A quick guide to the rules of Futsal
Length of games
Adult matches comprise two periods each lasting 20 minutes of playing time. Adult tournaments comprise of one 30 minute period. Youth play and jamboree futsal matches comprise of one 30 minute period.
A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than ﬁve players (a goalkeeper and four outfield players) and nine substitutes. There is no restriction on the number of substitutions that may be made during a match. Substitutions may be made at any time, whether the ball is in play or not, but only in the specially demarcated substitution zones.
Replacement of sent-off players
A substitute player may replace a sent-off player and enter the pitch two full minutes after the sending-off. They may, however, enter the pitch before the two minutes have elapsed should their team concede a goal while a player down.
Goalkeepers have only four seconds in which to play the ball, with either their hands or feet, and may not touch it again if it has been deliberately played to them by a team-mate without an opponent playing or touching it. Goalkeepers are also free to play anywhere on the pitch and throw the ball beyond the halfway line, which was not previously permitted in the old FIFA futsal rules.
Accumulated fouls and the second penalty mark
Accumulated fouls are those penalized with a direct free-kick or penalty kick, regardless of whether advantage has been played or not. If a team commits a sixth accumulated foul, the opposing side may take the subsequent free-kick from the second penalty mark.
Three more things
In futsal and there is no offsides
In youth Play and Jamboree events the VFA refs will be lenient on the rules and assist in the learning process.
The VFA plays with a running clock. Stoppage would happen only when a ball goes out of play for over 10 seconds due to loss of ball or deliberate time wasting.