Soccer greats such as Kaka, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Marta and Messi grew up playing Futsal and credit it for developing their incredible skills. Futsal builds quick reflexes, fast thinking and pin-point passing. The major heads of US Soccer and FIFA declared that Futsal is necessary for youth soccer development because of:
Futsal training is a cornerstone of youth soccer player development and builds the following qualities:
Futsal is FIFA’s Official Indoor Soccer game which is, essentially, a scaled down version of outdoor soccer played indoors. It is a small sided game (5v5) played on a smaller field (roughly basketball court sized) with a smaller (size 3-4) ball. Futsal is played with touchline boundaries.
There are no walls in play. This is the game that outdoor soccer players around the globe play when they are indoors to refine and maintain their control skills and touch. It is superior to walled soccer in terms of developing better skills and technique. In traditional American walled soccer, players regularly play the ball (and sometimes their bodies) against the boards. This style of play promotes improper technique and too often rewards errant play. In Futsal, players are constantly reminded to play with precision and control. The same skills are required for success in the outdoor game.