About Us

About Ipswich Futsal

Ipswich Futsal is Ipswich’s official provider of Futsal, under the worldwide governance of FIFA and in Australia and Queensland by FFA and FQ.  Ipswich Futsal is committed to developing futsal and making it accessible, so if you are a development or community player, an experienced player or new to football, 5 years old or 55 year old then Ipswich Futsal is for you. In recent years, our academy has grown to cater for most age groups, developing local futsal talent and representing Ipswich Futsal at the highest levels of Queensland Futsal.

Ipswich Futsal Academy provides:

  • Junior academy and representative teams to develop Ipswich’s futsal stars of the future
  • Senior representative teams to compete against the best futsal clubs in Queensland

Head over to our site’s academy section for more details about Ipswich Futsal Academy and what it has to offer.

Ipswich Futsal also offers social competitions to the local community across all age groups:

  • Junior summer comps for 5 to 15 year olds
  • Youth summer comp for 16 to 20 year olds
  • Senior summer and winter comps for players 16 years old and over.

All of our social comps are open gender, with the exception of Senior Womens. As our comps are strong and growing we are able to grade our senior comps to accommodate players of different skill and physical ability.

About Futsal

Futsal is a fast and exciting 5-a-side version of outdoor football, that is excellent for developing skills and fitness, as well as being a great deal of fun, as all players are actively involved in the game.  It is played with a small (size 3-4) low bounce ball on an indoor court (eg. basketball court) with touchlines.  This makes for a fast paced game where every player is actively involved in the game, having fun and getting lots of touches of the ball.

  • The small low bounce ball, helps to keep the ball  on the ground encouraging better ball skills
  • Having touchlines and not nets or walls encourages the player to keep the ball in play, which develops their ball skills, touches, passes and team work.  The ball rolls faster on a futsal court compared to an outdoor field, so players needs to better judge their passes and runs.
  • Being a small sided game there are a lot of 1v1 opportunities, encouraging all players to be comfortable and excel in a one-on-one situation
  • The fast pace of futsal develops quick decision making.
  • The small court and closeness of the goals develops rapid transition skills between attack (BP) and defence (BPO)
  • There are many other areas that futsal is excellent for such as team work, use of space, balance and communication.

Our Venue

Say hello to our venue at Ripley Valley State Secondary College. The Ripley Valley SSC school hall is a state-of-the-art modern sports venue, built with functionality, design and convenience at the forefront. Including two futsal courts with a large perimeter for spectators, the hall is built with a shock absorbent floor for the occasional rough and tumble in futsal. Using the latest technology, the hall comes with the capability for a wirelessly controlled digital scoreboard display for each court. With over 150 undercover carparks and 100 external carparks all adjacent to the hall, parking will never be a hassle.

Venue Pics

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Directions to Venue

Google Maps

The venue address is 18 Parkway Avenue, South Ripley. Once at your destination on Google Maps, turn into the gate on the left with the outside and double storey carpark.

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Laws of The Game

Ipswich Futsal enforces the FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game (pdf) where applicable, with the addition of all slide tackles being prohibited.

Some of the main laws that players should be aware of when playing futsal are as follows:

From Law 3 - The Number of Players
Each team must have at least 3 players to take part in the match.
From Law 4 - The Players' Equipment
  • A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to themselves or another player (including any kind of jewellery).
  • Referees will check all players for shinpads prior to commencing play.
  • Each team must wear colours that are distinguishable from each other and the referee.  Similarly goalkeepers should wear colours that distinguish them from all other players and the referee.
From Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play
  • At start and restarts, the ball must move forward after the whistle is blown.
  • A goal may not be scored directly from the kick-off.
From Law 9 - The Ball In and Out of Play

The ball is out of play when:

  • It has wholly crossed the goal line or touch line whether on the ground or in the air
  • Play has been stopped by the referees
  • It hits the ceiling (restart is from the touch line nearest to where it hit the ceiling)
From Law 11 - Offside
There is no offside in futsal
From Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct

A direct free kick is awarded if the following is done carelessly, excessively or recklessly:

  • Kicks/strikes an opponent (or attempts to)
  • Trips an opponent
  • Jumps at an opponent
  • Charges an opponent
  • Pushes an opponent
  • Tackles an opponent.

A direct free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following three offences:

  • Holds an opponent
  • Spits at an opponent
  • Handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)

Fouls that result in a direct free kick are tallied and classed as “accumulated fouls.”

A penalty kick is awarded if any of the above ten offences is committed by a player inside their own penalty area, irrespective of the position of the ball, provided it is in play.

An indirect free kick is awarded if the goalkeeper:

  • Controls the ball in their own half with their hands or feet, for more than four (4) seconds
  • Touches the ball again in their own half after a team mate deliberately plays it to them without an opponent having touched it (two touch rule)
  • Touches the ball with their hands (inside the penalty area) after it has been deliberately kicked to them by a team mate
  • Touches the ball with their hands (inside the penalty area) after receiving it directly from a kick-in by a team mate

Fouls that result in an indirect free kick are not tallied and classed as “accumulated fouls.”

There are also to be no slide tackles (Ipswich Futsal Competition Rule), which will result in a direct free kick.
From Law 13 - Free Kick

Accumulated fouls are those penalised with a direct free kick or penalty kick as specified in Law 12.

  • If extra time is played, accumulated fouls from the second period of the match continue to count during extra time.
  • The referee may allow play to continue by applying the advantage if the offending team has not previously committed five accumulated fouls and the opposing team is not denied a goal or an obvious goal scoring opportunity. The referee may also choose to tally such advantages as accumulated fouls.
  • The referee must award a “direct free kick beginning with the sixth accumulated foul (DFKSAF)” if the offending team has previously committed five or more accumulated fouls The referee may apply the advantage if the opposing team would otherwise be denied a goal or an obvious goal scoring opportunity.

A “direct free kick beginning with the sixth accumulated foul (DFKSAF)” is awarded for the sixth accumulated foul (read direct free kick or penalty) and all subsequent such fouls committed by a team in each period. However, if the sixth or subsequent accumulated foul is committed inside the offender’s penalty area, a penalty kick is awarded instead.

Procedure for a DFKSAF:

  • The DFKSAF is typically taken 10m directly in front of the defending team’s goal.
  • If the offending team (foul committing team) commits an accumulated foul within 10m of their goal line/byline, the attacking team can either:
    • Take the DFKSAF from where the foul was committed, or;
    • 10m directly in front of the defending team’s goal.
  • The defending goalkeeper must be at least 5m away from the ball or on the goal line.
  • All players other than the kicker and defending goalkeeper must be:
    • At least 5m from the ball
    • Behind the ball
    • Outside the penalty area
  • The kicker must not play the ball again until it has touched another player. Otherwise an indirect free kick is awarded to the defending team from where the second touch occurred.
From Law 15 - The Kick-In
  • At a kick-in opponents must be at least 5m away.
  • The ball must be within 25cm of the line at the point where it crossed the line, and the player must have their standing foot on or behind the line, and must take the kick-in within four (4) seconds.
  • If the ball does not enter the pitch from a kick-in, the referee shall order a player from the opposing team to take it.
  • A goal may not be scored directly from a kick-in.
From Law 16 - The Goal Clearance
  • The Goalkeeper must throw the ball directly out of the penalty area within four (4) seconds of being ready to do so.
  • The Goalkeeper cannot touch the ball again until an opponent makes contact with it (two touch rule).
  • The Goalkeeper can throw to wherever on the court but a goal cannot be scored directly from the clearance.
From Law 17 - The Corner Kick
  • The corner kick must be taken within four (4) seconds.
  • Opponents must be at least 5m away.

Referees are to show the four (4) second count for kick-ins, corners and goalie possession.