Futsal Rules



The term is an abbreviation of the Portuguese "futebol de salã o" or the Spanish "fútbol sala", both which mean "indoor soccer".

It is scaled down version of conventional soccer and it is played by two teams of five players each, including a goalkeeper on each side. It is played on basketball-sized courts, on a variety of surfaces both indoors and outdoors. The game does not require the use of expensive dasher boards, but has instead the normal touchline boundaries with no wall to smash the ball (and the bodies) against. The ball is a smaller size (size 3 or 4), heavier and has a dampened bounce.

Futsal is official five-a-side indoor soccer game and the only indoor soccer recognized by FIFA.

Futsal became an Olympic sport in 2008, which created added interest and deeper growth everywhere.

The rules of the game are similar to classic soccer with certain modification to allow for the reduced space. Here is a brief comparison of futsal and soccer rules .




  Ball circumference 68-70 cm (27-28”)

11 players

3 substitutions


Main referee & 2 assistants (linesmen)

Running clock operated by referee

45-minute halves

No time-outs

Goal kicks

No absolute time limit to restart game

Offside rule

(Goalkeeper) 6 second rule on restarts

Unlimited fouling

No substitution for player sent off

Corner kick in area

Unlimited playback to goalkeeper’s feet

Some contact, side tackling allowed




      Ball   circumference 62-68 cm (24-25”)

5   players

Unlimited   “flying” substitutions


Main   referee & assistant referee

Stopped   clock operated by timekeeper

20-minute halves

1   time-out per half

Goalkeeper throws ball into play

4-second rule on restarts

No offside rule

4-second rule to put ball back into play

5 foul limit, no wall after 5 fouls

Player sent off can be substituted after 2 minutes or after opponent scores

Corner kick on corner

One play back to goalkeeper’s feet

No shoulder charge or side tackle. Non contact slides allowed