FUTSAL is the format of Small Sided Football that is recognised and supported by FIFA and UEFA. There is a UEFA FUTSAL Cup for clubs, and UEFA FUTSAL Championships and FIFA World Championship for national teams.
It's a five-a-side game, normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey sized goals and a size 4 ball with a reduced bounce.
It is played to touch-lines and all players are free to enter the penalty area and play the ball over head-height. Games are 20 minutes per half, played to a stopping clock (similar to basketball) with time-outs permitted. There are a number of differences to our traditional version of small sided football, but the dominant elements are the absence of rebound boards and amendments in the laws that encourage and foster skilful, creative play above the physical contact that tends to be a feature of English five-a-side.
FUTSAL is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that is widely played across the world. The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game.
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 to name but a few of the South American legends all played and enjoyed this format of the game. But FUTSAL has not just helped produce South American football stars, on the European stage Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco, Xavi, Fabregas amongst many others have played FUTSAL to develop their skills.
In Nottinghamshire FUTSAL has grown over the last three years and this is reflected in the vibrant schools competition structure.
Junior Elite FUTSAL League - U10's to U16's
Junior Elite Futsal League will be hosting
The Nottinghamshire FA County FUTSAL Championships!
In what is to be an exciting year for FUTSAL in Nottinghamshire, Junior Elite Futsal League will be running The Nottinghamshire FA 2014 County Championships, winners of which will progress through to the Regional Finals and hopefully, represent Nottinghamshire in the national championship!
The qualifying leagues will run from West Nottinghamshire College, Mansfield every Friday Evening, with each age group playing one fixture per month. Click here to find out more and register a team!
The Junior Elite FUTSAL League is now underway and you can check the league table here - http://full-time.thefa.com/Index.do?league=536966608
Adult FUTSAL League - 16+
The next round of the Nottingham Futsal League starts on 1st October at the Nottingham High School. To book your teams place email
email@example.com or call 0115 8456 458.
For more information on FUTSAL opportunities, or for further information on the game, contact:
Football Development Officer