Futsal regulations for 2019 - 20 | Updated 9 October

FUT i The BUCS Futsal Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the following BUCS sport specific regulations, the BUCS general regulations, and the FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game.

FUT ii In the event that these regulations contradict the BUCS general regulations, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

FUT iii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.


FUT 1 Affiliations All institutions must affiliate with their National Governing Body as per the requirements in the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliations Document by the deadline stated in the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliations Document. Failure to do so will lead to sanctions as outlined in the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliations Document and possibly further disciplinary action.

FUT 2 Minimum number of players for a fixture to start The minimum number of players per team required for a fixture to start will be three.

FUT 3 There shall be separate Team Championships for Men and Women. The programme for each Championships shall include leagues and knockout competitions as per BUCS general regulations, Appendix 1 (‘BUCS Competition Offer and Associated BUCS Points’) and Appendix 10 (‘BUCS Promotion, Relegation and Knockout Information’).

FUT 3.1 BUCS shall schedule Men’s Futsal fixtures on Sundays and Women’s Futsal fixtures on Saturdays. Note Appendix 2 (‘BUCS Leagues and Knockouts – Dates and Deadlines’)

FUT 4 Duration of play for league fixtures In all leagues, the competition format with regard to duration of play must be the same across the whole league. Which format is used must be a majority decision between all teams in that league, choosing FUT 4.1 or FUT 4.2. If a majority decision cannot be reached the match must be as outline in FUT 4.2.

FUT 4.1 20 minutes rolling clock each way with a stopping clock for the final two minutes of each half. There will be a maximum of one, minute long, time out per half, per team, per match. This means the average hall booking will be 90 minutes including warm up.

FUT 4.2 20 minutes stopping clock each way with a maximum of one, minute long, time out per half, per team, per match.

FUT 5 Duration of play for knockout fixtures The standard format will be as per FUT 4.2, unless the two teams involved in each fixture agree to play FUT 4.1.

FUT 5.1 Tie in knockout matches In the event of a tie after normal time, a penalty shootout will occur with each team taking three penalties. If teams are still tied the game will go to sudden death with each team taking alternate single penalties until a team misses.

FUT 6 Match officials Match officials should be appointed as per Appendix 5 (‘BUCS Match Officials Requirements’).

FUT 6.1 For Premier Tier fixtures taking place in England, referees will be appointed by the FA Futsal Referee Appointments Officer, except for fixtures hosted by those institutions/Playing Entities who advise that they will source their own referees.

FUT 6.2 For all other fixtures taking place in England, institutions/Playing Entities can request for referees to be appointed by the FA Futsal Referee Appointments Officer, but appointment requests are not guaranteed to be fulfilled and responsibility sits with the first named (home) institution/Playing Entity to secure all officials.

FUT 7 Facility requirements

FUT 7.1 Men’s and Women’s Premier Tier/Championship

FUT 7.1.1 All fixtures must be played on a Futsal pitch with full markings. The dimensions of the pitch should be between 25m and 42m in length and 15m and 25m in width, ideally closer to the larger size, with at least a one metre run off, though at least two metres is preferable. The opposition should be made aware of the pitch dimensions when confirming the game as per REG 9.5.

FUT 7.1.2 Futsal specific metal goals must be used.

FUT 7.2 Men’s and Women’s Tier 1/Trophy

FUT 7.2.1 All fixtures must be played indoors on a flat, smooth and non-abrasive surface. The dimensions of the pitch should be between 25m and 42m in length and 15m and 25m in width, ideally closer to the larger size, with at least a one metre run off, though at least two metres is preferable. The opposition should be made aware of the pitch surface and dimensions when confirming the game as per REG 9.5.

FUT 7.2.2 Goals may be either metal Futsal goals, hockey goals or handball goals. Where it is necessary inflatable Futsal goals are also allowed, however we advise other goals are used as a preference. The opposition should be made aware of the goals being used when confirming the game as per REG 9.5.

FUT 7.3 Men’s and Women’s Tier 2 and below/Conference Cup

FUT 7.3.1 Fixtures can be played on a flat, smooth and non-abrasive surface; indoor or outdoor; sand based or wood court. The dimensions of the pitch should be between 25m and 42m in length and 15m and 25m in width, ideally closer to the larger size, with at least a one metre run off, though at least two metres is preferable. The opposition should be made aware of the pitch surface and dimensions when confirming the game as per REG 9.5.

FUT 7.3.2 Goals may be either metal Futsal goals, hockey goals or handball goals. Where it is necessary inflatable Futsal goals are also allowed, however we advise other goals are used as a preference. The opposition should be made aware of the goals being used when confirming the game as per REG 9.5.

FUT 8 Matchday requirements All host institutions must provide: Match balls, team benches and timekeepers’ table and chairs, timekeepers’ equipment, changing rooms for teams, referees’ room with shower, toilet and hand basin, and a pitch attendant to remove moisture from pitch as required. Each team must supply their own bibs.

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