Lexington Futsal League

Lexington Futsal League

Hard Court. Real Futsal. Game On!

Join the largest futsal league in Lexington: 85 teams from clubs and recreational leagues from across central Kentucky participated last winter.

  • For age groups U9 through U19
  • Two 6-game sessions
    • Session One: Nov. 9, 16, 23, Dec. 7, 14, 21
    • Session Two: Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25 & Feb. 8, 15, 22
  • 5-a-side matches; Maximum roster size of 10 players
  • 40 minute matches (Two 20-minute halves with a 3-minute halftime)
  • 6 teams per division, play each team once
  • Final day of 1st v 2nd, 3rd v 4th, 5th v 6th
  • Registration Fee: $475.00 per session
  • Registration Deadline (payment must be made by these dates):
    • Session One: November 1
    • Session Two: December 28
  • Awards given to the top team in each division
  • Schedules out prior to the first week of play
  • All games at Lexington Ice Center – from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • Contact: lexingtonfutsal@gmail.com

Sign your team up today!

Make a Payment & Liability Waiver

Use the link below to your team up for the Lexinton Futsal League Session 2 (Jan 4, 11, 18, 25 & Feb 8, 15, 22)

Use the link below to make a payment to the Lexinton Futsal League Session 1, Session 2 or the Lexington Futsal Winter Classic

What is futsal?

Futsal is a 5 v 5 small-sided indoor soccer game played on a hard-surfaced, basketball-sized court with a smaller, heavier low bounce ball. It is played with touchline boundaries and without walls.

This is the game that outdoor soccer players around the globe play to refine and maintain their control skills and touch. It is superior to walled soccer in terms of developing better skills and technique. In traditional American walled soccer, players regularly whack the ball (and sometimes their bodies) against the boards which promotes improper technique and too often rewards errant play. In futsal, players are constantly reminded to play the same quality control game that is required for success in the outdoor game.

Why futsal?

It is the greatest tool for increasing the skills and attacking abilities of any players. It offers a fun, yet competitive atmosphere to develop your team’s skills. You cannot match the soccer benefits of futsal as a developmental tool to ordinary indoor soccer.

Each player has more touches on the ball and learns to control the ball close to their body. Players must also use their skill and imagination to keep possession, no walls here!

The number of shots per player is 7 times more than that of indoor soccer.

Who says futsal is better?

FIFA says futsal is better. And the Brazilians are among the many nations that swear by it. Pele, Ronaldo and Bebeto all credit it for much of their skill and technique development. All the major heads of US Soccer and FIFA declared that this is the way to go. Once you experience futsal, you will see the reasons.

Futsal is the only indoor game sanctioned by FIFA. If skills development is important, futsal is recognized as clearly the best form of indoor soccer. But that’s not the only reason.

  • Better Skills Development – Futsal promotes quality touches
  • Safer – Futsal eliminates the injuries associated with wall collisions
  • Less Expensive – Futsal makes quality soccer more affordable

Lexington Futsal League Rules and Information

General Information

  • There is no overtime, injury time, or stoppage time.
  • Teams are comprised of four outfield players and one goalkeeper.
  • The goalkeeper must wear a different color jersey than the outfield players.
  • There is no offside in futsal.
  • Substitutions are made on the fly at the team bench.
  • Maximum roster size is 10.
  • Home team wears white or light color; away team wears a dark color. The offending team will be asked to change.
  • Schedules out prior to the first week of play
  • Download Liability Release Form

House Rules

  • No Heading
  • No Sliding (with exception for Goalkeeper rule listed below)
  • No scoring from kick­off.
  • The opposing team on kickoffs must be behind the first white (volleyball) lines — new rule.
  • No scoring from kick-­ins.
  • Infraction on kick-offs result in a re-try, on the others the ball turns over to the opposing team.
  • Goalkeeper can not drop kick or punt the ball. Goalkeepers may NOT throw the ball overhand. Restarts by the keeper must be rolled underhand into play, or placed on the ground and passed into play. On a goal clearance (goal kick) the keeper MUST roll the ball into play and out of the penalty area. Any infraction results in a retry by the keeper/team in possession.
  • You CANNOT score from your own half (this is to limit simply hitting the ball as hard as you can down the field at the goal).
  • U9 and U10 groups ONLY — When the keeper is in possession of the ball for a goal clearance or collecting the ball in the penalty area and trying to restart. The opposing team must be behind the midcourt line. Once the ball is touched by a field player they may cross that line.
  • Game length is (two) 20 minute halves with a 3-minute halftime.
  • 6 teams per division, play each team once then a final day of 1st v 2nd, 3rd v 4th, 5th v 6th
  • Actual scores are recorded, but for standings a maximum goal differential of six goals in a given game will be used.

Clarification

  • Any restart can be played in the air, with the exception of Kick-offs.
  • Goal clearances (“goal kicks”) must be rolled out by the keeper, not kicked or thrown.
  • When the keeper collects the ball or saves it, they may roll the ball back into play or drop the ball to the ground and pass it into play. NO THROWING, PUNTING, OR DROPKICKS.
  • When passing you may pass in the air over midcourt, IF it is determined to be a controlled play or attempt to play a teammate the ball.

Substitution Rules

  • All substitutions are on the fly, this includes goalkeeping substitutions.
  • Referees will not stop play for goalkeeping substitutions. A player must leave the field before a new player may come on.
  • Any substitute who enters the field of play before the player being replaced has completely left the field of play may be shown a yellow card.
  • All substitutions must take place in the technical area (in front of the team bench) ­­not at the halfway line.

Restarts

  • Kickoffs: are indirect. The ball may be played in any direction. Tapped balls are not in play – the ball must move (removed forward). The opposing team must be behind the first red (volleyball) lines.
  • Kick­-ins: are indirect. You may not score from a kick-­in. Ball must be placed on the out of bounds line before the restart.
  • Goal Clearances: A goalkeeper may not score using his arm or hand from his own penalty area. If a goal occurs the defending goalkeeper must use his hands to roll, bounce or throw the ball from
    anywhere inside the penalty area to outside the penalty area.
  • Corner Kicks: are direct. The ball must be placed directly on the corner spot.
  • Free Kicks: may be indirect or direct unless the foul is within the penalty arc; then it is a penalty kick. The ball must be stopped completely before the kick may be taken.
  • Penalty Kicks: are taken from the penalty spot (top of arc) and must be shot at goal by a clearly identified kicker. Defenders may not be nearer to the ball than 16 feet and must be behind an imaginary line running from touchline to touchline even with the penalty spot.
  • Distance: For all of the above, except goal clearances, opponents may not be closer to the ball than 16 feet.
  • Ceiling: If the ball hits the ceiling or other object, the team that did not touch the ball last restarts play with a kick-in from the nearest point on the touchline.

Fouls & Misconduct

  • Indirect Free Kicks: (For fouls outside the penalty arc) — When a player plays in a dangerous manner, impedes an opponent (without playing the ball), slides, prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball with her hands or commits any offence for which play is stopped to caution or eject a player.
  • Direct Free Kicks: (For fouls outside the penalty arc) — When a player kicks or attempts to kick an opponent, slide tackles an opponent or slides with an opponent near (automatic yellow card/caution), jumps at an opponent, charges at an opponent, strikes or attempts to strike an opponent, pushes an opponent, holds an opponent, spits at an opponent or handles the ball deliberately.
  • Yellow Card / Caution: The offending player is shown a yellow card. The offending team plays down for two minutes unless scored upon before the two­-minute penalty expires. If a player earns two yellow cards in a match, he is shown a red card.
  • Red Card / Ejection: The offending team plays down for two minutes unless scored upon before the two­-minute penalty expires. The offending player serves a minimum one ­match suspension.
  • Accumulated Fouls / AFPK (rule will only apply to U13 and older teams): All penal fouls are recorded on the scoresheet and on the scoreboard. If red fouls blue a sixth time in one half, for that sixth penal foul and all subsequent penal fouls in that half, blue is awarded an accumulated fouls penalty kick. If the foul occurs farther from the attacking goal than the second penalty spot, the AFPK is taken from the second penalty spot. If the foul occurs nearer to the attacking goal than the second penalty spot (but outside the penalty area, of course), the attacking team may choose whether to take the AFPK from the second penalty spot or from the spot of the foul. All AFPK’s must be shot at goal by a clearly identified kicker. The defending team may not make a wall and may not be nearer to the ball than 16 feet and must be behind an imaginary line running from touchline to touchline even with the spot of the kick. The goalkeeper may be off her line, but may not be nearer than 16 feet from the ball. Accumulated fouls are reset to zero at the beginning of the second half.
  • Second Penalty Spot: 30 feet from the center of the goal.
  • Penalty Spot: 20 feet from the center of the goal.
  • Advantage: Advantage will be applied in futsal, with penal fouls still counting as accumulated fouls. If the referee shouts “play on” and gestures with both arms, the foul was a penal foul and will be counted accordingly. If the gesture is with one arm, the free kick would have been indirect and thus does not count toward the total.

The Goalkeeper

  • Must wear a different color shirt. They may wear long pants and/or other padding as deemed safe by the match referee.
  • Goalkeepers may only slide to gain possession of the ball, when not controlled by the opposing team. They may not slide and into or towards and create contact with an opposing player.
  • As an example: Team A is dribbling towards the goal on a break away and has control of the ball, the keeper of team B may come out but may not slide into or towards the player in control. If Team A is not in direct control of the ball the keeper may slide out to recover the ball, while leading with their hands and NOT legs/feet.
  • May receive a kick-in directly.
  • May kick the ball directly over the half­way line.
  • May score directly with his feet during the run of play.
  • May not punt or drop­ kick the ball. (Ball must settle to the ground or be touched first, no “air” under the ball when kicked.)
  • May not possess the ball for more than four seconds in their own half.
  • Goalkeepers may NOT throw the ball overhand (new). Restarts by the keeper must be rolled underhand into play, or placed on the ground and passed into play. On a goal clearance (goal kick) the keeper MUST roll the ball into play and out of the penalty area. Any infraction results in a retry by the keeper/team in possession.

Past Season Schedules & Standings

Have you registered your futsal team?

Registration payment deadlines (payment must be received by these dates):

  • Session One Only: November 1
  • Session Two Only: December 28

Questions? Email us at lexingtonfutsal@gmail.com.

Must be signed by every parent/guardian of a player on your roster. Turn in the form before playing your first game.

Lexington Ice Center
560 Eureka Springs Drive, Lexington, KY 40517

Tournament date: January 5-6, 2019

All matches played at the Lexington Ice Center

Home of Lexington Futsal League
560 Eureka Springs Drive, Lexington, KY 40517

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