Futsal is first and foremost a sport within its own right. There are obvious links and similarities to Football due to the nature of ‘kicking a ball’ in both sports. It is often used as a development tool for Football players and was played by many of the worlds greatest, including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Futsal is played with 5 players per team on court, and in this country we’re allowed a bench of 7 players where elsewhere this can be as large as 9. The ball is slightly denser than a football, is the same size as a size 4 football and due to this is a lot less bouncy.
The court is also much smaller than a football pitch (thankfully with it being 5 a side) and is played indoors on a hard surface. The game runs a rolling substitution system where players enter and exit through gates and the game consists of two twenty minute halves – using a stop clock. This means each time the ball goes out, the time stops, each time the ball comes into play, the time runs.
There is also a foul count per half, each time the count exceeds 5 for each team then every foul thereafter results in a 10 metre penalty. In Futsal the keepers can also come off their line (to a certain point) for penalties which makes these situations even more exciting.
Below we have footage from one of our mens matches this season against Wessex Futsal Club – take a look and see what it’s all about!