New Indoor Rules

What are the rules for the Indoor League?

The rules on the indoor league vary by age, and are generally formulated for chunks of age groups in two ways: 1) U5/6-U7/8, 2) U9/10 and 3) U12-U16. U5/6 will generally follow the same rule structure and field structure as U7/8, but do not have referees and depend more on coaches for guidance. U9/10-U16 all operate in the same fashion. The rules have been constructed to help facilitate continuity between indoor and outdoor leagues and are to be considered 'as is'.

Dynamo Indoor Rules U6-U8

Field

Half court (both sides of the curtain); Small goals

Number of players (per half court)

U6 3v3 (no goalkeeper)

U8 3v3 (no goalkeeper)

Ball

Futsal size 3

Equipment

Shin guards covered by socks

Non-marking indoor shoes

No jewelry; No chewing gum

Appropriate team color shirt tucked in.

Duration of Game

Teams have 1 hour. The first 15 min is occupied by warm-up and drills by coach.

Remaining 45 min: scrimmage.

Referees

Dynamo certified referees. One referee per half court. In case a referee is absent, which will always be the case with U5/6, a coach assumes the responsibility of reffing the game.

Kickoff

The ball is at rest at the center. Opponents must be outside the circle surrounding the center spot. The ball has to be passed forward across the midline. Kickoff is an indirect kick (a goal cannot be scored from a direct kick into the goal)

Note: It is recommended that the ball is passed to a teammate to maintain possession of the ball. Referees should explain that the kickoff is not a kick straight to the opposing team.

Boundaries

U6-U8 play with out-of-bounds. Ceiling or out of arena is out of play. If the ball leaves the playing area the restart is with an indirect kick.

Restarts

In all occasions when play is stopped, the referee shall blow the whistle. Play resumes with an indirect free kick or drop ball, as appropriate. No direct kicks, throw-ins, corner kicks or penalty kicks. An opponent must maintain a 3-yard distance with indirect kicks.

Fouls

All fouls should be enforced per the restart section above. (i.e. no direct kicks or penalty kicks). No slide tackles or sliding kicks. Handballs must be intentional. Players will be encouraged to remain on their feet. Coaches should assist with monitoring this rule.

Offside and 3-line rule

No offside. The ball cannot be kicked in the air for more than half the length of the field.

Substitutions

Substitutions can be made at any stoppage of play with the permission of the referee.

Dynamo Indoor Rules U10-older

Field

Full court, large goals (4x6).

Number of players

U10 4x4 without a goalkeeper. They may play 3x3 if numbers are low.

U12 and U16: 4+GK on each team, teams may play 3+GK if attendance is low. If attendance is very low, teams may play without a keeper.

Ball

U10 3 futsal ball

U12 and U16 4 futsal ball

Equipment

Shin guards covered by socks

Non-marking indoor shoes

No jewelry; No chewing gum

Appropriate team color shirt tucked in; GK shall wear color different than both team colors (Pinnies in locker)

Duration of Game

Teams have one hour. The first 15 min is occupied by warmup and drills by coach.

Remaining 45 min: scrimmage. 4 relatively equal periods (9-10 minutes apiece).

Referees

Dynamo certified referees. One referee per game. In case a referee is absent, a coach shall assume the responsibility of reffing the game.

Kickoff

The ball is at rest at the center. Opponents must be outside the circle surrounding the center spot. The ball has to be passed forward across the midline.

Boundaries

U10 - U16 teams play with out-of-bounds. The lines and the continuation of the lines at midcourt form the touchline (sideline) and goal line. Ceiling or out of arena are also out of play. Players may not kick the ball in the air beyond the length of half court. For all out-of-bounds calls, the referee shall blow the whistle. If the ball went across the touchline, restart play with a kick-in. If the ball went across the goal line (outside the goal) restart with either a goal kick (indirect kick from anywhere inside the goal box) or a corner kick (direct kick from the goal line as close to the corner of the field as possible, on the side of the goal where ball went out-of-bounds), depending on which team touched the ball last. Restart with a goal kick or corner kick if the ball went out of the arena. Restart with a kick-in from the nearest point on the sideline after the ball hits the ceiling. The 3-point circle will be used as goal box.

Five second rule

All restarts following out of bounds are subject to the 5-second rule. From the moment the ball is spotted on the line or in the goal box, the team has 5 seconds to bring the ball in play. The referees will signal the countdown with the fingers of their hand raised in the air. Once the referee reaches zero, the whistle is blown again and the throw-in goes to the opposing team.

Restarts

In all occasions a where play is to be stopped, the referee shall blow the whistle. Play will resume with an indirect free kick or drop ball or a corner kick. No direct kicks (except corner kicks). Opponent must maintain a 3-yard distance with indirect kicks and corner kicks.

Fouls

No slide tackles or sliding kicks. No penalty kicks. Handling is illegal only if intentional.

Offside and 3-line rule

No offside. Ball cannot be kicked in the air for more than half the length of the field.

Goalkeeper

No punts (Throws and kicks on the ground only). Ball cannot be thrown in the air past mid-court. Ball must be released by the goalkeeper within 5 sec of getting possession.

Substitutions

Substitutions can be made while the game is going on (on the fly). Player has to leave the field before substitute can enter. Departing and entering the field has to be done in the same area close to the "bench area" (corner) of the team. Substitutes for goal keeper should enter the field wearing a pinny of a different color than either team.