Familiarize Yourself with 5-a-Side Rules Before the Inaugural Match

In anticipation of our upcoming pre-Sounders matchday match, you might want to familiarize yourself with the rules of 5-a-Side football. Below is an overview, from Wikipedia.

5asideWhat is the different between traditional soccer and 5-a-Side?

Five-a-side football is a variation of association football in which each team fields five players (four outfield players and a goalkeeper). Other differences from football include a smaller pitch, smaller goals, and a reduced game duration. Matches are played indoors, or outdoors on AstroTurf or artificial grass pitches that may be enclosed within a barrier or “cage” to prevent the ball from leaving the playing area and keep the game flowing.

Are there different rules?

Yes, some rules are different.

  • The penalty area is significantly different from football: it is semi-circular in shape, only the goalkeeper is allowed to touch the ball within it, and he or she may or may not be allowed out. (for now, this semi-circle will be theoretical for FCFC)
  • Goalkeepers are only allowed to give the ball out to another player through hands. The goalkeeper may only kick the ball if it is in the course of making a save.
  • There are no offside rules.
  • Headers are not allowed (unless they look badass)
  • Yellow cards may result in the offending player being sent to the “sin bin” for a pre-determined length of time. Red cards work in the same way as the 11-a-side game. (we’re not going to card for our matches. Just don’t be a dick, and if you trip someone, apologize.)
  • Charging/sliding tackles are awarded a yellow card. (just don’t slide tackle yet dudes. None of us are Alonso.)
  • FC FC will play much like other small leagues in SF, where throw-ins will be substituted with short passes in, to accommodate the small field dimensions.

*Five-a-side is commonly played informally, and the rules are therefore flexible and are sometimes decided immediately before play begins; this is in contrast to futsal, for which official laws are published by FIFA.*


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