The Game: What Is Futsal?

Futsal is a quick-paced, five-a-side soccer game that favors ball control and quick decision making. Futsal is normally played on an indoor court with a smaller, low-bounce ball. Unlimited substitutions are allowed, as players consistently are running on and off the court.

Futsal is recognized by FIFA as the official indoor soccer game, played with touchlines as boundaries and no use of walls or boards. It is played at a faster pace than generic 11-a-side full pitch soccer, allowing players to get more touches than a regular game. There are no offsides and Futsal games are generally higher scoring than regular soccer, making the game more exciting to play.

Why Futsal?

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Speed of Play

The small space requires players to not only play quicker but also to make faster decisions. In futsal, you only have a split second to decide what to do with the ball before you are put under high pressure.

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Perhaps the single most important reason to play futsal is that it encourages players to be creative and think out of the box. Because the court is smaller and you get so much more touches on the ball, players try things that they would never risk doing on the soccer field. Remember Ronaldinho’s toe-poke goal in the semi-finals of the 2006 Champions League? We have his futsal roots to thank for that one!

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Ball Skills and Control

According to Dr. Emilio Miranda from Sao Paolo University, a futsal player will have 600% more touches on the ball than a soccer player. This inherently helps players master their touch on the ball and will give players confidence to hold on to the ball more and take players on 1v1.

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Futsal can be played on any hard surface, indoors and outdoors. All you need is a ball and shoes. It is also the perfect complement to soccer. Almost any soccer tactical session can be adapted to be played on a futsal court. It is ideal for training concepts on the “micro” level before bringing it to the big field.

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Improves Athletic Intelligence

Futsal’s fast-paced and continuous nature helps to improve a player’s spatial intelligence and ability to learn to read the game.

Pros Who Have Grown Through Futsal

Christian Pulisic

“Futsal really improved my technical ability and my ability to work in tight spaces.”

Marta Vieira da Silva

“My technique comes from Futsal – It’s so much fun and impossible not to improve.”

Lionel Messi

“As a little boy in Argentina, I played futsal on the streets and for my club…it really helped me become who I am today.”

xavi Hernandez

“Perhaps in regular football, you cannot appreciate the talent. Everything is more physical. But in futsal, you have small details of quality, class and tactical aspects.”

Ronaldinho Gaucho

“A lot of the moves I make originate from futsal… It’s played in a very small space and the ball control is different [to regular soccer]…to this day, my ball control is pretty similar to a futsal player’s control.”

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Get Into the Game.

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