In alignment with the three-week school closing, Bay Soccer Club is cancelling the remainder of our March Futsal League. We are concerned about the health and safety of our players as well as our community regarding the increasing impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We will provide more information as the situation changes and keep everyone updated via email, social media, and our website.
BSC Travel program players are eligible to participate in an indoor futsal season just prior to the spring outdoor travel season. Additionally, Rec program players who are currently in first grade and considering playing Travel soccer in second grade may also participate. Games are typically all held at the Bay Middle School gymnasiums.
Registration is CLOSED.
What is Futsal?
Futsal is a modified form of soccer played with five players per side on a smaller, typically indoor, field.
Futsal is played all around the globe and is the only indoor soccer game officially recognized by both UEFA and FIFA. In America, soccer coaches always talk about developing decision-making skills in 1v1 situations. Futsal provides youth soccer players with the perfect environment to improve these skills.
The players in futsal are more likely to develop their foot skills without relying on a wall for support. The main difference is the ball – a size 4 is used: slightly smaller with bounce restriction.
Here are five reasons futsal can benefit soccer players:
Adaptability – Futsal can be played on any hard surface, indoors and outdoors. You don’t need a grass field and definitely no more rained out sessions. All you need is a ball and shoes. It is also the perfect complement to soccer. Almost any soccer tactical session can be adapted to be played on a futsal court. It is ideal for training concepts on the “micro” level before bringing it to the big field.
Improves athletic intelligence – Futsal’s fast-paced and continuous nature helps to improve a player’s spatial intelligence and ability to learn to read the game. A player’s head is always on a swivel, taking in information, anticipating the opponent’s next move, and looking to exploit weaknesses on the court.
Improves speed of play – The small space requires players to not only play quicker but also to make faster decisions. In futsal, you only have a split second to decide what to do with the ball before you are put under high pressure, this inherently encourages players to move on and off the ball, create space and support teammates to combine out of pressure.
Ball skills and control – A futsal player will potentially have 600% more touches on the ball than a soccer player. This inherently helps players master their touch on the ball and will give players confidence to hold on to the ball more and take players on 1v1.
Creativity – Perhaps the single most important reason to play futsal is that it encourages players to be creative and think out of the box. Because the court is smaller and you get so many more touches on the ball, players try things that they would never risk doing on the soccer field. This creativity can come in the form of crazy 1v1 moves, unbelievable passes, and combinations or the mastery of the toe-poke.
For questions about BSC Futsal, please email:
Boys Director of Player Development: [email protected]
Girls Director of Player Development: [email protected]