The Key Points of FIFA’s Futsal Laws of the Game

The FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game are open to adaptation and are regularly changing and developing. Here we look at some of the key points of the Laws, and you can delve deeper via the links below.

Futsal is a five-a-side game, usually played on a flat indoor pitch with smaller, hockey-sized goals and a size four ball with a reduced bounce.

It is played to touchlines and all players are free to enter the penalty area and play the ball over head height. Games are 20 minutes per half with time-outs permitted.

There are a number of differences to our traditional version of small sided football, but the key points are the absence of rebound boards and amendments in the laws that encourage and foster skilful, creative play above the physical contact that tends to be a feature of English five-a-side.

Official FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game

The Pitch

The Ball

The Number of Players

The Players’ Equipment

The Match Officials

The Duration of the Match

The Start and Restart of Play

The Ball In and Out of Play

The Method of Scoring

Fouls and Misconduct

Free Kicks

The Penalty Kick

The Kick-In

The Goal Clearance

The Corner Kick