Futsal is a fast-paced 5-a-side soccer game that is widely played across the world and is officially recognized by FIFA. While it is a sport in its own right, Futsal does not compete with mainstream football, but serves to support it. Futsal is widely considered a valuable tool in the development of young players to assist them in becoming more technically proficient. The NFAS endorses it as a key part of appropriate training philosophy.
The style of Futsal fosters key skills and techniques that are all directly transferable to the 11-a-side game while also incorporating the principles of attack and defence. Through Futsal, players have increased opportunity for:
· Development of agility, balance, coordination and speed
· Becoming comfortable with the ball
· Practice passing, dribbling, turning, shooting and ball control while under pressure
· Learning to make quick decisions while under pressure and in tight spaces
· Learning better spatial awareness
Additionally, Futsal is primarily an indoor sport so players can continue their development when outdoor surfaces are not available due to poor weather conditions. Futsal is a great opportunity for players of 16 and above years old to play in a recognized form of 5-a-side with a pathway to play in recreational, regional, nation and international competitions in the future.
Benefits of Playing Futsal
1. Accelerated Learning-“60 Possession per Player”
In a 30 minutes Futsal match, a field player on a team using a dynamic system of plays with rotational and player exchanges to create and take advantage of space will touch the ball once every 29.5 seconds. That is just over 60 possessions per player per match if the player plays the entire match. This compares to only 30 to 40 possessions per player in a full 90 minutes outdoor football match (subject to position and style of play by the team).
2. Faster speed of play-speed, agility, quickness
The benefit to a football player, of playing Futsal matches under the pressure of restricted time, space and pressure is the increase in speed of that player’s game.
3. Improve attacking psychology-The creation zone
Players taught to use the creation zone to create scoring opportunities have a much better concept of which areas of the pitch can be used to create successful attacks.
4. Teaching Creative Attacking Play-Dynamic Attacking
While most coaches and trainers credit Futsal with improving skills, teams that use any Futsal’s dynamic systems of play learn to play creative attacking football.