Futsal – Handbook for Beginners


Futsal is a fast-paced game that combines elements of soccer, basketball, and volleyball. It’s played on an indoor court with smaller sized goal posts and a smaller ball.

About futsal

Futsal is played between two teams and each team has 5 members including goalkeeper. A smaller, harder, lower-bounce ball is used in Futsal. There are unlimited substitution allowed in a game. The game is more emphasized on control, creativity and technique

Where did the name soccer come from

The term FUTSAL is an international term. It is derived from the Spanish or Portuguese word for “soccer”, FUTbol or FUTebol, and the French or Spanish root word for “indoor” or “room”, SALon or Salle or SALa. Taken literally, Futbol means ‘foot and ball’ (i.e. playing outdoors) and Futsal indicates ‘Futbol in room’ (i.e. playing indoors).

Futsal soccer ball

For Ages 13 and up smaller ball of Size 4 and circumference 62–64 cm (24–25 in) is used. It weight between 400–440 g (14–16 oz) at the start of the game.

And for Age less than 13, Size 3 can be used. It circumference would be around 56–59 cm (22–23 in) and its weight should be between between 350–380 g (12–13 oz).

Futsal court dimensions

Futsal court size is similar to that of basket ball court. The minimum size could be 25 m × 16 m (82 ft × 52 ft) and maximum should be 42 m × 25 m (138 ft × 82 ft).

How soccer is played

Rules in futsal

Currently two governing bodies i.e. Asociación Mundial de Fútsal (AMF) and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) are maintaining and regulating the official rules of their respective versions of futsal.

There are two periods of 20 minutes. Between these two periods there is a break of 15 minutes.

About Goalkeeper, when he has a ball in possession, he has 4 seconds to get rid of the ball. If the ball is kept too long, the referee will give an indirect kick to the other team.

A direct free kick is awarded for kicking, pushing, tackling, charging, jumping, holding, tripping, spitting, and deliberate handling.

Penalty kick is taken 6 m (20 ft) from the center of the goal if fouls is committed inside the 6 m (20 ft) goal keeper’s area.

 A player or substitute can be sent out on serious foul play, violent conduct, spitting, illegally stopping an obvious goal-scoring opportunity, abusive language, and receiving a second caution.

Futsal Training Tips for Beginners

Practice Passing with a Partner.

If you’re new to futsal, practice passing with a partner. This will help you learn how to pass accurately and quickly. You’ll also need to work on your footwork and balance.

Learn to Shoot from Different Angles.

Practice shooting from different angles. Shooting from different angles helps you become more accurate when you shoot. It’s also helpful to practice shooting while moving so you can improve your accuracy.

Work on Shooting Accuracy.

If you’re new to futsal, you’ll need to work on improving your shooting accuracy. You should focus on getting better at shooting with both feet. This will help you develop good footwork and balance.

Focus on Scoring Goals.

Along with Tricks Scoring goals is an important aspect where a player should focus on. Since goal only can make you win the game, once should focus on Scoring goals. To improve your shooting ability, start by focusing on scoring goals. Shooting is one of the most important skills in futsal because it’s what separates players who are good from those who are great. It’s also an essential skill for any player who wants to play professionally.

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More you play the game better your confidence would become. With every game you will become better by understanding you weak point, strong points. And practicing against different team will improve your experience. If you’re looking to improve your shooting ability, practice playing games with your teammates. You’ll learn more quickly when you’re competing against other people than when you’re just trying to beat yourself.

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