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Basic Futsal Rules: The Essential Rules of Futsal

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Introduction: The Basic Futsal Rules

Knowing the Basic Futsal Rules is important for people who want to play Futsal, for the ones who want to start playing Futsal and for the ones who like Futsal and want to get to know its main rules. Therefore, the ‘Physical Education Tips’ has prepared an illustrated guide on the 10 basic rules of Futsal. Enjoy your reading! 😉

01) What are the Futsal court dimensions?

The Futsal court is a rectangle and its dimensions are as follows:

  • FIFA international competitions: 38 to 42 meters long and 20 to 25 meters wide.
  • Adult National competitions (Brazil) and under-20: minimum of 38 meters in length and a minimum of 18 meters in width.
  • Women’s Adult National competitions, U-20, U-17 and U-15 and Men’s National competitions U-17 and U-15 the minimum length is 36 meters and the minimum width is 18 meters.

Basic Futsal Rules: Futsal Court

02) What size are the Futsal goal posts?

The size of goal posts are 3 meters wide between the posts, and the height of the crossbar is 2 meters from the ground.

Futsal goal

03) Futsal Substitutions and Substitution Zone

Futsal substitutions are unlimited during the match. However, there is an area where the substitution will take place in Futsal, which is located in front of each bench / technical area, with 5 meters wide.

Futsal Substitutions

04) A Futsal Team is formed by how many players?

A Futsal team consists of 5 players, and one of them is the goalkeeper. In official competitions, the maximum number of substitute players is 9. Substitutions in Futsal are unlimited. Substitutions may occur while the ball is in play or out of play, if they occur in the SUBSTITUTION ZONE.

05) What is the duration of a Futsal match?

A Futsal game is timed and divided into two equal periods. For adult, u-20 and u-17 matches, there will be two 20-minute periods, whereas for u-15 matches, it will consist of two 15-minute periods. The half- time interval must not exceed 15 minutes.

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06) Futsal Goalkeeper Fouls

In Futsal, the goalkeeper is not allowed to possess the ball for over 4 seconds, with his feet or hands, in his defense zone. On the attack zone, the goalkeeper can touch the ball freely and for as long as he wants as an outfield player.

It is allowed only one pass-back to the goalkeeper; the goalkeeper may not receive a pass-back using his hands. After a pass-back, the goalkeeper may only receive the ball in his defense zone if an opponent touches it.

07) Red Card / Sending-off in Futsal:

  1. The team that has a player sent off, will remain with one less player for 2 minutes or until suffering a goal.
  2. If both teams have players sent off and have the same number of players in court, the teams will only be reset after 2 minutes.
  3. If both teams have players sent off, but one of the teams is numerically inferior because they have had more players sent off, the team in numerical inferiority can have the return of a player after suffering a goal. Ex.: Team A had two players sent off, team B had 1 player sent off; if team A, who is in numerical inferiority, concedes a goal in less than 2 minutes after the sending off, team A could have a player returned.

08) Kick-in in Futsal

The kick-in in Futsal is taken with feet, the ball must be placed on the touchline or outside but not more than 25cm away from the court; the player who takes the kick-in cannot have their feet inside the field of play. The kick-in must be taken within 4 seconds. It is not allowed to score directly from a kick-in.

09) Goal clearance in Futsal

Goal clearance in Futsal must be exclusively taken by the goalkeeper, by using their hands, and it must leave the penalty area within 4 seconds.

10) The Corner Kick in Futsal

The corner kick in Futsal must be taken with feet within 4 seconds and the ball must be placed in the corner area.

The Corner Kick in Futsal

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