Love Football? Try Futsal!
Futsal is the format of Small Sided Football that is recognised and supported by FIFA and UEFA.
A five-a-side game, Futsal is normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey sized goals and a size 4 ball with a reduced bounce. Games are 20 minutes per half, played to a stopping clock (similar to basketball) with time-outs permitted.
Futsal by it's nature places a large emphasis on technical ability in situations of high pressure, and proves an excellent tool to develop techniques that can be translated into the 11-a-side game.
Players are constantly placed in situations where they must play whilst under pressure or in confined spaces; helping to develop a player's technique, movement, tactical awareness and fitness.
Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development.
Players of the calibre of Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco, and Xavi amongst others have played Futsal to develop their skills