A five-a-side game, Futsal is normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey sized goals and a size 4 ball with a reduced bounce. Games are 20 minutes per half, played to a stopping clock (similar to basketball) with time-outs permitted.
Futsal by it's nature places a large emphasis on technical ability in situations of high pressure, and proves an excellent tool to develop techniques that can be translated into the 11-a-side game.
Players are constantly placed in situations where they must play whilst under pressure or in confined spaces; helping to develop a player's technique, movement, tactical awareness and fitness.
Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development.
We are currently trying to grow Futsal in Cornwall as presently only the Cornwall Girls League supports this format of play, we do however see it becoming very popular for those winter months where games are rained off as its a perfect opportunity to practice those technical skills and maintain fitness.
Keep posted to find out more about Futsal in Cornwall!