AC Brea Futsal Tournament Rules


The Field

The game of Futsal is played on a marked field and the ball can go out of play.

The Ball

Given that Futsal is played on a smaller field and emphasizes skills and passing, the game is played with a smaller ball that has 30% less bounce than a standard soccer ball

Offside Rule

There is no offside rule in Futsal.


There will be one official referee per game.

There will be a referee director/assignor on site to handle any disputes.


Rotating Substitutions

Up to 10 players can be used in a match and there is no limit on how long a player must stay on the field, nor is a stoppage required for player substitutions, which are permitted during play. Players substituting must enter and leave the field from behind their own goal area.


In order to re-start the game after the ball has gone out of play, the ball is kicked back into play from the touchline and from corners. The ball must be placed stationary and the feet of the player taking the kick-in must not cross the line.

The 4 Second Rule

For kick-ins, free kicks, goal clearances and corner kicks, the player in possession of the ball has 4 seconds to restart play which the referee will count with fingers in the air. If play is not restarted within 4 seconds an indirect kick will be awarded to the opposing team. The goalkeeper is not allowed to control the ball for more than 4 seconds in his/her own half.  

The 6 Feet Rule

Players are required to keep 6 feet from the player in possession of the ball on corners and kick-ins


Goalkeepers are allowed to come out of the penalty area and players are allowed to go into the penalty area. A goal clearance must be thrown (and not kicked). A Goalkeeper can score a goal by throwing the ball into the opponents goal. (Goalkeeper rule for futsal that we will NOT use for this tournament: and the goalkeeper cannot touch the ball again until it has crossed midfield or a member of the opposing team has touched the ball.)

Accumulated Fouls

Each team is allowed to give away 5 direct free kicks during a game. On the 6th foul a direct kick is awarded to the opposing team and the offending team is not allowed to position any players (other than the goalkeeper) between the ball and the goal. The kick may be taken from the 10 meter (32.5 foot) mark, or if the foul was committed closer to the goal than the 10M/32.5ft mark then the kick may be taken.

Game Time

A tournament match will consist of 35 minutes of play, straight through with no halves. There will be no stoppage of the game clock. If a game does not play more than 10 minutes due to injury on the field, or weather the game will be recorded as a 0-0 tie and will not be replayed.

Time Outs

Each team is allowed one 30-second time-out per game.

Sliding Tackling

Sliding tackles are not allowed in Futsal but players are allowed to slide on the field (e.g., to stop a ball from going out of play, to direct a pass towards the net, etc.) For a player sliding to be considered a foul, the tackler’s opponent must be in possession of the ball. Referees will not give a foul for a slide if the opponent does not have possession of the ball.   


Dismissal from Tournament

Any player, team, coach, or supporters who engage in behavior detrimental to creating a safe, fun, positive environment will be subject to removal. Any refusal to leave after being asked to will result in the team they are associated with being asked to leave the tournament as well. This includes; fighting, verbal abuse towards referees, coaches, other players, other fans/spectators, unsportsmanlike behavior. The purpose of AC Brea Futsal is to provide a fun and safe environment for both minors and adults to enjoy the game in healthy community and competition.


Gender Rules

Boys youth teams are allowed to field female players of the same age / year of birth

Girls youth teams are allowed to register to play in any boys division in the same age / year of birth

Girls youth teams are not allowed to roster male players in any female divisions

Adult teams may field players of any gender

Women’s adult teams may not field male players in female divisions

In specified Co-ed divisions, teams must have at least 2 females on the field of play at all times


Tournament Standings will be based on the following:

Win 6 points

Tie 3 point

Loss 0 points

GF 1 point each up to 3 goals maximum

Shutout 1 point


5-6 team brackets: There will be no playoffs. Brackets consisting of 5-6 teams each will play a round robin of 4-5 games

4 team brackets: Teams will play a round robin of 3 games each. The top 2 teams will play a final. The bottom 2 will play a consolation


*Please note: AC Brea Futsal does not promote, nor does it reward high goal scoring against weaker opposition. We strongly encourage coaches to find more creative ways to play against mismatched teams and not to run up the score for purposes of goal differential. Goals against is the tie breaker.

In the event of a two-way tie between teams in points:

The best record head-to-head will determine the prevailing team.

If the teams are still tied (or the teams did not play against each other), the fewest goals against will determine the prevailing team.

If the teams are still tied, a coin flip will determine the prevailing team.


In the event of a tie between 3 or more teams in points:

The order of finish will be based on best record involving games between the tied teams

If the teams are still tied (or an unequal number of games were played against each other), the order of finish will be based on fewest goals against

If the teams are still tied, the order of finish will be drawn from a hat.



The Tournament Director has the final say in determining decisions in any situation. The Tournament Director has the right to adjust the rules as he/she sees fit to create the best possible environment for a safe, fun, and fair competition for all involved.