Is it allowed to slide tackle in futsal?

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Futsal is a very dynamic indoor sport. As it’s played with feet, a lot of plays and movements are similar to those we see in soccer/football. However, the rules applied are very different. That’s the case for slide tackles: while it’s a common play in a soccer match, we rarely see it during a futsal match. But are they allowed in futsal? Can a player slide on the floor? Let’s find out!



It’s allowed to slide on the floor when…

– The player tries to block a shot;
– The player slides to cut the passing line or to intercept a pass;
– The player tries to keep the ball in play (along the sidelines).

It’s not allowed to slide on the floor when…

– The player tries to tackle an opponent that has the ball possession, even if he only touches the ball;
– The player slides close to an opponent, even if he’s trying to block a shot or pass. The referee is responsible to determine if the opponent was in the “sliding area”.

In both cases, the referee shall give a foul to the opposing team. If he considers that the slide put the opponent at risk, he may send the sliding player off.

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