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 transferable to the outdoor 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. 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 find yourself time and space.
Futsal is also great fun. Keeping players engaged and interested is a critical component of player development in any sport. Futsal provides a different twist on the game which keeps it fresh and exciting, and players coming back for more.
In short, here are some key benefits of Futsal play!
- Under pressure play encourages quick and creative decision making
- Teaches tactical awareness (i.e. recognizing space, support and pressure), and promotes lots of off-the-ball movement;
- 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!