Atlanta Silverbacks Suwanee Indoor is proud to announce that we are now offering futsal year round for our adult divisions, and for Academy/Select youth teams in the winter/summer! What is futsal you ask? It is a different version of the beautiful game that is played on a hard surface and with a ball that does not bounce as much as a regular soccer ball. The game naturally is played at a faster pace and in a confined space which challenges players to use their skills in a quick environment.

Here are some differences between Soccer and Futsal. Please note some house rules for Silverbacks Suwanee with asterisks below:

Size 5 BallSize 4 Ball - 30% less bounce
11 Players5 Players
3 SubstitutionsUnlimited subbing is allowed "on the fly"
Running ClockStopped Clock*
45 Minute Halves20 Minute Halves
No Time Outs1 Time out per half**
Goal KicksGoal Clearance (GK may throw)
ContactNo shoulder charges/slide tackles
No time limit to restart play4 seconds to restart***
Offside RuleNo Offside
GK may play with hand on a pass back with upper bodyGK may not play with hand on a pass back
Unlimited pass backs to GK1 pass back to the GK is allowed. A 2nd pass back to the GK is only allowed after the ball has 1) crossed the halfway line or 2) touched an opponent
No sub for player sent off (red card)Sub is allowed after 2 minute penalty after a send off (red card)****
Corner kick placed on archCorner kick placed on corner
Throw ins on side lineKick ins on side line
No penalty kick for an accumulation of foulsIf a team commits 5 fouls, the opposing team earns a penalty kick for the 6th foul, where the ball is placed at the 2nd ball marker outside the GK area

*Games at Silverbacks Indoor will have a running clock

**Teams will not be allowed a time out

***Official rules allow a 4 second max for a restart, however we will allow a 5 second restart for consistency across all of our leagues

****A substitute after a red card has been given may come in after a 5 minute penalty

The three line rule will not be applied for futsal games.

All Futsal leagues will abide by our standard indoor rules as well as the rules above.

Need futsal gear? Visit Soccer Locker off of Pleasant Hill Road!