Futsal is the format for small sided football approved by FIFA and the FA. It is a fun, fast-pace…d small sided game that is played on a reduced-size pitch with a smaller and heavier ball than with traditional small sided football. These subtle yet key differences from the traditional game encourage first touch, ball control, quick thinking and concentration throughout the game, all core skills which are advocated at the highest level of football by both FIFA and the FA.
The nature of Futsal, with no ‘rebound boards’ commonly found in 5-a-side, means that the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure. This means that Futsal provides an excellent way to improve and develop as a footballer, whatever the player’s natural level of ability.
Compared with the traditional game, the laws of Futsal have incorporated useful elements from other indoor sports. Such as an accumulated foul count being in place, with each and every team foul after the fifth in any one half resulting in an unopposed ten metre penalty. This conditions the defensive tactics of teams and rewards attacking play, again key aspects of the development of a footballer of any ability.
Teams can also use a bench of up to seven rotating substitutes which means that the tempo of games remains high throughout. Games are played in two twenty minute halves but as the countdown clock is stopped every time the ball is out of play, an average game can at International Level last 80 to 90 minutes.