Soccer has become so popular nowadays that there are many aspects of the game that often go unnoticed. Personally, i believe that indoor soccer or futsal doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It’s a very different way of playing the sport, for sure. What I find so interesting is that it’s great not only for young players trying to make their first steps and learning the basics, but also for more experienced players who have developed the taste for such a discipline. If you take a minute to watch a few videos, then you’ll notice the beauty instantly.
Indoor soccer is a 5-a-side sport, consisting of 1 goalkeeper and 4 court players. There are many specifics about the rules and the way it’s supposed to be played, but I won’t get much into those because I don’t think anyone would be interested. What I want to state is that it’s a great way for players to learn skills that can be difficult to work on otherwise. I will say, though, that the court and goals are much smaller than classic soccer and that the ball is also smaller and heavier. There aren’t many particular requisites to play. You just have to own proper futsal shoes and that’s it. You can imagine that it’s not the same to run on turf or natural ground as to run on solid court.
Wikipedia tells us the following about futsal:
Futsal is a game played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted. Unlike some other forms of indoor football, the game is played on a hard court surface delimited by lines; walls or boards are not used. Futsal is also played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular football due to the surface of the pitch. The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.
First of all, as the court is so much smaller than classic soccer, you have to be intelligent in order not to lose the ball and make quick decisions, trying to avoid the pressure you feel seconds away from getting a pass. You have to learn to rotate in a coordinated manner with your teammates and make complex plays to find yourself in a scoring position.
Check out this video to get a glance at what I’m talking about.
Can you see that there are certain skills that make the difference? Control is critical and precision is mandatory. There’s a high physical demand and matches usually don’t give you the time to stop and think too much about your next move.
I’ve watched a lot of futsal games and I’ve personally played it for a few years in local competitive leagues. I can definitely say that kids starting out playing this kind of soccer then have certain advantage over others. You can notice who has played indoor soccer in earlier ages just by watching a few minutes of action.