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Pittsburgh Futsal League Rules of the Game

General Futsal Information and Rules

  • Futsal is played on a court that is typically bigger than a basketball court.

  • On the field there are four (4) outfield players and one (1) goalkeeper.

  • THERE ARE NO WALLS!  There are out of bounds lines promoting ball control.

  • When the ball goes out of bounds the restart will result in a kick in, unless it crosses the goal line, then the goalkeeper restarts play with the ball in his/her hand.  Players have four (4) seconds to put the ball back in play.

  • For the duration of the 2018 Next Level Futsal League, teams WILL NOT be granted any time-outs.

  • In the Pittsburgh Futsal League, teams will have a four (4) minute warm up period prior to each game.  Each game will have two (2) twenty five (25) minute running clock halves and a three (3) minute halftime break.

  • There is no restriction on the number of substitutions that may be made during a match. Substitutions may be made at any time, whether the ball is in play or not, but only within the marked off substitution zones.  Player entering the court must wait until the player exiting the court is completely off of the in play portion of the court.

  • A substitute player may replace a sent-off player and enter the pitch two full minutes after the sending-off. They may, however, enter the pitch before the two minutes have elapsed should their team concede a goal while playing a player down.

  • Goalkeepers have only four seconds in which to play the ball, with either their hands or feet, and may not touch the ball again if the ball has been deliberately played to them by a team-mate without an opponent playing or touching it or if the ball goes out of bounds. Goalkeepers are also now free to play anywhere in their attacking half and throw the ball beyond the halfway line, which was not previously permitted.

  • Accumulated fouls are those penalized with a direct free-kick or penalty kick, regardless of whether advantage has been played or not. If a team commits a sixth accumulated foul in a half, the opposing side may take the subsequent free-kick awarded to them without a wall, either from the second penalty mark, which is positioned four yards behind the first penalty mark, or from a position even closer to the penalty area if the foul was committed between the goal line and the second penalty mark.

  • There is no offside in a futsal game.

Reference: US Youth Futsal Rules of the Game

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