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.
Futsal Schedule (March 2019)
|1st Date||2nd Date||3rd Date||4th Date|
|1st / 2nd Grade Boys||3/3 @ 10||3/10 @ 10||3/17 @ 9||3/24 @ 9|
|3rd / 4th Grade Boys||3/3 @ 11||3/10 @ 9||3/17 @ 10||3/31 @ 9|
|5th / 6th Grade Boys||3/9 @ 11||3/16 @ 11||3/24 @ 10||3/30 @ 10|
|7th / 8th Grade Boys||3/10 @ 11||3/17 @ 11||3/24 @ 11||3/30 @ 11|
|1st / 2nd Grade Girls||3/9 @ 9||3/16 @ 9||3/30 @ 9||3/31 @ 10|
|3rd / 4th Grade Girls||3/3 @ 9||3/9 @ 10||3/16 @ 10||3/31 @ 11|
|5th / 6th Grade Girls||3/3 @ 9||3/9 @ 10||3/16 @ 10||3/31 @ 11|
Bay Soccer Club's Futsal RulesGeneral Rules
Teams play 5 v 5 including a keeper.
Games are 17 minutes running time (3 games/hour).
- No overtime, injury time or timeouts
Balls are regulation Futsal.
Offside is not enforced.
All subs will be "on the fly" including the keeper from the bench.
Players leaving play must be at the touchline before the sub may enter or risk a yellow card.
Kick-offs are indirect and may be kicked in any direction.
Kick-ins are indirect and taken from or outside the touchline.
Corner kicks are direct.
Free kicks may be indirect or direct.
PK's are taken from the top of the (basketball) arc; defenders must be 15 feet from the ball and behind the arc.
Opponents may not be closer than 15 feet when defending a restart.
Goal kicks are taken with the hands by rolling, throwing, or bouncing the ball from anywhere within the penalty area (basketball key) to outside the penalty area.
Balls hitting the ceiling should restart with a kick-in from nearest touchline point.
Fouls and Misconduct
Indirect kicks are taken for dangerous play, obstruction, sliding or preventing a keeper from releasing the ball with their hands.
Direct kicks for fouls against an opponent or slide-tackling.
Yellow cards are issued for slide-tackling against an opponent, reckless play, dissent, unsporting behavior, persistent infringement of the rules, delaying the restart of play (including encroachment during a restart).
Red cards are issued for a second yellow, violent conduct, serious foul play, and denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity. Red cards require a 2-minute penalty.
May not punt or dropkick (if occurs the restart is a direct free-kick from the halfway line).
May receive a kick-in.
May kick or throw the ball over the halfway line but cannot score from a throw (restart is a goal kick).
BSC Futsal Contacts
Boys Travel Commissioner Chip Krueger [email protected]
Girls Travel Commissioner Wes Gilmore [email protected]
Boys Director of Player Development Jeff Jameson [email protected]
Girls Director of Player Development Brandon Wulf [email protected]