"No time plus no space equals better skills. Futsal is our national laboratory of improvisation" Dr Miranda, Professor of Football at the University of Sao Paolo
The nature of futsal 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, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Lionel Messi and Neymar to name but a few of the South American legends all played and enjoyed Futsal.
The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces. Players typically touch the ball up to 12 times more often that in a regular game of football and constantly influence the game off the ball as well.
Futsal is loads of fun and dramatically increases player coordination, balance, agility and skill.
"A lot of the moves I make originate from Futsal and to this day my ball control is pretty much a futsal payer's ball control." -Ronaldinho
“Futsal was important in helping to develop my ball control, quick thinking, passing….also for dribbling, balance, concentration…. Futsal was very, very important, no doubt.” – Pele
"In Argentina, when I was a young boy, I used to play a lot of futsal on the street and with Newell's Old Boys. It was a really fun game that's helped me a great deal." - Lionel Messi