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The Rules of Futsal (Futsala) – EXPLAINED!

The Rules of Futsal (Futsala) – EXPLAINED!


Ninh explains, the Rules of Futsal.
The object of the game is for your team to score more goals than the opposing team.
Futsal is an indoor variation of Football (or ‘Soccer’) if you prefer, and the general
rules of the game apply here, but with some significant differences.
This variation is played with two teams of up to 14 players, with 5 players taking the
court at any one time. They include one goalkeeper and four outfield players.
The game is played on an indoor court that measures 40m x 20 m.
Goal areas are a 6m arc around the nets, and the goals are a lot smaller too, 3 metres
wide and 2 metres high. To score a goal, you must put ball into your
opponent’s goal. For it to count, the whole of the ball must
completely cross the goal line. In futsal, you are allowed to touch the ball
with every part of your body except your arms. The main ways to move the ball is to kick
the ball to a team mate which is known as a pass,
or run with the ball whilst controlling it with your feet, known as dribbling. Teams will usually orchestrate passes and
dribbles so that the ball travels up the field so that they can score.
The defending team will try and stop you by tackling.
The can intercept passes, block shots or try and kick the ball away from you and move the
ball in the other direction so that they can score themselves.
A defender must be careful here, as if the referee decides that they made contact with
the player without touching the ball, or made contact without trying to win ball, he can
award a foul against them. Fouls usually lead to free kicks, but can also lead to a yellow
card which is a warning, or a red card where you are sent off the pitch. Two yellow cards
equals one red card. The game is played in two halves of 20 minutes,
for a combined playing time of 40 minutes. Unlike soccer, the clock stops every time
there is a stoppage of play and there is no added time.
Highest score at the end of time, wins. I’m a football player, it’s exactly the
same isn’t it? You’d think so, but no.
Because of the variation of the rules, it’s a very different game tactically for a variety
of reasons. One of the big differences is the ball. It’s
a smaller Size 4 ball that’s designed to have less bounce. This means that you have
excellent ball handling skills and be able to pass efficiently, as the ball will not
travel as far when kicked. Aerial play is also discouraged.
Shoulder charges and slide tackles are not allowed.
There is no such thing as offside. A sent off player CAN be replaced, but only
after the opposing team has scored, or a full two minutes have been played, whichever comes
first. And goalkeepers only have four seconds to
play the ball. Futsal is a really simple game and that’s
basically it, but there’s a few more things you’ll need to understand before playing
or watching a game. For example. Time out
Team are entitled to a 1 minute time out in each period to take a break and discuss strategy.
Teams cannot carry over unused timeouts. Substitution.
Unlike Football, there are unlimited substitutions in this game at any time.
All substitutions must be made through the substitution box on the side-lines.
Hand ball If you happen to touch the ball with an arm,
forearm, elbow or hand, the referee will call ‘hand-ball’ against you, and possession
of the ball is awarded to the other team. If you commit a hand-ball in your own goal
area, the other team will be awarded a penalty kick.
Penalty Kick If a defender handles the ball in the goal
area, or brings down an attacker WITH A SCORING CHANCE in the goal area, the referee will
award a penalty kick to the other team. The ball will be placed on the 6m spot and
any attacking player can try and score with one kick against the goalie.
Accumulated Fouls If a team commits 5 fouls, the opposing team
will be awarded a direct free kick or penalty kick for every successive foul afterwards.
As you can imagine, fouls are discouraged in this game.
Direct Free Kick Usually awarded after a team has committed
more than 5 fouls, a team is allowed to strike the ball unopposed 10 metres away from goal.
This in effect is pretty much a 10m penalty kick, so giving away too many fouls is a huge
disadvantage in this game. Kick in, Goal Throw, Corner Kick & Free Kick.
If the ball leaves the area of play, the ball is awarded to the team who did not touch it
last. If the ball leaves the sides of the court
, a kick in is awarded to the other team. If you touched it last and it goes out behind
your opponent’s goal line, a goal throw is awarded to the other team.
If you touched it last and it goes out behind your own goal line, a corner kick is awarded
to the other team. All kicks and goal throws MUST be played within
four seconds, or the opposing team will get possession of the ball. For those of you that’s still a little lost,
I highly recommend watching my video on how to play football or soccer, which you can
find in my videos section. But if you have found this video at all helpful,
please like, comment, share and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things
and good karma is always appreciated. If you’re also on Reddit, you can post this
video and discuss it there, but in the meantime, enjoy Futsal. Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK

Comments (100)

  1. The Rules of Futsal, otherwise known as Futsala explained here. Watch this video to understand Futsal Rules, which are different to Football or Soccer. Be sure to like, share and subscribe 🙂

  2. We have the competition here in Australia and follow FIFA rules but we allow the slide tackle.
    I don't know why as I think it's dangerous and many complaints come in about it. Referees tell me it's allowed by FIFA rules.
    Apparently many years ago it was allowed then banned and now allowed again.
    We also have 17 minute halves and don't stop the clock except for when a player is unable to move off court due to injury or if there is equipment failure. Due to time restraints we can't stop the clock for every time the ball goes out. International games go on forever doing it that way.
    The player in the video who "accidentally" bumped in to the official should have been given a red card!!!
    I love the game although have not played. Great video, thanks.

  3. Ninh i love your videos. They aee very useful for my PE lessons.

    just one tip, as i am a futsal player, slide tackling is alloed, as long as you touch the ball qnd not the defender.

    Hope that helps u

  4. Always a great video! Can't wait for the next one!

  5. wonderfully explained and nicely edited video

  6. Rules of beach soccer?

  7. really cool video! nice to see that futsal gets more nd more attention 🙂
    some minor additional rules:
    the direct free kick after 5 fouls can be either taken at the 10m spot or at place where the foul was committed, you can choose actually. the goalie has to have at least 5m distance to the ball unlike the penalty, there he has to stand on the goal line.
    -when the goalie was in posession​ of the ball he can t have the ball again until either the ball went outside the field, the opponent touched the ball or the ball passed the middle line (that last one might have changed since last season, but I'm not a 100% sure), otherwise an indirect free kick is awarded to the opponent.
    -when making a goal throw after the ball went outside, the goalie can't play the ball to a player inside the penalty area. it has to leave the area. when making a goal throw after catching the ball(in game) the goalie is aloud to do that

    goalkeeper rules are a bit complicated hahah but I love this sport <3

  8. Good video I learned a lot

  9. Why futsal isn't an Olympic sport, I have no idea.

  10. Hi thanks for this insightful video, really appreciate it!
    I'm a bit of a sports noob so can I just check, when the game is played, the outfielders are allowed to score even past the 6 m penalty spot right?

  11. Can you do one about bicycle races like Le tour de France, La vuelta a España, Il giro d'Italia, etc?

  12. I play travel fustal

  13. thanks man! always thoroughly and skillfully explained!

  14. great video – thanks

  15. I love to find old videos of Ninh’s that I missed😄

  16. Good video that explains the rules simply – the accumulated fouls rule is per half for adults

  17. ULTRA LIKE!!!
    thank you very much for the very informative video!!!

  18. after checking out your channel content, you got a new subscriber!

  19. Each of your videos should also probably mention when & where that particular sport was born as a little extra info. That'd be nice.

  20. 1:26 I see filming and diving is equally big part of Futsal like it is Football.

  21. The ball isn’t just a size four ball, it’s weighted, that’s why bounces less

  22. thank you, great video

  23. You forgot to say that is 10x faster and more tiring than football

  24. I'm a futsal ref. Close enough.

  25. great video. Good job!

  26. Is the Goalkeeper allowed to receive backpasses and is the Goalkeeper allowed to leave his own box?

  27. Id like to play this ……instead of soccer

  28. I played Football and Futsal for over 24 years throughout my life and loved every minute of it. However, the part I hated the most was the bullshit diving/embellishment from players trying to draw a penalty. Growing up in Canada with Hockey as the most popular sport for youths and sports fans in general, I'm happy to say that I never acted in such a way in front of my teammates, spectators, and family. In fact, my father always told me not to play like that as you would be demeaning the game and yourself.

    Now that I am a lot older I completely appreciate the difference of athletes when comparing Hockey to Football players.

    Washed up Football players should go into acting, specializing in daytime soap dramas.

  29. so basscly just indoor football

  30. As a guy that usually watches assoc.football the accumulated foul rule & the rules against aerial play suprised me the most about futsal, based upon your explaination

  31. how many yards is the keepers allowed on a second pk?

  32. Ronaldinho is good at both

  33. very well explained.

  34. That's what basically every kid in Brazil plays in school

  35. the ball is weighted . so its heavier then a normal soccer ball to keep play on the ground

  36. In our they play Futsal outside we play all or sports outside

  37. Do the rules of walking football

  38. This is wierd. Arena or indoor soccer is different.

  39. Any chance we can get American Indoor Soccer rules?

  40. Futsal boll have more mass that football boll

  41. I have a question and am not sure if this was a rule before or still is now. Can the goalkeeper receive a pass from his teammates? I saw before that the only way a goalkeeper could collect a pass was if there was contact from an opposing player. However in the video I noticed a player passing it towards the goalkeeper. So is it ok for your teammate to pass a ball to your goalkeeper?

  42. Literally indoor football

  43. My cousin plays this

  44. It's football in spirit
    But basketball in rules

  45. What's the duration of the whole game?

  46. Clean game people

  47. Futsal and Arena Soccer are completely different.

  48. Thanks for the video. It was quiet helpful.

  49. Are the goalkeepers not allowed to wear gloves or something?

  50. Can i score inside the D on opponent side?

  51. how about throw in? opponents must be how many metres?

  52. can we direct shot to the goal when kickoff?

  53. Association football should have accumulated fouls, and diving or embellishment should count against a team as a foul.

  54. cant the goalkeepers utilize gloves?

  55. Interesting video. The indoor soccer I've heard of isn't played like this. That version isn't supervised by FIFA, and is played in an arena setting similar to a hockey rink, but on turf.

  56. It's indoor football lol . Why give a different name??

  57. I don't like soccer, but futsal is a lot less yawn inducing than the open field variation. My father used to be very good at futsal in his prime.

  58. so no sliding at all? cause i've seen some pros doing it

  59. Very informative and much appreciated. Thanks!

  60. Basically indoors football

  61. what if you score a goal from kick in,is it counted as a goal?

  62. Futsal is indoor football

  63. Futsal is all about the skills

  64. I like Futsal. It's more technical and skill-minded than association football, which is probably why the hoofers currently on the Coventry City roster will be played right out of the park. (I'm a Cov City fan, I'm allowed to say that)

  65. If the ball goes in the air, you die

  66. I think futsal is awesome. Love playing it

  67. Also, the game is very skill move heavy.

  68. Ninh Ly, you should make a video on Indoor Soccer (or Arena Soccer / Minifootball), which is different sport than Futsal. In North America, Indoor Soccer is more popular than Futsal, and there's even a professional league there (Major Arena League Soccer). Personally, I used to play the sport during the winter.

  69. Every youth player who wants to become a good player must play futsol…

  70. when the ball goes out and you have to perform a pass/kick, does the ball have to be exactly on the line or can it be behind the line? Because I've seen players were performing it while the ball was completely out on the outer side of the line and in other cases I've seen them puting it right on top of the line. personally, I'd like to always see the ball being performed while completely behind the line on the outter side of it.

  71. It appears that one thing football and futsal have in common, is players pretending to be injured.

  72. I find futsal so much better and easier to understand than that strange version of indoor football we played in school: the one where you can bounce the ball off the walls and you can't go into the semi circle around the goal unless you're the goalkeeper.

  73. Is there a Futsal world cup, like the association Football world cup?

  74. Hey Ninh Ly, i forgot to ask you something, There will be Futsal on the 2020 Olympics ?

  75. Still better than football

  76. I wish they would bring the stop the clock rule for fouls, throw ins, free kicks, etc. into proper football, as the whole falling down or just wasting time to run down the clock makes the game look stupid.
    Also, I wish they would review fouls on video, after the game, to check to see if people are faking injuries or fouls (i.e. Rivaldo 2002 world cup), or just cheat (i.e. Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal in 1986 World Cup), then ban them for one or more games, or send them home from major tournaments as punishment.

  77. Futsal Have 5 Not 14

  78. What happens if I have a bouncer futsal ball? It's that Okay to play Futsal with the Size 5 balls?

  79. rules of arena soccer?

  80. There are many comments to pass through, but I think there was one rule you missed – and which I don't understand fully: "line goally".

    Sorry if someone else mentioned that already.

  81. sounds like fifa street

  82. In my country Futsal is played by girls

  83. hi! what about the goalkeeper rules?

  84. in football if the player get red card they have to play with the remain players 10 how about for futsal they still can play with 5 players?

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