Futsal is the only “Official form of Indoor Soccer” as approved by the Federation Internationale de Football Association FIFA. It is played in all the continents of the world by over 100 countries with 12 million players. It is played with touchline boundaries. There are no walls in play. Great soccer superstars such as Pele, Zico and Socrates grew up playing the game and credit Futsal with developing their skills. The sport is a great skill developer, demanding quick reflexes, fast thinking, pinpoint passing, and a four-second limit on all play restarts make it an exciting game for children.
FIFA’s Futsal rewards the same basic skills, tactics and knowledge of the game as the 11v11 outdoor game.
- Ball Touches
In a statistical study comparing Futsal to indoor arena soccer with walls, players touch the ball 210% more often.
An Interview with Daniel Coyle author of “The Talent Code”
By Anna Edgerton
BERKELEY, Calif. (5-20-10) – The number one question for any coach is how to cultivate the best players possible without killing the love of the game. How do you design a practice that develops talent, simulates real game situations, and gets everyone involved? To find out I asked Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code, who argues that it is actually possible to “grow” talent. For those soccer coaches whose players were probably not kicking in the womb, this is excellent news.
You will see that Futsal is a fast-paced game that is fun to play and will help players to improve their skills. The League’s goal is to help the players develop, while they are having fun competing. We reserve the right to adjust players between two teams in an effort to make a more balanced game. This is a no standings league; this is a player development focused league and the emphasis is on ball touches, ball control, speed of play, encouraging earning and fun!
Below are the major differences between Soccer rules and futsal rules. If the rule is not addressed below, you can assume that the laws of play are the same as outdoor.