What is Futsal?

Soccer played in basket ball sized courts is called FUTSAL. Originally called Fútbol de Salón, Futsal is a five-a-side version of soccer (1 goalie and 4 field players) played in basketball-sized courts, with fast surfaces, indoors and outdoors.

 The origin of Futsal (Fútbol Sala) can be traced back to Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1930 when professor Juan Carlos Ceriani devised a five-a-side version of soccer utilizing rules from water polo, basketball, handball and soccer.

The term FUTSAL® is the international term used for the game. It is derived from the Spanish word for “soccer”– FUTbol –, and the Spanish word for “room” –SALón or SALa–. In Spanish speaking countries it is called Fútbol de Salón or Fútbol Sala.

 In the own words of the US Futsal Federation, “Futsal quickly develop skills required for soccer: balance, motor ability, agility and co-ordination, ball mastery, accurate and quick passing and receiving, perception insight and awareness.”

In the futsal games, players enjoy a lot of touches on the ball due in part to the constrains of the limited play space since, again, futsal is played on a basketball size court and also because of the heavier ball used, which tends to stay in play longer.

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