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What is the difference?

10 key points:


  1. Five players on court with rolling substitutes
  2. Played to lines. Ball is returning to play with a “kick-in” to replace a throw-in. A corner kick is allowed. Goal kick replaced by goalkeepers throwing the ball with no height restrictions.
  3. Use of wider and longer pitches
  4. All players are allowed to enter the penalty area.
  5. No height restriction on the ball.
  6. Use of square goals similar to hockey goals.
  7. Use of Futsal ball similar to a size 3 regulation football but with 30% reduced bounce.
  8. 5 foul limit – no wall for direct free kick from ten metres after 5th foul
  9. Games played in two 20 minute halves in real time. This means the clock is stopped every time the ball is out of play – so average games can last an hour or more
  10. Goalkeepers are allowed to play as an outfield player

Traditional 5-A-Side

  1. ive players in court – limited substitutes
  2. No By lines or End lines – Use of rebound boards or walls and the ball is constantly in play. Goalkeepers normally return the ball to play with an underarm roll-out below knee height.
  3. Smaller playing pitches used that limit football experience
  4. Only goalkeepers are allowed in the penalty areas.
  5. The height of the ball is restricted. Normally below head height play.
  6. Use of lower rectangular goals.
  7. Use of normal or indoor football. Size 5 for adults and size 3 or 4 for youth players.
  8. Unlimited fouls
  9. Shorter games – normally 10 – 15 minutes in total
  10. Goalkeepers are normally restricted to playing within a marked penalty area

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