Summary of FUTSAL Laws of the Gamel

A summary of FIFA's Futsal Laws of the Game

This is a summary of FIFA's "Laws of the Game for Futsal (Indoor Football)". Click the hypertext in the above sentence for access to the complete set of the Laws of the Game.

First, here are the main differences between outdoor soccer and futsal:

#5 ball#4 ball with reduced bounce
11 players5 players
3 substitutionsUnlimited "flying" substitutions
Main referee & 2 assistant referees (linesmen) Main referee and assistant referee with nearly identical responsibility
Running clock operated by main refereeStopped clock operated by timekeeper
45-minute halves20-minute halves
-- 1 time-out per team per half
Goal kickGoal clearance (goalkeeper throw)
-- No shoulder charges or sliding tackles
-- 4-second rule on restarts
Offside rule --
Goalkeeper's steps --
Unlimited fouling5-foul limit (and "no-wall" free kick)
GK cannot touch by hand a ball kicked back to himGK cannot touch by hand *any* ball played back to him (inc. head and chest)
-- Only one backpass allowed to GK (i.e., after ball has crossed halfway-line or been touched by an opponent)
No substitution for player sent offPlayer sent off can be substituted for after 2 minutes has elapsed or opponent has scored
Corner kick placed in arcCorner kick placed on corner

Law I - The Playing Court The Futsal Playing Court

Law II - The Ball

Law III - Number of Players

Law IV - Players' Equipment

Usual Equipment: Numbered shirts, shorts, socks, protective shinguards and footwear with rubber soles

Law V - Main Referee

Law VI: Assistant Referee

Law VII - Timekeeper

Law VIII - Duration of the Game

Law IX - The Start of Play

Procedure: Coin toss followed by kickoff; opposing team waits outside center circle; ball deemed in play once it has traveled the distance of its own circumference; 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

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):

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):

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

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:

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:

Law XIII - Free Kick

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 during a half (those accumulated in the second half continue to accumulate into extra time), from the 6th foul:


Law XV - Penalty Kick

Law XVI - Kick-in

Law XVII - Goal Clearance

Law XVIII - Corner Kick

Annex 1 - Penalty Kick Shoot-out

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