About Futsal

Futsal is an indoor version of Soccer. Its name is derived from the Portuguese futebol de salão and the Spanish fútbol sala/de salón, which can be translated as "indoor football".

Futsal is played between two teams of five players, one of whom is the goalkeeper. In addition each team may have up to 7 substitutes. The game is played on basketball-sized courts, both indoors and outdoors. Unlike some other forms of indoor Soccer, the court is delimited by lines and not walls or boards that players can use to rebound the ball. Futsal is played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a Soccer Ball. The emphasis is on improvisation, creativity and technique.

FIFA's Futsal rewards the same basic skills, tactics and knowledge of the game as soccer.

2.Ball Touches
In a statistical study comparing Futsal to indoor arena soccer with walls, players touch the ball 210% more often.

3.Ball Control
With limited space, an out of bounds and constant opponent pressure, improved ball control skills and technique are required.

4.Speed of Play
With limited space, constant opponent pressure and a 4 second restart rule players learn to play and think fast.

5.Mandatory Support
Without a wall as a crutch, players must make supporting runs when their teammates have the ball.

6.Continuity of Play
Action is continuous so players are forced to continue the play instead of stopping and watching.

With four court players and all the basic options of the outdoor game in non-stop action mode, players' understanding of the game is enhanced.

8.Framing the Goal
The goal and Penalty Area are a perfect size for narrowing the angle so teams learn to frame the goal to score goals.

9.Encouraged Learning
FIFA's Laws Of The Game of Futsal, encourage playing a skilled game by punishing all physical contact fouls.

Players enjoy the challenge of playing a fast-paced-fun-skill-oriented game that test their abilities.

Futsal gained rapid popularity throughout South America, particularly in Brazil. The skill developed in this game is visible in the world-famous style the Brazilians display outdoors on the full-sized field. Pele, Ronaldinho, Robinho and other Brazilian superstars developed their skill playing Futsal. While Brazil continues to be the Futsal hub of the world, the game is now played, under the auspices of FIFA, all over the world, from Europe to North and Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and Asia and Oceania.

"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

"I played Futsal for many years and it helped me to become the player I am today. There you don't have time to think, you are always tightly marked and you develop a sense for performing in small spaces"
- Robinho, AC Milan

"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