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, Zico, Ronaldo, Messi, Kaka and Katia grew up playing the game and credit futsal with developing their skills.
Futsal is recognized as the best option for player development. It is especially great for improving speed of play, technical skills, decision-making and fitness.
Futsal is the only indoor game sanctioned by FIFA. If skills development is important, futsal is recognized as clearly the best form of indoor soccer. But that’s not the only reason.
- Better Skills Development - Futsal promotes quality touches
- Safer - Futsal eliminates the injuries associated with wall collisions
- Less Expensive - Futsal makes quality soccer more affordable
Who says Futsal is Better?
FIFA says futsal is better. US Soccer says futsal is better. And the Brazilians and Spanish are among the many nations that swear by it. Pele, Messi, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Marta, Iniesta & Xavi all credit futsal for much of their skill development. And more recently, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy has mandated futsal as a component of its training. Once you experience futsal, you will see the reasons.
Top 10 reasons to play futsal:
- More Touches on the Ball
- Quick Decision Making
- Speed of Play
- Ball Control Technique
- Finishing Opportunities
- Improved Attacking and Defensive Skills
- Continuous Action
- Support Play
- Limited Physical Contact
- Intensity of the Game