Laws of the Game: Kick-Ins

Kick-ins form a very distinctive part of Futsal. It is the equivalent of a Throw-in for outdoor football, but instead of using hands throwing the ball, th eplayer uses his foot to kick the ball.

Planted Foot


Updated FIFA laws (Oct 2020 onwards). The rules have been simplified. The ball must be placed on the line where it went out and kicked back into play. There are no further requirements with regards to foot placement.

Coaching Tip

Referees will not penalise you if the ball rolls after it was placed stationary on the line. Take the kick within 4 seconds.

Ball Movement

The law requires the ball to be stationary. In other words, do not drop the ball and kick, do not roll the ball and kick, rest the ball on its spot before taking the kick.

Foot placement

The law changes from 2020 allow you to place your feet or body where ever you need to in order to take the kick.

Ball placement

The ball is placed at the spot it left the pitch on the line.


How long does the kicker have in order to take the kick-in?

From the time the team has possession of the ball and is able to take the kick-in, it is 4 seconds.

What happens if it takes longer than 4 seconds or ball is kicked out (whether it entered or not)?

The opposite team will take the kick-in, from the same spot.

What happens if an opponent is closer than 5 meters and interferes with the ball?

The same team will take the kick-in again and the opponent may be warned verbally or shown a Yellow Card, depending on the gravity of the situation.

Can you score a goal directly from a kick-in?


What happens if the kicker touches the ball again, before any other player has touched it?

Indirect Free kick from the place where the ball was touched again. If hands were used, it would attract a Direct Free kick or Penalty Kick (for goal keepers inside their penalty area would be an Indirect Free kick)