Laws of Indoor Play - Youth Leagues

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Law 1. THE FIELD OF PLAY
The field of play will be determined by the referee, based upon the specific facility in use for a given match. The referee will indicate the necessary markings on the field of play. The field of play may include walls or other surfaces off of which the ball may rebound and remain in play. These surfaces may, however, contain certain areas or objects where, if contacted by the ball, renders the ball out of play. These are at the discretion of the referee based upon the specific facility in use.

Law 2. THE BALL
All matches will be played using a futsal ball.

Law 3. NUMBER OF PLAYERS
Each team will field a minimum of four and maximum of five players (including the goalkeeper). If a team is unable to field the minimum by the scheduled kickoff time, the team defaults the match and the score is recorded as a 1-0 win for the opposing team. If both teams must default, the score is recorded as 0-0 and both teams are credited with a loss. Once a default is declared it cannot be reversed, however, in the case of inclement weather, the referee may allow a reasonable grace period before kickoff, and play a shortened official match.

An unlimited number of substitutions are allowed, and may be made at any time during the match, with the exception of the goalkeeper. The referee must be informed of any change in goalkeepers, and such substitutions must be made during a stoppage in play. Play will not be stopped for substitutions to be made.

When a substitution is being made while the ball is in play, the substitute shall not enter the field of play until the player being replaced in within 5 feet of the bench area. Neither the substitute or the substituted player may interfere with play while both are on the field.  

For any infringement of this law, the opposing team will be awarded a free kick from the spot where the ball was when the infringement occurred.

Law 4. PLAYERS' EQUIPMENT
Players must wear the team shirt and socks issued by the NTSC as well as black shorts and indoor soccer shoes (or light soled athletic shoes) and shin guards supplied by the player. The goalkeeper must wear a jersey or shirt which distinguishes him/her from all other players.

Players may not wear anything which is considered by the referee to be dangerous to themselves or any other player, such as jewellery, watches or hard casts.

For any infringement of this law, the referee will instruct the player to leave the field of play. The player may not re-enter the match until the equipment issue has been rectified.

Law 5. THE REFEREE
Each match is controlled by a referee who will enforce these Laws of Soccer, serve as the match's timekeeper and who is empowered to eject from the field and its vicinity any person who is interfering with the match or its participants in any manner.

The referee will stop play if, at his/her discretion, it is necessary to address a player injury.

LAW 6. DURATION OF THE MATCH
Each regular-season match is allotted a time slot of one hour, which is comprised of a warm-up/practice session of 10 minutes, followed by two equal halves, separated by a halftime period of not more than five minutes. The teams are not required to switch ends of the field at halftime unless one coach wishes to do so. The referee is the final authority on the completion time of the match. There will be no stoppage time added.

All playoff matches will begin at the start of the hour, with no warm-up session. If a playoff match is tied at the conclusion of the second half, the teams will proceed immediately to penalty kicks, in accordance with the NTSC Laws of the Game.

Law 7. THE START OF PLAY
At the beginning of the match, the referee will toss a coin to determine possession. The winning team will decide whether it will kick off to start the first or second half.

To start a half or to restart following a goal, the ball will be placed at the centre of the field. The ball is in play once it is kicked by the appropriate team and moves. All players shall be in their own half of the field and all opposing players must remain 6 yards from the ball until it is in play. For any infringement, the kick-off is retaken. If the kicker plays the ball a second time before it touches another player, play is restarted with a free kick for the opposing team.

When play is stopped by the referee for any reason that does not merit a free kick, the ball will be dropped at the place where it was when play was stopped, unless it was within the penalty area, in which case it shall be dropped on the edge of the penalty area, nearest to where the ball was when play was stopped. The ball is in play once it touches the ground. If the ball leaves the field of play without touching any player, the dropped ball is retaken from the same spot. If a player plays the ball before it touches the ground, the dropped ball is retaken.

Law 8. BALL IN AND OUT OF PLAY
The ball is out of play when play is stopped by the referee, or when the ball has wholly crossed the goal line or touch line, in the ground or in the air, or has entered any area or touched any object which has been deemed “out of play” by the referee. The ball is also out of play if it comes to rest on top of a goal, or becomes lodged in the side or back of a goal; in this instance, play is restarted with a goal kick or corner kick, as appropriate. When the ball enters an area or touches an object which has been deemed “out of play”, the play is restarted with a dropped ball or a free kick, as determined by the referee.

The ball is in play at all other times, including a ball that rebounds from a goal post, crossbar, the referee or any wall or surface (excluding areas or objects that have been deemed “out of play” by the referee).

Law 9. METHOD OF SCORING
A goal is scored when the whole of the ball has passed over the goal line, between the goal post and under the crossbar, on the ground or in the air, provided that the ball is in play and no infringement of these laws has occurred.  

Law 10. FOULS AND MISCONDUCT
A player who commits any of the following offences:  

a) kicks or attempts to kick an opponent;
b) trips or attempts to trip an opponent;
c) jumps at an opponent;
d) charges an opponent;
e) strikes or attempts to strike an opponent;
f) pushes an opponent;
g) when tackling an opponent makes contact with the opponent before contact is made with the ball;
h) spits at an opponent;
i) holds an opponent;
j) deliberately contacts the ball with any part of their arm or hands below the shoulder (excluding a goalkeeper within his/her own penalty area);
k) uses a wall or other surface to delay play, trap the ball, fend off an opponent or support themselves in an attempt to gain an advantage;
l) preventing the opposing goalkeeper from releasing the ball;
m) slide tackles or attempts to slide tackle (sliding without attempting to contact an opposing player shall not be considered a slide tackle)

shall be penalized by the award of a free kick to be taken by the opposing team from the place where the offence occurred. Should a player commit one of the above offences within their own team’s penalty area, the opposing team is awarded a penalty kick.

A player who is guilty of playing in a manner considered by the referee to be dangerous or unfairly impeding the progress of an opponent shall also be penalized by the award of a free kick to the opposing team; if one of these offences is committed within a player’s own penalty area, the opposing team is awarded a free kick from the edge of the penalty area.

A player shall be cautioned and shown the yellow card if, in the opinion of the referee, the player:

a) is guilty of unsporting behaviour;
b) shows dissent by word or action;
c) persistently infringes the NTSC Laws of Indoor Soccer;
d) delays the restart of play;
e) fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, kick-in or a free kick;
f) enters, re-enters or leaves the field of play without the referee's permission other than in the act of substitution, or deliberately interferes with a ball in play while in the process of a substitution.  

A player shall be sent off the field of play (ejected from the match) and shown the red card if, in the opinion of the referee, the player:

a) is guilty of serious foul play;
b) is guilty of violent conduct;
c) spits at an opponent or any other person;
d) denies an opponent a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within her/his own penalty area);
e) denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player's goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick;
f) uses offensive, insulting or abusive language; or
g) receives a second caution in the same match

Law 11. FREE KICK
All free kicks are indirect (a goal cannot be scored unless the ball contacts a second player before entering the goal). If a free kick enters the opposing goal without touching another player, no goal is scored and play is restarted with a goal kick. If a free kick enters the kicking team’s goal without touching a second player, no goal is scored and play is restarted with a corner kick.

The ball is in play once is it touched and moves (except for free kicks taken within the defending penalty area). All opposing players must remain 6 yards away from the ball, or on their own goal line, until it is in play. A free kick awarded to a team within its own penalty area may be taken from any point with the penalty area, and is not in play until it leaves the penalty area. All opposing players must remain outside of the penalty area and 6 yards away from the ball until the ball is in play. If the ball does not clear the penalty area without being touched a second time, the kick is retaken.

The ball must be stationary when a free kick is taken, and once the ball is in play, the kicker shall not play the ball a second time until it has been touched by another player. If the kicker touches the ball a second time before it has been touched by another player, the opposing team is awarded a free kick.

If a player of the opposing team encroaches on a free kick, the referee may order the kick to be retaken, and may issue a yellow card to the offending player.

Law 12. PENALTY KICK
A penalty kick is taken 6 yards from the goal. All players except the kicker and defending goalkeeper must remain outside the penalty area, behind the penalty spot and at least 6 yards from the ball until it is in play. The ball is in play once it is kicked and moves. The goalkeeper must remain on the goal line, between the goal posts, until the ball is in play. The kicker may not touch the ball a second time until it has touched another player; if he/she does so, the opposing team is awarded a free kick. A goal may be scored directly from a penalty kick.

In the case of encroachment into the penalty area before the ball is in play:
a) by the defending team, the kick shall be retaken if a goal has not resulted
b) by the attacking team other than by the player taking the kick, if a goal is scored it shall be disallowed and the kick retaken
c) by both teams, the kick shall be retaken.

Law 13. KICK-IN
When the whole of the ball passes over the touch line, either on the ground or in the air, the opponent of the team which last touched the ball before it went out of play is awarded a free kick at the spot along the touch line where the ball went out of play. All conditions of a normal free kick apply to a kick-in with the exception that, if the kick-in does not enter the field of play, the kick is retaken at the same spot. A goal may not be scored directly from a kick-in.

Law 14. GOAL KICK
When the whole of the ball passes over the goal line (unless it rebounds from a wall or other surface that has been deemed “in play”) and/or enters an area or touches an object deemed “out of play” that is behind the goal line, having last been touched by a member of the attacking team, a goal kick is awarded to the defending team. The ball is placed at any point within the penalty area and play restarts in the same manner as a free kick taken from within the defending penalty area. A goal may not be scored directly from a goal kick.

Law 15. CORNER KICK
When the whole of the ball passes over the goal line (unless it rebounds from a wall or other surface that has been deemed “in play”) and/or enters an area or touches an object deemed “out of play” that is behind the goal line, having last been played by one of the defending team, a member of the attacking team shall take a corner kick. The ball is placed at the nearest corner and kicked by a member of the attacking team, under all normal conditions of a free kick. A goal may not be scored directly from a corner kick.

Law 16. BALL HANDLING
If, at the discretion of the referee, a player (other than a goalkeeper inside his/her own penalty area) deliberately touches the ball with any part of his/her arm below the shoulder, play is stopped and a free kick is awarded to the opposing team. If the infraction occurs in the player’s own penalty area, a penalty kick is awarded to the opposing team. The referee may also present a yellow or red card, at his/her discretion.  

The goalkeeper may use his/her hands and arms to control the ball inside his/her own penalty area. Once he/she has caught or controlled the ball, he/she must release it within 6 seconds and may not handle the ball again until it has touched another player. If a goalkeeper is guilty of infringing this law or wasting time, the referee will award a free kick to the opposing team, at the edge of the penalty area. The goalkeeper may handle the ball within his/her penalty area if it is passed back directly by a teammate, but may not handle a ball in play outside of his/her penalty area under any circumstances (and may be penalized with a yellow or red card, at the referee’s discretion).

Last amended: October 15, 2009