Playing Futsal, a fast-paced indoor version of soccer, is one of the most effective ways to train and become a better soccer player.


Futsal is not as popular as the beautiful game, and it does not get the same type of appreciation. However, many of the world’s best pro soccer players developed their talent by playing Futsal for hours and hours throughout their childhood.

Futsal was first played in Uruguay in 1930. The sport’s origins can be traced back to Montevideo, where it was initially created as a version of soccer suitable for indoor facilities.

This article will explain everything you need to know about Futsal for youth soccer players.


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The Origins of Futsal

Futsal began in South America almost a century ago, in 1930, and since then, it has evolved from a local pastime to a global competitive sport. The game began specifically in Uruguay when Juan Carlos Ceriani created an indoor football competition for the YMCA, which eventually became known as Futsal.


Futsal is a very fast-paced game that requires sharp technical ball control skills, quick reflexes, fast decision-making, and the ability to remain calm under pressure.


Futsal is less tactical than the outdoor game, however, there are a lot more touches on the ball and it is a great skill developer.


Many of the world’s best players grew up playing a lot of Futsal and barefoot a lot of the time. Some players that improved their skill development by playing Futsal include the following:


  • Lionel Messi
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Pele
  • Maradona
  • Neymar
  • Ronaldinho
  • Iniesta
  • Xavi


Benefits of Futsal Training: The Key to Skill and Player Development

Futsal is an action-packed, smaller variation of the traditional game that is played indoors, and it has many transferable skills, making it an excellent training tool. Whether you are a long-time soccer fan or a new fan, everybody knows Brazil is one of the biggest football countries and is known for developing new talent every year.



One major reason why Brazil develops so much talent is because they spend a lot of time playing unstructured games, such as Futsal, all throughout their childhood. These hours and hours of playing Futsal, often barefoot, give them many opportunities to improve their touch and decision-making skills by simply playing the game and learning through experience and repetition.


While many players learn more when getting coached, it is important never to forget the power of simply playing the game and learning by doing. When youth players play the game, they have the most fun, and that is also when they learn the most and can tap into their innate creativity and talent.


Kids learn more when you let them play instead of telling them what you want them to do.


Here is a list of the major benefits of playing Futsal:


  • Improves soccer-specific cardio and fitness
  • Improves decision-making and fast-thinking skills
  • Enhances speed of play and reaction time
  • Improves technical skill, ball mastery, and close ball control skills
  • Improves overall soccer skills
  • Enhances power, since a slightly heavier ball is used
  • Promotes accurate and quick passing
  • Promote close ball control
  • Players get a lot more touches on the ball
  • It is fun!!


How to Incorporate Futsal Training into Regular Soccer Practice

Although playing Futsal has many benefits and is a great training tool, it cannot and should not replace regular team training. The traditional game requires much more tactical understanding, which should not be neglected.


Why My Son Plays Futsal


Futsal is an excellent way to help players become better technical and better at controlling the ball, but it cannot replace the tactical understanding needed to succeed during a full game. With that being said, players should be encouraged to join a local futsal league or play Futsal in pick-up games as much as possible when they are away from team training.


It is advised to play Futsal all throughout the year, but it may be more beneficial to play Futsal during the winter months since these months are usually less packed with team training due to the weather and field conditions.


Aside from playing Futsal during preseason and postseason, it can be very beneficial to play Futsal once or twice a week during the season, if your schedule permits. Although Futsal is useful, you also don’t want to be overtraining by doing too many team training and futsal sessions in one week because that may lead to burnout or overtraining.


You can also always gather friends and start playing a pick-up futsal or small-sided-game indoors, outdoors, or in an actual futsal court.


Essential Gear and Equipment for Futsal

Futsal is different from the traditional game and requires specific training equipment.


  • The most important piece of equipment is having the correct type of futsal ball
  • The next most important piece of equipment is having the right kind of futsal or indoor soccer shoes
  • Equally as important as the correct soccer shoes is having the right pair of comfortable shin guards
  • Finally, the next most important thing is having the right training gear, which means having the proper socks, shorts, shirts, etc



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Frequently Asked Questions

 What is Futsal?

Futsal is a modified game of soccer usually played indoors on a futsal court, with a fast-paced nature, a heavier ball with less bounce, a smaller field, fewer players per team, and less playing time, but with more touches on the ball.


Futsal is one of the finest teachers of ball control, and it also helps young players develop lightning reflexes, pinpoint passing accuracy, and better technical ball control skills.

Some people even consider it a more exciting game than the traditional game. However, nothing can replace the magic of the beautiful game, although Futsal is very close.



In conclusion, Futsal is a great training tool for youth players, although any player of any level can benefit greatly. Youth players need to spend as much time playing the game and touching the ball as possible, which is precisely what Futsal is perfect for.


The traditional game requires more tactical understanding, which players will learn more about as they get older and understand the game more. On the other hand, Futsal is a lot more technical, and this is perfect for younger players who are still trying to master the ball and develop their technical skills.


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new levels of performance with mental training, athleticism, lifestyle tips, and more. Football is a form of art and one of the best ways to better be able to express yourself and your talents and get “in the zone” or in a “flow state” is by playing the game a lot and variations of the game, such as Futsal.


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