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Why Play Futsal?

Futsal is a sport that is a derivative of soccer and played with five-man teams on a basketball style court with no walls and a smaller, low-bouncing ball. Great soccer superstars such as Pele, Zico, Ronaldo and Neymar grew up playing the game and credit futsal with developing their skills. 

Futsal vs Indoor (walls) Soccer

What's the difference?

Futsal is played on an indoor court with boundaries while Indoor Soccer is played on a turf field with  walls. 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. Having a slightly smaller ball with less bounce allows for a much faster game which will increase your foot skills. 
Futsal is played on a smaller field, 5v5 with fewer subs (recommended). Players contact the ball more, and improve their quick, short passes. Futsal also improves your skills of passing the ball down the line, since it is played on a field with no walls .

Benefits of Futsal-The Talent Code

The book The Talent Code, written by Daniel Coyle explores why certain areas of the world are talent hotspots for certain activities. Simon Clifford, a soccer coach, was blown away by the supernatural skills of the Brazilian soccer players.  After extensively studying the Brazilians, he determined that there was a misconception that the Brazilians got their skills from playing soccer at the beach. The cause for such talent came out of futsal.


Clifford writes:

One reason lies in the math. Futsal players touch the ball far more often than soccer players—six times more often per minute, according to a Liverpool University study. The smaller, heavier ball demands and rewards more precise handling—as coaches point out, you can’t get out of a tight spot simply by booting the ball downfield.


Sharp passing is paramount: the game is all about looking for angles and spaces and working quick combinations with other players. Ball control and vision are crucial, so that when futsal players play the full-size game, they feel as if they have acres of free space in which to operate. When I watched professional outdoor games in Sao Paolo sitting with Dr. Miranda (Professor at soccer from the University of Sao Paolo), he would point out players who had played futsal: he could tell by the way they held the ball. They didn’t care how close their opponent came.


As Dr. Miranda summed up, “No time plus no space equals better skills. Futsal is our national laboratory of improvisation.” In other words, Brazilian soccer is different from the rest of the world’s because Brazil employs the sporting equivalent of a Link trainer.


Futsal compresses soccer’s essential skills into a small box; it places players inside the deep practice zone, making and correcting errors, constantly generating solutions to vivid problems. Players touching the ball 600 percent more often learn far faster, without realizing it, than they would in the vast, bouncy expanse of the outdoor game


You only need to view the link for further evidence if you are still not convinced


How does this translate back to the outdoor pitch to make it more effective for soccer development than soccer?! Easy. Because futsal creates the optimum environment for deep practice, a rewiring of the mind, which exponentially increases their development.

NKSA General Futsal Rules

General Rules

Each regular match consists of two equal halves of 20 minutes.

A five-minute half-time period will occur between halves.

There is no overtime, injury time or stoppage time.

Teams are comprised of four field players and one goalkeeper.

The goalkeeper must wear a different color jersey than the field players.

All players must wear the following: shirt, shorts with no pockets (pants are ok),
shinguards, socks, non-marking sneakers -- no exceptions..

Jewelry, watches, earrings, metal barrettes and other potentially dangerous items are not permitted.

There is no sliding in futsal.

There is no offsides in futsal.

Players are encouraged not to wear eyeglasses. Sport-specific eyewear worn with a strap are okay.

Although some contact is unavoidable, futsal is largely a non-contact sport. In addition such legal contact shall not be careless, reckless or excessive.

Additional Rules may be applied based on the SHAC facility.

There will be a $2 per person admission fee to SHAC (players and coaches are free.)  Admission will be capped at $5 per family per day.

NKSA Winter Futsal League Schedule

There will be a $2 per person admission fee to SHAC (players and coaches are free.)  
Admission will be capped at $5 per family per day.

There will be a $2 per person admission fee to SHAC (players and coaches are free.) 
Admission will be capped at $5 per family per day.

Click on the link for a Pdf version of the rules- Winter Futsal Rules

Click here for a printable Pdf version of the schedule  Winter Futsal Schedule Revised


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