League Rules


                                               League Rules


This document contains the basic rules and guidelines that will be used by the League. Any rules not mentioned or modified here will follow the official FIFA Futsal rules.


1) Game Reschedule: CCF does NOT guarantee reschedule under any circumstances!

a) Exceptions to this rule may be made for conflicts with State Cup or Association Cup games; and if the gym becomes unavailable for any reason.

b) Exceptions may also be made if the requesting team gets the opponent coach to agree with the change and can also provide a suitable gym to play the rescheduled game. This change needs to be coordinated with CCF at least 72 hours before the original game time.


2) Each team must provide one play ball before game start.


3) Game will start on time - there is no time for warming up inside the courts - both teams need to be ready to play when entering the court.


4) The clock keeps running except for, injuries or when requested by the Referee.


5) Timeouts: each team may request a one-minute timeout on each half when in possession of the ball and it’s the restart of the game. (Only on Semifinal & Final)


6) To start the game, each team will need to field 5 players. If one of the teams cannot field 5 players, it will be considered a forfeit and this will award a 3x0 win to the opposing team. If both teams are not able to field 5 players to start the game, both teams will forfeit the game. There will be no score posted in this situation and no points will be awarded, teams can play scrimmagesthe remaining time of the original game schedule, but no points will be awarded.


7) The Away Team will have the kick-off. There will be no coin-toss.


8) The Home Team will need to provide vests or another color jersey in case of color conflict.


9) Points – Teams will be awarded points after each game as follow:

a) 3 points for a win

b) 1 point for a tie

c) 0 points for a loss


10) The total points will be considered for the final classification of the teams. In case of more than one team with the same number of points, the following tie break rules will apply:

1. Head-to-Head result

2. Goal differential (GD on the schedule table)

3. Number of goals scored (GS on the schedule table)

4. Least number of goals allowed (GA on the schedule table)


11) NO PLAYER will be allowed to play for more than one Team within the same age group – NO EXCEPTIONS! (a player may play in multiple teams during a season, if the Teams are playing on different age groups, and  be on both team roster)


12) Players can be added to the roster until December 10, 2012, up to a maximum of 12 players. In order to be eligible to play, a player’s registration needs to be complete (signed release form and registration fee) and received by the League at least 48 hours prior to game time.


13) Substitutions

Substitutions are made “on the fly” during the whole game and there are no limits to the number of substitutions that your team can make; but there are specific rules that your team needs to follow:

a) The sub can only enter the court after the player comes completely out of the court

b) Substitutions should occur in the area in front of the team’s bench and it should never obstruct the opponent’s play

In case of violation of these rules, the Referee will first warn the coach and if subsequent infringements occur, the player entering the court will be cautioned with a yellow card.


14) Kick-off

a) A kick-off happens at the beginning of a game or as a restart after one of the teams scores a goal. The ball needs to move forward for a kick-off to be valid                                                                                                                b) A goal CANNOT be scored directly from a kick-off.                                                                                                     c) If the player taking the kick-off touches the ball twice, there will be an indirect free kick awarded to the opposing team.

15) Ball hitting the basketball hoop

a) The restart may be a goal kick or a corner depending on the player that last touched the ball before it hit the basketball hoop.


16) Fouls – direct free kicks

There are some infringements that, if committed by one team, will award the other team with a direct free kick. These infringements are cumulative per half. Once the number of fouls reaches 5, the Referee will alert both coaches and any subsequent foul will award the opposing team with a direct free kick from the second penalty mark (no wall will be allowed). Players must stay behind the line of the ball the ball is touched by the player taking the free kick. The infringements are:

a) Sliding – (goal keepers can slide but only sideways and inside their goal area, NO SLIDE-TACKLE IS ALLOWED);

b) Tripping, holding, pushing and charging an opponent;

c) Using the hands to stop the ball (exception to the goalie inside his goal area)


17) Indirect free kicks

An indirect free kick is awarded in the following circumstances:

a) If the team with a direct or indirect free kick takes more than 4 seconds to kick the ball;

b) If the same player touches twice on the ball during the kick-off or during an indirect free kick;

c) If the goalie throws the ball (in a goal clearance) directly over the half line;

d) kick-in is considered indirect kick

18) Passing the ball back to the keeper –




An indirect free-kick will be awarded if, after playing the ball, a goalkeeper touches the ball again in his own half of the pitch after it has been deliberately kicked to him by a team-mate without an opponent playing or touching it, even if the ball passes the half line. The position of the free-kick will be determined from where the infringement took place. Even in this situation, if the ball is passed back to the keeper, he/she is NOT allowed to touch the ball with his/her hands.


19) Every start/restart of the game needs to be done within 4 seconds and the keeper is only allowed to have the ball for 4 seconds


20) Basic rules for goal keepers:

a) The keeper has 4 seconds to release the ball;

b) Goal clearance: when the ball goes out of bounds (behind the goal line) and it’s not a corner kick situation. The restart is called goal clearance and the keeper has to use his/her hands to release the ball. The ball has to clear the penalty area in order to be considered in play.

c) In a goal clearance, the ball cannot be thrown directly over the half line – it needs to either touch a player or its own court. If the ball is thrown over the half line, an indirect free kick, taken from the half line, will be awarded to the opposing team (Exception for High School and Adult age groups where the keeper can throw directly over the half line).

d) When the keeper saves the ball, he/she is allowed to roll the ball and dribble or kick it (NO DROP KICKS will be allowed, the ball must roll before the keeper can kick it – the keeper has always 4 seconds to release the ball (shoot or pass to another player) (Drop Kicks allow in Adults)

e) The keeper can be used as a 5th player but he/she will have 4 seconds to release the ball while in his/her court.


21) Cautions (yellow card) and Ejections (red card)


a) Any player receiving a red card will be automatically suspended from his/her team's next game.

(Suspension may be increased depending on the severity of the situation. League decision is final and not subject to appeals)


League Rules:



Players, reserve players, managers, coaches and fans are expected to conduct in a civil, matter The League Staff has the authority and the responsibility to remove any person(s) from the league for abuses of conduct, in addition to any specific disciplinary action brought about by any other authority. 

 Tournament staff will designate a sideline to be for the sole use of the players listed on the game roster and a maximum total of three (3) managers/coaches/trainers..

 League staff will designate the opposite sideline for spectators

Artificial noise making devices are prohibited.

The manager/coach will be responsible for the behavior of their fans and the referee will have the authority to warn and ultimately send off, any manager/coach and the fans who behave in an abusive or disruptive manner.


As a mutual courtesy, both teams will meet at the center circle and congratulate each of the opposing team members for a game well played.  Manager/coach of both teams will insure their respective sideline areas are clean and that all trash is in containers.


A player manager or coach ejected will have an automatic minimum one (1) game suspension regardless of the cause of the ejection.  All referees rulings stand.

Depending upon the severity of the unacceptable conduct, a suspension of up to the duration of the tournament may occur. If a Red Card is given to a player/coach and they are sent off, a report shall be filed with Tournament Staff.  The Official Tournament Roster will be placed with the red card report and turned in to the administrative desk to be marked with the next game information.  The coach/administrator may pick up their roster card and take the card to their next match, but the offending player/coach must serve his/her game suspension during the scheduled match.  This will be noted on the roster card.  A Red card suspension can only be served with the team with which the suspension was earned in games played by their team. 

Playoff Games ending in ties at regulation

If at the end of a semi final or final game match, the score is tied, the referees will go directly to penalty kicks to determine winner of the match.  Five (5) PKs will be taken by each team and if the score is still tied at the end of that phase then sudden death PKs are taken.


A minimum of five (5) players constitutes a game. .  A forfeit will be scored 3-0. 


If the referee terminates a match for reasons other than an act of God of field conditions, CCF officials will decide the result of the match after hearing the official reason from the referee and both coaches

**No profanity of any kind at any time for any reason. (This can get you removed from property/league)


No intentional fouls, no dissent of any kind, no trash-talking or taunting of any kind.


Players must have shin guards and socks covering them.  No jewelry.


There must be one adult/coach on the sideline the whole game, every game.


Coaches, players and parents, please clean up after the game

Playoff Games ending in ties at regulation

If at the end of a semi final or final game match, the score is tied, the referees will go directly to penalty kicks to determine winner of the match.  Five (5) PKs will be taken by each team and if the score is still tied at the end of that phase then sudden death PKs are taken.


A minimum of five (5) players constitutes a game. .  A forfeit will be scored 3-0. 


If the referee terminates a match for reasons other than an act of God of field conditions, CCF officials will decide the result of the match after hearing the official reason from the referee and both coaches.

Please do not ever talk to officials in a negative way and don’t talk to them after a game.


Any complaints please see Arturo Valerio immediately, officials only have a few minutes before their next game and they will not discuss the game with you.


By the way, this is Futsal, so it is meant to be fun and our league is a family friendly and encouraging environment for all.


Any issues with dissent or disrespect by players, coaches or fans can result in removal from the league without refund.


No arguing or yelling at officials or coaches or players. We are all working together to have a positive and encouraging atmosphere of skill development and fun! We want this league to be family-friendly



 Divisions U-8 & U-10


These divisions are categorize recreational and not points or statistics will be counted, goals and point are counted for the sole purpose of our league records.


These category will play  8 recreational gamesdepending on the number of teams, all will play symbolical play-off  & final , during the games score will be keep only for a symbolic purpose, after a 7 goals different the official  will stop adding goals on the scoreboard,  league will give them medals to all players to this divisions.


Recreational: (The finals are strictly symbolic) U-8 & U-10


The NorCal Futsal league is primarily devoted to the enjoyment, and development of soccer players without the emphasis of high level competition.


The purpose of the NorCal Futsal  league is to  quickly develop skills required for soccer: - balance, motor ability, agility,  co-ordination, ball mastery, accurate, quick passing, receiving, perception insight and awareness. 


The league want to provide an opportunity for the participants to have fun, learn the sport and develop life skills including a lifelong love of the game.


The verification of ages are reserve to the league, coaches and managers are responsible for their players, the league is strictly recreacional for the development of players as recommended by the US Soccer and FIFA. 

"Fair Game" NorCal Futsal reserve the right to arrange the divisions to the league discretion based on level of play and not their ages

 “Only Futsal Balls Allow In The GYM”