The 10 Basic Rules of Futsal

Futsal is a type of soccer played indoors on a smaller field. Here are some basic rules to know before playing or watching a game:

  1. Each team has 5 players, no goalkeepers.
  2. The field is rectangular and measures 25-42m by 16-25m.
  3. The ball is smaller and heavier than a regular soccer ball, size 4 or 5.
  4. A game is split into two 20-minute halves with a 15-minute halftime.
  5. Unlimited substitutions can be made when the ball is out of play.
  6. Each team gets one 30-second time-out per half.
  7. All free kicks are direct, meaning they can be kicked directly into the goal.
  8. Penalty kicks are given for serious fouls in the penalty area.
  9. A player is expelled if they commit 3 accumulated fouls.
  10. Fair play is important and unsportsmanlike behavior will be penalized.

Futsal is fast, skillful and exciting, give it a try!