Futsal was started in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1930 when Juan Carlos Ceriani created a version of football for competition in YMCAs. In Brazil, this version developed on the streets of Sao Paulo, and eventually a rule book was published. The sport began to spread across South America, and its popularity ensured that a governing body was formed under the name of FIFUSA (Federación Internacional de Fútbol de Salón) in 1971, along with the World Championships. The first FIFUSA World Championships were held in São Paulo, with hosts Brazil crowned champions ahead of Paraguay and Uruguay. Even more countries participated in the second World Championships held in Madrid in 1985. Due to a dispute between FIFA and FIFUSA over the administration of fútbol, FIFUSA coined the word fut-sal in 1985.
Futsal is the official five-a-side indoorfootball game and the only indoor football recognized by FIFA. Futsal is beginning to take countrties by storm as more and more football players, coaches, clubs discover the unique and positive qualities of Futsal. It is a game played around the world, many of today's top players began their youth football by playing Futsal. The Brazilians attribute their world football success to Futsal. Pele, Zico, Socrates, Ronaldo, Kaka and Ronaldinho grew up playing Futsal and credit Futsal with developing their skills.
Futsal is a small-sided game (5v5 including the goalkeepers) played on a small field roughly the size of a basketball court. The official ball is a special low bounce ball that is smaller than an official size 5 football ball. The ball forces a player to use their skill rather than the ball's bounce to propel it. It is a complete skill game. Futsal develops the overall fundamentals of football more effectively. It has been proven that youth players develop quicker reflexes, faster thinking and pinpoint passing and is a superior game in terms of establishing players' touch and technique.
Futsal has become the standard alone for indoor football played world wide. With the smaller playing field and reduced team size, each player has more involvement in the game and touches on the ball. The reduced bounce ball ensures true roll and the need for a precise touch. Futsal requires the same control and strategy needed on the full-size outdoor fields. Futsal sharpens both your playing and mental skills which allow continual personal growth and development throughout the year.
Fun - Players enjoy the challenge of playing a fast paced skill oriented game that tests their abilities.
Safety - Futsal is much safer than outdoor and some other forms of indoor football. The rules of Futsal restrict physical play, and there are no walls to run into.
Ball Touches - According to a FIFA report, in an average 40-minute futsal contest an outfield player will touch the ball roughly every 29 seconds, or 80 touches. Now compare that to a 90-minute outdoor game where it’s only around 30-40 touches. That is more than double in just half the time.
Ball Control - With Futsal, the emphasis is clearly on control and technique. Without control and technique you cannot expect to succeed in Futsal. With limited space, boundary lines, and constant opponent pressure, improved ball control skills are required.
Speed of Play - With limited space and constant opponent pressure, players learn to play fast to survive.
Continuity of Play - Action is continuous so players are forced to continue play in support of their teammates.
Mandatory Support - With only 4 field players on the field and always needing the proper support positions offensively and defensively, a player will instinctively learn better spacing, passing and general tactics from playing Futsal. Players without the ball must move to space and must truly support their teammates.