A skilful small-sided version of the game
Futsal is the format of small sided football which 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.
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.more on the FA's website