YMCA Youth Futsal
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. In this league, the game is played with 5 players on a team with 20-minute halves and a halftime of 5 minutes.
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/
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.
- Mr. Joshua Bell; Regional Sports Director
- Email Address – Joshuabell@ymcaLA.org
- Telephone Number (323) 588 2256
Futsal Referee Report for you to print out and take with you to use for games (thanks to Scott Jarus!)
Pre and Post-match Tasks:
- Player check-in for shin-guards (required) and jewelry (none permitted)
- A scorers’ table will be set up in the middle of the gymnasium with 2 sets of clocks and score keepers operating at the same time.
- At the end of each game, please report the scores and any misconducts to the score keepers.
- US Futsal LOTG as modified by the LAGSC Futsal House Rules, which YMCA has decided to go with rather than create their own.
- Tied games during the regular season end as ties.
- For Playoff games: Tiebreaker Rules
- Game length: 40-minutes (two 20-minute halves), 5-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 required.
- If there are any padded columns on the field of play, balls are out of play when they hit a column.
- 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 but not into the opponent’s penalty area.
- 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 a free kick on the edge of the penalty area.
- All restarts and free kicks are indirect.
- 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 for each foul from the second spot.
Cautions/Ejections (should not be needed for these youth games)
- 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.