WHAT DO MESSI, RONALDO AND NEYMAR ALL HAVE IN COMMON?
Well, apart from being some of the best player's in the world, they all spent their early years developing their skills by playing Futsal.
But what is it and how does it differ from other small sided formats?
Futsal is a five-a-side game, normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey sized goals and a size 4 ball with a reduced bounce. It is played to touchlines and all players are free to enter the penalty area and play the ball over head-height. Games are 20 minutes per half, played to a stopping clock (similar to basketball) with time-outs permitted.
It's exciting, fast-paced and emphasies use of creativity, technique and improvised intricate play. The absence of rebound boards and amended rules (to that of other Small Sided formats) means Futsal helps to encourage the type of quick, skillful play many football fans have admired in recent times.
Great for those solely interested in Small Sided formats of the game, Fustal is also an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game.
A true 'For All' format of the game.