The rules below are for junior and social competitions. To find out what by-laws apply at your club please contact your night manager. Futsal Supa-Liga will be played using the Official FIFA Laws of the Game.
1. The game of Futsal is played on a court.
2. A team consists of 5 players; 4 court players and 1 goalkeeper. A maximum of 12 players can be recorded on a team official ‘Nomination Form’.
3. All games must start with each team having a minimum of 4 players on the court. If a team cannot field 4 players to start the game, they must forfeit.
4. Unlimited ‘flying’ substitutes; players can re-enter the game as many times without notifying the referee, this includes the goalkeeper. Substitutions must take place near halfway in the defensive half. The exiting player/s must be completely off the court before the substitution can take place.
5. The goal-keeper must always be clearly nominated and cannot be changed during play, except by the existing keeper running off the court and a new keeper running onto the court.
6. There is NO offside.
7. When the ball goes out over the sideline, a kick-in takes place. The ball must be placed stationary on the sideline and kicked in. All opposing players must be at least 5 metres from the ball.
8. For a ball to be out of play or a goal scored, ‘ALL’ of the ball must be over ‘ALL’ of the line.
9. There is a 4 second time limit at kick ins, corner kicks, free kicks and goal clearances.
10. A goal CANNOT be scored directly from a kick in unless it touches another player.
11. A player can score directly from a corner.
12. Players are not allowed to play at the ball whilst on the ground, except for the goalkeeper who can only do so within the goal ‘D’.
13. NO slide tackling.
14. Dangerous play is NOT allowed.
15. For every ‘Direct’ foul after the fifth in one half of the game, the team that the free kick is awarded to is given a 10-metre penalty. (This is an official FIFA rule introduced to stop foul play.)
16. The first penalty mark is 6 metres from the goal line and the second penalty mark is 10 metres.
17. The goalkeeper CANNOT throw, dropkick or punt kick the ball over 2/3’s of the court.
18. Goalkeepers throw the ball from the marked goal area (D), to restart from a goal clearance. If they have saved the ball in general play they can also drop or punt kick in accordance with rule 17 above.
19. The goalkeeper has a 4 second time limit to release the ball unless they are in the opposing half of the court, at which they have unlimited time.
20. Goalkeepers are NOT allowed to pick up a pass from any of their team-mates (back pass).
21. Once a goalkeeper has released the ball from their possession, they may not receive it back unless they are over the half way line or the ball has been touched by an opposing player (2 touch rule).
22. During the game, the referee has the option of using 2 disciplinary cards – yellow and red. If a player receives a red card, that player is immediately expelled from the game. .A replacement player can then be put on after 2 minutes or if the opposition scores a goal
23. Referees have the right to warn, ask to leave or eject from the stadium any player or spectator whom they feel is bringing the game to disrepute.
24. The referee’s decision is FINAL.
25. Social Mixed Rule Only – Two females must be on the court at all times.
26. Social Mixed Rule Only – Once a male scores a goal, a female must score next, at half time this resets and anyone can score. In finals, if the game goes into extra time, it also resets.
27. Social Mixed Rule Only – Own-goals: If a male or female player is passing the ball, and it is deflected into the goal by an opponent it is classed as an own goal, and whoever was required to score next, is still required to score. If a male player is shooting at goal when a female is required to score next, even if there is a deflection, it is no goal, but the ball restarts with a goal throw. If a female is shooting at goal and there is a deflection, it goes down as a female goal and a male can score next.
28. The Finals Rules:
(i) All players must play a minimum of 5 league games to be eligible for finals (match sheets will be checked)
(ii) In the event of a draw after normal time, a 2 minutes extra time period will be played (golden goal)
(iii) Should the game still be drawn then a penalty shootout (best of 5) shall decide the outcome
(iv) Should the game still be tied, then a sudden death penalty shootout will decide the winner
• If the situation arises where a team is unable to field a team on the date and time when their match is scheduled this match will be deemed to be forfeited.
• It will be the responsibility of the team that is forfeiting the match to advise the night manager at the respective centre, NO LESS than 48 hours prior to the commencement of fixtures for that date.
• If the team that is forfeiting the match fails to fulfill the obligation set out above then that team will be penalised the amount of 1 match fee.That team will be required to pay the penalty prior to their next scheduled game.
• If the team that is forfeiting the match does fulfill the requirements set out above (ie. gives no less than 48 hours notice), that team shall incur no monetary penalty unless this is repeated and deemed excessive.
• The team that has been forfeited against will receive full match points and the score is recorded as a 3-0 win.
• Borrowed players cannot be from a team in the higher division on the same night otherwise the team borrowing shall forfeit the match.
• No team can borrow more than 2 players and can only make up to a team of 5 (i.e. no substitutes). If a team-mate arrives late the fill in player must cease playing.
• All borrowed players MUST be registered.
• A borrowed player is a player not on the official Team Nomination Form lodged at the start of every season.
ELIGIBILITY TO PLAY
• Players must be registered to compete in any Futsal WA competition or sanctioned event.
• Registered players can compete in any Futsal WA competition and play more than once a week.
• Players cannot compete in more than one team within the same age category or division within a competition. However, a player can play up in age groups or divisions.
• Only players whose names appear on the official match sheet, prior to the commencement of the second half are eligible to play. A maximum of 12 players per team.
• To be eligible for finals a player must have taken the court for a minimum of five (5) round robin games and been on the match sheet for those particular games.
• A player nominated to a team in the highest division on a competition night are unable to compete in a lower division on the same night of competition.
• A Female or Female team may play one age group down where there is not enough teams to form a Female only league. (As of October 1st, 2019)
• A maximum of 2 state players permitted per social team. If you have 3 or more state players your team must play the next age group up. (As of October 1st, 2019)
• Any State teams playing in social leagues must play the next age group up. Ie: A 13’s boys state team must play in the 15’s boys competition. (As of October 1st, 2019)
WET WEATHER POLICY
This Wet Weather Policy shall apply to Futsal WA run outdoor venues. In the event that games are to be postponed due to the weather all team captains will be notified immediately who in turn let their respective team mates know. A final decision on postponing games will be made at 4:00 pm (Junior Games) and 5:00 pm (Senior Games) on the day of the games. This will also occur should unexpected weather conditions set in during the course of the night.
1. Games are played using the FIFA International Futsal Laws of the Game (Full laws of the game). If rules deviate from the FIFA laws or are specific to Supa-Liga, they are listed below:
2. All teams must wear matching uniforms (Numbered jersey, matching shorts and matching socks), any player without correct equipment will be asked to leave the court and will not be allowed to return to play until the equipment is correct.
3. Teams receive one time-out/game.
4. All games to be played on the International size court and teams must have 4 players to start a match.
5. Matches are 22min (22:00 – 2:00, run of the clock, then final 2 minutes stop-the-clock) halves for Supa-Liga A and 18min (18:00 – 2:00, run of the clock, then final 2 minutes stop-the-clock) halves for Supa-Liga B, Supa-Liga C, Youth and 16s Supa-Liga.
6. All players must wear shin pads.
7. Final placings will be determined by points, then by goal difference, then goals scored, then goals against, then head to head results, then aggregated head to head score from throughout the season. Finals matches will include 1 x 2min Golden goal extra-time and best of 5 penalty shoot-out if required.
8. The bottom team at the end of the Supa-Liga season will be relegated if the top team in the division below is eligible for and seeking promotion*. If the team that finishes top of the division below is not seeking and eligible for promotion, the next team that is eligible for and seeking promotion will be offered a play-off match against the bottom team from the division above.
9. *The Futsal Supa-Liga structure may change based on the requirement of specific competitions, in this case teams may be moved based on application and a panel decision regarding merit.
10. Teams must have a minimum of 7 registered players to commence the season and can have a MAXIMUM of 15 on their list.
11. For players not registered on the initial registration form, an email must be sent to [email protected] at least one business day prior to their first match. The registration will be completed by Supa-Liga staff and a confirmation email sent back. The registration process is not complete, and the player eligible to play, until the confirmation email is received by the team manager/coach.
12. All teams in the Supa-Liga can have a MAXIMUM of 15 players registered at any one time during the season. Players must be on a team registration list to play.
13. A player can only be registered with one club across the Supa-Liga, and can only be registered in one team A, B, C, Youth or 16s, per club.
• After the first round of fixtures, players can only move up categories, ie 16s to YSL to SLC to SLB to SLA, not the other way, SLA to SLB to SLC to YSL.
15. Players who are born in 2001 or later are eligible for Youth Supa-Liga. Players born 2004 or later are eligible for the 16s.
16. Players can play 11 games in the category above that which they are registered (16 to YSL, YSL to SLC, SLC to SLB, SLB to SLA), if they play a 12th game, after that match their registration changes to that next category.
17. If a player plays their 12th game in the category above and their registration transitions to the higher category they are allowed to play 2 subsequent matches in their previous category, if that will allow them to reach the 8 appearances, to qualify for finals. If they cannot get to 8 appearances within 2 matches, they cannot play any more matches in the lower category.
18. Supa-Liga B players can play 11 matches in Supa-Liga A, before their registration is moved from Supa-Liga B to Supa-Liga A after their 12th match in Supa-Liga A.
19. Supa-Liga C, Youth Supa-Liga and 16s players can play a MAXIMUM of 11 matches in Supa-Liga B, before their registration is moved to Supa-Liga B.
20. Supa-Liga C, Youth Supa-Liga and 16s players can play an unlimited number in Supa-Liga A.
21. Clubs can use a maximum of two players who are registered in a higher category in any lower category match. Of the two players, only one player can be from 2 categories above, ie Supa-Liga A player in a Supa-Liga C match or Supa-Liga B to Youth.
22. Clubs CANNOT play 2 Supa-Liga A players in a Supa-Liga C, YSL or 16s match.
23. Clubs CANNOT play 2 Supa-Liga B players in a Youth Supa-Liga or 1r 16s match.
24. Supa-Liga A players can play a MAXIMUM of 8 Supa-Liga B matches during the regular league season.
25. Supa-Liga A players can play a MAXIMUM of 5 Supa-Liga C matches during the regular season.
26. Supa-Liga B players can play a MAXIMUM of 8 Supa-Liga C matches during the regular league season.
27. Supa-Liga B players can play a MAXIMUM of 5. Youth/16s Supa-Liga matches during the regular league season.
28. Supa-Liga C players can play a MAXIMUM of 8 Youth Supa-Liga matches during the regular league season.
29. Supa-Liga C players can play a MAXIMUM of 5 16s Supa-Liga matches during the regular league season.
30. One current senior state (WA) or youth/senior national (Aus) team (A second team, “A”, or any other type of development team do not count as a senior state or youth/senior national team) representative player can be registered for the Supa-Liga B team or Youth team of a club.
31. One current senior state (WA) or youth/senior national (Aus) team (A second team, “A”, or any other type of development team do not count as as senior state or youth/senior national teams) representative player can be registered for the Supa-Liga C team of a club, if that team is the highest team within that club ie the club doesn’t have a team in Supa-Liga A or B, only in Supa-Liga C.
32. If a team has 15 registered players and they want to register a new player, the team must remove another player, who cannot be re-added to that club during that season.
1. A player must play 8 games in a category to be eligible for finals except for – a player who is eligible for the 16s/youth finals. 16s/YSL players who have qualified for finals in one of those categories can also be called up to the Supa-Liga A finals for their club, even if they haven’t played 8 Supa-Liga A matches. But this is not the case for Supa-Liga B/C players or SLB/SLC finals.
2. Providing they have played in 8 league matches in that division during the regular season 2 players are allowed to play “down” in finals.
3. A player who transitions within a club to a higher team is still eligible to play in finals, as part of the 2 players allowed to play down in any specific match, as long as they have played 8 matches in that category.
INFRINGEMENTS AND SANCTIONS
1. The FIFA disciplinary code is used as a guide to infringements and sanctions and is available at https://resources.fifa.com/image/upload/fifa-disciplinary-code-500275.pdf?cloudid=koyeb3cvhxnwy9yz4aa6.
2. If a team is unable to field a side with eligible players, or is not ready to commence the match 5 minutes after the expected time of the kick-off, the match can still go ahead, but the offending side will forfeit the match with a result of 3-0 and will be required to pay the forfeit fee (both teams match fee).
3. If a team is found to have played an ineligible player retroactively, the match result will be recorded as a 3-0 victory for the opposition, and the offending club will be required to pay the forfeit fee. If there is a second occurrence, the offending team will be issued with a 1 point deduction on top of having the result recorded as a 3-0 loss and paying the forfeit fee.
4. If a team is not ready to kick-off on time, the first occurrence will see the club issued with a warning. If that team is again not ready to kick-off on time, that team will receive a 1 point season deduction. Any further breaches will see the points deduction increase by one point for each infringement (ie 2nd infringement – 1 point deduction, 3rd time – 2 point deduction).
5. If a team is unable to complete a match (forfeit before or during) more than once during a season, from the second occurrence they will receive a 1 point deduction. Any further breaches will see the points deduction increase by one point for each infringement (ie 2nd infringement – 1 point deduction, 3rd time – 2 point deduction).
6. Across the course of the season, a player who accumulates 6 yellow cards will receive an automatic 1 round ban. The ban will apply for one round of fixtures (Supa-Liga B, A, C, Youth and 16s). If the same player accumulates another 6 yellow cards in the same season, they will receive a 2 round ban.
7. Bans will carry across into Finals, but the yellow cards are reset at the start of finals. If a player receives their 6th yellow card in the last regular fixture, they will be suspended for the first finals match. If a player receives their 12th yellow card in the last regular fixture, they will be suspended for the first 2 finals matches. If a player is on 5 yellow cards after the last fixture, any yellow card they receive in the first finals match is not the 6th, but the 1st.
8. A player who receives 2 yellow cards in a match and therefore a red, will receive an automatic 1 round suspension (Supa-Liga B, A, C and Youth) regardless of which game the send-off occurred in. The referee will report the incident to management and if a further ban is necessary, this will be communicated to the club.
9. Referees decisions or the decisions of the panel are not subject to appeal except under the grounds of mistaken identity or regarding the length of a suspension. If this is the case, the club should lodge an appeal in writing within 48 hours of the notice of suspension and follow the directions set forth in the initial suspension email.
10. Any disciplinary or other team issues will see teams notified by official email from [email protected], and will be sent to the email addresses that are given on the team registration.
11. Any player who is not financial with a club and then attempts to move to another club, must finalise their fees with the previous club before they will be registered by Supa-Liga. Any dispute will be mediated by Supa-Liga Management, with all decisions to be final, with no grounds for appeal.
12. The transfer policy covers all Supa-Liga clubs. See below for more details.
Social Team Nomination Form
The transfer policy encompasses all the Supa-Liga competitions.
1. Players can change clubs during the close season without hindrance, however, in order to be registered by a new club (before or during a season), individual players must be financial with their previous club.
2. Players wishing to change clubs during the Supa-Liga Summer 2020-21 season must do so BEFORE the 15th of December 2020.
3. For the purposes of this policy, “club A” will refer to the team the player is leaving, and “club B” to the team that they wish to join.
4. The Captain/Coach of Club A must agree to the transfer, for a free transfer to occur.
5. Club B must pay an agreed upon transfer fee (agreed upon by the Captain/Coaches), up to the value of one match fee ($110) to Club A, once the Captain/Coach of Club A has informed the Supa-Liga Manager that this has occurred, the player will be de-registered for Club A and registered for Club B.
6. If Club B doesn’t have a spare position on their team registration, they must de-register a player, or cancel the transfer.
7. If a transfer will cause a violation of the Supa-Liga Rules, specifically rules 10 through 27, then the transfer will be cancelled, and the player will remain with club A.
8. In the event of a disputed transfer or where the fee cannot be agreed, the Supa-Liga Manager will correspond with the parties involved and seek as much information as possible before making a final ruling. This ruling is not subject to Appeal.
Futsal WA is committed to providing a safe environment for participation. Aggressive, threatening or other inappropriate behaviour by members, their families, their friends, and other sporting personnel while attending a game or event will not be tolerated.
These behaviours are outlined in our Code of Behaviour and specifically include:
• using bad language
• harassing or ridiculing players, coaches, officials or other spectators
• making racist, religious, sexist or other inappropriate comments to players, coaches, officials or other spectators
• any threatening behaviour or physical altercation between spectators and players, coaches, officials or other spectators
• putting undue pressure on children, berating them or putting down their performance
• drinking at a game or training or being drunk at a club event.
What we ask you to do:
• Help create a positive atmosphere for players, officials and other spectators by showing respect for players, officials and other spectators.
• Abide by our club’s Code of Behaviour and refrain from using bad language, harassing or ridiculing others or behaving in a threatening or violent manner.
• Report any inappropriate spectator behaviour to the club president or someone in a position of authority.
• Call the police or a club official if you are concerned for your safety or the safety of others.
• If you are aware of inappropriate spectator behaviour and you feel confident to do so, speak with the person and ask them to stop. If there is a ground official or committee member present, ask for their assistance.
Play by the Rules
• Never argue with the referee or official. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the official during the break or after the competition. Nothing can be gained by abusing officials of the club. Remember the rulebook states the referee is always right.
• Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviour in any sport.
• Work equally hard for yourself and your team. Your team’s performance will benefit, and so will you. Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays, whether your team or the opposition makes them.
• Treat all participants in your sport, as you like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage of another competitor.
• Co-operate with your coach, teammates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition. Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please parents and coaches.
• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background, sexuality or religion.
• Futsal WA Association reserves the right to remove any player or spectator from its competitions or centres whose behaviour is not in keeping with its values and standards.