Futsal for Kids

One of the kids on my high school team is from Brazil. It was from Fernando that I first heard of the term “Futsal”. The origin of Futsal can be traced back to Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1930 when Juan Carlos Ceriani devised a five-a-side version of soccer for youth competition in YMCAs. The game is played on basketball-sized courts, both indoors and out without the use of sidewalls.

The term FUTSAL is the international term used for the game. It is derived from the Spanish or Portuguese word for “soccer”, FUTbol or FUTebol, and the French or Spanish word for “indoor”, SALon or SALa.

It really took off in Brazil where the love of creative football is most manifest.

Pele, Zico, Socrates, Bebeto, Ronaldinho and other Brazilian superstars developed their skill playing Futsal.

For kids, this is a great way to continue to develop their game and get touches on the ball. Remember, the main goal for the young soccer player is to have fun and get touches, touches & more touches.

The Futsal ball is small and is not geared for heavy bounces so it can be played indoors in pretty much any basketball court without fear of breaking things. We are working right now on getting approval from our school to use the gym for offseason futsal games with our players.

Here is a great article that really explains the advantages of Futsal over traditional walled indoor soccer.


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