Why Play Futsal?
The Avonworth High School Soccer teams have been playing futsal for past the 6 years, it has been an instrumental piece of the off-season training program.
Futsal is the only indoor game sanctioned by FIFA. If skills development is important, Futsal is recognized as clearly the best form of indoor soccer. But that’s not the only reason…
Better Skills Development – Futsal promotes quality touches
Safer – Futsal eliminates the injuries associated with wall collisions and turf toe
More fun – High scoring, constant excitement
Here are the top ten reasons to play futsal from the US Futsal site:
- Rewards – 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.
- Ball Control – With limited space, an out of bounds and constant opponent pressure, improved ball control skills and technique are required
- Speed of Play – With limited space, constant opponent pressure and a 4 second restart rule players learn to play and think fast.
- Mandatory Support – Without a wall as a crutch, players must make supporting runs when their teammates have the ball.
- Continuity of Play – Action is continuous so players are forced to continue the play instead of stopping and watching.
- Knowledge – With four court players and all the basic options of the outdoor game in non-stop action mode, players’ understanding of the game is enhanced.
- Framing the Goal – The goal and Penalty Area are a perfect size for narrowing the angle so teams learn to frame the goal to score goals.
- Encouraged Learning – FIFA’s Laws Of The Game of Futsal, encourage playing a skilled game by punishing all physical contact fouls.
- Fun – Players enjoy the challenge of playing a fast-paced-fun-skill-oriented game that test their abilities.
Who says Futsal is Better?
FIFA says futsal is better! And the Brazilians are among the many nations that swear by it. Think Ronaldinho! Think Marta! Two of the greatest players in recent years attribute their development and success to their formative years spent playing futsal!
Former greats like Pele, Ronaldo and Bebeto all credit futsal for much of their skill and technique development. All the major heads of US Soccer and FIFA declared that this is the way to go. Once you experience futsal, you will see the reasons:
- more touches on the ball
- better foot skills
- more movement without the ball
- quick decisions
- technical speed of play
- high-scoring games
- constant excitement
Reducing the number of players to 5 per team allows for all of the components that are present in the 11 v. 11 game: the ball, teammates and opponents, realistic pressure, appropriate space, guidelines (rules), direction of play (attacking and defending), and the combination of length and width in the game (team shape), and shooting on goal. But players are so much more involved … witness the following.
Futsal is FIFA’s official indoor soccer game which is, essentially, a scaled down version of outdoor soccer played indoors. It is a small sided game (5v5) played on a smaller field (roughly basketball court sized) with a smaller (size 3-4) ball. Futsal is played with touchline boundaries.
There are no walls in play. This is the game that outdoor soccer players around the globe play when they are indoors to refine and maintain their control skills and touch. It is superior to walled soccer in terms of developing better skills and technique. In traditional American walled soccer, players regularly whack the ball (and sometimes their bodies) against the boards which promotes improper technique and too often rewards errant play. In futsal, players are constantly reminded to play the same quality control game that is required for success in the outdoor game.
Futsal is the only “Official form of Indoor Soccer” as approved by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). It is played on all the continents of the world by more than 100 countries with 12 million registered players and growing. Futsal is normally played on sport court or a gymnasium floor.
Here is a video from US Soccer about the benefits of futsal: http://youtu.be/-tR4slb3ztE