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Futsal is a variant of football that is played on a smaller playing surface and mainly played indoors. It is game played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutes per team are permitted. Futsal is also played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regulation football. The rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.

The basic rules of the game are the same as for football with these exceptions:

 The kick-in

  • The kick-in is a method of restarting play if the ball completely crosses the touch line, whether along the ground or whilst in the air
  • A goal may not be scored directly from a kick-in
  • Shall be taken from the place where the ball crossed the line


  • The player taking the kick-in must do so within 4 seconds of receiving the ball
  • The player taking the kick-in may not play the ball a second time until it has touched another player
  • All opponents shall be situated at least 5 m away from the ball until it is in play

 Sliding tackle is not allowed

  • When it happens, it is a free kick
  •  Inside the penalty area, it is a penalty kick

 Free kick

  • Free kicks are either direct or indirect
  • For both direct and indirect free kicks, the ball shall be stationary when the kick is taken and the kicker may not touch the ball a second time until it has touched another player
  • All opponents shall be situated at least 5 m from the ball until it is in play
  • If the team taking the free kick takes more than 4 seconds,  the referees shall award an indirect free kick to the opposing team from the place where the infringement occurred

 Penalty kick

  • A penalty kick is awarded against a team that commits any of the infringements for which a direct free kick is awarded inside its own penalty area
  • The ball shall be placed on the penalty mark (6m)
  • Other players must be standing behind this point

 Accumulated fouls

  • If a team commits his eight foul , in one half, then the opponent gets a penalty from the 6m mark 

 The goal clearance

  • The ball shall be thrown from any point inside the penalty area by the goalkeeper of the defending team
  • The goalkeeper may not play the ball a second time until it has been touched by an opponent
  • After a back pass from a team mate he cannot catch the ball with his hands. He must touch the ball only with his feet and pass back in 4 seconds


Maltese Traditional Games


Maltese games were very popular in the old days. In the past, village roads were mainly traffic free and children used to play games outside instead of playing indoors on electronic games.  Nowadays, children play more with electronic games but years ago such games did not exist and so the Maltese children played games invented by their ancestors. Like elsewhere in the world, children devised a number of games. Some of these games are still played nowadays, although not as much as they were played in the past.


Some popular Maltese games were/are: