Frequently Asked

  • Is Futsala powered by ISL a member of the Futsal Development Academy?

    Yes, Futsala powered by ISL has the development academy status in both Charlotte (ISL-Barefoot), and Austin, making it the only club in the US to have multiple DA locations.

  • What is the Futsal Development academy?

    The development academy not only standardizes Futsal curriculum and youth training across the country, but supports local academies in efforts to maximize youth player development through high-level technical and tactical Futsal training sessions, competitive league play, and regional and national tournaments.

  • How can I become a part of the Futsala Development Academy?

    In order to become a part of the Futsala development Academy you must register for an official tryout or ID session. These will be put on frequently, so be sure to see when the next one is coming.

  • How can I become a part of the Futsala Academy?

    The Futsala Academy is open to all, please click here to sign up.

  • If I am a part of the academy, can I graduate to be a part of the development academy?

    By being a member of the Futsala academy, the next step in our pathway is the Development Academy. Our goal is to have players advancing frequently.

  • Is the Academy program open to all ages?

    The Academy program is open to players aged between 4 – 18

  • Is the Academy program open to all levels?

    Yes, we will be sure to find players of all ages, and ability a place in our academy. We have different competition structures set up to cater to all players, from elite development academy players, to beginners.

  • Is the academy a year round program?

    Yes, Futsala operates as a year round program. You can sign up for only the fall season, only the spring season, or the full program (fall + spring).

  • Can I play for the Futsala Academy and continue with my club?

    Yes, Futsala powered by ISL is not affiliated with any club, nor does it compete with any club. We ensure you train at a time that does not conflict with your current clubs schedule.

  • How often do we train?

    Futsala players train once a week throughout the fall and spring season.

  • Where do I get a uniform?

    Futsala powered by ISL uses, as its uniform provider for academy players. Once signing up please visit here to purchase required gear.

  • How many players in a team?

    The game is played with five-a-side, but each competitive squad is composed by 14 players. All players are available for matches, (except for suspension sanctions) with five starters and nine substitutes.

  • How are substitutions made?

    There are unlimited and are allowed at any time during the match and in substituting player shall not step inside court until out substituting player is completely out of the court. Substitutions may occur individually or in groups.

  • How long is the game time?

    Game structure consists in two 20 min halves, a time keeper will stop the clock whenever whistle blows. If there is a drawn, two five-minute periods of extra time. Remaining the tie, penalty kicks follow the systematic. Coaches may request a 60 seconds time-out during each half, but not during extra time.

  • How many referees?

    Three officials oversee actions on the match: one on either touchline, and another one coordinating with timekeeper to control fouls and time-outs.

  • Accumulated Fouls:

    Penalty kicks and free kicks are similar to football. However, after a team commits five fouls in one half, for every subsequent foul the opposing team gets a free shot on goal from the second penalty kick mark. (double penalty) If foul is committed closer to goal, the shot can be taken from where it occurred. At half time the number of fouls return to zero again, but they are not erased prior either extra time period, where second half fouls still count.

  • How does the penalizing system work?

    Players are dismissed for two yellow cards or a direct red, they are not allowed to return if it happens. Following a send-off the penalized team must play with a player short for either two minutes or until concedes a goal. Player that was sent off can’t return.

  • What is a flying Goalkeeper?

    An outfield player can come on and off as a substitute for the goalkeeper, but the referee must ensure this so-called flying goalkeeper wears a different color (or keepers) jersey and that all of a team’s flying goalkeepers wear the same color (different than standard goalkeeper and field players)

  • Can I go in the penalty area?

    Players can go into the penalty area and goalkeeper are allowed out, but latter player is not allowed to touch ball again until ball crosses opposing team’s half or touched by an opponent. Goal clearance actions are thrown, not kicked out.

  • What happens when the ball goes out?

    Play resumes with a kick-in after ball crosses either touchline, (not the goal line) or hits ceiling. Goals cannot be scored directly from a kick-in.

  • Four-Second Rule:

    For kick-ins, free-kicks, goal clearances, and corner kicks, the player in possession of the ball has four seconds to restart play. If play isn’t restarted, indirect free-kick is awarded to opposing team. Goalkeeper is not allowed to control the ball for more than four seconds in his own half.


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