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So That We're All On The Same Page …

Posted by rajiv on 9 December 2008

After trying out various options, some basic rules:

  • We play to the goal-lines, that is, if the ball crosses the goal-line, it will be a goal-kick or a corner.
  • When we continue play off the side walls/nets, we also play off the ceiling nets.  However, no goal can be scored in off the nets.
  • If we play to the side-lines (that is, when Tom is in charge of the session), we also stop play when the ball touches the ceiling net.  It is then a kick in from the side line closest to where the ball touched the net.

The aim is to keep the game free-flowing.

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20 Responses to “So That We're All On The Same Page …”

  1. M Leong said

    Sliding to tackle a player and sliding to block a shot are 2 different things i am assuming.. But the key is intent.. So i think we are fine most of the time 😛

  2. Kevin said

    This is exactly the reason why FIFA took intent out of the equation when they decided on the ‘no sliding tackle rule’, regardless of whether you are going for ball, leg, body, head etc…

  3. Boris said

    Yea. Sliding to block shots or loose balls are totally allowed. But sliding to tackle is not.

  4. M Leong said

    So according to FIFA can slide to block right? But not to tackle la..

  5. Kevin said

    These are the exact wordings from the Futsal Rules of the Game:

    A direct free kick shall also be awarded to the opposing team if a
    player commits the following infringement:

    • sliding in an attempt to play the ball while an opponent is playing
    it or is about to play it (sliding tackle), except for the goalkeeper
    in his own penalty area, provided that he does not endanger the
    safety of an opponent

    So to answer your question: you can slide, but if it is deemed that the opponent had control of the ball when you made the tackle, it is a foul. Up to the ref to call.

  6. rajiv said

    To move the discussion on tackling away from this week’s Schedule post, I’m bringing it back here.

    Sliding tackles are disallowed, so everyone, stay on your feet.

    Apart from sliding tackles, intentional fouls or any fouls that risk causing injury to an opponent are also disallowed.

    Apart from the above, the games can be physical and competitive.

    If it ever gets niggly, just put it down to your opponent not having sufficient pace or ability to take you on fairly, instead of indulging in afters.

    Whenever there is a foul, just call the foul, and get on with the game.

    If anyone prefers a less physical game, there are always the mixed sessions.

    Also, cut out any rude, insulting, angry or abusive verbals on the pitch.

    We all have different styles of play and temperaments, but our sessions are meant to be friendly, so let’s keep it that way.

    Any retaliation on the pitch is completely out of order. If you need to respond to anything that happens during a session, do it as a comment on the session report on the blog.

    More important than anything else on FIOFAFI is maturity.

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  8. rajiv said

    Franco has raised the issue (including again at last night’s session) that players should not hold the netting when we play off the side nets.

    I agree that holding the net to aid in shielding the ball from an opponent amounts to seeking an unfair advantage and should be disallowed, and if done for that purpose, possession should pass to the other side.

    However, there will be inevitably be some touching of the net during a game, for example, to prevent oneself from running face first into the net, or instinctively and momentarily to keep or regain balance when tackled close to or against the netting.

    However, unless it is clearly done to shield the ball from an opponent, the game should continue.

    That in fact should be the general rule – unless there is a clear foul, the game should continue.

    Call a foul when you see it, but it should be a clear foul.

    I have no problem with playing to the side lines at Sports Planet @ East Coast. It’s up to those playing to decide.

    We do it at FICO, but the FICO pitches are bigger. We’ve also done it at Turf City.

    There needs to be a lot more give and take.

    Personally, I think unfair holding of the netting, or any other kind of foul play, is fairly rare in our games.

  9. rajiv said

    For anyone to say or imply that he will do something to someone if that other person continues to do what he’s perceived to have done is not mature. It happened twice last night (from more than one player, so I hope no one takes this too personally), and I request that it be cut out.

    Those words may have been said in moments of frustration, but apart from not being mature, it adds unpleasantness to our sessions, and such words may in certain circumstances amount to criminal intimidation.

    From speaking with several other players after the session, the consensus appears to be that there was nothing that warranted such strong reactions.

    We should not let frustrations over the performance of your team or yourself on the day, differing styles of play and scorelines get the better of us. We have to learn to keep our frustrations in check, and just play the game.

    If you want a person to stop doing something, simply say “stop doing it”. The other person is of course entitled to disagree with you that he has done anything which is not allowed. We are capable of sorting these things out in a mature and adult manner.

    If any difference of opinion can’t be resolved at the session itself, we can try to resolve it on the blog.

    I hope our sessions can continue to be played in the right spirit.

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  11. rajiv said

    Personally, I’m not keen on continuing after time is called until a last goal is scored (“last goal” as it is called). It strikes me as a bit childish. 🙂

    When time is called, we can of course continue for a little while, but my view is that we can only continue until the ball goes dead – out of play, in the goalkeeper’s possession, or a goal.

    We have the allocated time in which to score. If we can’t get the result we want in that time, we just have to accept that. That’s how they do it in real football anyway.

  12. rajiv said

    After Blacks had beaten Whites 18-4 last night:

    Chris said
    Thu 5 February 2009 at 1:19 pm

    ….

    Well done blacks, a well earned victory.

    Whites, we learn and take our lessons taught to the next time we play.

    That’s what I mean by “a balanced and healthy perspective on sport and competition”.

  13. Boris said

    Your previous comment (No. 11) is referring to Monday’s match I presume? We could give it as a win for the blacks and a draw for the reds. That way everybody wins. 🙂

  14. rajiv said

    No Boris, what happens during the game is done. I’m not trying to dictate how our games are played, or to change the outcome of the game. It was just my personal view, based on games I’ve played. Everyone is entitled to their point of view. In the end, it’s the 10 on the pitch who decide.

  15. Boris said

    Ah ok. Point taken. 🙂

  16. Mark said

    @ Boris

    [Quote Jiv]
    rajiv said
    Tue 3 February 2009 at 12:45 pm

    When time is called, we can of course continue for a little while, but my view is that we can only continue until the ball goes dead – out of play, in the goalkeeper’s possession, or a goal.

    Thats how the goal was scored. So unless you wish to give the win to REds.. Hee Hee.. i suggest we let it “die”… 😛

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  19. rajiv said

    At last night’s game at The Cage, Gilbert and Rajseran both went for a bouncing ball with their feet up. Gilbert got the ball away a split second before Rajseran foot caught his, but Rajseran came out of it worse.

    It was entirely an accident of course, but I think we can afford to have a rule that raising the foot above shin level is a foul.

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