fouls for Monday & Junior games) during a half (those accumulated in the second half continue to accumulate into extra time),
from the 6th foul:

· that team shall not be allowed a defensive wall

· all free kicks shall be direct (no indirect free kicks)

· infringements committed within 12 meters of the goal line shall be punished with a direct free taken from the point of infringement or from the second penalty spot; infringements committed from12 meters or further from the goal line shall be punished with a direct free kick from the Second Penalty Spot


· Until the ball is kicked into play, all players other than the goalkeeper and kicker shall remain behind an imaginary line that is in line with the ball and parallel to the goal line.

· The goalkeeper shall remain in his penalty area at least 5 m away from the ball.

· The kicker must aim at the goal, with the intention of scoring.

· No other player may touch the ball until it has been touched by the pitch, rebounded from the goal post or crossbar, or has left the pitch.

· If the infringement took place in penalty area (and does not merit a penalty kick), the free kick is to be taken from the 6-m-line on the spot nearest to where the infringement occurred.

LAW XV - Penalty Kick

· To be taken from the penalty mark on the mid-point of the 6-m-line.

· The kicker is to aim at goal, with the intention of scoring.

· All players must be out of the penalty area, and the players of the opposing team must also be at least 5 m from the penalty spot.

· The kicker shall not play the ball a second time until it has been touched by another player.

LAW XVI - Kick-in

· To be taken in place of the throw-in.

· The ball is placed on or outside of the touch line before kicking.

· The kicker's foot not kicking the ball must be outside or at least on the touchline; if it crosses the touchline all of the way, into the pitch, the kick-in is given to the opposing team.

· The kick-in must be taken within 4 seconds; if it is not, the kick-in is given to the opposing team.

· The kicker cannot play the ball a second time until it has been played by another player; infringement of this rule entail an
indirect free kick to the opposing from the point of infringement.

· Players on opposing team must be at least 5 m away from point of kick-in.

· Cannot score directly from a kick-in.

LAW XVII - Goal Clearance

· To be taken in place of goal kick.

· From inside the penalty area, the goalkeeper throws the ball into play.

· The ball is not in play until it has passed outside of the penalty area. If the goal clearance is received inside of the penalty area,
the goal clearance shall be taken over.

LAW XVIII - Corner Kick

· Ball placed on the corner (no corner-kick arc). If ball is misplaced, the corner kick is taken over.

· Must be taken within 4 seconds; failure to do so entails indirect free kick to the opposing team from the corner mark.

· The kicker cannot play the ball a second time until it has been played by another player; infringement of this rule entail an
indirect free kick to the opposing from the point of infringement.

· Players on opposing team must be at least 5 m away from point of the corner kick.

· Can score goal directly from a corner kick.

Annex 1 - Penalty Kick Shoot-out

· Main referee decides goal to be used.

· Coin tossed to decide order.

· Five kicks to be taken by 5 different players selected from the 12 suited players. Captain of each team announces these 5 to
the main referee before the kicks are taken. For Mixed the 5 must consist of 2 ladies and 3 men.

· If two teams are still tied after 5 kicks, the additional kicks will be taken on a sudden-death basis by the rest of the players
who have not kicked yet.

· Players sent off during the match are not eligible to take these kicks.

· Any eligible player may change places with his goalkeeper.

· While the penalty shoot-out is in progress, players will remain on the opposite half of the pitch. The assistant referee shall control this area.



a) Time Outs- there are no time outs

b) Mixed games. Excluding the goal keeper there must be no more than two male and at least one female player on the field. So GK + 2 men (maximum) +2 ladies (minimum).

Field of play

The baseline is in yellow and lines up with the front of the goal posts. The sidelines are in blue.

All other Futsal makings are in blue, including the keepers box.

Slide tackles

1. Slide tackles are not permitted in this comp under any circumstances.
2. The rule generally states that the ball must not be played at whilst on the ground. However, it is accepted that it can be played from the ground provided that no other player is within striking/playing distance of the ball.

General Information

1. Game Starts & Kick Offs

a) Games are scheduled to start as per the schedule. If a team is 4min late they will have to forfeit. If however the other team would like to play, a reduced time game is allowed. A team needs 4 players to start.

b) The attacking team can no longer score directly from a kick off (from Sept 2010). The defending team must be outside the 3m circle.

2. Goal Keeper's common mistakes

a)" Two Touch". GoalKeepers will receive an indirect free kick against them if they touch the ball after they release it from their control and it hasn't touched an opposition player. This includes a keeper taking a kick in.

b) "back-pass"; GoalKeepers will receive an indirect free kick against them if they touch or control the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a team-mate. This includes "kick ins" from team mates.

c) Handling the ball outside the keeper's area (marked with a blue line). The position of the ball determines if it is handled outside the keepers box. It doesn't matter whether the keeper's feet or body are inside the box. This is an indirect free kick for the attacking team.

3. Kick ins

a) You have 4 seconds to take the kickin from when your team has possesion of the ball. The ball must be stationary when placed on or behind the line AND your feet must be outside the court or stepping on the line. See the Laws of the game for pictures.

b) The player kicking the ball is the only one the referee will listen to if a complaint is made that the defending team is too close as per the official game rules

c) Goals cannot be scored directly from kick ins or kick offs.

4. Accumulated Fouls

a) Each team is allowed a certain number of fouls per half. Mondays allows 3, the other nights have 5. Each foul after that is taken at the second penalty mark or where the fould was commited. ALL players must be behind the ball and 5m away. This resets at half time.

5. Substitutes

a) Subs must be in their own half. So SWAP sides at half time.

b) Subs must wait for the player to come off the field before subbing on.

6. Red Cards

a) ALL red cards are at least 1 week suspension.

b) Red Carded players can not come back onto the field to play. He must leave the field. A team will have to wait 2min before a new player can be substituted to take the red carded player's place. If there is no substitue the team will have to play minus the red carded player.

7. Spare players

a) You can borrow one player from another team to make a maximum of 5 players. If your regular players arrive the borrowed player must come off. A team needs 4 players to kick off.

8. Ball hitting the ceiling/basketball hoop

a) As the venue is indoor, if the ball hits the ceiling it is counted as out of play and a kick in is taken by the defending team. There is also an overhanging basketball hoop above the goal at each end. The same rule applies.





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