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Futsal Rules, Policies, and Procedures for Officials

General Rules

There are 4 field players and a Goal Keeper (GK) 


Free substitutions are made “on the fly”.

Player can only enter or leave the game in the substitution areas immediately in front of their respective benches, and a player may only enter a game after the player they are replacing has left the field. 

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.

Kick off

Opposing players must give 3 yards until ball is in play    

Ball Out Of Play


Kick in

A ball kicked out over the touch line (side line) by one team becomes the other teams ball. The team kicking in has 4 seconds to get the ball back in play or it becomes opponent’s kick in. 

Defense must give 5 yards distance. The referee will give a visual count with his hand.  Players taking kick in can not step into the field while kicking ball back into play.

If the ball hits the ceiling, a kick in is taken at the closest point on the nearest touchline, running parallel to the goal line Goals cannot be scored from kick-ins.

Goal Clearance

Futsal for goal kick.  When the offensive team puts the ball over the end line, the other team gets the ball.  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, but it must touch the ground on the GK’s half of the field (can’t throw ball past half-line). Opposing team must stay out of penalty area during a goal clearance. If opposing players touches ball before it leaves penalty area, GK retakes the throw.  The GK cannot touch ball again until another player touches it.

Corner Kick

There is no arc, kick is taken at the point where goal line and touch line meet (at corner)


Slide Tackling

Slide tackling is a major foul in Futsal.  It is not allowed in any situation where there is contact between players or where referees believe that contact could have resulted.


Players and coaches should use this general rule, if you slide tackle near a player, assume if will be called a major penalty.


Infringements occurring in penalty area (not deemed a PK) will be taken at the nearest point on the penalty arc.

Infringements occurring within 12 meters of the goal will be punished with a direct kick from the spot of the infringement.

Infringements occurring farther than 12 meters of the goal will be punished with a direct kick from the second penalty spot.

Fouls resulting in Direct Kick

Sending Off Fouls:

Indirect Free Kick:

5 yards of distance from kicker to set up wall, and 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.