|Questions and answers
1. A player takes a free kick from outside his own penalty area and then
deliberately touches the ball with his hand before another player has
played it. What action shall the referees take?
They shall punish the more serious offence by awarding a direct free
kick* or a penalty kick if the offence took place inside the player’s own
2. A team is awarded a direct free kick in its own penalty area. The
player taking the kick passes it directly to his goalkeeper, who is also
positioned in the penalty area and who misses it, as a result of which
the ball enters the goal. What action shall the referees take?
The kick shall be retaken, as the ball does not come into play until it
has left the penalty area.
3. A team is awarded an indirect free kick inside its own penalty area.
The player taking the kick strikes the ball with his foot and it rebounds
off a team-mate also situated inside the penalty area and enters the
goal. What action shall the referees take?
The kick shall be retaken if the ball did not leave the penalty area, as
the ball shall not be deemed in play until it has left said area.
4. When a goal clearance or a free kick is taken from within a player’s
own penalty area, at what point may opposing players enter the penalty
The players may not enter the penalty area until the ball has left it.
5. May a free kick be taken by fl icking the ball up with one foot or both
Yes. The ball comes into play when it is kicked and set in motion.
6. When taking a free kick awarded to their team, may players use feints
or tricks to confuse opponents?
Yes, this is permitted and is part of futsal. If any opponents move to
within fi ve metres of the ball, they shall be cautioned for not respecting
the regulation distance. The four-second count shall be stopped
and restarted when the situation returns to normal. If the team taking
the free kick takes longer than four seconds, the referees shall award
an indirect free kick to the opposing team*.