Amendments to the US Futsal Laws of the Game -2010 Print
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Futsal Laws of the GameAMENDMENTS TO THE U.S. FUTSAL LAWS OF THE GAME - 2010


LAW 1 - THE PITCH

The penalty area

Two imaginary lines of 6 m in length are drawn from the outside of each goalpost and at right angles to the goal line; at the end of these lines a quarter circle is drawn in the direction of the nearest touch line, each with a radius of 6 m from the outside of the goalpost. The upper part of each quarter circle is joined by a line 3.16 m in length running parallel to the goal line between the goalposts. The area bounded by these lines and the goal line is the penalty area. With in each penalty area, a penalty mark is made 6 m from the midpoint between the goalposts and equidistant to them .


LAW 2 - THE BALL

Replacement of a defective ball

If the ball bursts or becomes defective during the course of a match, the match is stopped:

• the match is restarted by retaking the kick if the ball bursts or becomes defective while a direct free kick without a wall, a kick from the second penalty mark or a kick from the penalty mark is being taken and does not touch the goalposts, the crossbar or a player and no infringement is committed.


LAW 3 - THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS

Players

A match may not start if either team consists of fewer than three players.

Other matches

In national" A" team matches, up to a maximum of ten substitutes may be used.

In all other matches, a greater number of substitutes may be used, provided that:

• the teams concerned reach agreement on a maximum number

• the referees are informed before the match

If the referees are not informed, or if no agreement is reached before the match, no more than ten substitutes are allowed.


LAW 4 - THE PLAYERS' EQUIPMENT

Infringements and sanctions

• the player, if he has not been substituted, is only allowed to re-enter the pitch when the ball is out of play or under the supervision of the third referee when the ball is in play


LAW 5 - THE REFEREES

Reserve assistant referee

In tournaments or competitions where a reserve assistant referee is appointed, his role and dutiesmust be in accordance with the guidelines contai ned in this publication .

 

LAW 6 - THE ASSISTANT REFEREES

The authority of the assistant referees

Two assistant referees may be appointed (a third referee and a timekeeper) who must perform their

duties in accordance with the Futsal Laws of the Game. They are positioned off the pitch, level with

the halfway line and on the same side as the substitution zones. The timekeeper remains seated at the

timekeeper's table, while the third referee may perform his duties either seated or standing up.

Powers and duties

The third referee:

• hands a document to the officials of each team before the start of each period of play with which they can request time-outs and collects it at the end of each period if none have been requested

• hands a document to the officia ls of each team which indicates when a substitute can enter the pitch to replace a player who has been sent off

• under the referees' supervision, monitors the entry of a player who has left the pitch to correct his equipment

• under the referees' supervision, monitors the entry of a player who has left the pitch due to an injury of any kind

The timekeeper:

• records the goals, accumulated fouls and periods of play on the public scoreboard, if available

• indicates a team's request for a time-out with a wh istle or acoustic signal distinct from the one used by the referees, after informing the third referee

• performs the specific duties of the third referee in the event of the latter's absence

• provides any other information relevant to the game


LAW 7 - THE DURATION OF THE MATCH

Ending the periods of play

The timekeeper indicates the end of each period with the acoustic signal or wh istle. After hearing the timekeeper's whistle or acoustic signal, one of the referees announces the end of the period or match with his whistle, bearing in mind the following:

• if a kick from the second penalty mark or direct free kick, beginn ing with the sixth accumulated foul, must be taken or retaken, the period in question is extended until the kick has been taken

• if a penalty kick has to be taken or retaken, the period in question is extended until the kick has been taken

If the ball has been kicked towards one of the goals, the referees must wait for the kick to end before the timekeeper may sound the whistle or acoustic signal. The period ends when

• the ball goes directly into the goal and a goal is scored

• the ball leaves the boundaries of the pitch

• the ball touches the goalkeeper, the goalposts, crossbar or ground, crosses the goal line and a goal is scored

• the ball touches any player other than the goalkeeper after it has been kicked at the opposing goal and no infringement has been committed that requires a direct free kick or a penalty kick to be retaken or, during the trajectory of the ball, one of the teams does not commit an

infringement that is sanctioned with a direct free kick, beginning with the sixth accumulated foul, or a penalty kick

• the defend ing goalkeeper stops the ball or it rebounds from the goalposts or crossbar and does not cross the goal line


LAW 10 - THE METHOD OF SCORING

Goal scored

If, after a goal is scored, the referees realise, before play restarts, that the team that scored the goal is playing with an extra player or has carried out a substitution incorrectly, they must disallow the goal and restart play with an indirect free kick to be taken by the opponents of the offending player from any point inside the penalty area. If the kick-off has already been taken, they take the measures against the offending player provided for in Law 3, but the goal is allowed. The referees report the fact to the appropriate authorities. If the goal was scored by the other team, they must allow it.


LAW 11 - OFFSIDE

There is no offside in futsal.


LAW 12 - FOULSAND MISCONDUCT

Fouls penalised with a direct free kick


A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following seven offences in a manner considered by the referees to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:

• kicks or attempts to kick an opponent

• trips an opponent

• jumps at an opponent

• charges an opponent

• strikes or attempts to strike an opponent

• pushes an opponent

• tackles an opponent

A direct free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following three offences:

• holds an opponent

• spits at an opponent

• handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area) Fouls penalised with an indirect free kick


An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper commits any of the following
four offences:

• controls the ball with his hands or feet in his own half of the pitch for more than four seconds

• touches the ball again with his hands in his own half of the pitch after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a team-mate without an opponent playing or touch ing it

• touches the ball with his hands inside his own penalty area after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a team-mate

• touches the ball with his hands inside his own penalty area after he has received it directly froma ball inbound by a team-mate


An indirect free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if, in the opinion of the referees, a player:

• plays in a dangerous manner in the presence of an opponent

• impedes the progress of an opponent

• prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his hands

• commits against a team-mate one of the nine offences penalised with a direct free kick if they are committed against an opponent

• commits any other infringement not previously mentioned in Law 12 or in any other Law, forwhich play is stopped to caution or dismissa player


Disciplinary sanctions

Only a player or substitute may be shown the red or yellow card. The relevant card is shown publicly and only on the pitch once the match has started. In other cases, the referees verbally inform the players and team officials of the disciplinary sanction taken.

The referees have the authority to take disciplinary sanctions from the moment they enter the premises where the pitch is located before the start of the match until they leave them.


Cautionable offences

A player is cautioned if he commits any of the following seven offences:

• unsporting behaviour

• dissent by word or action

• persistent infringement of the Futsal Laws of the Game

• delaying the restart of play

• failure to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, free kick or ball inbound (defending players)

• entering or re-entering the pitch without the referees' permission or infringement of the substitution procedure

• deliberately leaving the pitch without the referees' permission


LAW 13 - FREE KICKS

Infringements and sanctions

If, when a free kick is taken, an opponent is closer to the ball than the required distance:

• the kick is retaken and the offending player is cautioned, unless the advantage can be applied or another infringement is committed that is punishable by a penalty kick. If the infringement is punishable by a free kick, the referees decide whether to punish the original infringement or the one committed subsequently. If the second infringement is punishable by a penalty kick or direct free kick, an accumulated foul is recorded against the offending team

Beginning with the sixth accumulated foul, if a free kick is taken by a team-mate of the player who had been identified previously:

• the referees stop play, caution him for unsporting behaviour and restart the match with anindirect free kick to the defending team to be taken from where he kicked the ball

Beginning with the sixth accumulated foul, if, after the direct free kick has been taken:

- the ball bursts or becomes defective while in play and has not previously touched the goalposts, the crossbar or another player:

• the kick is retaken


LAW 14 - THE PENALTY KICK

Infringements and sanctions

If, while a penalty kick is being taken, the ball is kicked by a team-mate of the player who had been previously identified.

• the referees stop play, caution him for unsporting behaviour and order the match to be restarted with an indirect free kick to the defending team, to be taken from the penalty mark (see Law 13 - Position of free kick)

If, after the penalty kick has been taken:

- the ball bursts or becomes defective when in play and has not previously touched the goalposts, the crossbar or a player:

• the kick is retaken


LAW 16 - THE GOAL CLEARANCE

Infringements and sanctions

If the ball is in play and the goalkeeper touches the ball again (except with his hands) before it has touched an opponent (except if it has accidentally touched another player in his team):

• an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred (see Law 13 - Position of free kick)


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

Kicks from the penalty mark

Procedure

• If, at the end of the match or extra time and before the kicks start to be taken from the penalty mark, one team has a greater number of players, including substitutes, than Its opponents, it must reduce its numbers to equate with that of its opponents and the team captain must inform

the referee of the name and number of each player excluded

• If a team must reduce its numbers to equate with that of its opponents, it may exclude the goalkeepers as players eligible to take the penalty kicks

• A goalkeeper excluded from taking penalty kicks in order to equate the number of players of his team with that of its opponents, i.e. who is located in his techn ical area, may replace his team's goalkeeper at any time

• Before the start of the kicks from the penalty mark, the referee must ensure that an equal number of players from each team eligible to take the penalty kicks remains in the other half of the pitch