Most of us learned our love of soccer/football playing on the streets and pitches near home. Playing in the front yard is how I started my kids playing. It is football at its simplest: A ball, opposing players and goals.
It seems like almost every other variant of soccer have been legitimized. Futsal has professional and amateur leagues around the world. Beach soccer has already had a televised world cup. Indoor soccer is common in many places. Even small-sided leagues have become more common. Still, street soccer or Calle Futbol remains unrecognized by FIFA or national associations.
Companies like Nike and adidas have created street balls and have excellent indoor shoes. Calle Republic and Monta are dedicated to the streets with full lines of apparel, shoes and balls. Some urban areas are converting empty parking lots and alleys to street courts. Unused tennis or basketball courts are being used for pick-up games. Even EA has a street soccer game.
We think it is time to set down some standard rules. We propose two main variants: 4 sided games with no keepers and 5 sided games with a keeper.
Four-a-Side Street Soccer – Laws of the Game
Failing a specific variation below, all FIFA Futsal rules will be enforced
- Court Size:
- Basketball or Tennis Court
- 20 minute half
- 5 minute half-time
- Small pop-up style nets
- With a 6 foot / 2 meter semi-circle arch for a basketball style key
- 5 Second Rule:
- Basketball style restriction preventing any player from standing inside the arch for more than five seconds
- Players violating the rule must take a lap around the court before re-entering
- Play continues while the offending player runs
- Off-sides Rule:
- No more than three players on the offensive side of the court
- No shots are allowed from the defensive side of the field
- All restarts are from the ground
- Restarts from the defensive side of the court must be passed to another player on the defensive side
- A player may be substituted at any time (except where the Powerplay rule applies)
- The departing player must leave the court before the arriving player can enter
- All players must enter from the defensive end
- Powerplay rule (Optional):
- A ball that is kicked far out of bounds must be retrieved by the player that kicked it
- The opposing team may restart the game immediately and take advantage of the missing player
- The retrieving player cannot be substituted
- The player may re-enter to the game as soon as the ball is returned
Did we miss a rule? Are you ready to start a league? Tell us what you think and get out and play.