Futsal format & rules

Some high-level differences between futsal and traditional soccer:

  • 4 v 4 plus goalkeeper
  • Two 20 minute halves with a 5 minute halftime
  • Unlimited substitutions during play
  • One timeout per team per half
  • Smaller field size - typically about the size of a basketball court
  • Different ball - lower bounce
  • Indirect kick-in for sideline out of play
  • Goalkeeper throw-in from endline out of play
  • Goalkeeper cannot receive a pass back after distributing the ball
  • Limited contact - specifically no shoulder charges
  • Penalty shots after 5 accumulated files - similar to basketball
  • No offside

futsal focused development

Players develop more quickly when they are playing the game in a fun, risk-free environment.  Players grow when they are comfortable taking chances, experimenting with new skills, making mistakes, and learning in the flow of the game.


Futsal delivers the optimal format for this type of player development.  For example, in a 40 minute futsal game players:

  • Receive more touches on the ball
  • Make more decisions on and off the ball
  • Own both offensive and defensive responsibilities
  • React to more pressure in less space 


Just as important as the skill requirement, futsal is great fun.  Keeping players engaged and interested in the sport is a critical component of player development.  Futsal is a different twist on the game which keeps players fresh and excited to learn new skills.


PA West / USFF

REferee Certification Classes

2021 Badges will be provided to 2020 certified referees.

Classes will be held in Fall 2021 for New and Recertifying

referees for 2022.