Soccer vs. Futsal: What’s the Difference?

Futsal is a fast-paced, exciting small sided soccer game, it is widely played across the globe and is even recognized by FIFA and UEFA. Each team is made up of 5 players and is typically played on a field about the size of a basketball court. There are no walls like with indoor soccer, and is played with touchline boundaries.

Futsal places emphasis on technical skill and ability in a high pressure situation. Futsal can be an excellent tool for learning soccer competencies that can be used in both indoor and outdoor soccer.

Differences Between Soccer & Futsal

Although Futsal and Soccer have various similarities, there are quite a few differences as well, the most common differences include the following:


  • A #5 ball is used.
  • There are 11 players per team.
  • A large goal is used.
  • Ball is thrown in after exiting the bounds.
  • There is a main referee and two assistants.
  • Time is kept on a referee operated running clock.
  • Halves are 45 minutes long.
  • There are no time-outs.
  • Goalkeeper kicks ball back into play.
  • Offside rules enforced.
  • Goalkeeper has 4 steps to get ball back in play.
  • Unlimited Fouls
  • All side tackling allowed.


  • A #4 ball with less bounce is used.
  • There are 5 players per team.
  • A 7v10 goal is used.
  • Ball is kicked in after exiting the bounds.
  • There is a main referee and one assistant.
  • Time is kept on a running clock.
  • Halves are 24 minutes long.
  • Each team has one time-out per half.
  • Goalkeeper kicks ball back into play.
  • No offside rules.
  • Goalkeeper has 4 seconds to get the ball back in play.
  • 5 Foul Limit
  • Only no contact side tackling allowed.

Interested in trying Futsal in Calgary? Contact Soccer Genius today to learn about our futsal and indoor soccer programs. We have various programs for children and adults of all ages.