Futsal (Five-a-Side Soccer) is “The Way the World Plays Indoor Soccer” and is the international form of indoor soccer approved by FIFA and governed by USSF in the USA. It is played in all continents of the world by over 100 countries with 12 million players. There is a unique set of laws for this game, which excludes the offside law and prohibits slide tackling amongst a few other law differences from traditional 11 v 11 soccer. The game is played with 5 players on a team with 25 minute halves.
For more information about Futsal, please visit https://futsal.com/about/.
For a list of law differences, please go to https://futsal.com/differences-futsal-soccer/.
Rules of the Game Summary: https://futsal.com/rules-of-the-game-summary/
Games at this venue are played indoors on a court measuring 100 feet x 50 feet, slightly smaller than a basketball court.
Single Referee Call-In: 310-955-9905 option 1: Call-Ins must occur at least 1 hour, but no earlier than 4 hours, before the match start time so the Assignor knows that all single referee matches will be covered.
Futsal Referee Report (thanks to Scott Jarus!)
Pre and Post-match Tasks:
- Player check-in is covered by LAGSC staff. During the first week the staff will check in all team members and verify their memberships are current/waiver forms are signed and that payments have been collected before letting them on the court
- LAGSC staff writes in the blue ink items and the referee must insert:
- Referee Name
- Home Team Score
- Away Team Score
- Game cards are printed for each game for SBSRA referees to use to record the scores and misconducts. All yellow cards and red cards must be reported
- At the end of your shift, please turn those game cards into the LAGSC front desk staff
- US Futsal LOTG as modified by the LAGSC Futsal House Rules.
- Tied games during the regular season end as ties.
- For Playoff games: Tiebreaker Rules
- Game length: 50 Minutes (two 25-minute halves), 3-minutes halftime. The Referee must keep the games on time.
- There are 4 field players and a goal keeper (GK) on the court at all times.
- There is no required ratio of females to males in coed games.
- Shinguards are not required. LAGSC has signed an indemnification clause protecting us.
- Balls hitting the padded columns that are on the field of player are out of play.
- No offside.
- In lieu of a goal kick, the goalkeeper must return the ball into play by rolling or throwing the ball. The ball may be thrown over the halfway line.
- Goalkeeper is allowed one possession, the ball must cross the midfield line or be touched by a player from the opposing team to allow the goalkeeper to receive the ball again in the defensive half of the court.
- Goalkeeper can only handle the ball (by feet or hands) for 4 seconds in their own half. If they are in opponents half, they have no time-possession restriction.
- The restart after the above goalkeeper infractions is an indirect free kick on the edge of the penalty area.
- One 60-second timeout per team, per half.
- Substitutions are made “on the fly”. Players entering and exiting the field of play must be within 5 yards of one another when substitution is made at the goal line or sideline in teams defensive half.
- During all kick restarts, opposing team MUST give 5 yards of space until ball is in play.
- No punting is allowed. If the goalkeeper saves the ball in live play, the ball must touch the floor and then be played with the foot (half-volley).
- Slide tackles are not allowed.
- Goalkeepers may throw the ball over the halfway line.
- Heading is allowed for all age groups.
- Upon a team’s 6th accumulated foul in each half, penalty kicks will be awarded to the other team from the second spot.
- A player that receives a Yellow Card caution must exit the field of play and sit out of the game for 2-minutes until the referee signals the 2-minute penalty has been served.
- A substitution can be made for Yellow Card cautions, the game remains 5v5.
- A player that receives a second Yellow Card caution resulting in a Red Card must sit out for the remainder of the game.
- A substitution can be made for the player receiving a second Yellow Card Send Off after the 2-minute penalty has been served. If the opposing team scores during the 2-minute penalty, the penalty is released. Only eligible players are allowed to enter the game.
- A player that receives a “straight Red Card” must leave the field and the team must play down a player for the remainder of the game.
- Red Cards require the ejected player to sit out the remainder of the game from which the Red Card was received. The ejected player must also serve a one game suspension in the next scheduled game.
- Absolutely no food or drinks, other than water, will be allowed onto the field area.
- Wear your USSF Futsal badge at these matches as Futsal is affiliated with USSF.
- Game Fees are billed monthly. Referees are paid by SBSRA during the month following the month in which the games are officiated.