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Futsal (Indoor Soccer)

Join us for this fast-paced, high energy team sport.

The game of futsal gives players an intimate environment to develop fine footwork and fast play making.  Combined together, these skills make for a lively, evolved, dynamic and active indoor version of the classic soccer game.



Start / end dates

Tuesday: Starts Tuesday, January 16 and ends Tuesday, April 10. 

Wednesday: Starts Wednesday, January 17 and ends Wednesday, April 11.

Make Up Games: Will be played during March Break (March 12-16th)

# of Weeks

12 weeks (10 week regular season + 2 weeks of playoffs) 

Estimated game times

TUESDAY: Rotating start times between 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm

Rotating start times between 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm

Game length is 55 minutes.

Every effort is made to equalize the start times and game locations. We are also working towards minimizing the number of 10pm games across all leagues.  



Team registration: $690 + HST.

After checkout, send your teammates roster invites through the website (under "My Team" player list) so they can accept the waiver and access the schedule and standings.  

Individual registration: $120 + HST.

You will be placed on a team of individuals once payment has been received. You will be able to see your teammates (aka rosters) online no later than midnight on Tuesday, January 9. For ease of communication with our office during the season, teams must select a captain and co-captain to represent your individuals team. You can do this through the website. 

Bye dates

March Break: Tuesday, March 13

March Break: Wednesday, March 14 

Team package & equipment pick-up

Meet & Greet the HSSC office staff while picking up your team newsletter, key tags and equipment!


  • Saturday, January 13:  9am-12pm at Shambhala School Halifax
    ($5 Dodgeball Drop-In available from 10am-12pm at Shambhala)
  • Sunday, January 14:  9am-12pm at East Dartmouth Community Centre
  • Monday, January 15: 5pm-8pm at Armbrae Academy

Your team newsletter includes detailed information about the league and your HSSC key tags provide you with excellent details with our HSSC Partners

*Please select one person per team to pick-up your team package.

Individual registrants: After January 9th, we ask that all individual players contact their teammates through our website (you can log in, click on "My Team", then "Player List") to confirm who will be responsible for picking up your equipment & team package.

See "Sport Info" tab for equipment requirements for your league. 


Schedules will be posted online by end of day Friday, January 12

Individual team rosters will be posted online by midnight Tuesday, January 9


Ready to Play?? Great! Decide on your night of the week & skill level from the grid below!

Looking to play with a friend or two? Don't worry! You'll be telling us after you've registered and paid!

**Click here for our Refund Policy

Skill Level Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

- Click the skill description for more info!
- Prices listed are before taxes
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- After the posted registration deadline, late fees will apply.

Is the class/league/night/skill division you are interested in sold out?
Please send an email with your name, phone number and desired sport to and we will add you to the wait list! We will contact you if/when a spot opens up.

How to request to play with a friend or two

Sport Info

What is Futsal?

Futsal is played in indoor gyms.  It is 5 aside and walls are not in play. We use a low bounce ball which promotes ball control.

Futsal is FIFA's official indoor soccer game which is, essentially, a scaled down version of outdoor soccer played indoors. It is a small sided game (5v5) played on a smaller field (roughly basketball court sized) with a smaller (size 4) ball. Futsal is played with touchline boundaries.

It is superior to walled soccer in terms of developing better skills and technique.  In traditional walled soccer, players regularly whack the ball (and sometimes their bodies) against the boards which can often lead to significant injuries. In Futsal, players are constantly reminded to play the same quality control game that is required for success in the outdoor game.

Have a look at the video to the right, which will provide with a better understanding of what Futsal is all about!

Remember - all HSSC games are self-officated and some rules will be adjusted to allow the sport to better fit with the HSSC style of play.


# of players on court

5 players including goalie. Minimum 2 males and 2 females on the court. 

Suggested roster/individuals roster size

7-9 players. 


Teams are required to bring 1 futsal ball to every game (mandatory).

New! Scoreboards are available to rent from HSSC (optional).

If you do not want to bring your own, futsal balls ($50.00) and scoreboards ($75.00) are available to rent our Equipment Pick-up times. Refundable deposit is required and payable with credit card, cheque or through the website during online registration (in shopping cart). 

 Additional league information

All teams receive:

  • An HSSC key tag which gives you access to discounts and deals from our amazing sponsors and partners around town! See all the deals!
  • An invitation to the HSSC end of season party

At the Wrap Party, winning teams in each pool and division will receive:

  • A personalized team trophy
  • Coveted HSSC champion team t-shirts!
  • Bragging rights


Download the full rules here: HSSC_Futsal_Rules

Sport & Social Club General Rules

Score & Spirit Point Reporting

  • Game Scores (account for 75% of total points): Team captains are responsible for reporting the scores after your game by logging into your player profile and clicking on ‘My Team’ tab and selecting ‘Report Score/Spirit Points’.  Teams have a 48 hour window to report scores after the completion of the game.  Please be timely with your score reporting so league standings can remain updated for playoff positioning.
  • Spirit Points (account for 25% of total points): Spirit points are awarded to a team from their opponent after each game to encourage sportsmanship, honesty, integrity and fair play.  For more information and how to properly award spirit points, please see our section ‘All About Spirit Points’.


  • Players can view league standings & schedules by logging into your player profile and clicking on ‘Standings/Schedule’.

Player Eligibility

  • All players must be added to the team roster by the team captain.  This process confirms that all players have electronically agreed (checked the box) to our policies and online waiver.
  • Substitute players are allowed, however they must be added to the roster (check the online waiver).  Adding a substitute player from another team in the same league is allowed, however, regular/consistent use of a substitute player in the same league is considered unsportsmanlike and not encouraged.
  • Players must play a minimum of two regular season games in a 6-10 week season, or three regular season games in an 11-14 week season to be eligible to play in a playoff game.  Players can only play for one team per league/pool in playoff games.


  • A default will occur if a team cannot field a squad by 15 minutes after the official start time.  If a team does not meet the standard eligibility requirements, team captains must confirm the outcome prior to starting the game.  Captains may agree to waive the rules regarding minimum players.  IF IT IS AGREED THAT THE GAME COUNTS, IT COUNTS!  In the event there is a default dispute and the game was played, the SSC ruling is that the game counts.
  • In the event of a missed game due to inclement weather, games will not be rescheduled. To view our foul weather policy click here.

Rough Play & Player Conduct

  • It is recognized that incidental contact between players is inevitable – however, all players should go out of their way to avoid creating unsafe play.
  • Any unsportsmanlike conduct may result in immediate expulsion from the league.  This includes, physical or rough play, verbal abuse, damage to facility property and/or loss of facility permit.  Fighting will result in immediate expulsion from the league.  To view our Unsportsmanlike Conduct policy click here. 
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages, use of drugs and smoking at your game site before, during, or after your game is strictly prohibited.  Offenders will be asked to leave the league without refund. No Exceptions. 

Game Coordinator (GC) On-site SSC Staff

  • A GC presence is dependent on sport, season, and/or facility locations.  They are not referees, as all games are self-officiated.  They are on-site to be a neutral supporter of both teams, clarify rules, manage equipment, start/stop games, and to inform players of league news.
  • Game Coordinators may stop a game before the full time has expired due to overly aggressive play, persistent unsportsmanlike conduct or a general violation of the rules of the game.

SSC Official Futsal Rules – Coed 5-on-5


  • Futsal is a five-a-side game, played on an indoor court with soccer nets/bownets using a size 4 ball (reduced bounce).  The objective is to score on the opposing net.

Game Length

  • Games are 55 minutes in length with a 5 minute stop for halftime.
  • Games start and end according to your online SSC schedule. 
  • If games start late, games must finish at the scheduled time (e.g. 6:15pm-6:55pm).

Equipment (Mandatory)

  • Teams are required to bring a size 4 Futsal ball to every game.  A refundable deposit is required, payable through online registration, cash or cheque.  Equipment is provided for the All-Sorts-of-Sports League.
  • Captains are responsible for ensuring that nets are placed appropriately in the goal area.
  • Teams should bring both light & dark coloured t-shirts to help distinguish opponents.
  • Players must wear non marking soled shoes, and are encouraged to wear shin pads covered by long socks.

Players on Court & Gender Ratio.

  • Teams are comprised of 5 players on the court (4 players and 1 goalkeeper). 
  • Teams must play with a minimum of 2 males and 2 females on the court at all times.
  • A team can play with a minimum of 4 people, as long as the gender requirements are met. 
  • Captains may agree to waive the rules regarding minimum players and gender ratio before the game starts.

Game &
Court Set-up

  • Futsal nets will be set up by SSC or facility staff upon the arrival to your game.
  • Games are played on a basketball sized court.
  • Futsal is played to the outside court lines (walls are not used).  A ball that goes outside the court lines or hits the wall / ceiling / obstacles is considered out of bounds and responded to with a kick in.
  • Team captains should meet before the start of the game to review court lines as well as defining the goal crease.
  • Teams are responsible for keeping score and time.  Often an SSC Game Coordinator is on-site and will offer to keep score for the game.
  • To start the game, teams should decide who is awarded the kick-off.  The opposing team will then start the second half with the ball.     
  • The game begins with the ball being passed back to a teammate before crossing centre line.

General Game Rules

Standard futsal rules apply to all SSC games. Notable exceptions are listed below:

  • There are no restrictions (apart from the ceiling of the gym) as to how high the ball can be kicked in Futsal.
  • Player substitutions can be made at any time and ensuring the player has left the court before a new player joins the play. Keepers must wait for a stoppage in play before substituting for an alternate keeper.
  • To score off an indirect kick, the ball must be touched by another player (offense or defense).
  • There is a 4 second time limit placed on all set plays (corners, free kicks, etc).
  • The whole of the ball must cross the whole of the line for it to be deemed a corner, goal, sideline kick or goal clearance etc.
  • To restart the game from the sideline a kick-in occurs.  The ball should be placed on sideline where it left the court.  The player must have both feet on or outside the sideline.  If a kick-in attempt results with the ball never entering the court, the play is retaken.
  • Players must retreat 3 metres from the ball at all 'set' plays.
  • There are no offsides.
  • Slide tackling or blocking a shot is not allowed under any circumstances (with the exception of the keeper).
  • Teams may call a 1 minute time-out if needed, except in the final 10 minutes of play.

Goalie Crease & Goalkeeper

  • In most cases, the ‘three-point’ line on the basketball court will be used to define the goalkeeper’s crease.
  • On a goal kick, the goalie must place the ball 5 steps out from the centre of their net.  If the court has basketball key lines the ball is placed within this zone.  
  • Goalies:
    • May only use their hands to touch the ball within their own crease in front of the net. 
    • Cannot control the ball with their hands for more than 4 seconds before releasing.
    • Are allowed to handle the ball from a pass back or kick in; however, must only use their feet.
    • Can only slide within the confines of their own penalty area. Sliding feet first toward an opponent is illegal and considered a dangerous play.
    • May not score a goal by throwing the ball. 
  • A goalie can leave the crease but may only use their feet to handle the ball, if the ball touches a keeper’s hand outside the crease a penalty kick (direct) is awarded to the opposing team.  The penalty kick is taken from the top of the crease, and the goalie must remain on the goal line.

Violations & Making Calls


  • It is inevitable incidental contact may occur among players. However, any aggressive contact such as pushing and shoving is not allowed (you should not touch any other player with your body at any time on purpose, and should do your best to avoid unnecessary contact).
  • A handball infraction occurs when the ball hits a player’s arm from the elbow down (as opposed to the shoulder).
  • It is extremely important that all players make the appropriate calls for infractions and illegal plays.  The offending player should call their own infractions, however any player that is currently on the court can make a call.
  • When a foul is called, play must stop as there is no ‘advantage’.
  • If a disagreement cannot quickly be resolved, the two team captains should meet at the middle of the court (without any other players) and discuss a resolution.


  • A game can end in a tie during the regular season.  In the playoffs, a game that is tied at the end of regulation time is decided by best of 3 penalty kicks.
    • Three players from each team will take one shot each at the distance of ten paces. 
    • Only the players on the field at the end of the game can participate + the goalie that finished the game.  The order of shooters must be maintained.
    • After three shots, if it is a tied result, teams continue taking single shots until one team has scored (and the other team does not).
  • Playoff games should only be 50 minutes in length in anticipation of needing the extra time to settle a tie.
  • Team playoff position:  Ties in the standings will be broken first by head-to-head play. If there are more than 2 teams that are tied, all the teams must have played each other in order for the results to go to head-to-head. Otherwise, least points against, then +/-, then most points for will determine the placement in that order.
  • The SSC office will update the playoff schedule once all scores have been submitted and after the last regular season game.  Please do not assume the time/location of your playoff game until team names have been posted into the schedule.  


Remember… Always have fun!


All HSSC games will be played within a 20km radius of the downtown core.

TUESDAY: Sir Robert Borden School, Sacred Heart, Armbrae Academy and South Dartmouth Academy

WEDNESDAY: Joseph Howe Elementary School, Rockingham Elementary School and Halifax Grammar School