These rules are a brief summary of the rules laid down by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) with some additions for our local competition.

  · A copy of the complete FIFA rules is available here >> FIFA Futsal Rules
  · The rules below can be downloaded here >> Northern Futsal Rules
  · For more information about the rules, please speak with Rudy or use the 'Contact' link above.

Prior to Play

  1. All players must be registered
  2. Weekly team fees must have been paid
  3. Shin pads are compulsory
  4. Shoes must be soft-soled non-marking sports shoes
  5. At least three registered players are required for the game to commence
  6. Fill-ins must be registered with Northern Futsal
  7. Fill-ins must be noted to the referee PRIOR to kick off
  8. Fill-ins may not be used once 5 registered players for that team take to the court (unless player injuries result in no further participation)
  9. “Peaked” hats and beanies must not be worn during game
  10. Watches must be removed prior to game


Rules of the game

  1. Futsal is played on a rectangular court. The two long lines are called touchlines and the two short lines are called goal lines
  2. Teams consist of 5 players on the court and a maximum of 7 substitutes
  3. Substitutions are unlimited in number and are “flying substitutions” which means the referee doesn’t need to be notified however you must tell the referee when changing goalkeepers
  4. The game begins with a kick-off, it can be played backwards
  5. A goal cannot be scored direct from the kick-off.
  6. There is no offside
  7. The ball is out when the entire ball passes over the line
  8. Sideline kick-ins – The ball is placed on the line and kicked to another player. The ball must be stationary and taken within 4 seconds, a goal cannot be scored directly from a side line kick in
  9. Some part of both feet must be outside the court or on the line when a side line kick-in is being taken, kick can be taken anywhere behind where the ball left play , but no further up the line
  10. The goalkeeper throws the ball in instead of a goal kick
  11. After a save the goalkeeper may throw the ball or may drop the ball, then dribble it. He/she has 4 seconds to pass the ball or cross the half way line
  12. The goalkeeper may not throw the ball more than two thirds of the court on the full
  13. The goalkeeper has 4 seconds to play the ball, once he or she has control of the ball, either by hand or foot
  14. Opposing players must be at least 5 metres from a kick-in, corner or free kick, it is up to the players taking the kick to instruct the ref to enforce the 5 metre rule
  15. On court players are NOT ALLOWED to slide tackle or slide block under ANY circumstances. If infringement occurs a DIRECT free kick will be awarded
  16. Players may not play the ball while lying on the court, a INDIRECT free kick will be awarded, if the infringement occurs in the goalies circle, the free kick will be taken 1 metre outside the circle
  17. Goals cannot be scored directly from a sideline ball
  18. If the ball hits the ceiling the opposing team takes a kick-in from the side at the closest point to where the touch occurred
  19. After 5 fouls, each further foul will result in a free kick from the second penalty spot, which is a 10 metres out from the goal line, the keeper may stand off his line for this penalty  
  20. When the goalkeeper has thrown the ball from a goal line throw, it must pass out of the D before any other player touches it
  21. There is a 4 second time limit on kick-ins, corners and free kicks, the 4 second count will commence when the ref makes the call
  22. A goal can be scored directly from a corner kick.
  23. Audible foul language will no be tolerated. If a player swears they will be verbally cautioned, if swearing is repeated a yellow card will be issued
  24. Kicking or tripping an opponent will be awarded a DIRECT free kick to the opposing team
  25. Players shall NOT BE ALLOWED to shepherd an opposing player from getting the ball
  26. When 2 or more players are jumping for the ball, no hands shall be placed in the back or on the shoulders, thsi will result in a DIRECT free kick
  27. High foot or dangerous play will result in a INDIRECT free kick being awarded
  28. Goalkeepers are allowed to slide out with their feet, the slide can continue outside the box as long as the slide commenced inside the box .However if the ref deems the slide to be dangerous, a DIRECT free kick will be awarded 
  29. The two thirds rule does not apply to Div 1 & 2 in Mens and Mixed seniors.
  30. If you receive a red card during a mathch you will be suspended for a minimum of one week, regardless how many teams you play in.


Additional Local Rules
As well as the rules above, Northern Futsal, has the following extra rules:

  1. Swearing is not tolerated
  2. In men’s comps, division 1 or 2 players who play in division 4 or lower can only score 2 goals per game