What is Futsal?

Here at Futsal New York we get that question a lot.

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Futsal is the fastest growing indoor sport in the country because it promotes quality touches and faster decision-making. It is recognized around the world as the best way to improve soccer skills. Futsal is a modified form of soccer that is played indoors with NO walls. Each team has 5 players, 1 being the goalkeeper. A smaller soccer ball is used (with less bounce than a normal soccer ball).

Since futsal is indoors, involves fewer players and takes place on a much smaller area than soccer, futsal players have a lot more contact with the ball and must play more creatively. Not only is futsal a fun alternative to soccer, but it is great for building skills and perfecting plays.

 

The Benefits of Futsal Include

  1. Ball Mastery
    Futsal is known world-wide for its value in developing technical proficiency with the ball.  Among other things, the absence of boards, the tight space, and the sheer number of touches each player gets on the ball, (whether attacker, defender, or keeper) forces each player to develop ball mastery.
  2. Speed of play
    Futsal requires quick decisions and quick execution.  The speed and intensity of the game helps each player learn how to think more quickly and act more decisively.
  3. Agility and Balance
    Futsal requires players keep their balance in tight spaces, with their center of gravity over the ball.  Agility and quick footwork are developed as players adapt to the game.
  4. Movement off of the Ball
    Futsal requires that players without the ball constantly support teammates, anticipating proper position for receiving the ball, shooting, and defending.  All players on the court, including keepers, must constantly be moving into better position.
  5. Creativity
    Futsal encourages creative play.  Skilled attacking moves, deft passing, and combination plays are all enhanced in futsal.
Futsal is growing rapidly. In fact, the US Soccer Development Academy is now requiring futsal as a training component in all its youth Academy programs.
Futsal has helped some of the greatest players in the game get to their level of play. FIFA.com reports:

Cristiano Ronaldo honed his natural ability by playing futsal. “During my childhood in Portugal, all we played was futsal,” he said. “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.”