Futsal is the format of Small Sided Football that is recognised and supported by FIFA and UEFA. There is a UEFA Futsal Cup for clubs, and UEFA Futsal Championships and FIFA World Championship for national teams.
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. There are a number of differences to our traditional version of small sided football, but the dominant elements are the absence of rebound boards and amendments in the laws that encourage and foster skilful, creative play above the physical contact that tends to be a feature of English five-a-side.
Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that is widely played across the world. The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game.
Many of the top world class footballers played Futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development. Players of the calibre of Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Lionel Messi to name but a few of the South American legends all played and enjoyed Futsal. But Futsal has not just helped produce South American football stars, on the European stage Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco, Xavi, Fabregas amongst many others have played Futsal to develop their skills.
What is Futsal?
Futsal is the only FIFA recognised 5-aside and is played widely across the world. The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game.
Is there a Youth Futsal Set-Up?
Although there are no youth Futsal leagues, Hampshire FA hosts a local qualifier to nominate teams to attend regional qualifiers for the National Youth Futsal Festivals every year.
In the 2016/17 these were held regionally in the north and south of the county, followed by a finals day to determine winners in the u10, u12, u14 and u16 categories for both male and female teams.
For more information on the Youth Futsal Festivals, please contact Jake Ashton, Football Development Administrator.
For all other enquiries regarding Futsal, please contact Flo Lunn, Recreational Football Development Officer.
Are there any Futsal leagues?
Yes, there is The FA National Futsal League!
We are also lucky enough to have two teams from Hampshire playing in the National Futsal League; Basingstoke Futsal Club and Saints Foundation Futsal.
The FA National Futsal Leagues represent the elite adult Futsal leagues in England and have been co-ordinated and run by The FA since 2008. The top male Futsal clubs in the country compete in the challenging and exciting FA National Futsal Leagues which now showcase the best Futsal talent from across the country.
If you would like more information on either of our National Futsal League teams please contact them directly:
Additionally, Hampshire FA operates two leagues within the county catering for both male and female teams.
The Hampshire County Futsal League is entering its third season of operation, and has been building steadily year on year. The winners of this league, feed directly into the National FA Futsal Cup. Fixtures are held on Friday evenings at the superb facilities at Sparsholt College in Winchester, with fixtures taking place once or twice per month - again offering players a bit of flexibility to fit around busy lifestyles. For more information or to enquire about entering a team into the Hampshire County League, please email Jake Ashton, Football Development Administor.
The Solent Futsal League offers both student and community teams an opportunity to play competitive fixtures in Southampton on Sunday afternoon/evenings. For more information or to enquire about entering a team into the Solent League, please email Flo Lunn, Recreational Football Development Administrator.
Are there any Futsal refereeing opportunities?
Yes there are! We are always looking for referees to get involved in Futsal and with enough interest in futsal refereeing, we would gladly set-up a course for participants. If you would like to register your interest in Futsal refereeing, please contact Andrew Bailey, Referee Development Officer. You do not need to be a qualified Referee to be a Futsal referee; you would need to undertake and fully complete the course but no other pre-requisites are required.
What is the difference between Futsal and 5-a-side?
Futsal differs to 5-a-side in the following ways:
The ball (size 4) is a low bounce, slightly heavy ball.
Futsal is played on a pitch marked with side lines and is played to the lines.
The ball is returned to play with a ‘Kick-In’.
Minimal Contact with a 5 foul limit – penalty from 10 metres every foul after the fifth foul.
All players permitted to enter penalty areas.
Goalkeepers permitted to leave penalty area.
What is the time commitment?
At Hampshire FA, we offer a number of ways to get involved. Recreational sessions run with a 'Turn Up & Play' policy allowing flexibility in your participation. Alternatively, Hampshire FA operates two leagues within the county catering both male and female teams which is a great option for those who want more regular participation.
Are there any Futsal sessions?
Recreational sessions are the perfect opportunity to try out futsal without the commitment of joining a club and playing every week. Sessions typically run during the week with a 'Turn Up & Play' policy allowing flexibility in your participation. A small fee is usually required to cover costs of facility hire. Use the map above to find a recreational session near you.
I'm looking to start a Futsal team, how can I do this?
If you want to set up a Futsal team get in touch with us and we'll help you through the process and give details about what leagues are available near you, depending on the age group of the team.
Can we introduce Futsal to our club's training sessions during the Winter period?
Introducing Futsal training over the winter period is a great way to maintain fitness and develop your players' technical ability.
We'd suggest that coaches get in touch with us and we'll talk to you about how you can incorporate this into your training programmes. Please contact Jake Ashton on 01256 853020 or email Jake Ashton.