Indoor Soccer Rules & Regulations


Indoor soccer is played under similar rules to outdoor soccer between two teams attempting to score goals by kicking a ball into a netted goal region.

The game is played over 2 x 20 minute halves, with a 5 minute break, with the result being determined by the team scoring the most goals.


The game is played between two teams each with 5 on-court players

A maximum of 3 substitute players can be added to the on-court players.

Teams can play short with 4 on-court players

A team reduced to 3 players (soccer courts) will forfeit the game

All teams that play short must have a goalkeeper. 


The home team captain shall toss a coin to determine which team will take the kick off and which end they will kick to. The visiting team will call.


Teams will be required to self-referee and adjudicate the rules of the game to the best of their ability. Please play fair.


The game is played over 2 x 20 minute halves with a five (5) minute break between halves.

Any game that does not start within 30 minutes of the scheduled time will be considered a forfeit.

Players may come onto the court at any stage of the game subject to following the correct substitution procedure (refer to rule 18).


Courts must be clearly marked with: • A half way line, and; • A designated goalkeeper area. (This goalkeeper area will be marked as a semi circle and includes an imaginary wall rising from the semi circle).

The following rules apply to defenders and attackers entering the goalkeeper area:

  • Players may run anywhere on the court except for the goalkeeper area. A designated goalkeeper is the only player allowed in this area.
  • If a defender enters the goalkeeper area, but does not come into contact with the ball, a free kick will be awarded 3 metres from the edge of the goalkeeper’s semi circle and can form a wall
  • If a defender comes into contact with the ball whilst in the goalkeeper’s area, a penalty kick will be awarded.
  • If an attacking player enters the goalkeeper’s area, a free kick will be awarded to the goalkeeper.
  • If the goalkeeper is out of area with no contact, a free kick will be awarded to the opposing team.

The line marking the goalkeeper’s area is considered in for the goalkeeper and out for all other players. The line is the inside area.


The goalkeeper can handle and kick the ball but only inside the goalkeeper area. The goalkeeper must not have any part of their body touching the ground outside the area. A penalty kick will occur if the goalkeeper touches the ball, even by accident, outside the area.

Once the keeper has control of the ball in the goalkeeper area, either by hand or by foot, the goalkeeper has 5 seconds to release the ball.

Once the goalkeeper has taken clean possession of the ball in their hands, it can only be released with a throw or place kick. The goalkeeper can throw the ball as far as he likes, but can’t pass back.

If the above rules are broken, a penalty kick will result.


To start the match, at half time and whenever a goal is scored, the ball must be brought to the middle of the court and kicked backwards to own players in defending half, and touched twice within 3 seconds, before any opponent can touch the ball.


Players are not permitted to touch the ball with any part of their arm below the shoulder whether deliberate or accidental. This will cause a free kick to be awarded to the opposition unless the handball is to the opposition’s advantage.


To tackle or play the ball, players must be on their feet. Tackling can only be made from the front of an opponent whilst they have control of the ball.

Slide tackles are not permitted.

Free kicks will be awarded for any player tackling from the side or back or slide tackling.


Free kicks can be given for the following reasons: • Handball • Holding • Time Wasting • Net Abuse • Entering goalkeeper area • Late tackles • Pushing • Tripping • Holding Nets whilst controlling Ball • Rough Play • Sledging • Obstruction • Raised Feet • Side, back or slide tackles • Backing into players whilst in control of the ball. • Dissent • Swearing and Abusive Language • Kicking above waist height • Any other behaviour not in the spirit of the game.

Once in place to take a free kick, players have 5 seconds to take the kick.

Opposition players may form a wall but must stand 3 metres from the free kick spot.

If a foul is committed within 3 metres of the goalkeeper area, the ball may be moved back away from the defending wall to allow more room to take the free kick. This will also apply if a free kick is given close to the nets.


A penalty shot at goal will be awarded for the following incidents: • When a defender enters the goalkeeper area and comes into contact with the ball. • When the goalkeeper handles the ball while outside the goalkeeper area. • If a foul is committed where there is a direct chance on goal with only the goalkeeper to beat.

All players when taking a penalty can take no more than a 2 step run up, ie: one step then kick.

Only the goalkeeper can defend a penalty kick. The goalkeeper must stand on the goal line and can only move after the player has made contact with the ball.

All players must stand behind the ball and not within 3 metres of the player taking the kick.


Goals cannot be scored directly off the roof or side nets. However, if the ball is touched by any player in between, the goal will count.

Should a goal be scored directly off the net without being touched in between, a free kick will be awarded to the goalkeeper.


There is to be NO • Committing numerous fouls. • Dangerous and/or rough play. • Swearing, obscene gestures. • Deliberate fouls, time wasting and deliberate handballs. • Intimidating, harassing opponents. • Pushing. • unsportsmanlike behaviour. • Fighting. • Threatening players • Spitting.

Players engaging in this behaviour risk being removed from the league.


Substituting a goaltender can only occur during a stoppage in play. Substitutions of any other players can happen at any time as long as the leaving player is on the sidelines before the replacement steps on the field of play.

No substitution can be called in the last 3 minutes of each half.

When a player is injured, they may be substituted at anytime.

The clock will not be stopped for substitutions. It will only be stopped in finals for serious injury and if an injured player needs assistance from the court.


Game Play Points

  • 4 points for a win.
  • 2 point each for a draw.

Forfeit Points

In the event of a forfeit, the non-offending team will receive 4 points for a win.


The competition points earned during the season will determine a team’s position on the ladder. The following criteria will apply to determine the leaders in case of a tie in overall points (in order of priority):

  1. Highest total points
  2. Highest number of outright wins (if equal on total points).
  3. Highest difference between goals for and against (if equal on total points and wins).
  4. Highest number of goals scored (if equal on total points, wins and goal difference).

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