WHAT IS FUTSAL?
Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided soccer game that is played across the world and is officially recognized by both FIFA and UEFA.
Futsal earned the status of FIFA’s official form of indoor soccer in the 1980s as it was recognized as a scaled down version of outdoor soccer played indoors. It is a 5 v 5 small-sided game played on a hard surfaced, basketball sized court with a smaller, low bounce ball. Futsal is played with touchline boundaries and without walls.
Futsal places a large emphasis on technical skill in high pressure situations which can be translated into the outdoor game. The sport is a great skill developer as it demands quick reflexes, fast thinking and pin-point passing.
Futsal is played in all the continents of the world by over 100 countries with 12 million players. Great soccer superstars such as Pele, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Naymar, Kaka and Xavi grew up playing the game and credit futsal with developing their skills.
The priority in Futsal is to motivate players in an environment that is conducive to learning. While it is a sport in its own right, Futsal does not compete with football (soccer) but serves to support it by developing skills that will make children better players, both on the soccer pitch and the futsal court.
Futsal develops the same basic technique, skills, tactics and knowledge of the game as the 11 v 11 outdoor game.