Thursday, September 17, 2009

Futsal Laws of the Game

The pitch shall be rectangular. The length of the touch line shall be
greater than the length of the goal line.
Length: minimum 25 m
maximum 42 m
Width : minimum 15 m
maximum 25 m

International matches
Length: minimum 38 m
maximum 42 m
Width: minimum 18 m
maximum 25 m

Pitch markings
The pitch shall be marked with lines. These lines belong to the areas of which they are boundaries. The two longer boundary lines are called touch lines. The two shorter lines are called goal lines. All lines shall be 8 cm wide. The pitch shall be divided into two halves by the halfway line. The centre mark shall be indicated at the midpoint of the halfway line. A circle with a radius of 3 m shall be marked around it. The pitch and its features are shown in the following diagram :

The penalty area
The penalty area shall be marked out at each end of the pitch as follows:

Quarter circles, with a 6 m radius, shall be drawn centred on the outside of each goal post. The quarter circles shall be drawn from the goal line to meet two imaginary lines 6 m in length drawn at right angles to the goal line from the outside of the goalpost. The upper part of each quarter circle shall be joined by a 3.16 m line running parallel to the goal line between the goalposts. The curved line marking the outer limit of the penalty area is known as the penalty area line.

The penalty mark
A mark shall be drawn 6 m from the midpoint between the goalposts and equidistant from them.
The second penalty mark
A second mark shall be drawn on the pitch 10 m from the midpoint between the goalposts and equidistant from them.
The corner arc

A quarter circle with a radius of 25 cm from each corner shall be drawn on the pitch.
Substitution zones
The substitution zones are the areas on the touch line in front of the
team benches that the players shall use to enter and leave the pitch.
  • the substitution zones are situated in front of the team benchesand are 5 m in length. They shall be marked at each end with a line 8 cm wide and 80 cm in length, 40 cm of which is drawn on the pitch and 40 cm off the pitch.
  • the area in front of the timekeeper’s table 5 m to either side of the halfway line shall be kept clear.

The goals
The goals shall be placed in the middle of each goal line. They shall consist of two upright posts equidistant from each corner and joined at the top by a horizontal crossbar. The distance (inside measurement) between the posts shall be 3 m and the distance from the lower edge of the crossbar to the ground shall be 2 m. The goalposts and the crossbar shall have the same width and depth, 8 cm. The goal lines shall be the same width as the goalposts and the crossbar. Nets, made of hemp, jute or nylon, shall be attached to the back of the goalposts and crossbar. The lower part of the nets shall be attached to curved tubing or another suitable means of support. The depth of the goal, i.e. the distance between the inside edge of the goalposts and the back of the net, shall be at least 80 cm at the top and 100 cm at ground level.

The goals shall have a stabilising system that prevents them from overturning. Portable goals may be used provided that they are as stable as normal goals.
Surface of the pitch
The surface shall be flat, smooth and non-abrasive. The use of wood or artifi cial material is recommended. Concrete or tarmac should be avoided.

  1. If the goal lines are between 15 and 16 m in length, the radius of the quarter circle shall be 4 m. In this case, the penalty mark shall no longer be situated on the penalty area line but shall be drawn at a distance of 6 m from the midpoint between the goalposts
  2. A mark shall be drawn outside the pitch, 5 m from the corner arc and at right angles to the goal line to ensure that this distance is observed when a corner kick is taken. The width of this mark shall be 8 cm.
  3. Two additional marks, each at a distance of 5 m to the left and the right of the second penalty mark, shall be made on the pitch to indicate the distance to be observed when a free kick is being taken from the second penalty mark. The width of this mark is 6 cm.
  4. The team benches shall be situated behind the touch line, immediately beyond the free space in front of the timekeeper’s table.
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