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Beach Soccer Rules Simplified!

Know how to play beach soccer and understand the rules with this simplified version of the Laws of the game. Learn the essential rules and regulations to get started.

1: PITCH

  • Sand surface (at least 40cm deep).
  • 35-37 m long, 26-28 m wide.
  • Marked with GeoTextile lines (10cm wide).
  • Goals are 2.2 m high, 5.5 m wide.
  • Penalty area is identified by yellow flags at the sidelines (9m from the goal line).

2: BALL

  • Lighter than traditional football (400-440 grams).
  • Circumference: 68-70 centimeters.
  • Pumped up to 0.4-0.6atm at sea level.

3: PLAYING TIME

  • 3 periods of 12 minutes each.
  • 3-minute breaks between periods.
  • The game clock is paused for goals, fouls, and injuries.

4: PLAYERS

  • 5 players on the pitch (1 goalkeeper, 4 outfield).
  • 7 substitutes.
  • Unlimited substitutions during open play.
  • Tactical substitutions are crucial.

5: MATCH RESULTS

  • No draws allowed.
  • 3-minute extra time if scores are tied.
  • Penalty kicks if still tied (5 shots each, then sudden death).

6: MATCH OFFICIALS

  • 2 Referees with full authority.
  • 3rd Referee, 4th Referee and Timekeeper.
  • Players can be replaced after 2 minutes if sent off (except if the team concede a goal, then the team can replace the sent-off player before 2mins expires).

7: DISCIPLINARY ACTION

  • No limit to fouls a player can commit.
  • Players cannot form a wall for free-kicks.
  • Specific rules for free-kicks and throw-ins/kick-ins.

8: OTHER IMPORTANT RULES

  • No offside rule.
  • No scoring directly from the kick-off.
  • Throw-ins/kick-ins can be taken with hands or foot.

For the full version of the Laws of the Game, please visit FIFA

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