Great Lakes Futsal

League Rules

Great Lakes Futsal is proud to present top quality futsal play in mutliple convenient locations across NE Ohio.Akron, Strongsville, Willoughby and Lorain host our beautiful court surfaces.

To keep the playing surfaces clean and dry, please instruct your players, siblings and parents not to wear dirty or wet game shoes, boots, etc. into the facilities.

The use of regular SOCCER balls in these facilities IS NOT PERMITTED.Nets have been hung to protect players and spectators.

DO NOT CLIMB UNDER or LIFT UP NETTING at any facility.Respect referees, opposing coaches, teams and spectators. Belligerent behavior will not be tolerated.

PROFANITY, PHYSICAL or VERBAL ABUSE & FIGHTING are not tolerated at any Great Lakes Futsal facility or event.

Great Lakes Futsal only uses US Soccer Federation certified game officials assuring play is conducted according to the FIFA Laws of the Game of Futsal (with minor exceptions regarding length of game and clock stoppage).

Participating Teams
Great Lakes Futsal is one of the largest youth futsal leagues in the United States.

Age Divisions/Groups
Boys & Girls U7 - Adult. Great Lakes Futsal puts a premium on creating the most competitive divisions possible.

For this reason Great Lakes Futsal reserves the right to drop or combine divisions or age groups as needed.

Team Registration
Registration Discount Deadline for Session ONE is October 15th for all teams (full payment required).

Hard registration deadline is November 1st.

HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS that are playing into November will have their games scheduled as needed to accommodate their play-off run. Online registration only at our website

Season Play
Session ONE games will begin for most teams on November 12th weekend and the season will end for most teams before January 4th, 2016. Teams can expect or request double-headers to accomodate travel and other team schedules. High school teams may finish later as needed due to their late start. Great Lakes Futsal plays most of its games on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at all sites. Weekday evening games may be scheduled by request where time permits for regular season and make-up games. Traditionally Great Lakes Futsal has younger teams (u8-u11), playing from mid-morning to early afternoon on Saturday and Sundays. Gateway plans on older teams to play on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings and weekday evenings. Great Lakes Futsal will try to avoid younger teams playing late night matches by having our older teams play late Friday and Saturday evenings.
Teams will be scheduled to play 8 games

Important Coach Information
There is no coaching license to coach a team. Any adult who is registered with the team as a coach or manager can sit the bench. This is a great option for teams with outdoor coaches who want to take a break, but still want their teams to have fun and play.

HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS are permitted to play together as a team (playing more than 5 players together when playing indoor on turf without boards violates OHSAA compliance regulations). Keep your teams together and play the fastest most productive version of indoor soccer known! Teams may also split into two rosters and share the same goalkeeper.

Coaches With Multiple Teams
Great Lakes Futsal will accommodate coaches with multiple teams by scheduling them with back-to-back (maximum 2 hours between games) at a given facility whenever possible.

We take great pride in our service and ability to schedule teams according to their requests. Because we have 10 courts available for play we encourage the splitting of 11.v.11 outdoor teams into two futsal teams of 7-9 players. We will create a schedule that minimizes your travel time and maximizes the court time for your players.

Game Scorecards
Before each game, a pre-printed game card will be available from the referees. The cards are populated with places for scorers to mark goals, fouls, etc. Please check the cards for accuracy and the scorers will fill in the game info from the scorers table. At the end of each game, the referee will ask each coach to attest to the game statistics and final score and sign the game card. The referee then drops the gamecard into our drop box at each location. The scores on the signed cards are then considered official and will be entered into the standings.

Competition Format & Rules
Official futsal FIFA Rules and Regulations as stated under the Laws of The Game will be enforced. Exceptions are noted below under House Rules. You may print up a copy of the Laws of the Game at the Gateway website.

GREAT LAKES FUTSAL - House Rules to the Laws of the Game
1. Goalkeeper MAY receive the ball multiple times during a team possession according to the OLD passback rule. Once the keeper touches the ball they cannot play the ball again until it:

a. goes out of bounds. b. touches an opposing player. c. goes over mid court.

Our league does not enforce the FIFA goalkeeper passback rule. We believe that our house rule promotes using the goalkeeper and gives less experienced teams an opportunity to possess the ball. The FIFA rule was written for international play at a very high level.)

2. NO scoring directly from a kick-off.

3. No switching of benches at halftime. (Due to spilling of water and time constraints. Tournament play does mandate the switching of benches.)

4. Game length consists of 2, 25 minute halves a 3 minute warm-up, 3 minute halftime and 1, :45 second time out per team per half.

5. NO Slide tackling will be allowed at any facility. This rule also contradicts the FIFA letter of the law. We promote a non-contact game and believe that youth players do not have enough control over their bodies and that our referees are not experienced enough to allow slide tackling to be a part of our league games. Safety-First is our priority.

6. Physical contact prior to receiving the ball is kept to the bare minimum. Futsal is a game of skill, timing, speed and coordinated movement NOT a game of physical strength.

League Fees
The team registration fee includes coverage for a team of 10 players. For rosters over 10 players add $8.50 per player over 10. The fees DO NOT include referees' fees which are $11 or $12 per team per game to be paid to the referee prior to kick-off.

  • BASICO division, $495.
  • SEGUNDO division, $575.
  • PREMEIRO division, $575.

Futsal Juniors. $135 includes Futsal Shirt and Official Futsal Ball.
Individual Player Registration $175 includes 8 games, team game shirt, referee fees, coaching.

Go to to register as an individual layer or for individual training.

To be eligible to play, each player or team must have made full payment of fees, submitted a signed Medical / Media Release form, have been received and all players have been registered online. Great Lakes Futsal will conduct a team check-in one week before league play to finalize schedule, review rules, distribute game balls, answer questions and give a short skills demonstration. Players do not need to be present. Check-in time and place will be announced.

Players/Sister Teams/Double Rostering
1. A sister team is created from an outdoor team that split into two or more futsal teams. If you have a sister team in the league, you may borrow any amount of players from the sister team.
2. Players may be double - rostered on teams that are in different age divisions, but can not play down an age group.

Game Balls
Great Lakes Futsal provides game balls or personal futsal balls may be used pending the approval of the referee..
Size ball used by each age group
Under U12 - size 3
U13 and older - size 4

To order balls e-mail Include team name, gender and age, number and sizes of balls needed. Please include contact information of the person ordering. Balls are $30 each. (Orders of 12 or more $25 each).

DO NOT bring outdoor balls into the facilities. They are not allowed for warm-up. Only futsal balls are allowed.

The wearing of shin pads is mandatory for all players. Indoor, flat soled, non marking soccer shoes also must be worn.

Home Team Colors
If home team does not wear light/white and there is a conflict, home team must wear pinnies (provided by Great Lakes Futsal). If the visiting team also wears a light jersey the visiting team is required to wear the pinnies.

Forfeited Games
If a team fails to show for a scheduled match, the referee shall allow a 5 minute grace period. After the 5 minutes (if there has been no contact or prior agreement), if the team has not yet arrived or does not have enough players to field a team (4), the game will be forfeited. The game will be tallied as a 3 to 0 loss for the forfeiting team and a 3 to 0 win for their opponent.

If the referee terminates a match for reasons other than an act of God or field conditions, the Great Lakes Futsal Committee will decide the result of the match after hearing the official reason from the referee, and both coaches.

Teams forfeiting a match will not receive a refund on their registration fee.

Forfeited games are recorded as a 3 - 0 loss.

Great Lakes Futsal Point System and Tiebreakers
The determination within the group standings is as follows:
3~points for a win
1~point for a tie
0~points for a loss
Forfeited games are recorded as a 3 - 0 loss

1. Total Points
2. Goal Difference
3. Goals For
4. Head-To-Head

Ejections - Red Cards
If a player is ejected from a match, the player's pass together with a referee's report of the incident shall be turned over to the Gateway administrator by the referee.

The minimum penalty for an ejection is that the player shall not be permitted to play in the immediate next match.

The maximum penalty, after review by the Great Lakes Futsal Competition Committee, may result in the individual players or teams' expulsion from the competition.

If a player is ejected from a match the referee will take first and last name, school, team names and parents contact phone number. Document the red card on the front (back if no more room) of the score sheet and present it to the Great Lakes Futsal League administrator. The player will be allowed to return after the one game suspension.

Coach Ejections
If a coach is ejected from any match, a referee's report of the incident shall be turned over to the Great Lakes Futsal administrator by the referee.

The minimum penalty for an ejection is that the coach shall not be permitted to coach or remain on the player's bench in the immediate next match.

The maximum penalty, after review by Great Lakes Futsal Competition Committee, may result in the individual coach or team's expulsion from the League.

Games Cancelled By Opponents
If an opponent cancels a game or does not show for the game, the other team may use the game time. There are no refunds for games cancelled by opponents. If a team must cancel, call Chris Dore (440)320-2390 as soon as possible so we can notify the referees and give the other team a chance to plan accordingly. Cancelling a game not only short-changes your team, but your scheduled opponent. Games cancelled by teams will not be rescheduled until the $75 (first offense) reschedule fee clears in the Great Lakes Futsal account.

At time of registration, each team is allowed 2 conflicts if entered into registration system before registration deadline. If manager does not enter conflicts, no reschedules will be made unless a $100 rescheduling fee is received by Gateway.

Games Cancelled By Great Lakes Futsal
We reserve the right to postpone or cancel games at any time for any reason such as bad weather or facility problems. If we do decide to cancel games, refunds will not be provided.

If you have an interest in joining the United States Youth Futsal referee pool, please email us at To be eligible for consideration, you must be licensed with US Soccer as an outdoor referee.

Additional Questions
If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding Great Lakes Futsal, please feel free to contact us at:

Chris Dore,, 440-320-2390

Otto Orf,, 330-329-5883