Futsal is the only indoor game sanctioned by FIFA. If skills development is important,
Futsal is recognized as clearly the best form of indoor soccer. The following are advantages of Futsal over any other form of indoor soccer:
- Better Skills Development – Futsal promotes quality touches
- Safer – Futsal eliminates the injuries associated with wall collisions and turf toe
- Less Expensive – Futsal makes quality soccer more affordable
- More fun – High scoring, constant excitement
FIFA says futsal is better! Former greats like Pele, Ronaldo and Bebeto all credit futsal for much of their skill and technique development. All the major heads of US Soccer and FIFA declared that this is the way to go. Once you experience futsal, you will see the reasons:
- More touches on the ball
- Better foot skills
- More movement without the ball
- Quick decisions
- Technical speed of play
- High-scoring games
- Constant excitement
Reducing the number of players to 5 per team allows for all of the components that are present in the 11 v. 11 game: the ball, teammates and opponents, realistic pressure, appropriate space, guidelines (rules), direction of play (attacking and defending), and the combination of length and width in the game (team shape), and shooting on goal. But players are so much more involved.
Futsal is FIFA’s official indoor soccer game which is, essentially, a scaled down version of outdoor soccer played indoors. It is a small sided game (5v5) played on a smaller field (roughly basketball court sized) with a smaller (size 3-4) ball. Futsal is played with touchline boundaries.
There are no walls in play. This is the game that outdoor soccer players around the globe play when they are indoors to refine and maintain their control skills and touch. It is superior to walled soccer in terms of developing better skills and technique. In traditional American walled soccer, players regularly whack the ball (and sometimes their bodies) against the boards which promotes improper technique and too often rewards errant play. In futsal, players are constantly reminded to play the same quality control game that is required for success in the outdoor game.
Futsal is the only “Official form of Indoor Soccer” as approved by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). It is played on all the continents of the world by more than 100 countries with 12 million registered players and growing. Futsal is normally played on sport court or a gymnasium floor.
Courtesy of Massachusetts Futsal Association.