Kick-ins form a very distinctive part of Futsal.
This is a slightly old video on the restart but covers all the basic details.
I will try to cover a few ways on how to deal with kick-ins in Futsal with common mistakes. The two main focuses will be on the two things you need! Feet and the ball.
Futsal tries to focus on working with both feet. This works best when introduced to children at a young age so they can develop the necessary skills to becoming a good player.
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 much like 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!
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).
This is one that is often argued. We are instructed as referees that the ball must be stationary; not necessarily motionless (this is best described by the video on foot placement technique below. This means that if we see considerable effort, as referees, to place the ball the decision is unlikely to go against the kicker.
You may be asking what considerable effort is defined as. The best example is how the ball is placed. The lazy way is considered to be using the foot to place the ball. The best way is using the hands to place the ball. It is much more likely that an offence will not occur when using the hands as there is better placement of the ball and as a result, less movement.
If there is an unnatural amount of movement (i.e. rolling) when the ball is placed properly with the hands, the kicker is usually allowed to re-take the kick. On the other hand, if the ball is placed with the foot and it rolls, the kick-in is awarded the other way. This is not part of the Law but how good technique is instructed. Once everyone gets in this habit, this no longer becomes an issue and works quite quickly.
Disclaimer: The section above is cultural norm in Youth Futsal and is by no means mentioned in the Futsal Laws of the Game (don’t let me create a myth!). Experienced Adult Futsal players usually place the ball in the correct position with their hand on the ball to prevent ball movement.
Location of Placement
It’s important that the ball is placed at the right location either on or behind the touchline. How far behind? 25 centimetres at most. That’s the range that can be played with. Don’t go further back than this!
If the ball is kicked but never enters the field of play, the restart changes hands and a kick-in awarded to the opposing team (this was a recent amendment ).