Futsal Rules and By-Laws

 Gameplay Rules

  1. The game of Futsal is played on an indoor basketball court, all games run for two 17 minute halves with a 1 minute half time break.
  2. From a kick off, the ball must be played forward. A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick off. 
  3. A team consists of 5 players for seniors and 7 players for junior competitions, 4 court players and 1 goalkeeper; the maximum number of players in a team is 12, to start game there must be a minimum of 3 players for seniors and 5 players for juniors
  4. No tackling from behind or dangerous slide tackling is allowed.  
  5. Dangerous play is not allowed. 
  6. All players must be registered with City of Mandurah Recreation Centres. 
  7. Shin pads are desirable.
  8. Long socks covering shin pads are compulsory. 
  9. Players are not permitted to use objects that might endanger them or others, including any kind of accessories, jewellery and/or glasses. (no taping, no gloves accepted)
  10. Unlimited ‘flying’ substitutions. Players can re-enter the game as many times without notifying the referee, this also includes the Goalkeeper (games will not be stopped for substitutions). Substitutions must be made in the substitution area. A substitute player can only enter after the player they are substituting has exited the court, or an indirect kick will be applied.
  11. There is no offside in Futsal, and players can score from anywhere in the court of play. 
  12. When the ball goes out over the sideline, it is then placed on the sideline; it must be stationary and kicked into the court to another player. All opposing players must be at least 3 metres from the ball, the foot not kicking the ball must be out of the court or part of the foot touching the side line. 
  13. A goal cannot be scored directly from a sideline kick-in, but you can from a corner kick-in.
  14. The goalkeeper cannot throw the ball over the 2/3 line on a small court, or over ½ way line on an International size court, once the Goalkeeper uses their hands to handle the ball, they must throw the ball back into play, however if the goalkeeper does not handle the ball with their hands, they are free to kick the ball any length and even score.  
  15. The Goalkeeper is not allowed to drop-kick the ball at any time. 
  16. Goal Clearance or Goalkeepers throw, the goalkeeper throws the ball from the marked goal area to restart play after the ball has gone over the goal line, last being touched by an attacking player. 
  17. The goalkeeper has 5 seconds time limit to control the ball and release it from their possession in their own half of the pitch. 
  18. Goalkeepers are not allowed to pick up the ball with their hands from a deliberate back pass from any of their team mates. 
  19. The game has a 5 second time limit at all kick-ins, corner kicks and free kicks. 
  20. Free Kicks, the opposition must be back 3mtrs from the taking of any free kicks, unless the team awarded the free kick decides to take a quick free kick. 
  21. Hand ball is when a ball touches a player from the shoulder down (not including the shoulder). A deliberate hand ball will be awarded with a direct free kick/penalty to the opposition. An accidental hand ball will be awarded an indirect free kick to the opposition; unless the opposing team gains advantage (advantage rule); this decision is up to the referee’s discretion. Female players are allowed to protect their chest area and male players are allowed to protect their groin area with their hands and arms, as long as there is no movement of the hands and arms towards the ball. 
  22. Each team has 5 team fouls per half, any fouls after the 5th will be penalised with a ten meter penalty shot by the opposition.  
  23. During the game, a referee has the option of using 2 cards, Yellow and Red, if you receive 2 yellow cards within the season you will have a one match suspension, the consecutive week. 
  24. Referees have the right to warn, ask to leave or eject from the Stadium, any spectator or player whom they feel is bringing the game into disrepute. 
  25. Minimum age of participation is 16, however, children between the ages of 13-15 years are permitted to play in the competition, providing they have signed parental permission. A parent declaration is located on the back of the scoresheet and must be signed by a parent or guardian before the game commences.

Player Infringements

Serious Foul Play

The following offences will receive either a yellow or red card depending on the severity of the infringement (referees discretion): 

  • Stopping an obvious goal scoring opportunity by tripping, holding, impeding, and handball 
  • Deliberate kicking an opponent 
  • Deliberate elbowing an opponent  
  • Violent tackle from behind 
  • Over the ball tackle  

Serious Violent Conduct

The following offences are red card/suspension, which results in immediate game removal, plus 1 consecutive week suspension.

  • Striking an official or player 
  • Spitting at an official or player 
  • Threaten an official or player with physical violence 
  • Attempting to strike an official or player with ball or other object 
  • Pushing an official with open hand, shoulder or hip 

In addition, Disciplinary Action may result in ejection or removal from all sports competitions and a ban from attending City of Mandurah Recreation Centres.

Use of Foul and Abusive Language:

The following are caution offences with a yellow or red card depending on the severity of the infringement (referees discretion)

  • Making obscene gestures
  • Offensive insults or abusive language
  • Should a player be sent from the court for a red card offence, the referee will record the player's name and ID number and fill out the “send-off incident form’.

Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary action may be taken if a player / team behaves in a manner not consistent with the Codes of Conduct. Disciplinary action may take the following forms:

  • Official report
  • Ejection and or removal from all competitions, including a ban from attending City of Mandurah Recreation Centres

Please note: After a player or team has been ejected or removed from a competition, re-entering the competition after the ban period must be requested in writing and is subject to approval from Centre Management.


Cards, Disciplinary Actions, Tribunals and Penalties

Yellow Cards

  • Each player will be allowed a total of three (3) yellow cards for the season
  • Once a player receives three (3) yellow cards they will automatically receive a one week suspension
  • Any yellow cards thereafter will incur an additional one-week suspension

Red Cards 

  • Any player who receives a red card cannot be replaced on the pitch for the remainder of the game
  • Offences are recorded across all sports in all competitions at the City of Mandurah Recreation Centres and have a cumulative effect
  • Cards / offences are recorded by the Umpire – explaining who / what / when so that Management can monitor all card-able offences
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