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United States Futsal Federation Referee Badge INTERPRETATION OF THE US FUTSAL LAWS OF THE GAME AND GUIDELINES FOR REFEREES


LAW 1 - THE PITCH

Advertising on the pitch

If the competition rules do not prohibit it, advertising on the floor of the pitch is permitted, provided that it does not confuse the players or referees and it enables the boundary lines stipulated in the Futsal Laws of the Game to be seen.

Advertising on the goal nets

If the competition rules do not prohibit it, advertising on the goal nets is permitted, provided that it does not confuse the players or referees

Advertising in the technical areas

If the competition rules do not prohibit it, advertising on the floor of the technical areas is permitted, provided that it does not confuse the occupants of said areas, the third referee or the referees.


LAW 3 - THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS

Players sent off

• If a player who commits an infringement is sent off for a second caution or directly after the advantage has been applied and his team concedes a goal after the application of the advantage before he is sent off, the number of players in his team is not reduced, as the infringement was committed before the goal was scored
• if , during the interva l or before the start of one of the periods of extra time, a player commits a sending-off offence, his team starts the next half or period of extra time with one player fewer


LAW 4 - THE PLAYERS' EQUIPMENT

Jewellery

Referees and assistant referees are also prohibited from wearing jewellery (except for the referee, who is permitted to wear a watch or similar device to time the match if the timekeeper is absent),


LAW 5 - THE REFEREES

Guidelines for Referees

Four-second count when the ball is in play

Each time that a team's goalkeeper is in possession of the ball while it is in play and in his own half of the pitch, one of the referees must visibly perform the four-second count.

Restart of play

The referees especially ensure that restarts of play are carried out quickly and do not allow play not to be restarted immediately for tactical reasons after a temporary stoppage (ball inbound, goal clearance, corner kick or free kick). In these cases, the fou r-second count starts and it is not necessary to use the whistle In cases where the restart does not allow the four-second count (kick-off or penalty kick), the player or playerswho delay it are cautioned.

LAW 12 - FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

Playing in a dangerous manner

Playing in a dangerous manner is defined as any action that, wh ile trying to play the ball, threatens injury to an opposing player or himself. It is committed with an opponent nearby and prevents the opponent from playing the ball for fear of injuring himself or the other player.


LAW 14 - THE PENALTY KICK

Procedure

• Feinting in the run-up to take a penalty kick to confuse opponents is permitted as part of football. However, feinting to kick the ball once the player has completed his run-up is considered an infringement of Law 14 and an act of unsporting behaviour for which the player must be cautioned


PROCEDURES TO DETERMINE THE WINNER OF A MATCH OR HOME-AND-AWAY

Kicks from the penalty mark

Procedure

• During the taking of the penalty kicks, the referees do not allow cameras or other media on the pitch