Futsal is a fun, fast-paced and exciting small-sided soccer game that came from South America. Futsal is played all around the globe and is the only indoor soccer game officially recognized by both UEFA and FIFA. In fact, 100 countries entered the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup.
Fabulous for youth soccer players, the game of Futsal develops technical skill and ability. In the tight spaces of the five-a-side game (5 players against 5 players) technique matters. Unlike soccer, players enjoy hundreds of touches on the ball as the sphere speeds across the smooth, glossy floor of the court. In Futsal, players often find themselves one-on-one against an opponent and quick decision-making is important. With the opposition constantly attacking, maintaining possession of the ball is critical and this helps develop great passing skills. Since its creation, hundreds of world famous soccer professionals attribute Futsal to helping their performance on the soccer field. According to the English FA, research indicates that individual’s playing Futsal receive the ball six times more often than they would do when they are playing 11-a-side football, allowing players to perform more individual skills. In America, soccer coaches always talk about developing decision-making skills in 1v1 situations. Futsal provides youth soccer players with the perfect environment to improve these skills.