Futsal Rules


These rules of indoor soccer apply at a venue operated by the Albert Park Indoor Sports Centre Pty. Ltd. (APISC) or Beeview Pty. Ltd. (Beeview).  The general rules of play are the FIFA rules unless there is a specific rule or practice of APISC or Beeview in which case the specific rule or practice overrides the FIFA rule.  It is the responsibility of each player to be familiar with the rules.

1. Duration of a game

  1. A game shall consist of two eighteen minute halves.  Teams will change ends at half time.  A maximum two minute break at half time.
  2. The season will consist of 15 weeks, plus 2 weeks of finals.

2. Fee Payment

  1. APISC shall determine all game fees. A team must be paid up at least ten minutes before their scheduled game. Match fees are non-refundable.
  2. 2 points will be deducted from the game's total points if full payment is not made on the night of their game. Points will continue to be deducted until full payment is received.

3. Registration and Last Game Bond

  1. If the registration fee is not paid by the first game of the season, 2 points will be deducted from the teams premiership points until full payment is received.
  2. Each team must mark its participating players on the team registration card before each game.
  3. Last game bond fee which is equivalent to the teams match fee must be paid before the commencement of the season. The last game bond will be used to pay match fees if a team forfeits during a season; otherwise, if a team has no forfeits, the bond will be used to pay the team’s fees in the last round of a season before the season’s finals.
  4. Any team with outstanding money owing to APISC is not eligible for finals.

4. Game Times

  1. Fixtures will be provided by APISC to give teams their game times.
    NB: Due to unforeseen circumstances the venue may have to change these times and will notify the team if this occurs.
  2. The clock will be started at the fixtured time to ensure that all teams play their full game. Failure to be on pitch at the fixtured time will result in a one goal penalty. One goal every three minutes shall be awarded to the opposition if a team has not taken the pitch. Teams may start a game with a minimum of three players.
  3. An automatic forfeit will apply if a team is not on the pitch within nine minutes of the start time.

5. Points

  1. Teams shall be awarded 4 points for a win, 2 points for a tie and 2 points for a bye.
  2. Teams shall lose 4 points for a loss on forfeit and 8 points for playing red card players.
  3. Teams having a win on forfeit will only receive four points if they play an organised scratch match. If the Centre cannot organise a scratch match, the non forfeiting team shall receive their four points as a win on forfeit.

6. Forfeit

  1. Any team which forfeits loses its last game bond and must pay a forfeit fee equal to a game fee if a scratch match cannot be organised for its opponents. The forfeiting team shall lose 4 premiership points and will be required to reinstate its last game bond”
  2. Any fees arising as penalties as a result of a forfeit must be paid prior to the start of the next fixtured game otherwise 2 points may be deducted each week until any arrears are paid.
  3. A team that forfeits twice in a season may be removed from a competition at the discretion of APISC management and refused entry to other competitions.
  4. Loss on forfeits will result 0-3 goal difference, Win on forfeits will result in 3-0 goal difference.

7. Finals

  1. All final dates will be posted on the notice board and teams will be notified as backup. Times for these games will not change.
  2. A player, who may have played in more than one team in the same division, can only qualify for one team in the finals.
  3. In a 15 game draw, a player must play 5 games to qualify for finals. In a 10 game draw, a player must play 4 games to qualify.  In a 6 game draw, a player must play 3 games to qualify for finals. A maximum of two byes or wins on forfeit count as games played.
  4. If two or more teams are on the same points at the end of the season, the position on the ladder will be determined by the teams percentage. If two or more teams have the same percentage the position on the ladder will be determined by the teams number of wins, including wins on forfeit.
  5. In finals, if there is a draw, teams will play Golden Goal extra time i.e. 3 minutes at each end. If the score is still level at the end of extra time the winner will be determined by a goal shoot out.
  6. Teams are allotted 7 trophies per team (Premiers and Runners Up) for the Finals Series. APISC will provide, at cost, extra trophies if notified by the team.

8. Teams

  1. A team must have three players for a game to start.  No more than five players will be allowed on pitch at any time.  A team may have up to five substitutes.
  2. Mixed teams must not have more than 3 males on the pitch.
  3. The opposite gender may not play in a competition which has the gender of the competition already deemed i.e. a woman could not play in a MENS competition and visa versa.

9. Injuries

  1. Except in finals, there will be no extra time for injuries.  An injured player must be helped from the pitch as soon as possible. In finals, injury time is 3 minutes only.
  2. If a player is bleeding he/she must vacate the pitch immediately.

10. Uniforms

  1. All teams must wear the same shorts and shirts except for the goal keeper. All tops must be numbered. Shorts must have no outside pockets. For each incorrect uniform item including no-numbered tops, teams will lose 1 goal to the maximum of 3 goals for a game. Teams will be given 3 weeks to organise their uniform before uniform penalties apply. Goalkeepers must wear a different colour top to define their position.
  2. Goalkeepers who become general field players by substitution are to change to the team’s uniform.
  3. No peaked hats or caps are to be worn in the course of play.
  4. Except for the goalkeeper, track suit pants are not allowed except by prior written arrangement with APISC management.
  5. Uniform penalties will apply to ‘fill ins’ who are not in the team’s colours. This does not apply to players provided by the Centre as a substitute.
  6. All players must wear non-marking soled shoes. Shoes with raised eyelets are not allowed.

11. Jewellery

  2. These items include;
    wedding rings
    any other adornment
  3. If these items cannot be removed they must be taped.
  4. This is OH&S safety issue.

12. Unacceptable Language and Behaviour

  1. Swearing, bad language, racist comments are unacceptable at APISC and will be treated as red card offences.
  2. A player who uses unacceptable language or behaviour towards the referee or other players, will not be warned but will be asked immediately to leave the pitch and will have no further participation for the duration of the game.
  3. The position of the offending player cannot be filled unless the position is goalkeeper. If this is the case, only an on pitch player may change to goalkeeper.
  4. The referee will ask spectators (including players not on the pitch) who use unacceptable language or behaviour to leave the premises.  Failure to do so will result in the game being abandoned and the offending team deemed to have lost on forfeit.
  5. If a player becomes too aggressive on the pitch, at the referee’s discretion and in lieu of a red or yellow card, he/she may be sent from the pitch for a cooling off period of 5 minutes.
  6. Should a fight occur between teams during a game, the referee will automatically stop play. There will be no appeal and both teams may be asked to leave the competition.

13. Red Card

  1. Two yellow cards in one match denote a red card.
  2. If a player receives a red card, he/she must vacate the pitch immediately and will be suspended from playing for one week.  He/she can only be replaced after 2 minutes or when a goal is scored by the opposition, whichever comes first.
  3. Should a red card player continue to abuse a referee after being sent off, the player will be suspended for two weeks.
  4. If a captain allows a suspended player to play the following week, the team will lose 8 premiership points and the captain will be suspended for 2 games.
  5. Any player who receives 3 red cards will be suspended from the competition for the rest of the season.  Any player who receives a red card will be automatically suspended from winning any Best & Fairest Award.

14. Referee

  1. There shall be one referee per match.
  2. The referee's decision is final.
  3. Any queries that players may have about rules and their interpretations are only to be asked of the referee at half or full time.

15. Kick Off

  1. At the kick off the ball must go forward.
  2. A goal can not be scored directly from kick off.

16. APISC Pitch Rulings

  1. If the ball hits the roof or a light, the game will be restarted by a kick in from the sideline by the non-offending team or by an indirect free kick if the impact occurred as a result of an indiscriminated kick.
  2. The ball will be deemed a high ball when the ball is kicked higher than the line which runs around the pitch at the bottom of the air-conditioner and on the window side of the pitch at the bottom of the beam which holds the shade cloth. A side ball shall be awarded to the non-offending team.
  3. No sliding except for the goalkeeper is permitted on APISC pitches and will result in a red card and a penalty shot awarded to the opposition.
  4. A goalkeeper may slide in the defence of the goal if he or she begins the slide inside the goalkeeper’s D. If a goalkeeper’s slide continues outside the D the goalkeeper must not make contact with an opponent.
  5. A defending player must be 3 metres back from where the kick is to be taken. Infringing players will receive 1 warning and then a yellow card. If a quick free kick is taken and the defender not 3 metres from the ball no offence has been made.
  6. Players must stand back 3 metres from the ball when it is brought back into play from:
    a Kick in, or a Kick off
    a corner kick
    a free kick
  7. An on pitch player may substitute at any time, provided the substitution occurs at the teams designated position i.e. in front of team bench.  The on-coming player may not enter the playing pitch until the on-pitch player is over the side-line.
  8. When the ball goes out of play, a player may kick the ball back into play from anywhere behind the white line.
  9. No goal can be scored with a direct kick from the outside line.
  10. A player has 5 seconds to kick the ball back into the pitch.  Failure to do so will result in a reversal as opposed to a free kick to the opposition.
  11. A penalty shot, awarded on the siren (marking the end of the half or the game) must be played.
  12. In a mixed game, where the goalie is female, only a female may take a penalty shot.

17. Goalkeeper

  1. In order for the goalkeeper to handle the ball, the ball and the goalkeeper must be inside the goalkeepers D. The goalkeeper may roll or throw the ball out of the goalkeepers D , or place the ball on the ground before kicking it.  The goalkeeper may throw or kick the ball in over half way. 
    A goalkeeper may not kick the ball from his/her hands or drop-kick the ball. A free kick outside the “D” will be awarded to the opposition.
  2. The goalkeeper has 4 seconds to get rid of the ball from the goalkeeper’s area.  Failure to do so will result in a free kick outside the “D”.  The goalkeeper, once outside the “D”, will be treated as an on field player.
  3. If the goal keeper steps outside the “D” while handling the ball, the opposition will be awarded a penalty kick as it will be deemed as a deliberate handball.

18. Fouls

  1. Players must stand back 3 metres from the ball when it is brought back into play from:
    a Kick in, or a Kick off
    a corner kick
    a free kick
  2. Red cards will be given and a penalty awarded to the non offending team for:
    Second yellow card offence
    Serious foul play
    Swearing, foul or racist language
    Slide tackling of any nature
    Kicking or charging the goalie
    Deliberate handball
  3. Yellow cards will be rewarded for:
    Shirt pulling
    Pushing from behind.

19. Five Free Fouls

  1. Teams may only accumulate five free fouls per half.  After and including a sixth foul within a half, a direct free kick shall be awarded outside the D with no wall allowed.  If the offence occurs within the Goalie’s D the free kick will be given in the designated long penalty position.

20. Time Wasting

  1. Time wasting will be determined by the referee and will result in a yellow card and a free kick.
  2. Kicking the ball away from the designated play position after the whistle has gone will result in a yellow card and a free kick to the opposition.
  3. The deliberate kicking of the ball away when the opposition is going for a goal will be deemed as time wasting and result in a yellow card and free kick.

21. Equipment

  1. A player hanging from the goal shall be warned and then sent off for the duration of the game if the behaviour persists.
  2. If equipment is damaged through vandalism or player's irresponsibility, the offending player/person shall be responsible for the cost of repair or replacement and will deemed as a 'sending off' offence.


22. Miscellaneous

  1. APISC is not affiliated with FIFA or any other group.
  2. No pets are allowed in the building.  No bicycles or roller blades are allowed on the pitch.
  3. No alcohol is allowed in the upstairs court area and there is strictly no smoking in the building at all.
  4. Teams are to provide a minimum of three team contacts with home, work and mobile telephone numbers and e-mail address.
  5. Only size 4 indoor soccer balls, may be used on the pitch.
  6. During the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, APISC will make every effort to locate other suitable premises for the remaining of the competition.  If APISC cannot find any suitable indoor venues, games will be fixtured outdoors. If outdoors, we do play in the rain.
  7. Players play at their own risk.  APISC accepts no liability for any injury that a player might receive in the course of a game.
  8. Persons who have been asked to leave the Centre and who do not do so immediately will be treated as trespassers.
  9. A game will not be stopped for a player to do up his or her shoelaces.
  10. Management has the final discretion on any matter connected with the conduct of the centre.
  11. APISC management reserves the right to ban any team whose conduct is deemed inappropriate.

© Albert Park Indoor Sports Centre (A.P.I.S.C) 2011