Indoor Soccer (Futsal) rules
All players in all sports are bound by Play Sask’s Policies & Procedures document. We want you to have fun and make friends in a safe, welcoming environment; teams that do not adhere to our Code of Conduct as outlined in the Policies & Procedures will be dealt with accordingly.
What’s different from indoor soccer?
- Smaller ball – size 4.
- Out of play when it crosses the sideline and goal-line. Kick-ins bring the ball back into play.
- Each team has 5 players on the field including the goalie.
- There are no gender requirements.
- Unlimited subs at any time during play. Subs must enter the field after the other player comes off the field.
- Subs who are not on the roster are allowed to play, but need to sign a waiver online before playing.
- You need at least 5 players to start the game. If you don’t have the minimum, you lose by default.
- Games are played with two 25 minute halves.
- Teams will change sides at half-time.
- There is no offside in this league.
Starting the game
- Captains will decide which team starts with the ball.
- The ball does not need to move forward at kick off.
- Players cannot score directly from kick off.
- After a goal has been scored, the game shall be restarted by a kick off, to be taken by a player of the team against which the goal was scored.
Out of Play
- The ball is out of play when the whole ball crosses the sideline or goal-line.
- If the ball is out of play the opposing team will be given a kick-in (sideline) or corner kick (goal-line).
- Kick-in: The kick-in must be taken within 4 seconds; if it is not, the kick-in is given to the opposing team. The player must not play or touch the ball a second time before it has been played or touched by another player. A goal cannot be scored from a kick-in. Players on opposing team must be at least 5 metres away from point of kick-in.
- Corner kick: The player taking the corner-kick must not play or touch the ball a second time before it has been played or touched by another player. A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick.
Uniforms and equipment
- A Play Sask representative will bring the equipment to each game.
- Futsal is played with a size 4 futsal ball.
- Players are required to come to games with a light and dark coloured shirt to ensure there isn’t a conflict (both teams wearing the same colour jersey).
- Goalkeepers must wear a different coloured shirt/jersey than the rest of their team and opposing team.
- Shin pads are optional, but strongly recommended.
- Games are self-officiated. You are responsible for calling your own fouls.
- Play Sask encourages teammates to help officiate each other in a friendly way.
- In the event of a foul the game will stop, and the opposing team will be given a free kick (see below).
Fouls include (accidentally and on purpose)
- Slide tackling.
- Physical contact: Tripping, kicking, holding or pushing an opponent.
- Charging the goalkeeper in the penalty area.
- Attempting to kick ball held by goalkeeper.
- Goalie picking up a ball that was passed back to him/her.
- Hand/arms making contact with the ball.
- The free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred.
- The player taking the free-kick must not play or touch the ball a second time until it has been played or touched by another player.
- All free-kicks are indirect (you cannot score a goal directly).
- During a free kick the opposing team must stand 5 meters away.
- Direct penalty kicks are awarded if a foul occurs inside the goal area. Kicks are taken from the top of the goal area.
- Use of hands is strictly limited to the Goalkeeper’s penalty area.
- Goalkeepers are free to go anywhere on the pitch and kick the ball with their feet with two restrictions:
- A goalkeeper can’t ever have the ball in their possession for more than four seconds at a time in their own half.
- Once they touch the ball in their own half (hands or feet) they can’t have it back again in their own half unless an opponent has touched it.
- In the opposing half there are no restrictions on the goalkeeper playing the ball with their feet. They can have as many touches as they want, for as long as they wants, just like any other outfield player.
- Goalkeepers can throw the soccer ball past half.
Ending the game
- At the end of each game the captains will agree on the final score.
The regular season is 11 weeks long, with two weeks of playoffs. Only the top four teams will compete for first place. Teams must maintain an overall Spirit Point rating of 3 to play in the finals. No new subs can play during the playoffs (no ringers).
Playoff games can’t be tied. In the event of a tie, a shootout will determine the final score. Three players will take kicks on goal from the top of the goalie’s penalty area. If the scores are level after three players from each team have kicked, the shootout goes to sudden death, where each team takes a further one kick each, repeated until only one team scores, resulting in the winning of the game.
Spirit points are awarded to the opposing team at the end of each match, on a scale of 0-5.
Teams must maintain an overall rating of 3 to play in the finals. Play Sask managers will encourage teams that have a rating of less than 3 to improve their sportsmanship. Low spirit scores may be used as an indicator of how well a team adheres to the code of conduct; if your score is too low and does not improve, your team may be penalized.
5 = The game was extremely fun! We wish all of our opponents were like this!
- All of our players really enjoyed playing against all of the opposing team’s players
- Our opponents exhibited a great deal of sportsmanship throughout the game
- They were extremely knowledgeable about the rules, OR were very receptive to learning
4 = The game was a lot of fun!
- Most of our players enjoyed playing against most of the opposing team’s players
- Our opponents exhibited good sportsmanship throughout the game
- They were fairly knowledgeable about the rules, OR were fairly receptive to learning
3 = The game was okay, but there were a few poor plays or discrepancies
- Some of our players enjoyed playing against some of the opposing team’s players
- Our opponents exhibited some sportsmanship throughout the game
- Our opponents knew most of the rules, but sometimes made questionable calls
2 = Several discrepancies or opposing players made the game not much fun to play
- Most of our players did not enjoy playing against most of the opposing team’s players
- Our opponents exhibited a lack of sportsmanship throughout the game
- They seemed confused about the rules, and were not receptive to learning them
1 = This team was not fun at all to play against
- None of our players enjoyed playing against the opposing team
- Our opponents exhibited poor sportsmanship throughout the game
- They were not very knowledgeable about the rules and did not want to learn them