While training in the winter season, playing futsal games indoors is a fun and competitive way to elevate development. Futsal is played 5v5 with a heavier, low-bounce ball on a basketball-sized court indoors without walls. The exciting, fast-paced game improves technical speed as players need to control the ball in tighter spaces, and tactical speed as the field of play requires quicker decision-making and problem-solving skills.
SOL Soccer runs a winter futsal league at the Gesher Jewish Day School Gymnasium (4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax, VA 22030) consisting of eight games played January – March, with each game playing 2 x 25-minute halves. Registration for the 2016season is now closed.
What is Futsal?
Futsal is the only form of indoor soccer endorsed by FIFA. It is a 5v5 small-sided game played on a hard-surfaced, basketball-sized court with a smaller, heavier low-bounce ball. Futsal is played with touchline boundaries and without walls. This is the game that outdoor soccer players around the globe play to refine and maintain their control skills and touch. It is superior to walled soccer (indoor soccer) in terms of developing skills and technique. In traditional American indoor walled soccer, players regularly whack the ball (and sometimes their bodies) against the boards which promotes improper technique and too often rewards errant play. In futsal, players are constantly reminded to play the same quality control game that is required for success in the outdoor game. The sport is a great skill developer as it demands quick reflexes, fast thinking, and pin-point passing. The small, heavier futsal ball requires players to hone their ball-striking and ball handling technique. Great soccer superstars such as Pele, Zico, Ronaldo, Messi, Kaka and Ronaldinho grew up playing the game and credit futsal with developing their skills.