Futsal is a fun, exciting, fast paced small sided football game that originates from South America in the 1930’s. It comes from the Spanish word futbol sala (indoor football).
The game is very rewarding as you experience up to 210% more touches than playing football. This is because the game is played on a smaller court, with just 5 players and there is generally greater opponent pressure which will improve their ball skills and technique.
The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure and is subsequently an excellent complement for the 11-a-side format. The game obviously promotes improved decision manning.
Many of the top world class footballer’s have played futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their football development.
“Futsal had a massive influence on me when I was growing up. It’s a very demanding game and it really helped to develop my technique, speed of thought, and ability to perform moves in translating to indoor tight spaces. I think futsal is a fundamental part of a footballer’s life.
When you’re out there playing, you’re forced to think fast and move faster – if you lose a second, the ball will be gone. It’s a more dynamic game and it’s come in handy at Barcelona. When we play there’s not much space on the pitch so you need to react quickly on the field. There’s no doubt futsal has helped me a lot in my career, it’s one of the biggest passions in my life. I used to love playing it, but unfortunately I had to stop when I was 13 or 14 in order to grow up as a footballer.” -Neymar Jr