|The aim of these additional instructions for referees, second referees,
third referees and timekeepers is to ensure the correct application of
the Futsal Laws of the Game.
Futsal is a competitive sport, and physical contact between the players
is normal and an acceptable part of the game. However, players must
respect the Futsal Laws of the Game and the principles of fair play.
Serious foul play and violent conduct are two sending-off offences
under Law 12 and constitute unacceptable levels of physical aggression.
|Serious foul play
|A player is guilty of serious foul play if he uses excessive force or
brutality against an opponent when challenging for the ball when it
is in play.
Any player who lunges at an opponent when challenging for the ball
from the front, from the side or from behind using one or both legs
with excessive force and endangering the safety of an opponent is
guilty of serious foul play.
Violent conduct can occur on or off the pitch, regardless of whether
the ball is in play or not. A player is guilty of violent conduct if excessive
force or brutality is used against an opponent, without either of
them challenging for the ball.
|The player is also guilty of violent conduct if excessive force or brutality
is used against a team-mate or any other person.
|Offences against the goalkeeper
|Referees are reminded that:
it is an offence for a player to stop the goalkeeper from throwing,
clearing or releasing the ball from his hands
a player must be punished for violent conduct if he plays or tries to
play a ball with his feet when the goalkeeper is throwing, clearing
or releasing the ball
it is an offence to restrict the goalkeeper’s movements in an
unsporting manner at a corner kick
|Shielding the ball
|It is not an offence if a player, with the ball under control within
playing distance, shields the ball from an opponent without using his
However, if the player stops the opponent taking the ball from him by
using his hands, arms, legs or body in an unsporting manner, this will
be punished with a direct free kick or penalty if the infringement was
committed inside the penalty area.
|A scissors kick is allowed provided that it does not endanger the opponent
in the opinion of the referee.