What is Futsal?
Futsal is a variant of soccer played (mainly) indoors on a hard court slightly larger than a basketball court, with two teams of five players each, including a goalkeeper. It uses a smaller, heavier, low-bounce ball and is recognized by FIFA as the official indoor soccer game. Learn about the 7 main differences between futsal and indoor soccer.
Futsal is played with touchlines as boundaries and without walls or boards, at a faster pace than soccer, allowing for more touches and generally resulting in higher scores. It is played in over 100 countries worldwide by 12 million players.
HOW IT WORKS?
It provides players with more touches on the ball and more opportunities to develop foot skills and improve the first touch.
Taking risks and becoming creative with the ball is something players may not have the chance to do on a regular soccer field.
SPEED AND DECISION MAKING
The continuous, fast-paced nature of this sport allows players to sharpen their spatial intelligence and develop the understanding of the game.
FUTSAL BACKGROUND ON SOCCER PRO PLAYERS
"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.”
"I strongly recommend playing futsal to those soccer players who want to improve their soccer performance and techniques."
“Have a lot in common … There are different tactics and moves, but there the same essence of mastering the ball, combining and making quick decisions.”
"The small playing area helped me improve my close control, and whenever I played futsal, I felt free.If it wasn't for futsal, I wouldn't be the player I am today."
“There’s no doubt futsal has helped me a lot in my career,it’s one of the biggest passions in my life. I used to love playing it, but unfortunately I had to stop when I was 13 or 14 in order to grow up as a footballer.”
"A lot of the moves I make originate from futsal. It's played in a very small space, and the ball control is different in futsal. And to this day, my ball control is pretty similar to a futsal player's control."