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Summary of Indoor Soccer Rules

Indoor Soccer is played under similar rules to outdoor soccer

The ball stays alive due to playing within the netted courts

Game is played over 2 x 13min halves with 3 min break between halves with 1min changeover

5-a-side is played on double indoor courts and teams can play with a minimum of 4 players

4-a-side is played on a single cricket sized indoor court and teams can play with a minimum of 3 players

1 person must be a goalkeeper

Teams must play in the same design/colour shirts by the third competition game (goal keeper is required to wear a different colour shirt) – Penalty is 2 competition point for not wearing the correct shirt

Shin pads are compulsory for junior players and request seniors also wear them for safety

Team captains toss prior to the game to determine kick off and direction of play for each team

A referee will officiate the game and their decision is final

Captains may query referees however once their answer is given, no discussion will be entered into

Attackers and defenders can move around the whole court

Players can play up a division to fill in for short teams but cannot play down a division without Ultimate Indoor Sports approval

Goalkeeper Area

The goalkeeper is the only person allowed in the goalkeeper area (semi circle around the goal)

If a defender enters the goalkeeper area but does not touch the ball, a free kick is awarded 3 metres from the goalkeeper’s semi circle

If a defender enters the goalkeepers area and touches the ball, a penalty kick will be awarded

If an attacking player enters the goalkeepers area, a free kick is awarded to the goalkeeper

If the goalkeeper is out of area with no contact, a free kick is awarded to the opposing team


Goalkeeper can handle and kick the ball fully within their area, they may also touch the ball outside their area if the ball is in the air, if on the ground the goalkeeper may not touch the ball, a penalty kick is awarded

Once the goalkeeper has control of the ball within their area, they have 5 seconds to release the ball

Once the goalkeeper has taken clean possession of the ball in their hands, the goalkeeper can only release the ball via a throw or place kick. The goalkeeper cannot pass back.

The penalty for breaking these rules is a penalty kick

Kick Off

At the commencement of the match, half time and after a goal is scored, the is brought to the middle of the court and kicked backwards to a team mate in the defending half of the court and must be touched twice within 3 second before the opposing team can touch the ball

A goal can be scored from the kickoff

Handball/Ball Hits Referee

You are not permitted to touch the ball with any part of your arm below the shoulder (deliberately or accidental), penalty is a free kick to the non offending team unless the referee rules the handball was to the non offending teams advantage

If the ball hits the referee, play will continue if no team gains an unfair advantage. If there is an unfair advantage, play will stop and a ‘drop ball’ will be set up between the closest two players to the referee


Tackling can only be made from the front of the player whilst in control of the ball

Players must be on their feet to tackle or play the ball

Slide tackles are not permitted

Penalty is a free kick

Free Kicks

Free kicks are awarded for the following:





Time Wasting

Net abuse

Rough Play

Late tackles



Raised feet


Entering goalkeeper area

Side, back or slide tackles

Kicking above waist height

Holding nets when in control of the ball

Swearing & abusive language

Backing into players whilst in control of the ball

Any other behaviour the referee thinks is not in the spirit of the game

Players have 5 second to take a free kick once the whistle has been blown

Opposition team may form a wall 3metres from the free kick spot

If free kick within 3metres of the goalkeeper area, the ball can be moved back away from the defending wall to allow room for the free kick

Penalty Shots at Goal

Penalty shot at goal will be awarded:

A defender enters the goalkeeper area, comes into contact with the ball

A foul is committed and the referees feels there is a direct chance on goal with only the goalkeeper to beat

When taking a penalty players can only take a 2 step run up (one step, kick)

Only goalkeeper can defend a penalty kick – goalkeeper stands on the goal line and cannot move until the player taking the penalty kick has made contact with the ball

Other players must stand behind, and not within 3 metres of, the penalty taker

Goals off the Net

A goal cannot be scored directly off the roof or side nets unless the ball is touched by any player in between

A free kick is awarded to the goalkeeper if the ball is off the nets without being touched


Yellow, red and blue card system monitors misconduct

Yellow Card:

Yellow card is given to a player playing outside the spirit of the game and/or code of behaviour guidelines

The yellow card is a warning that the player may be sent off if they continue displaying the unwanted behaviour

Examples of yellow card offences: 

Committing numerous fouls Dangerous and/or rough play

Deliberate fouls, time wasting Deliberate handballs

Pushing Swearing, obscene gestures

Intimidating, harassing opponents disputing, arguing with referee

Anything the referee feels is unsportsmanlike behaviour

Blue Card

Blue card is a send off however the player may be replaced

The team will not be at a disadvantage due to the behaviour of one of their players

If further descent is displayed a red card will be awarded Red Card

Red Card


Red card is give to any player not playing in the spirit of the game

When a red is issued the player is ordered off the court and cannot be replaced or substituted

A player is not entitled to a yellow or warning card for offences such as:

- Fighting

- Spitting

- Threatening players and/or referee

- When the offence follows a previous yellow card

- A red card offence carries with it a 1 match suspension or 2 matchs for previous suspensions within that competition

Substitutions/ Injured Players

Substitutions for both team are made when a goalkeeper has control of the ball in the goalkeeper area or after a goal is scored

No substitutes within the last 3 minutes

An injured player can be substituted at any time

Clock will not be stopped for substitutions

There are no limits to how many times a player comes on and off the court


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