Rules for Futsal (click here to view our Netball FAQs)

 

What is Futsal?

Futsal is a fun, fast-paced version of soccer player on a smaller court. Teams generally consist of 5 or 6 players and a smaller sized ball is used. The ball is heavier than a soccer ball in ordered to reduce the height the ball bounces. Futsal is recognised as a great way to develop soccer skills as smaller team sizes allow players to spend much more time on the ball. The game is usually played on a hard court surface (as opposed to grass like soccer).

I have never played Futsal before, is previous experience required?

No previous experience is required. We offer both competitive and social competitions to cater for all intensity levels. So whether you’ve played the game for years, or have never kicked a Futsal or soccer ball before, we will put you in a league where you feel comfortable.

What are the benefits of playing Futsal?

Futsal is a great way to keep fit whilst additionally improving your soccer skills. Starting a team can also be a great way to keep in touch with friends in a fun environment. Additionally, this can all be done without the normal club commitments that an outdoor soccer team requires.

How many players are on a Futsal team?

In our 5-a-side competitions, a team comprises of four on court players and one goalkeeper (five in total). Teams are also permitted to have up to five substitutes who can freely swap with on court players throughout the game.

Teams participating in our 6-a-side leagues (at selected venues only) will consist of five on court players plus one goalkeeper (six in total).

Please note: All mixed teams must contain at least two females on the court at all times.

What competitions are there and on which nights do they run?

For a complete list of our venues, please click here. For more information on competition nights, please give us a call on 9221 6221.

How long does each season run for?

Futsal seasons usually run for 15 weeks, plus 2 weeks of finals.

Are there any differences between Futsal and Indoor Soccer?

There are a number or slight differences between Futsal and Indoor Soccer. Both games are played on a hard court surface but unlike Indoor Soccer, a Futsal court has no surrounding walls or nets (ie. the ball can go out of play). A Futsal ball is also smaller and heavier than an Indoor Soccer ball. As there may be further differences depending on where you may have previously played, we recommend that you read through our rules prior to playing.

If I don’t have a team to play with, can I register as an individual?

Yes, we accept individual registrations. Give us a call on 9221 6221 and we’ll do our best to find a team for you at your preferred venue.

Are there any eligibility requirements when it comes to play finals?

In order to be eligible to play in finals matches, a player must have competed in at least five games during the course of the regular 15 week season. This number can very depending on the length of the season. For more information please visit our rules page.

Are games held on public holidays?

No, generally games will not be played on public holidays. If you have any queries about this in regards to upcoming fixtures, please contact us on 9221 6221.

Can my team choose their game times once we enter a league?

Whilst we do ask teams for their preferences in regards to playing early or late games, we cannot guarantee that every game will fall between this time. We will do our best to schedule your games within your preferred time.

What do I do if my team has to forfeit a game?

If your team needs to forfeit a game, please contact us on 9221 6221 or send us an email at info@futsalcentral.com.au

Do players have to wear shin pads?

Players play at their own risk. At this point we have not made wearing shin pads compulsory. However many players choose to and we strongly suggest you consider doing so.

What equipment is required to play Futsal?

Apart from your team uniform, runners or Futsal shoes are the only other requirement.

Do we need to wear matching shirts?

Teams do need to wear matching shirts and shorts. Additionally, all tops should be numbered. For more information please have a read through our rules.