Futsal is a blast and the kids report it's one of the most fun events of the year!

Technical aspects to look for within the game of Futsal:

  1. Players will challenge their own decision-making process
  2. First touch – Control skills will drastically improve
  3. The small sided game requires a refined touch and your ball control skills will be enhanced
  4. Fitness, quick foot work, coordination and agility will be at an optimum level during the Futsal season
  5. Combination plays and tactical awareness more prevalent and easier to coach in the game of Futsal

Futsal is the way the Brazilians play soccer, the perennial 5-time World Cup Champion, develops all of its youth through the game of Futsal and have produced some of the best players in the world including Neymar Jr. –2014 World Cup Star.  This is also a great opportunity for us to achieve team chemistry as our HPSA Staff coaches will be available at games which is not readily available at other venues. 



What is Futsal?

Futsal is played on a tennis or basketball sized court with a smaller/heavier size 3-4 ball. There are no walls in play. Also called "five-a-side", this is the game world class soccer players around the globe play to refine and maintain their ball control skills, footwork and touch. There are four field players and a goalkeeper who protects a 6 ½ x 10 ft. goal. The game teaches tremendous ball control skills and presents incredible opportunities to get numerous touches on the ball.

Why the funny ball

Futsal uses a low-bounce ball that is smaller and heavier than a normal outdoor soccer ball and specifically designed to build confidence, develop skill and technique. When a Futsal ball is received, it virtually 'sticks' to the foot. This builds great confidence in tight spaces when rapid passes are being issued repeatedly. Interestingly, the same property which makes the ball easy to receive makes it more difficult to strike. A Futsal ball gradually eliminates the 'lazy pass'. The smaller size and weight of the ball encourages more precise striking of the 'sweet spot'. Players quickly get acquainted with the merits of bending the knee, turning the hips, and striking the ball firmly to propel it.

Why has Brazil won 5 World Cups? Futsal!

The footwork and skills developed in futsal are clearly visible in the world-famous style that Brazilians display on full-sized soccer fields. Pelé, Zico, Socrates, Bebeto, Ronaldo, and women's superstars, Katia and Sissi, all grew up playing futsal

The Greatest Players played Futsal

  "I played futsal growing up. In futsal you need to think and play quick so it is easier for you when you move to outdoor soccer." - PELÉ
  "Futsal is really how I got started playing soccer. This is my love, the thing that I enjoyed most!" Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo

"Everything I had as a Brazilian soccer player I owed to the game of futsal." ZICO

What do we wear?
Shoes: For Futsal you should wear soccer indoor or court shoes. Running shoes are not recommended as they are elevated and cause players to role their ankle when they stop, start and trip and fall. Due to the hard surface, gloves, knee and elbow pads are recommended for field players not wearing proper shoes. Goalkeepers: Due to the hard surface, gloves, knee and elbow pads are recommended.

The rules of the game state no slide tackles (you can not leave your feet).

FIFA Futsal rules of the game