Sliding tackles MUST NOT be allowed. It is considered as a infringement in the futsal rules regardless whether the person got the ball or not. We need to start enforcing this rules or else we are going to have endless debate on this topic again.
Although strictly speaking, the game we play isn't "futsal" - which is why the message board refers to "generic indoor football".
so is it a penalty for any sliding tackle made? regardless where it was committed and whether there's any contact? can we come to a consensus? no point discussing if there's no conclusion.
If we start down that path, then should we have penalties for high foot (especially when wearing blades), elbows etc - other kinds of fouls that risk injury?
The aim of the rules are to keep the game flowing. My view is just call the foul, take the free kick and continue with the game. That's what the current rules state.
If it's within the D, then it's a penalty.
My aim is to keep the rules as basic as possible. The more involved the rules get, the more complicated the game becomes.
Anyone who persistently fouls or plays in a reckless manner even after being reminded of the rules and the principles we play to may be prevented from playing for a period of time, or indefinitely, depending on how serious the matter is.
Feedback on individual players can be sent to me by message feature of the message board.
A high foot can be dangerous, especially when wearing football blades. There is never a reason to raise feet above knee level. If you aim to control the ball when it is above knee level, use your thigh, chest or head, as appropriate. Develop a new skill if you need to. Executing a half volley may be the only exception.
And even when raising your foot above knee level, be careful not to stamp on another player. Again, football blades make stamping more dangerous.
I don't think we can insist that who those turn up with blades don't play (or play without boots even ).
However, if you do turn up with blades, it is your responsibility to exercise extra care not to cause injury to other players, and and get round to buying an acceptable pair of boots/shoes as soon as possible.
I have now dug out my old shin pads for this week. I got tackled and then 'studded' on the same spot last thursday. my shin swelled up like a volcano...you should have seen it! could hardly walk on friday. no one was being malicilious, it is just those studs!
When I was looking around for a pair of shoes in August 2010, I found that most shops only stock boots with studs/blades. Rubber soled shoes are not that readily available. I finally managed to get a pair. They are green!
I spoke to Clive before yesterday's game about this. He says that rubber soled shoes are mandatory in hockey, which nowadays is played only on astroturf. I'll find out more about supply of shoes for hockey.
..., it is your responsibility to exercise extra care not to cause injury to other players, and and get round to buying an acceptable pair of boots/shoes as soon as possible.
Places you can get rubber-soled football shoes suitable for astroturf:
* Carl has referred us to Pro-Direct, an online football store and Queensway Weston. * Nick C mentioned the third floor at Peninsula Shopping Centre. * Clive mentioned shops selling hockey gear (as hockey is played only on astroturf).
If you know of specific shops that sell rubber-soled shoes, please provide details below.
I've moved the thread on "Proper shoes for our games" to the "Queries, Suggestions, Discussions & Introductions" board so that there can be more feedback on the issue (including listing shops that sell safer rubber-soled shoes).