The Key Points of FIFA’s Futsal Laws of the Game
The FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game are open to adaptation and are regularly changing and developing. Here we look at some of the key points of the Laws, and you can delve deeper via the links below. Futsal is a five-a-side game, usually played on a flat indoor... Read more
FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game: Players Equipment
Safety A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player (including any kind of jewellery). Basic equipment The basic compulsory equipment of a player comprises the following separate items: A jersey or shirt – if undergarments are worn, the colour of the... Read more
FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game: Match Officials
The authority of the referees Each match is controlled by two referees, the referee and the second referee, who have full authority to enforce the Futsal Laws of the Game in connection with the match to which they have been appointed. Powers and duties The referees: enforce the Futsal... Read more
FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game: Duration of Play
Periods of play The match lasts two equal periods of 20 minutes, unless otherwise mutually agreed between the referee and the two teams. Any agreement to alter the duration of the periods of play must be made before the start of play and must comply with the competition rules. Ending... Read more
FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game: Start and Restart of Play
Preliminaries A coin is tossed and the team that wins the toss decides which goal it will attack in the first half of the match. The other team takes the kick-off to start the match. The team that wins the toss takes the kick-off to start the second half... Read more
FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game: Ball In and Out of Play
Ball out of play The ball is out of play when: it has wholly crossed the goal line or touch line whether on the ground or in the air play has been stopped by the referees it hits the ceiling Ball in play The ball is in play at... Read more
FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game: Method of Scoring
Goal scored A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar, provided that no infringement of the Futsal Laws of the Game has been committed previously by the team scoring the goal. A goal is disallowed... Read more
FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game: Fouls and Misconduct
Fouls and acts of misconduct are infringements of the Futsal Laws of the Game that are penalised as follows: Fouls Fouls are penalised with a direct free kick, penalty kick or indirect free kick. Fouls penalised with a direct free kick. A direct free kick is awarded to the... Read more
FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game: The Penalty Kick
A penalty kick is awarded against a team that commits any of the ten offences for which a direct free kick is awarded, inside its own penalty area and while the ball is in play. A goal may be scored directly from a penalty kick. Additional time is allowed... Read more
FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game: Free Kicks
Types of free kick Free kicks are either direct or indirect. The direct free kick Signal One of the referees signals the direct free kick by keeping one arm horizontal and pointing in the direction the kick has to be taken. The referee points to the ground with his... Read more