What is Futsal?

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Football played on hard courts

Futsal is a form of association football played on hard courts such as Sport Court® PowerGame™. The pitches vary in size but are always smaller than a football pitch. The FA recommends the following pitch sizes for the varying levels of Futsal participation:

Futsal Level

Min length

Min Width

Recreational & Social Futsal



FA National Futsal League



International Futsal



Maximum Sized Pitch



Futsal Rules

Head Height
There are no height restrictions

Up to 12 players can be used in a single match. There are no limits on substitutions. Players must enter and leave the court of play from in front of the respective team’s bench.

Kick in
To restart the game after the ball has gone out of play, the ball is kicked into play from the touchline or from corners.

Four second Rule
For kick-ins, free kicks, goal clearances and corner kicks the player in possession has only 4 seconds to restart play. Referees will count with their fingers in the air. If play isn’t restarted within four seconds possession is surrendered to the opposing team. The goalkeeper is not allowed to control the ball for more than 4 seconds in their own half.

Five Metre Rule
Players are required to keep 5m from the player in possession of the ball on free kicks, corners, goal clearances, kick-ins and penalties.

Goalkeepers are allowed to come out of and players are allowed to go into the penalty area.
A restart from the goalkeeper must be thrown out, but the goalkeeper can use their feet to distribute the ball from open play.

Back Passes
Once the goalkeeper has played the ball he/she cannot touch the ball again unless an opposition player has touched the ball or if the goalkeeper is passed the ball in the opponents half.

Red Cards
If a player is red carded then the team to which the player belongs must remain with 4 players until either two minutes have passed, or the opposition have scored a goal.

Accumulated Fouls
Each team will be allowed to give away 5 direct free kicks in each half of the game, then on the sixth foul a direct kick will be awarded to the opposing team and the defending team is not allowed to position any players (apart from the goalkeeper) between the ball and the goal. The kick may be taken from the 10m mark or, if the foul was committed closer to the goal than the 10m mark, then the kick may be taken from the position where the foul took place.

• Matches are played with a stop clock, whereby the clock will be stopped whenever the ball goes out of play or when there is a stoppage in the match.
• Futsal matches consist of 2 halves of 20 minutes each.

• Both teams are allowed one timeout of 1 minute during each half.

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