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Futsal Rules

Number of Players
Minimum number of five (5) players including goalkeeper needed to start a match with minimum of three (3) required to finish a match. Unlimited substitutions are allowed during the play with a maximum number of seven (7) substitute players.

Main Referee
Enforce the laws, apply the advantage rule, keep a record of all incidents before, during and after game, stop game when deemed necessary, caution or expel players guilty of misconduct, violent conduct or other ungentlemanly behavior, allow no others to enter the pitch, stop game to have injured players removed, signal for game to be restarted after every stoppage, decide that the ball meets with the stipulated requirements.

Duration of the Game
Two equal periods of 20 minutes with clock stopped whenever ball is out of play. Time can be prolonged only to take a penalty kick. Time-outs: 1 per team per half; none in extra time.

The Start of Play
Home team kicks off with away team kicking off to start second half. Opposing team waits outside center circle and the ball is deemed in play once it has been touched. The kicker shall not touch the ball after the initial kick or touch before someone else touches it. Ensuing kick-offs taken after goals scored and at start of second half.

Ball In and out of Play
Ball out of play: When it has wholly crossed the goal line or touchline, when the game has been stopped by a referee, or when the ball hits the ceiling.

Restart: Kick in with four (4) second rule.

Lines: Touchlines and goal lines are considered inside the playing area.

Method of Scoring
When the whole of the ball has passed over the goal line, between the goal posts and under the crossbar (except by illegal means).

Fouls and Misconduct
Direct free kick awarded when a player intentionally commits any of the following 11 offenses (penalty kick awarded when infringement takes place in penalty area)
- kicking or attempting to kick an opponent
- tripping an opponent
- jumping at an opponent
- charging an opponent in a violent or dangerous manner
- charging an opponent from behind
- striking, attempting to strike, or spitting at an opponent
- holding an opponent
- pushing an opponent
- charging an opponent with shoulder (i.e., shoulder charge)
- sliding at an opponent (i.e., sliding tackle)
- handling the ball (except goalkeeper)

Indirect free kick awarded when any of the following 8 offenses is committed (kick taken from the 20-foot line when infringement takes place in penalty area)
- dangerous play (e.g. attempting to kick ball held by goalkeeper) obstruction
- charging the goalkeeper in the penalty area (i.e., goalkeeper charge)
- goalkeeper throws ball directly over the halfway-line (without it first touching his own side of the pitch or any player)
- goalkeeper picks up or touches with his hands a back pass
- goalkeeper picks up or touches with his hands a kick-in from a teammate
- goalkeeper controls the ball with any part of his body for more than 4 seconds
- goalkeeper touches with any part of his body a back pass that has been played back to him before the ball has (1) crossed the 
halfway-line or (2) been touched by an opponent

Players shall be cautioned (i.e., shown yellow card) when
- a substituting player enters the pitch from an incorrect position or before the player being substituted has entirely left the pitch
- player persistently infringes the Laws of the Game
- player shows dissent with any decision of the referee
- player is guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct
These 4 yellow-card offenses are punishable by an indirect free kick taken from the point of infringement (or from the 20-foot line when the infringement takes place in penalty area).

Players shall be sent off (i.e., shown the red card) for
- serious foul play
- violent conduct
- foul or abusive language
- second instance of cautionable offense (i.e., second yellow card)
- intentionally impeding a clear goal opportunity (e.g. through a "professional foul")
- intentionally impeding a clear goal opportunity in the penalty area by handling the ball

Direct free kicks (or penalty kicks) accompany the expulsion for (a), (b), (e) and (f); indirect free kicks, for (c) and (d) (from the 20-foot line when the infringement takes place in the penalty area).

Rules of Expulsion
The player sent off (shown a red card) is out for the rest of the game and is not even permitted to sit on the reserves' bench.
The team of the player sent off can substitute for that player after 2 minutes of playing time or after the opposing team scores -- 
which ever comes first.
The 2-minute punishment shall be checked by the timekeeper (or by the assistant referee, if there is no timekeeper).
The substitute cannot come on until the ball is out of play and he has a referee's consent.

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