What is Futsal?
Futsal is a format of five-a-side football that is played extensively throughout the world. The term ‘Futsal’ is an abbreviation of the Portuguese ‘futebol de salão’ or the Spanish ‘futbol sala’, both of which translated literally mean ‘indoor football’. It is played on a pitch approximately the size of a basketball or netball court with a ball that is smaller and heavier than the outdoor football and has a reduced bounce. The ball forces a player 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 receive or play whilst under pressure or in confined spaces. Playing Futsal allows you to touch the ball nearly twelve times more than playing football. For example if a player touched the ball 10 times in one game of 11-a-side, a Futsal player would have touched the ball 120 times in comparison!
The game therefore naturally places considerable demand on technique, movement, tactical awareness and fitness. Futsal is a great skill developer, demanding quick reflexes, fast thinking, and pinpoint passing. The speed of play is such that you are forced to make quicker technical and tactical decisions.
Futsal will play a large part in the development of players in the future as we in England strive to create better technical and better tactical players.