Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced five-a-side game that originated in South America in the 1930’s. It is played on a flat indoor/outdoor field, with a special size 4 ball with reduced bounce. The game is played to touchlines with all restarts played with the foot. The absence of “boards” requires players to think more creatively and encourages quick decisions. Players can develop technique, insight, and communicative aspects of their game.
What are the Benefits of Playing Futsal?
While futsal is its own game, many of the technical and tactical aspects of futsal directly translate into 11v11 outdoor soccer. Firstly research indicates that while playing futsal, a player will received the ball 6x more often than in an 11-a-side outdoor game. This increase in touches and repetitions greatly improves technical skills, confidence, and situational awareness. Futsal also brings players into 1v1 and 2v1 duels far more often, causing players to get more comfortable both attacking and defending in these situations. The frequent exposure to these pressure situations allows players to gain both confidence and comfort on the ball. Lastly futsal has a heavy emphasis on ball retention. Keeping possession and moving the ball quickly around the field are hallmarks of futsal. This emphasis on possession can easily be adapted to the outdoor game. In conclusion, futsal naturally improves confidence on the ball, receiving a pass under pressure, decision-making in 1v1 and 2v1 situations and finally ball retention.
What do the Pro’s Say?
“Futsal is an extremely important way for kids to develop their skills and understanding of the game. My touch and my dribbling have come from playing Futsal.”
Ronaldinho, FIFA World Footballer of the Year 2004 & 2005
“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.”
Lionel Messi. FIFA World Footballer of the Year 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015
“Futsal was important in helping to develop my ball control, quick thinking, passing… also for dribbling, balance, concentration… Futsal was very, very important, no doubt.”
Pele, World Cup Winner 1958; 1962; 1970
“During my childhood in Portugal, all we played was futsal. 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.”
Cristiano Ronaldo FIFA World Footballer of the Year 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016