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AFL FAQ

Futsal is especially great for improving speed of play, technical skills, decision-making, and fitness.

How do I join an Alaska Futsal League team?

Those interested in playing in the 2021 Fall Session Futsal League must be a current registered Alaska Youth Soccer player, and be rostered on an affiliate team. Registration will be done by the team manager, or coach, on the AYSA website.

How many players are allowed on a team?

Roster size for all divisions will be a minimum of 7 players, and a maximum of 11 players. Smaller teams mean more play time.

Will there be a discount for multiple teams?

Yes. A competitive team that enters their team as two futsal teams will receive a $25 discount off the second and third team entry fees.

Are teams formed in true age divisions?

Yes. Our goal is to maintain the integrity of the league and provide an opportunity for as many players as possible to play the game of Futsal. For the 2021 season we ask that teams register within their true age. Alaska Youth Soccer will follow the U.S. Soccer PDI standards and guidelines. Teams that register outside of their age group while maintaining a true age roster will be moved to the appropriate division, unless they received approval through an AFL Team Waiver requesting to play up an age group. Rosters will be reviewed by the AFL committee to ensure that teams are placed properly to ensure appropriate competition. Teams are not allowed to play down an age group.

Will age groups be combined?

Possibly. Each division must have at least four registered teams to be a valid division. AYSA reserves the right to drop or combine divisions or age groups. For the 16-U & older teams with mixed age groups, registration will be at the age of the oldest player on the roster.

What is the game format?

The game format is 5v5 (4+GK), with two equal periods of 25-minute halves with a 2-minute halftime. The clock will run without interruption until there are 2 minutes left in the half, after which the clock will be stopped during stoppages in play.

Teams are allowed one 1-minute time-out per half. Unused time-outs do not carry over into the next half, and no time-outs will be allowed during the last 2 minutes of a half.

Will games be played only on weekends?

Usually. Games are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday starting as early as 9am to 9pm. Some games maybe played on Friday, but keeping games on the weekends is the objective. Due to the combined league size and composition the schedule could change. The schedule is dictated by the court times AYSA can secure through the facilities.

Where will the league games be played?

AFL will, for the 2021 session, schedule games in Anchorage. Additional games maybe scheduled in alternate districts if team registrations justify the additional location(s).

What will the game venues be?

Games are scheduled at available facilities in each district area. In Anchorage, AFL will usually use The Arctic Rec Center (ARC), O'Malley Sports Center, ASD facilities and KYSL facilities. Updated locations are being reserved at this time, and facilities are subject to change with availability.

How does a team qualify for Futsal State Cup?

Teams and players must play within the league to qualify to attend the Alaska Futsal State Cup. Teams entered from out of district must play at least four sanctioned games to qualify for State Cup.

Will player cards and futsal team rosters be required for league games?

Yes. Rosters and player cards will be verified by the referee at each game for 10-U and older divisions.

Will 10-U standings be posted?

The referee will record the scores and report them to AYSA for 12-U and older Divisions. The 9-U/10-U divisions will not keep standings.

Will competitive club passes be allowed?

Yes, club pass policy will be followed.

Will coaches with multiple teams be accommodated?

Alaska Youth Soccer will accommodate coaches with multiple teams by scheduling them with back-to-back games at the same facility as much as possible. We encourage you to split your outdoor teams into two futsal teams. This is subject to change depending on the COVID-19 situation.

Can I cancel my registration for a refund?

You may cancel your registration any time prior to the registration deadline and receive a refund of your fees minus a $150 administrative charge. After the deadline, there are no refunds. See the AFL Refund and Registration Guidelines.

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