Code of Conduct


1. Codes of behaviour

Players code of behaviour:
  • Play by the rules.
  • Never argue with an official. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the official during a break or after the match.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviours in any sport.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and/or your team. Your team’s performance will benefit, so will you.
  • Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether they are made by your team or the opposition.
  • Treat all participants in your sport as you like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage of another competitor.
  • Cooperate with your coach, team mates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.  

Coaches code of behaviour:

  • Remember that people participate for pleasure and winning is only part of the fun.
  • Be reasonable in your demands on players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.
  • Operate within the rules and spirit of the sport and teach your players to do the same.
  • Ensure that the time players spend with you is a positive experience.
  • Display control, respect and professionalism to all involved with the sport. This includes opponents, coaches, officials, administrations, parents and spectators. Encourage your players to do the same.
  • Show concern and caution towards sick and injured players. Follow the advice of a physician when determining whether an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition.
  • Any physical contact with a person should be appropriate to the situation.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, whether it is by spectators, coaches, officials or players.
  • Show respect for your team’s opponents without them there would be no game.
  • Do not use foul language, sledge or harass players, coaches or officials.
  • Applaud good performance and efforts from all individuals and teams. Congratulate participants on their performance regardless of the games outcome.


2. Player infringements  

Serious foul play: The following offences will receive either a yellow or red card depending on the severity of the infringement (referees discretion): 

  • Stopping an obvious goal scoring opportunity by tripping, holding, impeding, and handball
  • Deliberate kicking an opponent
  • Deliberate elbowing an opponent
  • Violent tackle from behind
  • Over the ball tackle.  
Serious violent conduct: The following offences are red card/suspension.
  • Striking an official or player
  • Spitting at an official or player
  • Threaten an official or player with physical violence
  • Attempting to strike an official or player with ball or other object
  • Pushing an official with open hand, shoulder or hip. 
Use of foul and abusive language: The following are cautionable offences with a yellow or red card depending on the severity of the infringement (referees discretion)
  • Making obscene gestures.
  • Offensive insults or abusive language.
  • Should a player be sent from the court for a red card offence, the referee will record the players name and ID number and fill out the 'send of incident' form.


3. Futsal rules

1) Each team must have five (5) players on the court – one of who must be the designated Goalkeeper.

2) Team squads can have up to twelve (12) players nominated.

3) Unlimited ‘flying’ substitutions are allowed throughout the game without notifying the referee. Players must substitute within their own half.

4) The goalkeeper cannot touch the ball with their hands or feet for a second time (basically having already touched it) in their own half. The first touch can happen anywhere and includes taking restarts.

The second touch is permitted if and only if one of the following has happened:

an opponent touches the ball,

or the ball has gone out of play.

5) A goal cannot be scored directly from a goal clearance, sideline kick, indirect free kick or a kickoff (starting or restating the game).

6) Other than listed above, a goal can be scored from anywhere on the court.

7) The whole ball must cross the whole of the line to award a goal, corner kick, sideline kick, goal clearance.

8) There are no offsides.

9) Slide Tackles are not permitted in any AFA officiated game by any player other than the Goalkeeper

10) Shoulder charging is not allowed.

11) Aggressive/Dangerous play is not allowed.

12) There is a five (5) second limit placed on all set plays (corners, kick ins, free kicks etc)

13) Five (5) accumulated team fouls are allowed during each half of play (per team). Each subsequent foul is rewarded by a ten (10) metre penalty kick to the opposition team.

14) To restart the game from the sideline the ball must be placed on the ground and kicked in. The player must have both feet on the outside of the sideline when the kick is taken.

15) A corner kick in restarts the game when the ball crosses a goal line (outside of the goal) after being touched last by a defending player.

16) When the ball goes ‘dead’ over the goal line (being touched last by an attacking player) the goalkeeper must throw the ball back into play within five (5) seconds but not over the 2/3rd line on the full.

17) If a goalkeeper catches the ball during the game (within his/her penalty area) he/she may throw, dribble or kick the ball back into play (throws not over 2/3rd line). Goalkeeper drop kicks are not allowed.

18) Goalkeepers are allowed to play/touch the ball in the opposition half of the court with no restrictions. However they have a five (5) second time limit in their own half. There are no restrictions on how many times they can touch/play the ball within their own half.

19) A goalkeeper may NOT handle the ball from a back pass (from a team mate).

20) Goalkeepers can only slide (side on) within the confines of their own penalty area. Sliding feet first towards an opponent is illegal (dangerous play).

21) Goalkeepers may only handle the ball legally within their own penalty areas.

22) Players must retreat at least three (3) metres from the ball at all ‘set plays’ (corners, free kicks, etc)

23) Players cannot play the ball whilst ‘lying’ on the ground if a player is within playing distance of the ball.

24) Referees always have the final say in all match decisions.

25) Referees control games, if necessary with Yellow (caution) and Red (expulsion) cards.

26) AFA Judiciary Panel is responsible for deciding penalties (match suspensions) for those players found guilty of persistent rule breaking, foul play, dissent etc