ABOUT US

We are committed to advancing and promoting the sport of Futsal in San Antonio and South Texas. Our league provides a safe and professional environment for children to play. Our goal is for all players to have fun, learn and enjoy the sport of Futsal!

MISSION

We are dedicated to developing and expanding the sport of Futsal in San Antonio and South Texas, and providing our players the opportunity to participate in our league, camps, clinics, and tournaments. We strive to achieve the highest level of professionalism and the best overall experience for all participants.

GOALS

To launch, integrate and establish Futsal in San Antonio and South Texas;
To communicate the Futsal Laws of the Game;
To develop state-of-the-art facilities to promote the sport of Futsal;
To organize and support new Futsal competitions;
To promote Futsal clinics, camps and tournaments, as well as publish Futsal materials for players, coaches, referees and officials; and
To provide administrative and technical assistance to our members.

WHAT IS FUTSAL?

Futsal is the official five-a-side game and the only indoor soccer recognized by FIFA. Futsal is beginning to take the country by storm as more and more soccer players, coaches, clubs and associations discover the unique and positive qualities of Futsal. It is a game played around the world as many of today’s world stars began their youth soccer by playing Futsal. The Brazilians attribute their world soccer success to Futsal. Pele, Zico, Socrates, Ronaldo and Bebeto grew up playing Futsal and credit Futsal with developing their skills.

Futsal is a small-sided game (5v5 including the goalkeepers) played on a small court roughly the size of a basketball court. The game does not require the use of dasher boards. It is played with the touchline boundaries with no walls to bang the ball against. The official ball is a special low bounce ball that is heavier and smaller than an official size 5 soccer ball. The ball forces a player to use their skill rather than the ball’s bounce to propel it. It is a complete skill game. Futsal develops the overall fundamentals of soccer more effectively. It has been proven that youth players develop quicker reflexes, faster thinking and pinpoint passing. It is a superior game in terms of establishing players’ touch and technique.

As compared to the American indoor game where a player relies on utilizing the walls, Futsal forces a player to think two or three steps ahead without using the walls. One touch passing is essential in maintaining ball possession on a smaller surface. Therefore, an individual’s overall ball handling skills and off the ball movement enhance considerably. When a player gets in trouble with the ball, there is no whacking it off the wall. Their split second thinking improves automatically as one learns how to maintain possession and distribute the ball quickly. Shots must be more accurate, since a shot off target will not produce a rebound. More shots are also taken during the course of a game, which will enhance a player’s confidence, by taking on a defender and shooting quickly. A player does not have as much space or time to dribble with the ball. Futsal helps to develop tremendous close quarters footwork.

IS FUTSAL NEW?

Futsal is the new rage in American soccer. However, as is often the case, the United States is just catching on to what the world already knows. Superior soccer skill is built by simulating the outdoor game indoors with small sided games and a smaller ball. World famous clubs such as Ajax have used this approach for years. Futsal has been around for over fifty years but United States interest in soccer skill development has only recently focused attention on the training techniques used in successful soccer powerhouses such as Brazil, Holland, Germany, France, and Italy. Futsal has been around for many years but interest is just starting to explode in the United States.

IS FUTSAL JUST AN ODDBALL FAD?

No. This is the way the world develops great players year-round. None of the successful major playing countries in the world including, Brazil, Italy, Germany, France, Holland, play indoor soccer in hockey rinks. Now that America is taking soccer seriously and wants to compete at the highest levels, Futsal will irreversibly dominate the United States indoor soccer scene. By playing in our Futsal league, you will be joining the original and exclusive Futsal league in San Antonio and South Texas. American soccer development will only advance to the next level when the indoor game advances to the same level as the rest of the world. Before entering another 'hockey rink' style league, ask yourself "How important is skills development to my players?" This is the question coaches are asking and the conclusion people seem to be drawing is that Futsal is the wave of the future. It is not a fad, it is the way the world plays and it is here to stay in America.

WHY THE FUNNY BALL?

Unlike some myths, a Futsal ball is neither funny nor fuzzy. It is, however, different. The Futsal ball, also known as a reduced bound or low-bounce ball, is smaller than a normal outdoor soccer ball and heavier. There is a FIFA specification for the ball's size, weight and bounce.

These properties are specifically designed to build confidence and develop skill and technique. When a Futsal ball is received, it virtually 'sticks' to the foot. This builds great confidence in tight spaces when rapid passes are being issued repeatedly. Interestingly, that same property which makes the ball easy to receive makes it more difficult to strike. A Futsal ball gradually eliminates the 'lazy pass'. It is heavier and players rapidly get acquainted with the merits of bending the knee, turning the hips, and striking the ball firmly to propel it. Repeated touches on the ball eventually produce a motion which, when transplanted outdoors with a high bounce ball, translates into a firmer and proportionately longer pass appropriate for the big field.

Many programs around the world also claim that smaller size encourages more precise striking of the 'sweet spot' of the ball. If one works during the offseason on striking a Futsal ball, then a larger bouncier ball is struck with greater confidence and authority in the outdoor game.

HOUSE RULES

TIME OF THE GAME
All matches will consist of two (2) periods of 20 minutes. Half time will be no more than five (5) minutes. No timeouts are allowed. There is no overtime, injury or stoppage time.

ROSTERS

Maximum of 12 players allowed on each team.  All players must be listed on the team roster. Teams found in violation will forfeit all matches played with ineligible players and could risk dismissal from the league.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS

Each team will have five (5) players on the court, one of whom shall be the goalkeeper.

Minimum of four (4) players required to start and continue a match.

For Coed play, one (1) female player (not including the goalkeeper) must be on the court at all times.

PLAYER EQUIPMENT

Teams must have players in similar colored uniform for matches, with numbered jerseys.

In the event of a color conflict, the home team (listed first on the schedule) must wear alternate jerseys.

The goalkeeper must wear a jersey color that will distinguish the player from the rest of the players on the court and the referees.

Shin guards are mandatory and must be fully covered by socks.

Indoor or futsal shoes with non-skid soles are allowed. Cleats and turf shoes are not permitted. Shoes with black soles are not allowed.

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

BALLS

An official match ball will be provided for each match. Only the official match ball will be used for match play.

#3 Ball: U9-U12
#4 Ball: U13-U18

REFEREES

One referee will officiate each match.

Abuse of referee in any form, whether verbal or physical, will not be tolerated. Players or spectators violating this rule will be asked to leave the facility.

Referee fee is $10 per team per game.

KICK-OFF

A kick-off is the way of starting or restarting play at the start of the match, after a goal has been scored, and at the start of the second half of the match. The ball must move forward on a kick-off. The kicker may not touch the ball a second time until another player has touched it. A goal may be scored directly from the kick-off.

KICK-IN

A kick-in is an indirect kick. A kick-in is awarded when the whole ball passes over the touchline, either on the ground or in the air, or hits the ceiling. A kick-in must be taken from the place where it crossed the touchline to the opponents of the player who last touched the ball. The ball must be stationary on the touchline and is kicked back into play in any direction.

The player taking the kick-in may not be in-bounds when taking a kick-in. A player may have one foot on the touchline when taking the kick but their body must be outside the field of play when taking the kick. The players on the defending team must be at least nine (9) feet from the place where the kick-in is taken.

CORNER KICK

A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick. A corner kick is awarded when the whole ball, having last touched by a player of the defending team, crosses over the goal line either on the ground or in the air.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Each team has unlimited “on the fly” substitutions during play or when play has ceased. Play is ceased when a goal is scored, a penalty is awarded, or an injury timeout is called. A player may substitute for the goalkeeper “on the fly” as long as the referee is informed beforehand. If a substituting player enters the field of play and becomes “involved” in the play before the substituted player has left the field, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team.

Substitutions must occur at midcourt and players are required to slap hands to ensure that no more than five (5) players from each team are on the court at all times.

PENALTY KICKS FROM THE FIRST PENALTY AREA

The defending goalkeeper remains on the goal line, facing the kicker, between the goal posts, until the ball has been kicked. Players other than the kicker are located inside the playing area, outside the penalty area, behind or to the side of the penalty mark, and at least 15 feet from the penalty mark.

PENALTY KICKS FROM THE SECOND PENALTY AREA

The defending goalkeeper remains nine (9) feet from second penalty spot in front of his goal, facing the kicker, until the ball has been kicked. Players other than the kicker are located inside the playing area, outside the penalty area, behind or to the side of the penalty mark, and at least nine (9) feet from the penalty mark.

SCORING

A goal is scored when the whole ball has crossed over the goal line, between the posts and under the crossbar. A goal may not be counted if it is thrown, carried, or intentionally propelled by the hand or arm by a player of the attacking side including the goalkeepers.

MERCY RULE
The Mercy Rule has been implemented in order to promote sportsmanship. Below are the guidelines of the Mercy Rule:

(1) If goal differential reaches 10 or more goals in the first half, the match will terminate at half-time.
(2) If at any time during the second half the goal differential reaches 10 goals, the match will terminate.

Both teams must clear the court immediately once a match has been terminated.

STANDINGS

Standings will be kept based on a three-point system:

(1) Three points for a win.
(2) One point for a tie.
(3) Zero point for a loss.

The team with the most points at the end of the season will be declared the winner.

In case of a tie, tie-breaker will be:

(1) head-to-head competition;
(2) goal differential;
(3) most goals scored; and
(4) least goals allowed.

There is no playoff system. First-place teams will receive trophies.

GOALKEEPERS AND GOAL CLEARANCE

A goal clearance is a method of restarting play. A goal may not be scored directly from a goal clearance. The goal clearance is awarded when the whole ball, having last been touched by a player of the attacking team, passes over the goal line, either on the ground or in the air, and a goal is not scored.

The ball is thrown from any point within the penalty area by the goalkeeper of the defending team. All balls thrown in from the goalkeeper must hit the ground or a player before going over the midcourt line. If the ball goes over the midcourt line and does not hit the ground or a player, a direct kick is awarded to the opposing team at the center dot at half field.

After making a goal clearance, the goalkeeper cannot play the ball a second time until it has touched another player. The goalkeeper may set the ball down and dribble it out of the penalty area but cannot pick it back up again in the penalty area until the ball is touched by an opponent or played back by a teammate some way other than a direct pass off of the foot i.e. header. An indirect kick on the penalty arc closest to the violation will be awarded to the other team. The ball is in play when it is thrown directly beyond the penalty area. If the ball is not thrown directly beyond the penalty area, the goal clearance is retaken.

Unlimited pass back to the goalkeeper is allowed.

If the goal clearance is not taken within four (4) seconds from the time that the goalkeeper takes possession of the ball, an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, to be taken from the penalty area line at the place nearest to where the infringement occurred.

No punting or drop kicks allowed.

FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

A direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following five (5) offenses in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:

* Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent
* Trips or attempts to trip an opponent
* Jumps at an opponent
* Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent
* Pushes an opponent

A direct free kick is also awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offenses:

* Holds an opponent.
* Spits at an opponent
* No slide tackles allowed. Goalkeepers may slide in their goal area to save the ball providing it is not a slide tackle (a goalkeeper may not slide feet first at an opponent in order to make a save).
* Handles the ball deliberately, except for the goalkeeper, in his own penalty area.
* No shoulder charges allowed.

A direct free kick is taken from the place where the infringement occurred.

A penalty kick is awarded if a player commits any of the aforementioned offenses inside his/her own penalty area, regardless of the position of the ball but provided that it is in play.

Yellow Card / Caution: A player is cautioned, shown the yellow card, and sent off for two (2) minutes if the player commits any of the following offenses:

* Is guilty of unsportsmanlike behavior
* Shows dissent by word or action
* Persistently infringes the Laws of the Game
* Delays the restart of play
* Fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, kick-in, free kick, or goal clearance.

Red Card / Ejection: A player is shown the red card and sent off if the player commits any of the following offenses:

* Is guilty of serious foul play.
* Is guilty of violent conduct.
* Spits at an opponent or any other person.
* Denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within his own penalty area).
* Denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offense punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick.
* Uses offensive, insulting, or abusive language.
* Receives a second yellow card in the same match.

A player who has been red carded and sent off may not re-enter the game nor may he/she sit on the players’ bench. A replacement player may re-enter the game two (2) minutes after a teammate has been sent off, unless a goal has been scored before the two (2) minutes have elapsed. If a player receives a red card or is sent off, he/she will sit out the following match to serve his/her one match automatic suspension. If it is a playoff or final match of a season, he/she will sit out the first match of the following season.

A player who has been red-carded will have to pay a $25 fine before he/she is allowed to resume play (after serving the one match suspension).

Players who are sent off for fighting will be permanently banned from the league.

CASTS OR SPLINTS

Casts or splints are not allowed.

FUTSAL COURT

Matches are played at our FIFA regulation-sized futsal court located at Red Horse Park in Universal City. Our state-of-the-art futsal court is constructed with 100% acrylic court surface which enhances safety and maximum performance for players of all ages. With a dynamic design and spectacular view for our spectators, our players will have a fantastic playing experience. We know that once you have played at our brand new futsal court, it will be the only place you will always want to play!


Red Horse Park Futsal Court

134 Meadow Way
Universal City TX

 

FACILITY RULES

Only indoor shoes with non-skid soles are allowed on playing court.
Cleats or shoes with black soles are not permitted on playing court.
Skateboards, roller blades, bicycles, and scooters are not allowed.
Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products are prohibited.
Air horns or any similar noisemakers are not allowed.
Spitting, cursing or fighting are strictly prohibited.
Pets, with the exception of service dogs, are prohibited at all times.
Glass containers are not allowed.

SEASON SCHEDULE

Spring Season: April - May
Summer Season: June - July
Fall Season: October - November
Winter Season: January - February

TEAM ROSTER

Minimum:  8 Players
Maximum: 12 Players

TEAM REGISTRATION FEE

Registration Fee: $400/Team

Click HERE to register on-line.  Only credit cards are accepted during on-line registration.