Beach Soccer: a quick guide to the key rules
Just like the previous editions of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, Tahiti 2013 is sure to supply spectacular action, emotions aplenty and more than the odd surprise. However, the features that differentiate it from traditional 11-a-side football or futsal make this a unique discipline, with certain rules important to take into account whenever watching a game. FIFA.com brings you a closer look at these regulatory issues, in time for the start of the competition on 18 September.
If the ball is in play, the referee will not end a period until a move has run its course. A beach soccer match can be won or lost, but never drawn.
Should the scores be level, the rules stipulate that a three-minute extra-time period should be played. If the sides can still not be separated, a penalty shootout will take place.
Unlike a shootout in 11-a-side, in beach soccer the shootout is sudden death from the start, with the winning team awarded two points as opposed to three for a victory within regulation time. The losing team, for their part, take no points.
Every team begins each match with five players out on the sand – one goalkeeper and four outfield players – as well as seven substitutes, though there is no limit to the number of changes that can be made.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Fifa - AfricaSimilar Stories