Why Play Futsal?
Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced, small sided, 5v5 indoor football sport that is played by millions of children and adults across the world. Whilst Futsal is a sport in its own right. it also serves to support football by developing an array of skills that will make all children better players, both on the football pitch and the Futsal court.
Futsal is the only small-sided game that is recognized and supported by FIFA and UEFA. Futsal began on the streets of South America and most of the world’s best players grew up playing the game. Players such as Messi, Xavi, Ronaldo, Pele and Ronaldinho all attribute Futsal as the key element that helped them become the world’s greatest players.
Futsal encourages children to become more agile, faster, stronger and to have better balance. The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high opponent pressure. It creates players who are more comfortable with the ball, speeds up their decision making and gives them a much greater number of opportunities to practice passing, dribbling, turning, shielding, ball control and shooting.
Futsal is a superb team and social sport. As there are only 5 players on court per team, each player is important and involved in attacking, defending and counter-attacking and must understand the different roles within the team. Roll on and off subs means every player is used throughout the game. Due to the speed of the game this encourages children to work together as a group to maximise their chances of success. See the Laws of the Game on our video page.
“In Futsal, you see whether a player is really talented. In normal football you don’t necessarily identify talent as easily because it’s so much more physical. But with Futsal, you notice the small details in quality, class and tactical understanding.”
“During my childhood in Portugal, all we played was Futsal. If it wasn’t for Futsal, I wouldn’t be the player I am today”
“The technique of playing Futsal is different. There are spectacular things you can attempt that you wouldn’t dare try in football”
“Futsal is an extremely important way for kids to develop their skills and understanding of the game”
“Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and myself all started our careers in Futsal. The majority of players who dribble, who have the ability to play quickly, come from Futsal”
The benefits of Learning and Playing Futsal
- USING TOE AND SOLE OF FEET
- MORE 1V1’S
- GOALKEEPER MORE ACTIVE AND INVOLVED
- TEAM BALANCE
- ROTATION OF POSITIONS – MOVEMENT
- COMBINATION PLAY
- SHORT ACCURATE PASSING
- SHIELDING / PROTECTING BALL
- MORE TRANSITIONS
- MORE PASSING, RECEIVING AND SHOOTING
- PLAYED INDOORS – NO WEATHER ISSUES
- ROLL ON AND OFF SUBS
- 5 V 5 MEANS EVERY CHILD IS INVOLVED
- INDEPENDENCE AND TEAM ETHIC
- UNDERSTANDING THE ROLES WITHIN THE TEAM
- EVERYONE CAN PLAY IN ALL POSITIONS
- HUGE EMPHASIS ON TEAM SHAPE
- EVERY PLAYER IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT
- HIGHER LEVELS OF AGILITY, BALANCE, COORDINATION AND SPEED
- CONSTANT MOVEMENT
- INCREASED MOVEMENTS AND PATTERNS
- INCREASED TEMPO
- INTENSITY OF SPEED OF MOVEMENT
- HEART RATES HIGHER FOR LONGER
- INCREASED AWARENESS
- DECISION MAKING
- DESIRE TO KEEP GOING
- TAKING MORE CARE WHEN ON THE BALL
- GAME UNDERSTANDING
- QUICK THINKING
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