Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small-sided soccer game that is widely played across the world and is officially recognized by both UEFA and FIFA. The game is played in 5v5 format on a flat indoor pitch or basketball court with a size 4 ball with a reduced bounce. The game produces more touches on the ball, 1v1 situations, shots on goal and is an excellent developmental training tool.
The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for soccer competencies that can be translated into the 8v8, 9v9 or 11-a-side format of the game.
Many of the top world class soccer players played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development; players of the calibre of Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Lionel Messi to name but a few of the South American legends all played and enjoyed Futsal. But Futsal has not just helped produce South American football stars, on the European stage Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco, Xavi, Fabregas amongst many others have played Futsal to develop their skills.
“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