Benefits of Futsal
Played on an indoor court, Futsal is very much a game in its own right. There are many benefits to this growing game including a better understanding of traditional soccer. Futsal creates an environment that allows players to simulate and develop many skills and proficiencies that are transferable to the 11v11 game. The nature of Futsal, with the smaller confines of the pitch, make it harder to find space and the line marking prevents an easy escape from tight situations. Also, Futsal is played with a smaller, heavier ball which supports more ball control and manipulation. This allows the player to develop skills that will improve their overall soccer game and achieve the level of play they desire.
Difference between Futsal & Outdoor Soccer
Field — Futsal is played on a much smaller play-field whereas soccer is played on a large field. Futsal can be played on a basketball ball court, badminton court, or gymnasium whereas soccer is played on pitch, field, or at the park.
Ball — A Futsal Ball is smaller than a soccer ball. Unlike a soccer ball which is filled with pressure using an inflating pump, a Futsal ball comes filled with foam and doesn’t require inflating. It is less susceptible to punctures and maintains the density throughout. The main idea is that it will bounce less on the hard surface of the court, so that it is easier to control in the confined and smaller space used to play the game. However, It will require more effort to kick or throw it and will move much slower.
Player Numbers — Another main difference is that Futsal is played by 5 players per team, including the goalkeeper. The two teams will add up to a total of 10 players and a referee on the court. In contrast, soccer is played by 11 players per team including the goalkeeper. There will be a total of 22 players plus the referee present on the soccer field during games.