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 which 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.
Please see general rules outlined below:
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As the Futsal ball has low bounce qualities it spends much more time on the floor which is excellent for development of skills and ball control. The smaller area in which the game is played demands quick decision making, movements off the ball and intensity. Because of these characteristics, soccer coaches are starting to run Futsal sessions for juniors and even professional soccer teams. Famous professional soccer players like Ronaldo, Juninho, Rivelino and even the great Pele have already declared they played Futsal in their childhood.
Compared to soccer, Futsal demands more versatile players. The positions in Futsal are goalkeeper, pivot (the main defender), right flank, left flank and target (the main attacker). Despite the main role of each position, players have to perform different roles in a game because of the quick transition between attack and defense.
Futsal is a sport in its own right and if we compare it with other sports we will realize that its practice is really safe because slide tackling is not allowed. Players do not jump or bound, which means there is less stress on the knees and ankles.