Unifutsal is a new sport created by Martin Newell from London, England in 2009. Unifutsal is a special variation of non-contact indoor Football Football (called Futsal) and regular football. This is a Community sport to be used as a strong, productive way to promote Equality, Inclusion and Diversity. Multiple programs and side projects will be made to educate, employ and entertain others.
Equipment Required: A Field, 2 x 'Bows (the sport's goal area) and a size 4 Futsal ball.
A match consists of 2 x 10 minute halves.
Players are expected to have a full understanding of the rules and play fairly.
When in play, the ball can be hit with any part of a player's body, except their hands or arms.
HOW TO PLAY
- A game of UNIFUTSAL begins with a kick-off from the middle of the field.
- Once the referee gives the signal, then the two sides must try to take possession of the ball and score according to the set rules.
- After each goal, the timer is stopped and the ball is put back to the middle of the field for another kick-off.
- After the 1st round has finished then the 2nd round starts after a half-time break.
- Teams swap ends of the field.
- The match continues the same way as the 1st half.
- After the 2nd half has finished, the game is over.
- The team with the most goals by the end of the half is declared as the winner.
- A UNIFUTSAL field is a quarter of the size of a standard football pitch (approx. 20 ft long and 10 ft wide).
- Whenever the ball is sent off-field then the team /side responsible will lose possession of it and the opposing team is given a free kick-in.
- There is no offside rule.
- Sometimes the field can be enclosed by a small wall.
- Only goals scored within marked goal area surrounding the bow will count.
- The sport is played under 'rush goalie' conditions.
- There are 6 specific marks on-field for victims of fouls, penalties and incidents.
- These free kicks are to be taken from the nearest on-field mark to the incident.
ABOUT THE PLAYERS
UNIFUTSAL is for everyone to play regardless of their gender, skill-set or background.
This additional information shows the further depth of the sport
- There are 7 teams of players per league.
- There are 2 teams of 3 players on the field at the same time.
- Each UNIFUTSAL team will consist of 5 players and a mixed line-up is allowed.
- The teams are represented by 7 colours = red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
- There are 3 players on-field and 2 players waiting off-field as subs. A player can only attempt to score after every other member on their team has gained access to the ball first.
- Player substitution is limited and can be called upon at any point during the game.
- Subs may only come onto the field, 1 at a time, if another player is unable to continue or sent off.
- Once both subs are used, then that team has to play with whoever they have left on-field.
- Personal protective equipment such elbow, shin and knee pads are optional.
- Any practical item of clothing is allowed under a coloured sports bib.
- In UNIFUTSAL, a bow is an unique 3 ft high and 2 ft wide upright arch that the players have to aim and shoot the ball through.
- The bows are situated on the outskirts of the field.
- A match will have 2 bows placed on the opposite ends of the field.
- Each bow is surrounded by a goal area.
Once in the goal area, a player automatically becomes the allocated goalkeeper (or goalie) of their side.
A referee stops the game and issues a yellow card as their 1st official warning to a player. Here are possible reasons why
- Dangerous and rough play.
- Illegal obstruction.
- Any touching of the ball with hands or arms.
- Wasting game time.
Should an incident happen a 2nd time, caused by the same individual, then they will get this card and must leave the field. Here are additional reasons how
- Harming a player or referee intentionally.
- Bad sportsmanship.
If a referee feels that a player has committed a serious enough foul then they can give a player a red card straight away which will automatically ejects them from the game.
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