Rules – Indoor Soccer (Futsal)

Indoor Soccer (Futsal) Rules


  • Futsal is a five-a-side game, played on an indoor court with soccer nets/bownets using a size 4 ball (reduced bounce).  The objective is to score on the opposing net.
Game Length

  • Games are 55 minutes in length with a 5 minute stop for halftime.
  • Games start and end according to your online CSSC schedule.
  • If games start late, games must finish at the scheduled time


Equipment (Mandatory)

  • Captains are responsible for ensuring that nets are placed appropriately in the goal area.
  • Teams should bring both light & dark coloured t-shirts to help distinguish opponents.
  • Players must wear non marking soled shoes, and are encouraged to wear shin pads covered by long socks.
Players on Court & Gender Ratio

  • Teams are comprised of 5 players on the court (4 players and 1 goalkeeper).
  • Teams must play with a minimum of 2 males and 2 females on the court at all times.
  • A team can play with a minimum of 4 people, as long as the gender requirements are met.
  • Captains may agree to waive the rules regarding minimum players and gender ratio before the game starts.
Game & Court Set-up

  • Futsal nets will be set up by CSSC or facility staff upon the arrival to your game.
  • Games are played on a basketball sized court.
  • There is no sidelines out of bounds, however end walls are out of bounds and would resultall walls are in play.
  • Team captains should meet before the start of the game to rules and define the goal crease.
  • Teams are responsible for keeping score and time.  Often an CSSC Event Coordinator is on-site and will offer to keep score for the game.
  • To start the game, teams should decide who is awarded the kick-off.  The opposing team will then start the second half with the ball.
  • The game begins with the ball being passed back to a teammate before crossing centre line.
General Game RulesStandard futsal rules apply to all CSSC games. Notable exceptions are listed below:

  • Balls kicked above the head should result in stoppage of play with the opposing team taking posession in the form of an indirect kick (similar to handball).
  • Player substitutions can be made at any time and ensuring the player has left the court before a new player joins the play.
  • To score off an indirect kick, the ball must be touched by another player (offense or defense).
  • There is a 4 second time limit placed on all set plays (free kicks, etc).
  • The whole of the ball must cross the whole of the line for it to be deemed a goal.
  • Players must retreat 3 metres from the ball at all ‘set’ plays like indirect kicks.
  • There are no offsides.
  • Slide tackling or blocking a shot is not allowed under any circumstances 
Goalie Crease & Goalkeeper

  • In most cases, the ‘three-point’ line on the basketball court will be used to define the goalkeeper’s crease.
  • On a goal kick, the goalie must place the ball 5 steps out from the centre of their net.  If the court has basketball key lines the ball is placed within this zone.
  • Goalies:
    • May only use their hands to touch the ball within their own crease in front of the net.
    • Cannot control the ball with their hands for more than 4 seconds before releasing.
    • Are allowed to handle the ball from a pass back or kick in; however, must only use their feet.
    • Can only slide within the confines of their own penalty area. Sliding feet first toward an opponent is illegal and considered a dangerous play.
    • May not score a goal by throwing the ball.
  • If goalie handles the ball outside of the crease, a penalty kick (direct) is awarded to the opposing team.  The penalty kick is taken from the top of the crease, and the goalie must remain on the goal line.
Violations & Making Calls

  • It is inevitable incidental contact may occur among players. However, any aggressive contact such as pushing and shoving is not allowed (you should not touch any other player with your body at any time on purpose, and should do your best to avoid unnecessary contact).
  • A handball infraction occurs when the ball hits a player’s arm from the elbow down (as opposed to the shoulder).
  • It is extremely important that all players make the appropriate calls for infractions and illegal plays.  The offending player should call their own infractions, however any player that is currently on the court can make a call.
  • When a foul is called, play must stop as there is no ‘advantage’.
  • If a disagreement cannot quickly be resolved, the two team captains should meet at the middle of the court (without any other players) and discuss a resolution.