2019 Tournament





All teams are required to check-in at least 30 minutes prior to their first game. All players must be listed on their team’s roster form before the tournament begins. A medical release form is required for each player on the roster (unless it is already on file). No changes or substitutions to rosters after the start of a team’s first game. All rosters are final at the start of the team’s first game. A maximum of ten players per team is allowed.

TEAM ELIGIBILITY All teams must have the appropriate tournament documents approved for participation. These may include: Team Roster, Guest Players, Player Identification, Medical Releases and Application to Travel (if outside the state of Region IV). Each team is required to have on-site at all games the ability to provide, upon demand, acceptable proof of player’s age and a properly completed medical release form for each player. Foreign teams must present passports or proof of entry into the United States. Foreign teams must also provide completed Provincial or National Association paperwork approving the team’s participation in the tournament.

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International Futsal Rules

Futsal - General Rules

There are 4 field players and a Goal Keeper (GK). No offside. GK can only play the ball (by feet or hands) for 4 seconds in their own half.ï 24-minute halves for tournament and league play. Half-time is 5 minutes. Each coach may call (1) one-minute time out per half (use or lose) when in possession of the ball. There are no time-outs in overtime/extra periods. Time-out requests are made to the referee. All referee decisions are final. No protests will be heard on any judgment calls by the referee. Prizes for all age group champions.

Goal Clearance

Futsal rules for goal kick:  When the offensive team puts the ball over the goal line, the other team gets the ball in the goalkeeper’s hands.  The goalie must throw the ball within 4 seconds of retrieving it and put it back into play by throwing it (no kick-in).  The throw must leave the penalty area. The opposing team must stay out of penalty area during a goal clearance.   If a player touches ball before it leaves penalty area, GK retakes the throw.

Corner Kick

To be taken inside the corner arc. If there is no arc, kick is taken at the point where goal line and touch line meet (at corner).

Fouls and Misconduct

Futsal is a minimum contact sport. However, some contact may occur, as long as it is done in a legal manner. It cannot be done by play that is careless, reckless, or with excessive force. Slide tackles are NOT allowed.

6th Accumulated Foul

Upon a team’s 6th accumulated foul in each half and all other accumulated fouls within the half, the other team is awarded a free kick taken from the 10-meter penalty mark or where the infraction occurred it is in a more favorable spot.  The defending team cannot build a wall to block the kick. The player taking the kick must be clearly identified and the player taking the kick must make an attempt at the goal.

Sending Off Fouls

Handling the ball deliberately, except for GK in their area. Denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity by handling the ball (except the GK in own penalty area).
Denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by fouling an opponent moving toward the goal. Player sent off cannot re-enter the game.  Substitution is allowed after 2 minutes.

Indirect Free Kick

5 yards of distance from kicker to set up wall, and ball is in play after it has been touched.  If the kicking team takes more time than 4 seconds to take the kick, it becomes the opposition’s indirect kick.

Scoring (in qualifying play

Games will be scored as follows:
3 points for a win; 1 point for a tie; 0 points for a loss.
Ties in standings between two teams will be broken by:
1. head to head results between tied teams
2. goal difference in qualifying play
3. goals scored in qualifying play
4. least goals allowed
5. shootout
Ties between three or more teams will be broken by
1. goal difference in qualifying play
2. goals scored in qualifying play
3. least goals allowed
4. shootout with one team receiving a first round bye through random draw
If the criteria for three or more teams eliminates all but two teams, the criteria for a tie between two teams (above) will be used to determine the rank of the two teams. A forfeit will be entered as a score of 6-0.


Teams are responsible for the behavior of their players, parents, and supporters. Harassment of officials and players will not be tolerated. Referees will stop games temporarily or may suspend play in face of persistent sideline harassment and/or intimidation. In the case of a game suspension, only the tournament directors are empowered to decide the outcome of the game (score stand as is, forfeit, etc.). Players receiving a red card will be banned from the next tournament game.

Ball Out of Play - Kick in

A ball kicked out over the touch line (side line) by one team becomes the other teams ball. The team kicking in has 4 seconds to get the ball back in play or it becomes opponent’s kick in. Defense must give 5 yard distance. The referee will give a visual count with his hand.  Players taking kick in can not step into the field while kicking ball back into play. Goals cannot be scored from kick-ins. If the ball hits the ceiling, a kick in is taken at the closest point on the nearest touchline, running parallel to the goal line.


Free substitutions are made “on the fly.” Player can only enter or leave the game in the substitution areas marked by their respective benches, and a player may only enter a game after the player they are replacing has left the field. Failure to do so results in a caution and an indirect free kick is taken from where the ball was situated when the game was stopped to caution the player.

Kick off: Kick-Ins

Opposing players must give 5 yards until ball is in play.


The GK is allowed to slide in an attempt to clear the ball, if in referees’ judgment, the slide is an attempt only to make contact with the ball, not the opponent. If GK slide is at least careless (a foot in air, a hook, rolling tackle) it is a foul and possibly a card-able offense. A field player may slide in instances where there is not an opponent close by and no injury is likely to occur. This would most likely happen when a player is attempting to stop the ball from going out of bounds or an offensive player sliding to knock the ball into the goal where there is not another defensive player close to the play. Players and coaches should use this general rule, if you slide tackle near a player, assume a foul may be called.

Accumulated Fouls resulting in Direct Kick

– Kicking or attempting to kick an opponent
– Tripping or attempting to trip an opponent
– Jumping at an opponent
– Charges an opponent
– Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent
– Pushes an opponent
– Tackling
– Holding an opponent
– Spits at an opponent
– Handling the ball (except the GK in their own Penalty area)

Indirect Free Kick

5 yards of distance from kicker to set up wall, and ball is in play after it has been touched.  If the kicking team takes more time than 4 seconds to take the kick, it becomes the opposition’s indirect kick.

Team Uniforms & Equipment

All players must wear matching uniforms during play, except for the goalkeeper. The team designated as the home team will wear a dark colored shirt and the team designated as away will wear a light colored shirt. All players must wear shin guards. Any player without shin guards will not be allowed to play. Futsal balls for game play will be provided by MSI.

Playoff Overtime

Shall consist of sudden death overtime period with a maximum length of five minutes, with a coin toss to decide kick-off direction. The first team to score in overtime is the winner. If no team has scored in the five minute-overtime period, play will continue with each team removing one player from the field, starting with the goalkeeper, every two minutes until a goal is scored.


Prizes for all age group champions.


All referee decisions are final. No protests will be heard on any judgment calls by the referee.