Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that is widely played across the world and is officially recognized by both UEFA and FIFA.
The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game.
Futsal continues to develop and grow as part of the footballing landscape in England. Opportunities to play Futsal are accessible locally, regionally and nationally with the majority of the most gifted players playing within the FA National League One and FA National League Two. Young players identified with potential are chosen to represent England Futsal Under 19 Centre of Excellence, aiding their development and learning seeking to progress into the England Futsal Under 21 Development Squad and ultimately the England Futsal Senior Squad. The International Futsal Academy supports the National Talent Pathway providing talented players with the opportunity to train full time whilst studying within Further or Higher Education.
Procedure: Coin toss followed by kickoff; opposing team waits outside center circle; ball deemed in play once it has been touched; the kicker shall not touch the ball before someone else touches it; ensuring kick-offs are taken after goals scored and at the start of the second half.
4 field players plus a goalie on each side. (5 on a side)
Minimum of players to finish a match: 3. A team is disqualified if it does not have at least 3 eligible players.
Duration: two equal periods of 20 minutes
Halftime: Maximum of 15 minutes
The goalie must get rid of he ball within 4 seconds of establishing possession. The goalie can only handle the ball once per teams possession; If the ball is played back to the keeper after he/she has already touched the ball in the same possession, it is an indirect kick for the opposing team at the spot.
Rather than a goal kick, the keeper must throw the ball in-play, if the ball goes beyond the goal line when last touched by the opposing team. The ball is not in play until it has passed outside of the penalty area.
A penalty kick is taken at the 6 meter position if a handball or a foul is called inside the penalty area. If a team accumulates 5 or more fouls in a half, the opposing team is given a penalty kick to be taken at the 12 meter position.
All fouls are called the same as in outdoor soccer, except slide tackling. Slide tackles are not permitted in Futsal. If a red card is given, that player is ejected and the team must play a man down for 2 minutes or until the opposing team scores.
There is no limit on the number of substitutions made in a game; All players but the goalkeeper can 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.
The entire ball must pass the touchline or goal line to be out of bounds. Rather than a throw-in, players must place the ball on the touchline and kick the ball in. Opposing players must be at least 5 meters from the kick-in spot. A kick-in is always indirect.
Each team is allowed 1 time out per half. A timeout can last no longer than 60 seconds.
A corner kick is direct. It must be taken from the corner where the goal line and touch line meet. Opposing players must be at least 5 meters from the kick position.
Direct: The kick taker can shoot at the goal
Indirect: The ball must touch another player before it can enter the goal.
A 12 meter penalty kick is given if a team fouls 5 or more times in a half. Once a team has accumulated 5 fouls in a half, all free kicks are direct.
Any five players from each team can take a penalty in a shoot-out. A coin toss is used to decide the order. If the score is tied after each team has taken 5 kicks, the game will go into sudden death.