What is Futsal?
Futsal is the format of Small Sided Football that is recognised and supported by FIFA and UEFA. Futsal began in the South American countries of Uruguay and Brazil. Futsal was the name chosen by FIFA, the World governing body of Football for the only version of 5-aside football
that it supports. The name simply combines the Spanish words for ‘Hall’ – Sala and ‘Football’ – Futbol into Futsal.
It is a five a side game, normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey sized goals and a size 4 ball with a reduced bounce. 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 football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game. Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development. Players of the calibre of Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Iniesta & Xavi to name but a few.