Match Rules

Version 2. Updated Sept 1 2014.

The pitch
In winter, games are played indoors at CSKA. In summer and autumn, we play outdoors on pitch 6 at Luzhniki. FIFA’s recommended goal size for futsal is 3 m wide and 2 m high. When we have a choice of goals, we use the ones nearest to this size.
The Ball
BlitzLiga provides a ball that satisfies FIFA’s requirements. No other balls will be used without the consent of both captains and the referee.
Number of players
we diverge from the futsal team size stated by FIFA. In the BlitzLiga, each team consists of no more than six players, one of whom is the goalkeeper. The maximum number of substitutes permitted is six. Teams are also required to start each game with a given number of registered players from their squad. See competition rules for the required minimum this season.
Player’s equipment
We follow FIFA Guidelines except that our players are entitled to wear any footwear that the referee deems appropriate for the surface, and we don’t require players to wear shin guards or sanction them for showing t-shirts. Players can’t wear jewellery.
The referee

We follow FIFA’s rules: the decisions of the referees regarding facts connected with play are final.

Single referee
Each BlitzLiga game has a single referee, unlike the FIFA standard.

7 - timekeeper and third referee
Unlike FIFA’s guidelines, we don’t have a timekeeper and third referee.
The duration of the match
We make the following exceptions to FIFA‘s standard: our games last 25 minutes each way, we have a 5-minute break for half time, and games that start after the scheduled time, finish early.
The start and restart of play
We follow FIFA, and so at the beginning of each half and after each goal, we restart play with a kick-off.
The ball in and out of play
The ball in and out of play- FIFA
The method of scoring
The method of scoring – FIFA
Fouls and misconduct
Fouls and misconduct – we follow FIFA’s specifications, with the following exceptions: i) for cautionable offences, a player who receives a yellow card is suspended from play for 5 minutes and must spend that time off the field of play behind their own goal. That team plays with five men for the full five minutes, unless they concede a goal during that period, in which case the suspended player can return at the subsequent kick-off. ii) a player who receives 2 yellow cards may take no further part in the game iii) a player who is sent off for violence, abuse or spitting will be suspended for one game. The organisers of the tournament may extend this ban, based on their review of the incident. iv) a player sent off for any other reason will receive a one-match ban vi) See also point 21 on brawls.
Free kicks
Free kicks – we follow’s FIFA‘s futsal rules except those that cover back passes. Instead we follow the FIFA rule on backpasses that applies to eleven-a-side games.
Accumulated fouls
Accumulated fouls – we play a variation on FIFA’s specifications. We award penalties against teams who accumulate fouls. If, in the course of the game a team commits six offences that are punishable by direct free kicks, a penalty kick will be awarded to the opposition. If the teams commit a further six fouls, they will face another penalty.
The penalty kick
The penalty kick – FIFA – we take ours 7 meters from the goal line.
The kick-in
The kick-in- FIFA
The goal clearance
The goal clearance – FIFA – goalkeepers: can’t kick the ball directly from their hands. Clarification: We play with the same rules as for 11-a-side, except when the ball has gone out of play. In that situation, play restarts as soon as the goalkeeper places the ball onto the field or throws it to another player – he cannot kick it straight into play. October 2, 2014
The corner kick
The corner kick – FIFA
Appendix - Procedure to determine the winner of a match

For knock-out games in which each team has scored an equal number of goals at full time, we determine the winner using “kicks from the penalty mark”.
Each team’s first three kicks must be taken by a different player.
If, before both teams have taken three kicks, one has scored more goals than the other could score even if it were to complete its three kicks, no more kicks are taken.
If, after both teams have taken three kicks, both have scored the same number of goals, or have not scored any goals, kicks continue to be taken until one team has scored a goal more than the other. These additional kicks may be taken by any player on the team, even if he has already taken one. 

Changing Places with the Goalkeeper
Changing Places with the Goalkeeper – we follow the specification of the FA in Britain, namely: any of the other players or substitutes may change places with the goalkeeper. The following conditions must be observed: the referee must be informed before the change is made, the change may only be made during a stoppage in play, and the replacement goalkeeper must wear a jersey which distinguishes him from all other players.
Brawls – are defined as a single incident involving more than two players, who strike, or attempt to strike, another player with their head, foot or fist. In this case, the game will be interrupted. If both teams have two or more players committing any of the named offences, the game will be terminated and the result will be recorded as a 0-3 defeat for each of them. The same sanctions apply to teams spectating whose players are involved in brawls. The organising committee may at any stage exclude from the tournament a team whose players have been part of a brawl.