What is the difference?
10 key points:
- Five players on court with rolling substitutes
- 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.
- Use of wider and longer pitches
- All players are allowed to enter the penalty area.
- No height restriction on the ball.
- Use of square goals similar to hockey goals.
- Use of Futsal ball similar to a size 3 regulation football but with 30% reduced bounce.
- 5 foul limit – no wall for direct free kick from ten metres after 5th foul
- 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
- Goalkeepers are allowed to play as an outfield player
- ive players in court – limited substitutes
- 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.
- Smaller playing pitches used that limit football experience
- Only goalkeepers are allowed in the penalty areas.
- The height of the ball is restricted. Normally below head height play.
- Use of lower rectangular goals.
- Use of normal or indoor football. Size 5 for adults and size 3 or 4 for youth players.
- Unlimited fouls
- Shorter games – normally 10 – 15 minutes in total
- Goalkeepers are normally restricted to playing within a marked penalty area