WHAT IS FUTSAL?
Futsal, which is a five-a-side game, is the only small sided format that is supported by FIFA and UEFA. It is normally played on a flat, hard surface (usually indoor) with 3m x 2m size goals and a size 4 ball with a reduced bounce. It is played to touchlines and all players are free to enter the penalty area and play the ball over head-height. Games are 20 minutes per half, played to a stopping clock, with time-outs permitted.
Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game; its nature places a large emphasis on technical ability in situations of high pressure, and proves an excellent tool to develop techniques that can be translated into the 11-a-side game. Players are constantly placed in situations where they must play whilst under pressure or in confined spaces; helping to develop a player's technique, movement, tactical awareness and fitness.
Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development.
FA Mini Soccer and Youth Futsal Handbook
Benefits of Futsal
The FA has launched a new Futsal Strategy to make this fast, exciting format of the sport become England’s indoor game of choice for young players and drive participation.
Download the FA Futsal Strategy Here