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.
In Futsal, there are 4 positions, Goalkeeper, Fixo (Defender), Alas (Wingers) and Pivot (forward). You can learn more in detail about the Futsal on the following video from the Senda Team:
Many famous soccer players got their start playing Futsal, as it taught them early on about the necessary skills to succeed on the big stage. Some of the current players who got their start playing Futsal include Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, Christian Pulisic and many more.
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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
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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" Futsal really improved my technical ability and my ability to work in tight spaces," - Christian Pulisic
“My technique comes from Futsal – It’s so much fun and impossible not to improve” - Marta Vieira da Silva
“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”. - Lionel Messi
"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”. - Xavi Hernandez
“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” - Ronaldinho Gaucho