Futsal is the format of Small Sided Football that is recognised and supported by FIFA and UEFA. There is a UEFA Futsal Cup for clubs, and UEFA Futsal Championships and FIFA World Championship for national teams.
Futsal is a five-a-side game, normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey sized goals and a size 4 ball with a reduced bounce. It is played to touchlines and all players are free to enter the penalty area and play the ball over head-height. Games are 20 minutes per half, played to a stopping clock (similar to basketball) with time-outs permitted. There are a number of differences to our traditional version of small-sided football, but the dominant elements are the absence of rebound boards and amendments in the laws that encourage and foster skilful, creative play above the physical contact that tends to be a feature of English five-a-side.
Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small-sided game and the nature of it places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be transitioned into the traditional formats of the game.
Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit the game as a brilliant footballing development tool. Players like Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Lionel Messi to name just a few of the South American legends to have all played and enjoyed Futsal. But Futsal has not just helped produce South American football stars, on the European stage Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco, Xavi, Fabregas amongst many others to have played Futsal during their youth.
Get Into Futsal
The FA has launched a new Futsal Strategy to make this fast, exciting format of the sport become England’s indoor game of choice for adults and young people.
Here in Cheshire we truly believe in this vision and the leagues which you can get involved can be seen below.
If you would be interested in making Futsal happen in your area then please get in touch. We are creating volunteer committee groups to manage the local leagues and we will provide all help and support in getting these off the ground. If you are interested in volunteering on our leagues then you can contact Futsal@CheshireFA.com
Our aim is to then have a Futsal Forum working with all the leagues to share best practice, ideas and provide a consistency across all areas to really grow the game.
CLUBS and TEAMS
We are pleased to announce that we have recently launched our brand-new Futsal Membership Package too.
The membership package enables all clubs with futsal teams to affiliate them so they are then eligible to play in sanctioned leagues and competitions. For further information on the benefits of the membership package please get in touch (details below).
If you are looking to set up your own Futsal Club not built in to a Football Club or Existing Futsal Club please contact Futsal@CheshireFA.com
Once we have details of all our affiliated teams we can then advertise this out to players who enquire about joining teams and understand where we have teams and where there are gaps in provision of futsal to inform future projects and funding.