Fustal 2020 Rules of Play

Haverford Soccer Club-Futsal Rules


Law l : Field of Play

-       The playing court will be on a regulation basketball court.

-       The penalty area is the basketball three point shot line. (oversized for Futsal)

-       The playing court is marked with lines

The two longer boundary lines are called touchlines

The two shorter lines are goal lines

The playing court is divided into two halves.

Safety: Both teams are responsible for ensuring that the playing field and environment is safe before the game.

-       Goals must be anchored

-       All jewelry must be removed

-       All players must wear shin guards

-       Any eye wear containing glass, metal, or any sharp edges are prohibited

Law 2: Ball

The ball is provided by the league for each game. Outdoor soccer balls are not permitted.

Law 3: Players

-A game is played between two teams.

-   (5v5 for U7, U9 & 11 Boys, U13, U15, U18 Coed, 4v4 for U9 and U11 Girls) including keeper

-   substitutions are unlimited, may be made during the flow of play "Hockey Style" -as player enters the court the departing player must be within three steps of the bench

-home taps ball first half.

Law 4: Player Equipment

-   A player must not use any equipment that is dangerous to themselves or other players.

-   The only shoes permitted rubber sole. No cleats or turf shoes allowed. - Shin guards required.

Law 5: The Referee

-Each will be controlled by a referee

-Ref will have full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game.

Law 6: Start and Re-Start of Play

-   The Home team will have kick off; the visiting team will choose their end of the field.

-   Kick off starts play at the beginning of the game and after any goal.

-   A goal may not be scored directly from the kick off.

-20 min 1/2 or 40 min game, one I -min time out, as per your division


Law 7: Ball in and out of Play

-  The ball is out of play when it has crossed the entire touchline

Restart is a kick in, or Goal Clearance or Corner Kick

Law 8 : The Method of Scoring

-  A goal is scored if the ball completely crosses the goal line between the goal posts no other infraction has occurred.

Law 9: Fouls and Misconduct

-  A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits one of the following: kicks or attempts to kick an opponent, trips or attempts to trip an opponent, jumps at an opponent, charges an opponent, strikes or attempts to strike an opponent, pushes an opponent, holds an opponent, spits at an opponent, slides to play the ball when it is being played or attempted to be played by an opponent .

-SLIDE TACKLING is not prohibited however a foul will be called if the ref deems it reckless

-  A penalty kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the above offenses in his own penalty box.

-  An indirect kick is awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper commits one of the following offenses: touches or controls the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately passed by a teammate, touches or controls the ball with his hands after it has been kicked to him from a teammate on a kick in, or holds the ball for longer than 4 seconds. Restart at the top of the key / arc

-  An indirect free kick is also awarded if the following occur: a player plays in a dangerous manner, deliberately impedes the progress of an opponent when the ball is not being played, or prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from their hands. The indirect free kick is taken from the place the infraction occurred unless it is in the penalty area and then the ball is brought out to the penalty area line / arc

-Caution able offenses: unsporting conduct, dissent, persistently infringes the laws of the game, delays restart of play, fails to respect the required distance on a free kick, slide tackles another player.

-Sending off offenses: guilty of serious foul play, guilty of violent conduct, spits at an opponent, denies the opponent an obvious goal scoring chance through using their hands (except for the goalkeeper), denies the opponent an obvious goal scoring chance by an offense punishable by a free kick, use of offensive or foul language, or a 2nd caution.


Law 10: Free Kicks

-All opponents must be 3 yards from the ball on a free kick until the ball is played.

Law 13 Accumulated Fouls ( Think Basketball over the limit, this is an Futsal Rule) -All Direct Free Kicks are accumulated

-When you exceed 5 fouls in a 1/2 of the game, one of two restarts are required

-If in the penalty area, a penalty kick from the free throw line

Futsal calls this PKI -If anywhere else, the ball is moved to the top of the arc

Futsal calls this PK2

-restarted with a DFK

-No Walls

-No passing, must be kicked at the goal

Note: Because the Basketball arc is bigger are the IFK's in the PK area are moved out to an arc that's really too far out.

Law 14: Penalty Kick

-   For any offense for which a direct kick is awarded that occurs inside the penalty box.

-   Penalty kick is taken from the basket ball free through line

-   Goalkeeper remains on goal line until ball is kicked

-   All other players besides kicker and goalkeeper must be behind the ball

Law 15: The Kick In

-   A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick in

-   Ball must be stationary before kicking it in/dribbling in

-   All opponents must be 3 yards from the ball

-   The player must take the kick within 5 seconds of having possession of the ball

-Goalie may play but not pick up the inbound ball

Law 16: Goal Clearance

-   A goal clearance is awarded to the defending team when the attacking team plays the ball over the end line or the goalkeeper catches the ball in the penalty area.

-   A goal may not directly be scored from a goal clearance, ie don't kick for the others goal and if there is too much cherry picking the ref is going to enforce an optional 1/2 field rule for brining the ball into play.

-   Drop kicks and punts from the goalkeeper are not allowed.  All goalie clears must be underhanded, like in bowling.


Restart is the opposing team will be awarded an indirect free kick at midfield. -. Goalkeeper may throw the ball from any point in the penalty area  All opponents must be outside the penalty area.


-Goalie can not hold ball more then 4 sec

Restart the opposing team from the top ofthe key/arc


Law 17: Corner Kick

-   A corner kick is awarded to the attacking team when the defending team plays the ball over the end line.

-   A goal may be scored directly

-   Opponents must be 3 yards away.

-   Violation of 4 sec rule


All players must receive equal playing time, regardless of gender and Travel/Non-Travel Player status.


Note: In order to ensure parity, a “snake draft” process will be used to assemble teams. Parent requests are considered, but not