The origin of Futsal (Five-a-Side Soccer) 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 game is frequently referred to as Five-A-Side or Mini-soccer. Futsal gained rapid popularity throughout South America, particularly in Brazil. The skill developed in this game is visible in the world-famous style the Brazilians display outdoors on the full-sized field. Pele, Zico, Socrates, Bebeto and other Brazilian superstars developed their skill playing Futsal. While Brazil continues to be the Futsal hub of the world, the game is now played, under the auspices of FIFA, all over the world, from Europe to North and Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and Asia and Oceania.
The first international competition took place in 1965, when Paraguay won the first South American Cup. Six more South American Cups were held through 1979, with Brazil winning all of them. Brazil continued its dominance with a victory in the first Pan American Cup in 1980 and won it again the next time it was played in 1984. A U.S. team took part in the 1984 cup, but finished out of the running.
U.S. Futsal was founded in 1981 and incorporated in January, 1983. U.S. Futsal has conducted a National Championship each year since 1985. Futsal is establishing itself at the youth level in the U.S. The Boys and Girls Clubs of America took a strong interest after the Columbia Park Club in San Francisco asked U.S. Futsal to give a demonstration. The national organization adopted the sport, and it is now played at about 1,100 Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the U.S. The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) also plays the sport in a close working relationship with U.S. Futsal since 1988.
The U.S. Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) and U.S. Futsal signed an agreement in August of 1995 and in 1999, to promote Futsal in all their National State Association as their game of choice for indoor soccer under the auspices of U.S. Futsal.
Futsal is a great skill developer, demanding quick reflexes, fast thinking and pin point passing, it is an exciting game to play. By playing with the ball, it develops precise ball control and technical skill, agility, quick reflexes and decision making. Since the balls have less bounce they tend to stay in play longer and promote close ball control. After playing in enclosed areas and learning to think and react quickly, players find when they play the full game they react well under pressure. Playing in enclosed areas develops creativity; players are also constantly placed in demanding decision making situations in enclosed areas which is a major reason why Futsal is one of the finest teachers of the quick pass and move. In soccer it is very hard to defend against a team that is adept at this type of play. Futsal is exciting, many goals are scored and the game is devoid of complex rules such as off side.
Futsal quickly develop skills required for soccer: – balance, motor ability, agility and coordination, ball mastery, accurate and quick passing and receiving, perception insight and awareness. Children learn through repetition and practice in small areas this occurs naturally. As Futsal is fast and action packed, fitness is improved while learning and having fun.
US Soccer Futsal Laws of the game
In addition to the accompanying Futsal Laws Quick Reference Guide, full details of the Futsal laws of the game can be found online at https://www.ussoccer.com/referees/laws-of-the-game/futsal-laws-of-the-game
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FFC Recreation Futsal will be held at Fredericksburg Christian School Gym, 9400 Thornton Rolling Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.
Equipment and Uniform
All players will use Red and Black FFC Jerseys, with black shorts and black socks for all games.
Flat-soled shoes are required. Futsal shoes or Indoor gym shoes are sufficient. Anything with a hard/plastic sole, cleats or studs are not permitted.
Futsal balls for practices and games will be provided by FFC. There is no need for players to purchase their own Futsal ball.
We are looking for volunteer coaches for the FFC Recreation Futsal program. If you are interested in coaching please contact:
We hope to hold at least one introduction/practice session ahead of games starting in January 2020.
Games will be played during January and February 2020 on Saturday afternoons. Game Schedule will follow soon. Home Team (RED) listed first, Away team (BLACK) listed second.