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What is Futsal?

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.

Why 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 Quick Reference Guide, full details of the Futsal laws of the game can be found online at


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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.

FFC Futsal Rules Quick Reference Guide

Futsal Rules

  • There are 5 players, one of which must be a goalkeeper.
  • Each team may have 9 substitutes with unlimited substitution.
  • Substitution must take place at the Substitution Zone. The player being replaced must be completely off the court before the replacement enters the court. The Referee need not be informed.
  • The team winning the toss must decide which way to attack, a goal can be scored from the kick off. The ball is in play when it is touched and moves forward.
  • When the ball passes over the touchlines the game is restarted by a kick in. The ball must be stationary on the touchline and can be kicked into play in any direction. The kicker must have both feet on the touchline or behind the touchline.
  • Goal Clearances – When the ball passes over the goal line having last been played by an attacker the game is restarted by a goal clearance. This must be done by the goalkeeper and the ball must be thrown directly out of the penalty area.
  • If the ball hits the roof a kick in is taken by the other team opposite to where the ball hit the roof.
  • Goalkeepers cannot receive the ball by hands or feet after releasing the ball from their possession unless it has been touched by the opposition or passed over the half way line. This also applies to a goal clearance. Goalkeepers must release the ball within four seconds of gaining control of the ball.
  • For free kicks, kick ins and corner kicks, all opponents must be 5 meters from the ball and the ball must be put into play within four seconds of taking possession of it.

Fouls & Misconduct resulting in a direct free kick are the same as outdoor soccer with the following additions:

  • Charges an opponent with the shoulder.
  • Slides in a to play the ball when it is being played or attempted to being played by an opponent except for a goalkeeper in his penalty area and he must not do it in a careless or reckless way or use excessive force.
  • Penalty mark is 6 meters and second penalty mark is 10 meters. The second penalty mark is used if a team accumulates more than five fouls in a half.

Accumulated Fouls

  • Are those sanctioned by a direct free kick
  • The first five fouls sanctioned by a direct free kick, in each half a recorded.
  • For these first 5 fouls a defensive wall may be formed by the opposing team to defend the kick.
  • Beginning with the sixth foul the players of the opposing team may not form a wall to defend the kick.
  • The kick is taken from the second penalty mark unless the foul occurred beyond the mark when the non-offending team has the option to take the kick where the foul occurred or from the second penalty mark of 10 meters.
  • The player taking the kick must be identified and must kick with the intention of scoring. The ball cannot be passed to another player.
  • The goalkeeper must remain in his penalty area and be at least 5 meters from the ball.
  • All other players must remain behind an imaginary line level with the ball and parallel with the goal line. They must be five meters from the ball and may not obstruct the player taking the kick.

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Fredericksburg FC - Soccer Club

PO Box 3895 
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22402

Phone: 540-760-6409
Email: [email protected]

Fredericksburg FC - Soccer Club

PO Box 3895 
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22402

Phone: 540-760-6409
Email: [email protected]
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