what is futsal

Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that is widely played across the world and is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA.  

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 Futsal.

“Futsal was important in helping to develop my ball control, quick thinking, passing….also for dribbling, balance, concentration…. Futsal was very, very important, no doubt.”


Pele - FIFA World Cup Winner: 1958, 1962 & 1970

"Perhaps in regular football you cannot appreciate the talent. Everything is more physical. But in Futsal you have small details of quality, class and tactical aspects."

Xavi - FIFA World Cup Winner: 2010 and UEFA Champions League Winner

Futsal is a five-a-side game, normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey sized goals and a size four ball with a reduced bounce.  It is played to touchlines 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.

The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces

how do i get involved futsal

Surrey FA have seen the number of participants playing futsal in the county increase season on season. We have developed futsal teams that have gone on to win national titles and as a County FA we have been selected to host the regional futsal championships on numerous occasions. If you are a keen futsal player we also have our own futsal league run by Surrey FA. With plenty of tournaments, available to both male and female players, throughout the season we are always looking to hear from individuals who are interested in taking part

Whether you’re an experienced player or new to the sport, we are here to help and provide advice.

For further details please contact Surrey FA Football Development Officer - John O’Malley (click here for contact details)

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