Futsal Rules

2017 FutsalRVA- JEFFERSON OPEN RULES

Venues

FutsalRVA will use U-Turn sports performance academy and Randolph Macon College. To keep the playing surfaces clean and dry, please instruct your players not to wear dirty or wet game shoes into the facilities.

Referees

FutsalRVA  is the only US Soccer sanctioned futsal league in VA. We use only US Soccer futsal certified officials to call our games, assuring the game is played the way it should. 

Participating Teams
FutsalRVA  Winter league is one of the largest youth futsal leagues in the United States. The 2015-16 season had 145 teams and over 1100 players. The Jefferson open will boast more that 100 teams from all over the country!!

Age Divisions/Groups
Boys & Girls U8 - U19. FutsalRVA reserves the right to drop or combine divisions or age groups.

Team Registration
Registration Deadline for the tournament is November 15th. On line registration can be found on tournament site.

Proof of Age

All participants must provide proof of age if asked by a tournament official (players and coaches are required to have their proof of age at all times).

 

IMPORTANT COACH INFORMATION
There is no coaching license to coach a team. Any adult who is registered with the team as a coach or manager can sit the bench. This is a great option for teams with outdoor coaches who want to take a break, but still want their teams to have fun and play.

Coaches with multiple teams
The Tournament Staff will accommodate coaches with multiple teams by scheduling them with back-to-back games at the same facility as much as possible. We have been very successful in the past, so we encourage you to split your outdoor teams into two futsal teams

Competition Format & Rules
Official futsal FIFA Rules and Regulations as stated under the Laws of The Game will be enforced. Click HERE for FIFA rules of the game. Exceptions are noted below under tournament rules. 


Tournament Rules to the Laws of the Game
1. Goalkeeper can not throw the ball into the opponent’s box but can throw over half line
2. Scoring from kick-off is allowed.
3. Goalkeeper can not drop kick or punt the ball.
4. Mandatory switching of benches between halves
5. Game length is (two) 20 minute halves for U8-U12

6. Game length is (two) 24 minute halves for U13 - U18

 

Important Rules from previous years

The pass back rule will implemented for all age-groups. Once the keeper touches the ball, they cannot play the ball again until touched by an opponent.

Medical Release
To be eligible to play, each player must have completed Medical / Media Release forms and all players have been registered online.

 

Players/Sister Teams/Double Rostering
1) A sister team is created from an outdoor team that split into two or more futsal teams. If you have a sister team in the league, you may borrow any amount of players from the sister team. 
2) Players may be double - rostered on teams that are in different age divisions, but can not play down an age group.

Game Balls
Under U12 - size 2.5 
U13 and older – size 3 
Do not bring outdoor balls into the facilities. They are not allowed for warm-up. Only futsal balls are allowed. 

Equipment
The wearing of shin pads will be mandatory for all players. Indoor, flat soled soccer shoes also must be worn.

Time Outs / Home Team Colors
There will be one time out for each team per half.
Home team is to wear white or lighter colors. If Home team complies and there is a conflict, the visiting team must change jerseys. If home team does not wear light/white and there is a conflict, home team must change jerseys. Visiting teams centers off first.

Forfeited Games
If a team fails to show for a scheduled match, the referee shall allow a 5 minute grace period. After the 5 minutes, if the team has not yet arrived or does not have enough players to field a team (4), the game will be forfeited. The game will be tallied as a 3 to 0 loss for the forfeiting team and a 3 to 0 win for their opponent. Forfeited games are recorded as a 3 - 0 loss.

Point System and Tiebreakers
The determination within the group standings is as follows: 
3 points for a win
1 point for a tie
0 points for a loss
Forfeited games are recorded as a 3 - 0 loss

Tiebreakers 
1. Total Points
2. Head-To-Head
3. Goal Difference
4. Goals For

Ejections - Red Cards
If a player is ejected from a match, the player’s pass together with a referee’s report of the incident shall be turned over to the Richmond Futsal administrator by the referee. 

 

The minimum penalty for an ejection is that the player shall not be permitted to play in the immediate next match. 
The maximum penalty, after review bythe Richmond Competition Committee, may result in the individual players or teams’ expulsion from the competition. If a player is ejected from a match the referee will hold onto the player pass, document red card on the back of the score sheet and present it to the Richmond Futsal League administrator. The player will have his/her pass returned after a one game suspension. 

 

Coach Ejections
If a coach is ejected from any match, a referee’s report of the incident shall be turned over to the Richmond administrator by the referee. The minimum penalty for an ejection is that the coach shall not be permitted to coach or remain on the player’s bench in the immediate next match. The maximum penalty, after review by Richmond Competition Committee, may result in the individual coach or team’s expulsion from the League.  We reserve the right to postpone or cancel games at any time for any reason such as bad weather or facility problems. If we do decide to cancel games, refunds will not be provided. 

 

POOL PLAY AND PLAYOFFS - NUMBER OF GAMES

Division play and playoffs are determined by the number of teams and pools in a division.  The guidelines are

Divisions with 4 teams – 1 pool - Each team plays each other once.  The 1st and 2nd place teams advance to the finals.

Divisions with 5 teams – 1 pool - Each team plays each other once. The team with the most points is the champion – no playoffs.

Divisions with 6 teams - 2 pools of 3 teams - Each team plays the teams within their pool.  The teams in third place of Pool A and B will play each other in a 3rd place consolation match.  The 1st and 2nd place teams of Pool A and B will advance to the semi-final round, where the first place team of pool A plays the second place team of pool B and vice-versa.  The winners of the semi-finals advance to the finals.

Divisions with 8 teams - 2 pools of 4 teams – Each team plays the teams within their pool. The 1st and 2nd place teams of Pool A and B advance into the finals round.

 

Maximum roster size is 12.

 

Playoff Games ending in ties at regulation

If at the end of match where a winner must be decided and the score is tied, the referees will go directly to penalty kicks to determine winner of the match. Three (3) 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