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Rules Of The Game

I’m putting up this post so that there is room for discussion of the rules we play to for the various venues and numbers for our regular sessions.

First, some general information on how Futsal differs from 5-a-side:



Five players on court – limited substitutions

Five players on court – rolling substitutions

No byelines or sidelines, use of walls or rebound boards, ball constantly in play

Touchlines and byelines used. Ball returned to play via kick-in, corner-kick or goal clearance

Only defending goalkeeper allowed in penalty-area

All players can enter penalty-areas

Height restriction on ball

No height restriction on ball

Low and wide rectangular goals

‘Squarer’ goals (3m x 2m)

Felt ball often used

Regulation Futsal ball: Size 4 with a low bounce (30% reduced)

For our sessions, I propose rules as follows:

Bukit Timah campus

Court No. 2: The wall on one side, the outer-most (orange) line on the other side. For the goal-lines:

  • If 5-a-side, we use the inner-most (white) lines at both ends. Penalty D will be the white semi-circle.
  • If 6-a-side, we use the middle (orange) lines at both ends. Penalty D will be the orange semi-circle.
  • If 7-a-side, we use the outer-most (yellow) lines at both ends. Penalty D will be the yellow semi-circle.

Court No. 1: The walls on both sides. The line at both ends as goal-lines.

The ball is out if it crosses one of the above lines. Not out if it comes off one of the above walls, save that on Court No. 2, if the ball goes up the sloping walkway behind the wall, it is out.

If the ball is out, it is a goal-kick, corner or kick-in as the case may be.

No restriction on players entering the penalty D. No height restrictions on the ball.

Teams can score from anywhere, save that:

  • If one side is one player short, the opposing side can only score from within the one-third line.
  • On Court No. 1, as the goals are bigger, if we are playing 5-a-side or 6-a-side, goals can only be scored from within the one-third lines.

As it is hard court, no sliding tackle, or any tackle in which the tackling player’s head is lower than the opponent’s midriff, which increase the risk of the player tackled falling and suffering injury, which is to be avoided.

For increased safety, any physical contact that forces an opponent against a wall, railings or a lamp-post is a foul.

The Cage / Sports Planet @ East Coast

Played on an artificial pitch. Netting or padding on all four sides, and above the pitch.

The ball does not go out. The game continues off the netting/padding.

When we play 6 v 6, there is no restrictions on players entering the penalty D. However, when we play 5 v 5 (or 4 v 4), only the goalkeeper is allowed in the D. This slows the game down a bit, so that we last the full hour.

Feel free to add your comments below.

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  1. rajiv
    Wed 30 July 2008 at 1:56 pm

    For the Pitch at Turf City, I suggest similar rules as at The Cage and Sports Planet @ East Coast. However, as there is a bigger gap between the netting and the lines, we can play to the lines, so if the ball goes beyond the lines, goal-kick, kick-in or corner, as the case may be (as was the case on Monday).

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  3. rajiv
    Thu 7 August 2008 at 12:16 pm

    When one team is a player short, a rule change that allows the team one player short to enter both Ds, while the team with one player extra cannot enter either D (except for their goalkeeper in their own D), worked well last night.

    I think it should be standard from now on at The Cage, Futsal @ East Coast and The Premier Pitch.

  4. rajiv
    Fri 22 August 2008 at 2:25 pm

    As our fitness levels have gone up with regular sessions, the pace of our games has increased and the games have become more physically demanding.

    We can consider playing to the goal-lines, or even the side-lines, to slow the game down a bit, especially if we are reduced to 4 v 4, or even at 5 v 5.

    If we have odd numbers, and one team is a player short, some adjustment of the rules can be effective to even out the game. But how much adjustment is necessary?

    These matters are open to discussion.

  5. rajiv
    Wed 27 August 2008 at 9:43 am

    It looks like we’ve moved to playing to the lines at Bukit Timah campus as well. It makes the game less frenetic I suppose.

  6. rajiv
    Tue 16 September 2008 at 1:31 pm

    If any session (other than at BTC) goes on with 8 or 9 players, I suggest we modify the rules as follows:

    • If 8, play 4 v 4.
    • Play to the lines (both goal-lines and side-lines).
    • No goalkeeper.
    • Can only score from within the D.

    • If 5 v 4, same as above, except the side with one player short can score from anywhere. Alternatively, you could try to play 4 v 4 with 1 rolling substitute, although to be fair, the substitute should be available to both sides, in which case, the colours/sides then become meaningless.

  7. rajiv
    Wed 24 September 2008 at 10:55 am

    We played to goal-lines last night at Sports Planet with 5 v 5, which worked out well, as we paced ourselves better over the hour.

  8. rajiv
    Thu 25 September 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Playing to the goal-lines again worked reasonably well at The Cage last night. I think we should stick with it when we have 5 v 5.

  9. rajiv
    Fri 10 October 2008 at 12:44 pm

    The play continued off the end walls at Wednesday night’s session at The Cage, even though it was 5 v 5. Whatever works.

  10. rajiv
    Thu 23 October 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Playing off the walls/nets behind the goals (as we did on Tuesday at The Cage) is tiring, especially in the last quarter of an hour.

    We switched back to played to the goal-lines last night at East Coast. The pace of the game is more sustainable that way.

    I believe there is a general preference for playing to the goal-lines when it is 5 v 5, and I think we’ll stick to that from now on.

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