What is FUTSAL?
Futsal is a five-a-side game (4v4 plus a goalie), played indoors or out, on a small-sided pitch with a hard, smooth surface, like a basketball court, with a low-bounce ball. Futsal is a self-teaching game. Players are constantly put in situations where they must pass, receive, dribble and move, while under pressure, in a confined space.
Will FUTSAL play help my outdoor soccer game?
Yes! Most of the benefits of playing Futsal are transferabletransferrable to the outside game. In fact, two very important soccer components are: (1) having good technique, i.e. foot-skills; and (2) developing a creative, tactical mind, or speed of play. Playing Futsal teaches both components better than any other indoor format.
HOW DOES it benefit?
Futsal is an excellent development tool for kids of all ages. Players are provided with numerous chances to possess. In fact, studies find that Futsal players touch the ball up to 6 times more than their outdoor counterparts. This just means there are an abundance of opportunities for Futsal players to practice techniques and skills, especially 1v1 tactics. Players must also quickly identify free space, under pressure, and know where their support (i.e. teammates) and opponents are. Futsal also teaches the principles of attack and defense, and how to provide, or find yourself time and space.
Just as important as skill advancement and decision making, futsal is great fun. Keeping players engaged and interested in the sport is a critical component of player development. Futsal is a different twist on the game which keeps players fresh, excited and coming back for more.
In short, here are some key benefits, or takeaways, of Futsal play!
- Under pressure play encourages quick and creative decision making;
- Teaches tactical awareness (i.e. space, support and pressure awareness), and promotes lots of movement off-the-ball;
- Soccer alternative, played in the off-season*
- Abundance of ball touches (i.e. more opportunities to develop foot skills and improve first touch);
- Lots of fun, and high scoring!