7 Fun Futsal Facts
Is it too cold to play soccer outside? Futsal – a FIFA-sanctioned indoor soccer program – is a great way for your Region to continue to provide more soccer to more kids! Futsal provides great training for players when outdoor soccer is not possible, and helps refine passing, improves conditioning and helps players work on their ball touches.
Futsal looks a lot like outdoor soccer (only on a smaller scale) and can be played on a standard basketball court. There are some key differences that speed up the pace of the game and emphasize quickness, heads-up play and close passing.
Here are seven fun facts about Futsal:
- There are only 5 players, including the goalkeeper
- Substitutions are “on-the-fly” (but the substituted player must still leave before the new player steps on)
- Futsal is played with a smaller, denser ball that doesn’t bounce as much or spend as much time in the air as a standard soccer ball
- There are only 4 seconds to take most restarts – taking longer than 4 seconds results in the ball going to the other team
- Balls over the touch line result in a kick-in – an indirect free kick – instead of a throw-in
- Instead of a goal kick, the goalkeeper throws the ball from anywhere within the penalty area. This is called a “goal clearance.”
- On a save, the goalkeeper has only 4 seconds of possession – with the hands or the feet – to clear the ball away.
Kids love the speed of play of Futsal, and once they get used to the slightly different rules, they quickly become adept at creating and finding passing options and exciting one- and two-touch heads up play. Small-sided play means that everyone gets lots of touches every game, and when they go back outside, they feel like they have all the space in the world.
AYSO players are covered by AYSO insurance as long as the Regional Commissioner has given permission for the team to participate in Futsal. Individual players joining a non-AYSO team do not have coverage under AYSO insurance. If you have any insurance Futsal questions, send and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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