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. Comps we run are
- Junior Academy for both development and community players
- Junior Summer Comp for 5 to 15year olds
- Youth Summer Comp for 15 to 20 yr olds
- Senior Summer Comp for 15 yr olds and over.
- Youth and Senior Winter Comp for 15 yr olds and over.
All our comps are open gender comps. As our comps are strong and growing we are able to grade our youth and senior comps to accommodate players of different skill and physical ability
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, communication …
Laws of The Game
Ipswich Futsal enforces the FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game (pdf) 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)
- 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
There are also to be no slide tackles (Ipswich Futsal Competition Rule).
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.