What is Futsal and how does it help players develop?
Futsal is a small-sided game (5v5 including the goalkeeper) played on a small field roughly the size of a basketball court. It is played with touchline boundaries (no walls). The official ball is a special low bounce ball that is close to a size 4 soccer ball. The ball forces a player to use their skill rather than the ball’s bounce to propel it.
Futsal is the official indoor soccer game recognized by FIFA. Futsal is beginning to take the country by storm as more and more soccer players, coaches, clubs and associations discover the unique and positive qualities of the game.
Futsal develops the overall fundamentals of soccer more effectively. It has been proven that youth players develop quicker reflexes, faster thinking and pinpoint passing. It is a superior game in terms of establishing players’ touch and technique. Futsal forces a player to think two or three steps ahead without using the walls. One touch passing is essential in maintaining ball possession on a smaller surface. Therefore, an individual’s overall ball handling skills and off the ball movement will improve considerably. Shots must be more accurate as there are no rebound produced by walls. Given the court size, players will take 20x the number of shots vs traditional indoor soccer. This helps develop quicker touch to finish and confidence in one-on-one situations against defenders.
Why should you play futsal?
Ball Touches: In a statistical study comparing Futsal to indoor arena soccer with walls, players touch the ball 210% more often.
Ball Control: With limited space, an out of bounds and constant opponent pressure, improved ball control skills and technique are required.
Speed of Play: With limited space, constant opponent pressure and a 4 second restart rule players learn to play and think fast.
Support Play: Without a wall as a crutch, players must make supporting runs when their teammates have the ball.
Continuity of Play: Action is continuous so players are forced to continue the play instead of stopping and watching.
Knowledge: 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.
Framing the Goal: The goals and penalty area perfect size for narrowing the angles so teams learn to frame the goal to score goals.
Skill emphasis vs Power: Laws of the Game of Futsal, encourage playing a skilled game by punishing all physical contact fouls.