Comps & Seasons
|Competition||Age Group||Summer Season||Winter Season|
|Senior Open||16 years and above||Nov – March*||Sep – Oct*|
|Youth Open||16 – 18 years||Nov – March*||Sep – Oct*|
|Juniors||5 – 15 years||Nov – March*||No|
*These season intervals are a temporary rearrangement due to COVID-19.
|Winter 2020||Senior C||Senior A/B|
Age & Age Group Eligibility
- A players age is based on how old the player will be on 31 December in the year in which the comp started
Example: If the season starts in October, and on 31 December in the year the season starts the player is aged 11, then the player will be in the U10/11 comp
Winter 2020 & Summer 2020/2021
|Age Group||Player Age||Year of Birth|
|Youth (Winter)||16-20||2000 – 2004|
|16 and over||2004 and older|
Winter 2021 & Summer 2021/2022
|Age Group||Player Age||Year of Birth|
|Youth (Winter)||16-20||2001 – 2005|
|16 and over||2005 and older|
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.