Futsal | Josivaldo XP
Futsal is an indoor version of association football. Its name is derived from the Portuguese
futebol de salão and the Spanish fútbol sala/de salón, which can be translated as ‘indoor football’;
however, this is not to be confused with modern indoor soccer which is played in a court of
artificial grass enclosed by walls that are used during the game.
Futsal is played between two teams of five players, one of whom is the goalkeeper. In addition each team may have seven substitutes. Unlike some other forms of indoor football, the court is delimited by lines, and not walls or boards that players can use to rebound the ball. Futsal is played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a football. The emphasis is on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.