Futsal Rules

  • 1Pitch surface

    Matches should be played on fl at, smooth and non-abrasive surfaces,preferably made of wood or artifi cial material, according to the rules of the
    competition. Concrete or tarmac should be avoided.Artifi cial turf pitches are permitted in exceptional cases and only for national competitions.

  • 2Pitch markings

    The pitch must be rectangular and marked with lines. These lines belong to the areas of which they are boundaries and must be clearly distinguishable from the colour of the pitch.The two longer boundary lines are called touch lines. The two shorter lines arecalled goal lines.The pitch is divided into two halves by a halfway line, which joins the midpointsof the two touch lines.The centre mark is indicated at the midpoint of the halfway line. A circle with aradius of 3 m is marked around it.A mark must be drawn outside the pitch, 5 m from the corner arc and at right angles to the goal line, to ensure that defending players retreat this distancewhen a corner kick is being taken. The width of this mark is 8 cm.Two additional marks, each at a distance of 5 m to the left and the right ofthe second penalty mark, must be made on the pitch to indicate the minimumdistance to be retreated when a kick is being taken from the second penaltymark. The width of this mark is 8 cm.

  • 3Dimensions

    The length of the touch line must be greater than the length of the goal line.

    All lines must be 8 cm wide.

    For non-international matches the dimensions are as follows:

    Length (touch line): minimum 25 m     maximum 42 m
    Width (goal line)    : minimum 16 m    maximum 25 m

    For international matches the dimensions are as follows:
    Length (touch line): minimum 38 m     maximum 42 m
    Width (goal line)    : minimum 20 m     maximum 25 m

  • 4The penalty area

    Two imaginary lines of 6 m in length are drawn from the outside of each goalpost and at right angles to the goal line; at the end of these lines a quarter circle is drawn in the direction of the nearest touch line, each with a radius of 6 m from the outside of the goalpost. The upper part of each quarter circle is joined by a line 3.16 m in length running parallel to the goal line between the goalposts. The area bounded by these lines and the goal line is the penalty area. Within each penalty area, a penalty mark is made 6 m from the midpoint between the goalposts and equidistant to them.

  • 5The second penalty mark

    A second mark is made 10 m from the midpoint between the goalposts and equidistant to them.

  • 6The corner arc

    A quarter circle with a radius of 25 cm from each corner is drawn inside the pitch.

  • 7Goals

    A goal must be placed on the centre of each goal line. A goal consists of two upright posts equidistant from the corners and joined at the top by a horizontal crossbar. The goalposts and crossbar must be made of wood, metal or other approved material. They must be square, rectangular, round or elliptical in shape and must not be dangerous to players.The distance (inside measurement) between the posts is 3 m and the distance from the lower edge of the crossbar to the ground is 2 m. Both goalposts and the crossbar have the same width and depth, 8 cm. The nets must be made of hemp, jute or nylon or other approved material and are attached to the back of the goalposts and the crossbar with a suitable means of support. They must be properly supported and must not interfere with the goalkeeper. The goalposts and crossbars must be of a different colour from the pitch.The goals must have a stabilising system that prevents them from overturning.Portable goals may only be used if they satisfy this requirement.

  • 8The substitution zones

    The substitution zones are the areas on the touch line in front of the team
    benches, the purpose of which is described in Law 3.


    • They are situated in front of the technical area and are 5 m in length. Theyare marked at each end with a line 80 cm in length, 40 cm of which isdrawn on the pitch and 40 cm off the pitch, and 8 cm wide
    •  The area in front of the timekeeper’s table 5 m to either side of the halfway line is kept clear
    • A team’s substitution zone is situated in the half of the pitch defended by said team and changes in the second half of the match and periods of extra time, if any
  • 9All matches

    In all matches, the names of the players and substitutes must be given to the referees prior to the start of the match, whether they are present or not. Any substitute whose name is not given to the referees at this time may not take part in the match.

  • 10Substitution procedure

    A substitution may be made at any time, whether the ball is in play or not. To replace a player with a substitute, the following conditions must be observed:
    • the player leaves the pitch via his own team’s substitution zone, save in the
    exceptions provided for in the Futsal Laws of the Game
    • the substitute only enters the pitch after the player being replaced has left
    • the substitute enters the pitch via the substitution zone
    • the substitution is completed when a substitute enters the pitch via the
    substitution zone
    • from that moment, the substitute becomes a player and the player he has
    replaced becomes a substituted player
    • the substituted player may take further part in the match
    • all substitutes are subject to the authority and jurisdiction of the referees,
    whether called upon to play or not
    • if a period is extended to allow a penalty kick, a kick from the second
    penalty mark or a direct free kick without a wall to be taken, only the
    goalkeeper of the defending team may be substituted

  • 11Players

    A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than fi ve players, one of whom is the goalkeeper. A match may not start if either team consists of fewer than three players.The match is abandoned if one of the teams has fewer than three players on the pitch.

  • 12Other matches

    In national “A” team matches, up to a maximum of ten substitutes may be used. In all other matches, a greater number of substitutes may be used, provided that:
    • the teams concerned reach agreement on a maximum number
    • the referees are informed before the match
    If the referees are not informed, or if no agreement is reached before the
    match, no more than ten substitutes are allowed.

  • 13Qualities and measurements

    The ball is:

    • spherical
    • made of leather or other approved material
    • of a circumference of not more than 64 cm and not less than 62 cm
    • not more than 440 g and not less than 400 g in weight at the start of the match
    • of a pressure equal to 0.6 – 0.9 atmosphere (600 – 900 g/cm2) at sea level
    • the ball may not bounce less than 50 cm or more than 65 cm on the fi rst
    • rebound when dropped from a height of 2 m
  • 14Logos on balls

    In addition to the requirements of Law 2, acceptance of a ball for use in matches played in an offi cial competition organised under the auspices of FIFA or the confederations is conditional upon the ball bearing one of the following:
    • the offi cial “FIFA APPROVED” logo
    • the offi cial “FIFA INSPECTED” logo

    Such a logo on a ball indicates that it has been tested offi cially and found to be in compliance with specifi c technical requirements, different for each logo and additional to the minimum specifi cations stipulated in Law 2. The list of the additional requirements specifi c to each of the respective logos must be approved by the International F.A. Board. The institutes conducting the tests are subject to the approval of FIFA.
    Member association competitions may also require the use of balls bearing anyone of these three logos

  • 15Replacement of a defective ball

    If the ball bursts or becomes defective during the course of a match, the match is stopped:


    •  the match is restarted by dropping the replacement ball at the place wherethe original ball became defective, unless play was stopped inside the penalty area, in which case one of the referees drops the replacement ball on the penalty area line at the point nearest to where the original ball was located when play was stopped
    • the match is restarted by retaking the kick if the ball bursts or becomes defective while a direct free kick without a wall, a kick from the second penalty mark or a kick from the penalty mark is being taken and does not touch the goalposts, the crossbar or a player and no infringement is committed If the ball bursts or becomes defective while not in play (at a kick-off, goal clearance, corner kick, dropped ball, free kick, penalty kick or ball inbound):
    •  the match is restarted in accordance with the Futsal Laws of the Game.The ball may not be changed during the match without the authority of thereferees
  • 16Advertising

    In matches played in an offi cial competition organised under the auspices of FIFA, the confederations or the member associations, no form of commercial advertising on the ball is permitted, except for the emblem of the competition, the competition organiser and the authorised trademark of the manufacturer. The competition regulations may restrict the size and number of suchmarkings.

  • 17Offi cial competitions

    Up to a maximum of nine substitutes may be used in any match played in an offi cial competition organised under the auspices of FIFA, the confederations or the member associations. The rules of the competition must state how many substitutes may be nominated, up to a maximum of nine.The number of substitutions that may be made during a match is unlimited.