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Futsal

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Futsal is a modified form of soccer that is played with five players per team (one of which is a goalkeeper); and it is played on a basketball size field (typically indoors).

Flying substitution is used; substitutions are unlimited. Unlike regular soccer or some other forms of indoor soccer, Futsal is played on a hard-court surface defined by lines; walls or boards are not used. Futsal is also played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular soccer ball.

 

What is Futsal?

Futsal is a modified form of soccer that is played with five players per team (one of which is a goalkeeper); and it is played on a basketball size field (typically indoors).

Flying substitution is used; substitutions are unlimited. Unlike regular soccer or some other forms of indoor soccer, Futsal is played on a hard-court surface defined by lines; walls or boards are not used. Futsal is also played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular soccer ball.

Futsal is a self-teaching game. Players are constantly put in situations where they must pass, receive, dribble and move, while under pressure, in a confined space.

“I played Futsal growing up in Baurd. In Futsal you need to think quick and play quick so its easier for you when you move to normal football” – Pele

 

History of Futsal

In 1930, Juan Carlos Ceriani, a YMCA Director from Argentina working in Uruguay, created a small-sided derivative of soccer to be played on a basketball court borrowing rules and equipment from soccer, basketball, team handball and water polo. Ceriani was a graduate of Springfield College (then known as the International YMCA College), whose earlier graduates are likewise credited with the creation of basketball and volleyball. The sport spread throughout South America and ultimately internationally via the YMCA network.

The term “futsal” was adopted in the 1980’s as a contraction of “fútbol de salón”, literally translated as “Hall” or “Lounge” soccer. After years of organic growth, the first international rules and confederations were recognized in the 1950’s, culminating in FIFA’s recognition, sanctioning and governance of the sport in 1989, presenting the first FIFA Futsal World Cup in that year.

Futsal has been recognized throughout the world as a preferred off-season format to encourage player development, as well as a stand-alone sport with professional leagues in South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. Futsal debuted in the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games and will again feature at the 2022 event in Dakar.

 

Futsal is fully recognized and sanctioned by the US Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer.

Why play Futsal?

 “As a little boy in Argentina I played Futsal on the streets and for my club”

“It was tremendous fun and it really helped me become who I am today” - Lionel Messi

 

Futsal is a FUN fast paced sport that will hone the key qualities of a soccer player better than any other indoor format and these benefits are transferrable to the outside game. In fact, two very important soccer components are: (1) having good technique, i.e. foot-skills; and (2) developing a creative, tactical mind, or speed of play.  

 

Per US Soccer, here are the key qualities of a player and how it relates to futsal

  • Read and understand the game and make faster decisions -improves players decision making skills with or without the ball
  • Execute with optimal technical abilities - provides players with more touches on the ball and improves players ball control skills
  • Take initiative and be pro-active – Players are better prepared to change positions and make decisions in a split second.
  • Demonstrate focus – Players are able to stay on task over time.
  • Take responsibility and accountability for their own development & performance
  • Execute with optimal physical abilities – provides players more opportunities to develop fitness, endurance, flexibility, stronger ankles, etc.   

 

 
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