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Official 2015/2016 Rules
Game Rules 1. All teams are to be present at least 10 minutes before the game, and in full numbered uniform: shirt, socks, shorts and shin guards (shin guards are mandatory)
2. No jewelery, earrings, or watches shall be worn by players. Please inform players of this rule to save time.
3. At the start of a match each team must have a minimum of 4 players, one of which is a goalie, or they forfeit the match, which results in a fine. A maximum of 12 players may dress/be on the bench for a game.
4. If after 5 minutes into the game a team does not have the minimum required players dressed and on the court, the game is forfeited by that team (even if they are in the change rooms or parking lot).
5. No water shall be allowed on the court at any time, even for goalkeepers. This is to prevent slip and falls.
6. All teams are responsible for collecting water bottles from the bench and throwing them in the garbage after. Failure to do so will result in a $20 fine for the team. Let’s be clean and environmentally responsible.
7. Each team must have two sets of numbered kits. If both teams have the same team colours, the home team must change uniforms or wear numbered bibs which may or not be available from the league
8. All games will be played with a league provided match ball, as no other ball is allowed for use during game play unless in unique circumstances.
9. In the event of players being sent off during a match, no fewer than 3 players (including the goalkeeper) are to be left on either team, or the match will end. The league convener and discipline board will decide the final outcome of the match depending on the situation.
10. Any ejected players are to leave the gym area immediately.
11. Any parents who fight or are excessively disturbing to the environment will be ejected from the venue along with their child. We have a zero tolerance policy for negative parents. This is youth sports after all.
12. Only three registered coaches or managers may sit on the bench for a team.
13. The team delegate (coach or manager) is to make sure the game sheet is filled out in full before the match.
14. If a team does not hand in their game sheet fully or incorrectly they risk forfeiting the game.
15. Two halves, of 20 minutes each, shall be played each game for U8-12 and 22 minutes for U13+.
16. Each team has a right to one ‘time-out’, lasting 1 minute, in each game.
17. A timeout can only be called when a coach hands in a “Timeout” sheet to the score table that will be given to each team prior to the match. 18. A ‘timeout’ can only be called when the ball is out of play and you have possession.
19. Any and all ‘Kick-Ins’ and ‘Corner Kicks’ are to be done with the foot and with ball on the line. No throw-ins are allowed in FIFA futsal. A planting foot can be touching the line but not fully across it on the court.
20. A player has 4 seconds to play the ball in when out of bounds. The ball shall not be dropped or rolling. Players should be taught to put the ball on the line with their hands.
21. The keeper from an attacking team may throw the ball with his hand, from a goal clearance, to anywhere on the court (including the opposing teams penalty area) but cannot score directly from a goal clearance unless it has first touched another player from either team (intentionally or by deflection) before going into the opposing teams net. If it enters the opposing teams net by a straight throw (“nothing but net”), a goal clearance is awarded to the defending team.
22. When throwing from a goal clearance, the ball must clear the goal crease before a teammate can receive it.
23. There are no slide tackles allowed. However, if a ball is going out of bounds and a player slides to keep it in play and there is no opposition around, it is acceptable. It will be at the referee’s discretion.
24. A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick, but only against the opposing team.
25. Any ‘free kick’ barriers or walls must be a distance from the ball determined by the ref at their discretion.
26. For U14 divisions and above, on any goal clearance, the goalie cannot touch the ball a second time unless it is touched by a player of the opposing team or it goes out of bounds or a foul occurs. For U13 and below we are testing out a rule that will allow the keeper to receive the ball back to develop their footwork. A decision to keep or get rid of this rule will be made at the end of matchday 3. 27. The goalie may leave his penalty area and play as a fifth player but the following conditions apply:
a) The goalie has only four seconds maximum to release the ball in his/her OWN half. If he has possession of the ball for more than 4 seconds an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team. Referees will count with their hand.
b) Once the goalie has left his penalty area, he may not use his hands and is otherwise treated as any other player.
c) The keeper is able to act as a 5th attacker at any point but can touch the ball as many times and for however long they wish, provided he/she is across the centre line in the opposition’s half.
28. After your team has accumulated 5 fouls combined in a half, the following foul committed will result in a ‘‘free kick” by the opposing team (if this foul was committed anywhere on the field behind the 2nd penalty mark) will be from the 2nd penalty mark and a wall/barrier cannot be used. If the foul was committed anywhere on the field in front of the penalty mark that is not inside the penalty area, the player may choose to take the free kick either from the 2nd penalty mark or from the spot where the foul took place.
29. If a team kicks the ball and it touches the ceiling, the opponents of the team that last touched the ball are awarded a ‘kick in’ from the touch line nearest to where the ball touched the ceiling
30. Any players that are sent off the court because of a booking may not re-enter the field and may not return to his bench area. That player may be replaced by a substitute after a 2 minute period, or after the opposing team scores a goal. Think of a hockey powerplay.
31. Any and all substitutions are to be made within the teams’ designated ‘substitution area’. This area is marked by lines in front of a teams’ bench. A player must come off before a new one can go on.
32. Any players that go on or off the field outside of their designated substitution areas may be given a caution (Yellow Card) for an improper substitution and play may be stopped. Usually when it is repeated in a game.
33. Any and all calls made by referees or game officials are final and cannot be disputed.
34. Any arguing or disputing with the referees is ground for a caution and possibly a red card.
35. Please leave the refs alone. Your kids do not make 100% of their shots nor stop 100% of their saves. Naturally, referees are also human and make mistakes too. Futsal is also harder to officiate than soccer. League Rules 1. Please have your kids not wear their outside shoes into the gym. We don’t want to attract water, snow, salt onto the courts where someone can slip.
2. Please do not kick or dribble the ball in the hallways as it is the biggest pet peeve of caretakers.
3. No person can videotape matches without permission from the league. If a person at the league is not there then no filming will be allowed. Copies of matches must be provided to the league through online or DVD. You never know who wanders into a gym or onto a field and we want to protect our players.
4. The last date for a team to register a new player, or transfer a player from another team, is by Christmas break (Dec 22nd). Only goalkeepers can switch between 2 squads within 1 club.
5. All player fees must be paid in full before a player will be added to a team roster and allowed to play.
6. Any arguing or disputing with the referees is ground for a caution and even a red card.
7. Any team found to field an ineligible player, or has not paid their full registration fees will be given an automatic loss and fined $100. Let’s all be fair and by the rules.
8. Any team that does not show up to a match, or defaults a game will be fined $100, and will pay referee fees for that match. No exceptions. Teams sign up to play, not to win by default.
9. If a player accumulates 4 yellow cards throughout the season, that player will receive a 1 game suspension. Furthermore, if a player accumulates 7 yellow cards throughout the season, that player will receive a 2 game suspension.
10. Teams will be fined $20 if a player receives a red card for violent play during game play. Funds from red cards will go to subsidize futsal programs for those that cannot afford to play.
11. Any player that is given a suspension will have to serve that suspension for the first game immediately after the suspension is given.
12. Any player that accumulates 3 red cards throughout the season will be fined and suspended for the remainder of the season, as well as for any playoff matches.
13. Any player or team fines must be paid in full before the team is allowed to participate in any further matches.
14. Any violent or abusive act from a player or team towards another player or team is grounds for a suspension. that will be determined at by the league’s discipline committee.
15. Any violent or abusive act from a player, coach team or fan towards any referees, game or league officials is grounds for permanent suspension from the league and will face discipline at the TSA/OSA.
16. Registration fees are non-refundable.
17. For any questions, comments, concerns or disputes with these rules, please refer to the Toronto Futsal League’s Official By-Laws EQUIPMENT: 1 - KEEPERS: We highly recommend that all goalkeepers purchase volleyball knee and elbow pads as it will increase their confidence and more importantly, protect their joints, bones, and prevent other injuries. Some keepers choose to wear gloves while others tape two fingers together (for gripping the ball) while some go bare handed. There are also great hockey and soccer shorts with great padding for hips as well such as Storelli padding. 2 - SHOES: In terms of what shoes to wear for futsal, please try and avoid using turf shoes with the little black studs, they are not the best for futsal. Instead try a pair of gum soles for indoor similar to what you find for a squash or court shoe. They are very affordable as well. 3 - GRIP: Courts naturally get a little dusty as we have seen from basketball, futsal, and volleyball. Do you remember as a kid putting water, cola, Windex, spit, or something on the bottom of your shoe to get better traction? Well there is a product called Court Grip that sells for about $15 retail that works very well. One bottle should last a player a season. 4 - BALLS: Toronto Futsal League will provide the balls for every game. Youth teams use the size 3 futsal ball with senior teams using size 4 futsal balls. Feel free to ask the league for any recommendations when making your next futsal ball purchase.

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