Futsal is a fast-paced 5-a-side indoor soccer game that is widely played across the world and is officially recognized by both USSF and FIFA. While it can be a sport in its own right, Futsal does not compete with mainstream soccer, 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 in situations of high pressure. This makes our Futsal programs a terrific way to allow players to improve their skills.
Key skills and techniques used throughout Futsal games and training, are all directly transferable to the outdoor game. Through Futsal, players have increased opportunity for:
Development of agility, balance, coordination and speed.
Enhancing comfort level with the ball, learning to make quick decisions while under pressure and in tight spaces, learning better spatial awareness, improving passing, dribbling, turning, shooting and ball control while under pressure.
The Benefits of Futsal:
1. Ball Mastery
Futsal is known worldwide for its value in developing technical proficiency with the ball. Among other things, the absence of boards, the tight space, and the sheer number of touches each player gets on the ball, (whether attacker, defender, or keeper) forces each player to develop ball mastery.
2. Speed of play
Futsal requires quick decisions and quick execution. The speed and intensity of the game helps each player learn how to think more quickly and act more decisively.
3. Agility and Balance
Futsal requires players keep their balance in tight spaces, with their center of gravity over the ball. Agility and quick footwork are developed as players adapt to the game.
4. Movement off of the Ball
Futsal requires that players without the ball constantly support teammates, anticipating proper position for receiving the ball, shooting, and defending. All players on the court, including keepers, must constantly be moving into better position.
Futsal encourages creative play. Skilled attacking moves, deft passing, and combination plays are all enhanced in futsal.
Official US Youth Futsal Representative.
Check out this great video showing off some of the skills developed through Futsal.
GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE GAME AND THE LAWS
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