Premier Futsal: All you need to know

The inaugural edition of Premier Futsal kicks off in Chennai on July 15 with the likes of Ronaldinho, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes taking the field alongside futsal legend Falcao.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium on the eve of Premier Futsal.   -  B. Jothi Ramalingam

Basic rules

* A match is played in four quarters of 10 minutes (running time) each with a 2-minute break between quarters.

* A side can field five players from a squad of thirteen – six Indian players, one legend, one freestyler and five international players.

* The basic formation for a team comprises a goalkeeper, a sweeper, two wingers, and a pivot (striker).

* Orange is the equivalent of yellow card in football, and blue is the red card equivalent; two orange cards results in a blue. If a player receives a blue, he will be expelled and replaced by another player from the squad.

* After a team accumulates five fouls, each foul thereafter will result in a penalty (to be taken nine metres from the goal line) for the opposition.

* A team should have atleast one Indian player at all times on field.

* Throw-in, penalty, keeper’s release will have to be completed within five seconds.

* If the semifinals and final end in a tie, there will be no extra time but a best-of-three penalty shootout.

* Three points for a win, and one for a draw.

Players to watch out for

* Alessandro Rosa Vieira (Falcao): Falcao is partly credited for the growth of futsal in the last decade. Currently, Falcao plays for Magnus Futsal, a brazilian futsal team from the city of Sorocaba. He has won two futsal world cups with Brazil and was named the world's best futsal player in 2004, 2006, 2011 & 2012. Falcao is often referred to as the "Pele of futsal".

* Dovenir Domingues Neto (Neto): He plays for the Brazilian national futsal team. Neto has won the Golden Ball for the best player in a world cup once. He has played in Spain, Russia and his home country Brazil, winning multiple titles and getting recognised as one of the best defenders in the game over the last ten years.

* Romulo Alves Nobre (Romulo): Known for his bicycle kicks, he was part of the Russian National futsal team that finished runner-up at the UEFA Futsal Euro 2016. He has recently signed to play for FC Barcelona at club level.

* Maximiliano Daniel Rescia (Maxi): Maxi played for the Argentine u-20 National team before debuting in the maximum Argentine championship. He then went on to play in a World cup at the age of 21 in 2008. He was signed by Napoli the same year and after playing for the Italian club for the last eight years he recently signed for a Spanish club.

* Adriano Foglia: A left-footed player, he is a Brazil-born Italian Futsal player who plays for Marca Futsal. He was voted the FutsalPlanet World Player of the year in 2003. He has 101 caps and 63 goals with Italy.

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