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


The biggest mistake typically made by players when taking a kick-in is their planted foot over the touchline. Obviously to take a kick, there will be a kicking foot and the other will be the planted foot. It’s fine if a player has a part of their planted foot on or behind the touchline. This works identically to throw-ins in football. It’s only an offence if the entirety of the planted foot that is making contact with the floor is completely over the touchline and on the court as below.

This also includes if the kicker’s planted foot is on tip-toe and is fully over the line. Don’t do this! The planted foot must physically touch the ground.

Coaching Tip

Body posture of the kicker can sometimes give away whether an improper kick-in is imminent. This is the case for kicker’s adjusting their body so that they can use their preferred foot when the direction they want to kick in would otherwise require their weaker foot. One of the biggest tell-tales are kick-ins in the defensive half near the corner. Some kickers position themselves behind the goal line and appear to be swinging the ball into the court; much like taking a free kick. This doesn’t work as it is an offence (planted foot is entirely on the court). Tip: plant the ball 25cm outside the touch-line.

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

Hand placement

Ball placement

The ball is placed at the spot it left the pitch, either on the line or just outside of the line at a distance not greater than 25 (twenty five) centimetres.


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)