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Mariner Futsal League

Get your Futsal on this Winter!






Mariner Futsal League


Falmouth Academy!

6  Weeks of games

Thursday Nights

December 12, 19, January 9, 16, 23

January 30 will be Finals and Consolation Games

Games times are 5:30pm, 6:15pm and 7:00pm

4 teams per division

5 v 5 format with 4 field players, 1 goalie

Boys 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 


COST $500 a team: based on 8 player roster.


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League Details:

5 vs 5 format (4 field players and 1 goalie)          

-Every team is guaranteed 5 regular season games with top two teams playing for the league finals while 3rd and 4th have a consolation game

-Max of 8 players per team

-Two 20 minute running halves (2 minute halftime)

-Game times 5:30pm, 6:30pm

-Uniforms must be supplied by each team

-Games on courts at Falmouth Academy

-Certified Officials

-Winners receive a Championship T Shirt


General Rules

Each match consists of two 24 minute halves.

A two-minute half-time period will occur between halves.

Teams may call one one-minute timeout per half (when in possession of ball, ball out of play).

There is no overtime, injury time or stoppage time.

Teams are comprised of four field players and one goalkeeper.

A team must have three players to begin a match. No team may have fewer than three players on the pitch at any time.

The goalkeeper must wear a different color jersey than the field players.

All players must wear the following: shirt, shorts, shinguards, socks, non-marking sneakers -- no exceptions.

Each team must wear a distinctively colored shirt with a number on the shirt.

Players may not wear eyeglasses. Sport-specific eyewear worn with a strap are okay.

Jewelry, watches, earrings, and other dangerous items are not permitted.

There is no slide tackling in futsal (see goalkeeping exception below).

There is no offsides in futsal.

Although some contact is unavoidable, futsal is largely a non-contact sport. In addition such legal contact shall not be careless, reckless or excessive.



All substitutions are on the fly, this includes goalkeeping substitutions. Referees will not stop play for goalkeeping substitutions. Coaches are requested to change goalkeepers during halftime, during timeouts and after the opposing team scores.

A substitute may not enter the match until the player leaving the match is at the touchline in the substitution zone. Coaches are asked to have players slap hands at the touchline to ensure that no more than five players are on the court at once.

Any substitute who enters the field of play before the player being replaced has completely left the field of play will be shown a yellow card.

All substitutions must take place in front of the team bench -- not at the half-way line.

All teams will switch benches (and ends) at the beginning of halftime, ensuring that all substitutions take place in the defensive half.



Intentional heading or attempting to head the futsal ball is not permitted. The restart is an indirect free kick.


Kick offs: are indirect. The ball must be played forward first. Tapped balls are not in play – the ball must move forward.

Kick ins: are indirect. The ball must be placed on or no more than 10 inches behind the line and the kick must be taken within 4 seconds. The kicker's plant foot must be out of bounds or on the line. (A kick in that goes directly in the opposing goal is a goal clearance for the opposing team. A kick in that goes directly in the defensive goal is a corner kick of the opposing team.)

Goal Clearances: are taken when the ball wholly crosses the goal line after being touched last by the attacking team. The goalkeeper must use his hands to roll, bounce or throw the ball from anywhere inside the penalty area to outside the penalty area.

  • The ball may not cross the half-way line without first being touched by the ground or another player.
  • 2010 and 2009: All opposing players must be in their own half when the ball is released by the goalkeeper.
  • Goalkeepers may throw the ball directly across the half-way line. In these leagues, goal clearances are indirect. A ball thrown directly into the opposing goal results in a goal clearance for the opposing team.

Corner Kicks: are direct. The ball must be placed directly on the corner spot and the kick must be taken within 4 seconds.

Free Kicks: may be indirect or direct. The ball must be stopped completely before the kick may be taken.

Penalty Kicks: are taken from the penalty spot and must be shot at goal by a clearly identified kicker. Defenders may not be nearer to the ball than 16 feet and must be behind an imaginary line running from touchline to touchline even with the penalty spot.

Distance: For all of the above, except goal clearances, opponents may not be closer to the ball than 16 feet.

Ceiling: If the ball hits the ceiling or other object, the team that did not touch the ball last restarts play with a kick in from the nearest point on the touchline.

Fouls and Misconduct

Indirect Free Kicks: When a player plays in a dangerous manner, impedes an opponent (without playing the ball), prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball with her hands or commits any offence for which play is stopped to caution or eject a player. Heading or attempting to head is an offense restarted with an indirect free kick.

Direct Free Kicks: When a player kicks or attempts to kick an opponent, slide tackles an opponent or slides with an opponent near, jumps at an opponent, charges at an opponent, strikes or attempts to strike an opponent, pushes an opponent, holds an opponent, spits at an opponent or handles the ball deliberately.

Yellow Card / Caution: The offending player is shown a yellow card. Coaches are encouraged to remove the offending player from the match at this time. If a player earns two yellow cards in a match, he is shown a red card. If a player earns three single yellow cards during any league session (including friendlies), he is suspended for one game.

Red Card / Ejection: The offending player must leave match and facility. The offending team plays down for two minutes unless scored upon before the two-minute penalty expires. The offending player serves a minimum one-match suspension. Any player that earns two red cards during a league session will be suspended for the remainder of the session, including playoffs.


Second Penalty Spot: 30 feet from the center of the goal

Penalty Spot: 20 feet from the center of the goal

Advantage: Advantage will be applied in futsal, with penal fouls still counting as accumulated fouls. If the referee shouts, "play on" and gestures with both arms, the foul was a penal foul and will be counted accordingly. If the gesture is with one arm, the free kick would have been indirect and thus does not count toward the total.

The Goalkeeper

Must wear a different color shirt. May wear long pants and/or other padding as deemed safe by the match referee.

May slide in his own penalty area but only when playing the ball.

May receive a kick in directly.

May kick the ball directly over the half-way line.

May score directly with his feet during the run of play.

May not possess the ball for more than four seconds in own half.


Goalkeepers may not punt or drop-kick the ball. (Ball must settle to the ground or be touched first, no "air" under the ball when kicked.)

Goalkeepers may not throw the ball directly across the half-way line.

Goalkeepers may touch/receive the ball more than once per team possession.

Additional Information for Coaches

No player is eligible unless formally on the team's roster, which must be presented to a match official prior to kickoff.

Teams may swing a maximum of three players from their sibling roster per game. Teams may not swing players during playoffs.

Only futsal balls may be used inside the facilities.

Balls may only be used inside the gymnasium. Players may stretch and loosen in the hallway but may not use balls.

Soccer balls, wheelies and soccer cleats are not permitted inside the Falmouth Academy gym.

All players must change their footwear in the facility lobby before entering the gymnasium. Coaches with wet or dirty feet must change their footwear as well.

All teams in league will use size 3 ball. In some cases match balls will be provided by the league; however, in the event a match ball is not provided, the home team is required to provide a match quality ball.

Due to gym space teams are expected to arrive a maximum of 20 minutes before kickoff.

In the event two teams are wearing the same color, the home team must change colors and must do this before kickoff. If your team doesn't have a change strip, please be sure you have pinnies.

Head coaches are responsible for controlling the conduct of their assistants, managers, players and spectators.


Be courteous to the officials, opposing team(s), and the park, as we are guests on this property. You are

ultimately representing yourself, your community, so let’s all have fun and enjoy the league!


Thank you for adhering to the league rules.