Futsal 2016-2017

Futsal is five-a-side soccer played on a gym floor using a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular soccer ball.  The game is a great skill developer, demanding quick reflexes, fast thinking and pinpoint passing.

Age Groups: U9 to U15 Boys & Girls.
U16+ (Open Category, Men/Women)
Days:   Friday evenings 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm
    Session 1 - Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 16
    Session 2 - Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 24
Game Times:   5:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Length:   40 Minutes Running Clock
Format:   4v4 + Keeper, played on basketball court
Location:   South Metro Sports Center
    10651 Success Lanne
    Centerville, OH 45458
Team Cost:   $235 per Session

Futsal Flyer


How to Register

Register your team online: Futsal Team Registration

For more information contact: Wichert De Wit wichert.dewit@cusasoccer.org

Checks will need to be made out to CUSA and sent to the following address:
CUSA c/o Futsal (Your team name)
PO Box 750651
Centerville, OH 45475

Please add Futsal in the memo box and your team name.

Southern Ohio Futsal League Rules

Law 1: Field of Play
1. The playing court will be on a regulation basketball court. The goal area is defined by the basketball three point shot line.
2. The playing court is marked with lines. The two longer boundary lines are called touchlines and the two shorter lines are goal lines. The playing court is divided into two halves.

Safety: Both teams are responsible for ensuring that the playing field and environment is safe before the game.

  • Goals must be anchored
  • All jewelry must be removed
  • All players must wear shin guards
  • Any eye wear containing glass, metal, or any sharp edges are prohibited

Law 2: Ball
The ball is provided by the league for each game. Outdoor soccer balls are not permitted.

Law 3: Players
A game is played between two teams each consisting of 5 players, one of whom is a goalkeeper.

1. Substitutions are unlimited and may be made during the flow of play. Before the player enters the court the departing player must be within three steps of the sideline on the player’s side.

2. Players must be at least U7 and may not be older than U16. A roster with date of births should be submitted prior to game 1. If your team has more than one team entered you may interchange players as needed but we recommend players only playing two games per night.

Law 4: Player Equipment
A player must not use any equipment that is dangerous to themselves or other players.

1. The only shoes permitted are canvas or soft leather training or gym shoes with a rubber or similar material sole. No cleats or turf shoes allowed. Shoes should be non-marking soles.

Law 5: The Referee
Each game between non-CUSA teams will be controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game. Other games will be supervised by the coaches of the CUSA teams.

1. Official time keeping is through the referee. The game will consist of a running 40-minute clock.

Law 9: Start and Re-Start of Play
1. The Home team will have kick off; the visiting team will choose their end of the field.
2. Kick off starts play at the beginning of the game and after any goal.
3. A goal may not be scored directly from the kickoff.
4. Kick off does not have to go forward and the opposing team must be 3 yards from the ball to start.

Law 10: Ball in and out of Play
1. The ball is out of play when it has crossed the entire line either on the ground or in the air or if it hits the ceiling or other structure (i.e. basketball hoop)
2. Ball is put in play with a pass in or dribble in. Opposing team must be 3 yards from the ball.

Law 11: The Method of Scoring
1. A goal is scored if the ball completely crosses the goal line between the goal posts and no other infraction has occurred. Due to the emphasis placed on technical ability and creativity scores will not be kept on the official score board.

Law 12: Fouls and Misconduct
1. A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits one of the following: kicks or attempts to kick an opponent, trips or attempts to trip an opponent, jumps at an opponent, charges an opponent, strikes or attempts to strike an opponent, pushes an opponent, holds an opponent, spits at an opponent, slides to play the ball when it is being played or attempted to be played by an opponent (NO SLIDE TACKLING), or handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper in his penalty area).

2. A penalty kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the above offenses in his own penalty box.

3. An indirect kick is awarded to the opposing team if a goalkeeper commits one of the following offenses: touches or controls the ball with his hands after it has been deliberately passed by a teammate, touches or controls the ball with his hands after it has been kicked to him from a teammate on a kick in, or holds the ball for longer than 4 seconds. An indirect free kick is also awarded if the following occur: a player plays in a dangerous manner, deliberately impedes the progress of an opponent when the ball is not being played, or prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from their hands. The indirect free kick is taken from the place the infraction occurred unless it is in the penalty area and then the ball is brought out to the penalty area line.

4. Cautionable offenses: unsporting conduct, dissent, persistently infringes the laws of the game, delays restart of play, fails to respect the required distance on a free kick, slide tackles another player.

5. Sending off offenses: guilty of serious foul play, guilty of violent conduct, spits at an opponent, denies the opponent an obvious goal scoring chance through using their hands (except for the goalkeeper), denies the opponent an obvious goal scoring chance by an offense punishable by a free kick, use of offensive or foul language, or a 2nd caution.

Law 13: Free Kicks
1. All opponents must be 3 yards from the ball on a free kick until the ball is played.

Law 15: Penalty Kick
1. For any offense for which a direct kick is awarded that occurs inside the penalty box.
2. Penalty kick is taken from the top of the arc (3 point line)
3. Goalkeeper remains on goal line until ball is kicked
4. All other players besides kicker and goalkeeper must be on other half of the field.

Law 16: The Kick In
1. A goal cannot be scored directly from a kick-in
2. Ball must be stationary before kicking it in/dribbling in
3. All opponents must be 3 yards from the ball
4. The player must take the kick within 5 seconds of having possession of the ball

Law 17: Goal Clearance
1. A goal clearance is awarded to the defending team when the attacking team plays the ball over the end line or the goalkeeper catches the ball in the penalty area.
2. A goal may not directly be scored from a goal clearance.
3. Drop kicks and punts from the goalkeeper are not allowed. The opposing team will be awarded an indirect free kick at midfield.
4. Goalkeeper may throw the ball from any point in the penalty area but it may not cross midfield on the fly (indirect free kick awarded to opponent at midfield).
  a. For U12-U14 players only ball may not cross opposing penalty area on the fly
5. All opponents must be outside the penalty area.

Law 18: Corner Kick
1. A corner kick is awarded to the attacking team when the defending team plays the ball over the end line.
2. A goal may be scored directly
3. Opponents must be 3 yards away.

These rules have been modified from the professional futsal rules in the best interests of the players. Southern Ohio Futsal League will be the final arbitrator regarding any questions or interpretation of any of the rules.

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