Futsal is widely viewed as the ideal skill-building environment for producing technically exciting football players.
With particular emphasis on the skills of passing, dribbling, close control & shooting.
It does not compete with football but serves to enrich it.
Futsal is Brazil’s little secret.
It is football in it’s purest form.
Futsal is one of the best starts for kids.
Brazilian kids typically grow up playing the fun, all-action game of Futsal until the age of 14 years.
They develop amazing skills, technique & understanding of the game before they decide to play
Brazil are the 6 times World Futsal Champions.
Futsal (pronounced 'foot cell') is 5 v 5 Brazilian indoor football - Futebol de Salao in Portuguese.
Futsal is played indoors or outdoors on a small courts (basketball size) and has an emphasis on skill over power.
Futsal is FIFA’s 5-a-side indoor football game. A specially designed, smaller, heavier, low bounce Brazilian ball is used.
The low bounce Futsal ball spends more time on the floor which is excellent for the development of a young players skill,
technique & close ball control. A heavier ball means a player has to use their skill rather than the ball’s bounce to propel it.
As a small sided game, players are constantly placed in situations where they must improvise and find solutions to the
pressures of limited space. Players are literally forced to use proper close control & passing techniques, playing with their
heads up and inventing skills, wonderful dribbles & feints to survive.
In Futsal you touch the ball nearly twelve times or 1200% more than playing outdoor football. More opportunities on the ball quickly builds confidence, technique & skills.
Slide tackles are prohibited which encourages better close control & passing in tight spaces and makes it a far safer & enjoyable game to play.
Futsal is a great skill developer, demanding quick reflexes, fast thinking, pinpoint passing and constant movement into new space. The speed of play is such that you are forced to make quicker technical and tactical decisions.
Compared to outdoor football Futsal creates more versatile players. Players have to perform different roles in a game because of the quick transition between attack and defence. In fact regaining possession (ie defending) is a fun, rewarding part of the game.
The rules of the game are similar to 11 v 11 football with certain modifications to allow for the reduced space.
Here is brief comparison of Futsal and Football rules: