North Alabama FUTSAL

Bringing Real Futsal to North Alabama

Futsal is the way the world plays indoor soccer. It is played on all the continents of the world in over 100 countries by more than 12 million players.

Futsal is played on a court about the size of a basketball court and larger using a low-bounce ball. It can be played on a variety of smooth surfaces, e.g. concrete, wood and rubber matting. The game does not require the use of expensive dasher boards (walls), as do other versions of indoor soccer.

Without the walls, futsal is a great skill-developer, demanding quick reflexes, fast thinking, and pin-point passing. It is an exciting game for children as well as adults.

Great soccer superstars such as Pele, Ronaldo, Robinho, Zidane, Ronaldino, Vieira or Falcao, and Messi grew up playing the game and credit futsal with developing their acquired skills. See their credited benefits to futsal. Futsal, played with a special low bounce ball, requires players to use their skills, rather than the ball's bounce, to propel it.

Futsal differs from soccer - Comparison Handout

What is Futsal?Text Box: Benefits of Futsal

1. Gives players many more touches on the ball than outdoor soccer games typically provide

2. Leads to better ball control skills, i.e. better dribbling, better passing, better shooting

3. Necessitates quick thinking in tight places

4. Only a few different rules to learn, e.g. kick-ins instead of throw-ins

5. Allows playing in the coldest months and in the hottest months of the year

6. Futsal is safer than wall-ball

More on Benefits of Futsal, see handout.

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AND ... see what Denison Cabral, the US Team Captain at the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup and current USFF Director of Player Development, has to say about what futsal is and why play futsal:

DCFA About Futsal

AND ... see what the US Soccer Development Academy has to say about futsal and how challenging it is to officiate:

Regional Futsal Events



Would you like to get a quick start on your own, perhaps in a basketball gym you have access to? Below are instructions on how to do so:


How to make a futsal court starting with a basketball court


Where to get temporary floor marking tape


How to build your own inexpensive futsal goals:




Parts List


Very Simplified Futsal Rules

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BUT ... this is not just what North Alabama FUTSAL says. Read what Alex Para, President of U.S. Futsal Federation, says about the importance of futsal:

The Importance of Futsal