2019 PISTANG PILIPINO FUTSAL TOURNAMENT

FUTSAL

futsal

Futsal (also known as fútsal or footsal) is a variant of association football played on a hard court, smaller than a football pitch, and mainly indoors. It features similarities to five-a-side football.

Futsal is played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted. Unlike some other forms of indoor football, the game is played on a hard court surface delimited by lines; walls or boards are not used. Futsal is also played with a smaller, harder, low-bounce ball. The surface, ball, and rules together favour ball control and passing in small spaces.  The game's "emphasis is on improvisation, creativity and technique.

Rules of the Tournament (Revised from original)

10-minute periods

The game comprise two periods each lasting 10 minutes of playing time. The clock runs continuously even if the ball goes out of play. A penalty shoot-out (3 kickers per team) will be made in the semi-final games in case of draw. Additional time (5 minutes per period) will be given in the final games in case of draw and a penalty shoot-out if it’s still a tie.

Time outs

Teams are entitled to a one-minute time-out in each period. A team that does not request a time-out in the first half of the match is only entitled to one time-out during the second half. There are no time-outs in extra time.

Unlimited substitutions

A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than five players (a goalkeeper and four outfield players) and at least 3 substitutes. There is no restriction on the number of substitutions that may be made during a match. Substitutions may be made at any time, whether the ball is in play or not, but only in the specially demarcated substitution zones.

Replacement of sent-off players

A substitute player may replace a sent-off player and enter the pitch two full minutes after the sending-off. They may, however, enter the pitch before the two minutes have elapsed should their team concede a goal while a player down.

The goalkeepers

Goalkeepers have only four seconds in which to play the ball, with either their hands or feet, and may not touch it again if it has been deliberately played to them by a team-mate without an opponent playing or touching it. Goalkeepers are also now free to play anywhere on the pitch and throw the ball beyond the halfway line, which was not previously permitted.

Accumulated fouls and the second penalty mark

Accumulated fouls are those penalised with a direct free-kick or penalty kick, regardless of whether advantage has been played or not. If a team commits a sixth accumulated foul, the opposing side may take the subsequent free-kick awarded to them without a wall, either from the second penalty mark, which is positioned four metres behind the first, or from a position even closer to the penalty area if the foul was committed between the goal line and the second penalty mark.

Two more things

Unlike 11-a-side football, goals may not be scored directly from the kick-off in futsal and there is no offside.

REMINDER:

• No shin guards, no play!

• No wearing of any jewelry!