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Adult Futsal League

Sarah Wood
A fun, exciting and fast paced version of the game

Futsal is an exciting, fast paced small sided football game that is played across the world.

We are excited to launch a men’s Futsal League in Sheffield, in partnership with Sheffield FC Futsal Club.  

Futsal is a game that naturally brings players into regular one-on-one situations with their opponents, encouraging players into quick decision making, beating opponents with a skill or clever passing and combination play.  

The game focuses on quick close control and skill, which can be transferred into full sized football.

This league will provide players with a better understanding of Futsal, both how it is played and the rules of the game. 

League Details

When: Monday night’s 8-10 pm , starting 17th June (games will be 32 minutes in duration)

Where: Forge Valley School, Wood Ln, Sheffield S6 5HG (indoor sports hall)

Cost: £26 per team per week (to pay on the day of each game)


What is Futsal?

A variant of association football played on a hard court, smaller than a football pitch, and mainly indoors. It can be considered a version of five-a-side football.

Futsal is played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted. Unlike some other forms of indoor football, the game is played on a hard court surface delimited by lines; walls or boards are not used.

Futsal is also played with a smaller, harder, low-bounce ball. The surface, ball, and rules together favour ball control and passing in small spaces. The games "emphasis is on improvisation, creativity and technique.


Duration of matches

- Two halves lasting 16 minutes
- The clock stops whenever the ball goes out of play or there is a break in play.
- The clock only starts again when play resumes.


- Each team may request a one-minute time-out per half.
- Teams may only call a time-out after notifying the timekeeper and when they are in possession of the ball.
- If a team decides not to use their time-out in the first half, they cannot carry it over to the second.
- There are no time-outs if a match goes to extra time.

Rolling substitutions

- Each team starts with one goalkeeper and four outfield players on the pitch.
- Coaches can make as many substitutions as they wish.
- Substitutions can be made without stopping the game.

Infringements and sanctions

- As in football, fouls are penalised with either a direct or indirect free-kick, or a penalty if the foul is committed inside the penalty area.
- Fouls can be sanctioned with red and yellow cards.
- If a player is shown a red card, they can only be replaced on the pitch by a substitute after a mandatory two-minute time penalty. If the team concedes a goal during this time, the substitute may come on before the time penalty has elapsed.


- Goalkeepers are free to move anywhere on the pitch but can only handle the ball inside their own penalty area.
- They are allowed to throw the ball from their area into the opposition half.
- When the ball is in their possession, either in their hands or at their feet, they have four seconds in which to play it to a team-mate.
- They may only touch the ball again after an opposition player has touched it or if they advance to the opposition half.

Team fouls

- A count is kept of fouls penalised with a direct free-kick or penalty kick in each time period. These offences are called “accumulated fouls”.
- When a team commits a sixth accumulated foul, the opposing team is awarded a direct free-kick without a wall on the second penalty mark, which is situated ten metres from goal and four metres behind the first penalty mark.
- If, however, the sixth accumulated foul is committed between the opposition goalline and an imaginary line parallel to the halfway line and passing through the second penalty mark, the free-kick may be taken closer to the goal, in the position where the infringement was committed.
- If a match goes to extra time, the accumulated fouls from the second period continue to accumulate during extra time.


- Futsal is played with a ball that bounces less than a conventional football.
- Goals measure three metres wide and two metres high.
- Matches are officiated by two referees, one on each touchline.
- When the ball goes out of play, play resumes with a kick-in.
- There are no offsides.

For more information about the Futsal League please contact Leon Dearns on 0114 261 5507.